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15-10-2020

Dept of Telecom issues clarifications to BSNL and MTNL on various queries relating to Reservation in promotion for SC/ST based on the legal opinion received from the Ld. Attorney General of India (AG) regarding various court orders and its implications through the Law Ministry and DoP&T. DoT sought the legal opinion on various points as per the direction of the Parliamentary Committee.

The Union Govt plea through the IA for giving Adhoc promotions till final decision, based on the interim order of the Hon SC also not decided by Hon SC, it is explained in para iv.b). The IA is clubbed with the SLP.

It endorses our concern and view point on the impact of reservation in promotions due to Hon Supreme Court orders and various court orders. Some Associations tried to downplay it for the sake of MV as if there is no serious problem for the promotions.

The Hon CAT/Chandigarh judgment dated 25.02.2020 against AO, CAO and DE promotions made the promotions provisional. Further Hon CAT directed BSNL to formulate policies as per the conditions laid down by the Hon CAT in its order. It is learned that same judgment is applicable for BSNL for promotion to other cadres also.

Anticipating such developments from our past experience, SNEA worked out the non-post based promotion policy well in advance which is free from litigations related to Reservation and Seniority. It is high time to go all out for its implementation from 01.07.2018, irrespective of any DPC taking place or not.

DoT OM on Reservation based of the Ld. AG legal opinionHon CAT, CDG judgment on AO and CAO promotion Hon CAT judgment on DE promotion

15-10-2020

GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR):

Serious omissions in the All India Eligibility (AIEL) list of JTOs circulated on 12.10.2020.

The AIEL is prepared and published for a DPC, based on the vacancies. For preparing the panel after the DPC, the AIEL should consist of more number of JTOs than the vacancy as per the DPC guidelines. Similarly the SC/ST JTOs number should be much higher. Gradation particulars of all the JTOs, minimum upto those recruited for 2013 rect year should be published along with the second list immediately

The AIEL should consist of the names of all the JTOs resigned/ retired/VRS/promoted/expired also for maintaining the relative position in the AIEL, especially in interpolation in the ratio 1:1 among DRs and Dept candidates. Thousands of JTOs recruited in 2002 and 2005 rect year are missing in the AIEL. 

GS letter to DIR(HR)

14-10-2020

Congratulations: BSNL circulated the AIEL of JTOs with the same age old criteria of Rect Year and Training Centre marks, vindicating SNEA stand.

The AIGETOA demand for: i) 1:1 inter-se seniority (irrespective of rect year) and ii) seniority based on Date of Joining rejected again vindicating SNEA stand.

The AIEL circulated on 12.10.2020 is same as that of the final AIEL circulated on 20.02.2015 and again on 14.06.2018, except placing the supernumerary JTOs recruited from 2001 to 2007 rect years at the bottom of each Rect years. Against these AIEL only, AIGETOA fought the cases at CAT and High Court and filed contempt petition and stopped the second DPC in 2018.

The major contention of AIGETOA was that the DR JTOs of 2001 rect year onwards are to be interpolated with 1995 to 1999 rect promotee JTOs as there was no DR rect during 1995 to 1999.  Another contention of AIGETOA was that the 1995 to 1999 rect JTOs who joined in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 etc through the LICE quota and SC/ST quota are excess promotees. Both contentions are not accepted by the Court as well BSNL. BSNL placed all of them in respective Rect years from 1995 to 1999, irrespective of DoJ in the new AIEL also.

Whether AIGETOA and their activists will accept this AIEL or again go for litigations as done in 2015 and 2018 is to wait and watch as the AIEL published on 14.06.2018 and 12.10.2020 is one and the same. We hope that better sense will prevail on them and they will not oppose this AIEL and stop DPC as done in the past.

Last 10 years, AIGETOA was fighting legal battle in different courts claiming for 1:1 seniority irrespective of Rect year (1:1 interpolation of 2001 rect DRs with 1995 Rect promotees) and declaring the 1995 to 1999 rect JTOs joined after 2000 as excess promotees.

If litigations were not there, all the JTOs upto 2001 would have become SDEs in 2015 itself as per the final AIEL dated 20.02.2015. Remaining JTOs become SDEs in 2018 or even earlier.

The AIEL particulars for the remaining batches also will be called shortly as assured by the management.

The new PGM(Pers) immediately after joining, took immediate action for changing the criteria of inter-se-seniority from DoJ to Rect year and Training Centre marks. He was earlier GM(Estt) and instrumental for JTO RR 2014.

Their agenda is very clear now:

i) Delay and thereby deny the promotions to large number of JTOs (1995 to 1999), about 4000 in promotee quota. They retired without getting promotions. They were not a contender for further promotion to DE.

ii) Delay the promotion of remaining JTOs upto 2005 and the 2007 and 2008 JTOs also by not allowing the DPC in 2018.

If litigation was not there, DPC and LDCE could have conducted year wise w/o delaying promotions.

Most importantly, they are working with the management to derail the much awaited Time Bound Functional Promotion (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) which will give smooth promotion to the youngsters from 01.07.2018 onwards. Our efforts will continue to get the new promotion policy implemented and these JTOs also gets their SDE promotion from 01.07.2018 itself instead of a prospective date. Equally important, other eligible Executives in other cadres also have to get their promotion from 01.07.2018 onwards. Definitely we will be successful in our efforts and the coming CWC will be taking very strong decisions to get it implemented without any more delay.

25-09-2020

Fixation of Seniority of JTO cadre, consequent to Ernakulam High Court order.

Ernakulam High Court in its order dated 05.06.2018, directed BSNL to fix the inter-se seniority of JTOs based on Date of Joining (DoJ) instead of Training Centre marks as prayed by the applicants. Till that time , the inter-se seniority of JTOs were  fixed based on Rect Year and Training Centre marks, since 1963, by DoT and BSNL as per the DGP&T order of 1963. This is a time tested procedure followed by DoT and BSNL, for decades. Now, Hon HC directed for new criteria, DOJ instead of Training Centre marks which is having serious implications as it will spill over to earlier batches and Rects held during DoT period also. JTO to SDE DPCs held by BSNL and DoT earlier also may come under review if the new criterion is implemented, just like 206 seniority revision going on since 1990 for the JTO to SDE promotions took place since 1980s and DE and DGM promotions from 2000 onwards. This process is not yet completed.

The Review Petition (RP) filed by BSNL dismissed by the HC on technical ground that the RP filed by BSNL is similar to an appeal and hence it cannot be entertained.

Recognizing the long term implications, it is understood that as per the legal opinion received recently, BSNL management decided to file SLP in the Hon Supreme Court against the Hon HC order of Date of Joining and pleading for restoration of recruitment year and Training Centre Marks as per the guidelines in force. In the JTO RR 2014, the inter-se seniority criterion is defined as recruitment year and Training Centre Marks.

Meanwhile, BSNL management is in the process of circulating the provisional All India Eligibility List (AIEL) of JTOs recruited from 2000 year onwards, following Rect year criteria as proposed in 2018. BSNL is not strictly following DOJ criteria as directed by the HC. The final inter-se seniority will be subject to the Hon Supreme Court decision. The same method of preparation of AIEL was suggested by us as an interim measure and accepted by BSNL management in 2018 itself to go ahead with the JTO to SDE DPC for the remaining vacancies. BSNL filed an affidavit in December, 2018 in the Hon CAT in this regard and completed the preparatory work also. However AIGETOA and its activists not accepted that and demanded that the JTOs promoted on 15.06.2018 is to be reverted (for which they filed the contempt petition in the Hon CAT/EKM) and promotion is to be given in the ratio 1:1 between promotees of 1995 and DRs of 2001 rect years respectively. This 1:1 promotion demand is not accepted by BSNL management. 

The AIEL will be based on Rect year, to the extent of Promotees and DRs are available in a particular Rect year quota (not on 1:1 basis). JTOs recruited for a particular Rect year will be enbloc senior to the JTOs recruited for the subsequent rect years irrespective of Date of Joining. DoJ criteria will be followed limited within the same rect year, for the fixation of inter-se seniority within the same rect year. There is no change in the method of preparation of AIEL, same method proposed in 2018.  After having blocked the promotion offered by the Management in 2018, in writing as an affidavit before Hon. CAT Ernakulam, whether AIGETOA and their activists will accept it now OR object the same as done in 2018, it is to be seen.

From our side, we demanded that i) The unfilled quota for 2009-10 and 2010-11 vacancy years should be filled, w.e.f. 15.062018 notionally and ii) The All India Eligibility list should be prepared as per the norms by calling the Gradation particulars at least for all including the 2013 JTOs batch and sufficient JTOs from SC/ST category to fill up the SC/ST quota.

As far as SNEA is concerned all JTOs having completed 5 year of service in the present grade is eligible for promotion to next Grade w.e.f. 01.07.2018 as approved by the BSNL Board and any promotion less than this will be a loss to the Executives and adversely affect their future promotions.

16-09-2020

GS writes to GM(Pers):

Correction in JTO Recruitment year and subsequent consequential benefit of on SDE promotion and revision in the SDE Seniority list – cases of 3 JTOs belongs to A&N Circle.


Correction in SDE Seniority list 8– cases of Shri Tilak Raj Thakur, SDE, HP.

GS letter to GM(Pers) on correction in JTO rect year-- A&N Circle caseGS letter to GM(Pers) on SDE seniority correction

15-09-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

Extending E1+5 increments to post 2010 Recruited JTO/JAOs as an interim measure to address the huge pay loss of thousands of JTO/JAOs recruited from 2010 onwards in the provisional Pay Scale of E1.

GS letter to CMD

03-09-2020

GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

Inconsistency in management decisions complicating the HR issues and leading to unending litigations – latest one is the BSNL order regarding deferment of next Time Bound Pay Scale Upgradation under Executive Promotion Policy [EPP] for a period of two years in the case of refusal of post based promotion, in complete disregard of i) the understanding reached between the Associations and the BSNL Management while framing of EPP in 2006, ii) REA Rules 2014 and iii) BSNL Board decision dated 28.05.2018:

Time Bound Financial Upgradation upto E6 scale is provided under EPP 2007 as per the Terms and Condition for absorption in BSNL. In the said Terms and Condition for absorption, the promotion upto E6 will be Time Bound Functional promotion and post based promotions are above E6 scale, beyond SG JAG only.

Time Bound Financial Upgradation (upto E6 scale) and post based promotions are entirely different, it cannot be linked at all.

Till the notification of the 2nd MV, i.e. upto 15.06.2020, this issue was never discussed with SNEA. After the 2nd MV, whether it is discussed with the new Recognised Association, before issuing the order on 31.08.2020 is not known to us.

For a newly recruited JTO/JAO, 2 year deferment is having cumulative effect. If the first promotion to SDE/AO is declined, then his/her next 4 Time Bound Pay Scale Upgradations will be deferred by 2 years each.

Pers section once again miserably failed to study the matter and bring the facts to the notice of the BSNL Board. The Board meeting held on 28.07.2020 amended a non-existing policy provision, making mockery of Board decisions.

In view of the above submissions, it is requested to withdraw the above order Dated 31.08.2020 which is not tenable as it is in contradiction to the i) Terms & Condition for absorption, ii) Board decision dated 28.05.2018, iii) DoPT guidelines and iv)REA Rules 2014 provisions. On implementation of the BSNL Board decision dated 28.05.2018, ie. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, automatically deterrent on refusal of promotion will come into force.

So far we are waiting for the response from AIGETOA. Their silence indicates they are accepting the order and it might have issued by taking them into confidence. It may be another achievement and gift to the Executives.

GS letter to CMD

28-08-2020

Membership details of various Assn as per July 2020 subscription deduction (RTI Reply):

SNEA-11936, AIGETOA-8799, AIBSNLEA-3505, AITEEA-215  

RTI Reply dated 26.08.2020

26-08-2020

It is really surprised to observe that one Association did not stop planting lies through their website and social media even after the Membership Verification.

Latest one in those series of lies is their website updation that SNEA submitted objections to list 9 prepared and notified by the BSNLCO during MV (in violation of the code of conduct) and stopped the publishing of further lists.

SNEA not submitted any response to management on list 9. SNEA will convey its opinion as per its stand to the management only after discussion with all Circle Secretaries.

Their GS declare that list 8 promotion is the 1st priority, another leader at Delhi declare that E1+5 is the 1st priority, another leader says 22820 is the 1st priority and another one declares JTO to SDE promotion is the 1st priority etc shows their immaturity and how much they are confused after the MV.

Any way, they promised that all these demands will be settled within one month time including E2/E3 scale and SAB. Definitely, we will wait for one month for the settlement of all our issues. 

15-08-2020

S N E A     T S O A    B S N L O A

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No 9, Vote for your career

Please cast your vote for your faster Career progression.

If you are concerned about your career, only choice is SNEA, the only Association contributed so much for your career progression.

In each and every HR issues of BSNL Executives, SNEA made tremendous contribution and the highlights are:

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for Terms and Conditions before absorption in BSNL?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for 5 Time Bound promotions in 2002?

Was SNEA not the Association which got E1A and E2A scales instead of E1 and E2 scale in 2002?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for EPF contribution @12% of the emoluments (Basic + IDA) without the ceiling of Rs 6500/-?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for 50% IDA merger in 2006?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for EPP 2007?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for BSNLMS RR 2009 for regular promotion from AGM/CAO/EE onwards?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for increasing quota from 50% to 75% in DE promotion?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for amendment in JTO RR and paved the way for LICE/GATE recruitment?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for CPSU CH and got Board approval?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for E2, E3 scales without cascading and got BSNL approval?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for Pay loss of 22820 by forming the Committee and made mgt to accept pay loss?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for 3rd PRC and got Board approval, removing affordability clause?

Was SNEA not the Association which fought for 5% SAB?

Was SNEA not the Association which implemented Group Term Insurance?

Give SNEA 51% vote, SNEA assure Career Progression

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

14-08-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

Grant of all the benefits under CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 to the 1999 recruitment TTAs working in BSNL in accordance to Various O.M.(s) as issued by Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, DoP&PW for whom recruitment done by DoT.

This in continuation of our letter dated 11.08.2020 on the subject.

GS letter to CMD

12-08-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

Grant of all the benefits under CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 to the 1999 recruitment TTAs working in BSNL in accordance to Various O.M.(s) as issued by Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, DoP&PW for whom recruitment done by DoT.

GS letter to CMD

07-08-2020

Com Pawan Meena, Ex GS/SNATTA and Com Rajender Khanna, Ex All India President/SNATTA will work as Advisors to CHQ, especially regarding issues related to LICE JTO/JAOs.

06-08-2020

Giving a very good momentum to the MV campaign, TSOA extended unconditional support to SNEA.

TSOA formally announced its support to SNEA in the coming MV on 18.08.2020. GS/TSOA Com Shiloh Rao met the CHQ leaders today a New Delhi and offered unconditional support to SNEA. TSOA taken this decision appreciating the SNEA initiative for Unity of Executives in BSNL, its strong resolve for BSNL Revival and settlement of important HR issues of BSNL Executives.

Com Shiloh Rao was the All India President of AIGETOA for about 7 years.

06-08-2020

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No: 9, Vote for Rights

Your support will make us stronger, from 13000 plus to 15000 plus, crossing 51% votes in 2nd MV.

Give us 51% vote, SNEA is for your Rights

SNEA Manifesto demand: 16) Association stands fully committed to safeguard legitimate interests of SC/ST Comrades in accordance to the provisions of the Constitution and Govt policies with regard to their promotion, postings etc. 

 

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No: 9, Vote for Rights

06-08-2020

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No: 9, Vote for 1st TBP

Your support will make us stronger, from 13000 plus to 15000 plus, crossing 51% votes in 2nd MV.

Give us 51% vote, SNEA will FIGHT for 1st TBP

SNEA Manifesto demand: 7). We seek your support for Uniform 1st TB Promotion, w.e.f. 01.10.2004.

Issue put on track and BSNL sought the details of the Executives affected by this. However due to the financial crisis crippled the organization, all issues having financial implications kept pending and this issue also. By the approval of Revival package and VRS implementation, situation improving and the issue can be resolved once for all.

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No: 9, Vote for 1st TBP

06-08-2020

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No: 9, Vote for E1A/E2A

Your support will make us stronger, from 13000 plus to 15000 plus, crossing 51% votes in 2nd MV.

Give us 51% vote, SNEA will FIGHT for E1A/E2A

SNEA Manifesto demand: 9). We seek your support for E1A & E2A pay scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS etc.

We could convince the management about this serious issue. The proposal approved by the Management Committee of BSNL Board. However, DoT did not allow its approval in the Board. We are waiting for improvement in the financial condition.

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No: 9, Vote for E1A/E2A

04-08-2020

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No: 9, Vote for Unity

Your support will make us stronger, from 13000 plus to 15000 plus, crossing 51% votes in 2nd MV.

For Faster BSNL Revival and 3rd PRC, Vote for SNEA

SNEA Manifesto demand: 4). We seek your support for the implementation of 3rd Pay Revision in BSNL.

SNEA and AUAB could convince the BSNL Board including four External Board members and two members from DoT for the need for 3rd Pay revision. BSNL Board recommended 3rd PRC with 15% fitment by relaxing the affordability clause. BSNL is the only one loss making CPSU recommended 3rd PRC. Proposal pending for Govt approval.

This will benefit all the employees in terms of pay, SAB etc etc. For achieving this, we require the unqualified support of all the Executives.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

29-07-2020

Manifesto (The Sankalp Patra)

for Membership verification

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL, Vote for No: 9

SNEA stands for the UNITY OF EXECUTIVES.

Join SNEA, strengthen SNEA to cross 51% with 15000 votes in 2nd MV.

When many profit making PSUs including Oil Companies, Banks, Insurance companies are in the verge of divestments/ privatisation, with active organisational role of SNEA through AUAB and with the support of the Public, Media, Parliament members, Eminent personalities etc, the Trade Unions and Assns in BSNL compelled Government of India to declare BSNL as a strategic PSU and announce a comprehensive BSNL Revival Plan having the real capability for reviving BSNL. 4G spectrum allotted to BSNL free of cost. VRS for nearly 79,000 employees without any financial burden to BSNL as the total expenditure borne by the Government. For clearing the debts, land monetization for Rs 20000 Cr and long term bonds worth Rs 8,500 Crores approved. BSNL and MTNL merger only after sorting out the contentious issues. The struggle for revival of BSNL by the employees & Executives will be written in golden letters in Trade Union movement in India.

But of course only those who were part of that movement can understand  the greatness and they only have  right to be proud about the milestone achievements which ensured everything for employees of BSNL, the company which was recommended to be closed  by none other than the highest policy making body of the Govt, NITI Ayog. This BSNL revival is particularly significant to young BSNL recruits as they have a long way to go and their family life is yet to be settled. The big role played by SNEA in the whole struggle proves the concern of SNEA towards the future of the young BSNL recruits by protecting BSNL, thereby protecting their jobs.

Besides the Revival plan announced, SNEA could achieve many important breakthroughs after the formation of the Company in HR front during the last 3 years of the recognition period, inspite of the huge losses BSNL incurring for years.

For the fulfilment of the Govt decisions and the proposal for BSNL Revival, for the implementation of the settled HR issues and for the settlement of remaining issues on HR front, your valuable support is requested to further strengthen SNEA as the Recognised Majority Association with more than 51% membership.

The vision and mission of SNEA:

SNEA is fully committed to the growth of the company and the career progression of the Executives. Our agenda and focus for the next three years is as follows.

PART A:

i)  We seek your unstinted support for BSNL Revival and making BSNL a profit making CPSU with a professional management accountable to the fortunes of the company. For i) Expeditious launching of 4G services, ii) Reduction of AMC, iii) Roadmap for Revival of BSNL after VRS, iv) Renting out vacant land and buildings to fetch more revenue, v) Upgradation of FTTH and Transmission Network, vi) Timely payment of salary, vi) Timely payment of instalment recoveries like LIC, Bank, Society, Vehicle Loan etc, vii) Timely labour payments, Temp advance, Electricity, Rental, Vendor payments. A strong and vibrant SNEA only can oppose the wrong policies of the Govt and BSNL management.

ii. For uniting all the Executives under one banner. Unlike in other CPSUs, where a single Association represents the entire Executive community, in BSNL, several Associations exist. One of the major objectives of membership verification is to end this multiplicity and bring about Unity among the Executives. Multiple Associations will only strengthen the hands of the Management and delay or deny the genuine cadre interests. Seek your unique choice for SNEA on 18.08.2020.

PART B:

1) i) SNEA could force BSNL to recommend standard Pay scale of E2 and E3 w.e.f. 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A scales for all post 2007 rects and the future rects. SNEA stopped implementation of Presidential order of E1 and E2 scales approved by DoT on 28.03.2017.

We seek your support for implementation of the upgraded pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f. 01.01.2007 for all post 2007 rects and the future rects.

ii) SNEA could convince BSNL management about huge Pay loss issue (Rs 22820) for 2007 & 2008 rect JTOs and 2010 JAOs.

We seek your support for extending Rs 22820/- as initial basic for those recruited in E1A scale with 9850/-. We will fight legally and organizationally for 22820/-.

2) More than 14,000 Executives promoted in 2018. SNEA negotiated and got the BSNL Board approval on 28.05.2018 for Non-post based Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018.

We seek your support for implementation of Non-post based Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 for all the eligible BSNL Executives with PARITY and without linking with availability of vacancies, following the Govt policies on Reservation. All the JTO/JAOs with 4 to 5 years of service to get SDE/AO promotion. Similarly promotion to AGM equivalent Grades also. About 15000 Executives are expected to get promotion. 

3) SNEA and AUAB got the BSNL Board approval for 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment by relaxing the affordability clause. BSNL is the only one loss making CPSU recommended 3rd PRC.

We seek your support for the implementation of 3rd Pay Revision.

4) For post 2010 rects, E1+5 increment proposal is pending in the BSNL Board. Side by side in the DoT order dated 28.03.2017, Rs 18850 (E1+5) is given as initial pay.

We seek your support for: i) E1+5 for post 2010 rects JTO/JAOs, including SRD JTOs, JAOs and GATE JTOs as an interim measure till E2 scale is approved.

ii) Resolving pay loss issue for LICE/SRD/GATE JTOs and JAOs after addressing the pay loss issue for those recruited in E1A scale with 9850/- basic, legally and organizationally.

5) Superannuation Fund created with 5% contribution making total contribution 25.1%.

We seek your support for achieving remaining full contribution towards Superannuation Fund and for ensuring full 30% Superannuation Benefits.

6) SNEA got EPF contribution @ 12% of actual emoluments (current Basic+IDA) without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 15,000 (earlier 12% of Rs 6,500).

We seek your support for settling EPF Full Pension for better Social Security after retirement, including those recruited after 2014, the JAOs and GATE JTOs.

7) We seek your support for Uniform 1st TB Promotion, w.e.f. 01.10.2004.

8) We seek your support for cashless Medical facilities OR new Group Medical Insurance Policy for the BSNL Executives and restoration of w/o voucher for OP.

9) We seek your support for E1A & E2A pay scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS etc.

10) We seek your support for Fast Track promotions for meritorious internal candidates.

11) We seek your support for filling up of all vacant posts above AGM Grade on Regular basis in various wings from among BSNL Executives.

12) Settled FR22(1)(a)(1) pay fixation issue for Officiating JTOs.

We seek your support to resolve their Pay Recovery issues and extending the benefit for option for pay revision from date of regular promotion.

13) Hundreds of Rule 8 transfer of JTOs settled.

We seek your support for bringing back all JTOs working far away from their Home by streamlining the Rule 8 Transfer Policy. 

14) We seek your support for: i) reducing Bond period of newly recruited GATE JTOs and JAOs to 2 years, ii) liberal leave rules for higher studies and iii) NOC.

15) We seek your support for: i) restoration of LTC facility, ii) review of other allowances parallel to other PSUs and iii) Compensation for using own vehicle for Official purpose.

16) Association stands fully committed to safeguard legitimate interests of SC/ST Comrades in accordance to the provisions of the Constitution and Govt policies with regard to their promotion, postings etc. 

UNITED WE   STAND,   DIVIDED   WE   FALL

29-07-2020

Manifesto (The Sankalp Patra)

for Membership verification

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL, Vote for No: 9

Achievements/breakthrough during last Recognition period:

Even when severe financial crisis crippled the company, with the active support of the Executives, SNEA could achieve many important breakthroughs in HR front during the last 3 years of the recognition period for the career progression of Executives.

1.  BSNL gone through the worst financial crisis during last three years. Even BSNL was under the threat of closure. NITI Ayog recommended closure of BSNL. Different Ministries supported it. SNEA and AUAB launched series of agitational programs and due to the unprecedented support received from the public, media and the political leaders, Govt reversed its stand and approved a comprehensive Revival package without putting any financial burden on BSNL. The BSNL Revival package consists of: 1) 4G spectrum free of cost, 2) Land Monetization for Rs 20000 Crores to clear the debt, 3) Sovereign guarantee for long term bond for Rs 8,500 Crores, 4) VRS package for about Rs 15000 Crores funded by Govt and 5) BSNL and MTNL merger. SNEA played a leading role in AUAB in all the struggles, protecting BSNL from closure, thereby protecting the job of all the employees.

2.  Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: Worked tirelessly for five years Since Khan Committee formation in May, 2015. Negotiated with the management for the best Non post based Time Bound Functional Promotion policy or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy with 0% dropping and got the BSNL Board approval on 28.05.2018. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy promotion following the Govt policies on Reservation.

Highlights are: i) Three assured Time Bound Functional Promotion in 15 years, after every 5 years, upto AGM equivalent Grade. ii) 0% dropping in all Grades. In other PSUs, compulsory dropping from 15% to 60%. iii) Designation change as Deputy Manager, Manager, Senior Manager, Asst General Manager (AGM) and Jt DGM. iv) Parity in promotions among various Grades. v) One year relaxation for the same rect/vacancy year appointees. By this large number of JTO/JAOs will get promotion in 4 years. vi) Residency period for 1st TB promotion reduced from 6 years to 4-5 years in the new policy (SDE/AO promotion reduced from present 20 years to 5 years). vii) Future promotions will be on Rect year/ Vacancy year basis which will address the seniority issue of LDCE passed. viii) Promotion without new DPC for those in higher scales. ix) Relaxation in qualifying service from 5 years to 3-4 years for Sr SDE/AO Grade promotion. x) Efforts to reduce the residency period for promotion to AGM equivalent Grade from 12 years to 8-10 years for the seniors working in higher scales (DE/CAO/EE promotion reduced from present 20 years to 10 years). xi) EPP for E5 & E6 scales will continue.

3.  Filling up all the vacancies in all cadres by promotion in different wings through DPCs and LDCEs till Time Bound Functional promotion is implemented:

100% completed in all the Cadres, except SDE(T). 14082 Executives promoted during the recognition period. 5237 promotions made in SDE(T) cadre. In SDE(T), further promotion could not take place due to the Hon HC order in AIGETOA activists case quashed the JTO seniority from 2001 rect onwards and direction to prepare the eligibility list based on Date Of Joining and the contempt case filed by AIGETOA. The management offer for giving promotion and to withdraw the contempt case not accepted by them.

4.  Implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007: The BSNL recommendation for E2, E3, --- E7 scales rejected by DoT in Aug 2016 citing financial implications. SNEA got the proposal modified, limited to E2 and E3 alone. The contempt case filed by AIGETOA, given an opportunity to DoT to approve lower pay scales of E1 and E2 on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales from E1A and E2A. SNEA did not allow BSNL to implement E1 and E2 pay scales during the entire Recognition period. SNEA alone pursued E2 and E3 scales in DoT, DoPT, DoE and DPE. During the financial crisis, SNEA did not allow this issue to close. Again we started pursuing after the VRS, part of Revival plan.

5.  3rd Pay Revision: SNEA made presentation to the 3rd PRC. The 3rd PRC recommendations accepted by the Govt. Due to affordability clause, BSNL was not eligible for the 3rd PRC. SNEA and AUAB could convince the BSNL Board including four External Board members and two members from DoT for the need for Pay revision. BSNL Board recommended 3rd PRC with 15% fitment by relaxing the affordability clause. BSNL is the only one loss making CPSU recommended 3rd PRC. Proposal pending for Govt approval.

6.  Pay loss (Rs 22820/-) issue: Finally, SNEA could form a Committee and convince the BSNL Management about the huge pay loss for the 2007, 2008 rect JTOs and 2010 rect JAOs recruited in 9850/- scale. However BSNL did not agree to address the pay loss by extending Rs 22820/-, comparing to the JTO/JAOs joined after 01.01.2007. SNEA decided for legal remedy for getting Rs 22820 for the 2007, 2008 rect JTOs and 2010 rect JAOs. In parallel, we will try to address it by giving additional increments once E2 and E3 scales approved.

7.  Implementation of 30% Superannuation benefits: The contribution increased from 3% to 5%, taking the total SAB contribution to 25.1% out of 30%. BSNL is the only loss making CPSU, Superannuation Fund formed. It is not there even in MTNL. SNEA nominated one member to the Board of Trustees, managing the Fund.

8.  Hundreds of Rule 8 transfer of JTOs settled. Rule 8 transfer policy modified.

9.  We were able to formulate a unique GTI for Rs 50 lakhs for all Executives.

10.      Bringing Uniformity and Parity in promotion in Civil / Electrical/ Arch wings at par with Telecom and Finance wings achieved through the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. 

11.      Uniform 1st Time Bound up-gradation w.e.f. 01.10.2004: Issue put on track and BSNL sought the details of the Executives affected by this. However due to the financial crisis crippled the organization, all issue having financial implications kept pending and this issue also. We are waiting for some improvement in the Revenue.

12.      Settlement of long pending pay anomalies: After 10 years of struggle over the issue, management accepted our demand for Pay protection as per FRSR during Officiating Promotion and orders issued on 28.02.2017.

13.      “Full Pension option” for EPF pensioners: SNEA and its members becoming direct party in the Review Petition and SLP pending in the Hon Supreme Court on the matter.

14.JTO rect, both Dept through LICE & Outsider quota: LICE made current. Outside rect also conducted through GATE score.

15.      Training of LICE JTOs simultaneously in various RTTCs, in the same Circle to the maximum possible extent.

16.      All the BSNL Board positions filled as selection to DIR(Fin) completed.

17.      No subsidiaries by breaking BSNL into pieces: On Tower Subsidiary issue, in addition to organizational actions, SNEA & Others filed case at Delhi High Court challenging the decision. Any decision on Tower Subsidiary will be subject to the outcome of the case which slow down the implementation.

18.      Merger of BSNL and MTNL only after addressing the contentious issues:

We taken up this issue very seriously and demanded that before merger, all contentious issues are to be addressed. Union Cabinet agreed to our demand and our demand become part of the Cabinet decision.

19.      Association stands fully committed to safeguard legitimate interests of SC/ST Comrades in accordance to the provisions of the constitution and orders of DOP&T issued from time to time with regard to their seniority, promotion, postings etc. 

20.      Extending E1A/E2A pay scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 to JTO(C/E/Arch/TF), SDE (C/E/Arch/TF), PA and PS etc: We could convince the management about this serious issue. The proposal approved by the Management Committee of BSNL Board. However, DoT did not allow its approval in the Board. We are waiting for improvement in the financial condition.

21.      External MT stopped. Internal MT Exam conducted for Fast Track promotions to meritorious Internal candidates.

22.      Unique Welfare Scheme for its members: Payment increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh to the family of a deceased member.

A strong and vibrant SNEA only can resolve YOUR issues.

28-07-2020

What great things the so called SAVIORS done for Post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs!!!

3) On Pay loss of 22820 for 2007, 2008 rect JTOs and 2010 JAOs recruited in E1A (9850) scale ------

In the meeting held on 25.02.2010 with BSNL management (minutes issued on 09.03.2010), they demanded Rs 22820 as a onetime measure for the 2005 batch JTOs alone, joined after 01.01.2007. They committed to management that they will not demand Rs 22820 for the JTOs of subsequent rect years (read 2007, 2008 etc). According to them, they are not eligible for Rs 22820.

They proposed the Pillai Committee during 2010-11 that pay anomaly of 2007, 2008 rect JTOs and 2010 JAOs (recruited in E1A (9850) scale) can be settled by E1+5 increments, accepting E1 scale as final scale (revised scale for E1A). Once again reiterated their stand that 2007, 2008 rect JTOs and 2010 JAOs recruited in E1A (9850) scale are not eligible for Rs 22820/-.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

28-07-2020

Submission of memorandum to the MPs

As per the call of AUAB, submit the Memorandum to the Hon Members of Parliament by 31.07.2020, seeking their support for 4G launching and BSNL Revival as per the Union Cabinet decision.

The memorandum may be forwarded to Hon MoC in the following address: Shri Ravishankar Prasad, Hon Minister for Communications & IT, Sanchar Bhavan, New Delhi, 110001.

Email id: moc-office@gov.in

Twitter campaign on 05.08.2020

Open Twitter accounts for all employees including subordinate staff. Similarly CS and SSA Secretaries have to open the Twitter account and instruct all the members to follow the Twitter account of CHQ, Circle and SSA. 

SNEA/CHQ can be followed on @sneachq

We have to make it as a big social media campaign demanding 4G launching and BSNL Revival.

CSs and SSA/Dist/Branch Secretaries to monitor the progress in Memorandum submission and Twitter a/c opening for staff.

Our future depends on BSNL Revival

26-07-2020

What great things the so called SAVIORS done for Post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs!!!

1) E2 and E3 scales ---

SNEA got three pay scale upgradations: i) 1400-40-2300 to 1640-60-2900 scale in 1986, ii) 5500-175-9000 to 6500-200-10500 scale in 1996 and iii) E1 scale (8600-250-14600) to E1A scale (9850-250-14600) from 01.10.2000.

SNEA is struggling for the next upgradation of the pay scale from E1A to E2, from 01.01.2007.

SNEA: Demanded E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A scales before the Pillai Committee formed for addressing the pay loss issue in 2010-11.

AIGETOA: Proposed E1+5 increments, virtually accepting E1 scale for Post 2007 rects. Demanded E2 scale from 01.10.2000 and not agreed for E2 scale for Post 2007 rects alone.

In the Joint Committee meeting held on 18.11.2014, members from management side proposed E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A from 01.01.2007 as part of 2nd PRC.

SNEA: Readily accepted the proposal.

AIGETOA: Again demanded E2 scale from 01.10.2000. Not agreed for E2 for Post 2007 rects alone.

AIGETOA: In 2016, got a direction from Hon CAT/Chandigarh for notification of only standard pay scales (not E2 and E3).

AIGETOA: In 2017 filed contempt case against Secretary/DoT. In turn DoT notified standard pay scales of E1 and E2 on 28.03.2017 instead of E2 and E3.

SNEA did not allowed BSNL to implement lower pay scale of E1 and E2 during the entire recognition period. During the recognition period, SNEA got the proposal modified from E2, E3, --, E7 to E2 and E3 alone. SNEA alone pursued the matter in DoPT, DoE and DPE. After the VRS, we started pursuing again for the approval as part of the Revival plan, before BSNL & MTNL merger.

Note: Management will take decisions only when they feel that their decision resolves the problem and will be accepted by almost all the Employees. If one section is opposing the proposal, management will be reluctant.

So take a wise decision on 18.08.2020 to settle the demand.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

21-07-2020

Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 for all the eligible Executives, without linking with availability of posts.

Salient features are:

i)         Promotion is Non-post based, without linking with vacancy.

ii)  Three assured functional Promotion in 15 years, after every 5 years upto AGM Grade. Jt DGM designation after this.

iii) Almost 0% dropping in all Grades. In other PSUs, compulsory dropping from 15% to 60%.

iv) Designation change as Deputy Manager, Manager, Senior Manager, Asst General Manager (AGM) and Jt DGM.

v) One year relaxation for the same rect/vacancy year rects. By this large number of JTO/JAOs will get 1st promotion in 4 years. With E2 and E3 scales, the 1st TB promotion will be after 6 years which reduced to 4-5 years in the new policy.

vi) Future promotions will be on Rect year /Vacancy year basis which will address the seniority issue of LDCE passed SDEs.

vii) Relaxation in qualifying service from 5 years to 3-4 years for Sr SDE/AO Grade promotion.

viii) Parity in Promotions among various Grades in different streams.

ix) Promotion without new DPC for those in higher scales.

x) Promotion following the Reservation Policies of the Govt.

xi) Efforts to reduce the residency period for promotion to AGM equivalent Grade from 12 years to 8-10 years for the seniors working in higher scales.

xii) Continuing with existing EPP to E5 and E6 scale.  

18-07-2020

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

Your support will make us cross 51%:

A strong and vibrant SNEA only can resolve YOUR issues.

One Association formed at the behest of ITS lobby in 2005 is trying to divide the Executives into different category. They are trying to divide the Executives in the name of DR, BR, absorbee, promote, LDCE, LICE, Engg Graduate, non-Graduate for vote bank politics. By this they are destabilising BSNL and compromising the interest of all Executives.

The Executives should analyse what is the truth behind their propaganda and DIVIDE AND RULE POLICY.

Is there any difference in SERVICE CONDITIONS between the BSNL absorbed employees and BSNL directly recruited employees, which can be removed by any Association or even by the Management. Is the only difference in pension payment is creation of any Executive or any Associations. Is it not a fact, even in Government service, there is no Government pension scheme for those joined Government service after 01.04.2004? Have you ever hear separate Associations or Unions in government service or PSUs for those having government pension and those have PF pension.

Otherwise why they are making it as an issue during the MV, vote bank politics? And create hatred among the Executives and vitiate working atmosphere. Is it going to address the problems of the Executives? In that case there would not be any problem for the employees working in other PSUs or Govt Depts.

If the Executives are divided, who is benefitted? Management/ Govt OR the employees?

All the service Rules in BSNL are one and the same for all Executives, BSNL direct Rects as well as BSNL absorbee.

See the chat!

No

Issue

Status

1

Pay and pay scales

Same for all

2

Increments

Same for all

3

Fitment method

Same for all

4

IDA

Same for all

5

Promotion policy and RRs

Same for all

6

Executive Promotion policy

Same for all

7

Rect Rules

Same for all

8

Transfer policy

Same for all

9

Disciplinary/Conduct Rules

Same for all

10

Leave Rules

Same for all

11

Gratuity

Same for all

12

Medical facility

Same for all

13

Reservation

Same for all

14

Leave encashment

Same for all

15

Allowances

Same for all

16

LTC

Same for all

17

TA/DA

Same for all

18

Telephone facility

Same for all

 

Pension

Different *

* Pension: Pension for the BSNL absorbed employees got after lot of struggle in DoT and it was an offer before formation of BSNL. Govt pension for the Central Govt employees also stopped. For the Central Govt employees recruited after 01.04.2004, there is no Govt pension. They have only New Pension Scheme (NPS).

Pensionary benefits differs from organization to organization. The Govt pension for the absorbed employees given the opportunity to struggle for the remaining BSNL direct rect employees to get Superannuation Fund formed, even when BSNL was loss making. BSNL is the only loss making CPSU, Superannuation Fund formed. Even in MTNL it is not there! It is due to the combined struggle of AUAB. While BSNL is making pension contribution for absorbed employees on monthly basis varying from 04% to 23% of maximum of the pay scales, BSNL is paying EPF contribution to BSNL direct recruits monthly @ 12% plus Superannuation Fund of 05% of Basic + IDA.

Now, BSNL Executives has to decide who is misguiding you, who is dividing the Executives and compelling them to fight against each other.

Management is watching all these game, enjoying and depriving legitimate pay, promotion, SAB etc.

Still you want to play in the hands of those people and massacre you?

DECISION IS YOURS

Take wise decision at right opportunity. Yes, it is on 18.08.2020.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED  WE FALL

13-07-2020

GS writes to Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon MOC.

Denial of Leave Encashment and Ex-gratia to BSNL VRS-2019 optees having Personal Court Case (other than Departmental) pending in the Court. DOT letter dated 05.06.2020 has denied the payment of Leave Encashment and Ex-gratia to such VRS-2019 optees which is against the provision in the VRS Scheme. Sought the intervention of Hon MOC in the matter to release the entitled and eligible Leave encashment and Ex-gratia payment to VRS -2019 optees.

GS letter to Hon Minister

10-07-2020

GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR):

Need for working out a permanent solution to the Rule 8/Rule 9 transfer of JTO/JAOs working in various Circles for years together which requires sympathetic consideration. Temporary solution can be redeployment to shortage Circles on request on the backdrop of Restructuring. Promotion through CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, after 5 years is a permanent solution:

GS letter to DIR(HR)

10-07-2020

GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR):

Recovery of excess payment due to wrong fixation of pay during implementation of 2nd PRC --- case of Officiating JTOs

GS letter to DIR(HR)

08-07-2020

SNEA is for Standard Pay scale of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A for all the post 2007 rects and the future rects.

Protected the Cadres from demotion to E1 and E2 scale from 2017 onwards

SNEA was formerly known as JTOA which represents JTOs alone. After BSNL formation, SNEA formed to represent all the Executives.

Upliftment of the basic cadres, JTO/JAO equivalent cadres in terms of Pay Scales, promotions etc has given highest priority by SNEA.

In 1986, we got 1st upgradation of JTO pay scale from Rs 1400-40-2300 to Rs 1640-60-2900.

In 1996, we got 2nd upgradation of JTO/JAO pay scales from Rs 5500-175-9000 to Rs 6500-200-10500. JTO status also upgraded from Group C to Group B Gazetted.

In 2003, we got 3rd upgradation of JTO/JAO equivalent cadres pay scales from the BSNL offered E1 scale to E1A scale, w.e.f. 01.10.2000, on absorption. Eventhough it was part of Terms and Condition for absorption from DoT to BSNL, SNEA ensured that the same E1A scale is applicable for the BSNL directly recruited JTO/JAOs also.

Now we are for the next upgradation of JTO/JAO pay scales from E1A to E2 scale.

The upgraded pay scales have to be applicable w.e.f. 01.01.2007, for all the JTO/JAOs recruited from 2007 onwards, till date, including the GATE JTOs/2018 JAOs and the future rects also.

On 2nd PRC implementation, DPE issued guidelines on 26.11.2008, directing all the CPSUs to switch over from intermediary pay scales to standard pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007. In BSNL, E1A and E2A are intermediary pay scales which are to be replaced with standard pay scales.

Got 2 golden opportunities to settle the demand but due to the immaturity and adamant stand of AIGETOA, it did not happen.

1. In 2010, the issue of Pay anomaly of 2007, 2008 rect JTOs referred to a Committee. SNEA demanded that standard pay scales of E2 & E3 in place of E1A & E2A are to be processed and sent to DOT and they shall be allowed to draw Rs 9850/- till settlement.

AIGETOA demanded 5 additional increments to the E1 scale (E1+5) to address the pay loss instead of E2 and E3 scale for the Cadre and they were unable to think about SDE cadre at that time. By this proposal, AIGETOA accepted E1 pay scales for the post 2007 rects instead of E2. Our pleading with them not to demand E1+5 and to demand E2 and E3 pay scales as demanded by SNEA was not accepted by them. Their demand was E2 scale w.e.from 01.10.2000 onwards.

2. In 2013/14, the joint Committee formed with the Assn representatives deliberated the issue of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f. 01.01.2007. Somehow through many interactions, we could convince the Chairman and the members from Official side about the need for E2 & E3 pay scales to boost the morale of the young rects as well as for attracting best talents into BSNL. In the next meeting, Chairman of the Committee offered standard Pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A w.e.f. 01.01.2007, without any change in other standard pay scales. Chairman informed that if all are agreeing, the Committee can make a unanimous recommendation. AIGETOA told the Committee that their demand for E2 scale is from 01.10.2000 onwards, not from 01.01.2007. Chairman and SNEA pleaded with them that E2 scale from 01.10.2000 onwards is not part of the terms of reference of the Committee. It is a 2nd PRC issue due from 01.01.2007. Even then AIGETOA not changed the stand and insisted for 01.10.2000. The Committee wind up the meeting abruptly and there after no meeting on E2/E3 scale taken place.

These two were golden opportunities we got, to get standard pay scale of E2 and E3 for the post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs. The financial condition of BSNL was far better at that time. But they did not allow that to happen because they want E2 from 01.10.2000 onwards and their juniors, post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs getting higher pay scale of E2 was not acceptable for them.

Till 2014, BSNL was pursuing with DoT for the approval of its proposal dated 09.01.2009 with revised E1A & E2A. Initially it was rejected on 24.01.2011 and finally on 18.07.2014, after referring to DPE. In May 2015, as a result of our agitation, the Joint Committee for the pay scales and CPSU Hierarchy reconstituted by the new CMD taken charge. Khan committee recommended E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A without mentioning anything about other scales.

How we protected the Cadres from demotion to E1 and E2 pay scales.

On 06.06.2016, BSNL recommended standard pay scales of E2 and E3 with cascading effect to DoT for approval, modifying its earlier proposal of E1A and E2A dated 09.01.2009. DoT rejected the proposal with cascading effect on 09.08.2016 stating that: ------ considering the present financial condition of the company and the huge financial burden on Govt. -------, the proposal cannot be acceded to. BSNL again requested DoT to reconsider the decision. Immediately, after the 1st MV in Dec 2016, SNEA took it up with CMD and DIR(HR) and started vigorously pursuing in DoT.

In another development, in the case filed by AIGETOA activists, CAT/CDG directed DoT to notify standard pay scales (not E2 and E3). They may not have prayed for standard pay scales of E2 & E3 and CAT did not order for that. As usual they filed contempt against the Secretary/DoT against non-notification of standard pay scales. Utilising this opportunity, DoT notified the lower pay scales of E1 and E2 (E1 & E2 being standard pay scales) on 28.03.2017, replacing the (non-standard) higher pay scales of E1A and E2A and come out of the contempt filed by AIGETOA. DoT issued the PO, ignoring the BSNL recommendation, Union Cabinet decision and DPE guidelines on 2nd PRC. DoT taken a stand that approved pay scale of BSNL direct recruits from 01.10.2000 is E1 and E2 only and E1A and E2A scales are not applicable for BSNL direct recruits. By this, the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO demoted after their recruitment. This was a unilateral decision of DoT, without the recommendation of BSNL. Pertinently, the pay scale of an employee cannot be downgraded except by way of inflicting punishment on him. The effect of Presidential order dated 28.03.2017 is such that the pay scale of employees has been downgraded from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 without any fault of them.

BSNL was duty bound to notify the PO issued by DoT. SNEA strongly protested against this retrograde order, demoting the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by lowering the pay scales. We did not allow BSNL to notify the lower pay scales of E1 and E2. We demanded that BSNL should write to DoT to approve E2 and E3 scales as recommended by BSNL. On our strong stand, BSNL did not notify the E1 and E2 pay scales and written back to DoT on 03.04.2017 itself stating that:

i) E1 and E2 scales are not recommended by BSNL. BSNL recommendation is standard pay scales of E2 and E3.

ii) As per DPE guidelines, the pay scales are to be finalised as per the recommendation of BSNL.

iii) BSNL was making profits when 2nd PRC recommendations are implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2007 and all the employees got the benefit of 2nd PRC with 30% fitment and 78.2% IDA neutralization. So, the revision of pay scales to E2 and E3 as recommended by BSNL is fully justified.

Against the DoT order lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2, we launched several agitation programs from April, 2017 onwards. Management tried to crush the Association by various means, by charge sheeting the General Secretary for serving notice for agitation, filing court cases in the Delhi Court to ban all type of agitations by SNEA, including demonstration. Management tried to get injection from the Hon Court restraining SNEA from any type of agitation programs. SNEA never relented. We had gone ahead with our agitation programs till DoT agrees to review the Presidential Order for E1 and E2. We fought in the court also to get our trade union rights unaltered.

Several rounds of meetings took place at various levels for resolving the issue by reviewing the PO dated 28.03.2017 and approving E2 and E3 scales. Important meetings are:

1) Three meetings with Hon Minister, Shri Manoj Sinha.

2) Two meetings with Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon Union Transport Minister who intervened in the matter.

3) Tri-party meeting between Secretary/DoT, CMD/BSNL and SNEA.

4) Tri-party meeting between Hon MOSC Office, BSNL and SNEA.

5) Several meetings with Officers of DoT at the level of Secretary, Addl Secretary, Member (Fin), Joint Secretary etc.

Our Maharashtra Comrades played an important role in arranging such meetings.

On our continuous pursuation, Hon MoSC agreed to review the decision. However, the concerned Officers in DoT given a very negative feedback about the case, in the file. It is stated in the file that BSNL direct recruits approved pay scale from 01.10.2000 is E1 and E2 only. E1A and E2A scales are applicable only for absorbed Executives and not for BSNL direct recruits and BSNL wrongly extended E1A and E2A to BSNL direct recruits after the formation of BSNL. We countered this with the facts and relevant order of DoT dated 28.07.2003, extending E1A and E2A scales to all JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs, irrespective of BSNL absorbed or directly recruited. Finally, Minister directed to refer the matter to DoPT. It gone to Dept of Expenditure and finally to DPE. In the details furnished to DPE, DoT submitted wrong facts again, as submitted to the Minister like E1A and E2A scales are not applicable for BSNL Direct rects and the pay scale approved for them is E1 and E2 and hence the PO issued by DoT is correct. We had several rounds of discussion with the concerned Officers in DPE including Hon Heavy Industries Minister, Secretary/DPE, Addl Secretary, Jt Secretary and the Advisor and explained the background of the case. We made BSNL management also to meet DPE authorities and explain the matter.

Finally, after those meetings with DPE, DPE has given instructions to DoT to review the matter based on the recommendation of the PSU and as per the DPE guidelines issued on 26.11.2008. This is a major breakthrough as our two arguments accepted by DPE: i) the pay scales are to be approved based on the recommendation of BSNL and ii) the affordability clause is to be decided based on DPE guidelines of 26.11.2008 and not based on the financial status as on 2017.

But by this development, by end of 2018, BSNL entered into serious financial crisis. All attention diverted for the survival of BSNL. All issues having financial implications kept pending by DoT and BSNL. Even then we discussed this with Hon Minister and DoT Officers in few AUAB meetings.

After lot of struggle for months together, we could get a Revival package approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019 and thereby protecting our company as well as our jobs. After VRS, the establishment cost has come down drastically.

Merger of BSNL and MTNL which is part of Revival Plan is under examination. BSNL & MTNL Pay Scales are to be made equal before merger with revised pay scales of E2 and E3 for BSNL. We had taken up the issue again at the right time, for the settlement when Govt considering the merger. It was the   demand of SNEA to implement E2 scale etc in BSNL to have parity with our sister concern MTNL from the time of formation of BSNL.

MTNL EA is the Association representing more than 80% of the Executives in MTNL. MTNL EA is our former Delhi and Mumbai Circles. Both Associations together chalked out the plan to get E2 and E3 before merger of BSNL and MTNL. For that we decided for any type of joint struggle also.

Comrades, SNEA gone for agitations on maximum occasions for E2 and E3 pay scale upgradation. We ignored all type of threats and intimidations from the management and DoT on this vital issue and gone ahead with struggle. SNEA is very much confident that with the support of all the BSNL Executives, we will be able to get E2 and E3 pay scales approved w.e.f. 01.01.2007, for all the post 2007 rects, including the GATE JTOs, 2018 rect JAOs and even the future recruits in the cadre of JTO/JAO.

Approval of E2 & E3 can also pave way for resolution of pay loss issue of Rs Rs.22820 by giving additional increment

07-07-2020

GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR):

Extending E1+5 increments to post 2010 Recruited JTO/JAOs --- implementation of 1st part of the Presidential Order issued by DoT on 28.03.2017. Requested to take urgent action to extend Rs 18850/- as the initial basic for the JTO/JAOs recruited from 2010 onwards. This will give some relief to the GATE/LICE JTOs and the JAOs who were recruited between 2010 and 2018. At the same time, the 2nd part of the PO, the revised pay scales of E1 and E2 should not be notified as it is to be modified to E2 and E3 by DoT.

GS letter to DIR(HR)

06-07-2020

SNEA got Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy Or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approved by the BSNL Board:

Give us your full support & Vote to cross 51% mark in the 2nd MV.

SNEA assure promotion to all the eligible Executives in just 3 months.

For finding an everlasting solution to the core issue of Promotions, we meticulously worked out a Non-post based, Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy Or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy (CPSU CH) which will ensure Time Bound Functional Promotion after every 5 years, upto AGM Grade, in 15 years (5 years: SDE, another 5 years: Sr SDE and in another 5 years: AGM). It will be implemented from 01.07.2018, ensuring smooth career progression for youngsters, with parity in promotions.

Thousands of Promotions in June, 2018 is the first phase of CPSU CH. 

Read more about CPSU Cadre Hierarchy

06-07-2020

SNEA got Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy Or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approved by the BSNL Board:

Give us your full support & Vote to cross 51% mark in the 2nd MV.

SNEA assure promotion to all the eligible Executives in just 3 months.

For finding an everlasting solution to the core issue of Promotions, we meticulously worked out a Non-post based, Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy Or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy (CPSU CH) which will ensure Time Bound Functional Promotion after every 5 years, upto AGM Grade, in 15 years (5 years: SDE, another 5 years: Sr SDE and in another 5 years: AGM). It will be implemented from 01.07.2018, ensuring smooth career progression for youngsters, with parity in promotions.

Thousands of Promotions in June, 2018 is the first phase of CPSU CH.

SNEA and AIGETOA together completed all the negotiations/ discussions with the management on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Surprisingly, after finalization of the proposal and approval by the MC of the Board, AIGETOA changed the stand and started opposing it.

AIBSNLEA understood the importance of promotion, the difficulties for limited post based promotion due to reservation, threat of restructuring and started demanding the implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and modification in the residency period as we are doing.

The reason for AIGETOA opposition for CPSU promotion is very simple --- coming Membership Verification. The MV was due in November, 19 itself. If CPSU CH promotion is taken place, they did not have any space. Cunningly, they stopped JTO to SDE DPC also by filing contempt petition and not agreeing to BSNL proposal for SDE promotion.

1) CPSU CH is for the smooth career progression of seniors as well as juniors? AIGETOA opposing it as it is more beneficial to the youngsters?

2) CPSU CH provides Time Bound Functional promotion with scales.

3) In CPSU CH, JTO/JAO to SDE/AO promotion assured after 5 years. Further promotion as Sr SDE/AO in next 5 years and AGM/DE/CAO/EE in next 5 years: AIGETOA opposing it means AIGEOTA want that remaining JTOs also getting promotion after 15 to 20 years only as happening today?

4) Promotions to AGM Grade assured after 8 to 10 years of SDE/AO service. SDE/AOs in E4/E3 scale, they will get AGM promotion in 8/9 years after implementation. AIGETOA opposing it means SDEs continue to get promotion after 15 to 20 years only?

5) Promotion will be w.e.f. 01.07.2018. The 2 years service from 01.07.2018 will start counted for future promotions. AIGETOA opposing promotion from 01.07.2018 itself and 2 years service benefit?

6) After VRS, there is a golden opportunity to get assured AGM promotion after 8 to 10 years of SDE/AO service by reducing the residency period for the seniors from 12 to 8 years. Are you against the reduction from 12 to 8 years?

7) Since promotion is time bound and linked with pay scales, Executives will get promotion from the due date as in the EPP, irrespective of DPC date. AIGETOA is against this provision favourable to Executives?

8) The designation getting changed from JTO/JAO, SDE/AO, Sr SDE/AO, DE/CAO/EE to Deputy Manager, Manager, Sr Manager, Asst General Manager. AIGETOA opposing also!

9) No fresh DPC is required for those working in higher scale. Only taking VC, promotion order can be issued. AIGETOA opposing also!

JTO batches of 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 will get SDE promotion on 01.07.2018 itself and service weightage for future promotions. Similarly in other streams also.

The JTOs recruited for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, GATE JTOs, 2017 & 2018 and the JAOs of 2015, 2016 & 2017 and future rects will have a smooth career promotion and assured 3 functional promotions after every 5 years of service upto AGM Grade, in 15 years of service. Similarly in other streams also.

As far as promotion to AGM/CAO Grade is concerned, all those got SDE/AO promotion till 2008 will get AGM/CAO/EE promotion w.e.f. 2018 or 2019 itself. By relaxing the residency period, SDE/AO promoted upto 2013 can get immediate AGM/CAO/EE promotion. The VRS had thrown a golden opportunity to reduce to residency period from 12 to 8 years.

The court orders on implementation of Reservation in promotion from Hon Supreme Court and lower courts virtually stopped all the promotions. DoP&T is not ready to give any guidance to BSNL how to regulate reservation in promotion after the Hon SC judgments. The recent CAT/Chandigarh judgment on AO, CAO and DE promotions put new hurdles on promotion. In addition to this the contempt case and seniority issue not resolved for JTO to SDE promotion. Restg and drastic post reduction is on the cards. Is there any option remain for promotion other than CPSU Cadre Hierarchy?

SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA together gone for various agitations for CPSU Hierarchy, part of the Joint Committee formed in 2012 and 2015 and signed the Khan Committee recommendations in 2015.

Immediately after the 1st MV, management invited SNEA for formal discussions on the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy proposal. SNEA sincerely worked for CPSU Hierarchy since beginning as it is aware that drastic cut in posts is going to happen on restructuring and post based promotion will become a serious issue. About 20 to 30 formal and informal discussions with PGM(Pers), DIR(HR) and CMD held to finalize the proposal. Draft policy finalised by September, 2017.

It approved by the Management Committee(MC) of the BSNL Board on 02.11.2017. The approved policy is available in the website dated 07.11.2017. Management sought the suggestions from all other Associations on the promotion policy approved by the MC and after considering the opinion of the Associations, final policy gone for the BSNL Board approval.

When CPSU CH was about to be approved in the BSNL Board meeting on 02.12.2017, AIGETOA activists filed case in CAT Ernakulam against  CPSU CH and demanded promotion as per LDCE and DPC only. They got an injection on 01.12.2017 restraining the Board from approving the proposal on 02.12.2017, a big blow to the aspirations of thousands of Executives waiting for promotion. SNEA impleaded in the case and got the case disposed which paved the way for BSNL Board approval for CPSU CH.

BSNL Board approved CPSU Hierarchy OR Time Bound Functional Promotion upto AGM/CAO Grade (E4 scale), in the meeting held at Hyderabad on 28.05.2018, which is an amendment to the existing EPP 2007. Before the Board meeting, SNEA met all the Board members from BSNL, DoT and External Board members and explained the policy to them. Board approved it w.e.f. 28.05.2018 eventhough BSNL proposal was from 01.01.2017. It is due from 01.07.2018 and all the Executives would have got 2 years service by this time.

In fact, this was part of Terms and conditions of absorption, time bound promotion  between 4 to 6 six years up to SG JAG (E6 scale) and beyond it will be post based, SNEA obtained through the direction from PCAT/New Delhi (See terms and conditions for absorption). After the first MV when SNEA got recognition as Majority Association, we immediately took up the matter for implementation which resulted the present approval up to AGM level at least. But again some forces due to vested interest opposing its implementation just because their juniors also will be getting the benefits which is not tolerable to them.

After approval of CPSU Hierarchy on 28.05.2018, SNEA was always pleading for its early implementation. This was for maintaining uniformity and parity in promotions for all the grades. Finally after detailed discussion, management agreed for notification and implementation of the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy on 01.07.2018 and assured to complete as much DPCs possible before that by 30.06.2018 itself which was agreed by us. SNEA always support any positive development on promotion to the Executives. Remaining is history. We could promote about 13500 Executives during May, June 2018 against all the vacancies in different cadres in record time, creating history. An immediate result of CPSU CH approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. This will facilitate smooth implementation of the new promotion policy w.e.f. 01.07.2018.

Implementation of the Promotion Policy as approved by the Board, complying with the Reservation Policy Requirements of the Govt of India and Court orders will protect the interest and career aspirations of all sections of BSNL Executives. CPSU Hierarchy policy sent to DoT for their guidance on implementation of Reservation policy, NOT for scrutiny or approval or concurrence of the policy by DoT. As and when guidance is received regarding the Govt polices of Reservation from DoT/DPE/DoPT, it will be followed in the promotions from the date of implementation, i.e. 01.07.2018 as decided by the BSNL Board.

Post based promotion never gives promotion to all the eligible Executives. At the same time, all the Executives eligible for getting post based promotion on a prospective date will get promotion through CPSU Hierarchy also from 01.07.2018 itself.

Top management is not keen on promotions before Restructuring. Some section is working with the management to sabotage this policy by demanding post based promotions instead of Time Bound Functional Promotion to all which is already proved to be the main road block for promotions to eligible executives for 5 to 20 years. When Restg and drastic post reduction is on the card, demand for post based promotion is equivalent to stalling all the present and future promotions. We are vigilant on their activities and as a precaution, filed a petition in the Tribunal also to get the policy implemented from 01.07.2018.

Promotion from 01.07.2018 will benefit all the Executives. Now Management itself understood the difficulty in giving post based promotion and seriously considering the implementation due to the court orders on reservation and seniority issues.

SNEA is insisting for promotion retrospectively w.e.f. 1st July 2018 for all the JTOs and all the SDE/AOs completed 3 years of service. AIGETOA is opposing CPSU CH promotion and demanding promotion against limited available vacancies, for few Executives. Why AIGETOA opposing the promotion to all the eligible JTOs, SDE/AOs and equivalent cadres from 01.07.2018 and insisting for promotion from a prospective date, opposing parity and seniority with those promoted in 2018 etc is known to them only. 

06-07-2020

On Friday, we met the concerned officers and enquired about the implications of the judgment dated 25.02.2020 (received last week) of CAT/CDG on the promotion from JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO. The court case was on reservation in promotion as per Hon SC orders, catch up rule (AO to CAO) etc. BSNL is examining the case. Shortly it may be referred to DoT for their advice and further action on the judgment will be taken as per the advice of DoT. DoT may refer it to DoP&T, the nodal Ministry.

On promotions in various cadres, it is informed that BSNL cannot take decision on promotion involving reservation till the advice is getting from DoT or DoP&T on the judgment. Promotion which did not involve reservation is possible. 

05-07-2020

Pay loss (Rs 22820) for post 2007 rects, especially 2007, 2008 rect JTOs and 2010 direct rect JAOs who recruited in the pre-revised scale of E1A:

As all of you know, the 1st tenure of SNEA as Recognised Association since December 2016, especially last two years was turbulent one. Our main focus and aim was to SAVE BSNL from its CLOSURE in order to save the Career and Future of thousands of Employees especially Youngsters who have a long career ahead. It was very important to ensure that BSNL, our Bread and Butter is secured. But as a responsible Association which is very keen on the upgradation of the basic cadre of Executives, SNEA ensured that we will not allow degradation of our basic cadre and our fight will be continuing in the future too for the upliftment of the Basic Cadre by ensuring E2 scale and settling the Pay Anomalies happened for posts 2007 batches.

We initiated legal action on this demand for the 2007, 2008 rect JTOs and 2010 direct rect JAOs who recruited in the pre-revised scale of E1A scale of 9850-250-16400 (starting with Rs 9850/-) to compensate their pay loss in comparison with their present basic which they may get if they were placed in 9850/- as initial basic pay. Our demand is to put them back to 9850/- from the time of rect till the finalization of the replacement scale of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 and subsequently compensate their pay loss by  continued in the giving additional increments on E2 scale for which we are pursuing.

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04-07-2020

Superannuation Benefits to BSNL Direct Rect employees:

The Pension for the Absorbed employees given an opportunity to fight for the social security for others. BSNL may be the only loss making PSU in which Superannuation Fund is created with 5% contribution from BSNL, due to the efforts of SNEA and AUAB.

We will continue our efforts for i) full 30% contribution towards Superannuation Benefits,  ii) date of effect from 01.01.2007 and iii) getting a favourable judgement on EPF full Pension from the Hon Supreme Court for our members.

After becoming Recognised Assn, we could achieve a hike @2% of the emoluments w.e.f. 01.04.2017 and the orders are issued on 08.01.2018. Post VRS, we are pursuing for further enhancement.

Today the contribution of BSNL directly recruited employees reached 25.1% of the emoluments (Basic + IDA) out of 30% by the efforts of SNEA and AUAB. They spread hatred among the employees, by unleashing lies about Pension contribution to the absorbed employees.

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03-07-2020

EPF Full Pension Case filed by NCOA/NCR at Hon SC:

The revised data received from few Circles. Remaining Circles are to collect the information urgently. Additional personal details of the individuals becoming applicants in the case such as a) Fathers name, b) Date of birth, c) Designation with place of posting and d) employer name (BSNL) are required.

The lawyer had given us time upto 18.07.2020 to submit the list. So the list should reach CHQ latest by 17.07.2020.

The case was filed by NCOA and NCR in the Hon SC.

All the Executives interested to become party in the petition in the Hon Supreme Court can utilise this opportunity. In some earlier cases, EPFO extended the Full Pension benefits to the applicants alone, not to all similarly placed pensioners. So, lawyer advised us all members individually to become a direct party, without taking any risk.

All CSs, SSA Secs, Branch Secs and activists should ensure that each and every BSNL recruited Executive is informed about the court case and if they are interested to become party in the case, details are to be collected and mailed.

For avoiding hardship to the individuals for sending individual vakalatnama, General Secretary will be signing the affidavit on behalf of all the applicants. 

03-07-2020

SNEA gone to court for facilitating promotion, for removing hurdles on promotion and not to stop or stay the promotions.

SNEA formerly known as JTOA, the cadre Association representing the JTO cadre alone. After BSNL formation in 2003, SNEA formed, representing all the Executives in different cadres. Our focus was always on the upliftment of the basic cadres. When there was not much hindrances on promotion, SNEA could promote about 21,200 JTOs as SDEs in 11 years, from 2000 to 2011. Today JTOs from 1999, 2000, 2001 onwards rect are struggling for promotion. Who stopped their SDE(T) promotions since 2011 deliberately?

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01-07-2020

SNEA gone to court for facilitating promotion:

AIGEOTA gone to court for stopping or staying the promotions.

When the SDE to DE DPC was at the final stage in June 2018, AIGETOA activists filed two petitions, one at Chennai and another at Ernakulam demanding stay for SDE to DE, DPC and promotion. The application filed, praying against promotion of SDEs without Engineering degree as DEs. Ernakulam CAT stayed the DPC. They suppressed the fact that similar prayer has been already dismissed by Chennai CAT. SNEA timely intervened. SNEA got impleaded in the case, produced the CAT/Chennai order and got the stay vacated. These promotions materilised only through the organisational and legal efforts by SNEA.  

30-06-2020

More than 13,000 Executives could promote in record time in June, 2018 only because of the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy by the BSNL Board and the management decision to implement it by 01.07.2018.

The decision for implementation of CPSU Hierarchy from 01.07.2018 is recorded in the Pers section file. Copy of the Note sheet received through RTI. Pl go through Note sheet para 1 and 4(c).

Copy of the Note sheet conveying the management decision for implemenattion of CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f. 01.07.2018 received through RTI

30-06-2020

During the Recognition period, 14,082 promotions.

Record Number of promotions in May-June, 2018:

Remaining promotions from 01.07.2018

The promotions in all the cadres were held up for years together due to various litigations. More than 13,000 Executives could promote in record time only because of the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy by the BSNL Board and management decision to implement it by 01.07.2018.

The decision for implementation of CPSU Hierarchy from 01.07.2018 is recorded in the Pers section file.  Note sheet para 1 and 4(c).

We could make big headway in promotions in the small window we got in 2018, allowing reservation in promotions by the interim order of Hon SC dated 17.05.2018. That also when we were surround by litigations and adverse court orders. AO to CAO promotion was held up from 2013, JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE etc after 2015, due to the reservation issue.

The promotion orders issued in May-June 2018 created history in many ways: i) Record number of promotions in a year. ii) All the vacancies in all cadres filled up for the first time. iii) Golden opportunity for promotion to the remaining JTOs from 01.07.2018.

However, 5237 JTO(T)s only could promote. After 2011, SDE promotion could not take place for full vacancies due to the court cases in CAT Chennai, CAT Ernakulam & High Court of Kerala etc challenging the Eligibility list of JTOs  by the AIGETOA activists. In the cases at Chennai and Ernakulam, SNEA got impleaded to protect the Eligibility list prepared and got the stay vacated. 

On JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotion, we could do wonders when there was no stay of promotions. 21,195 JTOs promoted as SDEs in 11 years from the year 2000 to 2011. Every alternate year, we could conduct DPC (April/2000:4800, December/2001:5100, June/2002:550, May/2004:1509, Sept/2004:2481, January/2005:140, March-2007:955, November/2008:1729, May/2009:2084, March/2011: 1847. Total: 21,195).

Since 2015, the promotions in almost all the cadres were stuck up due to litigations, mainly on the issue of i) reservation in promotions and ii) seniority fixation. After the Hon SC judgment on reservation, various court cases filed on this issue. The promotions in various cadres especially JAO to AO, AO to CAO, JTO to SDE and SDE to DE etc were held up for long time due to reservation issue. After the long waiting for relief, Govt and BSNL got a temporary relief by the interim order of Hon SC dated 17.05.2018 which allowed reservation in promotions; reserved to reserved, unreserved to unreserved and promotion ON Merit.

Fully utilising this opportunity, we could first issue JTO to SDE LDCE promotion on 25.05.2018 for the vacancy year 2010-11 (total promotion: 2090). Some group made malpropaganda that the promotion orders on LDCE was stalled by SNEA and got released by them. On 5th June, judgment delivered by Hon Ernakulam HC in JTO to SDE promotion, giving partial relief. On 15.06.2018, we could issue JTO to SDE promotion order for the vacancy years 2009-10 and 2010-11 under SCF (total promotion: 3147). In any DPC, promotion order will be issued according to the number of vacancies considered for DPC, not JTO batch wise. In June 2018 DPC, 1999 rect JTOs partially covered. It is another malpropaganda by the same group who stalled the SDE promotions from 2011 that the DPC was stopped where BSNL recruits name appeared. In the earlier 2011 DPC, only half of 1995 rect JTOs promoted, remaining JTOs promoted in the 2018 DPC. Though thousands of SDE vacancies were available, this could not be filled  as the Eligibility list of JTOs recruited from 2001 onwards  were to be re-casted as per  order from Hon. High Court of Kerala as per Date of Joining, in the case filed by AIGETOA activists. If the management proposal was accepted by AIGETOA and not pressed for the contempt case against CMD, then also another 4500 vacancies we could have filled after June, 2018 DPC.  

Immediately after this promotion, management started discussions on promotions to different cadres for the available vacancies. During the meetings with CMD, DIR(HR) and GM(Pers); management was of the opinion that the DPCs can be completed in 3 to 6 months time, by Sept-December and CPSU Hierarchy can be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2019. In all the meetings, SNEA continuously demanded implementation of the CPSU Hierarchy from 01.07.2018 for giving promotion to all the eligible Executives. If DPC is going to be held, it should be completed before 01.07.2018 to the possible extent, we insisted. This was for maintaining uniformity and parity in promotions in all the grades. We insisted for Parity in promotions and we were of the opinion that parity cannot be achieved by post based promotions. After several discussions, finally management agreed for notification and implementation of the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f. 01.07.2018 and assured to complete as much DPCs possible before that, by 30.06.2018 itself which was agreed by SNEA. SNEA always stood for any positive development on promotion to the Executives. Remaining is history. Our firm stand during the negotiation, for implementation of the CPSU Hierarchy from 01.07.2018, resulted promotion of thousands of Executives on 29.06.2018 itself, in record time, filling all the vacancies, except in SDE(T) and the assurance for notification of CPSU Hierarchy from 01.07.2018. For completing the DPCs in time, management took some un-precedented steps: i) Promotion given for those who are in higher scales without conducting further DPC since they were all in higher scale after a DPC with same/higher bench marks. This was made possible since same provision got incorporated in CPSU promotion. ii) Upgradation of posts done for promotion to AO and DE cadres. This also done because of CPSU Hierarchy approval and management decision to implement it from 01.07.2018. In CPSU Hierarchy, promotions are Time Bound, not vacancy based and all the existing vacancies will be treated as abolished. The filling up of existing vacancies, as much possible, through promotions will make  the implementation of the newly approved policy smooth.

Why upgradation for JAO to AO and SDE to DE/AGM posts done: Is it had impact on JTO to SDE promotion?

To overcome the court cases on reservation at various CATs, JAO posts upgraded to AO posts to cover all the 2012 batch JAOs and given promotion on 29.06.2018. The seniority list of JAOs were not under dispute as in the case of JTOs. So upgradation helped the promotion.

In SDE to DE/AGM promotion, eventhough the reservation issue got some relief, the contradictory judgments from the Hon SC made the list 6 & 7 again under dispute. Initially, the seniority lists 6, 7 & 8 were prepared as per vacancy year, in 3:1 ratio. This has been challenged in various courts at Chandigarh, Mumbai and Ernakulam and finally Hon Supreme Court quashed the seniority lists, based on 3:1 ratio and directed BSNL to revise the seniority based on Date Of Joining(DOJ). Hon SC held that seniority is not defined in the SDE RR 1996 and 2002 and hence Quota can be given vacancy year wise but 3:1 seniority cannot be given. Finally BSNL revised the seniority list 6, 7 & 8 based on Date Of Joining when contempt petition filed against BSNL. On revision of seniority list based on Date Of Joining, all SDEs passed the LDCE 2002 against the vacancy years 1996-97 to 2000-01 and promoted in May 2004 became juniors to the  SDEs promoted against SCF Quota for the vacancy years 1996-97 to 2001-02 and promoted in April/2000, December/2001 and June/2002. SCF for 2001-02 year was promoted in June/2002. Similarly all SDEs passed the LDCE 2007 against the vacancy years 2001-02 to 2005-06 and promoted in November 2008 became juniors to the SDEs promoted against the SCF Quota for the vacancy years 2001-02 to 2005-06 who promoted in June/2002, Sept/2004, Jan/2005 and March/2007. The Review Petition and another SLP filed thereafter also not successful.

On 11.08.2017, Hon SC issued an interim order permitting BSNL to make the DE promotions with SDE seniority in 3:1 ratio, subject to final outcome. This judgment was applicable only for list 6&7 and the applicants were from list 6 & 7. This was in contradiction to the earlier Hon SC order for fixation of seniority on Date Of Joining. Due to the conflicting judgments, BSNL could not conduct the DPC for the existing 1782 vacancies at that time. In seniority list 6 & 7, about 4500 SDEs were there.

Since BSNL Board approved the CPSU Hierarchy and management decided to implement it from 01.07.2018 onwards, BSNL decided to temporarily upgrade SDE posts to DE posts to promote all the SDEs in list 6 & 7 which was disputed by the Hon SC orders and SC/ST from list 8. Finally we could promote 4796 SDEs as DEs overcoming all the hurdles. This promotion created SDE vacancies, almost equal to the SDE posts upgraded.

Finally, Hon SC dismissed the SLP later on, in line with the earlier judgment directing fixation of the SDE seniority based on DoJ. The Review Petition also dismissed.

If upgradation not done, the AO and DE promotion would not have happened.

When CPSU Hierarchy notification from 01.07.2018 delayed, we demanded parity in promotions through upgradation of posts. This has been considered by the management in the month of July-August, 2018. Finally management did not approved it because of the huge number of further post upgradations required in all the cadres for bringing parity (For clearing list 8, more than 3000 DE posts were required at that time. For parity in JTO cadre up 2013 rects, about 5000 additional posts required evenif seniority fixation issue resolved. Similarly for other cadres also).

For details, visit our website updations in June, July and August, 2018.

Comrades, we could do this with the support of all of you. That also when we are all struggling for our survival, company was facing the threat of closure. We could have done better if the stay on promotions were not there and the High Court order directing BSNL to revise the JTO Eligibility list based on DoJ was not come. But we will ensure their promotions w.e.f. 01.07.2018 itself.

Promotions in different Cadres during

December/2016 to June/2020

Cadre

Number of promotions

JTO(T) to SDE(T)

5237= (3147 + 2090)

JAO TO AO

2226

JTO(C) to SDE(C)

226

JTO(E) to SDE(E)

81

JTO(TF) to SDE(TF)

32

JTO(Arch) to AE(Arch)

01

SDE(T) to DE(T)

4796

AO to CAO

468

SDE(C) to EE(C)

198

SDE(E) to EE(E)

125

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

13

DE(T) to DGM(T)

673

EE(C) to SE(C)

16-10

 

 

TOTAL

14082

After the small window BSNL got in 2018 for promotion with reservation, final judgments come from the Hon SC, again endorsing the Nagaraju judgment on Reservation. This has further created problems for promotion and the same status continuing today also for promotion in all the cadres. As we afraid, the 25.02.2020 order of CAT Chandigarh on SDE to DE, JAO to AO and AO to CAO and the direction to review the promotions for the SC/ST candidates created fresh hurdles for promotion in all the cadres.

In all the meetings, Management expresses its difficulty in giving promotions due to the Reservation issue. This has been told to all the Assns. But some Associations are hiding this fact and publicly taking the stand that there is no issue of reservation in promotion and not telling what management told them. They have to explain now, why they suppressed the facts from the Executives. Is it just to confuse the people Or just for their votes? If management is ready to give promotions as they are claiming, why it did not come even after several dates announce by them?

 

We could promote 21,200 JTOs as SDEs in 11 years, from 2000 to 2011. Who stopped SDE(T) promotions from 2009 onwards deliberately ---  tomorrow.

26-06-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar,CMD/BSNL:

Conduction of 2nd Membership Verification for Recognition of Majority Representative Executives Association among the BSNL Executives -- our concern

GS letter to CMD

24-06-2020

Unification of all the Associations

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA jointly writes to the GSs of AIGETOA/AITEEA/ AIBSNLOA/BEA/ BSNLOA/TOA/ BESA/BBOA/ ABLE/BASE(I) regarding the need for Unification of all the Associations to have a single Executive Association like other CPSUs. Multiple Associations gives opportunity to the Management to divide the Executives. Ultimately, all the Executives will be benefited by this.

As major Associations, SNEA and AIBSNLEA felt it is our responsibility to take the initiative.


Joint Appeal by SNEA & AIBSNLEA


Joint Appeal by SNEA & AIBSNLEA

23-06-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD regarding timely payment of Salary to BSNL employees.

Employees are feeling frustrated as they are finding it hard to run their families in these pandemic times. Treat salary as the topmost priority and timely payment of salary will go a long way in boosting the sagging morale of the employees in these tragic times. Employees deserve all round of appreciation as they are giving their best to maintain the services round the clock in spite of delay in salary.

GS letter to CMD

23-06-2020

EPF Full Pension Case filed by NCOA/NCR at Hon SC:

Due to Covid 19 pandemic situation, Hon Supreme Court was hearing only petitions of urgent matter. Now situation is improving and we are going to join the case filed by NCOA/NCR in the Hon Supreme Court and become direct applicants. The case was filed by NCOA and NCR in the SC and SNEA is funding to NCOA for the case.

Additional personal details of the individuals becoming applicants in the case such as a) Fathers name, b) Date of birth, c) Designation with place of posting and d) employer name (BSNL) are required.

It is requested to collect the details from all the individuals interested to become party in the petition at Supreme Court and resubmit the consolidated list by 30.06.2020.

For avoiding hardship to the individuals, General Secretary will be signing the affidavit on behalf of all the applicants, certifying that all the names included in the list are members of the Association.

18-06-2020

My Dear BSNL Executives,

For the last three and half years, you had given us an opportunity to serve you as the Recognised Association. Last two years was the most challenging period for the Association and BSNL in its history. After becoming the Recognised Association, SNEA could settle certain issues and made headway in some other issues. This all happened when company was under severe threat, we are all struggling for salary payments and BSNL was under the threat of closure.

SNEA could work as pillar stone for the joint functioning of Executive and Non Executive Unions and bringing all stake holders under a single umbrella though some group tried their level best to propagate sectarian interest. We feel proud such divisive forces could not succeed in their game plan and the Executives/employees has rejected such divisive forces. This was the period, SNEA has to face attack from the management in the form of criminal case and disciplinary proceeding for having conducted Trade union activities for genuine HR issues like E2/E3 pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and joining hands with Non Executive Unions demanding Pay revision,  Financial supports from Government, Allocation of 4G spectrum etc.

While thanking all of you for reposing faith on SNEA, some important issues which SNEA could settle or made headway during last three and half years with your active support are given below:

1. Protected BSNL from the threat of closure and the job of thousands and thousands of employees of which about 46,000 are Executives. BSNL was struggling for its survival.

Vested interests tried their level best to weaken BSNL which lead to its disintegration and closure. Govt also closed its eyes and waiting for the natural death.

SNEA was in the forefront of all the struggles and mobilizing public opinion and very good media coverage in favour of BSNL. We could get also in this regard.

Finally we succeeded by the approval of the Revival plan by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. The Revival plan had the real capacity to facilitate BSNL revival as it includes 4G spectrum allotment, financial assistance in the form of permission for land monetization and Rs 8,500 Cr bond.

This is a great achievement of all BSNL employees and those believe PSUs are necessary for protection of common man interest.  The decision of the Government for the revival of this loss making PSU is more significant in the overall political/economical environment in the country wherein even profit making PSUs, Banks, Airports, Coal Sector, Oil Sector, Ports, Insurance Sector and even Defence factories are being disinvested. We could make the Government recognise BSNL as a strategic PSU.

BSNL REVIVAL PLAN:

a) 4G spectrum free of cost. Spectrum cost and 18% GST are paid by Govt.

b) No financial implication for BSNL on VRS. Entire Ex-Gratia payment borne by the Govt. Earlier it was proposed to issue bonds for the VRS package which has to be later paid by BSNL

c) Land monetization for loan repayment and development.

d) Rs 8,500 Crore bond for Restructuring of loan.

But we find that still vested interest are trying its level best to stop 4G launching and making road block in getting bank loan. We have to keep our vigil till the company is actually revived.

e) Before BSNL & MTNL merger, contentious issues will be addressed. This gives an opportunity to settle E2 and E3 pay scales replacing E1A and E2A before merger.

2. For finding an everlasting solution to the core issue of Promotions, we meticulously worked out a Non-post based Time Bound functional Promotion Policy Or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy which will ensure Time Bound Functional Promotion after every 5 years, upto AGM Grade. It will be implemented from 01.07.2018, ensuring smooth career progression for youngsters with parity.

3. During this period, 14,082 Executives got promotion. 5237 JTO(T)s only could promote in 2018. After 2011, SDE promotion could not take place for full vacancies due to the court cases in CAT Chennai, CAT Ernakulam & High Court of Kerala.

4. Standard Pay scale of E2 and E3: DoT on facing the contempt petition, abruptly issued Presidential order on 28.03.2017, replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with lower pay scales of E1 and E2. The strong opposition from the Recognised Association SNEA on lowering of pay scales and demotion of the cadres stopped BSNL from notifying the E1 and E2 pay scales. We forced BSNL to take up with DoT again for the approval of BSNL proposed of E2 and E3 scales. The proposal for merger of BSNL and MTNL as part of Revival Plan given a strong ground for us to settle E2 and E3 scales before merger. With this we could bring this vital issue back to rail.

5. BSNL may be the only loss making PSU where Superannuation Fund is created. After becoming Recognised Assn, we could achieve a hike @2% of the emoluments w.e.f. 01.04.2017 and the orders are issued on 08.01.2018. CMD offered another hike by March, 2019 but it did not materialise so far. Post VRS, we are pursuing for further enhancement for which we are continuing our efforts pointing out the reduced wage bill due to VRS and improving financial position.

6. BSNL Board recommended 3rd PRC with 15% fitment for the Executives. BSNL is the only loss making PSU, recommended Pay Revision seeking relaxation on affordability clause.

7. Group Term Insurance (GTI) for the BSNL Executives is a major breakthrough especially for the young comrades. It was a commitment given by SNEA and we could get it operational by March, 2019 with a premium of Rs 9440/ for a coverage of  Rs 50 lakhs  for all Executives  up to 50 Years.

8. On pay loss for post 2007 rects: Management is not agreeing to our demand. So we initiated legal action on this demand. We demand continuing with the pre-revised scale of Rs 9850/ till the issue resolved.

9. Giving relief to thousands of Executives Officiated earlier, orders issued on 28.08.2017 protecting the officiating pay. Thousands of Executives were facing one or two increments reduction in their pay and recovery of lakhs of rupees.

10. EPF full Pension: EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500 was a milestone for the BSNL employees and the biggest achievement of SNEA in 2005. Earlier BSNL was making the contribution limited to 12% of Rs 6500 only. Through NCOA, SNEA and its members becoming direct party in the Hon Supreme Court in the pending SLPs on EPF full Pension issue.

11. Protection of Additional increment on functional promotion: We got favourable judgment against the DoT order rescinding the additional increment on functional promotion as per EPP.

12. Facilitating Rect to JTO/JAO cadres in Dept/DR quota by clearing the hurdles.

13. Amendments in SDE RR notified on 08.05.2018, effectively from 28.08.2015. Rota and Quota rule restored in SDE seniority from 28.08.2015, which was lost due to Hon. Supreme Court Order for those passed LDCE under 1996 and 2002 SDE RR.

14. FR22(1)(a)(i) fixation for Officiating JTOs.

15. External MT stopped. Examination for internal MT conducted.

16. E1A and E2A pay scales for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS from 01.10.2000. We could convince the management and proposal got it cleared by the MC of the Board. However Dot objected it in the Board and directed BSNL to withdraw the proposal from Board agenda. Matter is pending now.

17. Relaxation in qualifying service for LICE JTO/JAO in Rule 8 Transfers.

18. Addressing Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs passed the LDCE 2007.

Comrades, the divided mandate in the 2016 membership verification had adverse impact on the resolution of some vital issues as we witnessed last three and half years. We would have more successful if all the Executives and Executives Associations joined hands and single Association concept brought in BSNL. We will continue our sincere efforts in this regard. Small small differences coming on the way of settlement of issues and management very cleverly utilising such opportunity by promoting small groups.

The issues under pipeline/ pursuation require the support of all the Executives. Management will use each and every divisive force against the overall interest of Executives, we have to be careful. While placing our sincere efforts for the resolution of issues, we take the responsibility also for the issues which we could not settle so far. We are looking forward for more Unity among the Executives for the welfare of the Executives and for more focus on the Revival of BSNL.

17-06-2020

Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs passed the LDCE 2007:

It is understood that the Committee meeting held today for more than 3 hours and discussions are positive. We are regularly interacting with the Committee members CGM(Legal) and Sr GM(Estt) and explaining the issue to them. 

15-06-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

Approval of standard Pay Scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f. 01.01.2007 as per 2nd PRC recommendations, replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A in view of:

i)   Merger of BSNL and MTNL as per Revival Plan and BSNL & MTNL Pay Scales are to be made equal before merger with revised pay scales of E2 and E3.

ii)  After VRS, the establishment cost has come down drastically.

In the case of BSNL, DoT taken a hasty decision, in order to avoid a contempt of court against Secretary, DoT regarding no-approval of the standard pay scales. DoT approved lower pay scales of E1 and E2 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A without consulting even BSNL.

By this order, the pay of an Executive recruited after 01.01.2007 has come down by atleast Rs 10,000 per month. In the basic pay itself, there is a reduction of Rs 4300.

Pre-revised scale

Revised scale proposed by BSNL on 06.06.2016

Revised scale approved by DoT on 28.03.2017

Difference in Basic pay itself

E1A

9850-250-14600

E2

20600-46500

E1

16400-40500

Rs 4200

E2A

11875-300-17275

E3

24900-50500

E2

20600-46500

Rs 4300

Pay scale of an employee cannot be downgraded except by way of inflicting punishment on him. The effect of Presidential order dated 28.03.2017 is such that the pay scale of employees has been downgraded from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 without any fault of them.

Merger can take place only after BSNL and MTNL pay scales are made equal. For that purpose, BSNL pay scales of E1A and E2A are to be revised to E2 and E3.

The annual financial implication on implementation of the E2 and E3 pay scales is worked out as just Rs 46 Crores.

GS letter to CMD

14-06-2020

It is time to change the mindset.

Do not divide the Executives and weaken the Unity.

Instead of multiplying problems, try to resolve the issues. Join hands with us in getting CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implemented.

No more negative politics, the Executives cannot afford it.

Few questions to the misguided activists and the leaders of AIGETOA who spreads hatred messages and makes all mal-propaganda through social media and websites only to oppose SNEA?

1. Why are you opposing CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and demanding DPC against available vacancies???

Are you not aware of the fact that with the available vacancies, all JTOs or SDE/AOs cannot be promoted to next higher Grade? Is it not to deny promotion to the LICE JTOs?? Are you not aware of the fact that vacancies are getting reduced and promotion will be a nightmare unless Time Bound Functional Promotion without linking to post is accepted like other PSUs, i.e. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is the only viable option left, which can ensure promotion to all the eligible Executives?? Are you not a party to Khan Committee recommendations and part of all negotiations with the management till its approval???

CPSU Cadre Hierarchy can guarantee immediate promotion for all DR recruited JTOs, it can guarantee promotion of LICE JTOs completed 5 years of service. Even GATE JTOs can be assured that they will be promoted as soon as they complete 5 years of service.

But you are still against CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, supporting management and propagating rumours that SNEA is doing nothing for BSNL Recruits and is against their promotion. Please retrospect who is actually against the promotion of BRs?

2. When BSNL Proposed promotion to all Executives with 5 years of  service in 2017 under CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, why you have gone to court and obtained stay on it by which all have lost 3 years service already???

3. Why you are demanding promotion from a prospective date and not from 01.07.2018? Is it not to stop promotion for the remaining BRs atleast from 01.07.2018 and again making 2 years service loss for their future promotions???

4. How many times you announced the date for JTO to SDE promotion to cheat the JTOs whenever membership change window was open, knowing very well that because of your stand in CAT/EKM, DPC could not be held?

5. Is it not your immaturity and short-sightedness in not accepting the BSNL commitment in Hon CAT/EKM to conduct DPC against all SDE Vacancies instead of demanding Contempt against CMD/BSNL and his personal appearance for prosecution???

6. Can you tell us why the lead applicant in Ernkulam CAT, who is still a JTO, has decided not to join with you to continue with the case at EKM??

7. When Date Of Joining was pronounced as criteria for SDE seniority of list 6 & 7 by Hon Supreme Court, you supported it and demanded the same criteria for JTO Gradation list. Then how can you now demand for preparation of list 9 as per vacancy year instead of Date Of Joining?

8. SNEA have members and leaders from DOT & BSNL recruits, Absorbees & BSNL Direct recruits, Direct recruits & Promotees, Direct recruits & LICE, SCF & LDCE from all stream and wings including Seniors & Juniors. If you are against DOT recruits and those who are having pension, why you have changed your constitution to give membership to all BSNL Executives?? If you are against promotees, why you have changed your constitution to give membership to LICE and Promotee Executives???

9. Are you aware of the fact that thousands of DoT recruits taken absorption are Graduates, Engineering Graduates and Post Graduates and toppers from reputed institutions?

10. You were always against non Engineering Graduates, then why have you allowed Account Personal to become your members:

AND

Why are you approaching non Engg Graduate, Diploma LICE JTO/JAOs for membership???

11. Have you not opposed the reduction of qualifying service for TTA (now JE) to JTO promotion from 10 years to 7 years and then to 5 years and tried to stop their promotion as JTO/JAO???

12. Have you not gone to Court for staying LDCE 2007 from JTO to SDE? Is it not a fact that your leaders written and passed the LDCE 2007 where as ordinary members boycotted it???

13. In 2007 you gone to court to stop the LDCE for DoT Rects but in turn tried to stop the LDCE for 2001 rects BRs also?

14. Have you not gone to CAT Chennai and EKM for staying DPC from JTO to SDE since 2009???

15. Is it your case at Ernakulam stopping the JTO to SDE promotion for the BRs also today???

16. Have you not gone to Chennai and EKM CAT in June, 2018 for staying AGM/DE DPC???

17. Is it not your agenda to stop the young Executives becoming MTs through Internal MT and reaching higher positions? Is it not your understanding with the ITS in the recent closed door meeting to tactfully help them to continue ITS deputation in BSNL beyond 2022?? Why your leaders written the Intl MT exam when members are asked to oppose it? Can the leaders publicly declare that they will not accept MT post evenif they pass the MT exam???

18. Have you ever approached the court for conducting DPC rather than stopping it???

There are many more questions, which establish that the attitude of AIGETOA have destroyed the career progression of others also because of their short-sightedness, immaturity, in-experience and negative mindset.

10-06-2020

Agenda meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR) and HR team on 09.06.2020.

PGM(Pers), Sr GM(Estt), GM(SR) and GM(Restg) also present in the meeting. Com Sebastin K, GS/SNEA, Com S Sivakumar, GS/AIBSNLEA, Com A A Khan, President/SNEA and Com Rajpal, AGS/AIBSNLEA participated in the meeting. The meeting went on for more than three and half hours.

Brief of meeting:

a) Regular promotions to all Grades for all the eligible Executives instead of LA arrangement. There is no financial implications for promotions:

In the last meeting held on 05.05.2020, it was concluded that due to court cases and reservation related issues, implementation of Non-post based Time Bound promotion policy OR CPSU Hierarchy approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 will be expedited and Pers section will work out on that. We explained that due to various court cases, promotions are held up for years together and to overcome that, CPSU Hierarchy is approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. It is as per the terms and conditions mentioned in the Presidential orders issued to the Executives at the time of absorption in BSNL. The promotion orders issued in June, 2018 also under litigations and Hon CAT/Chandigarh declared the AO and DE promotions PROVISIONAL and directed BSNL to review the promotions. JTO to SDE promotion also under litigation at CAT/Ernakulam. Hence no other option left for BSNL to give promotions.

We were very firm on our demand for promotion w.e.f. 01.07.2018 itself as it will ensure parity in promotions and protect the seniority with those promoted in June 2018 and counting of 2 years service for the future promotions. Due to litigations, JTO to SDE promotion is pending since 2011 except some promotion in 2018. Almost all the promotions held up between 2015 to 2018 due to reservation issue. To compensate those damages, management itself proposed CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f. 01.01.2017 itself but Board approved it w.e.f 28.05.2018. We explained that earlier also, EPP and SDE RR amendment etc implemented retrospectively. i) EPP approved and notified on 18.01.2007 but implemented from 01.10.2000 onwards with all consequential benefits from 01.10.2004. ii) SDE RR amendment notified on 08.05.2018, effectively from 28.08.2015, the Board approval date.

BSNLMS RR notified in 2009 and promotion to AGM/CAO/EE grade given after 10 years of BSNL formation.

Under the same Administrative Ministry (DoT), TCIL and BBNL is giving promotions through Non-post based Time Bound promotion OR CPSU Hierarchy.

On the reference to DoT, DIR(HR) got it clarified from the letter sent by BSNL to DoT that BSNL is seeking only guidance from DoT, not approval OR concurrence.

We categorically told the management that Look After arrangement cannot be continued like this and the Executives are to be given Regular promotion. Otherwise, in the near future, we will be forced to make appeal to our members not to accept LA promotion which will create operational issues in the field.

Finally after detailed discussion, it is decided that Director(HR) will brief the CMD and other Board members about the policy approved by the Board and the need for its implementation as no other option left for BSNL to give promotions. A presentation will be given to the Management Committee of the Board on the policy in 2 weeks time as all Board members are new.

b) DGM(T/F) Adhoc to DGM(T/F) Regular promotion. Relaxation in qualifying service for DGM(T) and DGM(F) promotion as the Executives are already working as DGM on LA basis:

On DGM(T/F) Adhoc to Regular promotion, we demanded their regular promotion. Now the number of vacancies are much much higher than the eligible AGM/CAOs. On DGM(T) Adhoc to Regular promotion, management informed about the seniority revision and legal aspects will be examined for giving regular promotion. Since there is no seniority issue, DGM(F) Adhoc to Regular promotion may be processed.

Due to abnormal delay in promotions to AGM and CAO Grades, sufficient AGM and CAOs are not available for promotion to DGM Grade. More than 90% of the posts are lying vacant. At the same time management utilising their service as DGM by LA arrangement. We demanded their regular promotion as DGM by relaxing the qualifying service. Al of them got sufficient experience as AGM/CAO by LA/Officiating/regular service. Management accepted that there is operational requirement and in principal agreed our demand. Finalization of number of DGM posts through Restg will be finalized by this month end. Thereafter proposal will be moved.

c) Agenda meeting for Non Recognized Associations:

We strongly objected the management action and told DIR(HR) that there is no need for Membership Verification at all as there is no distinction between Recognized/ applicant /non-applicant Assns. All are given meetings even on policy matters and management is using them against the Recognized Associations making Membership Verification and Recognition Rules irrelevant. The very purpose of Membership Verification was to end multiplicity of Associations but it is defeated by the management. Due to the Divide and Rule policy of the management, resolution of the HR issues are getting delayed and the Executives are suffering.

Management explained that no agenda meeting is given to any other Association other than Recognised Association. All the meetings given to other Associations are only informal. It will be taken only as a feedback to the Management. On important matters and policy matters, Management will consider the opinion of the recognised Association only, as per the Recognition Rules.

d) Hike in SAB contribution and payment of SAB contribution:

We demanded hike in Superannuation Benefits (SAB) contribution as assured by the management earlier and payment of SAB contribution to LIC from August, 2019 onwards. SAB is the social security for the BSNL directly recruited employees and it has to be given top most importance after salary, we demanded. Since the SAB contribution payment to LIC is pending, the VRS optees retirement claim from Superannuation Fund also not settled so far.

On pending payment of SAB contribution, Management agreed to take up with the concerned. Hike in SAB contribution will be examined by the Management, it is assured.

e) Pending Modification in DGM(T) promotions – majority of them worked outside the Circle and come back 3 year back:

We explained that as AGMs they were worked outside the Home Circle and came back to their Home Circle after 3 years. Again on DGM promotion, they have been transferred out from their Home Circle. As all are worked outside, they may be posted in the same Circle itself. Management informed that the cases will be considered. 

f) Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs promoted as SDEs in LDCE 2007: 

We requested to complete the process in a combined manner and a meeting with the Committee at the earliest. After discussions, it is decided to have the Committee meeting this week itself.

01-06-2020

Demanding Post based promotion instead of CPSU Hierarchy is equivalent to stalling all the present and future promotions. That also when Management itself considering implementation of CPSU Hierarchy:

The deadlock situation in post based promotion (for the very limited vacancies) is mainly due to litigations on:

i) Reservation issue in all the Grades,

ii) Contempt of case (JTO to SDE, SDE to DE and JAO to AO),

iii) Seniority issue (JTO to SDE).

To overcome the hurdles due to litigations, CPSU Hierarchy OR Time Bound functional promotion upto AGM/CAO Grade (E4 scale) is approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. It is due from 01.07.2018 and all the Executives would have got 2 years service by this time. Instead of strongly pursuing its implementation for a smooth career progression, trying for post based promotion for very limited vacancies is just to help/support the management to implements its agenda: NOT TO GIVE PROMOTION TO ALL THE ELIGIBLE EXECUTIVES.

Forget SNEA, what is the action plan of others to get THE Board decision implemented before Restructuring and post reduction taking place? What is the logic in demanding post based promotion from a prospective date for limited Executives when they are eligible for promotion from 01.07.2018, 2 years earlier itself (Post based promotion will be always prospective). Resultantly all Executives will lose 2 years of service, is it an achievement?

Since top management is not keen on promotions before Restructuring, the whole process is delaying. When maximum Executives are getting promotion through CPSU Hierarchy, demand for limited post based promotion strengthens the management agenda to delay the promotions till the Restg and thereafter limit the promotions to the few vacancies.

Once the BSNL Board decision is implemented:

1) Promotion will be given from 01.07.2018 itself. By this, 2 years service from 01.07.2018 will be counted for future promotions.

2) Future promotions upto AGM Grade assured after 8 to 10 years of SDE/AO service.

3) After VRS, there is a golden opportunity to get assured AGM promotion after 8 to 10 years of SDE/AO service.

4) No fresh DPC is required as all are in higher scale. Only by taking VC, promotion order can be issued within a week.

5) On 29.06.2018, all the vacancies filled up. Only SDE(T) vacancy remain unfilled due to the court case.

Post based promotion never gives promotion to all the eligible Executives. At the same time, all the Executives getting post based promotion will get promotion through CPSU Hierarchy, on 01.07.2018 itself.

For example, in the case of Telecom Wing:

Through CPSU Hierarchy, all the JTOs recruited upto 2013 will get SDE promotion on 01.07.2018, JTOs recruited upto 2014 will get in 2019 and so on... All of them will get assured promotion to AGM Grade after 8 to 10 years of SDE service.

In the case of post based promotion, 2007 or 2008 rect JTOs may get SDE promotion if promotion happens before the Restg (remote possibility). Subsequent rects cannot dream SDE promotion in the near future. After Restg, no one will be able to predict what is going to happen? Whether they will get a promotion at all to AGM Grade?

In the case of SDE to AGM promotion, majority in the list 8 will be promoted on 01.07.2018 itself and remaining on 01.07.2019. In the post VRS scenario, AGM promotion is very much possible for the SDEs promoted from 2009 onwards, in 2020 itself.

In the case of post based promotion no one can predict when AGM promotion is possible. After Restg, situation further darkens. Majority of the young JTOs may retire as SDE itself if we continue to demand post based promotion as desired by the Management. Management will always support and encourage those who demands promotion for few Executives alone.

Implementation of the Promotion Policy as approved by the Board, complying with the Reservation Policy Requirements of the Govt of India and Court orders will protect the interest and career aspirations of all sections of BSNL Executives.

When BSNL Board decided to give promotions from 01.07.2018 onwards, what is the relevance in pursuing promotion from a prospective date? No one should spoil the future of the Executives by demanding prospective promotion for few posts.

In the continuing deadlock situation, when Restg and drastic post reduction is on the card, demand for post based promotion is equivalent to stalling all the present and future promotions.

Now Management itself understood the difficulty in giving post based promotion and asking the opinion of the Associations for implementation of CPSU Hierarchy.

Ultimately all Assns are working for the welfare of the members, the Executives. If all Assns could work unitedly to achieve this goal, management cannot divide us as seen today and issues will be resolved much earlier and all the Executives will be benefited.

26-05-2020

Terms Of Reference (TOR) of the committee announced:

During the discussion with the Committee members by both GSs regarding the issue of reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs passed the LDCE 2007, Committee members informed that they are waiting for the Terms Of Reference of the Committee. We brought this to the notice of DIR(HR) and PGM(Pers), next day itself. We requested to include: examining the eligibility of 2001 rect JTOs passed the LDCE 2007 with reference to SDE RR 2002 and the clarifications issued with reference to LDCE 2007. Now BSNLCO issued the TOR as we suggested. The focus is on resolving 2001  rect issue, segregating them from 2002 rect JTOs.

It is a great breakthrough in the case. So far the eligibility was examined by BSNL and the court cases defended based on the 30.07.2010 clarification issued during LDCE 2010 and the clarifications issued on 16.04.2007 and 10.07.2007 during LDCE 2007was not at all considered or produced in the court.

TOR of the Committee

21-05-2020

Note submitted to the Committee members on the Reversion of LDCE 2007 passed SDEs, who are 2001 Rect year JTOs.

Note submitted to the Committee

19-05-2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 18.05.2020:

General Secretaries of SNEA  and AIBSNLEA met DIR(HR) and held discussions about the progress in Promotions to various Grades as per the assurances given in the detailed  Agenda meeting with DIR(HR) on 05.05.2020. It was a follow up meeting.

DIR(HR) informed that he directed the PGM(Pers) to work out on the New Promotion Policy as it has come to the conclusion in the last meeting that Post based promotion is not at all feasible atleast for few years due to the Reservation issue. PGM(Pers) could come to office today after long break due to Nationwide Lockdown. We explained that irrespective of category, ST/SC/OC category Executives are waiting for promotion for years together. For example, 2001 recruited JTOs of SC and OC category and 2002 Rect JTOs of ST category are waiting for promotion to SDE Grade even after completion of 18 to 19 years of service. But as per the New policy, all the JTOs completed 5 years of service, irrespective of ST/SC/OC category will get promotion.

We further explained the urgency for issuing promotion as in almost all the cadres, except AO cadre, more than 60% positions are vacant. In many important grades, it is more than 90%. In this situation how BSNL Revival is possible, we asked. Director (HR) reassured early action in this regard.

19-05-2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 18.05.2020:

General Secretaries of SNEA  and AIBSNLEA met DIR(HR) and held discussions about the progress in Promotions to various Grades as per the assurances given in the detailed  Agenda meeting with DIR(HR) on 05.05.2020. It was a follow up meeting.

DIR(HR) informed that he directed the PGM(Pers) to work out on the New Promotion Policy as it has come to the conclusion in the last meeting that Post based promotion is not at all feasible atleast for few years due to the Reservation issue. PGM(Pers) could come to office today after long break due to Nationwide Lockdown. We explained that irrespective of category, ST/SC/OC category Executives are waiting for promotion for years together. For example, 2001 recruited JTOs of SC and OC category and 2002 Rect JTOs of ST category are waiting for promotion to SDE Grade even after completion of 18 to 19 years of service. But as per the New policy, all the JTOs completed 5 years of service, irrespective of ST/SC/OC category will get promotion.

We further explained the urgency for issuing promotion as in almost all the cadres, except AO cadre, more than 60% positions are vacant. In many important grades, it is more than 90%. In this situation how BSNL Revival is possible, we asked.  Director (HR) reassured early action in this regard.

18-05-2020

GS writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL against undue delay in promotions:

BSNL Executives are waiting for their Regular promotion from 01.07.2018 onwards through the amended EPP approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 which provides non-post based time bound functional promotions upto AGM Grade in E4 scale as followed in other CPSUs. There is No financial implication for BSNL or DoT. After VRS, upto 95% positions in important Grades lying vacant, seriously affecting the field functioning. Executives are getting demoralized day by day and it started affecting the services and the revenue. Look after arrangement should be stopped; instead, Regular promotion is to be provided for the smooth career growth of the Executives as assured by DIR(HR) and his team in the meeting held on 05.05.2020.

In order to overcome the litigations related to Seniority and Reservation which arise out of the Govt. structure followed by BSNL and to change over to the CPSU structure, BSNL management decided to switch over from “Post based promotion followed in Govt. Depts” to Time Bound functional promotion policy namely, “BEPPARR 2017 or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy” as followed in all other CPSUs by amending the existing EPP 2007.

Promotion to all the eligible Executives is due from 01.07.2018 onwards.

BSNL top management and those in the Board level are getting atleast 4 to 5 promotions. Can they simply ignore the fact that JTOs recruited in 2001 year through an All India Competitive examination from among lakhs of applicants are waiting for their first promotion? Thousands of Executives in higher scales are working in the entry level of JTO for 5 to 30 years (joined in 1988) and waiting for their 1st promotion?

When a Group A Officer in BSNL gets time bound promotion along with designation change from E4 to E9 scale with the designations of Asst General Manager à Dy General Manger à Jt GM  à Addl GM in 17 years and then GM to Sr GM also, a JTO(T) joined in 2001 is still continuing as JTO! JTO(Arch) joined in 1988 still continuing as JTO!

The Pers section knowing very well that post based promotions are not possible in the near future due to litigations but not taking any proactive steps to overcome it.

There is no financial implication for BSNL or DoT.

Naturally, everyone expected that the due promotion will be given during the implementation of VRS.

The LA arrangement should be purely temporary one and should not be extended as LA service is not counted as service for future promotions.

[Note: The small window we got for JTO to SDE promotion for about 4500 vacancies shattered by one Association and its activists (most of them are already SDEs through LDCE and not bothered about DPC) by filing contempt petition at Ernakulam CAT and dragging the CMD/BSNL to court. Management was made all preparations to fill up all the SDE vacancies through a single DPC till CAT directed to initiate contempt proceedings against CMD/BSNL on their petition, in the month of January, 2019. All the vacancies in all other cadres filled up on 29.06.2018.]

GS letter to CMD

13-05-2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL and Shri S K Gupta, Director (Fin) on 12.05.2020.

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA met CMD/BSNL and discussed the following issues: 

A) 4G Tender, upgradation of BTSs etc.: CMD informed that there is no progress in both cases. Due to lock down, vendors are also not coming forward.

B) CMD is non committal on promotions: According to CMD, the restructuring may take another 6 months time. On promotion, CMD is of the opinion that it is delayed due to the Court cases and BSNL cannot be held responsible for that. We refuted the charge and told CMD that Court cases are increasing since Executives are not getting timely promotion and due to various infirmities in the RRs, procedures etc. The promotion Policy followed in BSNL is that of Govt Depts., not that of a CPSU. In other CPSUs, promotions upto certain scale is on time bound basis, when scale is given, it will be treated as functional promotion to that grade and no separate post based promotion is followed. So, Seniority and Reservation related issues are not there in any other CPSU. To overcome this, BSNL already approved amendments to the EPP to give functional promotion to the scale upto AGM/CAO/EE Grade in of E4 scale.

We briefed him about the discussions held with Director (HR) and the HR team few days back and the conclusion that due to the court cases related to Reservation, present form of promotion will not be possible before 2 to 3 years and Management will seriously work out for time bound functional promotion along with scale. Since Executives are already working in the scale, there is no additional financial implications is there for BSNL. We requested to expedite it to give promotion to all the eligible Executives.

However, CMD as usual, did not made any commitment on any type of promotion. It gives an impression that Management is not much serious or worried about regular promotions and they may try to continue with LA arrangement.

C) Payment of Medical bills pending since May, 2019 and going for Medi claim facility: We explained the difficulties faced by the employees for treatment. Since the bills are pending since May, 2019, majority of the good Hospitals are not extending treatment to BSNL employees. Since good hospitals are not in the panel, employees are not getting proper treatment. Management has to expedite the process of working out good Medical Insurance scheme, we demanded. CMD informed that the fund availability is the main problem and if lock down was not there, BSNL planned to clear the medical bills by April. For Medical Insurance also, BSNL require money and the present financial condition is not good and we are not in a position to make advance payment now. CMD mentioned that Salary and Mtce., Expenditure are the first priority and without releasing fund for Mtce., Revenue will not be generated. He further informed that when Salary payment itself is delayed, we cannot take advance payment immediately.

D) Insurance protection in view of the Covid-19: We demanded Special Insurance coverage for the employees as per MHA guidelines as Telecom is an essential service. CMD agreed to write to DoT to give compensation to BSNL employees treating it as an essential service.

E) Payment of salary: CMD informed that the present fund availability is about 200 Cr only and Statutory EPF payment is to be done from that.

Afterwards, we met Shri S K Gupta, Director (Fin) also and held discussions regarding fund availability, discussion with the Assns regarding restructuring and review of Sanctioned posts, Look after arrangements, relieving of Accounts Personnel who have completed Hard Tenure and the clarification sought by CGM/Kerala Circle in the name of restructuring.

01-05-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

Revision of Sanctioned strength of various cadres in BSNL in the aftermath of VRS 2019 Scheme to streamline proper utilization of available working strength --- only the post become vacant through VRS only to be abolished: 
GS letter to CMD

28-04-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL:

Non Payment of Leave encashment, GPF, Ex-Gratia, Gratuity etc to VRS 2019 optees on non-existing and flimsy grounds:

1. All the pensionary benefits and Ex-gratia denied by withholding the VC for those having personal court cases (not related with BSNL) which is against the rules.

2. Leave encashment and GPF withheld for those having disciplinary cases which is against the provisions of VRS 2019, clause 7(ii).

In that case BSNL should not have accepted their VRS and allowed to continue in BSNL.

It is requested to issue necessary directions to all the concerned:

1. To give vigilance clearance and make all the payment of the VRS 2019 optees facing personal court cases (not related with BSNL) as done in the case of superannuation retirement. The VRS application has been accepted even in VC withheld cases of such nature.

2. To make payment of Leave encashment and GPF, provisionally to the VRS 2019 optees facing Departmental enquiry.

GS letter to CMD

07-04-2020

GS writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL demanding non-post based time bound functional promotions on REGULAR basis instead of LA arrangement:

After the recent judgment of Hon CAT, Chandigarh declaring the SDE(T) to DE(T) and JAO to AO promotion orders issued on 29.06.2018 as PROVISIONAL and directing BSNL to review the promotions within 6 months by extending reservation as per Nagaraju judgment, no option left with the management other than issuing non-post based time bound functional promotions through BSNL Executives Promotion Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (BEPPARR 2017or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018.

No initiative from BSNL management for Regular promotion to different Grades eventhough field functioning is seriously affected due to acute shortage of Officers of DE/CAO and DGM Grade. It will affect the services and the revenue in the coming days. In the name of VRS, Restructuring and court cases on Reservation or Seniority, all promotions stopped since 29.06.2018. The temporary Look after arrangement should end in 3 months, by 30.04.2020 as per the order.

 

Grade

Existing Cadre strength

Working strength

1

DGM (T)

1481

270

2

DGM (Finance)

462

32

3

AGM(T) or DE (T)

9470

700* (plus 800 looking after as DGM)

4

CAO

1347

70**

1) Thousands of Executives in higher scales are working in the entry level of JTO equivalent grades for 5 to 30 years and waiting for their 1st promotion.

2) The Pers section which is supposed to assess the situation and take initiative for Regular promotion is miserably failed or almost defunct we can say, taking shelter of Court cases on Reservation or Seniority, ignoring or hiding the fact that it got approved a new non-post based Promotion Policy, namely BSNL Executives Promotion Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy free from Reservation and Seniority related issues which can end all the existing court cases.

3) The main reasons stopping the promotions are:

i) JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotion  due to i) contempt case on seniority and ii) Reservation.

ii) JTO(Civil/Elect/Arch) to SDE(C/E/Arch) LDCE due to court case on Reservation.

iii) SDE(T) to DE(T) promotion due to contempt case on Reservation issue and recent court order declaring the earlier promotion as PROVISIONAL.

iv) AO to CAO Promotion due to court case on Reservation issue.

v) SDE(C) to EE(C) due to seniority issue among Diploma and Engg Degree holders.

4) Management should have plan for the smooth career progression of the Executives, especially the young generation who is having 20 to 30 years of service left. Unfortunately management is planning just the opposite. Today the career of an Executive recruited as a JTO/JAO is ending up as an SDE/AO or maximum as a AGM/CAO/EE. They are not even allowed become a regular DGM or GM. DoT and BSNL management is reluctant to give timely promotion on regular basis to the Executives and did not allow the Executives to move forward. To deny future career growth in all possible manners, management introduced Adhoc or Officiating or LA promotion instead of regular promotion. Management is creating conflict among the Executives and different Assns to implement their agenda of NO REGULAR PROMOTION.

5) The contempt case and the recent judgment in SDE to DE and JAO to AO promotion on reservation issue complicated further promotions: As per the information gathered, Hon CAT Chandigarh declared the SDE to DE and JAO to AO promotion PROVISIONAL and directed BSNL to form a Committee and review the promotions within 6 months by extending reservation as per Nagaraju judgment, means no promotion from SDE to DE or AO to CAO Grade is possible in the near future.

6) Implementation of the new Promotion Policy as approved by the Board, complying with the Reservation Policy Requirements of the Govt of India and Court orders will protect the interest and career aspirations of all sections of BSNL Executives. There is no need for apprehension from any corner.

7) Huge savings for the Management in terms of legal expenditure and additional increment:

8) The new promotion policy is to be implemented w.e.f. 01.07.2018 for maintaining Parity and relative seniority with the juniors promoted on 29.06.2018:

9) Residency period for promotion from SDE/AO to AGM/CAO for the existing SDE/AOs can be reduced from 12 years to 8 -10 years after the massive VRS:

Implementation of the new non-post based, time bound functional promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board w.e.f. 01.07.2018 for all the eligible Executives is the only viable alternative to ensure timely Regular Promotions and parity with those promoted on 29.06.2018. Further, it will end all the litigations for promotion. 

GS letter to CMD

07-04-2020

GS writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL demanding non-post based time bound functional promotions on REGULAR basis instead of LA arrangement:

After the recent judgment of Hon CAT, Chandigarh declaring the SDE(T) to DE(T) and JAO to AO promotion orders issued on 29.06.2018 as PROVISIONAL and directing BSNL to review the promotions within 6 months by extending reservation as per Nagaraju judgment, no option left with the management other than issuing non-post based time bound functional promotions through BSNL Executives Promotion Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (BEPPARR 2017or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018.

No initiative from BSNL management for Regular promotion to different Grades eventhough field functioning is seriously affected due to acute shortage of Officers of DE/CAO and DGM Grade. It will affect the services and the revenue in the coming days. In the name of VRS, Restructuring and court cases on Reservation or Seniority, all promotions stopped since 29.06.2018. The temporary Look after arrangement should end in 3 months, by 30.04.2020 as per the order.

 

Grade

Existing Cadre strength

Working strength

1

DGM (T)

1481

270

2

DGM (Finance)

462

32

3

AGM(T) or DE (T)

9470

700* (plus 800 looking after as DGM)

4

CAO

1347

70**

1) Thousands of Executives in higher scales are working in the entry level of JTO equivalent grades for 5 to 30 years and waiting for their 1st promotion.

2) The Pers section which is supposed to assess the situation and take initiative for Regular promotion is miserably failed or almost defunct we can say, taking shelter of Court cases on Reservation or Seniority, ignoring or hiding the fact that it got approved a new non-post based Promotion Policy, namely BSNL Executives Promotion Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy free from Reservation and Seniority related issues which can end all the existing court cases.

3) The main reasons stopping the promotions are:

i) JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotion  due to i) contempt case on seniority and ii) Reservation.

ii) JTO(Civil/Elect/Arch) to SDE(C/E/Arch) LDCE due to court case on Reservation.

iii) SDE(T) to DE(T) promotion due to contempt case on Reservation issue and recent court order declaring the earlier promotion as PROVISIONAL.

iv) AO to CAO Promotion due to court case on Reservation issue.

v) SDE(C) to EE(C) due to seniority issue among Diploma and Engg Degree holders.

4) Management should have plan for the smooth career progression of the Executives, especially the young generation who is having 20 to 30 years of service left. Unfortunately management is planning just the opposite. Today the career of an Executive recruited as a JTO/JAO is ending up as an SDE/AO or maximum as a AGM/CAO/EE. They are not even allowed become a regular DGM or GM. DoT and BSNL management is reluctant to give timely promotion on regular basis to the Executives and did not allow the Executives to move forward. To deny future career growth in all possible manners, management introduced Adhoc or Officiating or LA promotion instead of regular promotion. Management is creating conflict among the Executives and different Assns to implement their agenda of NO REGULAR PROMOTION.

5) The contempt case and the recent judgment in SDE to DE and JAO to AO promotion on reservation issue complicated further promotions: As per the information gathered, Hon CAT Chandigarh declared the SDE to DE and JAO to AO promotion PROVISIONAL and directed BSNL to form a Committee and review the promotions within 6 months by extending reservation as per Nagaraju judgment, means no promotion from SDE to DE or AO to CAO Grade is possible in the near future.

6) Huge savings for the Management in terms of legal expenditure and additional increment:

7) The new promotion policy is to be implemented w.e.f. 01.07.2018 for maintaining Parity and relative seniority with the juniors promoted on 29.06.2018:

8) Residency period for promotion from SDE/AO to AGM/CAO for the existing SDE/AOs can be reduced from 12 years to 8 -10 years after the massive VRS:

Implementation of the new non-post based, time bound functional promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board w.e.f. 01.07.2018 for all the eligible Executives is the only viable alternative to ensure timely Regular Promotions and parity with those promoted on 29.06.2018. Further, it will end all the litigations for promotion. 

GS letter to CMD

07-04-2020

GS writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL demanding Onetime relaxation in the qualifying service for Promotion from DE(T)/ CAO to DGM(T)/DGM(Fin) on REGULAR BASIS:

Onetime relaxation in the qualifying service may be granted for Promotion from DE(T)/CAO to DGM(T/Fin) Grades to fill up all the vacancies on regular basis, with no financial implications. All the DEs are having sufficient experience in the DE cadre on Officiating/Adhoc/Regular basis and satisfy the spirit of the RR provisions:

BSNL operations, planning and growth will have huge adverse impact if it is continued as it is.

Grade

No of posts

Working

Vacancy

% of shortage

DGM (T)

1481

270

1211

80

DGM (Fin)

462

32

430

95

BSNL is managing the affairs just with Look After arrangement from DE/CAO to DGM grade. In other words, all theses DE/CAOs are already entrusted the charge of DGMs and functioning as DGMs. At the same time they will not get any benefit like counting of service for future promotion to the next higher Grade of Jt GM after 5 years.

GS letter to CMD

10-03-2020

EPF Higher Pension Case – Brief history:

In the beginning, BSNL was contributing just 12% of Rs 6500/- (with the ceiling limit) instead of 12% of the actual salary (Basic + IDA) as EPF contribution for BSNL directly recruited employees. If the same contribution was continued by BSNL, the issue of EPF Higher Pension did not arise at all.

SNEA fought against this injustice for almost 3 years since 2002 and finally in 2005, BSNL management agreed to make the contribution as 12% of the actual salary, without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500/-. BSNL also paid the entire arrears to the EPFO with penal interest. All the JTO/JAOs recruited directly by BSNL got the benefits of this decision. Similarly the non- Executives, especially the TTAs(JE) also got the full benefit of this. The employees did not get an opportunity to exercise the option for Full Pension at the time of joining. (Those who are exercised the option for higher pension at the time of joining itself are eligible for higher pension and they need not become a party in this case). Subsequent options filed by the employees did not accepted by the EPFO irrespective of repeated persuasions.

The various High Court orders and the Supreme Court orders allowing Higher pension option for the retirees as well as the serving employees opened another opportunity for exercising higher pension options. However EPFO did not entertain it. Against this NCOA and NCR filed a writ petition in the Hon Supreme Court invoking the special powers of the Hon SC. This petition is tagged with the Review Petition (RP) and SLP filed by the EPFO. As stated in the earlier updates, normally the Supreme Court judgments will be applicable for all the members of NCOA and SNEA. However, in the case of R C Gupta case in the Hon Supreme Court, the EPFO implemented the judgment only for the applicants in the petition. So the NCOA/NR advocate advised to become a petitioner directly in the case by paying a nominal amount of Rs 200/- per applicant. Initially about 60,000 applicants from different PSUs located mainly at Bangalore joined the case by contributing Rs 100/- each. Now due to huge expenditure which will occur on account of the appearance of Attorney General (AG) in the case for EPFO, NCOA/NCR decided to collect Rs 100/- from the old applicants and Rs 200/- from the new applicants. EPFO and the Govt is fighting the case tooth and nail by fielding the AG, the highest law officer of the country itself for defending the RP and SLP. In the last hearing, AG informed the Hon SC that the financial liability for EPFO for giving Higher Pension option is about 15 lakhs Crores! By this argument, AG could convince the SC to hear the RP and SLP first, before our petition. NCOA and NCR decided to engage very senior lawyer in the Hon SC to match the stature of AG.

NCOA or SNEA is not collecting thousands of Rupees from each applicant as done by someone else in the Ernakulam case. There also the individuals are approached the Court, not by any Association and benefits will be limited to the 300 plus individuals gone to the court and become applicants. That also depends upon the outcome of the SLP and RP in the Hon SC. It will not be applicable for others who are not party in the case. In our case, individuals and Association are party and petitioner in the Hon SC.

The list submitted by different Circles will be consolidated and submitted to the Advocate by tomorrow so that it can be filed in Hon SC well in time. The case is tentatively listed for 23.03.2020.

06-03-2020

EPF Full Pension Case at SC – very urgent:

The Review Petition and SLP filed by EPFO postponed from 17.03.2020 to 23.03.2020.

So the list can be submitted upto 09.03.2020. Interested members can become party in the Writ petition No: 1134/2018 filed by NCOA and NCR in Hon Supreme Court on EPF full Pension case.

CHQ received the list through email from A&N, BR, CTD, GUJ, J&K, KRL, KTK, NE I and UP East (HR and MP few SSAs alone) Circles by yesterday evening. Remaining Circles may send the list through email to ksebastin@gmail.com OR sneachq@yahoo.com. Additions to the mailed list also can be made. Only additions are to be mailed.  

02-03-2020

EPF Full Pension Case at SC – very urgent:

Writ petition No: 1134/2018 filed by NCOA and NCR in Hon Supreme Court on EPF full Pension case. Our members are to become party in the Hon Supreme Court.

Now Attorney General (AG) is appearing for EPFO which makes the case costly and very serious and we have to engage very senior Advocates to the match the stature of AG. AG pleaded in the last sitting to hear and decide the SLP and Review Petition filed by the EPFO before hearing our petition and other SLPs. After hearing AG, Hon SC agreed to his plea.

Now the Advocate on Record (AOR) agreed to add new applicants in the petition with a fee of Rs 200/- per applicant. The list of applicants with details are to be given to the AOR latest by 05.03.2020 so that he can file the documents with the list of applicants in the Hon SC before the next hearing date. The next date of hearing is fixed as 17.03.2020.

In the case of R C Gupta case (judgment dated 04.10.2016), EPFO has taken the stand that the benefits will be limited to the applicants alone. NCOA and NCR is trying its level best for a general judgment, applicable for all but our AOR advised us not to take any risk at this last moment and make all the members party by name.

All CSs, SSA Secs and Office Bearers at all level are requested to collect the information from the members and mail to CHQ urgently, Circle wise. The amount of Rs 200/- each can be collected and remitted to the CHQ account later on. For the time being CHQ will bear the expenditure.

The format is also given.

EPF case applicant details -- Format

29-02-2020

GS writes to Shri. Anshu Prakash, Secretary (Telecom):

Correction in the Pension Pay Order (PPO) at Sl no. 3, Section 2, Part 3 against “Rules under which Pension is sanctioned” as “CCS Pension Rules 1972” instead of “BSNL Voluntary Retirement Scheme 2019” issued to the Voluntary Retirement Scheme – 2019 opted retirees by the CCAs.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

19-02-2020

Circle Conference of Odisha Circle at Bhubaneswar on 16.02.2020.

The Circle Conference of Odisha Circle was held at Bhubaneswar on 16.02.2020. GS, President, Com I H Mondal/Jt Sec(East), Com Jagdish Rout/AGS addressed the Conference in detail highlighting all the issues related to BSNL revival, cadre issues etc. Com B K Das, C/President presided over the Conference. Com B C Biswal CS submitted the CS report and Com U K Panda submitted the accounts.

From the threat of closure of BSNL, our continuous struggle lead to the Revival of BSNL. Few months back, the situation was totally different, Govt at the highest level decided for the closure of BSNL or to allow BSNL for its natural death without extending any Govt support. Niti Ayog in December, 2017 itself recommended the closure of BSNL. From that situation, our continuous struggle in the banner of AUAB, supported by the public, political parties and the media given a new life to BSNL by the approval of a comprehensive Revival Package for BSNL.

Those taken VRS had made the sacrifice for the company as well as for the bright future of the remaining employees. Large number of employees taken VRS in order to help the revival of BSNL by reducing the expenditure as per the message spread by the management and the Govt. They sacrificed many years of service for the youngsters, we should not forget. Before they are parting with BSNL, they made it sure that a good revival package is in place for the BSNL with free 4G spectrum, about Rs 30,000 Cr financial support in the form of Sovereign Guarantee Bond and land monetization and there will be no financial burden on BSNL for Ex-gratia payment.

They contributed much during the organizational struggle for the revival of BSNL. All of them were in the forefront of all the recent struggles in the form of demonstration, Dharna, Hunger Fast, Raj Bhavan March, Parliament March, Sanchar Bhavan March, PM office March, strike etc facing wage cut etc. All those struggles lead to the Revival package. So it is the responsibility of the remaining employees to reciprocate, rise to the expectations of them and make it sure that BSNL is revived.

Whole SNEA family recognises their sacrifices and contribution for the company and the Association. During the Conference, all the VRS optees and retirees were felicitated by the Association. We requested all of them to contribute for BSNL Revival in whatever possible manner and join with us in all the future struggles. For that purpose and for focussing on pension Revision, delinking it from Pay revision, we are supporting the newly formed SNPWA under the leadership of Com G L Jogi. All the VRS optees may take the lead to strengthen SNPWA.

An open session was held in which Dr U S Panda/CGM was the Chief Guest. PGM (EB &CM), GM(HR), other GMs, CS/AIGETOA and CS/SEWA addressed the open session.

The following issues elaborated during open session and delegate session:

Present financial crisis is mainly happened because the expected financial support of Rs 8,500 Crores from the Govt in the form of Sovereign Guarantee Bonds is not received so far. BSNL was expecting this money by December–January. According to our information, Govt could not do this as it exceeded the ceiling limit of 0.5% of the GDP for the financial year 2019-20. The necessary permission will be given in the first week of April, in the next financial year. Because of this development, the present financial crisis may continue for few more months. Meanwhile management is trying for the letter of comfort from Finance Ministry which may help BSNL to get Bank loan that can be repaid once the money is received from the Bonds.

BSNL is getting ready for launching 4G services by 1st April. Management is trying to engage the GSM vendors M/s Nokia and M/s ZTE for converting about 40,000 3G BTSs into 4G by small software and hardware modification. This is most cost effective one. Parallaly BSNL is floating a tender for 4G equipments with about 50,000 BTSs. Making efforts for

Restg process is going on. As we afraid, on every possibility, drastic reduction in the sanctioned posts are anticipated making prospect for post based promotion further dim. Almost all the promotions stopped to complete the restructuring. Merger of non recruiting Circles, BAs etc underway.

Out sourcing of CFA, CM and OFC mtce works are initiated. All the suggestions received from the field units, especially on the CFA tender was escalated to the concerned Director and CMD. Some of the concerns are addressed by mgt. But our major concern of including primary cable in the tender and eligibility of the vendors are not addressed so far. We are afraid about the outcome of CFA tender.

On cadre issues, record number of promotions was given during May-June, 2018, filling all the vacancies as on that date. This is for the smooth implementation of the new policy from 01.07.2018. More than 13,500 Executives promoted in less than two months time. This is the first positive outcome of the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as mgt decided to implement new policy from 01.07.2018. Only JTO to SDE vacancy could not fill up due to court cases but in that also, SCF and LDCE made at par for change over to the new policy. Subsequent efforts to fill up the SDE vacancies could not materialise due to the court cases at Ernakulam. After lot of persuasions by the Association, management agreed for SDE promotion for all the available vacancies and filed an affidavit in that respect in the Hon CAT. During arguments on 07.01.2019, the applicants in the contempt petition insisted for contempt proceedings against the CMD and GM(Pers) and Hon CAT issued notice for framing charges against CMD and GM(P) in the contempt petition, management stopped the DPC process from that date. Later on, the contempt proceedings stayed by the Hon High Court. CMD retired and GM(P) got promotion as Director(HR) in another CPSU but we lost the golden opportunity for SDE promotion. Management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition in CAT and the Review Petition filed in the Hon High Court. Again for DPC, the hurdle of Reservation issue also to be resolved. Similarly SDE to DE promotion also depends on the contempt case and reservation issue. All other post based promotions are depends on the reservation issue as management is not in a position to take a stand on that matter, whether promotion is to be given with merit or without merit. This common issue is in addition to the seniority related issues. But efforts are going on for issuing DGM(T) and DGM(F) promotions shortly.

In this uncertainty on promotions, we demanded the implementation of the new non-post based time bound functional promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board w.e.f 01.07.2018 and filed a petition in this regard. Management can purchase time but there is no alternative other than giving non-post based time bound functional promotion w.e.f 01.07.2018 (from back date). This will give us promotion from 01.07.2018 for all the eligible Executives with parity and will end all the litigations and open a smooth career path for the Executives.

3rd Pay revision: Affordability clause is not applicable for the Pay revision, this was the stand of SNEA and NCOA from the beginning. We pleaded in the same manner before 3rd Pay revision Committee also. On 3rd PRC implementation, we could convince the BSNL management and the BSNL Board comprising members from DoT and 4 External Directors that Affordability clause is not applicable for BSNL. They agreed to our demand and recommended 3rd Pay revision with full 15% fitment. This was a major achievement as a Trade Union, to convince the BSNL management and make them to agree to our demands. However DoT did not agree to the proposal of BSNL Board, pointing the dwindling financial situation of BSNL.

Eventhough BSNL is loss making for many years, we could convince the management, the need for separate superannuation pension fund, giving a major relief to the BSNL directly recruited employees. CMD/BSNL made the commitment to us in our Jaipur All India Conference on 05th Sept, 2015. So far, we could get a contribution of 5 % (3+2) towards the fund making total 25% contribution towards 30% Superannuation fund and pursuing for increase in it.

Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3, replacing E1A and E2A scales is a serious issue to be resolved and pending with DoT. We could get a positive recommendation from BSNL in 2016 in our favour after lot of struggle. The financial crisis in BSNL is having adverse effect on it. However we are pursuing and during merger of BSNL and MTNL, this issue has to be settled once for all.

As a major welfare measure, Group Term Insurance(GTI) got implemented from March, 2019 with very attractive premium, especially for those below 50 years. We tirelessly worked with LIC, with the support of BSNL management and finally clinched the deal with LIC. This was a commitment given during the last MV.

On pay parity of 22820 for the 2007, 2008 etc rect JTOs, we decided to fight legally for rendering justice to thousands of Executives drawing less pay, had they continued in pre-revised scale.

On a query from the delegates, it is informed that the exam for MT(Intl) quota is already held and results are expected shortly. The court case against the MT exam will be decided shortly. We welcome young meritorious comrades to take the higher responsibility as a substitute to the deputationists.

In the Conference Com Golaka Charan Sahoo/JTO, Com Jagadish Rout/JTO, Com Bijaya Kumar Moharana/SDE and Com Niranjan Sahu/JAO were elected as C/President, C/Secretary, C/Treasurer and CWC member respectively. SNEA CHQ wishes all the success to the newly elected Circle Office bearers of SNEA, Odisha Circle.

Newly elected Odisha Circle Office bearers

18-02-2020

Court case demanding implementation of non-post based promotion upto AGM level (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 at CAT/Chandigarh.

The OA filed by SNEA & others at Hon CAT/Chandigarh demanding implementation of non-post based time bound functional promotion upto AGM level (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 as approved by the BSNL Board was listed on 17.02.2020. The new promotion policy ensures functional promotion after every 5 years along with change of scale. The division bench is not sitting nowadays. BSNL sought more time for filing the reply. Hon CAT granted 4 more weeks time to BSNL to file the reply, if any. Thereafter we have given liberty to file rejoinder. The case is listed for 16.04.2020 for hearing. We are expecting division bench in the CAT by that time. 

17-02-2020

Group Term Insurance (RTI):

Window opened in ERP from 12.02.2020 to 17.02.2020 for change of option i) for new entry or ii) for withdrawal. Pl inform all

17-02-2020

Group Term Insurance (RTI):

Window opened in ERP from 12.02.2020 to 17.02.2020 for change of option i) for new entry or ii) for withdrawal. Pl inform all

12-02-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

Kindly take immediate action for Regular promotion in different Grades for the Executives already working in higher scales to fill up the huge vacuum created in the field units by VRS 2019. It will motivate the Executives to take extra work load. Promotion is not going to make any financial implication either on BSNL or DoT as all are already working in higher scales, it is merely a designation change:

After DGM(Telecom) promotion on regular/Adhoc/LA, the number of AGM(T) had come down to just 600 whereas 6500 AGMs were working one year back. At the same time, SDEs with 15 years of service are waiting for promotion.

The 70 CAOs will not be sufficient even to man the vacant IFA/DGM(Fin) posts.

Thousands of Executives in higher scales are working in the entry level of JTO equivalent grades for 5 to 30 years and waiting for their 1st promotion.

i) Since the promotion upto AGM equivalent Grade is non-post based time bound promotion, there is no need for waiting for the restructuring of BSNL.

ii) Since the Executives are already working in higher scales, promotion is not going to make any financial implication either on BSNL or DoT. The additional increment on post based promotion, under litigation is also withdrawn by this.

iii) Since the Executives are already working in higher scales, there is no need for another DPC. The regular promotion orders can be issued within days to the higher grades from among the Executives working in higher scales, just by designation change, after getting the VC.  

iv) In order to maintain parity and retain the relative seniority of equivalent cadres in different wings as their juniors in other wing already promoted on 29.06.2018, the promotion is to be given from 01.07.2018 itself.

v) In the changed scenario, the residency period for promotion from SDE to AGM equivalent Grades can be reduced from the present 12 years to 8 or 9 years.

vi) Services will be seriously affected if immediate steps are not taken as Executives will be reluctant to take higher responsibilities or decisions on short term basis.

GS letter to CMD

28-01-2020

Circle Conference of Uttarakhand Circle at Dehradun on 24.01.2020:

The Circle Conference of Uttarakhand Circle was held at Dehradun on 24.01.2020. The Conference was attended and addressed by the General Secretary. Shri S K Singh, PGM/Dehradun, Shri Prem Chand, GM/NTR, Shri. Ramesh Chandra, GM/NTP and other senior Officers attended the Conference.

Large number of our members opted for VRS. However after VRS also our membership will be very strong, near to 13000, more than double of any other Assn. The mal propaganda by some Assn is to be simply ignored.

Last few years, SNEA was in the forefront of all the struggles for the revival of BSNL. In very adverse conditions and with a hostile DoT and Govt, we struggled a lot to get one of the best Revival package for BSNL. Allotment of 4G spectrum free of cost, land monetization for 38000 Cr, Bond for 15000 Cr (8500 Cr for BSNL), merger of BSNL and MTNL after addressing the outstanding issues, attractive VRS package with full Govt funding etc are the highlights of the Revival package. Our unity, commitment and the relentless struggle saved BSNL from closure. Large number of stalwarts who spearheaded the struggles is now leaving BSNL in the VRS.

On promotions, GS informed that management is not in favour of any promotions as of now. Unless and until we are not mounting organizational pressure on the management, promotions will not happen. On post based promotions GS replied that JTO to SDE promotion is held up due to the contempt case and the RP pending at Ernakulam. Reservation is another issue to be addressed. SDE to DE promotion also depends on the contempt case as well as reservation issue. Now management is trying to delay all the promotions till completion of restructuring thereby drastic post reduction will take place.

On anticipation of this situation, SNEA got the non-post based promotion policy approved w.e.f 28.05.2018. Assn is vigorously trying for non-post based promotion w.e.f 01.07.2018 itself. Any attempt from any quarter for any promotion from a prospective date will be counterproductive and they are playing in the hands of the management by demanding promotion from a prospective date.

Unity among the Executives is very much required, like other PSUs. The disunity and multiple Assns are only helping the management to divide the Executives and we have to learn lessons from the past. Eventhough membership verification held, it did not help in resolving the issues as we expected as mgt used other Assns to divide the Executives. Large unity among the Executives and focussed approach only can solve the outstanding issues.

A grand farewell function was organised to the VRS optees. SNEA recognised their contribution for the Assn as well as for the company. All are felicitated in a grand manner. President Rajeev Chauhan, CS Com Jai Vikram, Ex CS Com S S Rauthan and Ex Vice President/CHQ Com Kamaleshwar Mishra were the prominent personalities among them.  

In the Conference Com L M Tiwari/SDE, Com Arvind Dhiman/SDE (2002 rect JTO), Com P K Sharma/AGM and Com Suresh Chandra/JTO(2015 rect) were elected as Circle President, Circle Secretary, Circle Treasurer and CWC member respectively. CHQ extends best wishes to the newly elected Office Bearers.

Newly elected Office Bearers

30-12-2019

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

Acknowledging the efforts made by those spent considerable amount from their personal savings to prevent breakdown of essential telecom services during the difficult times, all the temporary advance applications shall be processed and payments made before terminating SAP privileges to VRS opted field Executives:

The Temporary Advance application and claim is already available in the ERP portal. For settling the temporary advance by 05.01.2020, the payment towards temporary advance has to be disbursed atleast by 31.12.2019. In case it is not feasible, the date of stoppage of privileges in SAP/ERP modules may be postponed to another convenient date, accordingly. 

GS letter to CMD

19-12-2019

SNEA and other aggrieved Executives filed petition in the Hon CAT, Chandigarh on 18.12.2019 demanding non-post based promotion w.e.from 01.07.2018 onwards in all the cadres as approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018.

Our prayer in the OA is Promotion in terms of BSNL Executive Promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (in short BEPPARR 2017) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 by honoring the terms and conditions for absorption of Group ‘B’ Officers of Department of Telecommunication in BSNL which was framed as per direction of the Hon PCAT dated 06.08.2002 as approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 with all the consequential benefits with effect from due date of promotion”.

The case come up for hearing today itself and arguments took place. We argued that the proposal is already approved by the BSNL Board in line with the Terms and Condition for absorption and there is no financial implication on BSNL. After arguments, Hon CAT directed to issue notice to BSNL and date of hearing is fixed as 17.02.2020.

We filed the OA in terms of the decisions taken in the Bangalore CWC in which it was decided to take all the steps to get the non-post based promotion policy implemented w.e.f. 01.07.2018, organizationally and legally. 

The marathon discussions with the management on several occasions did not given desired results and the issue was getting delayed. The abnormal delay in implementation of the promotion policy and restructuring of BSNL compelled us to take legal route without waiting further to ensure that all the eligible Executives are getting promotion from the due date of 01.07.2018 and counting their service for further promotions. 

Implementation of the new policy will ensure uninterrupted promotion for all the Executives upto AGM Grade.

10-12-2019

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

Counting of training period for Pension, Gratuity and Ex-gratia -- condonation of the delay in issuing posting order after training if it is due to administrative reasons for counting the service for pension.

GS letter to CMD (1)GS letter to CMD (2)

09-12-2019

GS writes to Secretary/DoT regarding DGM Promotion: Promotion from DE to DGM Grade in BSNL is held up due to the developments in the Parliamentary Committee for SC/ST meeting held on 28.11.2019.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

02-12-2019

AUAB given call for Lunch Hour demonstration at BSNLCO, Circle and SSA HQs on 04.12.2019 demanding:

1. Immediate salary payment for October and November, 2019.

2. No discrimination in salary payment between BSNL employees and the ITS Officers on deputation.

AUAB notice to Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL

02-12-2019

GS writes to Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon MoC: Kind intervention solicited for issuing promotion orders (just designation change) for more than 5,000 Officers (out of 13,000 opted) opted for VRS before their retirement who are working in the same grade for 15 to 30 years. Young Executives career growth also is fully depend upon promotion. There is no financial implication on giving the promotion/designation change as all are working in higher scales, rather huge saving is there for BSNL and DoT.

GS letter to Hon Minister

02-12-2019

GS writes to Secretary/DoT regarding clarification VRS– 2019: Urgent clarification required on the following points referred by BSNL to DoT as the last date for withdrawal/ submission is 03.12.2019. The VRS optees are afraid that they may face hardships in the future if these issues are not clarified by the Govt in advance.

Delay in issuing clarification may result in large scale withdrawal of the VRS options.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT regarding clarifications on VRS-2019

29-11-2019

Meeting with CMD, BSNL on 29.11.2019: GSs of SNEA and AIBSNLEA met CMD BSNL and held discussions on the following issues. DIR(HR) and PGM(Pers) also present.

DE to DGM(T) promotion: The DPC work was initiated yesterday itself but the file approval was not received  from CMD for formal DPC. So we met CMD in the morning itself. As per the assurance given to us, the promotion orders are expected by today evening to facilitate the DEs to join as DGM before their retirement on 30.11.2019.

CMD informed a fresh development in the yesterday’s meeting of the Parliamentary Committee in which Law Secretary, Telecom Secretary, CMD and Member (Services) were called by the Parliamentary Committee. The agenda was reservation in AO to CAO promotion. However on a unstructured querry of the Chairman regarding DE to DGM promotion, Telecom Secretary replied that the DGM promotion will be considered only after the restructuring of BSNL and it is recorded. According to CMD, the reply was given by Secretary(T) without consulting BSNL.

It is learned that some SC/ST members approached the Parliamentary Committee complaining about non-issuance of DGM promotion but in fact it stopped the promotion for all, for the time being. CMD assured that he will discuss the matter with DoT Secretary next week and explain to him that reservation is not applicable in DGM promotion, all the eligible DEs are getting covered and thereafter it will be explained to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee before issuing the DGM promotion orders.

Meanwhile we also trying to meet Secretary and Chairman also to explain the facts and getting the promotion orders issued early.

Restructuring of BSNL: We had brief discussion on the matter and demanded that being the major stake holders of the company, the matter should be discussed with the Associations and Unions. The well experienced BSNL Executives are to be utilised at DE and DGM equivalent level and dependency on officers on deputation should be minimum. CMD agreed to out suggestion and posting will be arranged as per the DELs as well as Revenue. There is no justification for GMs below 20,000 to 30,000 DELs, CMD informed us. The committee report also to be shared with us so that we can place our opinion on the matter. He also mentioned that the management will arrange a meeting with the consultant M/s Deolittee, engaged by BSNL for restructuring. CMD assured detailed discussion with the Associations after 06.12.2019. 

Salary payment for Oct 2019: CMD informed that the salary for Oct 2019  could not be done today as planned earlier due to some urgent repayment of bank interest (Rs 200 Cr) and about 250 Cr shortage is there today. It may take another 4-5 working days to collect the amount for making the salary payment.

AO to CAO Promotion: We requested for consideration of allowing about 70 AOs, who have already been promoted as CAO but could not join due to transfer to other Circle and subsequent ‘Status Quo’ case at Hon CAT Chandigarh. We requested CMD BSNL for consideration of allowing to AOs promoted as CAOs to join ‘as is where is’ basis before relieving them on VRS on 31.01.2020. CMD positively responded and assured that BSNL will file an urgent MA in Hon CAT/ High Court Chandigarh to get the stay vacated.

Requirement of Mandatory Training under EPP: We have requested CMD to issue clarification for giving exemption from the Mandatory Training/Exam in respect of VRS Optees as assured by him. Director (HR) mentioned that the instructions contained in the BSNL CO letter dated 23.01.2013 is applicable to those who are going on VR as per the existing rules but not applicable to those who are going on VRS-2019 scheme. Hence, Management is of the opinion that there is no need to go for training/exam for those who are going on VRS on 31.01.2020 and not completed the required 2 years time. However, we pleaded that most of the CCAs are raising objections for the withdrawal of increments for not fulfilling the instructions of EPP regarding the training/exam and requested CMD to issue necessary clarification in this regard to avoid any financial loss to VRS optees on a later date.

26-11-2019

During CHQ OBs and CSs meeting held at New Delhi on 25.11.2019, lot of queries came regarding VRS.

1) Mass Transfer to far off Circles after VRS implementation: It is only a rumour created by some vested interests to create panic among the Executives. There is no such proposal or even thinking about mass transfer within the top BSNL management. There will be routine transfer as usual as per the transfer policy. It is assured by Director(HR) in the meeting with us yesterday also.

Large number of Officers submitted option due to the panic created in the name of mass transfers, work load etc. All of them can continue in BSNL and play very important role for the Revival of BSNL.

2) Threat of age reduction to 58, Govt thinking on retirement on 33 yrs of service or 60 yrs: Considering the good response on VRS, it is very unlikely that age reduction will be implemented. Being an unpopular measure, it was not even mentioned in the Cabinet briefing by the Hon Minister. The rumour of retirement on 33 yrs of service or 60 yrs also repeatedly denied by the Govt. Two days back in the Parliament also Govt denied it.  

3) There are very good prospects for BSNL Revival. In the Revival package, there is a provision to allot 5G spectrum also in the future as done in the case of 4G which ensures continuing Govt support for the future.

4) Future road map for the BSNL revival. Now management started seriously working out on the subject and taking feedback from the Associations.

5) Majority of the labour involving work will be outsourced. Executives are to monitor the work. Work culture and working atmosphere will definitely improve.

6) Clarifications sought on Pension Revision, Pay Revision etc: BSNL mgt and DoT assured the clarification by Monday but not issued so far. Officers are to watch and take a final decision based on the developments.

Considering the above facts, the Officers applied for VRS can reconsider their decision, especially those having more service left. Let us take part in the challenging job of Revival of BSNL.

25-11-2019

Director(HR) invited SNEA for discussion on the implementation of the new non-post based promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. PGM (Pers), GM (SR) and CGM/MH Circle present during discussions. We had elaborate discussion on the matter for more than 2 hrs. The discussion will continue after 03.12.2019, after the VRS window is closed. For facilitating the discussion, as per the opinion of the CHQ OBs and CSs reached at New Delhi for participating the Hunger Fast, SNEA decided to defer the agitation programme from tomorrow, 26.11.2019 for the time being.

22-11-2019

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL: Management will be squarely responsible for the industrial unrest it is deliberately creating by stopping all the promotions and shutting doors for dialogue. Non post based promotion with parity cannot be delayed on flimsy grounds as more than 5,000 Executives taking VRS will miss their promotion before retirement and much more number of young Executives whose career growth is fully depend upon it. These Executives are going to play crucial role in the Revival of BSNL. Professional approach is required, not bureaucratic approach.

The delay tactics of the management may aggravate the situation and the Association is compelled to go for RELAY HUNGER FAST from 26.11.2019 onwards followed by INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST. We cannot be a simple spectator when about 5,000 Executives are retiring on a single day without getting their due promotion. Similarly for thousands of other Executives continuing in the BSNL who are demoralised and dejected due to the treatment given to them.

GS letter to CMD, BSNL

22-11-2019

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL: BSNL management has to persuade the meritorious people to withdraw their VRS option. Most of them submitted option due to the panic created in the name of massive transfers, work load etc. All of them can play very important role for the Revival of BSNL. Management should not become an arm of the Govt to downsize the company by any means and sell it/disinvest it, instead of Reviving BSNL. Any delay in Revival of BSNL will be naturally termed as a failure of the management.

Large number of outstanding Officers given option for VRS as they are frustrated over the panic created in the organization and finding no road map for future revival.

Post reduction will happen across BSNL, not in a particular Circle alone. It will be more in Northern and Eastern Circles due to large scale closure of landlines. Shortage will be there everywhere, each and every Circle. Massive transfer is just a rumour. There is every possibility for BSNL revival, for a bright future for BSNL and 3rd PRC also. It is always better to take some challenges in our life and now we got an opportunity. Executives submitted VRS should reconsider their decision on the basis of factual position, not by rumours. 

GS letter to CMD, BSNL

21-11-2019

Struggle is inevitable as management is not showing any inclination in giving promotion. Negativity gripping the top management. No professionalism visible.

Seniors will retire without promotion and the youngsters are to rotten as JTO or SDE, the post they are holding today. Restructuring and reduction of posts is going on in war footing, the only agenda, but there is no thinking in the management how the Executives will get promotions in the future.

When it comes to the question of salary /benefits, BSNL should perform like a PSU (profit oriented) but for promotions, it should be like a Govt dept following hierarchy and pyramid structure. Is pyramid structure available in BSNL now? Whether management can implement it by huge rect in the future? Mgt is still harping on decade old theory abandoned by the CPSUs and management experts long back. This shows that our top management is not at all professional in its approach, still in the DoT mind set.

The file for DGM promotion is shuttling between CMD, DIR(HR), PGM(Pers) and Pers Section for no reason where the vacancies are more and eligible DEs are less. Management is not ready for an element of risk but the employees are to take all types of risks.

No urgency or need for the management as all the work is getting done through LA arrangement and will continue to do so unless we protest. The message is very clear. The Executives are happy with this arrangement?

Gear up for protecting our rights, join the struggle from 26.11.2019 onwards.

17-11-2019

Deferment of Notice for Trade Union actions of SNEA from 18.11.2019 to 26.11.2019 demanding immediate implementation of the amendment to the Executive Promotion policy: 

GS letter to CMD, BSNL on deferment

17-11-2019

CHQ office bearers and Circle Secretaries meeting will be held at New Delhi on 25th November, 2019, 10.00 am.

Venue will be announced soon.

Agenda:

1. Immediate measures to be taken for the maintenance of services before the implementation of VRS.

2. Organizational issues arising out of VRS. 

Make the reservations urgently. Those who are reaching for CHQ/CS meeting need not book the return ticket for participating the Relay Hunger Fast by SNEA.

Accommodation shall be available from the evening of 24.11.2019 onwards.

Notice for CHQ/CS meeting

15-11-2019

GS writes to Secretary, DoT regarding Voluntary Retirement Scheme – 2019: Urgent clarification required on the points referred by BSNL to DoT.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

15-11-2019

DE to DGM promotion: The proposal for conduction of DPC cleared by CMD subject to the condition that there should not be any contempt case. 

13-11-2019

It is noticed that some disgruntled elements with malafide intentions, spreading fake news on VRS, just to create panic among the Executives.

It is noticed that even the Executives below 55 years also opted for VRS in large numbers, even beyond the expectation of the management eventhough the package is not good for them and may suffer financial losses in the long run. The package for 55+ is comparatively better.

The future increments, better prospects of pay revision, better career prospects, better terminal benefits and pension, family circumstances and the future challenges in the changed scenario are to be taken into account before taking a final decision.

It will be always better to take some challenges especially during challenging time. VRS is purely voluntary and individual has to take a final call. The negativity created by management and other vested interests should not come in the way of such crucial decision in your career.

Eventhough Union Cabinet approved the proposal for reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58, it is quite unlikely that the Govt will implement such unpopular measure now, in view of the good response for the VRS.

GS/SNEA

13-11-2019

Today morning SNEA and AIBSNLEA tried to meet CMD on DE to DGM promotion. The proposal for according approval for the DPC is pending with the CMD for a week for the reasons best known to him. CMD and other Directors are busy with Board meeting and AGM. CMD spoken to us over phone and informed that he will take a decision in a day or two.

06-11-2019

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Voluntary Retirement Scheme – 2019: Urgent clarification required on the following points

GS letter to CMD, BSNL

05-11-2019

Meeting with Hon MoC, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad on 04.11.2019:

THIS IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR BSNL REVIVAL. BSNL is to utilise it. Govt is having huge expectation on BSNL and its employees on Revival. Accountability will be fixed starting from the top. BSNL is a strategic CPSU. BSNL will not be closed down, disinvested or handed over to a third party ----- Hon Minister.

BSNL management arranged a meeting between the Union & Association leaders and the Hon Minister. GS and President attended, representing SNEA. Secretary, DoT, Director(HR)/ BSNL, Jt Secretary (A), DDG(PM), GM(SR) etc attended the meeting.

Hon Minister informed that during his earlier tenure, he fully supported BSNL and made it operational profit. He explained the BSNL Revival package and informed AUAB that it has approved with the specific intervention of Hon PM and the Hon Home Minister when stiff opposition was there from many quarters. BSNL is a strategic CPSU. A strong PSU is required for fair competition in the sector. Govt is have full faith on BSNL employees and BSNL can be turn around and regain its pristine glory. Land monetization will be done through DIPAM but the proceeds will directly come to BSNL instead of going to the Consolidated Fund of India. Govt will fully support BSNL. Management and the employees are to utilise this opportunity, the last opportunity, Minister reiterated. Accountability will be fixed from top to bottom. The quality of service is to be improved drastically. Various Depts, Banks etc will be asked to use BSNL services.

AUAB mentioned about the various initiative taken by the employees in the past like “Customer Delight Year”, “Service With a Smile”, “BSNL at Your Doorstep” etc focussing on marketing and improving the quality of service. Employees will continue their efforts and assured full involvement.

Leaders demanded 3rd PRC along with VRS for making it more attractive but Minister was not at all positive. Discussed Pension Revision, Pension contribution, 4G launching, Restructuring and transformation as a CPSU, exemption of Ex-gratia from IT etc. On 4G launching, customers are started approaching BSNL for 4G services. In Phase VII and VIII tender, the equipments procured are 4G compatible, about 50,000 such BTSs are there. By small software and hardware change, 4G can be launched in all the cities/towns/locations etc. We demanded early launching.

On the specific issue of Retirement age reduction, Minister informed that it is part of the Cabinet decision. Govt want to see that the VRS become a big success and for that purpose very attractive package, best in the history of any CPSU, is approved for BSNL employees. Revival of BSNL depends on its success, Minister told. If VRS is not successful, the second option is there.

Hon Minister appealed all the Union & Assn leaders to make the BSNL Revival package and the VRS successful.

01-11-2019

Relay Hunger Fast from 04th to 08th November, 2019 and Indefinite Fast from 11.11.19 onwards demanding implementation of BSNL Board approved promotion policy w.e.f 01.07.2018:

BSNL management made a target of November,2019 to complete the restructuring of BSNL and decide the number of posts. It means the posts will almost reduce by 50%.

Comrades, this struggle is for the youngsters, the future generation who has to take the company forward. It is for a honourable retirement for the seniors who put their life for BSNL. Promotion and career growth is for motivating the remaining Executives to face the future challenges and work load in BSNL, post VRS scenario. Restructuring and VRS will lead to drastic Post reduction almost by 50%. There will not be any retirement vacancy also in the near future as most of the seniors may take VRS and that post also will get abolished.

The possibility of any promotion in the future, other than the new policy is ruled out due to court cases. For example, the court cases on JTO to SDE promotion is still continuing, for the last 10 years, from 2009 to 2019 at Chennai and Kerala which almost killed the career prospects of thousands of JTOs recruited from 1993 to 2008 batch. Otherwise all the JTOs upto 2010 rect year could have become SDE through SCF/LDCE by 2018 or earlier. Now all the vacancies also vanish on restructuring and VRS. Eventhough we are pursued JTO to SDE promotion, recently management taken a decision that it cannot be possible unless and until court direction comes in favour of BSNL. Similar for other cadres also.

Still, anyone harping on post based promotion is either does not know what is happening in BSNL in restructuring front or they may be deliberately doing it to befool his colleagues for the reasons best known to them.

30-10-2019

Relay Hunger Fast from 04th to 08th November, 2019 and Indefinite Fast from 11.11.19 onwards demanding implementation of BSNL Board approved promotion policy w.e.f 01.07.2018:

A struggle for the youngsters, the future generation who has to take the company forward and for a honourable retirement for the seniors who put their life for BSNL. Promotion and career growth is for motivating the remaining Executives to face the future challenges and work load in BSNL after the VRS scenario. Restructuring and VRS will lead to drastic Post reduction. There will not be any retirement vacancy also in the near future as most of the seniors may take VRS and that post also will go. The possibility of any promotion other than the new policy ruled out due to court cases.

The success of the struggle and settlement of the issues depends on the participation.

Considering the present situation in BSNL and the efforts for the Revival of BSNL, the agitation is concentrated at New Delhi only, not disturbing the field units. CS should represent the Circle.

The arrival details of CSs of A&N, AP, BR, CHG, CHTD, CTD, HP, HR, J&K, KTK, KRL, MP, NE I, PB, RAJ, TL, TN, UKD, UPE and UPW Circles in addition to BSNLCO and Delhi Circles received.

Accommodation and other arrangements are already made.

The details from AS, GUJ, JKD, MH, NE II, OR and WB Circles not reached. No Circle should remain un-represented.

Circle Secretaries are representing the Executives of the entire Circle and their sentiments and to take care of their welfare. Those CSs having any health problem for participating in Hunger Fast can bring other OBs for participating in the Hunger fast.

30-10-2019

GS and AGSs met Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR) on 30.10.19 and held discussions on DE to DGM promotion and status of VRS: We expressed our serious concern regarding the undue delay in DGM promotion. Director informed that entire management is busy with VRS and Revival related issues for the last few months. He assured to get the approval from CMD for conduction of VC by today. During the meeting itself, he had gone to CMD chamber and had a brief discussion with CMD on the matter. Meanwhile the judgment copy is yet to be received, due to the holidays. Since almost all the officers in the chain, AGM to CMD are new, the process is taking much more time than the normal one.

On VRS, the Committee is expected to submit the report today, 30.10.2019. DoT approval and formal orders are expected by Friday. Options will be called next week. We requested for more time after the last date of option for redeployment and putting alternative arrangements. Most probably the VRS date will be 01.02.2020 F/N.

26-10-2019

Why we are in a tearing hurry to switch over to a non-post based, Time Bound Functional promotion policy:

BSNL Revival plan is approved by the Govt on 23.10.2019. Drastic post reduction and restructuring is part of the proposal. Since it is approved by the Union Cabinet, nothing can be done after its implementation evenif BSNL want to do something. So, whatever has to be done for promotion, it has to be done before the restructuring and implementation of VRS. The VRS will be implemented latest by 31.01.2020.

Revival is possible only with a motivated workforce. The demand for 3rd PRC, Pension Revision and Superannuation benefits etc made part of the agitation for Revival in order to motivate the employees. Revival means job security, timely payment of salary, promotions etc. Promotion is personal to each individual and have huge impact in the career growth of each Executive. What they are missing today cannot be restored in future. They will miss it forever and the future promotions also.

BSNL Revival is a lengthy process, may take two or three years. The salary payment issue itself will continue for months together. Can we defer the promotions till that time?

Only solution is a non-post based uniform promotion policy. Promotions through the new non-post based Time Bound Functional promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board is due from 01.07.2018 onwards. Already 16 months passed. All other HR issues having financial implications, promotions though the new policy did not have any financial implication and in the present situation, that is a major advantage.

Post based promotions, evenif for any earlier vacancies can be issued on a prospective date, no retrospective promotion can be made. But in the new promotion policy, promotion can be issued retrospectively from the due date. All eligible Executives will get promotion from 01.07.2018 onwards. This is the biggest advantage of the new promotion policy which assures timely promotion with parity and uniformity for all the eligible Executives and future promotions also.

So, before post reduction and VRS, it becomes a compulsion to switch over to the new non-post based time bound functional promotion policy which assures timely promotions upto AGM Grade with Parity and Uniformity. About 4000 Executives in JTO or SDE equivalent Grades will go on VRS without getting their promotion if it is not implemented before the VRS. Similarly the career of thousands and thousands of young Executives in JTO or SDE equivalent Grades, eligible for promotion since 01.07.2018 will be chocked. After the restructuring and VRS, entire focus will divert to the new issues cropping up  after the VRS and restructuring (how to manage the system in the vacuum created). If non-post based promotions are not implemented by that time, promotions itself will become a dream after that. It is high time to act and precisely that is the call of Bangalore CWC. 

24-10-2019

Congratulations to one and all -----

BSNL & MTNL Revival Plan approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019 as a Diwali Gift:

Finance Ministry objections over ruled.

Continuous struggle and pusuration by AUAB finally yielded results. The assurances given to AUAB two years back materialised now.

The Revival Plan approved is much better than the earlier proposal:

1. The ex-gratia amount is paid by the Govt, not by BSNL, saving of Rs 14,800 Cr + interest. Earlier BSNL proposed to make the payment through bonds with sovereign guarantee.

2. 18% GST (Rs 2,806 Cr) for 4G spectrum will be paid by Govt instead of BSNL.

3. Govt permission for sovereign bond for Rs 15,000 Cr meeting CAPEX and OPEX will be a big relief in the absence of SPV.

4. Permission for land monetization for Rs 38,000 Cr.

5. Proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL after addressing the contentious issues will make BSNL a Pan India operator. Delisting of MTNL will be a major policy shift.

We are extremely grateful to the Hon Prime Minister and Hon Home Minister who headed the crucial GoM for approving the Revival package.

Full credit goes to the Hon Communication Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. From day one, he was working for the revival of BSNL and formulating the Revival package. His strategy to get Hon Home Minister as the GoM head was the masterstroke which outplayed the conspiracy by the Finance Ministry. New MoC continued with the initiative taken by Shri Manoj Sinhaji.

Former Secretary(T) Smt Aruna Sundararajan was instrumental in convincing the PMO, the need for the revival of BSNL and preparing the Revival package and the Cabinet memo. It has been seriously followed up by the new Secretary(T) Shri Anshu Prakash.

Former CMD and Board of Directors played an important role in formulating the Revival package. After taking charge, new CMD Shri P K Purwar was fully devoted to the single agenda, approval of Revival package.

The role of AUAB is specially to be mentioned. It is AUAB which started the agitation more than 2 years back demanding 4G spectrum, land monetization, financial assistance from Govt along with other demands and pursued at all levels. Agitations, parliament march, strikes etc given a positive result today.

SNEA was in the forefront of all the agitations and countering the false/negative propaganda against BSNL by the vested interests. SNEA effectively countered the false propaganda with facts and figures by writing to the highest authorities, Hon PM and Hon HM & GoM head, seeking their intervention which got tremendous media attention and public support. On finding actual facts, media and pubic started supporting the struggle of BSNL employees, beyond our expectation. The campaign through social media, spearheaded by SNEA also got tremendous support from the public and mounted pressure on the Govt.

Finally the sincere efforts of Hon MOC, Secretary(T), CMD BSNL, AUAB and SNEA yielded results in getting the proposal approved. It is a great achievement for AUAB and SNEA in particular.

The role of present MoC, Secretary(T) and CMD BSNL was very crucial and they were working day and night during the last few months for getting the proposal approved. The senior officers in DoT and BSNL are very instrumental in the whole package. Our sincere gratitude to all of them.

Now our focus should be on the effective implementation of the Revival package.

17-10-2019

Relay Hunger Fast from 04-08 November and Indefinite Fast from 11.11.19:

The CHQ OBs and CSs should reach New Delhi by 03.11.2019 evening. Other activists joining the Hunger Fast may reach by 04.11.2019 morning. 

15-10-2019

SNEA served Notice for Trade Union actions demanding immediate implementation of the BSNL Board decision, “BSNL Executive Promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules 2017” approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, w.e.f. 01.07.2018 having no financial implications – a decision of Bangalore CWC meeting.

Demands:

1. Implement “BSNL Executive Promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules-2017” approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, w.e.f. 01.07.2018 for bringing Parity and Uniformity in Promotions among different streams, strictly as per the Terms and Condition for absorption in BSNL.

2. No reduction of posts by restructuring of BSNL till the implementation of the new Promotion Policy, BEPPARR 2017. Issue promotion orders to all the eligible Executives w.e.f. 01.07.2018 onwards, before the implementation of VRS and restructuring of BSNL.

Programs:

04.11.2019 to 08.11.2019: RELAY HUNGER FAST at BSNLCO by CHQ Office Bearers and Circle Secretaries.

If the issues are not settled, Association will resort to INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST at BSNLCO from 11.11.2019 onwards without any further notice.

This proposal will not put any Financial burden on BSNL but reduces the Financial burden. To motivate the Executives, BSNL is not ready to implement such proposals also.

All CHQ Office Bearers and CSs should reach New Delhi positively on 03.11.2019. Details may be given to the AGSs at HQ.

Other OBs and activists participating in the Hunger fast should reach Delhi on 04th morning. Information may be given to the AGSs through the CSs.

NB: In case the Revival Plan is not getting through as expected by Diwali and AUAB decides for agitations, our agitations will be rescheduled from the date of AUAB agitations to join the AUAB programs.

Notice for Trade Union actions from 04.11.2019Notice for Trade Union actions from 04.11.2019(PDF)

06-10-2019

Dear Comrades,

On promotions, indifferent attitude of the management is continuing and increasing day by day, except some positive developments on DGM promotion. It is ample clear that management is not going to take any steps before the VRS and restructuring completes and post reduction takes place. As we all know, after restructuring and VRS, there will not be any vacancy in any cadre and no promotion can take place in the near future.

So after the Bangalore CWC, CHQ was trying for the implementation of the new promotion policy w.e.f 01.07.2018 through discussions, delinking promotions from availability of vacancy/posts. But CMD and others are not even ready to spare some time to discuss the promotion matter of thousands of Executives in the guise of Revival Plan. Our request for agenda meeting on this single agenda is pending for 2 months. CMD recently said he is not aware about the Board approval of the new promotion policy even after 3 months of taking over, after our letters, CWC resolutions etc. We can conclude that management is purchasing time till restructuring and abolishing of posts and thereafter to announce that there is no shortage or vacancy in any cadre.

It is high time, we have to decide our next course of action as per the Bangalore CWC decisions to get the new promotion policy implemented before the restructuring of BSNL taking place. Otherwise the young generation, the JTOs and SDEs in different wings will not get any promotion in the near future as happening now and the seniors will retire w/o getting their due promotion after many years of service. Long career is ahead for the young JTOs and SDEs but delay in promotion spoiling everything. Most likely VRS option will be announced from 1st Nov to 30th Nov and VRS date may be 01.01.2020 F/N.

27-09-2019

Progress in DGM(Adhoc) promotion:

The MA filed by BSNL in Hon CAT, Chandigarh seeking permission for DGM(Adhoc) promotion was repeatedly getting adjourned, without hearing. It is posted to December, 2019. Due to the bitter experience of contempt of court in JTO to SDE and SDE to DE promotions, management was not willing to take any risk where court cases are there. The DGM DPC was almost over in the first week of January. By that time Hon Ernakulam CAT initiated contempt proceedings against CMD and GM(Pers). Thereafter focus of management shifted to the contempt proceedings.

JTO to SDE contempt case at Ernakulam not only stopped the promotion of thousands of JTOs, it derailed other promotions like DE to DGM also where some court cases are involved.

Meanwhile we were trying to get a no objection from the applicants in the original OA for going ahead with the DGM(Adhoc) promotions. This became successful last week when they agreed for the same. On our continuous persuasion, all the 5 applicants in the original OA reached BSNLCO yesterday and given an affidavit that they don’t have any objection in going ahead with DGM(Adhoc) promotion, clearing one of the major hurdle. GS and AGS met DIR(HR) and PGM(Pers) along with them and requested to expedite the process. The process initiated without delay. We requested CMD also to take necessary action to issue the promotion orders before 30.09.19.

Today GS and AGS met DIR(HR) again in the evening along with GS and AGS of AIBSNLEA and requested to expedite the process so that promotion orders can be issued by Monday, 30.09.19. DIR(HR) assured to make all efforts to issue the promotion orders by Monday eventhough lot of formalities are pending.

25-09-2019

EPF Full Pension issue

The Review Petitions (RP) filed in the Hon Supreme Court by EPFO and the Labour Ministry were listed for hearing on 19.09.2019. However hearing did not took place as the Hon CJI bench is hearing the Ayodhya case. The RPs are tentatively posted to November, 2019 for hearing.

SNEA is pursuing the case through NCOA by supporting it financially and other applicants in the Hon Supreme Court on EPF Full Pension issue. We are waiting for the outcome of the Review Petitions. Bhubaneswar and Bangalore CWC meetings decided to legally fight for EPF full pension option if the final decision of Hon SC did not give us desired result. The first two RPs decided in our favour.

All BSNL employees are advised not to make any contribution to any group on this issue as the matter is pending before the Hon SC for final disposal in the form of Review Petitions. 

25-09-2019

GS writes to Shri P. K Purwar, CMD & DIR(HR), BSNL regarding abnormal delay in granting formal agenda meeting to discuss the promotion issues:

GS letter to CMD

04-09-2019

It is learned that Solicitor General Of India given a positive legal opinion regarding allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL through administrative decision (without auction), clearing one of the major hurdle. In 2G case, Hon SC ordered that, in future, all the natural resources should be sold through auction only.

DoT is trying to convince the Finance Ministry on its strong opposition towards BSNL Revival plan and VRS. It still feels that BSNL cannot be revived and there is no need for investing in BSNL, better to close down. On VRS funding also, they are having reservations. Response from Home Ministry is expected this week. In all probability, the Cabinet will consider the proposal in the 3rd week (16-20) of September. The stand of GoM and PMO will be crucial in the Cabinet decision.

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03-09-2019

Resolutions passed in the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of SNEA held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019.

Immediate switching over to BSNL Executives’ Promotion Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (BEPPARR or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) before implementation of VRS and restructuring of BSNL.

03-09-2019

Resolutions passed in the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of SNEA held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019.

Superannuation Benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees.

03-09-2019

Resolutions passed in the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of SNEA held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019.

Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, replacing the intermediary Pay Scales of E1A and E2A as recommended by BSNL Management.

03-09-2019

Resolutions passed in the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of SNEA held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019.

3rd Pay Revision for the BSNL Employees and implementation of VRS with 3rd PRC as recommended by the Consultant, M/s IIM(A).

03-09-2019

Resolutions passed in the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of SNEA held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019.

Pension Revision for the pre-2017 BSNL Pensioners (Govt Pensioners retired from BSNL)

15-08-2019

GS writes to Shri. P. K Purwar, CMD, BSNL:

For overcoming the dead lock situation on post based promotions due to never ending litigations on reservation policy and seniority related issues, BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 approved BSNL Executives Promotion Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (BEPPARR or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) for all the Executives of all the streams, w.e.f. 28.05.2018. The requirement of Parity and Uniformity in promotions among equivalent cadres in different wings of BSNL is accepted and approved by the BSNL Board as a solution to end litigations. Implementation date can be either 29.06.2018 (the last functional promotion order date as per earlier RRs) or 01.07.2018, the immediate review date. This process shall be completed before restructuring of BSNL or implementation of VRS and all eligible Executives shall be promoted. Thousands of youngsters as well as seniors are suffering.

GS letter to CMD, BSNL

09-08-2019

Pension benefits under NPS on Voluntary Retirement: Reply in the Parliament

Reply given by Govt to letter dated 18.06.2019 regarding Revival of BSNL 

Pensionary benefits under NPS on VRGovt Reply dated 07.08.19 on BSNL Revival

31-07-2019

Revision of SDE seniority as per Rule 206 and review DPC for AGM promotion: The list of promotion orders issued for AGM(Regular/Adhoc) from 01.10.2000 onwards is consolidated for the purpose of review DPC. If there is any missing promotion order is there, it may be brought to the notice of the PGM(Pers), BSNLCO and a copy may be forwarded to sneachq@yahoo.com for pursuing with the management.

List of promotion orders

31-07-2019

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL: Settlement of the long pending issue of SDE Promotion through LDCE 2007 (Vacancy Year 2005-06) of 2001 Rect JTOs who were made eligible as per SDE RR 2002 and the clarifications issued by BSNLCO dated 16.04.2007 and 10.07.2007 and got promoted without 3 years of actual Service.

GS letter to CMD, BSNLSNEA letter to DIR(HR) dated 06.08.2010

22-07-2019

It is understood that the Group of Ministers suggested considering VRS for the employees above 50 years of age. Accordingly the draft Cabinet note will be modified and circulated to the nodal ministries by this week end. Earlier proposal was VRS for the employees above the age of 55.  

09-07-2019

GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding Austerity measures --- Corporate Office should set example for other units to follow – unfortunately just reverse is happening.

GS letter to CMD

09-07-2019

GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD & Director(HR) BSNL regarding posting of AGMs to Bihar Circle: The requirements in shortage and tenure Circles should be met by distributing the Executives among all the Circles, especially major Circles having more Executives — request to review the transfer from Odisha Circle from where more than 40 Executives are already working in Tenure Circles

GS letter to DIR(HR)

24-06-2019

Modalities for settlement of welfare claims through LIC. The following documents are required for settlement of the claims by LIC. CSs may forward the welfare claim application with the following documents:

1. Death Certificate.

2. KYC (copy of Aadhar/PAN etc) of the deceased employee and the nominee.

3. Cancelled cheque of the nominee.

The welfare claim amount increased from Rs 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs.

Every month, the list of members for whom subscription is deducted from salary is submitted to the LIC along with the premium for their coverage. Those names available in the list only will be eligible for welfare claims hereafter. So all the Branch/SSA/Circle Secretaries are instructed to ensure that new members and those who are not in check off system is brought under check off system every month.

24-06-2019

Modalities for settlement of welfare claims through LIC. The following documents are required for settlement of the claims by LIC. CSs may forward the welfare claim application with the following documents:

1. Death Certificate.

2. KYC of the deceased employee and the nominee.

3. Cancelled cheque of the nominee.

The welfare claim amount increased from Rs 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs.

Every month, the list of members for whom subscription is deducted from salary is submitted to the LIC along with the premium for their coverage. Those names available in the list only will be eligible for welfare claims hereafter. So all the Branch/SSA/Circle Secretaries are instructed to ensure that new members and those who are not in check off system is brought under check off system every month.

21-06-2019

GS writes to Shri Ravishankar Prasad, Hon MoC: Non implementation of 3rd PRC, the recommendations of the Premier Consultant, IIM(A) on revival of BSNL is going to be definitely disastrous and counterproductive for revival of BSNL. The beginning of implementation of IIM(A) recommendations must commence with implementation of 3rd PRC in its totality so as to pave the way for smooth and productive implementation of other crucial recommendations.

GS letter to Shri Ravishankar Prasad, Hon MoC

21-06-2019

GS writes to Shri Ravishankar Prasad, Hon MoC: Expressing serious concern regarding the proposed move to roll back the retirement age from 60 to 58 years. It is against the General Terms and Conditions for absorption in BSNL which assured superannuation in accordance with Govt Rules applicable to PSUs. Selectively lowering the retirement age for BSNL employees alone may lead to litigations as the employees are losing in several ways. Requested that any decision on rolling back of retirement age should be taken only by addressing the issues. 

GS letter to Shri Ravishankar Prasad, Hon MoC

20-06-2019

JTO to SDE promotion: Arguments on the review petition filed by BSNL completed and judgment reserved. Till then proceedings on contempt petition stayed.

20-06-2019

JTO to SDE promotion: The Review petition filed at the Hon High Court of Kerala is listed for final hearing today. Senior lawyer from New Delhi is deputed by BSNL for arguing the case. The case is listed for hearing in the afternoon which indicates that it will be definitely heard today.

The opposite side whether continue to oppose the review petition and further delay the promotions or not OR facilitate early promotions by not opposing the review petition is to be seen. Individual applicants already become SDEs are in the forefront of the case and the delay in promotion is not going to affect them but it will seriously affect thousands of JTOs waiting for promotions.

18-06-2019

GS writes to Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon Minister for Communications: Urgent need for speedy revival of BSNL by facilitating loan for BSNL for OPEX/CAPEX, permission for land monetization and payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay which will improve the cash flow.  If the decision is delayed by another 2 to 3 months, it will be too late as BSNL network may deteriorate beyond repair/revival, making revival impossible. 

GS letter to Hon Minister for Communications

29-05-2019

GS writes to Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary (Telecom): Selective implementation of the recommendations of Premier Consultant, IIM(A) on revival of BSNL is going to be definitely disastrous and counterproductive for revival of BSNL. The beginning of implementation of IIMA recommendations must commence with implementation of 3rd PRC in its totality so as to pave the way for smooth and productive implementation of other crucial recommendations.

Having sought opinion of Country’s leading Management consultant, it would be ridiculous to sit over the judgment on the revival recommendations of premier Management consultant and would amount to questioning its highest and unparalleled professionalism, integrity, and expertise.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

13-05-2019

GS writes to Secretary, DoT: Regular appointment to the vacant posts of Director(Finance), Director(CM), Director (EB) and Director (HR), BSNL Board for accelerating the growth and revival of BSNL. BSNL is having just one (01) functional Director (out of five) from May, 2019 on regular basis.

This Association was continuously taking up the issue of filling up the vacant posts of functional Directors of BSNL Board vide its letter dated 07.05.2018, 30.08.2018, 02.01.2019 and 21.01.2019. Director (Finance) post was vacant since December, 2013 for more than five years. Other three functional Director posts in BSNL, Director (CM), Director (EB) and Director (HR) also vacant. We express our sincere gratitude for the appointment to the posts of Director (Fin), Director (CM) and Director (EB) atleast on temporary basis which will ensure smooth functioning of BSNL at this crucial juncture. Posting to the crucial Director(HR) post also may be expedited.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

08-05-2019

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: Proposed move to extend undue benefits to the Postal JAOs appointed in BSNL as fresh JAOs w.e.f 25.02.2005. Adherence to the terms and conditions of appointment of JAOs as external candidates to avoid anomalies. While taking any decision in this regard, the interest of the JAOs recruited by BSNL between 01.10.2000 to 24.02.2005 is to be protected first in terms of pay, seniority, promotions etc etc. Similarly the pay of the Executives in Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS/Arch/TF etc also to be revised by extending notional pay of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.10.2000.

GS letter to CMD

25-04-2019

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: Promotion to all the vacant DGM(T) posts on Regular basis. As per EPP- 2007, all the Executives absorbed or recruited in Group B equivalent cadres are covered by the EPP and eligible for Time Bound IDA upgradations upto E6 scale. The Time Bound Promotion for the Group B officers absorbed or recruited as Executives in BSNL are covered by EPP-2007 and not by the BSNLMS RR 2009. 

GS letter to CMD

22-04-2019

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers), BSNL on 22.04.2019: GS, President, AGSs and CS/GUJ met PGM(Pers) and DGM(Pers) and held discussions on:

i) DGM Regular promotion: We expressed our serious concern in the abnormal delay in DGM promotions on flimsy grounds. It was assured that the VC will be called and ACRs part will be taken care by last week itself but nothing materialised. Every month, DEs are retiring without getting their eligible promotions.

We are astonished to hear from PGM(Pers) that some Assns demanded Adhoc promotions instead of regular promotions! This again delayed the process. Since regular DGMs are not available, GM charge is not able to give to the officers from Engg side, this is the ground situation. But Assns are opposing Regular promotions! Once DGM promotions are taken place on regular basis, they will be eligible for entrust of GM posts in the field units. Assn demanded to fill up all the vacancies on REGULAR basis. The Adhoc DGMs will become Regular DGMs followed by others.

PGM(Pers) assured to expedite the process. Action is taken for calling the VC (VC called by evening for 350 Adhoc DGMs and 1280 DEs for DGM Regular promotion) and one year additional ACR called. We are working with the management to expedite the DPC and promotions.

ii) Break for soft tenure policy: This will be further deliberated tomorrow in the formal agenda meeting.

iii) Approval sought by Circles for issuing transfer orders on interest of service to meet the shortages: After discussion, PGM(Pers) assured to sort out the issue shortly. 

22-04-2019

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers), BSNL on 22.04.2019: GS, President, AGSs and CS/GUJ met PGM(Pers) and DGM(Pers) and held discussions on:

i) DGM Regular promotion: We expressed our serious concern in the abnormal delay in DGM promotions on flimsy grounds. It was assured that the VC will be called and ACRs part will be taken care by last week itself but nothing materialised. Every month, DEs are retiring without getting their eligible promotions.

We are astonished to hear from PGM(Pers) that some Assns demanded Adhoc promotions instead of regular promotions! This again delayed the process. Since regular DGMs are not available, GM charge is not able to give to the officers from Engg side, this is the ground situation. But Assns are opposing Regular promotions! Once DGM promotions are taken place on regular basis, they will be eligible for entrust of GM posts in the field units. Assn demanded to fill up all the vacancies on REGULAR basis. The Adhoc DGMs will become Regular DGMs followed by others.

PGM(Pers) assured to expedite the process. Action is taken for calling the VC (VC called by evening) and one year additional ACR called. We are working with the management to expedite the DPC and promotions.

ii) Break for soft tenure policy: This will be further deliberated tomorrow in the formal agenda meeting.

iii) Approval sought by Circles for issuing transfer orders on interest of service to meet the shortages: After discussion, PGM(Pers) assured to sort out the issue shortly. 

18-03-2019

GS writes to Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

Move for approval of Restructuring and HR plan of BSNL – the new Time Bound promotion policy is to be implemented before taking the proposal for the approval of MC and BSNL Board. More than 40% of the sanctioned posts and almost all the vacancies in different cadres will stand abolished once HR plan is approved by the Board. This will create huge unrest in the company which is already facing financial crisis.  

GS letter to CMD

06-03-2019

Meeting with Shri Vivek Banzal, new DIR(Fin), in charge:

AUAB could not meet CMD yesterday, 05.03.2019 regarding payment of salary and the proposed move to issue show causes to the employees under FR 17A as he was not available in the office. AUAB met DIR(Fin) and held discussions regarding payment of salary. He has just taken the charge today only. In a sudden move, on 28.02.2019, DoT taken away the charge of DIR(Fin) from Smt Sujata T Ray with immediate effect and handed over to Shri Vivek Banzal who is already holding the charges of DIR(CFA) and DIR(CM). How BSNL can function when three Directors charge is holding by one person!

On salary payment, DIR(Fin) did not make any commitments but assured to make all the efforts for that. AUAB once again demanded that the salary should be paid simultaneously to all the employees without discrimination. The presidential sanction for availing bank loan for Capex is issued by DoT on 01.03.2019 but it is partial. It is not going to help BSNL at all. For both year 2017-18 and 2018-19, approval given for 4,300 Cr each but the loan taken was much higher than the sanctioned amount. The Board sanction and approval sought from DoT was for higher amount. What is the criteria followed for this approval is not known, DIR informed. BSNL is writing to DoT for the sanction of the remaining amount today itself. Similarly BSNL Board proposal for loan for Opex is not approved by DoT so far.

All out efforts are required to improve the cash collection and adding new business which is a big challenge before us. Loan is a temporary measure to tide over the present crisis which has to be repaid in due course. Due to the stress in the Telecom sector, banks are very reluctant to give loan, it is another factor. The RBI ceiling of 5 lakhs crores for Telecom sector is already crossed and the liability of Telecom sector is more than 6.1 lakhs crores now.

06-03-2019

Congratulations to all----

Finally Group Term Insurance got implemented w.e.f 02.03.2019.

The cheque for Rs 18,33,91,234.00 dated 02.03.2019 is handed over to LIC making GTI scheme operational w.e.f 02.03.2019.

15,958 Executives opted for 50 lakhs coverage (15,116 upto 50 years and 8,42 above 50 years) and 5,38 Executives above 50 years opted for 20 lakhs coverage.

We are extremely grateful to CMD and DIR(HR) for making the advance payment by arranging the funds in difficult situation. The advance payment is already made by BSNL and the premium will be deducted from the salary of March, 2019. If BSNL did not agree for advance payment, the scheme would not have become operational and in the new financial year, fresh negotiation, fresh options and new quote was required from LIC.

It was a dream project of SNEA for the younger generation who are not having the protection of family pension like others. SNEA demanded GTI immediately after the MV and management started working on it. Other Assns also contributed during the process.   

21-02-2019

Group Term Insurance (GTI) — last option date is today, 21.02.2019:

Last chance to exercise option or change of option allowed till today evening. Those above 50 years are having two options, for 50 lakhs or 20 lakhs. Those opted for 50 lakhs earlier can change their option to 20 lakhs if required.

This may be given vide publicity among all the Executives so that they can exercise their option today itself.

13-02-2019

The GTI option window will be opened depends on the ERP black out. Some clarifications sought by the ERP regarding the implementation which will be replied today. Option for both schemes for Rs 50 lakhs and 20 lakhs are available for those above 50 years 5 months and 29 days as on 01.03.2019 and change of option will be available.

01-02-2019

PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE MARCH

by NCOA, AIPCOC and AIBOC on 04.02.2019:

About 15,000 Officers/Executives from all the sectors, Banking, Telecom, Oil, Power, Insurance, Central Govt Officers etc are expected to participate in the March.

The main demands are:

1. Remove affordability clause for Pay Revision in CPSUs.

2. Wage settlement in Public Sector Banks.

3. Allot 4G spectrum to BSNL & MTNL.

4. Stoppage of all moves towards Privatization

5. Govt support for revival of CPSUs..

6. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

March starts from Model School, Barakhamba Road at 11 am.

JOIN ENMASSE AND MAKE IT A BIG SUCCESS

24-01-2019

MT(Intl) eligibility for AMIE and Grad IETE passed candidates taken up with Rect Cell. Now rect cell made necessary modifications allowing the AMIE and Grad IETE passed candidates to apply online. At the place of University, write AMIE or IETE as the case may be. If finding any difficulty, pl contact AGM Rect, Mob No: 09416006400.

For the refund of the fee paid for the last MT examination, competent authority approved the refund of the fees paid. Refund will be made as per the availability of fund.

12-01-2019

On 10.01.2019, AGS Com P. Padmanabha Rao, CHQ Treasurer Com R. Rajan and Jt Sec(S) Com A. Chandrasekhar met GM(BW) Sri. A. D.P. Keshri & GM(LD) Sri. D. K. Shinghal and  discussed land management, about discrepancies in the SDE(C) Seniority list, publication of year wise vacancies, Seniority list of JTO(C). GM(BW) assured to settle the issues within BW Unit based on individual representations received. If any legal issues arise, they will be sent to legal for clarification and will be placed accordingly. Regarding JTO(C) seniority, provisional seniority list is under preparation, for the approval of the competent authority. Around 205 JTO(C) data is available for the preparation of the seniority list. We also discussed about promotions of JTO(C) to SDE (C), SDE(C) to EE (C) & SE(C). Administration is trying to settle the seniority related issues and afterwards promotions will be issued for the availability vacancies.

Land Management issue discussed with GM(LD) and he informed that a draft on Land Management policy for BSNL has been submitted to DoT for approval. He also informed that with this Land Management, within three years span, there is a possibility of generating Rs. 8,000/-Cr per Annum as revenue to BSNL. This will become major source of income for BSNL revival. Leasing of open lands, extending leasing period upto 30 years under the purview of BSNL are notable points in the policy.

07-01-2019

JTO to SDE contempt case at Ernakulam:

The contempt case came up today. The reply affidavit filed by BSNL on the contempt petition is not accepted by the CAT. Hon Court decided to frame charges against CMD and GM(Pers). BSNL lawyer informed the court that BSNL proposed to issue promotions for another 5,000 JTOs which will cover some of the petitioners also. However court replied that they are not concerned about the welfare measures of BSNL to give promotion to its employees and will proceed with contempt.

BSNL was represented by senior lawyer and the AIGETOA activists are represented by their lawyer. Since SNEA is not a party in the contempt case, no lawyer appeared for SNEA.

Some rumours are spread through social media by those vested interests that SNEA lawyer also present in the court, that to confuse the members. It is another lie by them, again to befool the innocent JTOs, which they were doing since long and to save their face. It is a matter of shame that BSNL Executives are stooped to such level of dishonesty and spreading lies for misleading their own members.

We appeal all our members to be very cautious and do not get trapped in such rumours /misguiding messages in social media.

This court cases filed by AIGETOA activists are really working against the JTO to SDE promotion. The JTOs of 1999, 2001, 2002, -----2007 and 2008 rect year are becoming the real sufferers now. Earlier it was the JTOs from 1995 onwards to 2008. Those who are already become SDEs in the last three LDCEs are piloting and remote controlling the cases by collecting huge amount as legal fund and delaying the promotion for the remaining  JTOs.

It is high time for the JTOs from 2001 onwards to open their eyes and analyse who is really working against their interest and whose action is stopping their promotion. For the last 8 years, SNEA is trying to remove the hurdles for JTO to SDE promotion, created by AIGETOA and its activists, one by one.  

03-01-2019

JTO to SDE promotion updates: Overcoming all the hurdles created by the numerous court cases which delayed the JTO to SDE promotions since 2010, the preparatory work for all the SDE vacancies including 2017-18 is almost completed. The reservation and roster related issues almost sorted out which is pending for few days and approval of roster is expected any time. The DPC will be started as soon as clearance is given. Including the unfilled vacancies of 2008-09 (ST) & 2010-11 (SC&ST), total vacancies are about 4870. However as per the DPC procedure, DPC will be held for all the JTOs. It is expected that almost all the JTOs of 2007 will be covered, SC & ST from 2008 and some ST posts will remain unfilled which will be filled subsequently.    

Our continuous interaction with the management, demanding going ahead with promotions on recruitment year basis as per the interim measure suggested by the Hon HC of Ernakulam, finally accepted by the management and paving the way for further promotions. An affidavit also filed by BSNL in the EKM CAT on the same lines.

02-01-2019

Lot of malpropaganda is going on in the social media against SNEA, with malafide intentions. They are creating unrest in the organization by dividing the Executives, conveniently in the name of BSNL Rects and BSNL Absorbees, Promotees and Direct rects etc. It is observed that on each and every issue, they are trying to divide the Executives which will be detrimental for the cadre as well the company, which is passing through a tough time. This tendency, we are not seen even among the non Executives.

It is also heard that in the name of innumerable court cases, huge fund collection is also going on. They are filing Court cases and creating road block on every issue and putting the blame on SNEA.

All these efforts and propaganda is to create unrest among the ordinary Executives who are unaware of the facts and developments at BSNLCO, other than the fictitious WhatsApp messages.

In order to educate our members and other Executives, the following facts are explained for the information of all. Carefully analyse it before you take final decision which side you belongs, are you stand for Unity or not?

 

What SNEA did for BSNL Direct Recruits ----

1. When BSNL proposed higher pay scale for absorbed officers and less pay scale (E1) for BSNL recruits during BSNL formation, it was outrightly rejected and continue the same stand now.

2. EPF contribution made 12% of Basic + IDA, without the ceiling of Rs 6500/-. Initially it was a fixed amount, 12% of 6500/-

3. Stood as a front runner and leader in all BSNL viability related issues: ITS Repartition, Copper cable unbundling, stoppage of ADC, GSM tender cancellation, BWA Spectrum refund, Tower Subsidiary Company, BSNL & MTNL merger, Pension contribution, USO Fund, Income tax refund, 4G spectrum allotment, AMC issues, Equipment Procurement etc. All are related to BSNL financial viability which is the most crucial issue for BSNL recruits.

4. LDCE Exam for JTO to SDE promotion was made objective and made it very transparent ensuring promotion of more than 5000 DR JTOs recruited after 2000 upto 2005 while JTOs of 1995 was waiting for promotion. In 2007 LDCE, one Association approached several courts for staying the LDCE but SNEA ensured that LDCE is held in which about 900 JTOs of 2001 batch got promoted. They forced to change the stand in subsequent LDCEs.

5. SDE to DE promotion which was only 50%, increased to 75% enabling better promotion chances for youngsters.

6. In spite MT recruitment rule, did not allow MT so far.

7. SAB got implemented for 5% and got assurance for another 3% before 31st March, 2019 and continuing its efforts for the full 30%.

8. E2, E3 pay scale got approved by BSNL Board and did not allow endorsing the DOT notification, lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2.

9. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy worked out and got approved by BSNL Board which will give permanent solution to all promotion related issues, ensuring Time Bound Functional promotion up to AGM grade in 15 years which is not happening even in 30 years now.

10. Because of SNEA, all Executives in all streams and cadre is having a hope for promotion in BSNL, with parity, inspite of its poor financial position.

11. Most attractive offer from LIC for GTI, ensuring Rs. 50 lakhs coverage.

12. Have clear road map towards achieving 22820 once E2 and E3 is approved by granting additional increments.

13. While JTOs of 1999 is yet to be promoted today, all JTOs upto 2012 are able to visualise their promotion as reality immediately or in immediate future, in this year itself.

14. The existing JTO to SDE list for which we are making untiring efforts, 80% are BSNL directly recruited JTOs only. 

15. EPP assured time bound promotions for all Executives, all BRs benefitted comparing to DoT rects. 4 year benefit in first TBP got for almost all.

16. SNEA always works for the justice and safeguard our field level Executives, irrespective of Association affiliation, in the interest of BSNL.

17. Pay Revision of 2005 Batch which were divided in two groups (joined prior to 01/01/2007 and post 01/01/2007). As special cases pleaded by SNEA and finally resolved.

Comrades, SNEA is an Association which believes in democracy. We believe in the Indian culture UNITY IN DIVERSITY. Irrespective of Caste, Creed, Batch, Group, Region, Religion, Language, Section, we respects each and every one and work for the welfare of all the Executives in BSNL.

STRUGGLE IS NOT ONE DAY JOB, IT IS A CONTINUOUS PROCESS

What SNEA did for BSNL Direct Recruits

29-12-2018

Promotion of JTOs working in Supernumerary posts …. History:

Comrades, lot of queries are being raised with respect to promotion of JTOs working on Supernumerary posts. History of the matter is as under.

In the year 1999 and 2000, screening test was conducted by DoT for the departmental promotion in 35% quota.  Because of non availability of sufficient JTO vacancies in the Dept quota, all of them are not promoted. As per the agreement reached between Non Executive Union and BSNL management, they were given officiating promotion and regularized every year by diversion of 500 JTO posts from DR quota, without touching the 50% promotion quota, from the year 2001 to 2007. As per BSNL Board decision, these diverted posts are to be restored back next year, which was never done by BSNL. When the diversion of posts from DR quota was quashed by Chandigarh CAT and HC, BSNL management created supernumerary posts and regularized them. Their promotion as JTO was not quashed by the Chandigarh court. Their name was included in the Circle gradation list prepared by respective Circles from 2001 to 2007 rect years.

Matter regarding inclusion of their name in the AIEL was challenged in Ernakulam HC. Ernakulam High Court did not allow this prayer, rather directed to fix the seniority of these excess promoted officers as per date of promotion.

It is fact there are difference in opinion with respect to seniority of JTOs under DR, LICE, Supernumerary etc and still litigation is also going on.

But if we wait for the finality of these cases, the already delayed promotion which should have happened somewhere in 2013 or 2014 will be further delayed.

So comrades, SNEA is trying for promotion of JTOs within this limitation of Ernakulam HC order (the seniority of these JTOs are yet to be finalized) so that maximum JTOs will be promoted as per the available vacancies.

The claim on seniority/eligibility etc is still open and it is no way taking away by issuing promotion order. In fact, once the promotion orders are issued, the chance and claim for promotion for those found eligible /crystallized later, will be strengthened.

Now let us concentrate on promotion first to the maximum possible extent. Let us understand that JTOs of 1999, 2001 etc are still waiting for their first promotion, even after 18 years.

If the JTOs working in Supernumerary posts are not considered now, definitely they have to be regularized as per JTO RR 2014 for the vacancies from 2013-14, 2014-15 etc, which is more dangerous. The LICE JTOs already promoted against the remaining vacancies of 2013-14, 2014-15 etc, after regularization of the officiating JTOs may face reversion as their post will be occupied by the Supernumerary JTOs.

29-12-2018

GS, President and AGSs met DIR(HR) and held discussions regarding JTO to SDE promotion and DE to DGM promotions. Since the preparatory work is almost in the final stage, we requested to expedite both promotions. DIR(HR) informed that management is very keen to give the promotions at the earliest but want to do it litigation free. All the promotions ended in litigations which mgt not expected, DIR informed. Recent AO to CAO promotion also ended in status quo order and contempt case.

On JTO to SDE promotion, the reply will be filed in the Hon CAT by Monday along with the proposal to go ahead with the promotion. The CAT case is the only hindrance in giving promotions and management several times expressed its readiness to give promotions to all the concerned, DIR repeated. The withdrawal of case will expedite DPC for JTO to SDE, DIR(HR) assured. DE to DGM DPC will be expedited.

26-12-2018

Attention of CSs and activists: The missing cases of Screening Committee Report and VC for JTO to SDE promotion from AP, CTD, HP, HR, J&K, JKD, KTK, MP, PB, RAJ, TL, UP(W), WB and WTR are pending. Kindly send it urgently. 

26-12-2018

Group Term Insurance (GTI):

GS, President and AGS met GM(Trg) and held discussions on further actions on GTI. As per the data from ERP, so far 30,879 Executives exercised the option. The details are as follows:

Accepted upto 50 years: 14474.

Accepted above 50 years: 1320.

Not accepted upto 50 years: 6195.

Not accepted above 50 years: 8890.

The data submitted to LIC and the efforts are going on to sign the MoU. The payment has to be made to LIC as on 01.01.2019 for starting the scheme w.e.f 01.01.2019. It is informed that the salary deduction can be done only in the month of January, 2019 and thereafter the scheme can be started from 01.02.2019 onwards.

There are more than 15,000 Executives not exercised the option so far. We requested to give one more chance for those not exercised the option so far. It is agreed and a last chance will be given for them in the first week of January to join the scheme before closing it by 10th of January, 2019.

(Note: Those Executives completed 50 years, 5 months and 29 days as on the due date (ie. Less than 50 years 6 months) also will be covered under upto 50 years age group with the premium of 1.6 per month).

20-12-2018

DE to DGM(T) promotion on Adhoc basis: The VC for DGM(T) promotions called for today, 20.12.2018.

19-12-2018

Preparatory work for JTO to SDE promotion is going on since last one month by verifying the Screening Committee reports (SCR) and VC status and regularly updating the missing cases in the Intranet and our websites. The concerned section is fully involved and we are trying to complete this process at the earliest by another one week time. This will enable early conduction of DPC once BSNL proposal is submitted in the Hon Court to promote the JTOs, rect year wise or the court case in CAT is withdrawn as we suggested. The roster also prepared for SC/ST reservation and submitted for the clearance of CLO.  

The court cases badly delayed the promotions and continue to affect the future of thousands of JTOs. The withdrawal of the petition from CAT by the petitioners will enable DPC in shortest time. Already court cases delayed the promotions for years together and further delay is detrimental to the JTOs when management is very much ready to give the promotions. We are regularly interacting with the management on a day to day basis to find some way out and management is agreed to give promotions immediately if court case is withdrawn. When management is ready for promotions, then what is the need for court cases? Seniority etc can be decided later on after the final decision.

Now only SDE(T) vacancies as on 30.06.2018 remain unfilled, due to the unnecessary court case filed at Ernakulam. In all other cadres, including CAO, we could issue the promotion orders for the vacancies upto 30.06.2018.

All CSs to monitor the progress in missing APAR grading and VC cases and sent it urgently.

18-12-2018

DE to DGM(T) promotion on Adhoc basis: The interim order copy is yet to be received. However we could move the proposal for promotion to DGM(T) today itself to the competent authority for approval. Immediately after the approval, VC will be called for. We requested to utilise the unfilled DR DGM vacancies also for the promotion.

18-12-2018

DE to DGM(T) promotion on Adhoc basis: The interim order copy is yet to be received. However we could move the proposal for promotion to DGM(T) today itself to the competent authority for approval. Immediately after the approval, VC will be called for. We requested to utilise the unfilled DR DGM vacancies also for the promotion and the total vacancies will be about 891. 

14-12-2018

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

14-12-2018

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.

14-12-2018

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. 

13-12-2018

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. 

13-12-2018

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.

12-12-2018

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.

12-12-2018

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.

12-12-2018

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.

11-12-2018

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.

11-12-2018

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.

11-12-2018

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

11-12-2018

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10-12-2018

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

10-12-2018

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

05-12-2018

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

04-12-2018

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.

03-12-2018

STRIKE DEFERRED TILL FURTHER INTIMATION:

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

03-12-2018

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.

13-11-2018

DOT returns the BSNL proposal for 3rd Pay Revision:

1. Revenue from operation is on huge decline, 20% in 2017-18 in comparison with 2016-17 and 27.8% in comparison to Q1 of FY2018-19.

2. During 2017-18, BSNL estimated 4.8% growth, but it has actually reduced by 14.8%.

3. Expenditure on employees remuneration is continuously growing comparing to its revenue. It is 65.7% of revenue from operations during 2017-18. Now it has become 89% during Q1 of FY 2018-19.

4. 4303 Cr is the additional expenditure per annum for 3rd PRC with 15% fitment (pension contribution calculated on maximum of the pay scale) and it may cross the revenue from operations (2760 Cr is the additional expenditure if the pension contribution is on actual basic pay).

5. For 4G rollout, loan has to be taken and the additional revenue expected after that will be required for repayment of loan.

6. The excess payment on pension contribution is shown as Rs 2000. Govt not agreed to the BSNL proposal for pension contribution on actual basic pay.

7. BSNL proposes additional revenue from FTTH etc.

Finally DoT asked BSNL to work out a concrete workable proposal with a detailed analysis on the above points.

29-10-2018

DE to DGM promotion case postponed to 19.11.2018. 

29-10-2018

DE to DGM case postponed to 19.11.2018.

29-10-2018

Group Term Insurance: The Committee meeting held today to finalise the proposal. GS and President attended the meeting. It is proposed to implement it w.e.f 01.01.2019. The option will be made available in the ERP portal. That work will be entrusted to ERP wing. A nodal cell will be formed at BSNLCO for coordination. The name of the nominee will be recorded in the service book. Annual premium will be deducted from salary. Once option is submitted, they will remain under the scheme for 3 years, till the review of the premium.

16-10-2018

Clarification on the body at Circle offices (Recruiting and Non recruiting), Metro Dists etc: GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec discussed the matter with GM(SR) and DGM(SR). The elected body at recruiting Circle offices will be recognized as SSA level body. A general clarification in this regard will be issued tomorrow, 17.10.2018. Other points, clarification will be issued afterwards after examining the issue, in consultation with the Metro Dists and Non rect Circles.

Group Term Insurance (GTI): The Committee submitted its report to the competent authority. 

16-10-2018

GS writes to Hon Minister Shri Manoj Sinhna on E2/E3 pay scales: Approval of BSNL proposal for revision of intermediary pay scales of 9850-250-14600 (E1A) and 11875-300-17275 (E2A) with the next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for the JTO and SDE equivalent cadres in BSNL w.e.f. 01.01.2007 based on the clarification given by DPE on 29.08.2018. DPE directed DoT to decide the pay scales based on 1) affordability clause in the DPE OM dated 26.11.2008, ie. PBT for the year 2007-08, 2) intermediary pay scales are not allowed and 3) the pay scales are to be implemented by the CPSE in consultation with the Administrative Ministry

GS letter to Hon MoSC

16-10-2018

GS writes to Hon Minister Shri Manoj Sinhna on E2/E3 pay scales: Approval of BSNL proposal for revision of intermediary pay scales of 9850-250-14600 (E1A) and 11875-300-17275 (E2A) with the next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for the JTO and SDE equivalent cadres in BSNL w.e.f. 01.01.2007 based on the clarification given by DPE on 29.08.2018. DPE directed DoT to decide the pay scales based on 1) affordability clause in the DPE OM dated 26.11.2008, ie. PBT for the year 2007-08, 2) intermediary pay scales are not allowed and 3) the pay scales are to be implemented by the CPSE in consultation with the Administrative Ministry

15-10-2018

Circle Executive Committee meeting of MH Circle

The CEC meeting of MH Circle was held at Jalgoan on 13-14, October, 2018. GS and President attended and addressed the CEC. GS and President in their address explained the activities at CHQ and the important breakthrough SNEA could make on the following issues and settle the issues through various struggles:

1.    Uniform TB promotion policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f 01.07.2018: It is part of the terms and conditions for absorption. In 2005, SNEA and AIBSNLEA together gone for agitation for its implementation but could not succeed fully. As a result of the struggle, EPP with time bound financial upgradation notified. But SNEA continued its efforts for getting TB functional promotion. After the MV in December, 2016, Assn made continuous efforts for framing the policy. Management discussed this policy matter with the Recognised Association only. In May, 2015, the Joint Committee reconstituted as a result of our agitation with Shri M. A. Khan, ED as the Chairman. In October, 2015, Khan Committee given a positive recommendation. Broad agreement reached between Management and the Recognised Executive Assn, SNEA by October, 2017 and the policy got approved by the MC on 02.11.2017 and thereafter it circulated among other Assns for their comments. Our demand was its implementation w.e.f 01.01.2017. However BSNL Board approved the proposal on 28.05.2018, with the prospective date, 28.05.18.

The main features of the new promotion policy are:

i) Three assured functional promotions in 15 years, after every 5 years (now one promotion is not getting in 15 years).

ii) Promotion upto AGM grade is delinked from availability of posts, now the promotion is Time Bound, on completion of 5 years.

iii) Promotion upto AGM grade is delinked from seniority as it is Time Bound.

iv) There will not be any separate post for JTO or SDE or DE equivalent grades in any streams.

v) First TB functional promotion residency period reduced from 6 years to 5 years.

vi) No fresh DPC required for those who are already working in the pay scale of the grade to which promotion is considered.

vii) Promotion is effective from the due date irrespective of date of issue of promotion orders.

viii) The number of AGMs will be more than double of the present strength.

ix) Uniform promotion avenues for all the equivalent cadres in different streams. No discrimination among equivalent cadres in different streams.

We are making all out efforts to get it notified w.e.f 01.07.2018. It will be the biggest career breakthrough for the Executives, after the terms and conditions for absorption.

2.    Promotions in various wings: During the month of May and June, 2018, BSNL witnessed more than 12,800 promotions in different cadres. All the vacancies in all the cadres, except SDE(T) and CAO as on 30.06.2018 are filled up. The promotions in all the cadres were held up due to litigations, mainly on seniority and reservation, for years together.

The approval of CPSU Hierarchy on 28.05.2018 and our strong demand for its implementation w.e.f 01.07.2018 compelled the management to complete all the promotions before 01.07.2018, the due date of CPSU Hierarchy. During discussion on 18.06.2018, management sought time upto 30.09.18 for completing all the DPCs. However we were very firm on our demand for completion of the DPCs by 30.06.2018 and finally CMD agreed to our demand. Remaining is history. The management and the Assn at all level exhibited tremendous coordination to complete the work in the stipulated time, something which was unimaginable or impossible. Through CPSU Hierarchy, around 9000 to 10000 AGMs promotions expected which given the management the confidence to create additional DE posts in few days and give almost double number of AGM promotions. The litigations which stopped the AGM and AO promotions resulted in upgradation of posts, to overcome the court cases. Once CPSU implemented, the posts will vanish automatically, this also helped management to take this unprecedented step of upgradation of posts.

Only due to the compulsion created by us to notify the CPSU Hierarchy by 01.07.2018, management taken all the measures to complete the DPC by 30.06.2018.

3.    30% Superannuation Fund: The social security for the BSNL directly recruited employees who are not covered by CCS Pension rules, 1972 was a real concern for SNEA. We struggled for the EPF contribution without the ceiling in 2005 and got it implemented. After 2nd PRC, we are demanding contribution beyond the existing 20% and pursued along with other Unions and Assns also. Finally in a very significant breakthrough, it started with 3% on 05.05.2016, by which the total contribution reached 23% out of 30%. Thereafter it increased by another 2%, taking the total contribution to 25% out of 30%. We are struggling for another 2% more as assured by the CMD. The entire pension fund of 5% is handled by LIC.

4.    Parity in promotions: When management discriminated different cadres repeatedly in promotions and proposed upgradation of posts for a particular cadre, humiliating others, SNEA protested agaist this naked discrimination and demanded parity in promotions. Our immediate protest taken by surprise by the management and many others and even they tried to propogate that SNEA is against Accounts personal. In fact SNEA echoed the sentiments of thousands of discriminated and deprived Executives, suppressed for years together. Finally we could succeed when management taken a decision that hereafter any upgradation is done and promotions are given, it will maintain parity. It was a big moral victory for SNEA where we could stand with the sentiments of thousands. SNEA never stops the promotion to any cadre but demands equal treatment for all, without discrimination.

5.    JTO 2014 RR notification, Regularization of Offtg JTOs JTO LICE for the years, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16: The JTO RR amended and notified in 2015 thereby, i) reducing the qualifying service from 7 years to 5 years even though there was opposition from some Assns, ii) Rect year concept done away and vacancy year concept introduced in the JTO rect/seniority, iii) Method of fixation of seniority is defined as Trg centre marks in the RR itself and iv) Screening test passed Offtg JTOs made eligible to become JTOs as a onetime measure and absorbed in 2013-14, 50% vacancies. Remaining vacancies of 2013-14 under 50% quota and the 50% quota for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 filled in a sequence through LICE. Eventhough large number of litigations were there, we could conduct the LICE and declare the results in most of the Circles, thereby making LICE current. Side by side DR rect also taken place against 2016-17 vacancy year. Now same efforts are continuing for the notification of the LICE for 2016-17 and 2017-18 to make the LICE, again current. The administrative approval already given and vacancy position is called from the Circles for issuing the LICE notification. 

6.    Offtg pay protection: More than 10000 JTO/JAO, SDE/AO equivalent cadres faced reduction of one or two increments and recovery of lakhs of rupees on the basis of the wrong clarification issued by BSNL on 19.02.2010 that pay protection is not available on Offtg promotion to SDE/AO and DE/CAO/EE equivalent cadres. After continuous pursuation and struggle for more than 7 years the issue finally settled and orders issued on 28.02.2017, protecting the increments drawn during Offtg promotion. The increments restored and arreas paid wherever reduction in pay and recovery taken place, thereby settling one of the burning issue.

7.    FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35: The fixation of the pay of Offtg JTOs under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35 was our demand and through legal fight in Hon PCAT, New Delhi, we got it implemented for our SNEA members. The appeal filed by BSNL in the High Court and Supreme Court are dismissed recently, paving the way for its generalization. Finally after the SC order, BSNLCO issued orders generalising the pay fixation for the Offtg JTOs under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35. Now we are pursuing the pay fixation for them in the officiating pay scale as on 01.01.2007, instead of the substantive pay scale.

8.    Additional increment on post based promotion: EPP- 2007 provides one additional increment on post based promotion in the same pay scale. By an arbitrary decision, DoT rescinded this provision on 05.07.2017. When our protest fallen into deaf ears, we challenged the order in the Hon PCAT, New Delhi. Hon CAT quashed the DoT order dated 05.07.2017, restoring the additional increment. The appeal in the HC also is likely to be dismissed in few weeks time.

Further, SNEA is vigorously pursuing the following issues at various forums:

1.    E2, E3 pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A: After various struggles since 2010, we could get the Khan Committee formed in May, 2015 and the Joint Committee submitted a positive recommendation in October, 2015. There after our efforts are to get the approval of E2 and E3 scales by BSNL Management. Finally after lot of struggle, BSNL management accepted the recommendations and recommended the upgraded pay scales of E2 and E3 to DoT on 06.06.2016, which is a major breakthrough. However DoT is very negative on this issue and even gone to the extent of declaring that E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved by DoT for the BSNL recruited Executives at the time of formation of BSNL and not E1A and E2A. Still we are continuing our struggle to get E2 and E3 scales approved. For this purpose, we met Hon Union Ministers for Finance, Heavy Industries and Telecom and the senior officers of DoT, DPE and Dept of Expenditure and pursued the matter. After the DPE reply, now our all out efforts are concentrated in DoT to get E2 and E3 scales approved and the PO modified in this regard. So far BSNL did not endorsed the PO issue by DoT on 28.03.2017 lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, due to our strong protest.

2. 3rd PRC implementation with full 15% fitment: The 3rd PRC constituted as a result of the struggle by NCOA. We interacted with 3rd PRC through NCOA and finally Govt approved 3rd PRC with affordability clause which denies pay revision for majority of the CPSUs including BSNL. After that, SNEA being the Recognised Assn, negotiated with BSNL management for full 15% fitment. Finally management agreed to our demand and recommended 3rd pay revision with full 15% fitment. The issue we are pursuing under the banner of AUAB and various agitations taken place for the settlement of this most important HR issue. The settlement of 3rd PRC is vital for the revival of BSNL as the employees will be highly motivated by the implementation of 3rd Pay revision with 15% fitment. 3rd Pay revision with 15% fitment will be the biggest challenge before us in the present financial condition of the company.

3. Group Term Insurance (GTI): This is another issue, SNEA taken up immediately after the membership verification. Since the BSNL directly recruited Executives don’t have the defined pension as a social security, SNEA pursued it with management, LIC and SBI Life for all the Executives. Now the proposal is in the final stage with the LIC premium quote of Rs 1.6 per thousand for the coverage for 50 lakhs for the age group upto 50 years. The options will be called for shortly.

4. Pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL: SNEA is tying its level best to delink the pension revision from the Pay revision. According to us, the pension revision with 15% fitment has no relation with pay revision for the serving employees as the pension is paid by the Govt and having no link with the financial condition of BSNL. Moreover, the pension contribution for the period they worked in BSNL is already paid to the Govt. Now DoT sought the opinion of DoPT to process the pension revision separately. This issue we are pursuing under AUAB banner also.

5. Pension contribution on actual basic pay, instead of maximum of the pay scale: BSNL is compelled to pay the pension contribution for the absorbed employees on the maximum of the pay scales where as the Govt orders stipulates pension contribution on the actual basic pay, w.e.f 01.01.2006. Since then BSNL made almost 3500 crores excess payment to DoT in this regard. SNEA taken up this issue with DoPT, DoE etc. DoPT supported our demand. Dept of Expenditure is positive in this regard but DoT(Finance) is not in a mood to recommend from their side. SNEA and AUAB is pursuing with DoT and Hon Minister in this regard for a positive decision.

Settlement of Pension contribution on actual basic pay is very important as 3rd PRC implementation is very much depends on this factor.

6. Promotions for the vacancies available as on 30.06.2018: Efforts are continuing for the JTO to SDE and AO to CAO promotions where vacancies are available. Chances for further upgradation of post are almost ruled out. Some AGM posts reserved for untraceable cases also available. The contempt cases at Ernakulam and Chandigarh is the major hurdle for new promotions. Management is not at all positive in further promotions which may lead to fresh litigations and contempt cases, according to them. We are trying to convince the management and trying to issue the promotion orders as much possible keeping the fixation of seniority pending. Withdrawal of the case at Ernakulam will bring confidence in the management and the promotion orders can be issued within no time for maximum number of posts. Unnecessary litigations delaying the promotions and jeopardizing the future of thousands of young JTOs. Nobody is able to understand for what purpose they are fighting in the CAT when High Court rejected all their demands. Now BSNL filed review petition in the Hon HC to get the judgment modified with respect to excess promotion prior to 2000 and restoring the method of fixation of seniority as trg centre marks.

7. First TB promotion uniformly after 4 years: This is an anomaly for the JTO/JAOs recruited between 1993 to 2001. All of them got the first TBP in 5 or 6 years where as their juniors got it in 4 years, after 01.01.2007. Khan Committee recommend for 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years. However as per Hyderabad CWC decision, we are pursuing for 4 years. After the approval of CPSU Hierarchy by the Board, now SNEA pursuing this issue and the proposal recently moved to higher authorities will the details. It will be thoroughly examined and thereafter it has to get the approval of MC, BSNL Board and DoT as it involves amendment of EPP w.e.f. 01.10.2004, with retrospective effect.

8. Pay loss issue for post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs: Our demand for fitment of 30% and fix the initial pay as Rs 22820/- for the post 2007 batches treating it as an anomaly is not accepted by the management. The high level committee constituted during our agitation in this regard also not given a positive recommendation. BSNL management informed this to DoT and Hon Ministers office also. Since the pay loss is huge and cannot be simply ignored, we are not leaving this issue but trying to find some alternative ways to address the pay loss. Now SNEA is trying to resolve this issue by giving additional increments which is possible only after the approval of E2 and E3 scales. Additional increment is possible from E2 scale only. Approval of E2 and E3 scale is having more relevance now.

9. E1A, E2A scales w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTO/SDE equivalent in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings, PA/PS etc: After lot of pursuation, we got it approved by MC of BSNL Board. Thereafter it was placed before the Board for approval. However DoT is not allowing this to discuss in the BSNL Board. DoT has taken a stand that those who absorbed as Non Executives as on 01.10.2000 cannot have 9850 (E1A) scale. We are discussing this matter within BSNL to overcome the DoT objection without altering the status as on 01.10.2000 and keeping the PO issued during absorption intact.

10. Increasing the number of DGM(T) posts by 800: The approval of CPSU Hierarchy and the resultant promotion to AGM grade where the number of AGMs will be between 9,000 to 10,000 naturally lead to the requirement of increase in DGM(T) posts. The present DGM posts is just 1331 proportionate to the earlier 5303 AGM posts with a ratio of 1:4. In the changed scenario, to maintain the same ratio, the DGM post is to be increased to another 800. This demand is strongly pursued by SNEA. Meanwhile efforts are going on for DGM promotion for about 800 DGM vacancies available as of now.

15-10-2018

Circle Executive Committee meeting of MH Circle

The CEC meeting of MH Circle was held at Jalgoan on 13-14, October, 2018. GS and President attended and addressed the CEC. GS and President in their address explained the activities at CHQ and the important breakthrough SNEA could make on the following issues and settle the issues through various struggles:

1.    Uniform TB promotion policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f 01.07.2018: It is part of the terms and conditions for absorption. In 2005, SNEA and AIBSNLEA together gone for agitation for its implementation but could not succeed fully. As a result of the struggle, EPP with time bound financial upgradation notified. But SNEA continued its efforts for getting TB functional promotion. After the MV in December, 2016, Assn made continuous efforts for framing the policy. Management discussed this policy matter with the Recognised Association only. In May, 2015, the Joint Committee reconstituted as a result of our agitation with Shri M. A. Khan, ED as the Chairman. In October, 2015, Khan Committee given a positive recommendation. Broad agreement reached between Management and the Recognised Executive Assn, SNEA by October, 2017 and the policy got approved by the MC on 02.11.2017 and thereafter it circulated among other Assns for their comments. Our demand was its implementation w.e.f 01.01.2017. However BSNL Board approved the proposal on 28.05.2018, with the prospective date, 28.05.18.

The main features of the new promotion policy are:

i) Three assured functional promotions in 15 years, after every 5 years (now one promotion is not getting in 15 years).

ii) Promotion upto AGM grade is delinked from availability of posts, now the promotion is Time Bound, on completion of 5 years.

iii) Promotion upto AGM grade is delinked from seniority as it is Time Bound.

iv) There will not be any separate post for JTO or SDE or DE equivalent grades in any streams.

v) First TB functional promotion residency period reduced from 6 years to 5 years.

vi) No fresh DPC required for those who are already working in the pay scale of the grade to which promotion is considered.

vii) Promotion is effective from the due date irrespective of date of issue of promotion orders.

viii) The number of AGMs will be more than double of the present strength.

ix) Uniform promotion avenues for all the equivalent cadres in different streams. No discrimination among equivalent cadres in different streams.

We are making all out efforts to get it notified w.e.f 01.07.2018. It will be the biggest career breakthrough for the Executives, after the terms and conditions for absorption.

2.    Promotions in various wings: During the month of May and June, 2018, BSNL witnessed more than 12,800 promotions in different cadres. All the vacancies in all the cadres, except SDE(T) and CAO as on 30.06.2018 are filled up. The promotions in all the cadres were held up due to litigations, mainly on seniority and reservation, for years together.

The approval of CPSU Hierarchy on 28.05.2018 and our strong demand for its implementation w.e.f 01.07.2018 compelled the management to complete all the promotions before 01.07.2018, the due date of CPSU Hierarchy. During discussion on 18.06.2018, management sought time upto 30.09.18 for completing all the DPCs. However we were very firm on our demand for completion of the DPCs by 30.06.2018 and finally CMD agreed to our demand. Remaining is history. The management and the Assn at all level exhibited tremendous coordination to complete the work in the stipulated time, something which was unimaginable or impossible. Through CPSU Hierarchy, around 9000 to 10000 AGMs promotions expected which given the management the confidence to create additional DE posts in few days and give almost double number of AGM promotions. The litigations which stopped the AGM and AO promotions resulted in upgradation of posts, to overcome the court cases. Once CPSU implemented, the posts will vanish automatically, this also helped management to take this unprecedented step of upgradation of posts.

Only due to the compulsion created by us to notify the CPSU Hierarchy by 01.07.2018, management taken all the measures to complete the DPC by 30.06.2018.

3.    30% Superannuation Fund: The social security for the BSNL directly recruited employees who are not covered by CCS Pension rules, 1972 was a real concern for SNEA. We struggled for the EPF contribution without the ceiling in 2005 and got it implemented. After 2nd PRC, we are demanding contribution beyond the existing 20% and pursued along with other Unions and Assns also. Finally in a very significant breakthrough, it started with 3% on 05.05.2016, by which the total contribution reached 23% out of 30%. Thereafter it increased by another 2%, taking the total contribution to 25% out of 30%. We are struggling for another 2% more as assured by the CMD. The entire pension fund of 5% is handled by LIC.

4.    Parity in promotions: When management discriminated different cadres repeatedly in promotions and proposed upgradation of posts for a particular cadre, humiliating others, SNEA protested agaist this naked discrimination and demanded parity in promotions. Our immediate protest taken by surprise by the management and many others and even they tried to propogate that SNEA is against Accounts personal. In fact SNEA echoed the sentiments of thousands of discriminated and deprived Executives, suppressed for years together. Finally we could succeed when management taken a decision that hereafter any upgradation is done and promotions are given, it will maintain parity. It was a big moral victory for SNEA where we could stand with the sentiments of thousands. SNEA never stops the promotion to any cadre but demands equal treatment for all, without discrimination.

5.    JTO 2014 RR notification, Regularization of Offtg JTOs JTO LICE for the years, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16: The JTO RR amended and notified in 2015 thereby, i) reducing the qualifying service from 7 years to 5 years even though there was opposition from some Assns, ii) Rect year concept done away and vacancy year concept introduced in the JTO rect/seniority, iii) Method of fixation of seniority is defined as Trg centre marks in the RR itself and iv) Screening test passed Offtg JTOs made eligible to become JTOs as a onetime measure and absorbed in 2013-14, 50% vacancies. Remaining vacancies of 2013-14 under 50% quota and the 50% quota for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 filled in a sequence through LICE. Eventhough large number of litigations were there, we could conduct the LICE and declare the results in most of the Circles, thereby making LICE current. Side by side DR rect also taken place against 2016-17 vacancy year. Now same efforts are continuing for the notification of the LICE for 2016-17 and 2017-18 to make the LICE, again current. The administrative approval already given and vacancy position is called from the Circles for issuing the LICE notification. 

6.    Offtg pay protection: More than 10000 JTO/JAO, SDE/AO equivalent cadres faced reduction of one or two increments and recovery of lakhs of rupees on the basis of the wrong clarification issued by BSNL on 19.02.2010 that pay protection is not available on Offtg promotion to SDE/AO and DE/CAO/EE equivalent cadres. After continuous pursuation and struggle for more than 7 years the issue finally settled and orders issued on 28.02.2017, protecting the increments drawn during Offtg promotion. The increments restored and arreas paid wherever reduction in pay and recovery taken place, thereby settling one of the burning issue.

7.    FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35: The fixation of the pay of Offtg JTOs under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35 was our demand and through legal fight in Hon PCAT, New Delhi, we got it implemented for our SNEA members. The appeal filed by BSNL in the High Court and Supreme Court are dismissed recently, paving the way for its generalization. Finally after the SC order, BSNLCO issued orders generalising the pay fixation for the Offtg JTOs under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35. Now we are pursuing the pay fixation for them in the officiating pay scale as on 01.01.2007, instead of the substantive pay scale.

8.    Additional increment on post based promotion: EPP- 2007 provides one additional increment on post based promotion in the same pay scale. By an arbitrary decision, DoT rescinded this provision on 05.07.2017. When our protest fallen into deaf ears, we challenged the order in the Hon PCAT, New Delhi. Hon CAT quashed the DoT order dated 05.07.2017, restoring the additional increment. The appeal in the HC also is likely to be dismissed in few weeks time.

Further, SNEA is vigorously pursuing the following issues at various forums:

1.    E2, E3 pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A: After various struggles since 2010, we could get the Khan Committee formed in May, 2015 and the Joint Committee submitted a positive recommendation in October, 2015. There after our efforts are to get the approval of E2 and E3 scales by BSNL Management. Finally after lot of struggle, BSNL management accepted the recommendations and recommended the upgraded pay scales of E2 and E3 to DoT on 06.06.2016, which is a major breakthrough. However DoT is very negative on this issue and even gone to the extent of declaring that E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved by DoT for the BSNL recruited Executives at the time of formation of BSNL and not E1A and E2A. Still we are continuing our struggle to get E2 and E3 scales approved. For this purpose, we met Hon Union Ministers for Finance, Heavy Industries and Telecom and the senior officers of DoT, DPE and Dept of Expenditure and pursued the matter. After the DPE reply, now our all out efforts are concentrated in DoT to get E2 and E3 scales approved and the PO modified in this regard. So far BSNL did not endorsed the PO issue by DoT on 28.03.2017 lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, due to our strong protest.

2. 3rd PRC implementation with full 15% fitment: The 3rd PRC constituted as a result of the struggle by NCOA. We interacted with 3rd PRC through NCOA and finally Govt approved 3rd PRC with affordability clause which denies pay revision for majority of the CPSUs including BSNL. After that, SNEA being the Recognised Assn, negotiated with BSNL management for full 15% fitment. Finally management agreed to our demand and recommended 3rd pay revision with full 15% fitment. The issue we are pursuing under the banner of AUAB and various agitations taken place for the settlement of this most important HR issue. The settlement of 3rd PRC is vital for the revival of BSNL as the employees will be highly motivated by the implementation of 3rd Pay revision with 15% fitment. 3rd Pay revision with 15% fitment will be the biggest challenge before us in the present financial condition of the company.

3. Group Term Insurance (GTI): This is another issue, SNEA taken up immediately after the membership verification. Since the BSNL directly recruited Executives don’t have the defined pension as a social security, SNEA pursued it with management, LIC and SBI Life for all the Executives. Now the proposal is in the final stage with the LIC premium quote of Rs 1.6 per thousand for the coverage for 50 lakhs for the age group upto 50 years. The options will be called for shortly.

4. Pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL: SNEA is tying its level best to delink the pension revision from the Pay revision. According to us, the pension revision with 15% fitment has no relation with pay revision for the serving employees as the pension is paid by the Govt and having no link with the financial condition of BSNL. Moreover, the pension contribution for the period they worked in BSNL is already paid to the Govt. Now DoT sought the opinion of DoPT to process the pension revision separately. This issue we are pursuing under AUAB banner also.

5. Pension contribution on actual basic pay, instead of maximum of the pay scale: BSNL is compelled to pay the pension contribution for the absorbed employees on the maximum of the pay scales where as the Govt orders stipulates pension contribution on the actual basic pay, w.e.f 01.01.2006. Since then BSNL made almost 3500 crores excess payment to DoT in this regard. SNEA taken up this issue with DoPT, DoE etc. DoPT supported our demand. Dept of Expenditure is positive in this regard but DoT(Finance) is not in a mood to recommend from their side. SNEA and AUAB is pursuing with DoT and Hon Minister in this regard for a positive decision.

Settlement of Pension contribution on actual basic pay is very important as 3rd PRC implementation is very much depends on this factor.

6. Promotions for the vacancies available as on 30.06.2018: Efforts are continuing for the JTO to SDE and AO to CAO promotions where vacancies are available. Chances for further upgradation of post are almost ruled out. Some AGM posts reserved for untraceable cases also available. The contempt cases at Ernakulam and Chandigarh is the major hurdle for new promotions. Management is not at all positive in further promotions which may lead to fresh litigations and contempt cases, according to them. We are trying to convince the management and trying to issue the promotion orders as much possible keeping the fixation of seniority pending. Withdrawal of the case at Ernakulam will bring confidence in the management and the promotion orders can be issued within no time for maximum number of posts. Unnecessary litigations delaying the promotions and jeopardizing the future of thousands of young JTOs. Nobody is able to understand for what purpose they are fighting in the CAT when High Court rejected all their demands. Now BSNL filed review petition in the Hon HC to get the judgment modified with respect to excess promotion prior to 2000 and restoring the method of fixation of seniority as trg centre marks.

7. First TB promotion uniformly after 4 years: This is an anomaly for the JTO/JAOs recruited between 1993 to 2001. All of them got the first TBP in 5 or 6 years where as their juniors got it in 4 years, after 01.01.2007. Khan Committee recommend for 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years. However as per Hyderabad CWC decision, we are pursuing for 4 years. After the approval of CPSU Hierarchy by the Board, now SNEA pursuing this issue and the proposal recently moved to higher authorities will the details. It will be thoroughly examined and thereafter it has to get the approval of MC, BSNL Board and DoT as it involves amendment of EPP w.e.f. 01.10.2004, with retrospective effect.

8. Pay loss issue for post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs: Our demand for fitment of 30% and fiax the initial pay as Rs 22820/- for the post 2007 batches treating it as an anomaly is not accepted by the management. The high level committee constituted during our agitation in this regard also not given a positive recommendation. BSNL management informed this to DoT and Hon Ministers office. Since the pay loss is huge and cannot be ignored, we are not leaving this issue but trying to find some alternative ways to address the pay loss. Now SNEA is trying to resolve this issue by giving additional increments which is possible only after the approval of E2 and E3 scales. Approval of E2 and E3 scale is having more relevance now.

9. E1A, E2A scales w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTO/SDE equivalent in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings, PA/PS etc: After lot of pursuation, we got it approved by MC of BSNL Board. Thereafter it was placed before the Board for approval. However DoT is not allowing this to discuss in the BSNL Board. DoT has taken a stand that those who absorbed as Non Executives as on 01.10.2000 cannot have 9850 (E1A) scale. We are discussing this matter within BSNL to overcome the DoT objection without altering the status as on 01.10.2000 and keeping the PO issued during absorption intact.

10. Increasing the number of DGM(T) posts by 800: The approval of CPSU Hierarchy and the resultant promotion to AGM grade where the number of AGMs will be between 9,000 to 10,000 naturally lead to the requirement of increase in DGM(T) posts. The present DGM posts is just 1331 proportionate to the earlier 5303 AGM posts with a ration of 1:4. In the changed scenario, to maintain the same ratio, the DGM post is to be increased to another 800. This demand is strongly pursued by SNEA. Meanwhile efforts are going on for DGM promotion for about 800 DGM posts.

10-10-2018

GS writes to DIR(HR): Fixation of pay under FR22(1)(a)(1) and its  consequential  benefit on pay revision to the officiating JTOs.

GS letter to DIR(HR)

10-10-2018

GS writes to DIR(HR): Retention of Sr. Architect office at Patna, Bihar Circle at Patna.

GS letter to DIR(HR)

10-10-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR&Fin) on 09.10.2018:

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) and reviewed the progress on the various issues in our charter of demands of the agitation programs. GM(SR) also present.

Initially we discussed the financial problems in the field units. All the payments are getting delayed and maintenance is severely affected. DIR(Fin) informed that the situation will improve shortly as the formalities for taking loan for CAPEX is getting cleared at various levels.

1) On CPSU Hierarchy notification, the committee is finalizing the report and it will be submitted to the competent authority. Some delay occurred due to unavoidable reasons.

On promotions, the recent SC judgment on reservation in promotion is to be examined thouroughly. The legal opinion received is to wait for the DoPT guidelines in this regard. At the same time, due to the election year, whether DoPT will take a quick decision in this regard is also doubtful. Management will work out some alternative mechanism also parallaly, DIR(HR) informed.

On JTO to SDE promotion, we requested to issue the promotion orders to the extent possible from the remaining JTOs, pending finalization of AIEL and the seniority can be finalized later on. DIR(HR) informed that now Pers section is pre-occuppied with the contempt case at Ernakulam and immediately after that we will try to find some way out. Management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition. We requested to reconsider it as more than 5000 vacancies are lying vacant and innocent JTOs are punished for none of their fault. Finally DIR(HR) told us to have further discussion with GM(Pers).

On AO to CAO promotion, legal opinion is to wait for the DoPT guidelines on reservation issue. We shared our apprehension that the decision on creamy layer may take much time as it is a political decision and it has to be worked out by the Govt before notification, with the approval of Union Cabinet. This means, on promotion, we are back to the same situation we had, few months back. Entire promotion should not be held up again we requested. DIR(HR) assured to find some way out.  

Similarly AGM promotion also, management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition, DIR(HR) informed. Thereafter only it can be decided how to proceed further. After the recent judgment, it become more complicated.

2. Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007: A DO letter from CMD to Secretary, DoT requesting to approve E2 and E3 scales as recommend by BSNL will be sent in a day or two as discussed with the Assn and thereafter it will be pursued.

3. First Time Bound Financial Upgradation as per EPP-2007, uniformly after 4 years, instead of 4 to 6 years: After lot of pursuation at different level, the proposal now moved from Pers section.

4. E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs and equivalent cadres: Estt section examining the possibility to do it within the powers of MC. Since proposal is already in the Board for the rect upto 2014, matter is to be examined.

5. E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch, PA, PS etc and equivalent cadres: : Estt section examining it.

6. Increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 for maintaining a ratio 1:4 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis. The matter is under examination. The need for increase in the DGM posts is accepted. But a mechanism is to be worked out through HR Plan. Meanwhile work on finalization of HR  plan is picking momentum. Meanwhile DIR(HR) assured to expedite the DPC work for DGM(T) posts pending vacation of stay on promotions.  

On issuing orders for soft tenure break, it was informed that the file is resubmitted for the approval of DIR(HR) with positive recommendation to restore the Circle break on soft tenure posting. 

09-10-2018

All Unions and Associations of BSNL held its meeting at New Delhi on 08.10.2018. AUAB discussed the non-implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held on 24.02.2018. AUAB decided to launch agitational programs for the implementation of the assurances given on 1) 3rd PRC implementation, 2) 4G spectrum allotment, 3) Pension revision and 4) Pension Contribution on actual basic pay.

AUAB also discussed:

a) 30% Superannuation benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees.

b) Outsourcing of Passive Infra Maintenance of Non BSNL Sites and

c) Repatriation of excess ITS Officers against the Cabinet decision for diminishing order.

Details will be updated----

05-10-2018

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers) on 04.10.2018: GS, President, AGS and Jt sec met GM(Pers) and held discussion on 1) resubmitting the Committee report on CPSU Hierarchy, 2) JTO to SDE promotion, 3) Soft tenure break and 4) promotion for the missing cases.

1) On the Committee report, it is informed that it may take few more days as some feedback is yet to get from some section.

2) On JTO to SDE promotion, we held detailed discussion based on our letter dated 17.09.2018. Since Hon HC permitted to give promotions even before finalization of AIEL, all possibility is to be explored for the promotions from the remaining JTOs, to the extent possible. The AIEL is finalized for the DoT rect upto 1999, DoT rect and BSNL rect are segregated by Hon HC and promotion orders are issued. Remaining JTOs can be promoted on interim measure. The promotion can be regularized after finalization of AIEL, we suggested. Management is trying to establish that there is no contempt and of opined that after giving much awaited promotions, management is facing contempt and other court cases which is not a positive sign. Finally GM(P) assured to examine the matter and continue the discussions next week.

3) Soft tenure break: The matter will be discussed with DIR(HR) for approval.

4) Promotion for the missing cases: Due to the contempt cases, further promotions are not processing, GM(P) informed. We explained that the pending cases are nothing to do with the contempt cases and they are very seniors, their juniors are already promoted. Finally GM(P) assured to discuss this with DIR(HR) and do the needful.

04-10-2018

Meeting with Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr GM(Estt) on 04.10.2018: GS met Sr GM(Estt) and held discussion on 1) sending a DO letter regarding early approval of E2/E3 pay scales and 2) Board approval for E1/E2A pay scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for the Civil/Electrical/TF/Arch/PA/Ps etc and 3) Board approval for the AD(OL) scale:

Based on the discussions held earlier with CMD, DIR(HR) and GM(Estt), a draft DO letter is prepared, GM(Estt) informed.

On approval of E1A/E2A scales from 01.10.2000, the possibility of settling the issue without altering the Presidential order is under examination. Whether it can be shifted to another date to overcome the objections of DOT, it is under examination.

The AD(OL) pay scale proposal is an agenda in todays Board meeting and in all probability, it will be approved, informed GM(Estt). 

29-09-2018

Committee Meeting on Group Term Insurance(GTI) on 27.09.2018: GTI Committee meeting was conducted under the Chairmanship of Sr GM (Estt). LIC representative also attended the meeting. GS and President attended the meeting.

Scheme for the Executives upto the age Group of 50 years:

Rs.1.80 per Rs.1000 (plus 18% GST) for Rs.50 Lakh coverage. Medical or declaration is not required. The Scheme will be optional only. Review in favour of BSNL employees after 1 year and review in favour of LIC, only after 3 years. LIC is having Sovereign guarantee and a claim settlement ratio of 99.98% which is a major attraction. For monthly premium, 4% additional and quarterly premium, 2% additional is required. Claim settlement will be online, to the account of BSNL or the nominee as desired, within 15 days.

Scheme for the Executives above 50 years is Rs.7.00 per Rs.1000. No medical and other conditions are the same.  

After negotiations, LIC agreed for Rs.1.60 and Rs.6.7 respectively subject to approval of the Competent Authority of LIC. But the Committee Members insisted for further reduction in the premium to Rs.1.50 and Rs.6.50 respectively. Committee will try to finalize it shortly so that the Scheme can be implemented from 1st October 2018.

Eventhough Assns are demanding for GTI for long time, it took momentum after the MV and the GTI Committee was constituted based on SNEA demand and its letter, after the MV and initial discussions were held with SNEA.

29-09-2018

Meeting with DIR(PSU)/DOT on E2/E3 pay scales and 3rd PRC: GS, President, Jt Sec(E) Com Sankar Sanyal and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met DIR(PSU)/DoT on 27.09.2018 and discussed the issues.

On E2/E3 scales, it was informed that the DPE reply is submitted to the higher authorities for further directions. DPE is not fully agreed to the DoT version that E1A and E2A are one time dispensation, we told DIR(PSU). Further as per DPE advice, the pay scales are to be decided based on CPSEs recommendation. This establishes that DPE did not approved the DoT order dated 28.03.2017.

On 3rd PRC, the reply submitted by BSNL on the queries raised by DoT are resubmitted to internal Finance of DoT with the comments of concerned section.

26-09-2018

The MA filed by BSNL to vacate the stay on AGM to DGM(T) promotion based on catch up rule is listed for hearing today, 26.09.2018 at Hon CAT/Chandigarh. Earlier Hon CAT vacated the stay of AO to CAO promotion based on catch up rule. Citing this order, BSNL filed the MA for vacation of stay on AGM to DGM promotions.

The legal opinion sought by BSNL from the Sr Lawyer on implementation of OWN MERIT in reservation for AO to CAO promotion based on the Hon SC interim order is yet to be received.

21-09-2018

Details of the discussion with BSNL management on 20.09.2018 on the charter of demands of the agitation programs from 24.09.2018 onwards:

BSNL management invited SNEA for discussions on various issues raised in the charter of demands. GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec(C) attended the meeting. DIR(HR), GM(SR), GM(Pers) and DGM(Estt) was present from management side.  The discussions continued for more than one and half hours on various issues.

At the outset DIR(HR) informed that BSNL management is taking very serious efforts to implement CPSU Cadre Hierarchy which is already approved by the BSNL Board, to settle E2 & E3 pay scales and other issues and discussion is going on at different level to resolve the issues, the proposed agitation programs from 24.09.2018 is to be avoided. All the genuine demands are getting attention and management is sincerely trying to resolve them. Thereafter discussion started on the various demands:

1. Notify and implement BSNL Executive promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 which is approved by the BSNL Board and solve the huge stagnation in different cadres. Bring Parity and Uniformity in promotions among equivalent cadres of different wings. All the existing vacancies in different cadres like SDE(T), CAO etc shall be filled notionally w.e.f. 29.06.2018 as per the earlier rules.

DIR(HR) informed that management is very seriously working on it. BSNL Board already approved it and management spent more than 2 years to finalise the policy, which is going to benefit all the executives. While approving the new promotion policy, BSNL Board directed to ensure that Govt policies on reservation is followed in the new policy also. This matter is under examination.

Meanwhile the matter come up before the Parliamentary Standing Committee for the welfare of SCs and STs also, along with several other issues. The Committee called the management on 19.09.2018. Initially CMD and DIR(HR) sought exemption from personal appearance due to the Board meeting scheduled for 19.09.18 but later on decided to attend the meeting. The Full BSNL Board meeting scheduled for 19.09.2018 was cancelled for this purpose which reflects the seriousness shown by CMD and DIR(HR) on this issue.

The Committee formed will complete the formalities and submit its final report by next week and thereafter it will be submitted to the competent authority. Management is trying its level best to implement it at the earliest by taking everyone into confidence, DIR(HR) assured.

Comrades, now the issue is moving in the right direction and results are expected without much delay. We are working with the management for the early notification and its implementation.

On promotions, DIR(HR) informed that whatever promotions and upgradations done, it lead to litigations and contempt of court. Court cases increased only. CMD is not at all in favour of any more upgradation. JTO to SDE promotions also will be considered once contempt is withdrawn. On AO to CAO promotion, it was informed that the stay is vacated, the DPC is on and promotion orders can be issued as soon as the legal opinion is received from the Sr lawyer from whom the opinion sought. On our specific request to consider JTO to SDE promotion under SCF, where the seniority can be decided later on, finally DIR(HR) agreed to have further discussion with GM(P) on this matter. However mgt expressed its doubt how promotion can be effected without publishing AIEL? As per HC order, only provisional promotion (same as Adhoc/Offtg/LA promotion which does not give seniority or counting of service) can be given in the ratio 1:1, before publishing AIEL. The contempt case at Ernakulam filed by AIGETOA activists is the major hurdle for JTO to SDE promotion where more than 5,500 vacancies are available.

2. Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A for all the post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs, SDE/AOs and equivalent cadres.

DIR(HR) explained the efforts taken by the mgt by deputing BSNL Officers to DPE for explaining the matter to DPE officials. Mgt is committed to E2 and E3 scales and all possible measures will be taken to settle it. CMD will write a DO letter to Secretary in this regard to expedite the approval of E2 and E3.

Assn also informed DIR(HR) and others the continuous efforts taken by it. Assn met the Hon Union Minister for Heavy Industries, Shri Anat Geete and requested his intervention to modify the DPE reply. As per the intervention of the Hon Minister, we are trying to meet the Secretary/DPE in this regard.

E2 and E3 pay scales is the most important HR issue for the BSNL Executives, like the new promotion policy, which is to be resolved at the earliest, we demanded. DIR(HR) assured that CMD and DIR(HR) will work together with the Assn for the settlement of E2 and E3 scales.

3. First Time Bound Financial Upgradation as per EPP-2007, uniformly after 4 years, instead of 4 to 6 years.

We explained the matter to DIR(HR). The JTO/JAOs recruited from 1993 to 2001 got their first TB promotion in 5 or 6 years where as the juniors are getting it after 4 years. This is the anomaly created after the implementation of 2nd PRC with 30% fitment and 78.2% IDA merger. This anomaly referred to the Khan Committee. Khan Committee recommended CPSU Hierarchy after 5 years by reducing it from 6 years as in EPP. On the same line, recommended the first TB promotion for the earlier rects also after 5 years. But this anomaly can be settled only if the first TB promotion is extended uniformly after 4 years, Assn told. The informations regarding the number of Executives affected are already collected from the Circles. After discussion, GM(Pers) informed that the details will be processed in a couple of weeks and will be submitted to the competent authority.

It is a very positive development as mgt so far reluctant to process the case on the plea that BSNL Board and DoT will not agree for the amendment of EPP with retrospective effect, from 01.10.2004.

4. E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs and equivalent cadres.

The benefit of E1+5 increments is not extended to the thousands of JTO/JAOs rected after 2010. The new rects are getting the pay of Rs 16400 only where as earlier batches are getting minimum E1+5 increments. The pay loss of these JTO/JAOs recruited in 2010(SRD), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 etc are huge. Thousands of LICE JTO/JAOs also affected and they are also drawing less than E1+5 increments. Even the PO issued by DoT on 28.03.2017 extended Rs 18850. Taking the benefit out of that, E1+5 increments may be extended to the remaining JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010.

Management is very sympathetic to this demand. It was informed that the proposal for E1+5 increments for the JTO/JAOs recruited upto 2014 is pending in the BSNL Board since, 2015. BSNL Board took a stand that it will be approved only after the approval of HR plan. For remaining JTO/JAOs, Board is not ready to consider E1+5 as they are recruited in E1 scale. We strongly objected this as the E1 pay scale is a provisional pay scale and even the pay scales in the RR for JAO, JTO(C/E) etc are still E1A.   

We demanded that as per the PO issued by DoT, E1+5 can be extended. We have to find a way to extend it without notifying the PO issued by DoT, we demanded. Management assured to discuss it further to find some way out, keeping the demand for E2 and E3 scales intact.

5. E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch, PA, PS etc and equivalent cadres.

This proposal is already approved by the MC of the BSNL Board and placed before the full BSNL Board for its approval. However DoT objected it stating that E1A and E2A scales can be extended only to those working in the corresponding CDA scales before 01.10.2000. The JEs and AEs were not in that sale on 01.10.2000, so it cannot be considered. The presidential order issued at the time of absorption cannot be altered now, according to DoT. We explained the background and the need to bring parity in the pay scales as on 01.10.2000 for all the equivalent cadres. Moreover the JTOs and SDEs of these streams are working in the same pay scales for a few months which is a serious anomaly. Recently AD(OL) case also settled like that. Finally it was agreed to examine it, whether it can be implemented without altering the PO issued on 01.10.2000, to overcome the DoT objection.

6. Increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 for maintaining a ratio 1:4 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis.

Increase in DGM(T) posts is a demand we raised 1 year back. The number of DGM(T) posts was less, comparing to any other streams. 1331 DGM(T) posts are available against the 5303 AGM posts. Even the available DGM(T) posts, maximum were occupied by the ITS officers on deputation which further affected our limited promotional avenues.

The creation of another 3410 AGM posts recently through upgradation strengthened our demand for increasing the DGM(T) posts atleast by another 800. Now the total number of AGM post is 8713. Moreover, the number of AGMs after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy will be between 8500 to 9500, so naturally the DGM posts is to be increased, we argued the case with full justification.

Finally management in principle agreed to our demand for increasing the DGM(T) posts to maintain a reasonable ratio. It is to be further discussed and worked out whether it can be done through HR plan or through cadre review. It will be a major breakthrough for the cadre after the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approval. Similarly for other streams also, same ratio will be worked out.

On DGM(T) promotions, BSNL is filed a MA in the Hon CAT to vacate the stay citing the vacation of stay in a similar case, AO to CAO promotion. It is expected to hear on next Monday. The original case is listed for 27.10.2018 only. Once stay is vacated, DPC will be held including the DRDGM vacant posts and promotion orders will be issued.

Comrades, the extensive preparations for the agitation programs by the CHQ and the Circles compelled the management to invite SNEA for negotiation. We had made extensive arrangements for the agitation programs. The response from our activists was so positive, they were solidly with CHQ supporting from all the corners. In addition to CS and CP, large number of activists planned to reach New Delhi from far off places to participate in the agitation. It shows the commitment and conviction of our comrades on the issues. It is a great break thorough, now management assured us to work together to settle the issues in a time bound manner. Congratulations to one and all.

We are extremely grateful to CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR) and other senior officers for the timely intervention to resolve the issues through discussion. Further we are very happy to note that we could do it without going into agitation, through negotiations especially when we are fully involved in the field units for the revival of BSNL. Once again, congratulations to one and all.

20-09-2018

AO to CAO promotion: The issue regarding implementation of reservation and own merit in CAO promotion is referred to the legal section and then to a Sr Advocate for the expert legal opinion. All other DPC work is completed. As soon as the legal opinion is received, promotion orders can be issued.

20-09-2018

Vacation of stay on DE to DGM(T) promotion:  Based on the CAT judgment vacating the stay on AO to CAO promotion, BSNL is filing an MA for early hearing and vacation of stay in the Hon CAT on the same ground. Originally the OA is listed for 29.10.2018. On our request, DIR(HR) given the approval for the same as soon as the information regarding vacation of stay for CAO promotion received BSNLCO. All the documents supplied to the BSNL lawyer for filing the MA.

19-09-2018

LICE for JE to JTO promotion: The proposal to conduct the LICE from JE to JTO promotion for the vacancy years 2016-17 and 2017-18 sent to Rect Section by the Estt Section. Last week DIR(HR) approved the proposal. 

19-09-2018

19-09-2018

What compelled SNEA to launch agitations from 24.09.18:

The developments which compelled SNEA to launch the agitations from 24.09.2018 on various issues will be discussed one by one. When negotiations and discussions does not yield the result and resolution of the issues, we don’t have any other option other than trade union actions. Normally in such situations, management will get involve in serious discussions to settle the issues in the best possible manner but unfortunately nowadays, the entire energy is diverted in doing research, how to discipline the Associations/ Unions, instead of addressing the serious HR issues comprehensively. In this situation, as a responsible Recognised Executive Association, we are duty bound to protect the interest of our members as well as all the BSNL Executives.

1. Notify and implement BSNL Executive promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 which is approved by the BSNL Board and solve the huge stagnation in different cadres. Bring Parity and Uniformity in promotions among equivalent cadres of different wings. All the existing vacancies in different cadres like SDE(T), CAO etc shall be filled notionally w.e.f. 29.06.2018 as per the earlier rules.

The urge for a Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy, delinking from availability of posts and seniority related issues, as prevailing in other CPSUs, was the demand of our beloved Association from the day of formation of BSNL. This is because of our bitter experience in the past, directly recruited JTOs retired as JTOs, without a single promotion or waiting for 20 to 25 years for one promotion etc due to want of vacancies. SNEA alone fought for the Time Bound Functional Promotion policy in 2002 and laid the strong foundation in the form of Terms and condition for absorption. In 2005, we sincerely tried to erect the structure in the form of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy by demanding Time Bound Promotion upto SG JAG level (E6 scale) but we could not fully succeed in the agitation. Finally EPP-2007 implemented and post based promotions continued as part of it as in a Govt department.

As a result of our agitation in 2015, the demand again picked momentum by the formation of Khan Committee. The Committee made a positive recommendation in October, 2015, recommending Time Bound Functional promotion upto AGM grade, after every 5 years. After the MV, management and SNEA further negotiated for the implementation as assured at the time of absorption in BSNL.  Finally, after considering the views of other stake holders also, the new promotion policy was approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018.

The approval of the minutes of the Board meeting taken some time and according to the approval, two points required to be examined before its implementation, 1) Whether financial implication is there or not for prior concurrence of DoT and 2) Reservation policies of the Govt is followed in the new policy? In the intervening period, before the next due date of promotion, ie. 01.07.2018 we conducted all the DPCs which are feasible in a record time and issued the promotion orders on 29.06.2018 which made the implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018 very smooth.

Meanwhile both the issues referred to two separate Committees:

1) Whether financial implication is there or not for which prior DoT concurrence required: The Committee after careful examination recommended that there is no additional financial implication on implementation of the new promotion policy, rather saving is there and as such it need not require the prior approval of DoT.

2) Reservation policies of the Govt is followed in the new policy? This matter was referred to a Committee of senior officers comprising Sr GM(Estt), GM(Per), GM(EF&FP) and GM(CLO). This Committee after exhaustive deliberations on the subject come to a conclusion that the Govt policies of Reservation is followed in the new promotion policy and submitted a unanimous report in this regard.

With the very positive recommendations from both the Committees, naturally we expected its notification and implementation atleast from 01.07.2018. By approving the proposal with a prospective date, instead of the proposed date of 01.01.2017, the Executives already lost one and half years of service. This already have a big impact on the future promotions. After implementation of the policy this issue to be deliberated further by seeking amendment for more relaxation.

Now management is dilly dallying on the notification and implementation w.e.f 01.07.2018. According to our rough calculation, about 18,500 Executives are expected to get promotion to one or the other grades w.e.f 01.07.2018. The HR plan and drastic reduction on the number of posts (about 40%) is hanging over our heads. So far we could stop it, till the approval of the new non-post based promotion policy, by delinking the promotions from the availability of posts and seniority. On approval of HR plan, it may become even difficult to justify the recent promotions as the number of posts will be less than the promotions. So many HR issues like E1+5 increments etc is pending in the BSNL Board, since 2014 for the approval, in the name of HR plan finalization.

All the vacancies in almost all the cadres filled up on 29.06.2018. Even after that, Executives recruited in the year 1988 as JTO(Arch) still remain as a JTO as there is no vacancy. JTO(E/C) form 1997/1998 are waiting for promotion, even SC/ST comrades. Is they does not deserve even a single promotion?  SDE(C/E/T) from 1998/2004 are waiting for AGM promotion. Every time can we look towards the Hon courts, vacation of stay and vacancies for our promotions? Can upgradation of posts as and when required is a feasible solution when the posts itself is going to be cut drastically? Even the SC/ST Executives are waiting for 10 to 15 years for their promotion in different cadres. As a solution we could get three assured Time Bound Functional promotions after 5 years in the new policy.

Comrades, CHQ could negotiate an excellent non-post based, Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy upto AGM Equivalent Grade, delinking from the seniority, as per the terms and conditions of absorption in BSNL. We could get it approved by the BSNL Board also. Finally our efforts since 2002 for the implementation of a non-post based, Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy got Board approval, upto AGM Equivalent Grade. Now CHQ is facing difficulty in getting it notified and implemented. It is not possible without your active support. Our sincere efforts for the last 15 years should yield the desired results, ie. Un-interrupted promotions as in EPP. We seek your active support and participation in the coming agitational programs from 24.09.2018 with full spirit and commitment.

The PARITY IN PROMOTIONS among equivalent cadres in different wings is not a simple demand, we meant business. At the same time we once again want to make it clear that it is not against any particular cadre, rather it is for the welfare and uniform treatment of all the equivalent cadres. In upgradations or CPSU Hierarchy, parity is to be maintained atleast in the future. Discrimination in promotions will lead to demoralization and ultimately affects the performance.

There are huge number of vacancies available prior to 30.06.2018 in SDE(T) cadre and good number of vacancies in CAO cadre. This vacancies are to be filled as on 29.06.2018 as their juniors in equivalent cadres in other wings already promoted on 29.06.2018. This will bring parity in those cadres also. This demand already we placed before the management to protect the interest of our comrades.

18-09-2018

GS writes to DIR(HR): JTO to SDE promotions under SCF quota for about 5,500 vacancies for the years 2011-12 to 2017-18. Since the High Court decision on the review petition is pending, it is requested to explore the possibility of conduction of DPC covering all the JTOs of a particular year, without publishing the AIEL. 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 court cases. Since the vacancies are existing prior to 30.06.2018, the promotion orders may be issued notionally w.e.f 29.06.2018, at par with the juniors promoted from other cadres on 29.06.2018. As per the available vacancies, the JTOs recruited for the years 2010 & 2013 also may be covered and hence the eligibility list particulars of the JTOs recruited in 2010 (SRD) and 2013 also may be called from Circles: 

GS letter to DIR(HR) on JTO to SDE promotion

18-09-2018

GS writes to CMD/BSNL regarding promotion to AGM Grade: Large number of AGM vacancies were reserved for untraceable cases at the time of DPC and it is reported that excess promotions happened against SC/ST quota in the promotion to AGM cadre. The matter may be reviewed and the eligible SDEs in list 8 waiting for promotion may be given promotion w.e.f. 29.06.2018 as their juniors are promoted on 29.06.2018.

GS letter to CMD about AGM promotion

11-09-2018

RELAY HUNGER FAST at BSNLCO by CHQ Office Bearers, CSs, CPs etc from 24th September, 2018 onwards: All the CHQ OBs, CSs and CPs of all the Circles and other activists joining the RELAY HUNGER FAST is to reach Delhi by 23rd evening or 24the early morning. The RELAY HUNGER FAST will start exactly at 10.00 AM on 24.09.2018. Return journey can be decided later.

07-09-2018

SNEA announced the Trade Union programs w.e.f 24.09.2018 on the charter of demands and Trade Union Notice served on 27.08.2018.

Demands:

1. Notify and implement BSNL Executive promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f 01.07.2018 which is approved by the BSNL Board and solve the huge stagnation in different cadres. Bring Parity and Uniformity in promotions among equivalent cadres of different wings. All the existing vacancies in different cadres like SDE(T), CAO etc shall be filled notionally w.e.from 29.06.2018 as per the earlier rules.

2. Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A for all the post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs, SDE/AOs and equivalent cadres.

3. First Time Bound Financial Upgradation as per EPP-2007, uniformly after 4 years, instead of 4 to 6 years.

4. E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs and equivalent cadres.

5. E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch, PA, PS etc and equivalent cadres.

6. Increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 for maintaining a ratio 1:4 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis.

 

Trade Union Programs:

I.   24th to 28th September, 2018: RELAY HUNGER FAST at BSNLCO by CHQ Office Bearers, CSs, CPs etc.

II. 01st October, 2018 onwards: INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST at BSNLCO by CHQ Office Bearers, CSs, CPs etc.

III. Lunch Hour Demonstration at Circle and SSA HQs on 24th & 27th September, 01st & 04th October etc.

IV. If the issues are not resolved, the indefinite Hunger Fast will be spread to Circle HQs and SSA HQs later on.

GS Notice to CMD/BSNL intimating Trade Union programms

07-09-2018

GS writes to Secretary, DPE regarding DoT reference to Dept Of Public Enterprises (DPE) regarding BSNL proposal for revision of the intermediary pay scales of 9850-250-14600 (E1A) and 11875-300-17275 (E2A) to the next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for the JTO, SDE and equivalent Executives in BSNL w.e.f 01.01.2007, based on 2nd PRC recommendations.

GS letter to Secretary, DPE

07-09-2018

DPE reply to DoT dated 29.08.2018 on replacement of E1A and E2A scales.

DPE reply to DoT

07-09-2018

The APAR/VC are received from ALTTC, A&N, BRBRAITT, BSNLCO, CG, ETR, GJ, HP, JKND, NE-II, NFS, UKD and WTR Circles only for SDE(T) promotion. Remaining Circles to send by 20.09.2018.

Reminder

29-08-2018

GS, President and AGS met Shri Anupmam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL on 28.08.2018 and held discussion on:

a) Notification of Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy w.e.f 01.07.2018 as assured by CMD and DIR repeatedly. Inspite of repeated assurances by CMD and DIR (HR) that the new promotion policy will be notified w.e.f 01.07.2018, the notification is not yet issued. Thousands of Executives, numbering about 18,500 are waiting for the promotion. The strong resentment among the Executives on the delay tactics of the management conveyed to CMD. CMD reassured that it will be notified w.e.f 01.07.2018 as assured by the management.

Further CMD informed that as and when the file reaches him from DIR(HR), he will approve the notification. The proposal is still with DIR(HR). It is come to know that the entire delay is from DIR(HR) side who had taken all the efforts to get the proposal approved by the BSNL Board.

CMD assured to speak to DIR(HR) and expedite the notification. We informed CMD that we cannot wait indefinitely as several assurances on notification was given by CMD and DIR(HR).

b) DPE reply on the querry from DoT on E2 and E3 scales:

We requested the intervention of CMD and to speak to Secretary or Addl Secretary, DPE in this regard. CMD assured that he will speak to Addl Sec in a day or two to ensure that DPE is sending a positive reply to DoT. GM(Estt) is already instructed to meet the DPE officials, CMD informed.

29-08-2018

Developments in DPE on E2 and E3 pay scales:

GM(Estt) and DGM(Estt) met Shri Agrim Kaushal, Advisor(Jt Sec)/DPE on 28.08.2018 and explained the pay scale issue to them. During absorption, DoT approved E1A, E2A, E3, ---E6 pay scales for the Executives, those recruited by BSNL as well as absorbed from DoT. However, on implementation of 2nd PRC, DoT issued the PO on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, contrary to the recommendation of BSNL. DoT took a stand that E1 and E2 are the pay scales applicable for the Executives recruited/promoted by BSNL after its formation. E1A and E2A are applicable only applicable for those absorbed from DoT.

GM(Estt) informed GS that he explained to DPE that only E1A and E2A scales are implemented in BSNL and there is no E1 or E2 pay scales. After 2nd PRC, BSNL recommended E2 and E3 pay scales replacing E1A and E2A. The affordability clause is to be considered as per the DPE guidelines based on the PBT for the year 2007-08. By the DoT order, two pay scales are applicable for one cadre, E1A and E1 scales which is not permissible.

Earlier SNEA met CMD and DIR(HR) and requested to a senior officer to DPE to explain and pursue the matter. On their instruction, GM(Estt) met the concerned officers in DPE.

27-08-2018

GS writes to CMD BSNL with charter of demands: Association will be forced to restart Trade Union Actions under most compelling circumstances due to total indifference and neglect to address legitimate and just HR issues by BSNL management, pending for years together. 

Demands:

1. Notify and implement BSNL Executive promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f 01.07.2018 which is approved by the BSNL Board and solve the huge stagnation in different cadres. Bring Parity and Uniformity in promotions among equivalent cadres of different wings. All the existing vacancies for which DPC work initiated may be filled notionally from 29.06.2018 as per the earlier rules.

2. Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A for all the post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs, SDE/AOs and equivalent cadres.

3. First Time Bound Financial Upgradation as per EPP-2007, uniformly after 4 years, instead of 4 to 6 years.

4. E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs and equivalent cadres.

5. E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch, PA, PS etc and equivalent cadres.

6. Increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 for maintaining a ratio 1:4 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis.

Charter of demands

16-08-2018

Meeting with GM(Pers) on 16.08.2018: GS and AGS met GM(Pers) and held discussions on the following subjects.

Uniform First Time Bound Promotion after 4 years: In continuation of the agenda meeting, the major anomaly in first Time Bound Promotion for the JTO/JAO equivalent cadres recruited between 1993 to 2001 discussed further. BSNLCO collected the details of the fist TB promotions from the Circles and the report from most of the Circles received. It was decided earlier to process the case after the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Since CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is already approved, discussions were held to process the matter on urgent basis. After discussion, it was decided that to compile the data received from the Circles and process it immediately. Appropriate directions are given to the concerned section also immediately.

Parity in promotions and notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy from 01.07.2018: We stressed the need for immediate actions on the matter as thousands of Executives, due for promotion are waiting. Only part of the Executives eligible for promotion through CPSU Cadre Hierarchy are got the promotions in the recent DPCs, remaining are waiting. About 18500 Executives are waiting for promotions. The court cases are again delaying the promotions for which vacancies are available. GM(Pers) informed that the proposals are with DIR(HR) and CMD and so far no direction received by Pers section in this regard. We expressed our strong resentment in the delay tactics of BSNL management on most of the HR issues and informed GM(Pers) that Association will be compelled to go for agitations if results are not visible in few days.

Filing review petition and the contempt case at Ernakulam: BSNL is expected to file the review petition today, 16.08.2018 in the Hon Ernakulam HC on the judgment dated 05.06.2018 against 1) quashing the method of fixation of inter-se seniority of direct rects and excess promotes as training centre marks and the direction to fix the inter-se seniority based on date of appointment/promotion and 2) some mention in the judgment that excess promotion is there from 1995 onwards where as the diversion and excess promotion taken place only from 2001 to 2007. The review petition is filing to modify the judgment for 1) restoring the criteria to fix the inter-se seniority as training centre marks and 2) modify the mention of excess promotion from 1995 onwards to 2001 onwards, GM(Pers) informed. Earlier Esst section, the cadre controlling authority of JTO cadre, given its opinion to take appropriate legal action to restore training centre marks as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority of direct rect JTOs and by following date of appointment/promotion as directed by the Hon HC, even the rect year concept will be broken. Based on the opinion of Estt section, review petition is being filed. AGM(Legal) also present in the meeting.

The mention of excess promotion from 1995 onwards at one place is the main contention in the contempt petition. BSNL filed a writ petition in the Hon HC against the contempt petition in the CAT which come up for hearing today and the arguments will continue tomorrow, 17.08.2018. The jurisdiction of HC over the contempt petition in the CAT is debated.

Restoration of Circle break on Soft tenure posting: In continuation of the discussions with DIR(HR) few days back, the proposal for Circle break is under process. DIR(HR) made some observations in the file. With the comments of Pers section it will be resubmitted.

16-08-2018

GS writes to CMD BSNL “Urgent need to increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis. The number of DGMs working is hardly 650, whereas the number of AGM/DE is around 6,300 with a ratio of 1:10. Number of DGM(T) posts are very less in Telecom Engineering side, resulting huge stagnation.” 

Letter to CMD for increasing DGM Posts

13-08-2018

Committee meeting on Group Term Insurance (GTI) with SBI Life: The committee consisting of GM(Estt), GM(Restg), GM(SR) and GM(CA)  held negotiations with SBI Life. SNEA also invited by the committee during the discussion. The rate quoted by SBI Life is:

1) Annual premium of Rs 1.42 per thousand for a coverage of 50 lakhs for the age group of 18 to 50 years. For monthly premium, rate will be slightly high. GST will be separate.

2) The premium will be same even after crossing the age of 50.

3) Minimum 50% of the Executives should join the scheme.

4) The rate of premium will be reviewed after 3 years.

5) No medical is required.

We are trying to complete the negotiations at the earliest. We asked them to give the draft MoU to study the other terms and conditions. Thereafter a chance will be given to the Executives to opt out of the scheme. More participation in the scheme will give us an opportunity to bargain for lower premium.

This is one of the major issue we are pursuing after the MV.

13-08-2018

GS met Shri Sourabh Tyagi, GM(Estt) and held detailed discussions regarding extending the benefit of E1+5 increments to the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010, including the recent direct rect JTOs to address their pay loss to some extent. All of them are in the provisional pay scale of E1 (pre-revised E1A scale) and most of them are placed at the minimum of the pay scale at Rs. 16,400. The proposal for extending E1+5 increments for the JTO/JAOs recruited upto 2014 is pending in the BSNL Board since 2014. It is linked with HR Plan finalization. GS requested to delink the same and extend to all the Executives as it is already agreed by the DoT also in the Presidential order dated 28.03.2017. 

13-08-2018

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Request to take immediate steps for implementation of Uniform First Time Bound Promotions through EPP-2007 for all the BSNL Executives. This issue can be settled without any anomaly only by extending the first Time Bound Promotion in 4 years for all. It is requested to process the case at the earliest and render justice to thousands of JTOs recruited between 1993 to 2001.

GS letter to CMD

13-08-2018

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Extending the benefit of E1+5 increments to the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010, till today [JTO(SRD) of 2010, JAO 2012, Direct Rect JAO of 2015, JTO 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016 and Direct Rect JTO of 2017] to address their pay loss to some extent. All of them are in the provisional pay scale of E1 (pre-revised E1A scale) and most of them are placed at the minimum of the pay scale at Rs. 16,400.

Letter to CMD on E1+5 increments

08-08-2018

Implementation of Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy w.e.f 01.07.2018: The committee constituted for examining the reservation issue submitted its report to the management, completing all the formalities. Earlier the committee constituted to examine the financial implications of the new proposal given its recommendation that there is no additional financial implications on implementation of the new policy and hence the proposal need not go to DoT. AIBSNLEA was propagating and even suggesting that the proposal should go to DoT, just to delay the implementation and stopping the promotion and seniority at apr with others from an earlier date.

31-07-2018

Status of promotions: On JTO to SDE promotion, Pers section almost completed the calculation of SDE vacancies upto 31.03.2018 and the SC/ST roster as on 01.01.2016, 01.01.2017 and 01.01.2018. As per the Pers section, the SDE vacancy is about 4929 under SCF quota and 2627 under LDCE quota as on 30.06.2018 (subject to minor changes).

The gradation list particulars sought by BSNLCO based on date of appointment/promotion as per Hon Ernakulam HC order, received from good number of Circles and management is examining both the gradation lists based on training Centre marks and date of appointment. The lists are called from the Circles to study the impact and produce before the court along with the appeal. The AIEL published by BSNL for 2001 rect based on training Centre marks was quashed by the Hon HC. So a final decision to appeal against the order or to implement the same will be decided shortly based on the data received from Circles. 

The promotion is getting delayed only due to the Ernakulam HC order quashing the method of fixation of inter-se seniority among direct rects based on training Centre marks. AIGETOA and its activists prayed for 1) 1:1 ratio between promotes and DRs from 1995 rect year onwards which was turned down by the Hon HC and 2) date of joining  as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority but Hon HC ordered date of appointment. If BSNL decides to appeal, then promotion will be delayed. If it is implemented it may be challenged by many as their seniority will be affected, then also promotion will be delayed, this is the situation we reached.

After spending 8 years in the court, losing everything and sacrificing the future of thousands of JTOs, now AIGETOA leaders are agreeable for training Centre marks, according to the management. In that case the best option will be to file the appeal simultaneously by both BSNL and AIGETOA with the same prayer to restore the training Centre marks as the criteria which will save much time. The present Circle gradation lists can be operated without any change also for the preparation of AIEL. Let better sense prevail.

According to our rough calculation more than 18,500 Executives are now eligible for promotion to the grade of Manager (SDE), Sr Manager (SR SDE), AGM or Jt DGM grades. AO to CAO promotion case is posted to 07.09.18 but mgt is trying to prepone the same. The demand for parity and uniformity in promotions by upgradation of posts for promotion to AGM/CAO/EE equivalent cadres and SDE equivalent cadres in different wings is not considered by the management so far even though they agreed for parity. At the same time notification of Uniform Time Bound Promotion Policy w.e.f 01.07.2018 also not did so far, irrespective of several assurances. By this the promotions in the future will become a nightmare for the BSNL Executives. We are pursuing both issues at the highest level of DIR(HR) and CMD/BSNL. Both are given us positive assurances but result is not visible so far. The contempt cases at both Ernakulam and Chandigarh also delaying the decisions.

If management is not taking a decision in a time bound manner for bringing parity and uniformity in promotions, we may be forced to launch organizational actions along with other pressing HR issues in the near future and we have to make organizational preparations for that at the ground level. CSs, SSA Secretaries and Branch Secretaries start to work in that direction. It will be a tough decision in the prevailing condition of BSNL but we cannot ignore our career growth also.

31-07-2018

Status of promotions: On JTO to SDE promotion, Pers section almost completed the calculation of SDE vacancies upto 31.03.2018 and the SC/ST roster as on 01.01.2016, 01.01.2017 and 01.01.2018. As per the Pers section, the SDE vacancy is about 4929 under SCF quota and 2627 under LDCE quota as on 30.06.2018 (subject to minor changes).

The gradation list particulars sought by BSNLCO based on date of appointment/promotion as per Hon Ernakulam HC order, received from good number of Circles and management is examining both the gradation lists based on training Centre marks and date of appointment. The lists are called from the Circles to study the impact and produce before the court along with the appeal. The AIEL published by BSNL for 2001 rect based on training Centre marks was quashed by the Hon HC. So a final decision to appeal against the order or to implement the same will be decided shortly based on the data received from Circles.  

The promotion is getting delayed only due to the Ernakulam HC order quashing the method of fixation of inter-se seniority among direct rects based on training Centre marks. AIGETOA and its activists prayed for 1) 1:1 ratio between promotes and DRs from 1995 rect year onwards which was turned down by the Hon HC and 2) date of joining  as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority but Hon HC ordered date of appointment. If BSNL decides to appeal, then promotion will be delayed. If it is implemented it may be challenged by many as their seniority will be affected, then also promotion will be delayed, this is the situation we reached.

After spending 8 years in the court, losing everything and sacrificing the future of thousands of JTOs, now AIGETOA leaders are agreeable for training Centre marks, according to the management. In that case the best option will be to file the appeal simultaneously by both BSNL and AIGETOA with the same prayer to restore the training Centre marks as the criteria which will save much time. The present Circle gradation lists can be operated without any change also for the preparation of AIEL. Let better sense prevail.

According to our rough calculation more than 18,500 Executives are now eligible for promotion to the grade of Manager (SDE), Sr Manager (SR SDE), AGM or Jt DGM grades. AO to CAO promotion case is posted to 07.09.18 but mgt is trying to prepone the same. The demand for parity and uniformity in promotions by upgradation of posts for promotion to AGM/CAO/EE equivalent cadres and SDE equivalent cadres in different wings is not considered by the management so far even though they agreed for parity. At the same time notification of Uniform Time Bound Promotion Policy w.e.f 01.07.2018 also not did so far, irrespective of several assurances. By this the promotions in the future will become a nightmare for the BSNL Executives. We are pursuing both issues at the highest level of DIR(HR) and CMD/BSNL. Both are given us positive assurances but result is not visible so far. The contempt cases at both Ernakulam and Chandigarh also delaying the decisions.

If management is not taking a decision in a time bound manner for bringing parity and uniformity in promotions, we may be forced to launch organizational actions along with other pressing HR issues in the near future and we have to make organizational preparations for that at the ground level. CSs, SSA Secretaries and Branch Secretaries start to work in that direction. It will be a tough decision in the prevailing condition of BSNL but we cannot ignore our career growth also.

28-07-2018

It is understood that Secretary/DoT called an internal meeting of the senior officers of DoT on 31.07.2018 to review the progress on various demands raised by All Unions and Associations in the recent notice for agitations.

The three days Hunger Strike by AUAB throughout the country put some pressure on DoT. The AUAB demands is implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held on 24.02.2018 as under:

1. Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.

2. Allot 4G spectrum to BSNL.

3. Implementation of Govt Rules on payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL.

4. Pension Revision.

25-07-2018

Advisor/DPE invited SNEA on 25.07.2018 at 3 PM for further discussions on the DoT querry regarding replacement of the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2, E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 for JTO/JAO equivalent cadres.

On the direction of Secretary/DPE, Shri Agrim Kaushal, Advisor (Jt Secretary)/DPE called SNEA for further discussions regarding the DoT reference to DPE on E2 and E3 pay scales, based on our letter dated 09.07.2018 to Secretary/DPE. GS and CHQ President met the Advisor. Director/DPE Shri Khurana was also present. The DoT reference did not reached the DPE so far. However Advisor asked us to make a copy available and explain the background of the issue.

a) At the time of absorption, DoT issued the PO dated 28.07.2003 extending E1A (9850-250-14600) and E2A (11875-300-17275) scales for the absorbed as well as BSNL directly recruited Executives. However now DoT taken a U turn and insisting that E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved by DoT for the new BSNL direct rects, recruited after 01.10.2000. There is no such order issued by DoT in this regard, we informed Advisor/DPE. The JTO and SDE RRs of DoT and BSNL also made available to them. After going through the PO dated 28.03.2003, Advisor very much convinced on our arguments and told that E1A (9850-250-14600) and E2A (11875-300-17275) scales are uniformly applicable for the absorbed as well as BSNL directly recruited Executives.

b) DoT and DPE rejected the BSNL proposal for revising E1A and E2A scales with intermediary pay scales.

c) BSNL recommended E2 and E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A, w.e.f 01.01.2007.

d) Ignoring BSNL recommendation, DoT approved E1 and E2 scales by lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO demoted by this action. As per DPE guidelines, Administrative Ministry has to implement the pay revision as per the recommendation of the CPSU.

e) DoT justifying the decision citing decline in revenue and the recurring losses in the current scenario for lowering the pay scales. However as per DPE guidelines, 2nd PRC is to be implemented based on the PBT for the years 2007-08 where BSNL made 4451 Crores Profit Before Tax(PBT). Advisor/DPE also accepted our plea that the PBT for 2007-08 is to be taken into account.

f) BSNL did not implemented the Presidential Order and requested DoT to reconsider the decision and approve E2 and E3 pay scales as recommended by BSNL.

g) BSNL also informed DoT that E1 and E2 pay scales are not recommended by BSNL.

On this background, we requested DPE to issue suitable direction to DoT to review the decision and notify the pay scales based on:

1) Implement the revision of the pay scales based on the recommendation of BSNL,

2) The affordability is to be considered based on the PBT for the year 2007-08 and the current one, 

3) Not allow DoT to lower the pay scales and downgrade the cadres.

Advisor DPE assured that DPE will try to do the best possible to ensure that DPE guidelines are followed once the official letter reaches DPE. Later on we had spoken to Director(PSU)/DoT explaining the non-receipt of the letter and requested to provide another copy to DPE. Director(PSU)/DoT assured to send a reminder with all the attachments.

Our demand for revised pay scales E2 and E3 will be applicable for all the JTO/JAOs recruited from 2007 onwards, including those recruited in the provisional pay scale of E1 and the future recruits. Last several years we are pursuing the matter at various levels in various ministries like DoT, DPE, DoPT, Dept of Expenditure etc to settle this justified demand. Our agitation in 2014 forced BSNL management to reconstitute the Joint Committee with Shri M A Khan as Chairman which given a positive recommendation for replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3. Thereafter BSNL accepted the demand and recommended E2 and E3 pay scales to DoT w.e.f 01.01.2007.

Our single moto is to upgrade the pay scales of the basic entry level cadres of JTO/JAO whereas DoT is trying to demote and downgrade the cadres. 

25-07-2018

On our strong demand for parity and uniformity in promotions, CMD/BSNL sought the details of the number of Executives to be promoted and vacancy position. Management is examining how to bring parity and uniformity in promotions as demanded by SNEA. According to the informations collected from various wings, vacancies are available only in SDE(T) and CAO cadres as on 30.06.2018. Various wings demanded of upgradation of posts for the promotion to SDE and AGM equivalent cadres.   

 

Grade

 

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

Executives waiting from

 

2015

 

1999

 

1994

 

1998

 

1995

 

1996/2001

No of Executives due for promotion

 

NIL

 

About 8000

 

221

 

370

 

30

 

Vacancy

NIL

4000

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

 

Grade

AO to CAO

SDE(T) to DE(T)

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

Executives waiting from

 

2003

 

2004

 

1998

 

2000

 

2001

No of Executives due for promotion

 

About 1600

 

About 5000

 

331

 

248

 

10

 

Vacancy

670

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

 

24-07-2018

Relay hunger strike by AUAB

24th, 25th & 26th July, 2018.

Demands:

1. Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.