career progress


18-01-2017

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

18-01-2017

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

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

15-01-2017

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

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

12-01-2017

Congratulations ----

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

Order constituting the Committee on SNEA demand.

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

11-01-2017

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

11-01-2017

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

11-01-2017

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

07-01-2017

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

07-01-2017

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

03-12-2016

Hundreds of emails are receiving by GS daily, for the last few days from post 2007 JTO/JAOs especially 2007 and 2008 batches requesting immediate approval of E2, E3 pay scales delinking the upgardation of other pay scales. Due to the proposal of upgaradtion of all the scales, all are under the threat of rejection of even genuine E2 and E3 pay scales due for them. It is the truth revealed by the DoT Note sheet. This may be treated as a common reply to all the mails to GS….

Comrades, SNEA is pursuing this issue with top most priority. General Secretary cancelled all the tour programmes and stationed at New Delhi for the last few days and continuously pursuing it with DoT and BSNL management. No other Assn taken these developments seriously and pursuing with DoT/BSNL.

GS met Jt Sec(A)/DOT and discussed the issue in details on 30.11.16. Finally Jt Sec(A) agreed to conduct a meeting of DoT, BSNL and the Assn after one week, ie 3rd week of December to sort out the issues and find out a workable solution. It is a very positive development as we could stop the rejection of the E2, E3 pay scales once again.

Then GS met CMD/BSNL on the same day and further discussed the issue and demanded that E2, E3 pay scales should be settled immediately. CMD assured that BSNL will first get the E2, E3 pay scales approved before 3rd PRC and upgradation of remaining scales will be considered during 3rd PRC implementation. CMD given necessary direction to DIR(HR) also in this regard. We are pursuing with DIR(HR) also further.

SNEA already decided to launch agitation if BSNL management is not seriously taking up this issue with DoT and settling it immediately. We are just watching the developments for another few days.

Comrades, Be United, we can face any challenge. SNEA will not allow the demotion of the basic cadres to E1 and E2 scales. Strengthen the hands of SNEA by voting to Sl No 9. SNEA only can settle these HR issues like standard pay scales of E2 and E3, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, 30% Superannuation benefits, 3rd PRC implementation etc and secure your future. 

02-12-2016

GS writes to CMD, BSNL ---- CPSU Cadre Hierarchy to be fast tracked to end the stalemate in functional promotion in all the cadres and to give relief to all the Executives. For meeting the operational requirements, the DGM(T) posts to be increased to 2500 by matching savings. HR plan finalization should not become a stumbling block for the implementation of CPSU Hierarchy.

GS letter to CMD on CPSU Hierarchy

02-12-2016

3rd PRC report is expected to be submitted by next week

30-11-2016

GS writes to CMD, BSNL regarding serious discrimination and pay anomaly between Executives in Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS/TF and other cadres like JTOs, JAOs, SDEs etc - Request to bring total parity between different wings by extending E1A and E2A pay scales notionally with effect from 01.10.2000 to the Executives of Civil / Elect / Arch / PA / PS / TF wings... View Letter Copy.

30-11-2016

Special General Body meetings in connection with membership verification:

Chairman Com G L Jogi addressed the special General Body meetings at Mandya, Mysore, Madikeri, Mangalore, Shimoga and Bengaluru in Karnataka circle. CS Com S B Nagavi and other office bearers also addressed the meetings. All the meetings were big success with huge participation and enthusiasm from the comrades. Karnataka Circle comrades geared up fully to face the verification and give SNEA big majority.

CHQ President Com A A Khan addressed special General Body meetings at Indore, Ratlam, Khandwa, Ujjain, Mandsaur in MP Circle. AGS Com Manish Samadhiya, CS Com Dutta Majumdar and other office bears addressed the meeting. The active participation of the members in large numbers shows the commitment and MP Circle also gearing up to give big victory to SNEA with absolute majority and big margin.

GS Com K Sebastin addressed special General Body meetings at Silchar(Assam) and Imphal(NE II). CS/AS Com Arijit Roy Prodhani, CP/AS Com I H Mondal and CWC member Com H P Dutta addressed the meeting at Silchar. CS/NE II Com W Dinesh Singh addressed the meeting at Imphal. Meeting at Imphal was memorable one as almost 80% of the total Executives attended the meeting and actively participated in the interaction.

Membership verification is demanded by SNEA alone as all HR issues remain unresolved for years together without any breakthrough. Even negotiations become meaningless due to the varying opinion among the Assns. Putting pre-conditions like upgradation of all the pay scales in case E1A and E2A upgraded, demand for E2 scale from 01.10.2000, surrendering the interest of the BSNL rects in Superannuation benefits by rejecting the offer of 6% terming it as a compromise by SNEA and accepting 3% after few months, no road map or interest for CPSU Hierarchy as the leaders of the second largest Assn is not interested/benefited as most of their members already become AGM/CAO/DGM etc are the stumbling blocks in settling the major HR issues. This stand and other sectional demands are putting a big question mark on the career prospects of the Executives in BSNL. Taking advantage of the situation, management also supporting them in torpedoing the Khan committee recommendations by various means.  

The only option left for the Executives is to elect a democratically functioning strong Assn as the recognized Assn with huge majority. It should be capable to protect the interest of all the sections of Executives and the interest of the company also. It should have the history and capacity to do so through sustained struggles.

If SNEA could get big majority, minimum 60% votes with the blessings and support of all the Executives, we could do wonders in the next three months time atleast in standard pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and Superannuation benefits issues. This is an open appeal to all the Executives.

Promotions in various cadres:

All the preparatory work for JTO to SDE promotion under seniority quota completed almost two years back for all the vacancies upto 2013-14. The cases at Ernakulam, Allahabad and Chandigarh are the hurdles as there is stay on DPC from EKM HC. By our intervention, mgt engaged a senior lawyer from SC to plead the case at Ernakulam which worked out effectively and in the case, arguments started on out of turn basis. We are trying to list the case for final disposal in this month itself. Even after that the judgment from Chandigarh on reservation issue will create hurdles in giving promotions.

JTO to SDE promotion for the LDCE quota also notified for all the vacancies upto 2013-14. Due to court intervention, LDCE conducted for 2010-11 year only. In the case at Chandigarh, we pursued with the mgt to get the opinion of AG, filing the reply as per the opinion of AG and ensured that even senior officers are went to Chandigarh. Now results are declared but again due to the judgment on reservation issue, promotion orders could not be issued.

For SDE to DE promotion, earlier we collected the ACRs. Now the preparatory work is going on for the SDEs in list 6&7. In this promotion also the judgment on reservation directing BSNL to effect promotions without reservation is the main delay.

In all the three matters we are discussing with mgt to find some solutions so that promotions can be continued. Mgt is trying to file the appeal directly in the Supreme Court in all the three cases (JTO to SDE seniority, LDCE and SDE to DE) as we suggested and it may be completed by early next month. Then we will be able to go ahead with promotions with reservation. At the same time CPSU hierarchy is to be fast tracked as the ultimate solution.

JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotion cases also dealt strongly at Chandigarh as per the advice of the AG. Some breakthrough in this matter also required. Meanwhile the diversion of the MT quota for CAO promotion also got approved.

DGM(T) and DGM(F) promotions issued recently. Now SNEA is pursuing for DGM(T) promotion for the remaining about 400 posts.

Agitation against Tower subsidiary formation: It is a big challenge before us. SNEA was in the forefront of all the struggles to protect our beloved company. We protected BSNL from disinvestment, copper cable unbundling, cancellation of 45.5 M GSM tender, struggled for refund of Rs 6751 Crores as BWA spectrum Refund charges, filed Writ Petition by SNEA in the Delhi High Court challenging 3G roaming and ICR pact, concluded ITS absorption issue through Cabinet decision, stopped BSNL&MTNL merger and the fought against corrupt officers as done against CGMT, Kerala and setting an example. Struggled for ADC and USO subsidy, procurement of materials, finalization of tenders, CDR, ERP etc. It is our primary responsibility to see that the company is protected from vested interests. Any move to disintegrate the company has to be fought tooth and nail. SNEA along with other Unions and Associations started agitation against the proposed move to create a Tower Subsidiary company.

Officiating pay protection and Pay anomalies: Thousands of SDE/AOs and DE/CAOs are affected by officiating pay protection issue and in various agitations, this was one of our major agenda. After several agitations, management agreed to correct the mistakes. It was assured that necessary action will be taken in this regard after taking the approval of the Management committee of the BSNL Board. Now the proposal is moving in the right direction. The pay anomaly issues are under the consideration of a Committee and we are pursuing the same for early settlement.

CPSU Cadre hierarchy: CPSU Hierarchy come to the limelight after the Khan Committee recommendations. If the defunct Joint Committee was not re-constituted by the agitation of SNEA in May, 2015 as Khan Committee, there would not have been such recommendation to pursue at all. This is the only viable alternative for the deadlock situation in functional promotions. We have to be very careful about some sections who never interested in CPSU cadre Hierarchy as they feel it is not beneficial for them. We have to sideline them in the membership verification to implement CPSU Cadre Hierarchy which will change the future of the Executives. This will be the only solution for promotion to SDE/AO, Sr SDE/Sr/AO, AGM/CAO/EE grades in the future. This will open the path for all the Executives to move beyond AGM grade to DGM, GM, CGM etc it the coming days. In CPSU Hierarchy we are trying our level best to give relief to the Executives who got promotion later on, by giving suitable relaxation in the qualifying service for the promotion to higher grades, for the Executives recruited/promoted for the same vacancy year. This demand is almost accepted by management along with other demands of SNEA. For example for the JTOs waiting for promotion now and eligible for promotion in 2013 for 2009-10 year, we are trying to get them relaxation so that they also will get promotion to AGM/Sr SDE grade along with the JTOs got promotion in 2013 in LDCE quota and vice versa for all other vacancy years. Relaxation in qualifying service as demanded by SNEA (a demand of SNEA alone) for the Executives working in higher scales will render justice to them atleast in the future.  

Standard Pay scales: Replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A rejected by DoT and DPE by the standard pay scales of E2 and E3 are our immediate challenge before 3rd PRC. Our responsibility is to protect the cadres from demotion to E1 and E2 scales as BSNL management and DoT trying to implement. The upgardation of the pay scales of the basic cadres to E2 and E3 will increase the prospects in 3rd PRC. Once we are successful in getting E2 and E3 now, upgardation of the remaining pay scales will follow in the coming days and we will pursue it. In the name of cascading demand we cannot allow even E2 and E3 demand is rejected by DoT resulting in E1 and E2. It will be shame on our part if SNEA allow that as we all along fought for the upliftment of the cadres and the pay scales in 1987, 1996 and 2002 and got upgraded pay scales one after another. The pay parity of the JTOs recruited in 2007 and 2008 and the TTAs recruited as JTO(Dept outsider) is another issue under pursuation.

Superannaution Benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees: The recommendation of the 2nd PRC on this issue mainly pursued in the platform of Forum of BSNL Unions and Assns as the issue related to Non Executives also. Unfortunately we could not get the funds started in 2014 or 2015 when the CMDs offered 4% and 6% contribution to start with. Unfortunately the opposition made when 6% offer was made to SNEA in 2015 was not there from the same quarter when 3% proposal finally implemented. Now the fund formation formalities are to be completed and side by side we have to struggle with Non Executie Unions also to increase the contribution to 30%.

E1A and E2A scales for Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS/TF w.e.f 01.10.2000: After SNEA formation we had taken up several issues which are specific for these cadres like counting the residency period from 01.10.2000 for the purpose of TB promotion, first and 2nd ACP, relaxation for Accounts exam etc and settled them. Another issue, parity in pay scales for all the equivalent cadres in BSNL is another demand we are taken up. To achieve this the pay scales of E1A and E2A are to be notionally extended for JTO, SDE, PA and PS cadres. In the meeting with CMD on 07.05.2016, some positive response has come from mgt for the first time and we are pursuing vigorously.

3rd PRC implementation: 3rd PRC constitution was a major challenge for SNEA. As we done in 2006 for 50% IDA merger, SNEA launched agitation programs demanding constitution of 3rd PRC in the banner of National Confederation of Officers Association (NCOA) of 246 CPSUs. Finally 3rd PRC formed in June, 2016. SNEA and NCOA had given an excellent presentation before 3rd PRC stressing the need for delinking the pay revision and terminal benefits from the profitability/affordability of the CPSU. Further we interacted with BSNL management and ensured that our demands and proposals are supported by BSNL management in their presentation. BSNL mgt done the same thing.

Comrades, implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations will be the biggest challenge before us. Everything depends upon this year performance and the balance sheet. BSNL management has come out with series of marketing initiatives to increase the market share and accelerate the growth. Associations and Unions also fully supporting it with SWAS programme. Let us all take extra efforts in the coming days to increase the revenue so that all of us will get the full benefits of 3rd PRC.

30-11-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

ONE PSU, ONE ASSOCIATION

My Vote for protecting BSNL from disinvestment, copper cable unbundling, cancellation of 45.5 M GSM tender, struggle for refund of Rs 6751 Crores as BWA spectrum Refund charges, filing Writ Petition by SNEA in the Delhi High Court challenging 3G roaming and ICR pact, concluding ITS absorption issue through Cabinet decision, BSNL&MTNL merger and the fight against corrupt officers as done against CGMT, Kerala and setting example. Struggle for ADC and USO subsidy, procurement, finalization of tenders, CDR, ERP etc.

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION 

Remember every unpolled vote renders the cadre weak. And every vote for a weak Association is a vote against the bargaining strength of the Representative Association .

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

30-11-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

ONE PSU, ONE ASSOCIATION

My Vote for protecting BSNL from disinvestment, copper cable unbundling, cancellation of 45.5 M GSM tender, struggle for refund of Rs 6751 Crores as BWA spectrum Refund charges, filing Writ Petition by SNEA in the Delhi High Court challenging 3G roaming and ICR pact, concluding ITS absorption issue through Cabinet decision, BSNL&MTNL merger and the fight against corrupt officers as done against CGMT, Kerala and setting example. Struggle for ADC and USO subsidy, procurement, finalization of tenders, CDR, ERP etc.

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

29-11-2016

Comrades, only 7 working days left for the verification. This is the time to focus on door to door campaign. Try to meet each and every Executive as many times possible and seek their support, blessings and valuable votes for maximum majority which decides the bargaining power of the recognised Association. Maximum majority, minimum 60% should be our target in the coming days. Form small teams and meet the Executives even at their residence as done by some SSAs. Don’t miss the Executives working in small and isolated units like Term Cell, Civil/Elect/Arch wings, NOFN, NFS project, project and maintenance regions, INSP/QA circle, Training centres, NCNGN, ITPC, BBNW, rural and far flung areas etc.

29-11-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

My Vote for a) Group B gazetted status for JTO cadre facilitating absorption as an Executive in BSNL, b) 12% EPF Contribution without the ceiling of Rs 6500 (now Rs 15000) for BSNL directly recruited employees and c) five TB Promotions policy with liberal attendance condition ensuring 100% promotion to the Executives, d) BSNLMS RR 2009 ensuring direct promotion from SDE/AO to AGM/CAO, e) resolving the issues of Civil/Elect/Arch wings like counting of residency period from 01.10.2000 for the 1st TB promotion, 1st and 2nd ACPs, relaxation for Accounts examination, ending the discrimination in promotions for Diploma holders by issuing clarification, f) amending the BSNLMS RR to increase the regular quota from 50% to 75%.

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

Entry of JTO Cadre as executive helped all other similarly placed entry level cadres which absorbed in BSNL as Non Executive to become Executive and get E1A pay scales later on. Otherwise JTO/JAO cadres would have been Non Executive category.

On our continuous pursuation, Management taken the decision to withdraw the ceiling in 2005 and orders issued on 12.08.2005 with retrospective effect for EPF contribution. Till that date the EPF contribution was a fixed amount, 12% of Rs 6500 which was equal to Rs 781/-, irrespective of the emoluments. 

28-11-2016

GS writes to CMD, BSNL --- Immediate intervention to stop the demotion of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO from E1A scale to E1 and E2A scale to E2 -- BSNL proposal in two parts creating problems in DoT which has to be cleared by BSNL management to save the proposal. The DoT note sheet on the proposal clearly establishes the fact that the second part of the BSNL proposal to upgrade all the pay scales upto E7 is opposed by DoT, resulting into the rejection of even E2, E3 pay scales proposal in the first part. Any attempt to demote the cadres and denying the legitimate pay scales of E2, E3 will lead to industrial turmoil in the company. This may be treated as an advance trade union notice. 

View Copy of the letter addressed to CMD.

27-11-2016

Developments on standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A: Addl Secretary, Telecom has returned the file back to Member(Fin) with some adverse comments even on replacement of E1A and E2A scales with E2 and E3. The BSNL proposal in two parts is 1) replacement of E1A and E2A pay scales by E2 and E3 and 2) further upgardation of all the pay scales upto E7. DoT Finance justifying the upgradation of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 but the proposal for upgradation of all the pay scales from E3 to E4, E4 to E5, E5 to E6 and E6 to E7 is not supporting citing huge financial implication on pension. This is becoming the stumbling block as we suspected. The nodal PSU section is not supporting the proposal at all. AST recommended replacing E1A with E1 scale and E2A with E2 scale for the new recruits.

Demand of SNEA on this issue is very clear from the note sheet itself (read page 1, 11 and 23 carefully. Page 23 reveals the actual stumbling block which was hiding while circulation in the WhatsApp).

It is a dangerous move and we have to respond organizationally, immediately once the membership verification is completed. We alerted CMD/BSNL about this developments and closely watching initiative from CMD.

Copy of the Note sheet received through RTI.

27-11-2016

This is with respect to some misleading information posted in the website by some Associations. Eventhough it is not our culture to respond to such write ups who runs the Associations through websites, some facts are given below to update our members, supporters and well wishers.

Standard pay scales of E2, E3, --- E7 was the demand of SNEA since the agitation in 2002 for finalising the terms and condition for absorption. All other Assns (now AIBSNLEA) were agreeing for absorption just for an adhoc payment of Rs 2000, without knowing the basic terms and conditions for absorption like pay scales, promotion policy and fitment formula. In collusion with management they tried to sabotage the agitation of SNEA(then TEOA). BSNL offered E1, E2, -- E6 pay scales during negotiation. After five days of agitation paralysing the whole country, negotiated settlement reached between SNEA and BSNL mgt. As per agreement, BSNL agreed for E1A, E2A, --- E6 pay scales, five TB promotions upto SG JAG between 4-6 years and point to point fitment.

Next day of the settlement, GS of TESA(now AIBSNLEA) updated in their website: I (GS of TESA) met Secretary, Telecom and discussed the agreement made by the other Association. He was furious against CMD. By giving promotion in 4 to 6 years, BSNL will become bankrupt. With great difficulty, I convinced him for 8 years. He also told us to convince the other Association for 8 years. Now everybody can decide the contribution of AIBSNLEA(then TESA) in deciding the pay scales, five TB promotions between 4-6 years and fitment formula during absorption. When SNEA got a settlement of TBP between 4 to 6 years in the previous day with BSNL management, AIBSNLEA got a settlement of TBP after 8 years from Secretary/DoT, the very next day!

After 2nd PRC, individually and in United Forum, SNEA struggled for E2, E3, -- E7 pay scales from 2009 to 2014. When the demand for upgradation of all the pay scales upto E7 become the stumbling block even to get the standard pay scales of E2 and E3, with the threat of demotion of the basic cadres from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 pay scales, SNEA taken a strategic decision in 2014 to focus on E2, E3 pay scales for the time being to protect the basic cadres from demotion. Others insisted for upgradation of all the pay scales and even someone demanded E2, E3 scales from 01.10.2000. Thereafter SNEA alone started agitations which resulted in the final rejection of the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by DPE in 2014 and reconstitution of the defunct Joint Committee as Khan Committee on 07th May, 2015 which AIBSNLEA protested at that time.

When DoT rejected the BSNL proposal from E2 to E7, other Assns agreed to SNEA proposal limiting the demand to E2, E3 alone and UF served notice on 17.08.2016. But during discussions, AIBSNLEA again started insisting for cascading factor. If cascading factor and upgradation of all pay scales upto E7 in case E1A and E2A are upgraded to E2 and E3 scales is not insisted by them, pl go through the website updations of AIBSNLEA on 23.08.16, 02.09.16, 15.09.16, 21.09.16, 22.09.16, 23.09.16, 29.09.16 and 26.10.16. Let the Executives decide who is misleading.

In the last combined meeting of UF with CMD, AIBSNLEA categorically told that E2, E3 without cascading effect upto E7 scale is not acceptable for them. Can they deny it?

Why the repeated request of SNEA to the other Assns to meet CMD and DIR(HR) and tell them to modify the proposal limiting it to replacement of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 keeping the cascading demand pending is not accepted by AIBSNLEA? If they are serious on the issue, today also we can go together and save the proposal of E2 and E3. Are they ready?

To know the stand of SNEA, read page 1, 11 and 23 carefully of note sheet of DoT published in our website on 27th. Page 23 reveals the actual stumbling block.

The JAOs of 2013 and 2015 facing demotion to E1 and E2 scales has to make introspection to whom they are supporting in the membership verification.

If they want to merge SDE and Sr SDE grade, why they are demanding implementation of Khan Committee recommendation on CPSU Hierarchy? Khan Committee recommended promotions from JTO to SDE, SDE to Sr SDE and Sr SDE to DE equivalent grades. Why they made Khan Committee recommendations proposing promotions from JTO to SDE, SDE to Sr SDE and Sr SDE to DE? Why they given a joint letter on 31.08.2016 alongwith SNEA demanding promotions from JTO to SDE, SDE to Sr SDE and Sr SDE to DE as per Khan committee recommendations in the response to CPSU Cadre Hierarchy? Let them publically say that they didn’t accept Khan Committee recommendations and don’t want to implement CPSU Cadre Hierarchy at all? They are making contradictory demands for what?

Accepting merger of SDE and Sr SDE grades will result in losing one promotion and finally E2, E3, --- E6 scales will come with 4 promotions closing the doors for five promotions and E7 scale in the future. In addition to this it will create huge anomalies and endless litigations which results into cascading factor which BSNL and DoT opposing. It is known to all Executives that as per terms and condition and EPP, no Executive can remain in a grade for more than 5 years. So BSNL and DoT will be bound to give one promotion with fixation increment after five years from SDE to Sr SDE as done in other CPSUs in similar situations and no Executive will remain in a scale for 10 years without promotion as propagated by them.

The demand of merger of SDE and Sr SDE grades is another Delay tactics on implementation of CPSU Hierarchy just like E2, E3 pay scales. They are trying to sabotage both E2, E3 pay scale proposal and CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation by making new new demands like upgradation of all the pay scales, merger of grades etc etc after making Khan Committee recommendations which they very well know that management and DoT will not agree at all. They are playing this in connivance with the management.

Majority of their members are either CAO/AGMs or DGMs. They are least bothered about E2, E3 pay scales or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as they are not at all affected/beneficiaries. Remaining are from Accounts wings. They didn’t face stagnation in promotions like other cadres. So comrades, you decide who is playing with the future of Executives.

Fast track promotions are there in BSNL like LICE, LDCE etc to motivate the young and talented Executives. SNEA opposed Extl MT and reduced it from 100% to 12.5% in BSNLMS RR for the Engg side. Why others could not do it for the Accounts wing, atleast this much? Further SNEA is strongly opposing any Extl MT as huge pool of talent is there within BSNL. Fast track mechanisms and methods are required for screening them and taking few of them to the top positions. During ITS absorption, onetime rect of Extl DGMs making Intl candidates eligible was our demand, as a onetime measure. But what others did --- they fought for eligibility, written the DGM examination, fought in the PCAT and High Court for eligibility. When they lost everywhere, they are opposing DGM rect? What a hypocrisy! They want DGM rect if they made eligible, otherwise don’t want and don’t want Intl MT! In future SNEA will fight to ensure that Intl MT also will be modified with suitable mechanisms with the approval of competent body. 

30% Superannuation benefits has come to lime light by the agitation of Joint Action Council in 2012 along with 78.2% IDA demand. When CMD offered 4% in 2013 and 6% in 2015 to SNEA they termed it as a compromise. But when they simply accepted just 3% on 19.02.2016 without even a single word of protest, is it an achievement? They even didn’t updated their website about their meeting with DIR(HR) on 19.02.2016 in the absence of SNEA and BSNLEU, fearing the Employees. If we could have started the fund in 2014 as suggested by SNEA, by this time minimum there could have been 2 to 3 lakhs rupees in the account of each and every employee and the contribution would have minimum 6% or even more. SNEA got minimum 6% and other Assns 3%. Who betrayed the Employees? Utilising our excellent relations with BSNLEU and NFTE(BSNL) we will fight for full 30% Superannuation benefits.

27-11-2016

Developments on standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A: Addl Secretary, Telecom has returned the file back to Member(Fin) with some adverse comments even on replacement of E1A and E2A scales with E2 and E3. The BSNL proposal in two parts is 1) replacement of E1A and E2A pay scales by E2 and E3 and 2) further upgardation of all the pay scales upto E7. DoT Finance justifying the upgradation of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 but the proposal for upgradation of all the pay scales from E3 to E4, E4 to E5, E5 to E6 and E6 to E7 is not supporting citing huge financial implication on pension. This is becoming the stumbling block as we suspected. The nodal PSU section is not supporting the proposal at all. AST recommended replacing E1A with E1 scale and E2A with E2 scale for the new recruits.

Demand of SNEA on this issue is very clear from the note sheet itself.

It is a dangerous move and we have to respond organizationally, immediately once the membership verification is completed. We alerted CMD/BSNL about this developments and closely watching initiative from CMD.

Copy of the Note sheet of E2, E3 proposal file in DoT received through RTI.

02-11-2016

Letter addressed by GS / SNEA based on the letter written by some other Associations in which SNEA is not a party at all - SNEA demands the withdrawal of the letter addressed to GS / SNEA........View letter copy. 

23-10-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

Vote for SNEA, Vote for Executives Unity

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

GS Com K Sebastin addressed highly successful general body meetings at Warrangal, Khammam, Guntur, West Godavari, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam in Telangana and AP Circles from 17.10.2016 to 19.10.2016. CS Com A Viswanath, AGS Com A Chandrasekhar, CP Com J Umamaheswar Rao, CWC members Com Jagan Mohan Reddy, Com Sreenivas and other office bearers addressed the meetings. All the members are geared up for verification and the GS tour put momentum to the campaign.

In Visakhapatnam SSA, our comrades are started door to door campaign and visiting the Executives at their residence in the morning/evening.

GS in his address highlighted the importance of verification. Today 11 Assns are in the process and mgt is forced to listen to all of them to have level playing field. Assns with sectional demands is the real problem where mgt is very cleverly utilizing them against the interest of the vast majority and the cadre interest. This multiplicity will be over after completion of verification. The majority of the representative Assn decides the bargaining power. So, irrespective of the membership, all Executives should elect a single Assn as the representative Assn to negotiate with the mgt with big margin. For early settlement of issues, a strong Executive Assn with huge margin is required, otherwise again divide and rule policy will continue for another 3 years. Immediately after verification, important issues are to be settled like standard pay scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent cadres by protecting them from demotion to E1 and E2 scales, enhancement of contribution towards superannuation fund, CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM/CAO/EE to replace the post based promotion linked with seniority, first TBP, 3rd PRC, E1A/E2A scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS etc and other important issues. The pay loss of 2007 and 2008 batches is to be pursued after E2, E3, --- pay scales. Meanwhile E1+5 increments is pursued for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010 as a temporary measure till E2, E3 scales are implemented.

The 3rd PRC is constituted by our agitation under NCOA and we have to consolidate the revenue and growth during this year to improve the balance sheet. In the presentation to 3rd PRC, we pleaded to delink wage revision and superannuation benefits from profitability. SWAS programme is to be further focused for accelerating the growth. Mgt is taking lot of initiatives and we have to fully support them. SNEA was in the forefront of all the struggles to protect the interest of BSNL and joined hands with all the Unions and Assns in BSNL. We will continue to do that as our future is directly linked with the future of BSNL.

All the meetings ended with the strong resolution Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL and ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

21-10-2016

  • SDE(C) to EE(C) DPC is under progress.
  • Training for JTO(Elect) batches: AGS met PGM(Elect) to further pursue JTO(E) training. PGM(E) informed that they send the proposal to TTC, Jabalpur. TTC Jabalpur allotted first batch of 28 (out of 67) at ALTTC Gaziabad. Trg will start from 06.11.2016. Details of the remaining batches will be updated.

17-10-2016

Membership verification on 16.11.2016

SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

CEC meeting of Gujarat Circle and Annual General body meeting of Ahmedabad SSA was held at Ahmedabad on 16.10.2016. GS, CHQ President, Chairman, Jt Sec(West) Com Rakesh Mehta, CS Com B G Patel and CP Com D K Dave addressed the meeting on BSNL growth related issues, cadre issues and the importance of membership verification on 16.11.2016. In the open session CGM Dr P K Hota, PGM Shri V Ramesh and other senior officers from Circle, WTR and Ahmedabad SSA addressed. Details will be uploaded soon ......

GS Com K Sebastin will be addressing the General body meetings in AP / TS and Assam circles this week in connection with membership verification on 16.11.2016.

17.10.2016:   Warrangal (F/N),    Khammam (A/N).

18.10.2016:   Guntur (F/N),  West Godavary(Eluru) (A/N).

19.10.2016:   Vizianagaram (F/N), Visakhapatanam (A/N).

20.10.2016:   Dibrugarh/Assam (A/N).

21.10.2016:   Jorhat/Assam (F/N),     Dispur/Assam (A/N).

22.10.2016:   Naogoan/Assam (F/N), Guwahati/Assam (A/N).

CHQ President Com A A Khan and Chairman Com G L Jogi will be addressing the General body meeting at Agra/UP(West) circle on 18.10.2016 in connection with membership verification on 16.11.2016.

Chairman Com G L Jogi will be addressing the General body meetings in Haryana aHaryanahhhhhhand Punjab circles this week in connection with membership verification on 16.11.2016.

19.10.2016:   Gurgaon (HR)      : 20.10.2016:    Ambala (HR)

21.10.2016:   Chandigargh (PB): 22.10.2016:   Hoshiarpur (PB)

23.10.2016:   Bhatinda (PB).

14-10-2016

Meeting with Member(Fin), DoT for E2, E3 pay scales approval:

GS and AGS met Member(Fin) Sri Prahlad Singh on 14.10.2016 and held discussions on the issue. GS explained to Member(F) similar cases in other CPSUs like BHEL, NTPC and FCI where intermediary pay scales are replaced with next higher standard pay scales. We requested to clear the proposal at the earliest as 3rd PRC is already constituted. This proposal is part of second PRC. We explained the BSNL proposal in two parts and the reason for that. On specific query, we explained that the proposal is in line with the DPE guidelines, DoT can take decision based on the proposal of BSNL and there is no need to send the proposal again to DPE. Member (Fin) was positive and assured that he will try to settle the issue positively.

Earlier, GS and AGS met Director(TPF), DoT and discussed about the queries made by Member(Fin). Last week, the file has been returned by Member(Fin) with certain queries. Dir(TPF) informed that as  suggested by Member(Fin), the proposal resubmitted with the reply. It was informed that the proposal is resubmitted with positive recommendation.

15-10-2016

Meeting with Member(Fin), DoT for E2, E3 pay scales approval:

GS and AGS met Member(Fin) Sri Prahlad Singh on 14.10.2016 and held discussions on the issue. GS explained to Member(F) similar cases in other CPSUs like BHEL, NTPC and FCI where intermediary pay scales are replaced with next higher standard pay scales. We requested to clear the proposal at the earliest as 3rd PRC is already constituted. This proposal is part of second PRC. We explained the BSNL proposal in two parts and the reason for that. On specific query, we explained that the proposal is in line with the DPE guidelines, DoT can take decision based on the proposal of BSNL and there is no need to send the proposal again to DPE. Member (Fin) was positive and assured that he will try to settle the issue positively.

Earlier, GS and AGS met Director(TPF), DoT and discussed about the queries made by Member(Fin). Last week, the file has been returned by Member(Fin) with certain queries. Dir(TPF) informed that as  suggested by Member(Fin), the proposal resubmitted with the reply. It was informed that the proposal is resubmitted with positive recommendation.

14-10-2016

Meeting with GM(CA) on formation of Trust for Superannuation benefits fund management: GS and AGS met GM(CA) Sri Punde on 14.10.2016 and held discussion on formation of Trust for Superannuation benefits fund management and selecting the fund managers. For framing the rules for the trust, a committee has been formed under GM(Legal). The committee is on the job and after approval of the trust, the fund managers will be decided.

14-10-2016

Status of the E2, E3 pay scale proposals: Member (Fin), DoT returned the file with some queries. The file again resubmitted to Member (Fin) two days back.

JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam: Since the Sr Lawyer from Delhi was hospitalised, his convenient date is sought for fixing the next hearing date. The case will be listed this month itself.


13-10-2016

GS writes to DIR(HR) -- Indifferent attitude of the GM, STR, Chennai Region creating wide spread resentment among the Executives which compelled them to launch organizational actions from 14.10.2016 onwards --- kind intervention solicited:

GS writes to GM(Rect) regarding discrepancies in the online LICE from Group C to JTO(T) held on 24.09.2016 for the vacancy year 2014-15.
GS letter to DIR(HR) on STR issueGS letter to GM(Rect) on discrepancies in JTO LICE

13-10-2016

History, status and vision of SNEA on Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:

Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is not a new concept or demand for the Executives in BSNL. In true sense, it is the implementation of the terms and conditions for absorption finalised by the agitation of TEOA (now SNEA) in 2002-03.

After Group C employees absorption in BSNL as Non Executives with an adhoc payment of Rs 1000/-, BSNL management initiated the process of absorption of Group B officers with an adhoc payment of Rs 2000/-. TEOA (SNEA) was the only Association opposing the absorption process without deciding the terms and conditions for absorption like 1) Pay scales, 2) Promotion Policy and 3) fitment formula. All other Associations were ready for absorption just for Rs 2000/-, without even knowing the terms and conditions. With the help of these Associations, BSNL Management and DoT gone ahead with absorption of DoT Officers in BSNL and MTNL. TEOA legally and organizationally fought against this and stayed the absorption process. Finally TEOA won the legal battle and Hon Court directed BSNL to decide the terms and conditions before calling for option for absorption.

After this successful legal battle, TEOA(SNEA) alongwith MTNL EA and newly formed BSNLEA (TEOA and BSNLEA merged in 2003 and SNEA formed), launched agitation in 2002 in the banner of Executive Negotiating Council (ENC) demanding finalization of terms and conditions for absorption like pay scales, promotion policy and fitment formula in BSNL and MTNL. During the initial stages of struggle, management took a position that the settlement will be applicable only for the officers absorbing into BSNL and not for the BSNL recruits. For the BSNL recruits, E1 pay scales only will be implemented and for the absorbees additional increments will be given considering their experience. But TEOA didn’t allowed this discrimination to happen and insisted for the same pay scales and promotion policy, uniformly for all the BSNL Executives either absorbed or recruited directly by BSNL and agreed for negotiation only after this assurance, protecting the interest of BSNL direct recruits also. As settlement of struggle, agreement reached between ENC (TEOA, BSNLEA and MTNLEA) and the management for a) E1A, E2A, E3 ---- E6 pay scales, b) Five Time Bound Functional promotion from JTO equivalent cadres upto Selection Grade JAG (SG JAG) between 4-6 years and c) point to point fitment for all the BSNL Executives, recruited or absorbed in BSNL.

It will be worthful to mention here the earlier history also. In DoT, JTO and SDE are the only two cadres in which time bound promotion concept was introduced in 1990, first time in the history of any Central Government department. That also after country wide joint struggle by JTOA(I) and TESA. This unique decision was taken by the Union Cabinet as in the case of 1640-2900 pay scales struggle in 1987. By this scheme, JTOs granted SDE pay scales after 12 years of service and SDEs granted Sr SDE pay scales after 12 years of service. Later similar ACP scheme implemented for all the Central Government departments as per recommendations of Vth CPC.

In 2005, SNEA and AIBSNLEA launched agitation programmes demanding implementation of Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. However we couldnot succeed fully and EPP implemented with two parts, I) Time Bound Financial upgradation and II) Post based promotion.

Since all post based promotions are getting delayed due to litigations, United Forum (SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA) repeatedly taken up the issue of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy with the management and started organizational actions and a Joint Committee was constituted in 2012. However the Joint Committee was practically defunct. In the few meetings, all the proposals brought to the Joint Committee by the management side proposed 15%, 30%, 50%, 65% dropping at each level as done in other CPSUs, which outrightly rejected by the United Forum.

Since the management side proposal of replacement scales for E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 is not agreed by others in 2013, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014 pressing for 1) standard pay scales of E2, E3, 2) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and other demands. Again SNEA launched agitation in Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a dynamic absorbed officer as its new Chairman. Further CMD directed the Jt Committee to meet regularly atleast once in a fortnight and submit the recommendations in 3 months time. Our vigil and continuous efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in a very positive and sweeping recommendation from the Jt Committee, in 4 months time which recommended the following in the case of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:

a) JTO and equivalent cadres with 5 years of regular service in the grade will be promoted to SDE equivalent grade.

b)SDE and equivalent cadres with 5 years of regular service in the grade will be promoted to Sr SDE equivalent grade.

c) Sr SDE and equivalent cadres with 5 years of regular service in the grade will be promoted to DE equivalent grade.

d)The Executives already promoted to the higher post on post based promotion will stand enbloc senior to others.

e) Promotion to DGM grade will be restricted to the availability of posts. A new designation of Jt DGM(NF) is recommended for those Executives eligible for DGM promotions.

Comrades, what we could not achieve in 3 years from 2012 to 2015 in the Joint committee, SNEA could get it in 4 months, in the form of a very positive recommendation on standard pay scales of E2/E3, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP from the re-constituted Joint Committee through our agitation.

Past few years, promotions in all the cadres are stopped in BSNL due to litigations on various grounds like seniority, date of joining, availability of posts, reservation etc etc. The only viable alternative is CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, where the promotions are delinked from seniority, availability of posts, date of joining, reservation etc. In fact CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is the implementation of the settlement reached with SNEA in 2002 and become part of the terms and conditions for absorption, in true sense. Now our agitation is for the implementation of the settlement reached in 2002. To start with, United Forum also made some compromise, limiting the Time Bound promotion upto AGM level where as our original demand was Time Bound promotion upto DGM grade.

As of now, the grades and scales are different in BSNL. There are thousands of Executives working in higher scales but in lower grade. For example, thousands of SDEs are working in E5 scales but there are DE/AGMs in E4 scale. Thousands of JTOs are working in E3/E4 scales but there are SDEs in E2A scale. The Joint Committee didn’t make any recommendation how to place the Executives working in higher scales in the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy structure. This issue is left to the BSNL management to decide.

As per the recommendations, Sr SDE/Sr AO equivalent grade will become a new functional grade, in future, after implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Sr SDE/Sr AO grades are not available now, after the implementation of EPP in BSNL. The time bound promotions are given from one scale to the next higher scale. Since there are no Sr SDE/Sr AOs working in BSNL as of now, nobody is eligible for DE/AGM/CAO promotion after the implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy for the next five years till Sr SDE/Sr AO completes five years. So, UF suggested promoting SDE/AO with 10 years of service as AGM/CAO/EE for the next five years. Since CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is going to be implemented upto AGM grade, Executives working in JTO, SDE and Sr SDE equivalent grades will directly report to AGM.

After the submission of the recommendation, SNEA is constantly demanding its implementation with the following additional demands and pursuing for that vigorously.

1)For the Executives working in higher scales, immediate promotion to the next higher grade.

2)For the Executives working in two or more higher scales, relaxation in qualifying service for the second promotion.

3)Uniform date of promotion and uniform date of increment to avoid anomaly.

4)Decentralised DPCs. DPCs should be done at Circle level.

5)Change of designations.

6)Increasing the number of DGM posts.

7)Reserving 50% GM posts for the promotees.

Most of our above demands are accepted by the management in the draft proposal. Time Bound Functional Promotion without linking with seniority and availability of posts are agreed for the first two promotions upto Sr SDE/Sr AO grade, after every five years.

However major challenge before us is to make promotions to AGM grade also time bound, without linking with the availability of posts. Since thousands of Executives are eligible for AGM promotion, it will be the toughest task for the next five years. Similarly promotions above AGM are to be delinked as it is not related with CPSU Hierarchy or Joint Committee recommendations and MT recruitment to be abandoned with a suitable and viable alternative mechanism. In AGM promotion, all seniority related issues will be nullified once for all on implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and all the SDEs in seniority list 6 & 7 to be covered and SDEs in seniority list 8 also to be considered for promotion, that is our demand. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy or Time Bound Functional promotion without linking with availability of posts is implemented upto AGM grade, it will be the fulfilment of our dream since the settlement in 2002. Later on we can pursue CPSU Cadre Hierarchy upto DGM grade as per the settlement in 2002 and the terms and condition for absorption.

Our agitation in 2014 and reconstitution of the Joint Committee in May, 2015 through our agitation are the turning points. Those agitations lead to the historic recommendations. Agitation with the same vigour has to continue for its implementation. For that purpose, each and every Executive has to strengthen SNEA.

28-09-2016

BSNL proposal for replacement of E1A and E2A scales by E2, and E3 and subsequent upgradation of IDA pay scales upto E7 has been cleared by Internal Finance of DoT (by DDG(Fin)) with a comment to take the concurrence of DPE to accord the approval of DoT. The proposal has to be cleared by Member(Fin), Addl Secretary and finally by Secretary, DoT before sending it to DPE. The stand of Addl Sec is very important as he has taken a very negative stand since beginning on this issue and he is of the strong opinion that instead of upgradation to E2 and E3, old E1A and E2A proposal has to be send to Union Cabinet and get it approved.

The presidential directives on 3% contribution from BSNL towards 30% superannuation benefits to the BSNL recruited employees is expected shortly from DoT since it is already been approved by Hon MoS(IC).

GM(SR) in the presence of GM(Pers) will hold a meeting tomorrow 11.30 Hrs with the representatives of the United Forum to discuss regarding implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.

26-09-2016

“Day Long Hunger Fast” at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA HQs on 27th, 28th and 29th September, 2016. Make extensive preparations for the Hunger strike with maximum participation in all days. Take initiative at all levels by interacting with UF leaders.

26-09-2016

Superannuation benefits to BSNL recruits

The proposal got the approval of Hon MOS and the file returned to concerned section today. GS spoken to DIR (PSU I) and confirmed the approval of MOS. Orders are expected shortly.                               Congratulations

10-09-2016

Status of E2, E3 pay scales: Based on the BSNL reply dated 18.08.2016 on revision of pay scales, PSU section once again processed the BSNL proposal on 05.09.2016. We requested PSU section to focus the reply of BSNL where it replied that replacement of E1A and E2A to E2 and E3 is part of 2nd PRC for which presidential order is not issued by DoT so far. It cannot be referred to DPE or 3rd PRC as suggested by DoT. It has to be decided now itself. It is learned that PSU section opined that there is no objection as the proposal is in line with the DPE guidelines. It is confirmed that the proposal moved from Addl Secretary, DoT to Finance section yesterday morning. The real challenge lies in getting DoT Finance approval as last time DoT Finance only objected the proposal citing financial implications.

United Forum demands the intervention of CMD and DIR(HR) at this crucial stage.

10-09-2016

Recruitment of JUNIOR TELECOM OFFICERs (JTO): BSNL initiated recruitment for 2510 JTOs from Open Market through valid Gate Score-2017 in the pay scale of E1.

SNEA strongly protest against the BSNL Management decision to recruit JTOs in the E1 scale from the market when BSNL Board approved E2 scales for the JTO/JAOs. This establishes the double standard of BSNL, on one side they are approving E2 scale where as in reality they want to recruit only E1 scale.

10-09-2016

CEC meeting of Jharkhand Circle at Ranchi and SSA General Body meetings at Ranchi and Jamshedpur in connection with membership verification. Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

SNEA Jharkhand Circle conducted the CEC meeting at RTTC Auditorium, Ranchi on 04.09.2016. All the SSAs attended the CEC meeting. CP Com Ranjan Ram and CS Com Pankaj Das mobilised the gathering. CEC cum General Body meeting was held at Ranchi in connection with preparations for membership verification. A 2007 rect JTO is the new DS of Ranchi SSA. Com Rakesh Kumar nominated as CWC member.An open session was conducted on SWAS programme. On 03.09.2016, General Body meeting held at Jamshedpur, JKD. DS Com N K Singh and DP Com Vinod Kumar initiated the meeting. DSs of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA also attended the meeting at Jamshedpur.

General Secretary addressed both the meetings at Jamshedpur and Ranchi, explaining the developments at CHQ level. The successful implementation of SWAS programme in JKD Circle is highly appreciable. GS congratulated each and every employee of Jharkhand and the management for their enthusiasm in implementing it under adverse conditions. SWAS programme focuses on the quality of service, sales, marketing etc. If quality improves, automatically customer base increases and additional revenue generates. BSNL management taken series of initiatives like Night Free call, free roaming, free call diversion etc to attract the customers. The tendering processes, procurement etc streamlined and availability of materials improved. Employees also responded very positively. Customer Delight year and SWAS programme changed the mindset of large number of employees and they got a new direction. Last two years, BSNL shown significant improvements in the revenue and BSNL recording operational profits. This year, 2016-17 performance is very crucial for all the employees because 3rd PRC implementation is fully depends on that. It is a real challenge before every employee to ensure that maximum contribution is coming from their side in the coming days to accelerate the growth, customer base, quality of service and ultimately revenue generation. More and more focus is required on enterprises business segments, leased ccts, MPLS ccts, broadband and FTTH connections etc which will generate maximum revenue. This year performance is going to decide our future for the next 10 years, till 2027. Just for 20% hike in our salary, BSNL requires minimum 3,000 Crores additional amount, ie minimum 10% revenue has to increase comparing to previous year.

On 3rd PRC, SNEA took the lead in constitution of 3rd PRC by launching agitation under NCOA. In fact SNEA was the only Assn participated in the agitation. SNEA and NCOA together gave a detailed presentation before the 3rd PRC which was appreciated very much by the PRC. Our entire focus was to delink the pay revision from the profits and affordability. Similarly on superannuation benefits to the BSNL directly recruited employees, being a social security measure, SNEA and NCOA pleaded for compulsory contribution from the CPSU without giving any flexibility to the CPSUs. SNEA was in constant touch with BSNL management and ensured that most of our suggestions are supported and incorporated in the presentation to be given by BSNL mgt to 3rd PRC.

On Superannuation benefits, all efforts are to continue to get minimum 6% contribution from BSNL as offered by CMD, BSNL in our AIC held at Jaipur in last September. Eventhough earlier offer was come for 4% and 6% from mgt side, there was no unanimity among the Assns and Unions, some are insisting for 12%. But unfortunately they didn’t opposed 3%! Now the proposal for administrative approval with 3% contribution is in DoT, we are pursuing it on a daily basis to start with. Once separate fund is formed, we will focus on enhancing the contribution.

On promotions, almost all the promotions in various streams are stayed by different courts on different grounds. In Ernakulam HC, all efforts are being taken to hear the case on merit on out of turn, bypassing the case seniority. We are successful in that by engaging a Sr lawyer from Hon SC, New Delhi. Now the case is part heard and remaining part will be heard on 22nd and 23rd Sept. The LDCE promotion, SDE to DE promotion, JAO to AO and AO to CAO promotions are held up in Chandigarh. Efforts are being made to hear the case on merit at the earliest.

The only viable alternative to this deadlock situation in promotions are implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy. CPSU Hierarchy is the implementation of the agreement reached between TEAO(now SNEA) and BSNL in 2002 agitation in true spirit where it was agreed that Time Bound Functional promotion without linking with the posts will be provided upto Selection Grade DGM between 4 to 6 years. Till that date only two financial upgradations (one from JTO and another from SDE) were available, that also after 12 years. In CPSU Hierarchy, promotions are delinked from seniority and availability of posts. Since the Joint Committee was almost defunct, SNEA alone started agitations since February, 2014 demanding CPSU Hierarchy and standard pay scales of E2, E3. Finally we succeeded through agitation in 2015 when CMD agreed to reconstitute the Joint Committee. The demand of first TB promotion after 4 years instead of 6 years also made a terms of reference of the same committee, another breakthrough. We could get very positive recommendations from the Jt Committee on all the three issues in very short time. After the recommendations, last several months, we are working for 1) one time relaxation for immediate promotion to the next higher grade for the Executives working in higher scales, 2) relaxation for qualifying service for further promotions, 3) uniform date of promotion and pay fixation, 4) change of designation, 5) increasing the number of DGM posts etc. The draft proposal addresses large number of concerns and mgt accepted most of our above mentioned demands. Our major issue pending is to make the AGM promotions also time bound, without linking with availability of posts and financial upgradations to E5 and E6 scales should be after 5 years instead of 7 years. SNEA is committed to ensure a uniform promotion policy for all the Executives.

On standard pay scales, we are fully committed to see that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. SNEA through continuous struggles upgraded the pay scales of JTO cadre thrice, first in 1987, second in 1996 and third during absorption in BSNL. The status also got upgraded from Group C to Group B Gazetted and then to an Executive. Then it has extended to all similar cadres like JAO, JTO(C/E) etc. Our struggle since 2014 was to get the standard pay scales of E2, E3 as replacement scales for the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. E1A and E2A are the two pay scales, DoT didn’t approved in 2009. By pursuing in DoT and DPE, SNEA ensured that proposal of E1A and E2A scales are rejected by DoT and DPE in July, 2014 giving momentum to our struggle for E2 and E3. In the Joint committee we struggled to see that positive recommendations are coming, eventhough dissent note was given by some members. Our agenda is to get E2, E3 scale now, before 3rd PRC so that we should not miss the benefits of 3rd PRC. This will give deserved benefits to thousands and thousands of JTO/JAOs recruited in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and future recruits. The pay parity demand is to be pursued after that. Once E2, E3 is settled, it will be easy to settle E2 to E7. Our priority is to see that JTO/JAO, SDE/AO cadres are not demoted, rest will follow.

Membership verification should lead to unity among the Executives. It is a golden opportunity to revive BSNL, meet all the Executives and explain the contribution of this Association in various struggles to protect the interest of the Executives as well as the interest of BSNL. On disinvestment, copper cable unbundling, ADC, 45.5 million tender cancellation, ITS issue, BWA spectrum refund, 3G roaming, GSM tender cancellation, tower subsidiary formation, MTNL&BSNL merger, SNEA was in the forefront of all the struggles. This is an Assn fighting for your rights. Join this Association and strengthen it. Strengthen the hands of SNEA which all along struggling to Strengthen BSNL. Appeal to all the Executives is that join this fighting brigade, strengthen it to protect your rights, to protect our company. Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

07-09-2016

Two days DHARNA started across the country with massive participation. As per the initial reports, thousands of Executives joined the Dharna at various Circle/SSA/ HQs with huge enthusiasm. GM (Estt), GM (Pers) and GM(SR) hold a meeting with United Forum on 06.09.16 and briefly discussed the  demands wherein UF demanded replacement of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 alone before 3rd PRC, Superannuation benefits and CPSU cadre hierarchy. UF demanded that CMD and DIR(HR) should intervene to convince the Secretary DoT and other Senior Officers to approve E2 and E3 pay scales immediately. On CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, GM (Pers) informed that discussion with UF will be held on 07.09.16 at 16.00 hrs.

Settlement of pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM and increasing the contribution of Superannuation benefits requires long long struggle with conviction, firm commitment and dedication. All the Circle/SSA Secretaries are requested to ensure 100% participation of Executives in todays Dharna Programme at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA levels.

05-09-2016

Superannuation benefits to BSNL Direct recruited employees: 
The proposal cleared by Secretary(Telecom) and gone to Hon Minister for approval.

03-09-2016

Full Day Dharna on 06th and 07th Sep 2016
United Forum of BSNL Executives Associations consisting of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA launced organizational actions demanding
1) Implemenattion of stanadrd pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A
2) 30% Superannuation benefits to BSNL direct recruits
3) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.

All Circle / SSA / Branch Secretaries are requested to make all out preparations for the two days Dharna on 06th and 07th September. Ensure 100% participation on both days.

30-08-2016

Membership Verification:
The voters list (electoral roll) may be scrutinized thoroughly. All the executives (in service after 31.10.2016) working in non recruiting units like Mtce regions, project Circles, ITPC, TFs, Telecom Store, BBNW, NCNGN, Trg Centres, QA, INSP, TERM cell, Civil, Elect, Arch also should be included in the SSA wise list. If there is any problem with any Circles, it may be brought to the notice of CHQ.
CSs and SSA Secretaries may ensure that maximum polling booths are arranged in each SSAs so that all the Executives can poll the votes without  travelling much. If number of polling booths are less, it will affect the percentage of polling. Executives working in far off places may not participate. Insist for division wise polling booths.

30-08-2016

Final result of LICE to JTO(E) will be published in a day or two.

30-08-2016

UF leaders of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA met yesterday at BSNLCO and held discussions on the ongoing agitation programmes. Preparations to be made to make the Dharna on 06th and 07th Sept a grand success with 100% participation on both days.

UF leaders discussed the response to the draft CPSU proposal and will be submitting to the management within a day or two.

27-08-2016

History, status and vision of SNEA on Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees:

After pay, pension and terminal benefits are the most important concern for any serving employee. Similarly, for the employees directly recruited by BSNL, Superannuation benefit is the most important issue directly affecting their social security. At the time of formation of BSNL itself, this important issue got covered in Rule 37A. As per Rule 37A, BSNL employees absorbed from DoT are covered by Govt pension under CCS pension Rules 1972 and for the BSNL directly recruited employees, a separate pension fund is to be formed. Instead of forming a separate pension fund, EPF pension scheme introduced for the BSNL directly recruited employees, after discussion with the Unions and Assns. All were demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of forming a pension fund.

Initially, the EPF contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- per month for all the BSNL directly recruited JTO/JAOs, with the ceiling of 12% of 6500, irrespective of the emoluments. BSNL continued the same contribution till 2005. SNEA struggled since 2003 for the removal of the ceiling on EPF contribution, demanding full 12% of the emoluments (basic pay plus IDA) as the employer contribution. Finally BSNL management agreed to our demand in May, 2005 and BSNL Board approved the proposal with retrospective effect. The orders issued removing the ceiling on 12th August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF contribution @ 12% of emoluments, w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL direct recruits. This was the second major issue, SNEA could settle for the BSNL directly recruited JTO/JAOs. First was the E1A pay scale for the direct recruits also at par with the absorbed officers instead of E1 scale.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with a contribution, maximum upto 30% of the emoluments towards PF, Pension, Gratuity and Post Retirement Medical Benefits. This demand came into limelight when Forum gone on agitation in 2012 along with other demands of 78.2% IDA and CCL. Till that time management was taken a stand that there is no need for a separate pension fund as EPF scheme is available. During settlement of the agitation, management agreed to constitute a committee to examine it. The committee recommended for a separate pension fund, starting with a contribution of 2% from BSNL.

In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% contribution and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6% contribution, in the presence of almost all the General Secretaries. However there was no conscience among the Unions/Assns even on 6%, sticking to unrealistic demand of 12%. On 19.02.2016 in our absence, management announced 3% in a meeting and gone ahead with that. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% contribution is enhanced to the 6% as assured to SNEA. Eventhough the 3% proposal is approved by Board and gone to DoT for approval, our strong protest reopened the case and management agreed to review the contribution after recalculation of the medical expenses. Now UF also taken it as a demand in the trade union notice.

The proposal is pursued in DoT for early administrative approval. Association met almost all the senior officers in DoT in this regard. On 19.08.2016, an agenda meeting was held with secretary, DoT in this regard in which Secretary directed the concerned officers to clear the proposal and assured that DoT approval will be communicated to BSNL shortly.

Our future agenda in 3rd PRC is to ensure that superannuation benefit is becoming a mandatory provision, giving no scope to the management to linger on or decide the quantum of contribution.

26-08-2016

The LICE from Group C to JTO(T) (50%) for the year 2014-15 and JAO (10%) scheduled for 28.08.2016 is postponed to 24.09.2016 due to flood situation in various parts of the country.

View Letter copy.

26-08-2016

The LICE from Group C to JTO(T) for the vacancy year 2014-15 and scheduled for 28.08.2016 is postponed to 25.09.2016 due to flood situation in various parts of the country.

25-08-2016

Draft proposal on CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM Grade.

Our major demands and suggestions are accepted by the management to great extent:

a)  Time Bound Functional promotion to SDE/AO, Sr SDE/Sr AO and AGM/CAO after completion of 5 years of service.

b)  Promotions delinked from seniority.

c)  Promotions delinked from availability of posts, fully upto Sr SDE/Sr AO grade.

SNEA suggestions accepted by the management

1)  First promotion immediately on implementation itself, without DPC, for the Executives working in higher scales. Example: JTO in E2A scale. Immediately he will be promoted as SDE w/o DPC. This will give great relief to thousands and thousands of JTOs, SDEs, JAOs and AOs waiting for promotions for years together.

2)  For the Executives working in two or more higher scales, two years relaxation in the qualifying service for the second promotion. Example: A JTO in E3 scale. Immediately he will be promoted as SDE w/o DPC and he will be promoted as Sr SDE after 3 years of service as SDE (relaxation of 2 years).

3)  Change of designation for each grade.

4)  Uniform date of promotion, 1st January or 1st July. Similarly uniform date of increment, 1st January or 1st July. In future, anomalies will not be there.

5)  DPCs decentralised to respective Circles.

 

Challenges in the draft CPSU proposal, to be addressed in totality:

a) Time Bound Functional promotion to AGM grade for the existing SDE/AOs having 10 years of combined service as SDE/Sr SDE or AO/Sr AO without linking with the availability of posts. As and when remaining SDE/AOs completes 10 years, promotion to AGM grade.

b) To get the CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM grade as recommended by the Khan Committee, processed first, separately, w/o linking with the promotions to higher grades. Promotions to higher grades are to be dealt separately, later.

c)  Increasing the number of DGM posts to atleast 2000.

d)After implementation of CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM, processing the promotions from DGM onwards with necessary changes.

These outstanding issues are to be settled. UF comprising of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA is committed to that and our struggles will lead to its resolution

25-08-2016

Draft proposal on CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM Grade.

Our major demands and suggestions are accepted by the management to great extent:

a)  Time Bound Functional promotion to SDE/AO, Sr SDE/Sr AO and AGM/CAO after completion of 5 years of service.

b)  Promotions delinked from seniority.

c)  Promotions delinked from availability of posts, fully upto Sr SDE/Sr AO grade.

SNEA suggestions accepted by the management

a)  First promotion immediately on implementation itself, without DPC, for the Executives working in higher scales. Example: JTO in E2A scale. Immediately he will be promoted as SDE w/o DPC. This will give great relief to thousands and thousands of JTOs, SDEs, JAOs and AOs waiting for promotions for years together.

b)  For the Executives working in two or more higher scales, two years relaxation in the qualifying service for the second promotion. Example: A JTO in E3 scale. Immediately he will be promoted as SDE w/o DPC and he will be promoted as Sr SDE after 3 years of service as SDE (relaxation of 2 years).

c)  Change of designation for each grade.

d)  Uniform date of promotion, 1st January or 1st July. Similarly uniform date of increment, 1st January or 1st July. In future, anomalies will not be there.

e)  DPCs decentralised to respective Circles.

 

Challenges in the draft CPSU proposal, to be addressed in totality:

a) Time Bound Functional promotion to AGM grade for the existing SDE/AOs having 10 years of combined service as SDE/Sr SDE or AO/Sr AO without linking with the availability of posts. As and when remaining SDE/AOs completes 10 years, promotion to AGM grade.

b) To get the CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM grade as recommended by the Khan Committee, processed first, separately, w/o linking with the promotions to higher grades. Promotions to higher grades are to be dealt separately, later.

c)  Increasing the number of DGM posts to atleast 2000.

d)After implementation of CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM, processing the promotions from DGM onwards with necessary changess

24-08-2016

Lunch Hour demonstration on 23.08.2016.

United Forum of Executives Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA held lunch hour demonstration at all Circle/SSA HQs and major locations demanding:

1. Immediate replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the recommendation of the Joint Committee.

2. Extending 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees as per the recommendation of 2nd PRC.

3. Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first Time Bound Promotion as per the recommendation of Joint committee. 

Executives in large numbers participated in the demonstration with huge enthusiasm.

At BSNL HQ, UF leaders Com GS K. Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, GS/AIBSNLEA Com Prahlad Rai and GS/AIGETOA Com Ravi Shil Verma addressed the gathering. UF leaders demanded the settlement of all the issues immediately and sought the intervention of CMD and DIR(HR) in order to get the proposals cleared in DoT. Details from the Circles awaited

It will be a prolonged struggle as the issues are not so simple. So UF called upon all the Executives to gear up for a prolonged battle to get these issues settled, maintaining unity at all levels. Eventhough the CAT, Chandigargh judgment on pay scales is a very positive development, where BSNL admitted E2, E3 pay scales recommendation, our members should not become complacent as Hon courts don’t have the jurisdiction on such matters other than giving direction for implementation of standard pay scales. Our struggle only will lead to E2, E3 pay scales.

22-08-2016

“Lunch/Closing Hour Demonstrations” at BSNLCO/Circle/SSA Headquarters and other major Centres on 23rd August, 2016.

United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA served notice for organizational actions on the following demands.

Demands:

1. Immediate replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the recommendation of the Joint Committee.

2. Extending 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees as per the recommendation of 2nd PRC.

3. Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first Time Bound Promotion as per the recommendation of Joint committee.

Make extensive preparations

22-08-2016

CPSU Hierarchy implementation -- Draft proposal given to us today

21-08-2016

History, status and vision of SNEA on E2, E3 Pay Scales for JTO, SDE and equivalent Cadres:

Earnest Appeal from SNEA to “All the Stake Holders” to join hands for a conclusive fight on E2, E3 Pay scales in the coming days.

Comrades, today the basic cadres, JTO and SDE equivalent are under threat of demotion. These prestigious cadres got higher pay scales and recognition through continuous struggles for the last three decades, since 1984. The JTO cadre is having the history of struggles and the Association also got transformed after each struggle from erstwhile JETA(I) to JTOA(I) to TEOA(I) to SNEA.

During DoT era, cadre based Associations was the concept.  During 1980s, the pay scales of JE (Jr Engineer and now JTO), was less than that of JAOs and even selection grade PIs. Through continuous struggles for three years from 1984 to 1987, JEs redesignated as JTOs and the pay scale revised from 425-15-700 to 550 - --- (revised scale of 1400-40-2300 to 1640-60-2900). The agitation was so terrific, Union Cabinet forced to decide the pay scales of JTO Cadre in DoT. The Assn also renamed from JETA(I) to JTOA(I).

During V Central Pay commission (CPC), through continuous struggle and interaction with CPC, JTOA(I) (SNEA) achieved further recognition by one more upward revision of pay scales from 5500-150-9000(pre-revised 1640-60-2900) to Rs.6500-200-10500 (pre-revised 2000- --) w.e.from 1st January 1996. Further the JTO cadre elevated form Group C to Group B Gazetted status. As a natural process, upgradation of pay scales of SDE took place from 6500-200-10500 to 7500-250-12000 due to upward revision of pay scale of JTO. Assn also renamed from JTOA(I) to TEOA(I), eligible to enroll all JTOs and officers promoted from JTO cadre.

After formation of BSNL, the Group B Gazetted status given us recognition in the way of absorption as an Executive in BSNL. All other similar cadres absorbed in BSNL as Non Executives. During absorption process, TEOA(SNEA) was the only Assn demanded terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL/MTNL like a) pay scales, b) Promotion policy and c) Fitment formula for an informed choice. We would like to mention here that all other Sister Organizations gave their consent to BSNL Management that they are ready to get absorbed in BSNL with an Adhoc payment of Rs.2000/-. TEOA(SNEA) fought the matter organizationally and legally in Court of Law and compelled BSNL Management to declare Terms and Conditions before Absorption. Management offered E1, E2, --- E6 Pay scales to JTO, SDE, Sr SDE, DE, DGM and SG DGM equivalent grades. TEOA(SNEA) demanded E2 scale for JTO, E3 for SDE, ----E7 scale for SG DGM. TEOA(SNEA) single handedly fought again organizationally in 2002-03 by Nationwide struggle. BSNL management finally agreed for E1A, E2A, --- E6 for JTO, SDE, --- equivalent grades in 2003. Even though management was decided to extend only E1 pay scales for the BSNL recruits, our agitation forced them to extend E1A scales for all, absorbees as well as new BSNL recruits. Here we would like to mention that Pay scale of JTO / SDE is concern of SNEA (Erstwhile known as TEOA, JTOA, and JETA) since decades and by lot of struggle we have achieved results also.

2nd PRC given us another opportunity to demand for E2, E3 --- pay scales which was our original demand since formation of BSNL. A joint committee was formed in 2012 after the joint agitation of United Forum but it was practically defunct.  E1A and E2A are the only two pay scales where the presidential orders are not issued by DoT. All other pay scales, E3 to E9, presidential orders are issued by DoT in 2009 and implemented in BSNL. More importantly these are the entry level pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO. Terms of reference of the Joint Committee was limited to replacement of E1A and E2A scales by E2 and E3. SNEA is sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The demand of E2 scale from 01.10.2000, cascading effect etc from some sections was suiting the mgt which want to crush our legitimate demand of E2, E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. During the agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis to get the proposal rejected. If E1A and E2A scales were approved by DoT/DPE, then there is no scope for E2, E3 pay scales! Again SNEA launched agitation in Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a dynamic absorbed officer as its new Chairman. Further CMD directed the Jt Committee to meet regularly atleast once in a fortnight and submit the recommendations in 3 months time. Our vigil and continuous efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in a very positive and sweeping recommendation from the Jt Committee, which recommended replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. Unfortunately, after signing the committee recommendation by all the three Assns, there was change in view in some sections. In the name of cascading effect etc they tried their level best, in connivance with the mgt, to derail the issue. We told one and all including Management that E2 to E7 is the demand of SNEA since absorption but E2 and E3 proposal should be separate from E4 to E7 as we are in immediate need of finalization of E2, E3 pay scales before 3rd PRC. Simultaneously the assured five TB promotions between 4 to 6 years, which we achieved in 2002 through sustained struggle, should not be disturbed. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. As assured to the Assn in the meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016, the MC approved the pay scale proposal in two parts 1) E1A to E2, E2A to E3 and 2) E3 to E4, --, E6 to E7 and the proposals sent to DoT directly. The second part will be an uphill task as these scales are already approved by DoT in 2009 and the proposal is like another wage revision as all the scales are getting upgraded. It may take more time as it may have to go to Union Cabinet due to MTNL issue, which is not an easy task. Knowing all these facts, our friends tried for a single proposal from E2, E3 to E7.

As we afraid, DoT rejected the combined proposal of E2, ---- E7 citing huge financial implications. DoT didn’t examine the first part of the proposal from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 in isolation. DoT even suggested to refer the matter to 3rd PRC where as the issue has to be dealt by BSNL and DPE. We will oppose this tooth and nail. Now all the Associations understood what is feasible and realistic and joined together demanding immediate approval of E2, E3 scales without disturbing the five TB promotions already we are having. If the promotions are disturbed, Jt Committee recommendation and implementation of CPSU Hierarchy also will be jeopardised. All are joined together with this single agenda. Strong organizational actions will be starting soon. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now.

The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA since 2014. It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3, -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increments, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management is trying to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we should not allow demotion to happen. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, the demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch can be strongly pursued.

Comrades, our immediate aim is to get the approval of E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. E1A and E2A are the two pay scales, presidential orders are not issued so far. So, it is part of 2nd PRC and should settle before 3rd PRC. Whatever glory our predecessors earned for these cadres through various struggles, we should not allow that to fade. Now all the Assns joined together with this minimum demand. We will keep the five TB promotions intact, so that it will automatically lead to E2, E3, -- E7 in the coming days.

21-08-2016

History, status and vision of SNEA on E2, E3 Pay Scales for JTO, SDE and equivalent Cadres:

Earnest Appeal from SNEA to “All the Stake Holders” to join hands for a conclusive fight on E2, E3 Pay scales in the coming days.

Comrades, today the basic cadres, JTO and SDE equivalent are under threat of demotion. These prestigious cadres got higher pay scales and recognition through continuous struggles for the last three decades, since 1984. The JTO cadre is having the history of struggles and the Association also got transformed after each struggle from erstwhile JETA(I) to JTOA(I) to TEOA(I) to SNEA.

During DoT era, cadre based Associations was the concept.  During 1980s, the pay scales of JE (Jr Engineer and now JTO), was less than that of JAOs and even selection grade PIs. Through continuous struggles for three years from 1984 to 1987, JEs redesignated as JTOs and the pay scale revised from 425-15-700 to 550-900 (revised scale of 1400-40-2700 to 1640-60-2900). The agitation was so terrific, Union Cabinet forced to decide the pay scales of JTO Cadre in DoT. The Assn also renamed from JETA(I) to JTOA(I).

During V Central Pay commission (CPC), through continuous struggle and interaction with CPC, JTOA(I) (SNEA) achieved further recognition by one more upward revision of pay scales from 5500-150-9000(pre-revised 1640-60-2900) to Rs.6500-200-10500 (pre-revised 2000- 3500) w.e.from 1st January 1996. Further, the JTO cadre elevated from Group C to Group B Gazetted status. As a natural process, upgradation of pay scales of SDE took place from 6500-200-10500 to 7500-250-12000 due to upward revision of pay scale of JTO. Assn also renamed from JTOA(I) to TEOA(I), eligible to enroll all JTOs and officers promoted from JTO cadre.

After formation of BSNL, the Group B Gazetted status given us recognition in the way of absorption as an Executive in BSNL. All other similar cadres absorbed in BSNL as Non Executives. During absorption process, TEOA(SNEA) was the only Assn demanded terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL/MTNL like a) pay scales, b) Promotion policy and c) Fitment formula for an informed choice. We would like to mention here that all other Sister Organizations gave their consent to BSNL Management that they are ready to get absorbed in BSNL with an Adhoc payment of Rs.2000/-. TEOA(SNEA) fought the matter organizationally and legally in Court of Law and compelled BSNL Management to declare Terms and Conditions before Absorption. Management offered E1, E2, --- E6 Pay scales to JTO, SDE, Sr SDE, DE, DGM and SG DGM equivalent grades. TEOA(SNEA) demanded E2 scale for JTO, E3 for SDE, ----E7 scale for SG DGM. TEOA(SNEA) single handedly fought again organizationally in 2002-03 by Nationwide struggle. BSNL management finally agreed for E1A, E2A, --- E6 for JTO, SDE, --- equivalent grades in 2003. Even though management was decided to extend only E1 pay scales for the BSNL recruits, our agitation forced them to extend E1A scales for all, absorbees as well as new BSNL recruits. Here we would like to mention that Pay scale of JTO / SDE is concern of SNEA (Erstwhile known as TEOA, JTOA, and JETA) since decades and by lot of struggle we have achieved results also.

2nd PRC given us another opportunity to demand for E2, E3 --- pay scales which was our original demand since formation of BSNL. A joint committee was formed in 2012 after the joint agitation of United Forum but it was practically defunct.  E1A and E2A are the only two pay scales where the presidential orders are not issued by DoT. All other pay scales, E3 to E9, presidential orders are issued by DoT in 2009 and implemented in BSNL. More importantly these are the entry level pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO. Terms of reference of the Joint Committee was limited to replacement of E1A and E2A scales by E2 and E3. SNEA is sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The demand of E2 scale from 01.10.2000, cascading effect etc from some sections was suiting the mgt which want to crush our legitimate demand of E2, E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. During the agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis to get the proposal rejected. If E1A and E2A scales were approved by DoT/DPE, then there is no scope for E2, E3 pay scales! Again SNEA launched agitation in Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a dynamic absorbed officer as its new Chairman. Further CMD directed the Jt Committee to meet regularly atleast once in a fortnight and submit the recommendations in 3 months time. Our vigil and continuous efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in a very positive and sweeping recommendation from the Jt Committee, which recommended replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. Unfortunately, after signing the committee recommendation by all the three Assns, there was change in view in some sections.  We told one and all including Management that E2 to E7 is the demand of SNEA since absorption but E2 and E3 proposal should be separate from E4 to E7 as we are in immediate need of finalization of E2, E3 pay scales before 3rd PRC. Simultaneously the assured five TB promotions between 4 to 6 years, which we achieved in 2002 through sustained struggle, should not be disturbed. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. As assured to the Assn in the meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016, the MC approved the pay scale proposal in two parts 1) E1A to E2, E2A to E3 and 2) E3 to E4, --, E6 to E7 and the proposals sent to DoT directly. The second part will be an uphill task as these scales are already approved by DoT in 2009 and the proposal is like another wage revision as all the scales are getting upgraded. It may take more time as it may have to go to Union Cabinet due to MTNL issue, which is not an easy task. Knowing all these facts, our friends tried for a single proposal from E2, E3 to E7.

As we afraid, DoT rejected the combined proposal of E2, ---- E7 citing huge financial implications. DoT didn’t examine the first part of the proposal from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 in isolation. DoT even suggested to refer the matter to 3rd PRC where as the issue has to be dealt by BSNL and DPE. We will oppose this tooth and nail. Now all the Associations understood what is feasible and realistic and joined together demanding immediate approval of E2, E3 scales without disturbing the five TB promotions already we are having. If the promotions are disturbed, Jt Committee recommendation and implementation of CPSU Hierarchy also will be jeopardised. All are joined together with this single agenda. Strong organizational actions will be starting soon. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now.

The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA since 2014. It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3, -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increments, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management is trying to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we should not allow demotion to happen. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, the demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch can be strongly pursued.

Comrades, our immediate aim is to get the approval of E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. E1A and E2A are the two pay scales, presidential orders are not issued so far. So, it is part of 2nd PRC and should settle before 3rd PRC. Whatever glory our predecessors earned for these cadres through various struggles, we should not allow that to fade. Now all the Assns joined together with this minimum demand. We will keep the five TB promotions intact, so that it will automatically lead to E2, E3, -- E7 in the coming days.

21-08-2016

History, status and vision of SNEA on E2, E3 Pay Scales for JTO, SDE and equivalent Cadres:

Earnest Appeal from SNEA to “All the Stake Holders” to join hands for a conclusive fight on E2, E3 Pay scales in the coming days.

Comrades, today the basic cadres, JTO and SDE equivalent are under threat of demotion. These prestigious cadres got higher pay scales and recognition through continuous struggles for the last three decades, since 1984. The JTO cadre is having the history of struggles and the Association also got transformed after each struggle from erstwhile JETA(I) to JTOA(I) to TEOA(I) to SNEA.

During DoT era, cadre based Associations was the concept.  During 1980s, the pay scales of JE (Jr Engineer and now JTO), was less than that of JAOs and even selection grade PIs. Through continuous struggles for three years from 1984 to 1987, JEs redesignated as JTOs and the pay scale revised from 425-15-700 to 550 - --- (revised scale of 1400-40-2700 to 1640-60-2900). The agitation was so terrific, Union Cabinet forced to decide the pay scales of JTO Cadre in DoT. The Assn also renamed from JETA(I) to JTOA(I).

During V Central Pay commission (CPC), through continuous struggle and interaction with CPC, JTOA(I) (SNEA) achieved further recognition by one more upward revision of pay scales from 5500-150-9000(pre-revised 1640-60-2900) to Rs.6500-200-10500 (pre-revised 2000- --) w.e.from 1st January 1996. As a natural process, upgradation of pay scales of SDE took place from 6500-200-10500 to 7500-250-12000 due to upward revision of pay scale of JTO. Assn also renamed from JTOA(I) to TEOA(I), eligible to enroll all JTOs and officers promoted from JTO cadre.

After formation of BSNL, the Group B Gazetted status given us recognition in the way of absorption as an Executive in BSNL. All other similar cadres absorbed in BSNL as Non Executives. During absorption process, TEOA(SNEA) was the only Assn demanded terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL/MTNL like a) pay scales, b) Promotion policy and c) Fitment formula for an informed choice. We would like to mention here that all other Sister Organizations gave their consent to BSNL Management that they are ready to get absorbed in BSNL with an Adhoc payment of Rs.2000/-. TEOA(SNEA) fought the matter organizationally and legally in Court of Law and compelled BSNL Management to declare Terms and Conditions before Absorption. Management offered E1, E2, --- E6 Pay scales to JTO, SDE, Sr SDE, DE, DGM and SG DGM equivalent grades. TEOA(SNEA) demanded E2 scale for JTO, E3 for SDE, ----E7 scale for SG DGM. TEOA(SNEA) single handedly fought again organizationally in 2002-03 by Nationwide struggle. BSNL management finally agreed for E1A, E2A, --- E6 for JTO, SDE, --- equivalent grades in 2003. Even though management was decided to extend only E1 pay scales for the BSNL recruits, our agitation forced them to extend E1A scales for all, absorbees as well as new BSNL recruits. Here we would like to mention that Pay scale of JTO / SDE is concern of SNEA (Erstwhile known as TEOA, JTOA, and JETA) since decades and by lot of struggle we have achieved results also.

2nd PRC given us another opportunity to demand for E2, E3 --- pay scales which was our original demand since formation of BSNL. A joint committee was formed in 2012 after the joint agitation of United Forum but it was practically defunct.  E1A and E2A are the only two pay scales where the presidential orders are not issued by DoT. All other pay scales, E3 to E9, presidential orders are issued by DoT in 2009 and implemented in BSNL. More importantly these are the entry level pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO. Terms of reference of the Joint Committee was limited to replacement of E1A and E2A scales by E2 and E3. SNEA is sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The demand of E2 scale from 01.10.2000, cascading effect etc from some sections was suiting the mgt which want to crush our legitimate demand of E2, E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. During the agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis to get the proposal rejected. If E1A and E2A scales were approved by DoT/DPE, then there is no scope for E2, E3 pay scales! Again SNEA launched agitation in Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a dynamic absorbed officer as its new Chairman. Further CMD directed the Jt Committee to meet regularly atleast once in a fortnight and submit the recommendations in 3 months time. Our vigil and continuous efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in a very positive and sweeping recommendation from the Jt Committee, which recommended replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. Unfortunately, after signing the committee recommendation by all the three Assns, there was change in view in some sections. In the name of cascading effect etc they tried their level best, in connivance with the mgt, to derail the issue. We told one and all including Management that E2 to E7 is the demand of SNEA since absorption but E2 and E3 proposal should be separate from E4 to E7 as we are in immediate need of finalization of E2, E3 pay scales before 3rd PRC. Simultaneously the assured five TB promotions between 4 to 6 years, which we achieved in 2002 through sustained struggle, should not be disturbed. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. As assured to the Assn in the meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016, the MC approved the pay scale proposal in two parts 1) E1A to E2, E2A to E3 and 2) E3 to E4, --, E6 to E7 and the proposals sent to DoT directly. The second part will be an uphill task as these scales are already approved by DoT in 2009 and the proposal is like another wage revision as all the scales are getting upgraded. It may take more time as it may have to go to Union Cabinet due to MTNL issue, which is not an easy task. Knowing all these facts, our friends tried for a single proposal from E2, E3 to E7.

As we afraid, DoT rejected the combined proposal of E2, ---- E7 citing huge financial implications. DoT didn’t examine the first part of the proposal from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 in isolation. DoT even suggested to refer the matter to 3rd PRC where as the issue has to be dealt by BSNL and DPE. We will oppose this tooth and nail. Now all the Associations understood what is feasible and realistic and joined together demanding immediate approval of E2, E3 scales without disturbing the five TB promotions already we are having. If the promotions are disturbed, Jt Committee recommendation and implementation of CPSU Hierarchy also will be jeopardised. All are joined together with this single agenda. Strong organizational actions will be starting soon. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now.

The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA since 2014. It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3, -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increments, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management is trying to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we should not allow demotion to happen. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, the demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch can be strongly pursued.

Comrades, our immediate aim is to get the approval of E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. E1A and E2A are the two pay scales, presidential orders are not issued so far. So, it is part of 2nd PRC and should settle before 3rd PRC. Whatever glory our predecessors earned for these cadres through various struggles, we should not allow that to fade. Now all the Assns joined together with this minimum demand. We will keep the five TB promotions intact, so that it will automatically lead to E2, E3, -- E7 in the coming days.

18-08-2016

United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA  served notice for organizational actions protesting against the inordinate delay in implementation of a) standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO, SDE and equivalent cadres, b) 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL Recruited Employees and c) implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP.

Demands:

1. Immediate replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the recommendation of the Joint Committee.

2. Extending 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees as per the recommendation of 2nd PRC.

3. Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first Time Bound Promotion as per the recommendation of Joint committee.

Organizational actions and schedule:

“Lunch/Closing Hour Demonstrations” at BSNLCO/Circle/SSA Headquarters and other major Centres on 23rd August, 2016.

Full day Dharna at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA Headquarters on 06th & 07th September, 2016.

 “Day Long Hunger Fast” at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA headquarters on 27th, 28th and 29th September, 2016.

UF Notice for Trade Union Actions

18-08-2016

Membership verification

Nomination of Circle Secretaries as the Circle level representative for the purpose of membership verification. CSs shall nominate the SSA/Dist Secretaries as SSA/Dist representatives. CSs may note that in case SSA/Dist Secretary retired or transferred, the Asst SSA/Dist Secretary should be nominated for the purpose of verification.
GS letter nominating CSs

17-08-2016

United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA  served notice for organizational actions protesting against the inordinate delay in implementation of a) standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO, SDE and equivalent cadres, b) 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL Recruited Employees and c) implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP.

Demands:

1. Immediate replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the recommendation of the Joint Committee.

2. Extending 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees as per the recommendation of 2nd PRC.

3. Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first Time Bound Promotion as per the recommendation of Joint committee.

Organizational actions and schedule:

1. “Lunch/Closing Hour Demonstrations” at BSNLCO/Circle/SSA Headquarters and other major Centres on 23rd August, 2016.

2. Full day Dharna at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA Headquarters on 06th & 07th September, 2016.

3.“Day Long Hunger Fast” at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA headquarters on 27th, 28th and 29th September, 2016.

United Forum Notice for Trade Union Actions

17-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

Geeneral Body meeting at Kolkata on 12.08.2016 and CEC meeting of WB Circle on 13.08.2016 in connection with membership verification.

An excellent General Body meeting was held at CTO auditorium, Kolkata on 12.08.2016. Comrades from WB and CTD attended the GB. On 13.08.2016, the CEC meeting of WB Circle held at the same venue. The deliberations were very live and comrades are really gearing up for membership verification. SSA wise meetings are going on for one to one interaction with the membership. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, Jt Sec(E) Com Sankar Sanyal, CS/WB Com Tapas Ghosh, CS/CTD Com Dilip Shah, CP/WB Com Kajol Chakraborthy, CP/CTD Com Nirmal Sarkar addressed the meeting. The JTOs of 2007 and 2008 batches and the JTO/JAO LICE passed TTAs separately met the CHQ leaders and discussed their issues particularly the pay parity of Rs 22820/- and early trg for JTO/JAOs. CHQ assured them all possible help.  

CHQ leaders in their addressed focused the need of revival of BSNL in view of 3rd PRC. Through continuous struggles on various demands during last 3 decades uplifted the cadres with three upgradation of the pay scales, best time Bound promotion policy in any PSU with five assured promotions in 4 to 6 years, thousands of promotions in various cadres, ending Adhocism in DE promotions, various issues of Civil/ Electrical wings, pay anomalies etc etc. None of the issues settled without struggle. CHQ leaders appraised the following issues in the CEC.

1. Revival of BSNL and its further growth is our top most agenda. SNEA is always is in the forefront to protect the interest of BSNL. We very actively involved various struggles in this regard. JAC/Joint Forum/ Forum of BSNL Unions and Assns struggled on Disinvestment, unbundling of copper cable, ADC charges, cancellation of 45.5 million GSM tender, other GSM tenders, streamlining tenders and procurement, ITS issue, CDR, ERP, NGN, MPLS, tower sharing, tower subsidiary formation, BSNL/MTNL merger, subsidy from USO Fund, 78.2% IDA merger, BWA spectrum refund, 3G IC Roaming, removing 60:40 condition from the pension etc are some of the important milestones.

The future of the employees fully depending upon the revival of BSNL. The 3rd PRC implementation is based on this years performance and the balance sheet. To focus on this issue, Forum introduced Customer Delight year and SWAS programmes. SNEA is fully involved in customer delight year and SWAS programme, focussing on quality of service. As a result, during last two years, significant improvement is there in the revenue. Our career prospects are fully depending on it. This year 2016-17 is very crucial for every employee as the performance and profit is going to decide the pay revision, perks, allowances, pension benefits, promotions etc to all the BSNL employees from 01.01.2017, for the next 10 years. So our entire focus should be on growth of BSNL. The younger generation should come all out to see that BSNL is growing faster than the expectations because all of them having long way to go. They are having the potential and all expectations are on them.

2. Constitution of 3rd PRC and presentation before 3rd PRC: The Govt was very keen to leave the pay revision to the respective CPSUs and Administrative ministries. They are not interested to constitute PRC. It was a very tough job for us to get the 3rd PRC constituted. From our experience on E2, E3 pay scales, 30%  superannuation benefit and 78.2% IDA merger, we are aware that 3rd Pay revision will not happen in BSNL if it is left to BSNL mgt and DoT without any Govt direction. So we mobilised through NCOA which represents 1.6 lakhs Executives in all the 264 CPSUs and started organizational actions from October, 2015. In fact SNEA and NCOA started working on 3rd PRC two years back itself meeting Secretary/DPE, Hon Minister for Heavy Industries etc.

Finally we decided for series of organizational actions at New Delhi like demonstration, Dharna, March etc infront of DPE during June-July, 2016. A massive demonstration was held at New Delhi on 01.06.2016 by the Executives in various CPSUs under NCOA which lead to the constitution of 3rd PRC. SNEA played a very crucial role in mobilising among NCOA and implementing organizational actions. NCOA was given audience by 3rd PRC in the first instance itself. On 03.08.2016, a detailed discussion was held with PRC followed by a presentation to the full PRC on 04.08.2016. PRC given about two and half hours to NCOA. During discussion our main focus was on two issues a) Pay revision should not be linked with affordability and b) Contribution towards Superannuation benefit should be mandatory and it should not be at the mercy of CPSU or ministry. The CPSU and Administrative ministry should not be given any flexibility to decide the quantum as it is directly related to the terminal benefits and social security of the employees. PRC very much appreciated our submission on both issues and assured specific recommendations on these issues.

3. Need of membership verification: A very strong Executive Association with future vision, road map and having the strength and courage to fight for the legitimate rights of the employees is the need of the hour. Now HR issues are not getting resolved as management conveniently citing difference in opinion among various Assns. This suits the mgt, not the interest of the Executives. SNEA has to emerge stronger after the verification with thumbing majority, that only can resolve the complex HR issues in BSNL. Efforts are to be made to reach out to each and every Executive, especially those working in non recruiting units etc and make them to vote for SNEA. A successful verification with thumbing majority will strengthen SNEA and BSNL as well. It will naturally lead to unity among all the Executives and Assns and all should come together for the betterment of Executives and BSNL.

4. Replacement of standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 ensuring five Time Bound Promotions: E1A and E2A are the only two pay scales where the presidential orders are not issued by DoT. All other pay scales, E3 to E9, presidential orders are issued by DoT in 2009 itself and implemented in BSNL. More importantly these are the pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO. DoT and DPE rejected these pay scales being non standard pay scales.  The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA. SNEA sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The demand of E2 scale from 01.10.2000, cascading effect etc from some sections was suiting mgt which want to crush our legitimate demand of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. During our agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis to get it rejected. If E1A and E2A was approved by DoT/DPE, then there is no question of E2, E3! Again SNEA launched agitation Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with new Chairman. Our consistent efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in the very positive recommendation from the Committee. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT.

As we afraid, DoT rejected the combined proposal of E2, ---- E7 without citing any valid reasons. DoT even suggested to refer the matter to 3rd PRC where as the issue has to be dealt by BSNL and DPE. We will oppose this tooth and nail. Strong organizational actions will be starting soon. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we will not allow demotion to happen. It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3 -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increment, E2, E3, --- E6 forever. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, our demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch has to be strongly pursued.

5. Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rect employees: For the BSNL rects, as per Rule 37A, EPF pension scheme started instead of forming a separate pension fund, after discussion with the Unions and Assns at that time. All are demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of forming a pension fund. SNEA fought for the EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of 6500. Initially, BSNL contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- (12% of 6500), irrespective of emoluments. This ceiling removed by SNEA in August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF @ 12% of emoluments w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL rects.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with contribution of maximum upto 30%. This demand came in limelight when Forum gone for agitation in 2012. During settlement, mgt agreed to constitute a committee. In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6%. However there was no conscience among the Unions/Assns even on 6%, sticking to unrealistic demand of 12%. On 19.02.2016 in our absence, mgt announced 3% in a meeting and gone head with that. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal on our return. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% is enhanced to the 6%, assured to SNEA. This is an important issue directly affecting the social security of the employees recruited by BSNL. Our future agenda in 3rd PRC is to ensure that superannuation benefit is becoming a mandatory provision, giving no scope to the management to linger on or decide the quantum of contribution.

6. Promotion in various cadres: Almost all the promotion orders for all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 issued for the cadres wherever there is no court case or stay on promotions.

a) JTO to SDE under Seniority and LDCE quota in various streams: Till 2011, we could issue promotion order regularly on both the quotas. More than 23000 JTOs promoted as SDEs after the formation of BSNL. Now JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotions under both quota are held up due to court cases at Ernakulam, since 2013. We engaged the best lawyer for the case at Ernakulam. We already won the case in the CAT but appeal is pending since Feb, 2015. On seniority promotion, 3 cases are pending in Ernakuam HC, staying the operation of eligibility list. Since in the HC, cases of 2010 year are heard now, we are trying our level best to get the case heard on priority. All the DPC related work is completed for about 6100 vacancies from 2009-10 to 2013-14. On our request, BSNL mgt agreed to depute a senior lawyer from SC, New Delhi to Kerala on the next hearing date. On an urgent application filed by BSNL, the case is listed for vacation of stay/final hearing on 29.08.2016. SNEA is the only Assn defending the case in the court.

Simultaneously, LDCE also got notified upto the same vacancy year of 2013-14, in parallel. In the LDCE case at Chandigargh, BSNL taken the legal opinion from the highest legal authority, AG and defending the case. Eventhough LDCE notified for 4 years, exam held for only one year, 2010-11 as per court order. The results are declared but promotion orders are stayed by the Hon CAT.

There are more than 11500 vacancies, all JTOs recruited upto 2005 can be promoted even on seniority (2007/2008 in LDCE). Our comrades should understand that they are losing their precious service in the long run and the chance to get more promotions by simply delaying their first promotion through court cases. More than the seniors, the juniors and youngsters having left over service more will be the biggest losers. By delaying their promotion, they are not only delaying the promotion to SDE cadre, their promotion to Sr SDE, DE, DGM, GM etc in the long run.

In the case of Civil/Elect/Arch wings all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 filled up recently. JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) promotion under both quota initiated clearing all the hurdles.

b) JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotion: BSNLMS RR opened the path for regular promotion, directly from SDE to DE, breaking the decade old bottleneck of JTS. Again in 2013, by the sincere efforts of SNEA, the RR amended further to increase the quota from 50% to 75% in Telecom Engg side, ending adhocism, another major breakthrough. Now we are trying to extend it for CAO promotion also. We could get all the 75% posts filled on regular bases in 2014 itself clearing list no. 5. Upto 2014-15, we could get the promotion orders issued in all the cadres.

In the last JAO to AO promotion, SNEA took a tough stand to follow reservation. As a result JAO AO promotion issued following reservation clearing almost all the JAOs of 2007. CAO to DGM(F) DPC is in the final stage. AO to CAO promotion is also pursuing but no progress could be made due to court cases.

Now, just like JTO to SDE(LDCE) case, these all promotions are held up due to the issue of reservation on promotion based on Hon SC judgment. The petitioners are pleading to implement the Hon SC judgment in BSNL also. As reported earlier, based on Attorney General (AG) legal opinion, BSNL defending the case. All the cases are listed for hearing but dates are going on extended.

c) SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E) promotion: Promotion for the Diploma holders at par with Engg Graduates was the long pending demand. BSNL issued clarifications in this regard in July, 2015. However that is challenged and stayed by the Courts. Now the validity of the DoPT order based on which clarification issued, itself is under cloud. Some efforts are being taken to end the deadlock. The SDEs from 1994 are waiting for the promotions.

7. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and First TBP after 4 to 5 years instead on 4 to 6 years: In the present situation, CPSU Hierarchy is the only viable alternative to get promotions in time. By this the seniority disputes and the vacancy problems can overcome. Parity and uniformity in promotions in equivalent cadres among various wings, our major demand, will be materialised by this. A very positive recommendation by the Jt Committee, constituted by our agitation in 2015, a big breakthrough in the cadre issues, should be the basis for this. It will be a big challenge to get it implemented in a gigantic organization like BSNL where various stake holders are there. Change of designations, uniform date of promotion etc are part of it. The other recommendation of the Jt Committee will end the discrimination of the JTOs recruited between 1993 to 1999 in TBP. All of them got their 1st TBP in 6 years where as their seniors as well as juniors got in 4 to 5 years. It is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU.

8. Offtg pay fixation and protection of pay: Recovery and reduction of pay on regularization of offtg promotion is one major issue affecting thousands and thousands of Executives, officiated during DoT and BSNL period. The major settlement in the last agitation in May, 2016 is that CMD and DIR(HR) assured to correct the clarifications based on EPP and FRSR provisions. Now the proposal is moving in the right direction.

9. Various issues of Civil/Elect/Arch wings and E1A and E2A for JTO/SDE(C/E/Arch) and PA/PS notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000: Uniformity in pay scales and promotion policy for all the cadres is the demand of SNEA since its formation. Lot of issues related to Civil/Electrical/Arch etc highlighted by SNEA and settled. Counting of residency period from 01.10.2000 for TBP, first and second ACP, Accts examination for promotion, timely promotion, transparency in transfer and posting etc are some important issues settled by SNEA. Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A is one issue pending which will bring uniformity in pay scales. Mgt assured that this issue also will be resolved.

10. Regularization and FR(22)(1)(a)(1) for the Offtg JTOs: Regularization of Offtg JTOs and fixation of pay as per FR22(1)(a)(1) without Fr 35 restriction are two issues Assn taken up. Regularization issue was taken up since 2004. Finally as we are proposing, JTO RR amended and all Offtg JTOs are regularised in 2016 as per the new RR. If our suggestion from 2004 was implemented, they could have regularised atleast 10 years back. On pay fixation issue, we filed the case in the Hon PCAT, New Delhi. It is expected that matter will be decided in the next hearing of the case in September.

11. Rule 8 cases: Large number of JTOs are working even in remote and tenure places for more than 7 to 8 years. The situation in some Circles are pathetic. Even lady comrades are not able to get the Rule 8 cases. SNEA took up the issue very seriously and pursuing with BSNLCO and at Circle level. Some improvement is there in the situation. To address this problem, more rect is planned for the tenure and shortage Circles in TTA and JTO cadre. The LICe for the three years is underway and we are sure that all the Rule 8 cases can be settled by the LICE and JTO DR rect. Our CSs are very actively pursuing the matter.

12. JTO and JAO recruitment: The new JTO RR notified in 2015 after lot of pursuation. Immediately after that SNEA demanded to fill up all the JTO vacancies through LICE and Direct recruitment. BSNL took initiative in this regard. All the Offtg JTOs regularised by the new RR. The LICE for the vacancy years 2014-15 and 2015-16 scheduled and the final results of the first LICE for the vacancy year 2013-14 is announced for 1701 candidates. The next LICE for 2014-15 is scheduled for 28.08.2016. Similarly LICE result for the JAO examination announced recently for 944 candidates of which 827 are TTAs.

All the comrades are committed to strengthen SNEA at all levels. The slogan for this membership verification is Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

17-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

General Body meeting at Rurkela and Sambalpur, Odisha in connection with membership verification.

A General Body meeting was held at Rourkela, the Steel City, Odisha on 15.08.2016. GS Com K Sebastin, AGS Com Chinmaya Sahoo and CP Com P K Patra addressed the General Body meeting.

A General Body meeting was held at Sambalpur, Odisha on 15.08.2016. Large number of Comrades from neighbouring SSAs also joined the meeting. The deliberations were very live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the SSAs to new heights during verification. CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi and CS Com B C Biswal addressed the General Body meeting.

In the General Body meetings, CHQ leaders congratulated all the Executives, employees and the management for the continuous growth of Odisha Circle and recoding profit during all the years. Odisha and Kerala are the role models for other Circles.

CHQ leaders explained the struggles of SNEA during last 3 decades for uplifting the cadres and various milestones like pay scale Upgradation, terms and condition for absorption, EPP, BSNLMS RR, ITS issue, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rects, promotions in various cadres, constitution of 3rd PRC etc etc. Further elaborated the struggles on various issues for the revival of BSNL and its growth like GSM tender, BWA refund, unbundling of copper cable, ADC, disinvestment, ICR/3G roaming by pvt operators, finalization of tenders and procurement, CDR, ERP, MPLS, NGN, tower subsidiary formation, MTNL & BSNL merger, strategic sales etc etc.

CHQ leaders and CS Com B C Biswal made a courtesy visit to CGMT, Odisha Circle on 16.08.2016. During the brief meeting leaders dicussed various developmental activities of Odisha Circle and congratulated CGMT and the entire employees of Odisha Circle for the positive growth and profits. The pending Rule 8 cases in Odisha and posting of Executives in the choice places after completion of tenure highlighted during meeting. CGMT assured to examine the cases and extend maximum relief to the JTOs and executives.

15-08-2016

DoT rejected E2, E3, ---- E7 pay scales:

Protest demonstration will be held this week itself demanding immediate settlement of E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. Other trade union programmes will follow. We are in touch with likeminded Assns and dates will be announced by tomorrow. Make organizational preparations.

15-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

General Body meeting at Cuttack, Odisha in connection with membership verification.


A General Body meeting was held at Cuttack, Odisha Circle in the F/N of 14.08.2016. Large number of Comrades from neighbouring SSAs like Balasore, Baripada, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal also joined the meeting. The deliberations were very live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the SSAs to new heights during verification. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, AGS Com Chinmaya Sahoo, CS Com B C Biswal, Ex CSs Com S P Samantray, Com S B Mishra, Com P K Sahoo and com P M Kar  addressed the General Body meeting explaining the struggles of SNEA during last 3 decades for uplifting the cadres and various milestones like pay scale Upgradation, terms and condition for absorption, EPP, BSNLMS RR, ITS issue, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rects, promotions in various cadres, constitution of 3rd PRC etc etc. Further elaborated the struggles on various issues for the revival of BSNL and its growth like GSM tender, BWA refund, unbundling of copper cable, ADC, disinvestment, ICR/3G roaming by pvt operators, finalization of tenders and procurement, CDR, ERP, MPLS, NGN, tower subsidiary formation, MTNL & BSNL merger, strategic sales etc etc.

General Body meeting at Bhubaneswar, Odisha in connection with membership verification.


A General Body meeting was held at Bhubaneswar, Odisha Circle in the A/N of 14.08.2016. Large number of Comrades from neighbouring SSAs like Phulbani, Koraput, Berhampur etc also joined the meeting. The deliberations were very live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the SSAs to new heights during verification. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, AGS Com Chinmaya Sahoo, CS Com B C Biswal and Ex CS Banaj Das addressed the General Body meeting explaining the struggles of SNEA during last 3 decades for uplifting the cadres, struggles on various issues for the revival of BSNL and its growth.

14-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

CEC meeting at Ludhiana, Punjab in connection with membership verification.

An highly successful CEC meeting of Punjab Circle was held at Ludhiana, Punjab on 06.08.2016. In a brainstorming session, CEC deliberated the ways to increase the % of votes and the membership. The deliberations were very live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the Circle to new heights during verification. Meetings at SSA, branch and exchange levels are planned for one to one interaction with the membership. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, Jt Sec(N) Com Jasbir Singh, CS Com Amarjit Singh, CP Com Gurpreet Singh, CWC member Jagtar Singh and veteran Com Inderjit Singh addressed the CEC explaining the struggles of SNEA during last 3 decades for uplifting the cadres, struggles on various issues for the revival of BSNL and its growth. The CEC set a target to increase the membership to 70% by verification. CHQ leaders appraised the following issues in the CEC.

1. Need of membership verification: A strong Association with future vision, road map and having the strength and courage to struggle for the rights of the employees is the need of the hour. Now HR issues are not getting resolved as management conveniently citing difference in opinion among the Assns. Now there are more than 10 Assns which suits the mgt, not the interest of the Executives. SNEA has to emerge stronger after the verification with thumbing majority, that only can resolve the complex HR issues in BSNL. Efforts are to be made to reach out to each and every Executive, especially those working in remote areas, non recruiting units etc etc and make them to vote for SNEA. A successful verification with thumbing majority will strengthen SNEA and BSNL as well. It will naturally lead to unity among all the Executives and Assns in future and all should come together for the betterment of Executives and BSNL.

2. Revival of BSNL and its further growth is our top most agenda. SNEA is in the forefront of all the struggles to protect the interest of BSNL. Disinvestment, unbundling of copper cable, ADC charges, cancellation of 45.5 million GSM tender, other GSM tenders, streamlining tenders and procurement, ITS issue, CDR, ERP, NGN, MPLS, tower sharing, tower subsidiary formation, BSNL/MTNL merger, subsidy from USO Fund, 78.2% IDA merger, BWA spectrum refund, 3G IC Roaming, removing 60:40 condition from the pension etc are some of the important milestones. SNEA is fully involved in customer delight year and SWAS programme, focussing on quality of service. As a result, during last two years, significant improvement is there in the revenue. Our career prospects are fully depending on it. This year 2016-17 is very crucial for every employee as this years performance and profit is going to decide the pay revision, perks, allowances, pension benefits, promotions etc to all the BSNL employees from 01.01.2017, for the next 10 years. So our entire focus should be on growth of BSNL.

3. Constitution of 3rd PRC and presentation before 3rd PRC: It was a very tough job to get the 3rd PRC constituted as Govt was very keen to leave this issue to the respective CPSUs and Administrative ministries. From our experience on E2, E3 pay scales, 30%  superannuation benefit and 78.2% IDA merger, we are aware that 3rd Pay revision will not happen in BSNL if it is left to BSNL mgt and DoT without any Govt direction. So we mobilised through NCOA which represents 1.6 lakhs Executives in all the 264 CPSUs and started organizational actions from October, 2015. In fact SNEA and NCOA started working on 3rd PRC two years back itself meeting Secretary/DPE, Hon Minister for Heavy Industries etc. Finally we decided for series of organizational actions at New Delhi like demonstration, Dharna, March etc infront of DPE during June-July, 2016. A massive demonstration held at New Delhi on 01.06.2016 by the Executives in various CPSUs under NCOA which lead to the constitution of 3rd PRC. SNEA played a very crucial role in mobilising among NCOA and implementing organizational actions. Now we are focussing on the 3rd PRC.

NCOA was given audience by 3rd PRC in the first instance itself. On 03.08.2016, a detailed discussion was held with PRC followed by a presentation to the full PRC on 04.08.2016. PRC given about two and half hours to NCOA. During discussion our main focus was on two issues a) Pay revision should not be linked with affordability and b) Contribution towards Superannuation benefit should be mandatory like pay revision, the CPSU and Administrative ministry should not be given any flexibility to decide the quantum as it is directly related to the terminal benefits and social security of the employees. PRC very much appreciated our submission on both issues and assured specific recommendations on these issues.

4. Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rect employees: This is an important issue directly affecting the social security of the employees recruited by BSNL. For the BSNL rects, as per Rule 37A, EPF pension scheme started instead of forming a separate pension fund, after discussion with the Unions and Assns at that time. All are demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of forming a pension fund. SNEA alone fought for the EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of 6500. Initially, BSNL contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- (12% of 6500), irrespective of emoluments. This ceiling removed by SNEA in August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF @ 12% of emoluments w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL rects.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with contribution of maximum upto 30%. This demand came in limelight when Forum gone for agitation in 2012. During settlement, mgt agreed to constitute a committee. In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6%. However there was no conscience among the Unions/Assns even on 6%, sticking to unrealistic demand of 12%. On 19.02.2016 in our absence, mgt announced 3% in a meeting and gone head with that. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal on our return. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% is enhanced to the 6%, assured to SNEA. Our future agenda is to ensure that superannuation benefit is becoming a mandatory provision in 3rd PRC, giving no scope to the management to linger on or decide the quantum of contribution.

5. Replacement of standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3:  The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA. SNEA is the only Assn sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. Before that a new dimension was given to the issue by demanding E2 scale from 01.10.2000 by some sections. This demand was suiting mgt also which helps them to deny our legitimate demand of E2, E3 in place of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. During our agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis. Again SNEA launched agitation in April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with new Chairman. Our consistent efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in the very positive recommendation from the Committee. During implementation also we had seen so many negative forces with vested interests. In the name of cascading effect etc they tried their level best, in connivance with the mgt, to derail the issue. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. We are committed to see that this genuine demand is not rejected by DoT, DPE and BSNL. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, our demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch will be strongly pursued.

It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3 -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increment, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management trying is to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we will not allow demotion to happen.

6. Promotion in various cadres: We could issue almost all the promotion orders for all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 wherever no court case is there.

a) JTO to SDE under Seniority and LDCE quota in various streams: JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotions under both quota are held up due to court cases. On seniority promotion, 3 cases are pending since Feb, 2015 in Ernakuam HC, staying the operation of eligibility list. Since in the HC, cases of 2010 year are pending, we are trying our level best to get the case heard on priority. All the DPC related work is completed for about 6100 vacancies from 2009-10 to 2013-14. We engaged the best lawyer for the case at Ernakulam. We already won the case in the CAT but appeal is pending. On our request, BSNL mgt agreed to depute a senior lawyer from SC, New Delhi to Kerala on the next hearing date. We are trying to get the case heard at the earliest. SNEA is the only Assn defending the case in the court. Simultaneously, LDCE also got notified upto the same vacancy year of 2013-14, in parallel. In the LDCE case at Chandigargh, BSNL taken the legal opinion from the highest legal authority, AG and defending the case. Eventhough LDCE notified for 4 years, exam held for only one year, 2010-11 as per court order. The results are declared but promotion orders are stayed by the Hon CAT.

There are more than 11500 vacancies, all JTOs recruited upto 2005 can be promoted even on seniority (2007/2008 in LDCE), then for  what purpose our comrades are fighting in court? Our comrades should understand that they are losing their precious service in the long run and the chance to get more promotions by simply delaying their first promotion through court cases. More than the seniors, the juniors and youngsters having left over service more will be the biggest losers. By delaying their promotion, they are not only delaying the promotion to SDE cadre, their promotion to Sr SDE, DE, DGM, GM etc in the long run. They are losing their chance to become DGM and GM in the future!

In the case of Civil/Elect/Arch wings all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016  filled up recently. JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) promotion under both quota initiated.

b) JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotion: Upto 2014-15, we could get the promotion orders issued in all the cadres. By our sincere efforts, SNEA could increase the regular DE quota from 50% to 75% by amending BSNLMS RRs creating another milestone. Now we are trying to extend it for CAO promotion also. We could get all the 75% posts filled on regular bases in 2014 itself clearing list no. 5. In the last JAO to AO promotion, SNEA took a tough stand to follow reservation. Now, just like JTO to SDE(LDCE) case, these all promotions are held up due to the issue of reservation on promotion based on Hon SC judgment. The petitioners are pleading to implement the Hon SC judgment in BSNL also. As reported earlier, based on Attorney General (AG) legal opinion, BSNL defending the case. All the cases are listed for hearing but dates are going on extended.

c) SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E) promotion: Promotion for the Diploma holders at par with Engg Graduates was the long pending demand. BSNL issued clarifications in this regard in July, 2015. However that is challenged and stayed by the Courts. Now the validity of the DoPT order based on which clarification issued, itself is under cloud. Some efforts are being taken to end the deadlock. The SDEs from 1994 are waiting for the promotions.

7. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: In the present situation, CPSU Hierarchy is the only viable alternative to get promotions in time. By this the seniority disputes and the vacancy problems can overcome. Parity and uniformity in promotions in equivalent cadres among various wings, our major demand, will be materialised by this. A very positive recommendation by the Jt Committee, constituted by our agitation in 2015, a big breakthrough in the cadre issues, should be the basis for this. It will be a big challenge to get it implemented in a gigantic organization like BSNL where various stake holders are there. Change of designations, uniform date of promotion etc are part of it.

8. First TBP after 4 to 5 years instead on 4 to 6 years: This is another recommendation of the Jt Committee which will end the discrimination of the JTOs recruited between 1993 to 1999. All of them got their 1st TBP in 6 years where as their seniors as well as juniors got in 4 to 5 years. It is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU.

9. Offtg pay fixation and protection of pay: Recovery and reduction of pay on regularization of offtg promotion is one major issue affecting thousands and thousands of Executives, officiated during DoT and BSNL period. The major settlement in the last agitation in May, 2016 is that CMD and DIR(HR) assured to correct the clarifications based on EPP and FRSR provisions. Now the proposal is moving in the right direction.

10. E1A and E2A for JTO/SDE(C/E/Arch) and PA/PS notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000: Uniformity in pay scales and promotion policy for all the cadres, this is the demand of SNEA since its formation. Lot of issues related to Civil/Electrical highlighted by SNEA and settled. Counting of residency period from 01.10.2000 for TBP, first and second ACP, Accts examination for promotion, timely promotion etc are some important issues settled by SNEA. Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A is one issue pending which will bring uniformity in pay scales. Mgt assured that this issue also will be resolved.

11. Regularization and FR(22)(1)(a)(1) for the Offtg JTOs: Regularization of Offtg JTOs and fixation of pay as per FR22(1)(a)(1) without Fr 35 restriction are two issues Assn taken up. Regularization issue was taken up since 2004. Finally as we proposed, JTO RR amended and all Offtg JTOs are regularised in 2016 as per the new RR. On pay fixation issue, we filed the case in the Hon PCAT, New Delhi. It is expected that matter will be decided in the next hearing of the case in September.

12. JTO and JAO recruitment: The new JTO RR notified in 2015 after lot of pursuation. Immediately after that SNEA demanded to fill up all the JTO vacancies through LICE and Direct recruitment. BSNL took initiative in this regard. All the Offtg JTOs regularised by the new RR. The LICE for the vacancy years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 scheduled and the results of the first LICE for the vacancy year  2013-14 is announced. The next LICE for 2014-15 is scheduled on 28.08.2016. Similarly LICE result for the JAO examination will be announced soon.

10-08-2016

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL:

GS, CHQ President and Chairman met CMD, BSNL and discussed the following issues. During discussion GS/AIGETOA and VP/AIGETOA also joined with us.

1) Approval of E2, E3 --- pay scales replacing the intermediary scales of E1A and E2A. We together requested CMD that atleast the pay scales of E1A and E2A which are not approved by DoT so far should immediately be replaced and all other scales can be taken care of later on. We informed CMD that this issue already discussed with Addl Sec, DoT and informed him that replacing the intermediary scales are of imminent necessity and we have submitted all the supporting documents in this regard. CMD was quite supportive of this idea and even opined that this may be the only possible solution at this point of time. We requested his personal intervention to get it expedited in DoT before DoT/Fin is taking negative stand on the whole proposal. CMD assured to speak to Addl Sec and do the needful.

2) Approval of superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rects. We requested his intervention to get the proposal cleared at the earliest. CMD assured to take up this issue also.

It is a good beginning to resolve the issues.

09-08-2016

Service With A Smile (SWAS):

In order to further boost the SWAS programme, BSNL planned a Procession on 10.08.2016 at all SSA and Circle HQs and BSNL HQ. This suggestion was given by the Forum and management readily accepted it. Circle/SSA heads will lead the procession. Maximum publicity and media coverage has to be given. CGM/SSA Heads can conduct the Press conference today itself.

During procession placards displaying the various services/ schemes/products should be displayed. All the employees to join together to make the programme successful. Different programmes to improve the quality of service and marketing should be initiated.

A month long campaign to visit each and every customer premises and get feedback from the customers also planned.

08-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

CEC meetings at Guwahati/Assam, Mysuru/KTK, Raipur/CHG, Hyderabad/AP and Sunder Nagar/HP in connection with membership verification.

An extended CEC meeting of Assam Circle was held at Guwahati on 05.07.2016 in which the activists from Guwahati also joined. The CEC discussed about the strategies for membership verification. GS Com K Sebastin, CS Com Arijith Roy, CP Com I H Mondal  addressed the activists and motivated them to face the membership verification to come out with thumbing majority. The extended CEC meeting was addressed by Shri M K Seth, CGM, Assam Circle. 

An extended CEC meeting of Karnataka Circle was held at Mysuru (Mysore) on 18.07.2016. In a brainstorming session, CEC deliberated the ways to increase the % of votes and the membership. For this meetings at SSA, branch and exchange levels planned to have one to one interaction with the membership. In the evening a General Body meeting of Mysuru SSA also held. GS Com K Sebastin, Chairman Com G L Jogi, Jt Sec(C) Com arvind Dahiya, Jt Sec(S) Com Pandurang Nayak, CS Com S B Nagavi and Cp Com Venkatesh Murthy addressed the CEC and explained the role of this Assn during last 3 decades in uplifting the cadres, struggles on various demands, revival of BSNL and its growth. The CEC set a target to increase the membership to 60% before verification.

The CEC meeting of CHG Circle was held at Raipur on 24.07.2016. Comrades from Raipur also attended. The CEC deliberated on improving the membership and strategies for that purposes. CGM Shri R. N. Patel addressed the extended CEC meeting explaining the developmental activities in CHG Circle.GS Com K Sebastin addressed the meeting.

A highly impressive and successful CEC was conducted at Hyderabad, AP on 24.07.2016 in which activists from different parts of AP Circle participated. Circle already started work on verification. The deliberations were live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the Circles to new heights during verification. Definite strategies chalked out with special focus on Hyderabad and Telangana areas. SSA touring and General Body meeting at different level is planned. GS Com K Sebastin, AGSs Com P Padmanabha Rao and A Chandrasekhar, CS Com A Viswanath,  CP Com Umamaheswar Rao and Veteran Com S L Reddy addressed the CEC and explained the activities at CHQ level, struggle by SNEA on various demands and its achievements, role of this Assn in protecting the interest of the company. The CEC set a target to increase the membership to 60% before verification.

A highly impressive CEC meeting of HP Circle held at Sunder Nagar on 27.07.2016. SSA secretaries are very active and working to get maximum majority. In Civil/Elect etc wing almost all the Executives (50 out of 54) are members of SNEA. The CEC set a target to increase the membership to 60% before verification. GS Com K Sebastin, Jt Sec Com Arvind Dahiya and CS Com Sudharshan Kumar addressed the CEC.

Efforts are to be made to reach out to each and every Executive, especially those working in remote areas, non recruiting units etc etc. On verification, GS told that HR issues are not getting resolved as management conveniently taking different Assns name and citing difference in opinion. A strong Assn has to emerge after verification with thumbing majority, that only can resolve the complex HR issues in BSNL. Assn having the future vision, history of struggle and road map for settlement of issues should come as the majority Assn. A successful verification with thumbing majority will strengthen SNEA and BSNL as well. It should lead to unity among all the Executives and Assns and all should come together for the betterment of Executives and BSNL.

Revival of BSNL and its further growth is our top most agenda. Our career prospects are fully depending on it. SNEA is in the forefront of all the struggles for protecting the interest of BSNL. Disinvestment, unbundling of copper cable, cancellation of 45.5 million GSM tender, other GSM tenders, streamlining tenders, ITS issue, CDR, ERP, NGN, MPLS, tower sharing, tower subsidiary formation, BSNL/MTNL merger, USO subsidiary, 78.2% IDA merger, BWA spectrum refund, 3G IC Roaming, removing the 60:40 condition from pension etc are some of the milestones. SNEA is fully involved in customer delight year and SWAS programme, focussing on quality of service. As a result, last two years significant improvement is there in the revenue. This year 2016-17 is very crucial for every employee as this years performance and profit is going to decide the 3rd PRC and the future of every BSNL employee. So our entire focus is on growth of BSNL.

GS and other CHQ leaders highlighted the following current issues and various struggles of our great Assn.

1. Constitution of 3rd PRC: It was a very tough job to get the 3rd PRC constituted as Govt was very keen to leave this issue to the respective CPSUs and Administrative ministries. From our experience on E2, E3 pay scales, 30%  superannuation benefit and 78.2% IDA merger, we are aware that 3rd Pay revision will not happen in BSNL if it is left to BSNL mgt and DoT without any Govt direction. So we mobilised through NCOA which represents 1.6 lakhs Executives in all the 264 CPSUs and started organizational actions from October, 2015. In fact SNEA and NCOA started working on 3rd PRC two years back itself meeting Secretary/DPE, Hon Minister for Heavy Industries etc. Finally we decided for series of organizational actions at New Delhi like demonstration, Dharna, March etc infront of DPE during June-July, 2016. A massive demonstration held at New Delhi on 01.06.2016 by the Executives in various CPSUs under NCOA which lead to the constitution of 3rd PRC. SNEA played a very crucial role in mobilising among NCOA and implementing organizational actions. Now we are focussing on the 3rd PRC.

2. Replacement of standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3:  The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA. SNEA is the only Assn sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 by making changes in RRs, fresh rect in E1 scales, extending E1+5 increment to address pay loss etc etc. When others kept silence on the issue, SNEA alone started struggle and organizational actions since February, 2014. Before that a new dimension given to the issue by demanding E2 scale from 01.10.2000 by some sections. This demand was suiting mgt also which helps them to deny our legitimate demand of E2, E3 in place of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. Management decisions to give E1 scale had almost finished the demand. Our agitations forced mgt again to refer E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis when others are simply watching. Again SNEA launched agitation in April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with new Chairman. Our consistent efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in the very positive recommendation from the Committee. During implementation also we had seen so many negative forces with vested interests. In the name of cascading effect etc they tried their level best, in connivance with the mgt, to derail the issue. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. We are committed to see that this genuine demand is not rejected by DoT, DPE and BSNL. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now.

It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3 -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increment, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management trying is to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we will not allow demotion to happen.

3. Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rect employees: This is an important issue directly affecting the social security of the employees recruited by BSNL. The absorbed employees are safe, having secured pension. For the BSNL rects, as per Rule 37A, EPF pension scheme started instead of forming a separate pension fund, after discussion with the Unions and Assns at that time. All are demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of a pension fund. SNEA single handedly fought for the EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of 6500. Initially, BSNL contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- (12% of 6500), irrespective of emoluments. This ceiling removed by SNEA in August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF @ 12% of emoluments w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL rects.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with contribution of maximum upto 30%. This demand came in limelight when Forum gone for agitation in 2012. During settlement, mgt agreed to constitute a committee. In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6%. However, some sections are reluctant to accept it, may be due to ego problem, demanding full 12%. To our surprise we had seen that they are accepting 3% on 19.02.2016, in our absence. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% is enhanced to the 6%, assured to SNEA. Our future agenda is to ensure that superannuation benefit is becoming a mandatory provision in 3rd PRC, giving no scope to the management to linger on or decide the quantum of contribution. It should be fixed at 40% of Basic + IDA.

4. Promotion in various cadres: Assn ensured that no DPC or promotion is held up wherever there is no stay or court order against promotion is there. We could issue almost all the promotion orders for all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 wherever no court case is there.

a) JTO to SDE under Seniority and LDCE quota in various streams: JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotions under both quota are held up due to court cases. On seniority promotion, 3 cases are pending since Feb, 2015 in Ernakuam HC, staying the operation of eligibility list. Since in the HC, cases of 2010 year are pending, we are trying our level best to get the case heard on priority. All the DPC related work is completed for about 6100 vacancies from 2009-10 to 2013-14. We engaged the best lawyer for the case at Ernakulam. We already won the case in the CAT but appeal is pending. On our request, BSNL mgt agreed to depute a senior lawyer from SC, New Delhi to Kerala on the next hearing date. We are trying to get the case heard at the earliest. SNEA is the only Assn defending the case in the court. On the other hand, LDCE also got notified upto the same vacancy year of 2013-14, in parallel. In the LDCE case at Chandigargh, BSNL taken the legal opinion from the highest legal authority, AG and defending the case. Eventhough LDCE notified for 4 years, exam held for only one year, 2010-11 as per court order. The results are declared but promotion orders are stayed by the Hon CAT.

There are more than 11500 vacancies, all JTOs recruited upto 2005 can be promoted even on seniority (2007/2008 in LDCE), then for  what purpose our comrades are fighting in court? Even before becoming SDE, fighting for SDE seniority? Our comrades should understand that they are losing their precious service in the long run and the chance to get more promotions by simply delaying their first promotion through court cases. More than the seniors, the juniors and youngsters having left over service more will be the biggest losers. By delaying their promotion, they are not only delaying the promotion to SDE cadre, their promotion to Sr SDE, DE, DGM, GM etc in the long run. They are losing their chance to become DGM and GM in the future! So before going to the court, just think whether it is beneficial for us?

In the case of Civil/Elect/Arch wings all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 will be filled up shortly. JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) promotion under both quota also initiated.

b) JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotion: Just like JTO to SDE, LDCE case, these all promotions are held up due to the issue of reservation on promotion based on Nagaraju judgment. The petitioners are pleading to implement the Hon SC judgment in BSNL also. As reported earlier, based on Attorney General (AG) legal opinion, BSNL defending the case. All the cases are listed for hearing but dates are getting extended.

c) SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E) promotion: Promotion for the Diploma holders at par with Engg Graduates was the long pending demand. BSNL issued clarifications in this regard in July, 2015. However that is challenged and stayed by the Courts. Now the validity of the DoPT order based on which clarification issued, itself is under cloud. Some efforts are being taken to end the deadlock. The SDEs from 1994 are waiting for the promotions.

4. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: In the present situation, CPSU Hierarchy is the only viable alternative to get promotions in time. By this the seniority disputes and the vacancy problems can overcome. Parity and uniformity in promotions in equivalent cadres among various wings, our major demand, will be materialised by this. A very positive recommendation by the Jt Committee, constituted by our agitation in 2015, a big breakthrough in the cadre issues, is the basis for this. It will be a big challenge to get it implemented in a gigantic organization like BSNL where various stake holders are there. Change of designations, uniform date of promotion etc are part of it.

5. First TBP after 4 to 5 years instead on 4 to 6 years: This is another recommendation of the Jt Committee which will end the discrimination of the JTOs recruited between 1993 to 1999. All of them got their 1st TBP in 6 years where as their seniors as well as juniors got in 4 to 5 years. It is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU.

6. Offtg pay fixation and protection of pay: Recovery and reduction of pay on regularization of offtg promotion is one major issue affecting thousands and thousands of Executives, officiated during DoT and BSNL period. The major settlement in the last agitation in May, 2016 is that CMD and DIR(HR) assured to correct the clarifications based on EPP and FRSR provisions. It will be settled shortly.

7. E1A and E2A for JTO/SDE(C/E/Arch) and PA/PS notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000: Uniformity in pay scales and promotion policy for all the cadres, this is the declared stand of SNEA since its formation. Lot of issues related to Civil/Electrical highlighted by SNEA and settled. Counting of residency period from 01.10.2000 for TBP, first and second ACP, Accts examination for promotion, timely promotion etc are some important issues settled by SNEA. Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A is one issue pending which will bring uniformity in pay scales. Mgt assured that this issue also will be resolved.

8. Regularization and FR(22)(1)(a)(1) for the Offtg JTOs: Regularization of Offtg JTOs and fixation of pay as per FR22(1)(a)(1) without Fr 35 restriction are two issues Assn taken up. Regularization was taken up since 2004. Finally as we proposed, JTO RR amended and all are regularised by the new RR in 2016. On pay fixation issue, we filed the case in the Hon PCAT, New Delhi. It is expected that matter will be decided in the next hearing of the case in September.

05-08-2016

NCOA Leaders with 3rd PRC Chairman and Members


NCOA presentation before 3rd PRC:

NCOA representing more than 1.6 lakh Executives of 264 CPSUs given a detailed presentation before the 3rd Pay Revision Committee. On 03.08.2016 discussions held in the Committee room for about 01 hr 15 mts eventhough it was an introductory meeting. When NCOA sought an appointment for presentation, Chairman immediately given permission and called us for discussion. Chairman Justice Satish Chandra (Retd) and Members Sri Shailendra Pal Singh and Sri Madhukar Gupta, Sec/DPE were present. After detailed discussion, Chairman directed us to give a detailed presentation on all the issues before the full 3rd Pay Revision Committee on 04.08.2016 at 3 pm.

On 04.08.2016, NCOA had given an excellent presentation on various demands. As suggested by the PRC members, the presentation was made with full justification of the demands with possible solutions also. Eventhough the allotted time was only 20 minutes, the presentation and discussion took more than one hour. In addition to Chairman and all PRC members Shri Jugal Mohapatra, Prof Manoj Panda, Sri Shailendra Pal Singh and Sri Madhukar Gupta, Sec/DPEand officers from SCOPE also present in the meeting. All the issues discussed in detail. Chairman and PRC members had lot of queries and NCOA could clarify all the points to their satisfaction.

These are the important issues deliberated in the meeting with PRC:

1) PRC should be implemented for all the CPSUs without linking with affordability. Our main focus was on this important aspect. Employees having limited role in loss /profit of the company. They are depending on Govt/company policies, market conditions and other external factors. Balance sheet is prepared on the basis of several factors like depreciation. We explained with the example of BSNL where the operational profit is about 2000 Cr but due to huge depreciation value, balance sheet still shows losses. The Operating profit concept very much appreciated by the PRC. We could convince PRC that profit/loss alone cannot be the criteria for revision of Pay.

 Periodicity. It should be 5 years, co-terminus with Non executives.

  Pay Scales: New pay scales may be arrived with IDA as on Jan 2017 merged with basic Pay with fitment of 30% on basic Pay plus DA and rounded off to nearest 100. All pay scales should be open ended to address stagnation as recommended by 2nd PRC and 7th CPC.

  Fitment: Uniform fitment of 30%.

  Dearness Allowance: Present System of 100% neutralisation on quarterly basis, based on AICPI shall be followed.

  Annual increment shall be 4%. A uniform date of increment may be followed for all employees in the CPSU. Notional Increment on promotion shall be awarded and fixed in the next higher stage.

  House Rent Allowance: The present Rate of HRA shall be continued

  HRA shall be calculated based on Pay (Basic Pay plus DA) so that it is indexed

 Perks and Allowances shall be calculated based on emoluments(Basic pay plus DA). Present system of Cafeteria approach shall continue. The Ceiling on Perks and Allowances may be fixed as 50% of Pay (Basic plus DA). Bell Curve should be abolished as it is unscientific. Accenture, KPMG, IBM, Infosys, Wipro, TCS, CISCO, Microsoft, HCL Technologies, Google, Adobe have abandoned the bell curve based system, performance appraisal. All of them are switching to a continuous feedback process throughout the year to get a holistic view of performance and potential.

    Child care leave to be made mandatory for all CPSUs.

   Performance Related Payment (PRP) with an objective PMS. It should have two parts, Productivity linked PRP and Profit linked PRP.

Even for sick/loss making CPSUs except allowances all The Minimum Salary shall including Basic Pay plus IDA, HRA, Medical facility and Company contribution towards terminal benefits.

2) Superannuation benefit with fixed components PF, Gratuity, Employee Pension Scheme and Medical Benefits for Retired Employees. Our main focus was to make it mandatory like pay scale revision. CPSUs should not be given flexibility on deciding the quantum of contribution.

3) Automatic pension revision for the BSNL/MTNL pensioners absorbed from DoT as per CCS pension Rules 1972. Since the pension is paid on IDA scales, it should be covered by PRC as requested by DoT.

It was an excellent opportunity for NCOA as we could interact with the PRC for 02 Hrs 25 minutes in two days covering all the main issues. Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V. K. Tomar, President NCOA, Com KSN Raju, Com K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com Vidyasagar/BHEL, Com Lakhsmi Narayan/BEL and office bearers from other CPSUs participated

04-08-2016

Presentation before 3rd PRC:

NCOA representing more than 1.6 lakh Executives of 264 CPSUs given a detailed presentation before the 3rd Pay Revision Committee. On 03.08.2016 discussions held in the Committee room for about 01 hr 15 mts eventhough it was an introductory meeting. When NCOA sought an appointment for presentation, Chairman immediately given permission and called us for discussion. Chairman Justice Satish Chandra (Retd) & Members, Prof Manoj Panda, Sri Shailendra Pal Singh and Sri Madhukar Gupta, Sec/DPE were present. After detailed discussion, Chairman directed us to give a detailed presentation on all the issues before the full 3rd Pay Revision Committee on 04.08.2016 at 3 pm.

On 04.08.2016, NCOA given an excellent presentation on various demands. As suggested by the PRC members, the presentation was made with full justification of the demands with possible solutions also. Eventhough the allotted time was only 20 minutes, the presentation and discussion took more than one hour. In addition to the Chairman and all PRC members, officers from SCOPE also were present in the meeting. All the issues discussed in detail. Chairman and PRC members had lot of queries and NCOA could clarify all the points to their satisfaction.

These are the important issues deliberated in the meeting with PRC:

1) PRC should be implemented for all the CPSUs without linking with affordability. Our main focus was on this important aspect. Employees having limited role in loss /profit of the company. They are depending on  Govt/company policies, market conditions and other external factors. Balance sheet is prepared on the basis of several factors like depreciation. We explained with the example of BSNL where the operational profit is about 2000 Cr but due to huge depreciation value, balance sheet still shows losses. The Operating profit concept very much appreciated by the PRC. We could convince PRC that profit/loss alone cannot be the criteria for revision of Pay.

q Periodicity. It should be 5 years, co-terminus with Non executives.

q Pay Scales: New pay scales may be arrived with IDA as on Jan 2017 merged with basic Pay with fitment of 30% on basic Pay plus DA and rounded off to nearest 100. All pay scales should be open ended to address stagnation as recommended by 2nd PRC and 7th CPC.

q Fitment: Uniform fitment of 30%.

q Dearness Allowance: Present System of 100% neutralisation on quarterly basis, based on AICPI shall be followed.

q Annual increment shall be 4%. A uniform date of increment may be followed for all employees in the CPSU. Notional Increment on promotion shall be awarded and fixed in the next higher stage.

q House Rent Allowance: The present Rate of HRA shall be continued

  HRA shall be calculated based on Pay (Basic Pay plus DA) so that it is indexed

q Perks and Allowances shall be calculated based on emoluments(Basic pay plus DA). Present system of Cafeteria approach shall continue. The Ceiling on Perks and Allowances may be fixed as 50% of Pay (Basic plus DA). Bell Curve should be abolished as it is unscientific. Accenture, KPMG, IBM, Infosys, Wipro, TCS, CISCO, Microsoft, HCL Technologies, Google, Adobe have abandoned the bell curve based system performance appraisal. All of them are switching to a continuous feedback process throughout the year to get a holistic view of performance and potential.

q Child care leave to be made mandatory for all CPSUs.

q Performance Related Pay(PRP) with an objective PMS. It should have two parts, Productivity linked PRP and Profit linked PRP.

Even for sick/loss making CPSUs except allowances all The Minimum Salary shall include Basic Pay plus IDA, HRA, Medical facility and Company contribution towards terminal benefits.

2) Superannuation benefit with fixed components PF, Gratuity, Employee Pension Scheme and Medical Benefits for Retired Employees. Our main focus was to make it mandatory like pay scale revision. CPSUs should not be given flexibility on deciding the quantum of contribution.

3) Automatic pension revision for the BSNL/MTNL pensioners absorbed from DoT as per CCS pension Rules 1972. Since the pension is paid on IDA scales, it should be covered by PRC as requested by DoT.

It was an excellent opportunity for NCOA as we could interact with the PRC for 02 Hrs 25 minutes in two days covering all the main issues. Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V. K. Tomar, President NCOA, Com KSN Raju, Com K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com Vidyasagar/BHEL, Com Lakhsmi Narayan/BEL and office bearers from other CPSUs participated.

04-08-2016

Meeting 3rd Pay Revision Committee:

NCOA had a detailed interaction with 3rd PRC on 03.08.2016 for about 01 Hrs 15 minutes at the Committee room of 3rd PRC. Sec General and President of NCOA, GS/SNEA and Convenor of the Core Committee participated.

After the meeting, PRC told us to give a detailed presentation on behalf of NCOA, today at 03 PM.

Details will be uploaded later

03-08-2016

3rd Pay Revision Committee meeting.

NCOA Secretary General and President met Secretary DPE yesterday regarding 3rd PRC. Today a meeting is scheduled with 3rd PRC at 3 pm and a presentation on 04.08.2016 as per the convenience of PRC. GS/SNEA also will be part of NCOA delegation.

21-07-2016

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 21.07.2016: GS along with Chairman met CMD, BSNL and discussed the following issues.

a) Approval of standard pay scales of E2, E3 for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007, replacing E1A and E2A.

Assn explained the developments in DoT which is in no mood to consider the BSNL proposal of E2, E3, -- etc scales. Presidential orders for the revised scales of E1A and E2A for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent cadres not issued by DoT which is a serious problem infront of 3rd PRC. Assn all along demanding this issue to be resolved on priority to resolve the pay loss issue of young comrades and keeping full focus on 3rd PRC. Assn sought the intervention of CMD to resolve the issue. CMD assured his personal intervention to resolve the issue.  

b) Implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy: With relevant data Assn pleaded for early implementation of CPSU Hierarchy to bring uniformity in promotions among all the wings by delinking the promotion from seniority as well as availability of posts. Assn given various suggestions for the smooth implementation which explained to him in detail. CMD assured to consider all the suggestions and informed that he will direct DIR(HR) and concerned officers in this regard.

GS and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and held discussions on a) Offtg pay fixation and pay protection – proposal to correct the clarifications, b) relieving of officers under transfer from different Circles, c) DGM modification and allowing officers to decline the promotions, d) correction in the long stay transfers from AP and KTK based on the transfer policy  etc.

21-07-2016

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: Any more delay in implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy will further demoralize the Executives waiting for promotions for years together. Uniformity in promotion is required in an organization, giving equal opportunity and career growth to all the Executives -- suggestions for smooth implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.

GS letter to CMD regarding suggestions on CPSU Hierarchy implementation

21-07-2016

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: Any more delay in implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy will further demoralize the Executives waiting for promotions for years together. Uniformity in promotion is required in an organization, giving equal opportunity and career growth to all the Executives -- suggestions for smooth implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.
GS letter to CMD regarding suggestions on CPSU Hierarchy implementation

21-07-2016

3rd Pay Revision Committee: GS had a detailed discussion with Sri A. M. Gupta, GM(Restg & SR) on 20.07.2016 on the various points to be incorporated in the Questionnaire and BSNL presentation to 3rd PRC on next Pay revision.

20-07-2016

GS writes to Secretary, DoT: Immediate action sought on the decision of the BSNL to replace intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3. Bureaucratic red tape has resulted in such an anomalous situation where basic and strategic cadres in BSNL are without standard IDA scales even after nine years of 2nd PRC report. Retrograde thinking in DoT to refer the issue to DPE is having no rational basis and will be opposed by this Association tooth and nail.
GS letter to Secretary, DoT on E2, E3 ---- pay scale approval

19-07-2016

3rd Pay Revision Committee

The National Executive Committee of the National Confederation of Officers Associations of Central Pubic Sector Undertakings (NCOA), that represents the managerial and supervisory staff serving the Central Public Sector Undertakings met in Mysore on 16th and 17th July, 2016 and resolved as under:

I. The Government should revise the terms of reference of the 3rd PRC (Justice Satish Chandra Committee) with regard to the periodicity in order to ensure that the date of start of pay revision should be from 01.01.2012. The process of revision has already started in several sectors like coal, steel and mining where bipartite agreements have been signed with workmen w.e.f 01.01.2012 as the start date for wage revision. Pay revision of Executive & workmen should be co-terminus in order to prevent anomalies between the sections of the employees. Industrial harmony and productivity cannot be sustained without parity between different sections of the employees.

II. The terms of reference of the 3rd PRC should be amended to delete the term affordable in item 1.0 of the terms of reference. Instead, 3rd PRC should recommend ways and means of ensuring revision of pay for all CPSU Executives irrespective of profitability of the undertaking.

III. Govt should mandate 3rd PRC to examine and suitably recommend the revision of pension of erstwhile DoT employees absorbed in BSNL and MTNL in the context of the fact that complete parity prevails with regard to payment of pension/pension revision between Central Govt employees and BSNL /MTNL absorbed employees in terms of CCS pension Rules, 1972.

IV. Change is required in the existing policy of granting 30% Basic Pay plus DA as superannuation benefits. In the present system, after apportioning for RECHS, EPS, Gratuity etc, a paltry portion is left for pension fund and hence it is suggested to increase this to 40%.

V. The removal of the glaring disparity in the post retirement remuneration of employees of PSUs and Government. Since the establishment of CPSEs, the remuneration policy for Executives serving CPSEs has been framed with reference to recommendations of various pay committees set up for Govt. Servants.  The most glaring disparity is with regard to the provision of post-retirement medical care. In PSUs the post-retirement medical schemes range from Zero to reasonable benefits. However, most of the schemes are funded from the revenue account of the undertaking thereby making the benefit vulnerable to the profitability of the PSU.

VI. Employees of PSUs should be given a living wage irrespective of the profit or loss of the PSU. There is no justification for paying an employee, wages at rates applicable in 1997 (almost 20 years ago). Such payments are even much below acceptable subsistence level.

VII. Under no circumstance should there be delays of several months in payment of wages. Non-payment of wages over extended periods is unjustified both legally and otherwise.

VIII. Existing number of pay scales in the CPSEs shall be increased from 10 to 14 to align one grade with one pay scale.

IX. Rate of increments to be uniform percentage, and it shall be 4%.

X. Pay Scales should be open ended and with this, stagnation problem will not arise. 

XI. Increment on promotion: In addition to annual increment, on promotion, 6% increment (1.5 times of normal increment) should be awarded. 

XII. The present classification of cities may be continued for HRA. The HRA may be calculated as a percentage of Basic + IDA as per the existing rates on revised scales.

XIII. There should not be any ceiling on Gratuity and it should be paid without TAX.

XIV. Variable Pay / Performance Related Pay: Fixed salary and variable component is necessary. The variable pay shall have two components, one based on profit before tax (PBT) and another based on productivity. 2.5 to 7.5 % of the PBT shall be distributed among the Executives as profit sharing incentive. Further, 5 to 10% of the savings accrued through improvement of productivity shall be paid as productivity linked incentive to Executives.

XV. The abolition of bell curve as a basis for creating incentives. It has now been scientifically established that the bell curve is a non-scientific measure. Experience of the last 10 years has established that the payment of PRP based on the bell curve has resulted in creating more disincentive than incentive defeating the very purpose of such payments.

In addition to the common stand on various issues, CPSU specific stand on certain issues can be taken by the respective Assns.

GS, Chairman, Com Arvind Dahiya, VP/NCOA, Com S B Nagavi, CS/KTK and Com Venkatesh Murthy, CP/KTK Circle attended the NCOA meeting representing SNEA.

19-07-2016

3rd Pay Revision Committee

The National Executive Committee of the National Confederation of Officers Associations of Central Pubic Sector Undertakings (NCOA), that represents the managerial and supervisory staff serving the Central Public Sector Undertakings met in Mysore on 16th and 17th July, 2016 and resolved as under:

I. The Government should revise the terms of reference of the 3rd PRC (Justice Satish Chandra Committee) with regard to the periodicity in order to ensure that the date of start of pay revision should be from 01.01.2012. The process of revision has already started in several sectors like coal, steel and mining where bipartite agreements have been signed with workmen w.e.f 01.01.2012 as the start date for wage revision. Pay revision of Executive & workmen should be co-terminus in order to prevent anomalies between the sections of the employees. Industrial harmony and productivity cannot be sustained without parity between different sections of the employees.

II. The terms of reference of the 3rd PRC should be amended to delete the term affordable in item 1.0 of the terms of reference. Instead, 3rd PRC should recommend ways and means of ensuring revision of pay for all CPSU Executives irrespective of profitability of the undertaking.

III. Govt should mandate 3rd PRC to examine and suitably recommend the revision of pension of erstwhile DoT employees absorbed in BSNL and MTNL in the context of the fact that complete parity prevails with regard to payment of pension/pension revision between Central Govt employees and BSNL /MTNL absorbed employees in terms of CCS pension Rules, 1972.

IV. Change is required in the existing policy of granting 30% Basic Pay plus DA as superannuation benefits. In the present system, after apportioning for RECHS, EPS, Gratuity etc, a paltry portion is left for pension fund and hence it is suggested to increase this to 40%.

V. The removal of the glaring disparity in the post retirement remuneration of employees of PSUs and Government. Since the establishment of CPSEs, the remuneration policy for Executives serving CPSEs has been framed with reference to recommendations of various pay committees set up for Govt. Servants.  The most glaring disparity is with regard to the provision of post-retirement medical care. In PSUs the post-retirement medical schemes range from Zero to reasonable benefits. However, most of the schemes are funded from the revenue account of the undertaking thereby making the benefit vulnerable to the profitability of the PSU.

VI. Employees of PSUs should be given a living wage irrespective of the profit or loss of the PSU. There is no justification for paying an employee, wages at rates applicable in 1997 (almost 20 years ago). Such payments are even much below acceptable subsistence level.

VII. Under no circumstance should there be delays of several months in payment of wages. Non-payment of wages over extended periods is unjustified both legally and otherwise.

VIII. Existing number of pay scales in the CPSEs shall be increased from 10 to 14 to align one grade with one pay scale.

IX. Rate of increments to be uniform percentage, and it shall be 4%.

X. Pay Scales should be open ended and with this, stagnation problem will not arise. 

XI. Increment on promotion: In addition to annual increment, on promotion, 6% increment (1.5 times of normal increment) should be awarded. 

XII. The present classification of cities may be continued for HRA. The HRA may be calculated as a percentage of Basic + IDA as per the existing rates on revised scales.

XIII. There should not be any ceiling on Gratuity and it should be paid without TAX.

XIV. Variable Pay / Performance Related Pay: Fixed salary and variable component is necessary. The variable pay shall have two components, one based on profit before tax (PBT) and another based on productivity. 2.5 to 7.5 % of the PBT shall be distributed among the Executives as profit sharing incentive. Further, 5 to 10% of the savings accrued through improvement of productivity shall be paid as productivity linked incentive to Executives.

XV. The abolition of bell curve as a basis for creating incentives. It has now been scientifically established that the bell curve is a non-scientific measure. Experience of the last 10 years has established that the payment of PRP based on the bell curve has resulted in creating more disincentive than incentive defeating the very purpose of such payments.

In addition to the common stand on various issues, CPSU specific stand on certain issues can be taken by the respective Assns.

GS, Chairman and Com Arvind Dahiya, VP/NCOA attended the NCOA meeting representing SNEA.

19-07-2016

The National Executive Committee of the National Confederation of Officers Associations of Central Pubic Sector Undertakings (NCOA), that represents the managerial and supervisory staff serving the Central Public Sector Undertakings met in Mysore on 16th and 17th July, 2016 and resolved as under:

I. The Government should revise the terms of reference of the 3rd PRC (Justice Satish Chandra Committee) with regard to the periodicity in order to ensure that the date of start of pay revision should be from 01.01.2012. The process of revision has already started in several sectors like coal, steel and mining where bipartite agreements have been signed with workmen w.e.f 01.01.2012 as the start date for wage revision. Pay revision of Executive & workmen should be co-terminus in order to prevent anomalies between the sections of the employees. Industrial harmony and productivity cannot be sustained without parity between different sections of the employees.

II. The terms of reference of the 3rd PRC should be amended to delete the term affordable in item 1.0 of the terms of reference. Instead, 3rd PRC should recommend ways and means of ensuring revision of pay for all CPSU Executives irrespective of profitability of the undertaking.

III. Govt should mandate 3rd PRC to examine and suitably recommend the revision of pension of erstwhile DoT employees absorbed in BSNL and MTNL in the context of the fact that complete parity prevails with regard to payment of pension/pension revision between Central Govt employees and BSNL /MTNL absorbed employees in terms of CCS pension Rules, 1972.

IV. Change is required in the existing policy of granting 30% Basic Pay plus DA as superannuation benefits. In the present system, after apportioning for RECHS, EPS, Gratuity etc, a paltry portion is left for pension fund and hence it is suggested to increase this to 40%.

V. The removal of the glaring disparity in the post retirement remuneration of employees of PSUs and Government. Since the establishment of CPSEs, the remuneration policy for Executives serving CPSEs has been framed with reference to recommendations of various pay committees set up for Govt. Servants.  The most glaring disparity is with regard to the provision of post-retirement medical care. In PSUs the post-retirement medical schemes range from Zero to reasonable benefits. However, most of the schemes are funded from the revenue account of the undertaking thereby making the benefit vulnerable to the profitability of the PSU.

VI. Employees of PSUs should be given a living wage irrespective of the profit or loss of the PSU. There is no justification for paying an employee, wages at rates applicable in 1997 (almost 20 years ago). Such payments are even much below acceptable subsistence level.

VII. Under no circumstance should there be delays of several months in payment of wages. Non-payment of wages over extended periods is unjustified both legally and otherwise.

VIII. Existing number of pay scales in the CPSEs shall be increased from 10 to 14 to align one grade with one pay scale.

IX. Rate of increments to be uniform percentage, and it shall be 4%.

X. Pay Scales should be open ended and with this, stagnation problem will not arise. 

XI. Increment on promotion: In addition to annual increment, on promotion, 6% increment (1.5 times of normal increment) should be awarded. 

XII. The present classification of cities may be continued for HRA. The HRA may be calculated as a percentage of Basic + IDA as per the existing rates on revised scales.

XIII. There should not be any ceiling on Gratuity and it should be paid without TAX.

XIV. Variable Pay / Performance Related Pay: Fixed salary and variable component is necessary. The variable pay shall have two components, one based on profit before tax (PBT) and another based on productivity. 2.5 to 7.5 % of the PBT shall be distributed among the Executives as profit sharing incentive. Further, 5 to 10% of the savings accrued through improvement of productivity shall be paid as productivity linked incentive to Executives.

XV. The abolition of bell curve as a basis for creating incentives. It has now been scientifically established that the bell curve is a non-scientific measure. Experience of the last 10 years has established that the payment of PRP based on the bell curve has resulted in creating more disincentive than incentive defeating the very purpose of such payments.

In addition to the common stand on various issues, CPSU specific stand on certain issues can be taken by the respective Assns.

GS, Chairman and Com Arvind Dahiya, VP/NCOA attended the NCOA meeting representing SNEA.

19-07-2016

The National Executive Committee of the National Confederation of Officers Associations of Central Pubic Sector Undertakings (NCOA), that represents the managerial and supervisory staff serving the Central Public Sector Undertakings met in Mysore on 16th and 17th July, 2016 and resolved as under:

I. The Government should revise the terms of reference of the 3rd PRC (Justice Satish Chandra Committee) with regard to the periodicity in order to ensure that the date of start of pay revision should be from 01.01.2012. The process of revision has already started in several sectors like coal, steel and mining where bipartite agreements have been signed with workmen w.e.f 01.01.2012 as the start date for wage revision. Pay revision of Executive & workmen should be co-terminus in order to prevent anomalies between the sections of the employees. Industrial harmony and productivity cannot be sustained without parity between different sections of the employees.

II. The terms of reference of the 3rd PRC should be amended to delete the term affordable in item 1.0 of the terms of reference. Instead, 3rd PRC should recommend ways and means of ensuring revision of pay for all CPSU Executives irrespective of profitability of the undertaking.

III. Govt should mandate 3rd PRC to examine and suitably recommend the revision of pension of erstwhile DoT employees absorbed in BSNL and MTNL in the context of the fact that complete parity prevails with regard to payment of pension/pension revision between Central Govt employees and BSNL /MTNL absorbed employees in terms of CCS pension Rules, 1972.

IV. Change is required in the existing policy of granting 30% Basic Pay plus DA as superannuation benefits. In the present system, after apportioning for RECHS, EPS, Gratuity etc, a paltry portion is left for pension fund and hence it is suggested to increase this to 40%.

V. The removal of the glaring disparity in the post retirement remuneration of employees of PSUs and Government. Since the establishment of CPSEs, the remuneration policy for Executives serving CPSEs has been framed with reference to recommendations of various pay committees set up for Govt. Servants.  The most glaring disparity is with regard to the provision of post-retirement medical care. In PSUs the post-retirement medical schemes range from Zero to reasonable benefits. However, most of the schemes are funded from the revenue account of the undertaking thereby making the benefit vulnerable to the profitability of the PSU.

VI. Employees of PSUs should be given a living wage irrespective of the profit or loss of the PSU. There is no justification for paying an employee, wages at rates applicable in 1997 (almost 20 years ago). Such payments are even much below acceptable subsistence level.

VII. Under no circumstance should there be delays of several months in payment of wages. Non-payment of wages over extended periods is unjustified both legally and otherwise.

VIII. Existing number of pay scales in the CPSEs shall be increased from 10 to 14 to align one grade with one pay scale.

IX. Rate of increments to be uniform percentage, and it shall be 4%.

X. Pay Scales should be open ended and with this, stagnation problem will not arise. 

XI. Increment on promotion: In addition to annual increment, on promotion, 6% increment (1.5 times of normal increment) should be awarded. 

XII. The present classification of cities may be continued for HRA. The HRA may be calculated as a percentage of Basic + IDA as per the existing rates on revised scales.

XIII. There should not be any ceiling on Gratuity and it should be paid without TAX.

XIV. Variable Pay / Performance Related Pay: Fixed salary and variable component is necessary. The variable pay shall have two components, one based on profit before tax (PBT) and another based on productivity. 2.5 to 7.5 % of the PBT shall be distributed among the Executives as profit sharing incentive. Further, 5 to 10% of the savings accrued through improvement of productivity shall be paid as productivity linked incentive to Executives.

XV. The abolition of bell curve as a basis for creating incentives. It has now been scientifically established that the bell curve is a non-scientific measure. Experience of the last 10 years has established that the payment of PRP based on the bell curve has resulted in creating more disincentive than incentive defeating the very purpose of such payments.


In addition to the common stand on various issues, CPSU specific stand on certain issues can be taken by the respective Assns.

GS, Chairman and Com Arnvind Dahiya, VP/NCOA attended the NCOA meeting representing SNEA.

13-07-2016

Presentation to 3rd PRC by BSNL – Provisional suggestions from SNEA

CHQ President along with AGS Com P.P.Rao, Jt Sec(West) Com Rakesh Mehta and CS GUJ Com B.G. Patel met DIR(HR) on 12.07.2016 and discussed on the presentation to be submitted by BSNL to the 3rd PRC. The proposals submitted by our Association is very much appreciated by DIR(HR) and given some more points like challenges which BSNL faced during the natural calamities and come out successfully as reliable Telecom operator etc. The suggestions on Automatic Pension revision, merger of IDA with basic immediately after crossing 50%, open ended pay scales to address stagnation, uniform pay scales, pay revision after 5 years, increasing the number of pay scales to 14, uniform date of increment etc were appreciated. Association was all along stressing the need for giving the Pay Scales of NAVRATNA to BSNL as we are providing services Pan India in Rural and interior regions with reduced tariff inspite of huge losses. The tariff is controlled by BSNL. Though initially, at the time of formation of BSNL it was informed that the services provided in Rural areas are non remunerative will be compensated by the Govt, but the compensation was stopped after few years. It was further informed to discuss on this issue with GM (Est) and instructed accordingly. Consideration of Rule 8 Transfers of JTOs was also discussed. Later all met GM (Estt) and had detailed discussion on the proposals to be submitted by the BSNL to the 3rd PRC.

The issue of non sending to JTO training to TTAs who have declined officiating Promotion as JTOs was also discussed.

Provisional suggestions from SNEA regarding 3rd PRC

11-07-2016

Administrative approval on Superannuation benefit to BSNL Direct rects: GS writes to DIR(HR) for sending the proposal to the concerned section for early decision. Earlier BSNL send the proposal to DDG(Estt), DoT which is not dealing with the issue. Assn met GM(Estt) in this regard on 08.07.2016.

GS letter to DIR(HR) on Superannuation benefit

11-07-2016

CHQ Office Bearers and Circle Secretaries meeting held at New Delhi on 09.07.2016 in grand manner. All the CHQ Office Bearers and Circle Secretaries except NE I, NE II and A&N attended the meeting which started at 10.00 am. GS elaborated on all the issues which our Association was actually involved and taken up with the Administration successfully right from upgradation of Pay scales from Rs 1400 to Rs 1640/-in 1986, Lateral Advancement in 1990, historical Promotions of 8000 JTOs to SDEs in 1993-94, Upgradation of Pay scales from Rs 5500 to Rs 6500 to JTOs with Gr ‘B’ Gazetted status  &  automatic upgradation of Rs 6500 to Rs 7500 to SDEs during Vth CPC, abolition of qualifying exam for JTO to SDE Promotion, not accepting the absorption into BSNL without terms and conditions like the Pay Scales, promotion policies, fitment etc and Assn stopped the illegal process through court cases and finally by historic PCAT judgment,  our Association could achieve E1A, E2, -- E6 scales, 5 TBP after 4-6 years and point to point fixation after continuous organizational protest in 2002-03, enhancement of EPF on actual basic + IDA instead of Ceiling of 12% on Rs 6500 ( Equivalent to fixed amount of Rs 780/-), implementation of TBPs in 2007 w.e.f 01.10.2000, Protesting against the unbundling of copper cables and disinvestment, exposing the 2G Scam, illegal 3G roaming by Pvt operators, reduction of ADC & USO fund to BSNL, 50% IDA Merger struggle in 2006, issues related to TTAs selected as JTOs (Dept outsider), opposing the demotion of JTO and SDE equivalent cadres to E1 and E2, removal of decade old bottleneck problem of Adhocism and paving way for regularization of STS, increase of STS regular from 50% to 75% for the telecom and rigorously pursuing for other wings, filling all DE posts on regular basis in 2014, Promotions to Adhoc DGM, agitation against the cancellation of 45.5 Million GSM tender, surrender of obsolete BWA spectrum, refund of excess amount recovered by Income Tax Dept from BSNL, fighting vigorously in various courts for the SCF and LDCE Promotion from JTOs, Abolition of accounts exam/ counting of residency period/1st and 2nd ACP for Civil/ Electrical etc wings, modification of JTO to SDE Competitive exam to OMR, 30% Superannuation benefits to the BSNL recruited employees, re-constitution of Joint Committee in 2015,  revival of demand of E2-E7 Pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, membership verification, Notional Fixation of E1A/E2A for Civil/Electrical/Arch/PA/PSs etc w.e.f. 01.10.2000, Uniform 1st TBP after 4-5 years instead of 4-6 years, Restoration of fixation on officiating Promotions, FR 22(1)(a)1 for the offtg JTOs, Constitution of 3rd PRC, 78.2% to pensioners on par with serving employees, relief from botheration on pension(60:40) etc.

After the GS address, a brainstorming session was conducted on membership verification for executives and all the CSs and CHQ OBs participated actively. CHQ President and Chairman gave a motivating address on various issues. Many of the Circles have conducted their CEC meetings and remaining will be completed during this month. The CHQ Office bearers will be attending the CEC meetings. After the CEC meetings, the CSs will tour the SSAs by organizing SSA meetings and followed by Branch meetings. The CHQ Office Bearers along with the concerned CS and office bearers will be attending all Major SSA and branch meetings.

The response of the CSs is overwhelming and resolved that SNEA will come up with thumping majority in the membership verification and will ensure that all the issues of the Executives will be reaching to their logical conclusion. CHQ congratulated all the CSs for their active participation and revolutionary ideas in strengthening the SNEA. The meeting concluded at 2300 Hrs.

08-07-2016

As reported in the A/N, TTA to JTO(T) LICE result declared today. Congratulations to all the selected candidates. 301 candidates results withheld as they are party in the case (KRL- 162+45, AP-91, RAJ-03).
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08-07-2016

The Court case at Chandigarh on JTO to SDE (LDCE) and SDE to DE promotion: The case listed for today postponed to 28.07.2016. The impleadment application filed by some others rejected by the Hon CAT and decided to hear the case on merit on 28.07.2016. The court case related to JAO to AO etc is listed for 12.07.2016.

 

JTO to SDE(T) LDCE result declared on 21.06.2016. VC called for.

JTO to SDE(T) seniority quota: Missing VC cases.

Letter calling for SDE(T) LDCE promotionLetter calling for SDE(T) promotion,missing cases

08-07-2016

TTA to JTO(T) LICE result is expected today for about 2600 candidates

08-07-2016

TTA to JTO(T) LICE result expected today for about 2600 candidates

05-07-2016

Finally Union Cabinet approved Revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners and removed the important 60:40 ceiling, a big relief to BSNL as well as BSNL pensioners.

Congratulations to all our comrades for the support and the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations.

Union Cabinet today approved the revision of pension of BSNL pensioners and family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% IDA/DR with Basic Pay/ Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% IDA/DR for the purpose of fitment, and (ii) Modifying the liability of BSNL towards the payment of pensionary benefits to the retired employees. The pension of BSNL pensioners/family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 has been revised w.e.f. 01.01.2007 notionally with actual benefit w.e.f. 10.06.2013. However, increase in the amount of DCRG, leave encashment and commutation of pension in respect of these pensioners shall not be increased on this account.

The 60:40 condition introduced by a Cabinet decision in 2005 is removed now, by the present cabinet decision, a big relief to BSNL as well as the BSNL pensioners. The additional pension burden which would have come on the shoulders of BSNL by the 60:40 clause is removed now. The pension revision on 78.2% is mainly delayed for this matter only as Dept of expenditure and Finance Ministry was not inclined for this and making objections. DoT, especially Smt Annie Moraes, Member(Fin) played a very crucial role in removal of this 60:40 condition. Ex Secretary, DoT, Shri Rakesh Garg also supported us.

In respect of employees who are absorbed in BSNL, the pension liability on account of pensionary benefits shall be fully borne by the Government while BSNL will continue to discharge pension liability by way of pension contribution in accordance with FR-116 for the period they so work/worked. 

The revision entails an estimated recurring annual expenditure of approximately Rs 129.63 Cr for pensioners and Rs 24.93 Cr for family pensioners and arrears from 2013-14 would be Rs 239.92 Cr approximately for pensioners and Rs 44.62 Cr approximately for family pensioners. Approximately 1,18,500 pensioners all over India will be benefited by this revision, according to PTI.

The pension revision fulfilled the long pending demand of revision of pension of BSNL absorbed employees who retired between 01.01.2007 and 10.06.2013 and will bring the pensioners at par with the serving employees of BSNL by removing the anomalies.

This was a major demand of the Forum during the strike Notice in April, 2015 where DoT agreed for this.

We are extremely grateful to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad/Hon MOC&IT, Smt Annie Moreas/Member(Fin), Shri Rakesh Gargh/Ex Secretary/DoT, Shri J S Deepak/Secretary, DoT, Shri N. K. Yadav/Member(S), Shri R. K Upadhyaya/Ex CMD/BSNL, Shri Anupam Shrivastava/CMD, BSNL, Shri KCGK Pillai/Ex DIR(Fin), Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(Fin)/BSNL for the resolution of this major issue pending for years together.

However we have to continue our struggle for actual benefits w.e.f 01.01.2007.

Press release on Cabinet decision on 78.2%

05-07-2016

SNEA and MEA writes to Hon MOC to include revision of Pension to BSNL and MTNL retirees by revising the terms of reference of the 3rd PRC

Letter to Hon MOC

04-07-2016

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

GS attended the extended CEC meeting of Kerala Circle at Ernakulam on 25.06.2016 in connection with membership verification. All the SSA and Branch Secretaries and other activists attended the CEC meeting taking verification very seriously.

At Jaipur CHQ President, CHQ Vice President and GS attended the CEC meeting on 02.07.2016, specially called to formulate strategies for membership verification and becoming number one Assn in Rajasthan. All SSA Secretaries started serious preparations in this regard. It is decided to conduct the extended SSA Executive meetings and core committee formations by 31.07.2016, as a first step.

In their address, GS and CHQ President explained the activities at CHQ level on BSNL growth related issues, successful implementation of SWAS programme, need for generating maximum revenue and coming out of losses in this financial year 2016-17 in view of 3rd PRC, HR issues like 3rd PRC, replacement of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 scales, promotions, CPSU Hierarchy, 30% superannuation benefit, E1A/E@A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS etc notionally from 01.10.2000, officiating pay fixation etc.

Multiplicity of Assns and the vested interests playing havoc with the future of the Executives. None of the important HR issues are getting resolved. Our committed members and the Executives are the victims of this. Few with vested interests and selfish agenda are taking the entire cadre into ransom. Overall cadre interest is totally neglected/missing on various issues, rather petty interests and selfish motives taking leading positions. Recently we are witnessing that instead of making serious efforts to get the Khan Committee recommendations which will benefit the entire cadre by upgrading the pay scales from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 for the entry /basic cadres, will give better pay for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007, will give functional promotions instead of financial upgradations to thousands and thousands of Executives after every five years who are waiting for promotions for years together, the anomaly in 1st TBP for thousands of Executives are getting resolved, the Assns made the recommendations in October, 2015 are not allowing the management to implement the same recommendations now. More challenging job will be the 3rd PRC. We struggled under NCOA and got the 3rd PRC constituted. More vigourous struggles are required in the future for the delinking of pay revision from profitability by amending the terms of reference and making pension revision also part of the terms of reference. Simultaneously we have to work for making the company profitable and ofcourse out of the red zone in this year itself. A strong Executive Association with thumbing majority is the need of the hour. To end this deadlock situation, membership verification is the only solution. We should start strenuously working on coming out with flying colours and with thumbs up majority from the ensuing membership verification. It will surely be a litmus test for our organizational capacity and our commitment and determination to face successfully challenges howsoever formidable they are. That is our history and we have to repeat history with impeccable precision. Our unity, commitment and organizational alertness and preparedness on these issues will drive us to the destination.

For the convenience of the Executives, maximum polling booths are to be allotted ensuring atleast one polling booth per division.

SNEA is in the forefront of all struggles to protect the interest of BSNL and its revival. Unbundling of copper cable, ADC, disinvestment, 45.5 M GSM tender cancellation, BWA spectrum refund, ITS absorption issue, 3G roaming, tenders and procurement, expansion of network, MTNL and BSNL merger, Tower subsidiary, pension contribution, 78.2% IDA, filling the posts of CMD and Directors, pension revision etc etc are some of the major contributions.

Similarly SNEA, through continuous struggle during last three decades, uplifted the cadres especially the basic cadre of JTO and to protect the interest of Executives as a whole. The pay scales got revised threes time in 1986, in 1996 and in 2002 at the time of absorption, all through struggles. In 2002, when all other Assns agreed for absorption in BSNL without specifying the terms and condition for absorption, just for an adhoc payment of Rs 2000/, SNEA  alone struggled against that. That struggle resulted in the finalizations  of terms and condition for absorption, ie. a) pay scales of E1A, E2A, E3, E4, E5, E6, b) five TB promotions between 4-6 years upto SG JAG (in DoT only one TBP available after 12 years) and c) Point to point fixation in the new pay scales. From 2003 to 2005, SNEA struggled for making the EPF contribution @12% of the emoluments, without the ceiling on Rs 6500/-. BSNL was making EPF contribution of a fixed amount of Rs 780/- ever month till 2005 (@12% of Rs 6500/-, the upper ceiling). Finally BSNL agreed and orders issued in August, 2005, with retrospective effect from 01.10.2000. Another breakthrough was the EPP order in 2007, BSNL MS RR in 2009, partially implementing the agreement reached in 2002 during agitation. Present struggle and focus is on the implementation of E2, E3 scales for the basic cadres of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO etc and CPSU cadre hierarchy as assured to us in 2002. On both issues we are struggling since 2002.

The most important task ahead for SNEA is the constitution of 3rd PRC and its implementation. SNEA started the struggle in the platform of NCOA and launched series of agitation programmes since November, 2015 demanding 3rd PRC constitution. Finally 3rd PRC constituted on 09.06.2016. It is our responsibility to ensure that 3rd PRC is fully implemented in BSNL. For this we have to struggle to delink the profitability from PRC implementation. Simultaneously we have to ensure that pension revision also becoming part of 3rd PRC. These are the major challenges before us.

The biggest challenge before us is to get the standard pay scales of E2 and E3 in replacement of E1A and E2A, for the entry level cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO implemented immediately as 3rd PRC is constituted. Otherwise the pay revision for the entire BSNL Executives will be jeopardised, simply due to this one reason alone. Keeping the future of JTO/JAOs recruited after 2007 and the 3rd PRC in mind, SNEA for the last few years, struggling to get the standard pay scales of E2, E3 implemented in BSNL replacing E1A and E2A. The initial proposal of E1A and E2A got rejected by DoT and DPE due to the efforts of SNEA in July, 2014. We met the officers in DoT and DPE including the Secretary/DPE in this regard. The agitation in April/May, 2015 by SNEA, resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee. SNEA was behind all these developments and finally Jt Committee come out with sweeping recommendations which will change the pay scales and promotional avenues of the Executives in BSNL.

It is the sole responsibility of SNEA to get the Khan committee recommendations implemented in true spirit, without dilution, which are in the larger interest of the cadre. Lot of negative forces are working to undermine the Khan Committee recommendations. Strategically we delinked E2, E3 from E4, --- E7 upgradation as E4, --- E7 upgradation is equivalent to another mini wage revision and DoT may take longer time to decided on that. Due to Union Cabinet decision on MTNL pay scales, it may have to go to the cabinet itself. Others deliberately taken up this issue to derail E2, E3 and to deny the benefits to 2007 and 2008 JTOs and JTO/JAOs recruited after that. SNEA demanding E2, E3 scales with five existing promotions, each promotion after every 5 years, some are struggling to see that the promotions are reduced from five to four by abolishing SDE or Sr SDE grades. They want to create confusion in the mgt, make anomalies and recoveries and anarchy in the company. The ultimate aim is to dump Khan Committee recommendations (inspite of being part of that) as it is formed due to singular efforts of SNEA. If SDE or Sr SDE grade is abolished, the Khan committee recommendations becomes redundant and CPSU cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP after 4-5 years will not be implemented by the management. When they questioned Khan Committee recommendations, even mgt started talking about another Committee. New Committee means another 3 to 4 years!

Sensing the danger of dumping the Khan Committee recommendations by the management, SNEA compelled to start the agitation. Sensing the urgency of the situation, Mgt started serious discussions with the Assn on various issues on 11.05.16 followed by 17.05.16. After thorough discussions with CMD, DIR(HR) and whole HR team, some concrete decisions are taken to settle all the important HR issues in a time bound manner. Our one day Dharna protected the Khan Committee recommendations. Otherwise, the selfish motives and petty interests would have buried the recommendations by this time and mgt also would have happily gone ahead with E1+5 increments, E2, E3, -- E6 scales, no CPSU Hierarchy, no 1st TBP etc etc. Populism and playing to the gallery has never worked in trade union struggles. Holding on to hard ground realities has always yielded tangible and everlasting results. It is election time, we have to be very careful about such populistic demands from various sections and should not fall into their trap. It has seen in regularisation of Offtg JTOs(from 2000), implementation of 78.2% IDA fitment(with arrears), 30% superannuation benefit (nothing less than 12%), E2/E3 from 01.10.2000 etc etc.

In view of the 3rd PRC and for the benefit of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007, it is  agreed to move proposals in two parts on pay scales, one as per the Khan Committee recommendations on standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A with necessary changes in EPP protecting five TBP, after every five years as recommended by the Committee. The second proposal will cover the cascading factor, upgradation of scales upto E7. The proposal is approved by the MC on 01.06.2016 and send to DoT on 06.06.2016 itself for administrative approval. Getting DoT approval will be a tough job, we have to struggle a lot for that. The demand for 22820/ for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 are to be pursued after the implementation of E2, E3, --- pay scales with the BSNL mgt.

CPSU Hierarchy process is fast tracked. Our single agenda is to get Khan Committee recommendations implemented without any dilution. If that is ensured, a fresh JTO after 5 years of service will become SDE(now 15 to 20 years), an SDE after 5 years of service will become Sr SDE (total 10 years) and Sr SDE after 5 years will become AGM (total 15 years, now 30 to 35 years). While implementation, mgt assured that our demand 1) as a onetime measure, promotion to SDE, Sr SDE and DE grades without DPC for the Executives in higher scales with sufficient service, 2) address all seniority related issues like LDCE seniority, promotion quota seniority, Direct/Dept rect, Qualifying/non-qualifying etc, 3) change of designations to Asst Manager, Dy Manager, Manager, Asst General Manager, 4) decentralization of DPCs to Circles, 5) uniform date of promotion to end anomalies etc will be considered positively.

1st TBP after 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 w.e.f 01.10.2000 is the demand of SNEA alone and it become a new item in the reconstituted Jt Committee. It was a major anomaly for the 1993, 1994, 1995 -- etc batches who got first TBP in 6 years whereas their seniors as well as juniors got it in 4 to 5 years. The recommendation will be processed immediately after CPSU, mgt assured. The EPP will be amended for that purpose, giving 1st TBP in 2005 instead of 2006.

Officiating pay fixation, protection of pay -- withdrawal of wrong clarifications by BSNL: Thousands of JTOs, JAOs, SDEs, AOs officiated in higher post during DoT and BSNL period prior to the clarification are facing reduction in pay by one or two increments and recovery of lakhs of rupees due to EPP clarification dated 19.02.2010 and 30.05.2007. After lot of deliberations, now mgt assured that necessary steps will be taken to correct both the clarifications. The process is already on as assured to us. This is one of the major achievements due to the agitation.

30% superannuation benefits. At our Jaipur AIC, CMD assured 6% contribution to begin with. Earlier in 2014, the CMD assured 4%. But there was no conscience as some are insisting for 12%. Mgt later on made a proposal of 3% in a meeting held on 19.02.16 in which SNEA was not present. Since much opposition was not there from the participants like the demand of full 12% in the meeting, mgt gone ahead with the proposal. The proposal of 3% is now approved by BSNL Board. On our strong protest mgt decided to review the contribution, CMD and DIR(HR) assured us. 4% and 6% proposals not agreed demanding full 12% but finally compromised for 3% in our absence without any protest!.

Promotions in various cadres: All the promotions JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, JAO to AO, AO to CAO, SDE to EE are stayed by various courts. To expedite the JTO to SDE case at Ernakulum, as per our request, BSNL engaged senior lawyer from Hon Supreme Court. We are trying for early hearing of the case. The stay on declaration of LDCE result was vacated by the CAT, Chandigargh and after Assn intervention, the results declared. However stay continuing on promotion. Seniority cum fitness and LDCE promotions are progressing parallel for the vacancies upto 2013-14. The LDCE also notified upto 2013-14, exams will be held yearwise as per the notified schedule. LDCE case along with the case on SDE to DE promotion is listed for 08.07.2016. SDE to DE promotions also, APARs kept ready. JAO to AO promotion and CAO promotion is listed for 12.07.2016. Assn pursuing all the cases in different courts. At all level, Assn is for the SDE RR provisions where vacancy yearwise promotions are envisaged. Unfortunately Hon SC didn’t accepted this fact eventhough BSNL filed the SLPs along with affected parties. We will maintain our stand that date of joining cannot be the criteria to decide the seniority in any cadre, JTO, JAO, SDE, DE  etc. The seniority of the remaining SDEs from list 9 onwards will be finalised as per the latest DoPT OM dated 04.03.2014 in which seniority will be assigned as per vacancy year, according to the quota, reiterating the earlier position(DoPT withdrawn the clarification on date of joining). Due to the multiplicity of the litigation, the only viable alternative is CPSU Hierarchy.

Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres w.e.f 01.10.2000: Our Kanyakumari AIC decided to work for uniform promotion policy and uniform pay scales for all the Executives, irrespective of wings. On TB promotions, we could achieve it through EPP. On functional promotion, it will be achieved through CPSU hierarchy. On pay scales, still we are struggling. But we could make a breakthrough on 17.05.2016 when SNEA got an assurance from CMD that this anomaly will be resolved. This is another achievement of our recent agitation.

The meeting decided to work unitedly to

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

01-07-2016

CS and CHQ Office bearers meeting at New Delhi on 09.07.2016 in connection with membership verification.

All CSs to bring the data in the format mailed earlier. Details of CEC and SSA level meetings held so far also may be updated. Tour of CHQ office bearers will be finalised accordingly.

30-06-2016

GS address in the CEC meeting at Kolkata and Bhubaneswar and CHQ President address at the GB meeting at Mysuru:

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

GS attended the extended CEC meetings at Kolkata(CTD) and Bhubaneswar(OR) and CHQ President addressed the GB meeting at Mysuru in connection with membership verification. In their address, GS and CHQ President elaborately explained the role of SNEA in protecting the interest of BSNL and the struggles for its revival, the struggles by SNEA during last three decades for the upliftment of the cadres especially the basic cadre of JTO and to protect the interest of Executives as a whole.

The most important task ahead for SNEA is the constitution of 3rd PRC and its implementation. SNEA started the struggle in the platform of NCOA for the PRC constitution. NCOA launched series of agitation programmes since November, 2015 demanding 3rd PRC constitution. Finally 3rd PRC constituted on 09.06.2016. It is our responsibility to ensure that 3rd PRC is fully implemented in BSNL. For this we have to struggle to delink the profitability from PRC implementation. Simultaneously we have to ensure that pension revision also becoming part of 3rd PRC. These are the major challenges before us.


SNEA continuing its struggle for settlement of the following other major HR issues:

1) Reconstitution of Joint Committee:

The Joint Committee was initially constituted on 28.02.2012. That Committee was practically defunct. About four meetings held on CPSU cadre Hierarchy till 2014 where mgt side insisted for CPSU Hierarchy with huge % of dropping at each promotion (from 15% to 65% as in other CPSUs, See the draft proposal on 14.03.2014). This has vehemently opposed by us.

Only one meeting took place on E2, E3 pay scales in 2013/14 in which the Chairman proposed E2, E3 scales without cascading effect replacing E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Unfortunately, a sudden demand has come from one of the member from Assn side that E2 scale has to be implemented from 01.10.2000 itself for the Direct Rects instead of 01.01.2007. Within no time Chairman windup the meeting stating that it is not in the terms of reference of the committee and it can be discussed only after amendment of the terms of reference, which never happened due to obvious reasons. 

In this background, SNEA started agitations alone from 2014 onwards since it had given an impression to us that others are not keen on resolving the issues like E2, E3 scales for the new recruits. SNEA went on agitations in April-2014, Sept-2014 and then in April-May, 2015. As a settlement of the agitation of SNEA, CMD, BSNL re-constituted the committee on 08.05.2015 with Mr M A Khan as the new Chairman. In addition to the issue of standard pay scales replacing E1A and E2A and CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, the demand of SNEA alone – first TBP uniformly after 4 years also referred to the Committee.

2) Joint Committee recommendations:

On our strong plea, CMD directed the Committee to conduct meetings regularly atleast once in a fortnight and give recommendations in 3 months time, before 15.08.2015. By the strenuous efforts of SNEA, Committee submitted very positive recommendations on 07.10.2015, which can change the fate of Executives in BSNL. Chairman was sympathetic to our genuine demands. Com R P Shahu, GS/AIGETOA also played a very crucial role to come to a common understanding on all the issues which affects vast majority of the Executives, by keeping aside contentious issues. Jt Committee recommended a) standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A, 2) TB functional promotion from JTO to SDE to Sr SDE to DE after every 5 years (3 assured promotions upto DE in 15 years) and 1st TBP after 4-5 years instead of 4-6 years.

3)Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations: We expected resistance from mgt side on its implementation. To the surprise of all, it has come from Assn side which made the Khan Committee recommendations. By raising the demand of 5 years in E3 scale without insisting for cascading effect for existing Sr SDE from E3 to E4 etc, indirectly their demand leads to E2(JTO), E3(either SDE or Sr SDE), E4(DE), E5(DGM), E6(SG JAG) scales (E2 to E6) with 4 promotions instead of 5, abolishing promotion to SDE or Sr SDE grade. If it is implemented, it will end our original demand for E2 to E7, which were are struggling since 2002 and all the executives will lose one promotion, once for all in their service period. Moreover, the recommendation on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy will become redundant and un-implementable. This shortsighted, selfish approach against their own recommendations questioned by SNEA. In the combined meeting on 26.04.2016, all the Assns accepted once again to go ahead with Khan Committee recommendations on the appeal from DIR(HR), keeping fresh demands aside for further deliberations (see website of all). But the very next day they served notice! When the intentions are so clear from the notice that they are not interested to implement the Khan committee recommendations on E2, E3 scales and CPSU cadre hierarchy which has all happened due to the agitation of SNEA in 2015 and its continuous efforts in the Committee, SNEA served the notice on 28.04.2016 to protect our demand of E2, E3 --  E7 scales with 5 promotions and Committee recommendations on CPSU Hierarchy. Our intention was to protect Khan Committee recommendations on CPSU Hierarchy, no reduction in 5 promotions and continue sturuggle for E2, E3, -- E7. The discussion with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016 was a historic one because for the first time, BSNL management agreed to consider the demand of E2, E3, -- E7 with 5 promotions with focus on settlement of E2, E3 in first place in view of the 3rd PRC (E3 to E4, ---, E6 to E7 etc may have to go to cabinet, DoT has to decide) and assured that the decision will be taken by 31.05.16. As assured to us, MC approved the proposal on 01.06.2016 itself. On CPSU, decision will be taken by 31.08.2016.

If SNEA was not gone for agitation, mgt would have gone ahead with  E2, E3, E4-- E6 scales with 4 promotions (mgt and DoT is very keen to reduce the promotions, DoT is repeatedly insisting BSNL to reduce the number of promotions and fixations) and CPSU cadre Hierarchy would have gone to the dust bin (mgt never interested to implement).

This is not the end, lot more struggle is required for the settlement of E2, E3, --- E7 scales as well as implementation of CPSU Hierarchy.

4).On JTO to SDE promotion, all possible efforts are being taken by the Assn for the final hearing, to decide the case on merit. Eventhough the case was filed in the HC in Feb, 2015, it was listed for final hearing due to our continuous efforts where as other similar cases of the year 2013 is going on in the Hon HC. SNEA engaged the best legal team to defend all the three cases. In Chennai also, SNEA alone fought the case for more than three and half years from 2010 to May, 2013. As per our request, BSNLCO allowed engagement of senior lawyer from New Delhi. The case will be finally heard shortly. On LDCE quota, eventhough all the vacancies upto 2013-14 was notified, due to court direction, LDCE was conducted only for 2010-11 for which results declared recently. Issuing promotion order is stayed by the Chandigarh Court. SCF and LDCE are two separate quotas provided in the RRs and we are pursuing both at all levels for early solutions. The seniority will be decided as per the latest DoPT order dated 04.03.2014, vacancy year basis. Similarly promotion from SDE to DE, JAO to AO, AO to CAO etc are also held up due to court cases at Chandigarh CAT. Similarly SDE to EE(C/E) promotions also held up due to litigations.

5.30% superannuation benefit to BSNL Direct recruits: This is one major issue in which SNEA trying its level best to get maximum contribution. Prior to 2nd PRC, EPF only was available. Initially EPF contribution was a fixed amount, with the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500/ and not on actual emoluments. On EPF, SNEA alone struggled from 2003 onwards for the EPF contribution @12% of the current basic pay + IDA (emoluments) without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500/-. Mgt agreed it in May 2005 and orders issued in August, 2005 after Board approval, with retrospective effect from 2000. It is a great breakthrough for the BSNL direct recruits with respect to their terminal benefits.

On superannuation benefit, BSNL offered upto 4% in 2014 and 6% in the SNEA conference at Jaipur in Sept, 2015, infront of all GSs. But some Assns not accepted even 6%, but insisted for nothing less than 12%. But surprisingly they accepted the offer of 3% in the meeting on 19.02.2016, without any protest, which SNEA not attended. No protest, not agitation on this vital issue which affects the future of all the BSNL direct rects. SNEA strongly protested against the betrayal by the management as well as our friends and demanded the implementation of 6% assurance given in the Jaipur AIC by CMD, BSNL. Eventhough the 3% proposal is approved by Board and gone to DoT, our strong protest reopened the case and mgt agreed to review the contribution after recalculation.

6.Pay fixation and pay protection on officiating promotion: This was another issue affecting more than ten thousand JTOs officiated as SDEs, JAOs officiated as AAOs/AOs, SDEs officiated as DEs and AOs officiated as CAOs. Last five years, SNEA struggling for that at different levels. On 11.05.2016 and 17.05.2016, mgt agreed to correct the wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010. This issue will be resolved by June-July, 2016 as per the assurance.

7.Notional pay of E1A and E2A in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres w.e.f 01.10.2000: This issue was lingering on for so many years. During our recent struggle, it got focus again. Our strong pleading for uniformity in pay scales for all the cadres as on 01.10.2000, irrespective of wings got favourable response from CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) in the meeting held on 17.05.2016 for the first time. This issue also will be settled to our satisfaction shortly as assured.

8.Membership verification among Executive Associations: Assn demanding it for long time as various pressure groups trying to derail all the HR issues to their selfish motives. In other CPSUs, only one Executives Assn is functioning which represents all the Executives and enjoying very good bargaining power. BSNL mgt also using it as a tool to divide the Executives in the name of Assns and their different views conveniently and not settling the genuine issues. So a strong Executive Assn in BSNL is the need of the hour to resolve the issues of all the cadres, without prejudice, taking into the larger cadre interest into account.

Finally mgt agreed to our demand and notified the membership verification on 25.05.2016. The membership verification will be held on 16.11.2016. The majority Assn will decide the future of the Executives in BSNL. So all out efforts are to be made to reach out to all the Executives in the nook and corner of the country in the coming days by forming core groups at SSA/Branch level. SSA and Branch Secretaries will play the crucial role in the verification process as they are always in constant touch with the membership and all the Executives.


Some of the important miles stones in the history of SNEA struggle are:

1. Upgradation of the pay scales from 1986 from 1400 to 1640 scale.

2. Upgradation of 1640 scale to 2000 equivalent scale (6500 scale) with Group B gazetted status in 1996.

3. Upgradation from 6500 scale to E1A in BSNL through struggle in 2002.

4. Joint struggle for TB promotion(Lateral Advancement) in 1990s after 12 years (first time in any central govt dept) to JTO(LA) and Sr SDE.

5. Absorption of JTO as Executive in BSNL.

6. Rejection of offer of adhoc payment of Rs 2000 and struggle for terms and conditions for absorption into BSNL, all other Assns are agreeable for absorption without terms and conditions.

7. Struggle in 2002 for terms and conditions for absorption resulted settlement of a) 5 TBP from JTO to SG JAG equivalent grades after 4 to 6 years instead of 12 years, b) pay scales of E1A, E2A to E6 instead of E1, E2, to E6 and 3) with point to point fixation,

8. Struggle for EPF @12% of emoluments without the ceiling limit of 12% of Rs 6500/-.

9. 50% IDA merger struggle in December, 2006 at the cost of two days wages,

10. Joint struggle for implementation terms and conditions and EPP order on 2007.

11. BSNLMS RR in 2009 ending the bottleneck of JTS and direct promotion from SDE/AO to DE/CAO (50% on regular basis and remaining 50% on adhoc basis),

12. Uniform TBP for all the Executives in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF etc counting the residency period from 01.10.2000.

13. Proactive role in settling 78.2% IDA fitment, atleast on a prospective date.

14. Settlement of 1st ACP issue for Civil, Elect etc.

15. Abolishment of Accounts exam.

16. Issues related to the TTAs selected as JTOs as Dept Outsider.

17. Amendment in BSNLMS RR to end adhocism in DE promotions and increasing the regular quota from 50% to 75%.

18. Efforts on 30% superannuation, 4% offered, 6% offered but some sections insisted for 12% but ultimately they agreed for 3%.

19. E1+5 increments for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 to temporarily compensate the pay loss. Struggle for Rs 22820/ to continue.

20. First TTA to JTO LICE after 12 years.

21. Promoting more than 30,000 JTOs to SDEs, thousands of SDEs to DEs on regular basis and DEs to DGMs.

22. Amendment to JTO and SDE RRs.

23. Regularization of Offtg JTOs as we proposed in 2004 and TTA to JTO LICE.

24. Struggle for rejection of E1A and E2A scales by DoT/DPE on 09.07.2014, communicated to BSNL on 18.07.2014.

25. Reconstitution of defunct Joint Committee on 08.05.2015 as Khan Committee on our agitation with specific terms of reference.

26. Joint committee recommendations on 07.10.2016.


BSNL is on the revival path. SNEA and Forum of BSNL Union/Assns played very important role in the revival of BSNL. SNEA was in the forefront of all struggles in respect of BSNL growth related issues as our career interest is directly linked with the profitability and health of our company BSNL.


Some of the important struggles on growth and viability issues are:

1. Relentlessly fought against corruption at all levels.

2. SNEA started the agitation in 2007 against 45.5 Million GSM tender cancellation.

3. Exposing the 2G scam.

3. Challenged the ICR pact between the pvt operators in the Delhi High Court on 3G roaming.

4. BWA spectrum issue refund took up with DoT and BSNL management, 6752 Crores refund ordered.

5. ITS issue resolved once for all by the Cabinet decision ending Group A absorption process. All hurdles on promotion to BSNL posts removed.

6. Filling up the CMD and all Director level post with meritorious people.

7. Successful implementation of CDR and ERP.

8. Pension contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale.

Major struggles in the banner of JAC, Jt Forum, Forum etc in which SNEA played a crucial role:

1. Against disinvestment of BSNL. BSNL is 100% Govt owned company even today.

2. ADC abolishing, in lieu of ADC, USO Fund subsidy extended.

3. Successfully stopped unbundling of copper cable.

4. Repeated cancellation of tenders and for streamlining tenders and procurement.

5. Stopped mergers of MTNL and BSNL without addressing the contentious issues.

6. Tower subsidiary formation.


For the revival of BSNL, worked for the successful implementation of Customer Delight Month and Customer Delight year. Now the SWAS programme of the Forum to be made success throughout BSNL. Our entire focus should be on the growth of BSNL as our future and 3rd PRC is totally depending on the performance of BSNL during this financial year. BSNL Mgt and the employees should work in tandem for the revival.

Since majority is decided on the total number of eligible voters (not on the number of polled votes), all efforts are to be made to bring all the members and sympathisers to the polling booth on the polling day. This will be the major challenge before all of us. So, all our comrades are requested to take it as a challenge. This is a golden opportunity to all the Executives to contribute, to decide for the speedy settlement of HR issues, revival of BSNL, implementation of 3rd PRC, restoration of perks and allowances, etc etc.

The message is: STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

29-06-2016

Union Cabinet approved implementation of 7th CPC report today. 

Highlights of the Cabinet decision are:

·  23.55 % hike in pay.

·  24% hike in pensions.

·  Rate of annual increment retained as 3%.

·  Revised pay will be effective from 01.01.2016.

·  Gratuity ceiling doubled from Rs 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs.

·  Indian Army will benefit the highest as cabinet approving    

   hike in its salary from Rs 21,000 to Rs 31,500.

·  Entry level pay will be raised to Rs 18,000 per month.

27-06-2016

GS writes to DIR(HR) demanding declaration of the results of the LICE from TTA to JTO held on 22.05.2016 which is badly delayed. The stay order of Hon CAT Jodhpur is not coming in the way of declaration of LICE results.
GS letter to DIR(HR)

23-06-2016

Court case against TTA to JTO LICE: Hon CAT Jodhpur bench stayed the promotion to 50% quota till the next date, 04.07.2016. The LICE result may be delayed till 04.07.2016. Meanwhile the affected parties are given an opportunity to implead in the case. The applicants challenge the provision in the JTO RR 2014 allowing absorption of Offtg JTOs as JTOs. The affected JTOs are requested to implead in the case.
BSNLCO letter regarding the case

23-06-2016

Replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A, E2A – - - with E2, E3 – - etc, Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees, 78.2% merger for the pensioners:

GS and CHQ President met Director(PSU-I), DoT on 22.06.16 and held discussions on the matter. BSNL clarification on financial implications received by DoT today. BSNL informed that total expenditure on implementation of E2, E3, --E7 scales is 380.6 Cr (Pension contribution, pay and allowances from 01.01.2007 – 315 Cr, Annual Pension contribution – 27 Cr, Annual Pay and Allowances – 38.6 Cr). During discussion, Director mentioned that it will be a tough task to convince the DoT (Finance) on the issue as DoT(Finance) is not even agreeing for E1+5 increments which is already given provisionally by BSNL replacing 9850/- scale. Assn replied to it that BSNL agreed to pay the revised scale and there is no question of demotion of the cadres to E1 and E2scales. All other PSUs upgraded the scales in similar situations. Dir(PSU) will process the proposal at the earliest.

On Superannuation benefit, Director(PSU I) informed that the proposal has not come to the section. After that Assn met Director(Estt) and enquired about the proposal of Superannuation benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees. Director(Estt) also informed that the proposal is not reached the section. Assn is trying to meet DDG(Estt), DoT to discuss the issue.

On 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners, Director(Estt) informed that the Cabinet memo is under the consideration of Union Cabinet. Cabinet may discuss the issue in one or two weeks time.

22-06-2016

DPE writes to GS/SNEA informing the constitution of 3rd PRC with reference to our letter dated 17.05.2016 addressed to Hon Prime Minister.

NCOA and SNEA (constituent of NCOA from BSNL) started organizational actions since October, 2015 demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. The details:

·  NCOA served notice for lunch hour demonstration on 26th November, 2015 at DPE office, New Delhi demanding constitution of 3rd PRC.

·  Secretary/DPE invited NCOA for discussion on 23.11.2015. NCOA represented by Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General, Com V K Tomar, President/NCOA, Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com Shiwani, Treasurer/BHEL Federation. Secretary/DPE, Addl Secretary/DPE and Director/DPE were present during discussion and assured that Govt will constitute the 3rd PRC without any further delay. Based on the assurances given by Secretary/DPE, NCOA decided to postpone the protest demonstration on 26.11.2015.

·  An NGC meeting of NCOA was held at New Delhi on 31.01.2016 to discuss about various issues of CPSUs and 3rd wage revision committee. 

·  NCOA again starting organizational programmes demanding constitution of 3rd PRC.

17.05.2016: FAX to Hon Minister, with copy to Hon Prime Minister, Hon FM, Cabinet Secretary and Secretary/DPE by the GSs.

01.06.2016: Demonstration infront of DPE office, New Delhi.

22.06.2016: One day Dharna infront of DPE Office, New Delhi

27.07.2016: March to DPE Office, New Delhi

·  As per NCOA call, SNEA given FAX message to Sri Anant G Geete, Hon Minister for HI and PE with copy to Hon PM, Hon FM, Cabinet Secretary, Secretary/DPE etc demanding immediate Constitution of 3rd PRC

·  In the banner of NCOA, hundreds of Executives from various CPSUs conducted Lunch Hour demonstration infront of DPE office, New Delhi on 01.06.2016 demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. GS, President, Chairman, AGS, Jt Secretary and other office-bearers of SNEA participated in the demonstration.

3rd PRC constituted by DPE on 10.06.2016.

Similarly, SNEA went on strike for 2 days in December, 2006(with PAY CUT) demanding 50% IDA merger with basic and got favourable recommendations from the 2nd PRC.

DPE letter to GS/SNEAGS letter to Hon PM dated 17.05.2016

22-06-2016

LICE from TTA to JTO held on 22.05.2016: Rect Cell directed CGMs to furnish the date of appearing in the DR-TTA 2007 examination to finalise the eligibility. It is understood that BSNL management decided to relax the eligibility conditions for the TTAs appeared in the year 2007 only.
Rect Cell letter to CGMs

21-06-2016

BSNL notified the recruitment of 2700 Junior Engineers (TTAs) from open market.

Starting of online Application  : 10.07.2016

Last date of online Registration: 10.08.2016

Date of Online test             : 25.09.2016

BSNL Notification

21-06-2016

GS, CHQ President and Chairman met CMD BSNL today and held discussions on further processing of E2, E3 pay scales by DoT as assured to us. CMD informed us that he had already discussed the matter with DoT and will pursue it further.

Meanwhile the clarifications sought by DoT on financial implications will be submitted by tomorrow. 

15-06-2016

JTO to SDE court case at Ernakulam:

Assn met DIR(HR) and GM(Pers) again on 14.06.2016 and further requested them to take a positive decision on engaging the Sr Lawyer from Delhi and his demand for revision of fee in view of the three court cases clubbed together and the promotion of more than 6000 JTOs involved in this process. Both of them assured positive action in a day or two.

13-06-2016

1st Membership verification on 27.09.2016:

Circles to hold extended Circle Executive Committee meetings inviting the Divisional/Branch secretaries also to the CEC to chalk out the strategies for the 1st Membership verification, giving proper direction to the SSA/Division/Branch Secretaries.

TN Circle and UP(E) Circle already conducted the CECs. KolTD CEC will be held on 18.06.2016, Odisha CEC on 19.06.2016, Kerala CEC on 24/25.06.2016, RAJ CEC on 02.07.2016 and MP CEC on 03/04.07.2016.

Remaining Circles also to conduct the CEC immediately and give proper direction to the SSA/Branches before the CS/CHQ Office bearers meeting at New Delhi on 09.07.2016.

13-06-2016

1st Membership verification on 27.09.2016:

Circles to hold extended Circle Executive Committee meetings inviting the Divisional/Branch secretaries also to the CEC to chalk out the strategies for the 1st Membership verification, giving proper direction to the SSA/Division/Branch Secretaries.

TN Circle and UP(E) Circle already conducted the CECs. KolTD CEC will be held on 18.06.2016, Odisha CEC on 19.06.2016, Kerala CEC on 24/25.06.2016, RAJ CEC on 02.07.2016 and MP CEC on 03/04.07.2016.

Remaining Circles also to conduct the CEC immediately and give proper direction to the SSA/Branches before the CS/CHQ Office bearers meeting at New Delhi on 09.07.2016.

13-06-2016

Combined General Body meeting at Chennai on 07.06.2016

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

GS attended a combined GB meeting of Chennai TD and TN Circle on 07.06.2016 at Chennai and updated the activities at CHQ on various BSNL growth related issues and HR issues. This meeting was convened in connection with the ensuing membership verification.

BSNL is on the revival path. SNEA and Forum of BSNL Union/Assns played very important role in the revival of BSNL. SNEA and Forum was in the forefront to protect the interest of BSNL. SNEA was in the forefront in all struggles in respect of BSNL growth related issues as our career interest is directly linked with the profitability and health of our company BSNL. SNEA started the agitation in 2007 against GSM tender cancellation and Forum joined in the agitation immediately, on 3G roaming SNEA even challenged the ICR pact between the pvt operators in the Delhi High Court, on BWA spectrum refund SNEA took up the matter with DoT and BSNL management and subsequently it become an agenda of the Forum. Had SNEA and Forum not taken the initiative and struggled for the revival of BSNL during the last few years, BSNL would have become another ITI or AirIndia.

The SWAS programme of the Forum to be made success throughout BSNL. This year, our entire focus should be on the growth of BSNL as our future is totally depending on the performance of BSNL during this financial year. Mgt taken lot of marketing initiatives and it is our responsibility to capitalise on that. BSNL Mgt and the employees should work in tandem for the revival.

The most important HR issue for the BSNL Executives is the 3rd PRC. As the major Assn, our primary responsibility is to see that 3rd PRC is constituted and make BSNL profitable to get the total benefit of 3rd PRC. We have to struggle a lot to achieve it. SNEA already started the struggle on the platform of NCOA demanding immediate constitution of 3rd PRC. In BSNL, SNEA alone taking the lead and involved in the struggle. In 2006 also, SNEA took the lead for 2 days strike demanding 50% IDA merger along with NTPC, BHEL etc.

NCOA launched series of agitation programmes from 01.06.2016 demanding 3rd PRC constitution. On 01.06.2016, demonstration at DPE office, 22.06.2016, mass Dharna at DPE office and all Circle/SSA HQs and on 27.07.2016 Mass Rally to DPE office. We have to make extraordinary organizational preparations at all levels for this purpose to see that 3rd PRC is constituted. Side by side we have to make our company profitable also to get the full benefit of 3rd PRC recommendations like revision of pay and perks, PRP etc. Payment of HRA and medical allowances as per 78.2% IDA fitment, LTC restoration, revision of Transport allowances etc are in the top of the agenda.

Struggle for settlement of major HR issues.

1. Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A, implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP uniformly after 4 -5 years.

Since there was no breakthrough in the Joint Committee and the other constituents of UF are more concerned about other issues than these vital issues of the Executives, SNEA alone started struggle on these issues since 2014. On standard pay scales, our first efforts were to get the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A rejected by DoT and DPE. Singular efforts of SNEA made it happen in July 2014 when DPE rejected the E1A and E2A proposal (on 09.07.2014). Subsequent struggle of SNEA in 2014 and 2015 resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a dynamic absorbed officer as its Chairman, in the meeting with CMD, BSNL during the agitation in May 2015. The Joint Committee( Khan Committee) was asked to submit the recommendations in 3 months time.  

The Jt Committee made sweeping recommendations on 07.10.2015 on all the three demands eventhough the 3rd one was the demand of SNEA alone.

When the other two Assns tried to dilute the recommendations by pursuing E2, E3 implementation by abolishing one promotion to SDE or Sr SDE grades for petty interest and selfish motives to somehow reach E4 scale even at the cost of one promotion, SNEA compelled to oppose such move. If they demanded E2, E3 with cascading effect by changing the Sr SDE scale from E3 to E4 and so on, we would have wholeheartedly supported them. When our friends tried to compromise E2, E3 with four promotions from E2 to E6, we strongly opposed it. This will not only derail the pay scales as their plan, it will make the Khan Committee recommendations on CPSU Hierarchy also redundant as in the recommendation, promotion is from JTO to SDE to Sr SDE to DE. If SDE or Sr SDE grade abolished, then CPSU Hierarchy also will not get implemented. We didn’t allow the mgt or our friends to fiddle with the Jt Committee recommendations or the EPP or the terms and conditions for absorption. (The five TB promotions between 4 to 6 years, we achieved through sustained struggle in 2002. All other Assns were ready for absorption without any terms and conditions, just for Rs 2000/-. Till that time, in DoT era, only one TB promotion was available, that too after 12 years). The real intention was to make mgt not to accept the Khan Committee recommendations and its implementation in true spirit by creating series of anomalies. In this situation, SNEA started struggle again on short notice on the charter of demands. CMD and DIR(HR) given concrete assurances with time frame to settle all the issues in the meeting held on 11.05.2016 and 17.05.2016. Major breakthrough was the settlement of E2, E3 with 5 assured promotions and the assurance to consider the demand of cascading effect also and send the proposal to DoT for consideration, in two parts. This made the Khan Committee recommendations on CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP also intact.

As assured to the Assn in the meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016, the MC approved the pay scale proposal in two parts 1) E1A to E2, E2A to E3 and 2) E3 to E4, --, E6 to E7 and the proposals will be sent to DoT directly. Whether DoT will insist for BSNL Board recommendation for the proposal is yet to be known. DoT already approved E3, -- E6 scales in 2009 itself for Sr SDE, ---, SG JAG grades. Khan Committee recommended E2 and E3 scales for JTO and SDE equivalent scales. So naturally one Executive has to work in E3 scales (instead of E2A scale) as SDE for 5 years and again in E3 scale as Sr SDE for another 5 years if Sr SDE scale is not upgraded from E3 to E4. Otherwise either SDE or Sr SDE grade has to be abolished resulting in reduction of one promotion for all the executives. More than the seniors, the juniors as well as the fresh recruits will be the sufferers (most of the seniors may retire without getting 5 promotions as happened to our selfless senior leaders). So to keep the 5 promotions intact, either scales of Sr DE to SG JAG has to be upgraded from E3,---, E6 to E4, ----, E7 or SDE and Sr SDE has to be retained in the same pay scale of E3 with one promotion after every 5 years as in the case of Addl GM/GM/Sr GM/CGM etc in the same scale of E9 or in the case of other CPSUs like BHEL etc. Even if it is against the DPE order dated 24.12.2012, it allowed for certain PSUs like BHEL and in the worst case we have to fight for it. The Khan Committee also recommended to make necessary changes in the EPP for continuing with 5 promotions. SNEA will never allow continuing in E3 scale for 10 years without a promotion from SDE to Sr SDE after 5 years.

By delinking the E2, E3 part from the second part of revision of E3, -- E6 to E4, -- E7, SNEA ensured the earlier approval of first part which is very crucial before 3rd PRC. The second part will be an uphill task as these scales are already approved by DoT in 2009 and the proposal is like another wage revision as all the scales are getting upgraded. It may take more time as it may have to go to Union Cabinet due to MTNL issue, which is not an easy task. We have to appreciate the fact that even the E9A and E9B pay scales for the CGMs etc approved during absorption is not sent to Union Cabinet by DoT after 2nd PRC, as a result, the present CMD, DIR(HR), Ex DIR(Fin) and so many EDs and PGMs are facing reduction of pay, pension and recovery of lakhs of rupees. Knowing all these facts, our friends tried for a single proposal from E2, E3 to E7 after our settlement which again we foiled by our constant vigil during their further discussions after 17th May 2016. In that situation, nobody could have predicted when the minimum demand of E2, E3 would have settled as DoT may put such proposal in cold storage as in the case of E9A and E9B.

In CPSU cadre Hierarchy, the functional promotion will be delinked from seniority and availability of posts, upto AGM/CAO/DE level. Future promotions will not be having any link with pay scales except for the fresh recruits. On implementation of CPSU Hierarchy, a JTO will get assured promotion as SDE after 5 years where as presently a JTO with 18 to 19 years of service is still waiting for SDE promotion due to litigations on seniority related issues! Similarly a direct rect JTO completed 35 years of service and promoted as SDE in 2000 is waiting for the promotion as DE where as on CPSU Hierarchy implementation, an executive will get assured promotion to DE/AGM/CAO after 15 years! We are committed to its implementation which will make sweeping changes in the promotions and end all seniority related issues going on today. As per the assurance the frame work will be completed by 31.08.2016.

The 3rd recommendation on 1st TBP is the demand of SNEA alone which will address the anomaly in 1st TBP for the JTOs of 1993 to 1999. By this recommendation, the 1st TBP will be after 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years. As per the assurance it will be processed by September, 2016.

2. On JTO to SDE promotion, all possible efforts are being taken by the Assn for the final hearing, to decide the case on merit. Eventhough the case was filed in the HC in Feb, 2015, it was listed for final hearing due to our continuous efforts where as other similar cases of the year 2013 is going on in the Hon HC. SNEA engaged the best legal team to defend all the three cases. In Chennai also, SNEA alone fought the case for more than three and half years from 2010 to May, 2013. As per our request, BSNLCO allowed engagement of senior lawyer from New Delhi. BSNL pleaded for a specific date for the final hearing as per the convenience of the BSNL lawyer so that the case can be heard on merit once for all. Hon High Court yet to decide on the date for final hearing, we are vigorously pursuing it through BSNL. Meanwhile we are completing all the preparatory work for promotion for the vacancy years from 2009-10 to 2014-15 for about 6100 vacancies. On LDCE quota, eventhough all the vacancies upto 2014-15 was notified, due to court direction, LDCE was conducted only for 2010-11 for which results declared recently. Issuing promotion order is stayed by the Chandigarh Court. SCF and LDCE are two separate quotas provided in the RRs and we are pursuing both at all levels for early solutions. Similarly promotion from SDE to DE, JAO to AO, AO to CAO etc are also held up due to court cases at Chandigarh CAT. Similarly SDE to EE(C/E) promotions also held up due to litigations.

3. 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL Direct recruits: This is one major issue in which SNEA trying its level best to get maximum contribution. Initially from 2003 onwards SNEA alone struggled for the EPF contribution @12% of the current basic pay + IDA (emoluments) without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500/-. Mgt agreed it in May 2005 and orders issued in August, 2005 after Board approval, with retrospective effect from 2000. But surprisingly, nowadays we are witnessing that some are claiming that they struggled since 2003 for EPF, even before their birth!

SNEA didn’t accept the 3% offer made in the meeting on 19.02.2016, which SNEA not attended. We strongly protested against the betrayal and demanded the implementation of 6% assurance given in the Jaipur AIC by CMD, BSNL. Eventhough the 3% proposal is approved by Board and gone to DoT, our strong protest reopened the case and mgt agreed to review the contribution after recalculation.

4. Pay fixation and pay protection on officiating promotion: This was another issue affecting more than ten thousand JTOs officiated as SDEs, JAOs officiated as AAOs/AOs, SDEs officiated as DEs and AOs officiated as CAOs. Last five years, SNEA struggling for that at different levels. On 11.05.2016 and 17.05.2016, mgt agreed to correct the wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010. This issue will be resolved by 30.06.2016 as per the assurance.

5. Notional pay of E1A and E2A in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres w.e.f 01.10.2000: This issue was lingering on for so many years. During our recent struggle, it got focus again. Our strong pleading for uniformity in pay scales for all the cadres as on 01.10.2000, irrespective of wings got favourable response from CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) in the meeting held on 17.05.2016 for the first time. This issue also will be settled to our satisfaction shortly as assured.

6. Membership verification: Assn demanding it for long time as various pressure groups trying to derail all the HR issues to their selfish motives. In other CPSUs, only one Executives Assn is functioning which represents all the Executives and enjoying very good bargaining power. BSNL mgt also using it as a tool to divide the Executives in the name of Assns and their different views conveniently and not settling the genuine issues. So a strong Executive Assn in BSNL is the need of the hour to resolve the issues of all the cadres, without prejudice, taking into the larger cadre interest into account.

Finally mgt agreed to our demand and notified the membership verification on 25.05.2016, in lightning speed. The membership verification will be held on 27.09.2016. The majority Assn will decide the future of the executives in BSNL. So all out efforts are to be made to reach out to all the Executives in the nook and corner of the country in the coming days by forming core groups at SSA/Branch level. SSA and Branch Secretaries will play the crucial role in the verification process as they are always in constant touch with the membership and all the Executives.

The efforts of this Assn in upgradation of the pay scales since 1980s from 1400 scale to 1640 scale in 1986, struggle for TB promotion( Lateral Advancement) in 1990s after 12 years (first time in any central govt dept),  1640 scale to 2000 equivalent scale (6500 scale) with group B status in 1996, absorption of JTO / JAO as Executive in BSNL, rejection of adhoc payment of Rs 2000 and struggle for terms and conditions for absorption into BSNL, upgradation from 6500 scale to E1A in BSNL, struggle in 2002 for 5 TBP from JTO to SG JAG equivalent grades after 4 to 6 years instead of 12 years/ pay scales of E1A, E2A to E6 instead of E1, E2, to E6 with point to point fixation, struggle for EPF @12% of emoluments without the ceiling limit of 12% of Rs 6500/-, 50% IDA merger struggle in 2006 at the cost of two days wages, EPP order in 2007, BSNLMS RR in 2009 ending the bottleneck of JTS and direct promotion from SDE/AO to DE/CAO (50% on regular basis and remaining 50% on adhoc basis), uniform TBP for all the executives in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF etc counting the residency period from 01.10.2000, 1st ACP issue, abolishment of accounts exam, issues related to the TTAs selected as JTOs as Dept Outsider, putting an end to ITS absorption issue by cabinet decision, amendment in BSNLMS RR to end adhocism in DE promotions and increasing the regular quota from 50% to 75%, 78.2% IDA fitment, efforts on 30% superannuation, promoting more than 30,000 JTOs to SDEs, thousands of SDEs to DEs on regular basis and DEs to DGMs, TTA to JTO LICE, amendment to JTO and SDE RRs, regularization of Offtg JTOs as we proposed in 2004 and TTA to JTO LICE, rejection of E1A and E2A scales by DoT/DPE, reconstitution of Joint Committee (Khan Committee), Joint committee recommendations, present efforts to implement standard pay scales from E2, E3 to E7 scales which is our dream since 2002, CPSU cadre hierarchy, 1st TBP, offtg pay protection, notional pay of E1A, E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS etc w.e.f 01.10.2000, struggle with NCOA for the constitution of 3rd PRC etc etc are the important mile stones which are to be explained to all the Executives.

SNEA is in the forefront of all the struggles for the settlement of legitimate cadre issues, all along. That is our culture, history proved that.

Similarly SNEA was in the forefront since formation of BSNL to protect the interest of BSNL and its revival & growth. We are in the forefront in the struggle against unbundling of copper cable, against disinvestment, exposing the 2G scam, against the cancellation of 2G tender, procurement of 25.5 million GSM equipment, BWA spectrum refund, 3G roaming and ICR, procurement of materials, filling the top positions in BSNL  etc etc. On revival of BSNL, SNEA and Forum contributing very much by the initiatives like Customer Delight year and SWAS programme.

SNEA is always in the forefront of all the struggles to protect the company

Since majority is decided on the total number of eligible voters (not on the number of polled votes), all efforts are to be made to bring all the members and sympathisers to the polling booth on the polling day. This will be the major challenge before all of us.

So, all our comrades are requested to take it as a challenge. This is a golden opportunity to all the Executives to contribute, to decide for the speedy settlement of HR issues, revival of BSNL, implementation of 3rd PRC, restoration of perks and allowances, etc etc.

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

01-06-2016

Congratulations to one and all

It is reliably learned that today the Management Committee of BSNL Board approved the upgradation of pay scales in two parts. One from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 protecting the 5 promotions and second from E3 to E4, --- E6 to E7. The proposals will be send directly to DoT. This is as per the assurance given to us on 17.05.2016.

We are extremely thankful to CMD, DIR(HR), GM(Estt) and the entire HR team for getting the approval in the time frame given to us. We will be pursuing all other issues also as per the commitment given on 17.05.2016.

01-06-2016

Demonstration infront of DPE Office, 

New Delhi demanding immediate constitution of 3rd PRC.

Today hundreds of Executives from various CPSUs conducted Lunch Hour demonstration in the banner of NCOA infront of DPE office, New Delhi demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. GS, President, Chairman, AGS, Jt Sec and other office-bearers of SNEA participated in the demonstration. Chairman/SNEA, NCOA President, Secretary General/NCOA, Com Ashok Rao and others spoken on the occasion.

Since there is no indication from Govt on the constitution of 3rd PRC, the agitation programmes are to be intensified in the coming days.

On 22.06.2016, Mass Dharna to be held infront of DPE office, New Delhi and all Circle / SSA HQs demanding immediate constitution of 3rd PRC.

01-06-2016

Demonstration infront of DPE Office, New Delhi demanding constitution of 3rd PRC.

Today hundreds of Executives from various CPSUs conducted Lunch Hour demonstration in the banner of NCOA infront of DPE office, New Delhi demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. GS, President, Chairman, AGS, Jt Sec and other office-bearers of SNEA participated in the demonstration. Chairman/SNEA, NCOA President, Secretary General/NCOA, Com Ashok Rao and others spoken on the occasion.

Since there is no indication from Govt on the constitution of 3rd PRC, the agitation programmes are to be intensified in the coming days.

On 22.06.2016, Mass Dharna to be held infront of DPE office, New Delhi and all Circle / SSA HQs demanding immediate constitution of 3rd PRC.

01-06-2016

Demonstration infront of DPE Office, New Delhi demanding constitution of 3rd PRC.

Today hundreds of Executives from various CPSUs conducted Lunch Hour demonstration in the banner of NCOA infront of DPE office, New Delhi demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. GS, President, Chairman, AGS, Jt Sec and other office-bearers of SNEA participated in the demonstration. Chairman/SNEA, NCOA President, Secretary General/NCOA, Com Ashok Rao and others spoken on the occasion.

Since there is no indication from Govt on the constitution of 3rd PRC, the agitation programmes are to be intensified in the coming days.

On 22.06.2016, Mass Dharna to be held infront of DPE office, New Delhi and all Circle / SSA HQs demanding immediate constitution of 3rd PRC.

01-06-2016

Demonstration infront of DPE Office, New Delhi demanding constitution of 3rd PRC.

Today hundreds of Executives from various CPSUs conducted Lunch Hour demonstration in the banner of NCOA infront of DPE office, New Delhi demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. GS, President, Chairman, AGS, Jt Sec and other office-bearers of SNEA participated in the demonstration. Chairman/SNEA, NCOA President, Secretary General/NCOA, Com Ashok Rao and others spoken on the occasion.

Since there is no indication from Govt on the constitution of 3rd PRC, the agitation programmes are to be intensified in the coming days.

On 22.06.2016, Mass Dharna to be held infront of DPE office, New Delhi and all Circle / SSA HQs demanding immediate constitution of 3rd PRC.

01-06-2016

Congratulations to one and all

It is reliably learned that today the Management Committee of BSNL Board approved the upgradation of pay scales in two parts. One from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 protecting the 5 promotions and second from E3 to E4, --- E6 to E7. The proposals will be send directly to DoT. This is as per the assurances given to us on 17.05.2016.

We are extremely thankful to CMD, DIR(HR), GM(Estt) and the entire HR team for getting the approval in the time frame given to us. We will be pursuing all other issues also as per the commitment given on 17.05.2016. 

01-06-2016

View Corporate office orders:

31-05-2016

3rd PRC constitution:

Lunch Hour demonstration infront of DPE Office on 01.06.2016 at 01.00 pm demanding immediate constitution of 3rd PRC.

SNEA and all other Assns representing CPSUs holding lunch hour demonstration in the banner of NCOA. All our activists from Delhi and nearby Delhi are requested to reach, DPE office, CGO complex by 12.30 Hrs.

31-05-2016

Details of the settlement with SNEA on 17.05.2016 in the discussion with CMD and DIR(HR) was uploaded in the website on 17.05.16 and summary again on 27.05.16 and in the flash news also. All our activists to go through.

29-05-2016

JTO to SDE Promotion: VC recd from AP Circle also. Still VC is pending from AS, A&N, BR, CHG, CTD, GUJ, HP, HR, J&K, KRL, KTK, MH, MP, NE II, NTR, OR, PB, RAJ, TN, UPW and UKD. All CSs to see that VC reaches BSNLCO atleast this week.


TTA to JTO(T) LICE results expected by this week end or next week.

29-05-2016

It is confirmed that BSNL management has not issued any minutes of the meetings or any assurances as claimed by others. It is a self signed minutes as mgt denied to issue any minutes. Since the last meeting was on 23.5.16, they have to explain why they compelled their members to sit on hunger strike for 3 days, 25th, 26th and 27th (atleast in few places). Is it only for getting minutes? Even mgt has not issued a single line appeal to them to withdraw their agitation! On 18th they claimed -- we are not going to withdraw our agitation on mere assurances unless and until definitive actions are taken on ground. -- now what actions? They claimed and misguided the members by telling them that top mgt is with them! Using top mgt, whether they are trying to torpedo the Khan Committee recommendations? They could not!

They tried to ditch the youngsters by denying and delaying E2, E3 scales implementation even after Khan Committee recommendations in Oct, 2015 by creating so much confusion in the mgt with fresh demands.

They are trying to ditch the SDE/AOs by trying to deny them one promotion.

They tried to ditch the seniors, ie DE/CAO/DGMs by trying to deny the one fixation in E4 and E5 scales they got on DE/CAO promotions between 2009 and 2014 and DGM promotions recently.

They tried to ditch the seniors by trying to deny one promotion to E6 scale on 01.10.2019.

Then for whom they are agitating? All for the selfish motives of few leaders having sectional demands. They come out with populist demands to confuse and attract the Executives. The agenda was to confuse and not to resolve the issues. In trade union, it will not work because unrealistic demands never got implemented. Now mgt also understood their game plan and selfish agenda.

SNEA could save the future of the cadres by ensuring E2, E3 scales for the basic/entry level cadres and giving justice to the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 on priority followed by scales upto E7, protect the five promotions, each after every 5 years, pay fixations already got on promotion as SDE/AO/DE/CAO/DGM in the same scales, by timely intervention.

Congratulations to all the Executives and the valiant comrades of SNEA who protected the cadre and protected the Khan Committee recommendations.

29-05-2016

General Body meeting at Bengaluru on 24.05.2016 and Kolar on 25.05.2016:

GS addressed general body meetings at CGM Office Bengaluru and PGMTD office, Bengaluru on 24.05.2016 and Kolar SSA on 25.05.2016 on issues related to the growth of the company, successful implementation of SWAS programme in view of 3rd PRC and various HR issues. Jt Secretary(South) Com Panduranga B Nayak and CS Com S B Nagavi also addressed the meetings. It was a unique experience in Kolar as almost all the BSNL recruited Executives are Members of SNEA and almost 90% members participated in the meeting with a live interactive session.

 

BSNL growth related issues and successful implementation of SWAS programme for 3rd PRC:

Successful implementation of SWAS programmes by all the Circles and SSAs resulted in positive growth in various segments during last financial year 2015-16. EB segment alone grown and increased the revenue by 50%. MNP become positive after so many years, GSM revenue also increased by about 4%. Last year the revenue and operating profit increased. Circles like Bihar, UP(E), JKD, WB etc come up with innovative ideas, melas, road shows etc and improved the sales and revenue considerably.

2016-17 is going to decide the future of the employees as well as the company. This year is very crucial for all of us as 3rd PRC is fully depends on the performance and balance sheet of this year. This years performance is going to decide our future, atleast for the next 10 years from 2017 to 2027 (till 4th PRC). Large scale expansion is going on in different segments. GSM Phase VII plus add on order expansion replacing the old BTSs and adding large number of 3G BTSs is under progress, so data traffic has to increase. BTSs batty is getting replaced ensuring better uptime. 232 new edge routers expansion is under process making MPLS ccts feasible everywhere. New NGN tender with so many additional features is under process, planning to replace all the eqpts with NGN switches. OF cable made available and it has to be laid urgently to improve transmission network. Store availability improved.

GS appealed to the comrades of KTK to come up with innovative ideas and do maximum business this year as Karnataka Circle is having tremendous business potential. During this financial year, our entire focus should be on growth of the company.


Our struggle on various HR issues and 3rd PRC:

SNEA (major constituent of NCOA) and National Confederation of Officers Association of Central PSUs(NCOA) is organizing various Trade Union Programmes demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. The following programmes are chalked out. On 01.06.16, demonstration infront of DPE office, 22.06.2016 Dharna and 27.07.16, March to DPE office at New Delhi. We decided to struggle till the constitution of 3rd PRC.

On one side, we are on agitation to constitute 3rd PRC but on the other side, the pay scales of the entry cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not finalized in BSNL. The biggest challenge before us is to get the standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for the entry level cadres replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A implemented before constitution of 3rd PRC. Otherwise the pay revision for the entire BSNL Executives will be jeopardised, simply due to this one reason alone. Unfortunately no Assn, other than SNEA recognised this fact and acting on it.

Keeping the future of JTO/JAOs recruited after 2007 and the 3rd PRC in mind, SNEA for the last few years, struggling to get the standard pay scales of E2, E3 implemented in BSNL replacing E1A and E2A. The initial proposal of E1A and E2A got rejected by DoT and DPE due to the efforts of SNEA in July, 2014. The agitation programme in April/May, 2015 by SNEA, resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a new Chairman, Sri M A Khan. SNEA was behind all these developments and finally Jt Committee come out with sweeping recommendations which will change the pay scales and promotional avenues of the executives in BSNL.

It is the sole responsibility of SNEA to get the Khan committee recommendations implemented in true spirit without dilution. Lot of negative forces are working to undermine the Khan Committee recommendations for their selfish agenda and motives, which are against the larger interest of the cadre. While SNEA is struggling for replacement of E1A, E2A, E3, -- E6 with E2, E3, --- E7, strategically we decided to delink E2, E3 from E4, --- E7 upgradation as E4, --- E7 upgradation is equivalent to another wage revision and BSNL Board and DoT may take longer time to decided on that. This strategy is adopted to get E2, E3 pay scales implemented before 3rd PRC and giving the benefits to the new recruits after 2007. But our friends having different agenda, if E2, E3 to E7 is not coming, no E2 and E3 at all. No concern about the future of the cadre, future of the young recruits after 01.01.2007 or the fate of 3rd PRC for all. All got 30% fitment with 78.2% IDA merger, all are very happy, except those joined from 2007. When SNEA demanding E2, E3 scales with five existing promotions, each promotion after every 5 years, our friends are struggling to see that the promotions are reduced from five to four by abolishing SDE or Sr SDE grades. They want to create confusion in the mgt, make anomalies and recoveries and anarchy in the company. The ultimate aim was to dump Khan Committee recommendations (inspite of being part of that) which does not suite their leadership. If SDE or Sr SDE grade is abolished, the Khan committee recommendations becomes redundant and CPSU cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP after 4-5 years will not be implemented by the management.

Sensing the danger of dumping the Khan Committee recommendations by the management, SNEA compelled to start the agitation. Our struggle for one day and its huge success opened the eyes of the management. Mgt understood that SNEA is not an Assn, doing the agitations through websites, its strength is its grass root level membership. Sensing the urgency of the situation, Mgt started serious discussions with the Assn on various issues on 11.05.16 followed by 17.05.16. After thorough discussions with CMD, DIR(HR) and whole HR team, some concrete decisions are taken to settle all the important HR issues in a time bound manner. Our one day Dharna protected the Khan Committee recommendations. Otherwise, the selfish motives and petty interests would have buried the recommendations by this time and mgt also would have been very happy with that as they can go with E1+5 increments, E2, E3, -- E6 scales, no CPSU Hierarchy, no 1st TBP etc etc. Populism and playing to the gallery has never worked in trade union struggles. Holding on to hard ground realities has always yielded tangible and everlasting results. It is election time, we have to be very careful about such populistic demands from various sections and should not fall into their trap. It has seen in regularisation of Offtg JTOs(from 2000), implementation of 78.2% IDA fitment(with arrears), 30% superannuation benefit (nothing less than 12%), E2/E3 from 01.10.2000(demand in 2013) etc etc.

During entire discussions, Mgt was very keen to ensure that SNEA is not going on agitation from 18.05.2016.  

1.  In view of the 3rd PRC and to give immediate relief to the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007, it is mutually agreed to move two proposals on pay scales, one as per the Khan Committee recommendations on standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing the non standard scales of E1A and E2A with necessary changes in EPP to protect the five TBP, after every five years (not 10 years as claimed by some) as recommended by the Committee. The second proposal will cover the cascading factor, upgradation upto E7.

2.CPSU Hierarchy process is fast tracked. Serious discussions on its implementation will be started shortly. Our members at grass root level should be very vigilant in the coming days as there will be populist demands during its implementation which can attract and misguide the masses like present SDEs in DGM scales should be made DGM directly. Our single agenda is to get Khan Committee recommendations implemented without any dilution. If that is ensured, a fresh JTO after 5 years of service will become SDE(now 15 to 20 years), an SDE after 5 years of service will become Sr SDE (total 10 years) and Sr SDE after 5 years will become AGM (total 15 years, now 30 to 35 years). While implementation, mgt assured that our demand 1) as a onetime measure, promotion to SDE, Sr SDE and DE grades without DPC for the Executives in higher scales, 2) address all seniority related issues like LDCE seniority, promotion quota seniority, Direct/Dept rect, Qualifying/non-qualifying etc, 3) change of designations to Asst Manager, Dy Manager, Manager, Asst General Manager, 4) decentralization of DPCs to Circles, 5) uniform date of promotion to end anomalies etc will be considered positively.

3.1st TBP after 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 w.e.f 01.10.2000 is the demand of SNEA alone and it become a new item in the reconstituted Jt Committee. It was a major anomaly for the 1993, 1994, 1995 -- etc batches who got first TBP in 6 years whereas their seniors as well as juniors got it in 4 to 5 years. The recommendation will be processed immediately after CPSU, mgt assured. The EPP will be amended for that purpose.

4.Officiating pay fixation, protection of pay -- withdrawal of wrong clarifications by BSNL: Thousands of JTOs, JAOs, SDEs, AOs officiated in higher post during DoT and BSNL period prior to the clarification are facing reduction in pay by one or two increments and recovery of lakhs of rupees. The EPP clarification dated 19.02.2010 denied pay protection on offtg promotion which is against the provisions of FRSR, MoF orders, DoT orders etc. From DoT period onwards pay protection allowed till the clarification. Surprisingly, the EPP clarification dated 30.05.2007 does not allow pay fixation with one increment from same scale to same scale on officiating promotion where as EPP provides the same on any post based promotion. Assn was struggling against these two clarifications since 2010. Unfortunately the committee formed to examine the issues also not gone into depth which compelled us to make it an agenda. After lot of deliberations, now mgt understood the mistakes and assured that necessary steps will be taken to correct both the clarifications and given a target date of two months time. This will give relief to thousands of Executives, SDEs, AO, DEs and CAOs facing reduction in pay and recovery. This is one of the major achievement due to the agitation.

5.30% superannuation benefits. At our Jaipur AIC, CMD assured 6% contribution to begin with. Mgt later on made a proposal of 3% in a meeting held on 19.02.16 in which SNEA was not present. Since much opposition was not there from the participants (those who are insisting nothing less than 12%) in the meeting, mgt gone ahead with the proposal. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal and demanded minimum 6%. The proposal of 3% is now approved by BSNL Board. On our strong protest mgt decided to review the contribution, CMD and DIR(HR) assured us.

6.Promotions in various cadres: All the promotions JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, JAO to AO, AO to CAO, SDE to EE are stayed by various courts. To expedite the JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam, as per our request, BSNL engaged senior lawyer from Hon Supreme Court. Case is expected hearing in June. The stay on declaration of LDCE result was vacated by the CAT, Chandigargh and after Assn intervention, the results declared. However stay continuing on promotion. This case along with the case on SDE to DE promotion is listed for 08.07.2016. Assn pursuing all the cases in different courts. However due to the multiplicity of the litigation, the only viable alternative is CPSU Hierarchy.

7.Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres w.e.f 01.10.2000:

Our Kanyakumari AIC decided to work for uniform promotion policy and uniform pay scales for all the Executives, irrespective of wings. On promotions, we could achieve it in TBP through EPP. On functional promotion, it will be achieved through CPSU. But on pay scales, this demand could not achieve for the above cadres eventhough we are struggling. But we could make a breakthrough on 17.05.2016 when SNEA got an assurance from CMD that this anomaly will be resolved. This is another achievement of our recent agitation.

8.Membership verification: Multiplicity of Assns and the vested interests playing havoc with the future of the Executives. None of the important HR issues are getting resolved. Our committed members and the Executives are the victims of this. Few with vested interests and selfish agenda are taking the entire cadre into ransom. Even Non Executives are working together for the employees and could achieve better than the highly educated Executives, even their designations changed. It is high time for them to open their eyes. Overall cadre interest is totally neglected/missing on various issues, rather petty interests and selfish motives taking leading positions. Recently we are witnessing that instead of making serious efforts to get the Khan Committee recommendations which will benefit the entire cadre by upgrading the pay scales from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 for the entry /basic cadres, will give better pay for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007, will give functional promotions instead of financial upgradations to thousands and thousands of Executives after every five years who are waiting for promotions for years together, the anomaly in 1st TBP for thousands of Executives are getting resolved, the Assns made the recommendations in October, 2015 are not allowing the management to implement the same recommendations now. To end this deadlock situation, membership verification is the only solution. Management now convinced the same and initiated the process.

We should start strenuously working on coming out with flying colours and thumbs up from the ensuing membership verification. It will surely be a litmus test for our organizational capacity and our commitment and determination to face successfully challenges howsoever formidable they are. That is our history and we have to repeat history with impeccable precision. Our unity, commitment and organizational alertness and preparedness on these issues will drive us to the destination. Let us remain on our tenterhooks to succeed under all circumstances by isolating and defeating counterproductive forces that have raised their heads.

9. First TBP after 4 years for JTO(LA) and Sr SDE at par with AAO and Sr AO:

Recent clarification created wide spread resentment among the Executives because of the discrimination. During discussion management agreed to re-examine the matter and render justice to the JTO(LA) and Sr SDEs. In addition to that the clarification issued has created large scale pay reduction for those promoted as CAOs during the intervening period as they are losing one increment they got on CAO promotion in E4 scale. Assn demanded to address this problem also as the benefit given to the CAOs on promotion cannot be taken away by another clarification.

We have to maintain the same organizational preparedness, unity with commitment and dedication in the future struggles to get the commitments implemented as per the target date, without any deviation, defeating the sinister moves of all negative forces. 

27-05-2016


 Settlement with SNEA on HR issues in the meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016


1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations: Jt Committee reconstituted only due to SNEA agitation in 2015 and all the three recommendations are due to the efforts of SNEA.

a) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A.

SNEA demand: E2 and E3 with existing five promotions (one promotion after every 5  years).

UF demand    : E2 and E3 with four promotions.

Settlement: E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7 pay scales replacing E1A, E2A, E3, E4, E5, E6 with existing five promotions. To implement standard pay scales of E2, E3 immediately before 3rd PRC and simultaneously give benefits to the JTO/JAOs recruited / Promoted in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and fresh recruits, it will be delinked from E2 to E7. By this five Time Bound Promotions will continue to get, thousands of DE/CAOs promoted between 01.10.2009 and 01.10.2014 will not lose one fixation in E4 scale, thousands of SDEs got one additional increment in E2A scale will not lose it, DGMs promoted recently will get one increment in E5 Scale etc.

b) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:

Settlement: Processing by 31.08.2016. While implementation, our demand for 1) as a onetime measure, promotion to SDE, Sr SDE and DE grades without DPC for the Executives in higher scales, 2) address all seniority related issues like LDCE seniority, promotion quota seniority, Direct/Dept rect, Qualifying/non-qualifying etc, 3) change of designations to Asst Manager, Dy Manager, Manager, Asst General Manager, 4) decentralization of DPCs to Circles, 5) uniform date of promotion to end anomalies etc will be considered positively.

c) First TB Promotion uniformly after 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years:

Settlement: It will be processed to MC, Board, DoT etc immediately after processing of CPSU Hierarchy.

2. Officiating pay fixation, protection of pay -- withdrawal of wrong clarifications:

Settlement: Necessary steps will be taken to correct/withdraw, both clarifications.

3. 30% superannuation benefits:

Settlement: The medical expenditure calculation will be re-examined and on actual basis and contribution will be made accordingly.

4. Promotions in various cadres:

Settlement: To expedite the JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam, as per our request, BSNL engaged senior lawyer from Hon Supreme Court. Case is expected hearing in June. In other cases, all possible steps will be taken to expedite the settlement. LDCE results declared.

5. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres w.e.f 01.10.2000:

Settlement: This anomaly will be resolved by extending notional pay.

6. Membership verification:

Settlement: Notification will be issued shortly. Membership verification notification issued on 25.05.2016 itself.

7. First TBP after 4 years for JTO(LA) and Sr SDE at par with AAO and Sr AO:

Settlement: No discrimination. The clarification will be examined. It will be extended uniformly to other wings.

27-05-2016

Message from DIR(HR) on conduction of membership verification among Executives Associations and status of various HR issues.

Comrades, this year is very crucial for all of us. 3rd PRC, pay, perks, everything is depending on this years performance. When management has started taking serious measures to address the HR issues in a time bound manner, we all has to dedicate extra time and energy for the growth of the company.

What we are contributing extra today, it will be an investment for the next 10 years from 2017 to 2027(4th PRC). Let us not waste a single day.

26-05-2016

Membership verification among Executives Associations:

As assured in the meeting held on 17-05-2016, BSNL Corporate office has re-notified for holding the Executive membership verification. One of our major demand is getting settled. 

Our sincere gratitude to CMD, DIR(HR) and GM(SR) for the prompt action.

The membership verification will be held on 27.09.2016 and result will be declared on 29.09.2016.

26-05-2016

General Body meeting at Vijayawada on 22.05.2016 and Hyderabad on 23.05.2016:

Click here to view Glimpses of Meeting


HR issues and 3rd PRC:

The delay in 3rd PRC constitution is creating wide spread resentment among the Executives in various CPSUs. National Confederation of Officers Association (NCOA) in which SNEA is a major constituent, decided to organize various Trade Union Programmes demanding the constitution of 3rd PRC. On 01.06.16, demonstration infront of DPE office, 22.06.2016 Dharna and 27.07.16, March to DPE office at New Delhi etc planned. We will struggle till the constitution of 3rd PRC.

Another big challenge before us is that BSNL has to implement standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A before constitution of 3rd PRC. The entry level pay scales of E2, E3 approval is very crucial for 3rd PRC. Otherwise the pay revision for all the BSNL Executives will be under trouble.

The undue delay in settling the HR issues compelled the Assn to serve notice for Trade Union Actions. Eventhough Assn had submitted the charter of demands on 11.02.2016, mgt didn’t taken any action to resolve the issues. Our agitation programmes compelled the management to initiate actions on various HR issues as given under.

1. Joint Committee recommendations on various HR issues:

The Jt Committee was constituted in 2012 itself. However it was not functional at all. On pay scales, our demand was E2 to E7 pay scales from 2002 onwards. SNEA is struggling for that. Same demand we are pursued during 2nd PRC also. From 2014 onwards, SNEA alone started struggles as the other two Assns in UF are not shown any interest in resolving the issues. During that agitation in 2014, mgt once again send the E1A and E2A proposal to DoT for its reconsideration. Meanwhile mgt almost decided to demote the JTO and SDE cadres from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The E1 scale in JTO RR and E1+5 etc are the decisions in this regard. Sensing the danger of demotion of the cadre and its far reaching consequences, SNEA intensified the struggle. We had taken a conscious decision in the Jaipur CWC in 2014 that first we have to address E1A and E2A to E2 and E3 to protect the cadres from demotion, protecting the 5 TB promotions before 3rd PRC and then to focus on the change in other pay scales. If E2, E3 is not settled before 3rd PRC constitution, it is going to affect our future seriously. SNEA alone pursued the case in DoT to ensure that DoT is not changing the stand. Then DoT referred the matter to DPE. In advance SNEA met the Secretary/DPE and other officers and convinced them to reject the proposal of E1A and E2A. Finally DPE also rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Even then, mgt was not ready to consider the case which compelled SNEA to serve notice in 2015. On our agitation, CMD, BSNL intervened and the committee reconstituted with clear direction to submit the recommendations within 3 months. The committee submitted its recommendations on 07.10.2015. It is a great breakthrough as there is a committee recommendation now on the important HR issues.

The non resolution of the HR issues compelled the Assn to serve notice for trade union actions on 28.04.2016 on the charter of demands submitted on 11.02.2016. Meanwhile we witnessed that some negative forces are working overtime to derail the issues and undermine the Khan Committee recommendations. Eventhough they had made the recommendations and become party to that, we had seen that they are disowning their own recommendations for petty interests, more than the management. Sensing the danger of burial of Khan Committee, Assn also started agitation. We are very well knowing that once Khan Committee recommendations are put under cold storage, our demand for CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP after 4 to 5 years also go into cold storage. In the whole process even they demanded to reduce the hard earned TB promotions from 5 to 4. The 5 TBP and pay scales are the results of the struggle of SNEA alone in 2002 when all other 14 Assns are ready to get absorbed in BSNL for just Rs 2000/- without any terms and conditions. Our struggle in 2002 assured us 5 TB promotions between 4 to 6 years. Till that we are having only one TBP, that also after 12 years. So, any reduction in the number of promotion is unacceptable to us as 5 TBP is the result of our struggle. Those who never struggled or not taken any pain to get it, can easily demand for reduction of number of promotions for their petty interests. SNEA is duty bound to protect them and will struggle for that. From 1980s onwards our Assn struggled for years together for the upgradation of the pay scales of the basic cadre, JTO. In 1986 we got it upgraded from 1400 scale to 1640, in 1996 again we got it upgraded from 1640 scale to 2000(6500-10500) and again in 2002 we upgraded it from 2000 scale to E1A scale. So any attempt to reduce the pay scale of JTO or equivalent cadres will be opposed by SNEA tooth and nail. We will struggle till we achieve our goal of upgradation of the pay scales from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 and then upto E7.

Our agitation once again put the issues back on track and management started acting on various demands. On 11.05.2016 itself, DIR(HR) given administrative approval for the implementation of Khan Committee recommendations on standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. A detailed discussion was held on the charter of demands with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016 and concrete assurances were given to resolve all the issues in a time bound manner. An action plan and target date also fixed. The status of various demands are as under:

a) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A.

The strong demand from SNEA to consider change of other pay scales of E3 (Sr SDE/Sr AO) to E4, E4(DE/CAO) to E5, E5(DGM) to E6 and E6 to E7 got favourable response from CMD. Our strong stand that 5 promotions are to remain unchanged, compelled mgt to respond like that and we got a commitment from CMD that this issue will be considered after E2, E3. Due to the urgency of settlement of E2, E3 scales before constitution of 3rd PRC and to give relief to our young JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and to the upcoming batches it was decided to delink E2, E3 protecting 5 promotions from the cascading effect (E4 to E7) and process it on fast track. The danger of reduction of promotions, we could overcome by this as there was a strong demand from some negative and divisive forces to reduce the promotion and implement E2 to E6 for their petty interests, mortgaging the overall interest of the cadre. Their intention was to reach somehow E4 scale even at the cost of one promotion without getting any benefit and creating huge anomaly and pay loss/reduction in increment for thousands of comrades and torpedoing the implementation of CPSU Hierarchy. They are not even able to cite one advantage of their proposal whereas SNEA pointed out several disadvantages. The gameplan is to kill Khan Committee recommendations as it benefit the cadre, large number of Executives most of them are from SNEA and the future of the young comrades. This attempt was foiled by our timely intervention. Further we protected the other two major recommendations on CPSU Hierarchy and first TBP. It was assured that the proposal will be processed to MC by 31.05.2016. The real struggle on E2, E3 will be to get the approval of BSNL Board and DoT. For that we have to get geared up.

The Board is not even clearing the E1+5 increments for the remaining Executives for the last one and half years. Then one can imagine the fate of E2 and E3. E2, E3, ---E7 in a single stretch may be even rejected by Board, even before reaching DoT. In that case E2, E3 also will go. Evenif it reaches DoT, it may have to go to the Union Cabinet due to the cabinet decision in MTNL pension issue. Knowing these facts, strategically we got delinked E2, E3 from cascading effect and in second stage to get them processed.

b) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: Assn strongly demanded for its early implementation as all the promotions are stayed by various courts and we are struggling for years to get relief from the courts. The only solution is early implementation of CPSU Hierarchy. In DoT era, only one financial upgradation was available, that also after 12 years. By the struggle of SNEA(TEOA) alone in 2002, we could get five TB promotions by reducing the residency period from 12 years to 4-6 years. By the Khan Committee recommendation, JTOs after 5 years of service will become SDE, SDEs after 5 years of service will become Sr SDE(total 10 years) and Sr SDE after 5 years of service will become DE(total 15 years), ensuring minimum 3 functional promotions in the career of an Executive. Further we demanded for 1) one time relaxation for promotion to SDE, Sr SDE and DE grades without DPC for the Executives in higher scales, 2) change of designations to Asst Manager, Dy Manager, Manager, Asst General Manager, 3) uniform date of promotion to end anomalies etc. CMD and DIR(HR) assured to consider the demands positively. CPSU Hierarchy will address all seniority related issues like LDCE seniority, promotion quota seniority, Direct/Dept rect, Qualifying/non qualifying etc. The proposals will be finalised by 31.08.2016.

c) First TB Promotion uniformly after 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years:

It was a major anomaly for the 1993, 1994, 1995 -- etc batches who got first TBP in 6 years whereas their seniors as well as juniors got it in 4 to 5 years. SNEA alone taken up this issue in the agitation in 2015 and got it added as a terms of reference of the committee. It was assured that it will be processed to MC, Board, DoT etc immediately after CPSU giving relief to thousands of our comrades. For this purpose the EPP dated 18.01.2007 has to be amended w.e.f 01.10.2000.

2. Promotions in various cadres: All the promotions are stayed by various courts. JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, JAO to AO, AO to CAO, SDE to EE promotions is stayed. To expedite the JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam, as per our request, BSNL engaged senior lawyer from Hon Supreme Court. Case is expected hearing in June. The stay on declaration of LDCE result was vacated by the CAT, Chandigargh. Immediately after that Assn intervened and met DIR(HR) and ensured the declaration of results. However stay continuing on promotion. This case along with the case on SDE to DE promotion is listed for 08.07.2016. Assn pursuing all the cases in different courts. However due to the multiplicity of the litigation, the only viable alternative is CPSU Hierarchy.

3. 30% superannuation benefits. CMD assured 6% contribution at our Jaipur AIC to begin with. Mgt later on changed the mind and made a proposal of 3% in a meeting held on 19.02.16 in which SNEA was not present. Since much opposition was not there from the participants (those who are insisting nothing less than 12%) in the meeting, mgt gone ahead with the proposal. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal and demanded minimum 6% as assured. The proposal of 3% is now approved by BSNL Board. On our strong protest mgt decided to review the contribution. CMD and DIR(HR) assured us that the medical expenditure calculation will be re-examined and on actual basis, contribution will be made. It is surprising to see that our friends kept a studied silence on this issue at a crucial time, where the social security of thousands of the employees are involved whereas they didn’t taken any time to serve notice only on MT issue, even for SRD MT.

4. Officiating pay fixation, protection of pay -- withdrawal of wrong clarifications by BSNL: Thousands of JTOs, JAOs, SDEs, AOs officiated in higher post during DoT and BSNL period prior to the clarification are facing reduction in pay by one or two increments and recovery of lakhs of rupees. Later on BSNL decided not to recover the pay immediately and referred the matter to a committee. For the time being, the orders are implemented only by few Circles like WB, JKD, BR, UP, MP, TN, KRL, CHTD, CTD etc. The EPP clarification dated 19.02.2010 denied pay protection on offtg promotion which is against the provisions of FRSR, MoF orders, DoT orders etc. From DoT period onwards pay protection allowed till the clarification. Surprisingly, the EPP clarification dated 30.05.2007 not allows pay fixation with one increment from same scale on officiating promotion where as EPP provides the same on any post based promotion. Assn was struggling against these two clarifications since 2010. Unfortunately the committee formed to examine the issue also not gone into depth and simply okayed the clarification which compelled us to make it an agenda in the strike notice. After lot of deliberations, now mgt understood the mistakes and assured that necessary steps will be taken to correct both the clarifications and given a target date of two months time. This will give relief to thousands of Executives facing reduction in pay and recovery. This is one of the major achievement due to the agitation.

5. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadre w.e.f 01.10.2000:

This issue was agitating since long time. It was SNEA who took up the issue since beginning. Our AIC at Kannyakumari decided to work for uniform promotion policy and uniform pay scales for all the Executives, irrespective of wings. On promotions, we could achieve it for TBP through EPP. On functional promotion, it can be achieved through CPSU. But pay scale demand could not achieve for the above cadres eventhough we are struggling. But we could make a breakthrough on 17.05.2016 when SNEA got an assurance from CMD that this anomaly will be resolved. This is another achievement of our recent agitation.

6. Membership verification: Due to multiplicity of Assns and their vested interests, none of the important HR issues are not getting resolved. Our committed members and the Executives are the victims of this. Few are taking the entire cadre into ransom. Even Non executives are working together for the employees and could achieve better than the highly educated Executives. It is high time for those people to open their eyes and see what is happening. Overall cadre interest is totally neglected/missing on various issues, rather petty interest in taking the leading positions. Recently we are observing that instead of making serious efforts to get the Khan Committee recommendations which will benefit the entire cadre by upgrading the scales from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3, will give better pay for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007, give promotions to thousands and thousands of Executives who are waiting for promotions for years together, the anomaly in 1st TBP for thousands of Executives are getting resolved, the Assns made the recommendations are now, not allowing the management to implement the same. To end this deadlock situation, membership verification is only the solution. Management now convinced the same and assured that process will be initiated again soon.

Whatever the drama going on nowadays and the crocodile tears witnessing, all are the due to this development and not due to the eagerness to settle the issues. They want to confuse the membership, taking up unrealistic demands in the last moment knowing very well that nothing is going to happen. Otherwise they could have allowed the mgt to implement the recommendations and struggle for the remaining issues after that. SNEA is demanding the same, implement the recommendations without any dilution and change and address the remaining issues one by one after that. Remaining in E3 scale for 10 years with a promotion and fixation from SDE to Sr SDE after 5 years( that also the Executive reaches E3 scale in the 6th year instead of 11th year, from E2A to E3 scale in SDE grade) is the biggest problem for them just like 7 MTs rect in SRD MT rect. The advantage for the cadre getting upgraded pay scales of E2 scale, the benefit to the thousands of young JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 etc are not their interest or priority. Even they are ready to accept E1+5, E2, E6 instead of E2 , E3!

In the near future all the Executives will get an opportunity to respond to this attitude which is killing the future of thousands of Executives for vested interest.

7. First TBP after 4 years for JTO(LA) and Sr SDE at par with AAO and Sr AO:

Recent clarification created wide spread resentment among the Executives because of the discrimination. During discussion management agreed to re-examine the matter and render justice to the JTO(LA) and Sr SDEs. In addition to that the clarification has created large scale pay reduction for those promoted as CAOs during the intervening period as they are losing the one increment they got on CAO promotion in E4 scale. Assn demanded to address this problem also as the benefit given to the CAOs cannot be taken away by another clarification.

We have to continue our struggle to get the commitments implemented as per the target date, without any deviation.

20-05-2016

GS and CHQ President met Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) and discussed the following issues: GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(Rect), Jt GM(Pers) and DGM(Estt) was present.

a) Implementation of standard pay scales from 01.01.2007. We strongly pleaded with DIR(HR) to consider our demand of E2, E3, ....... E7 as discussed in the meeting held on 17.05.2016 with CMD and DIR(HR). After discussion, DIR(HR) assured that the matter will be considered positively before taking a final decision as per our demand of E2, E3, .... E7. Immediately, DIR(HR) directed GM(Estt) to process the proposal at the earliest with all the relevant details along with the administrative decision given on 11.05.2016 for implementation of E2, E3 pay scales so that management can take a final decision before sending it to Management Committee.

b) Declaration of results of LDCE. Assn requested to declare the results at the earliest since the stay is vacated by Hon CAT, Chandigarh. DIR(HR) directed GM(Pers) and GM(Rect) to take immediate action. They are trying to get the clearance from GM(Legal) today itself.

c) Allotment of JTO and TTA posts to Circles having acute shortage. Assn requested review the allotment based on the actual requirement and to meet the shortage of unpopular Circles like tenure Circles, Bihar, CHG, JKD, WB, etc. DIR(HR) assured to examine the case.

19-05-2016

It is learned that Hon CAT Chandigarh vacated the stay and given clearance for the promotions from SDE to DE subject to the outcome of the court case. In LDCE case, Hon CAT allowed to declare the result of the LDCE from JTO(T) to SDE(T) but the promotion orders can be issued only after the final judgment. The case is posted to July, 2016. The details will be known only after receipt of the court order.

18-05-2016

SNEA deferred the Relay Hunger Strike from 18-20, May, 2016
Appeal from BSNL ManagementGS letter deferring the Relay Hunger strike

18-05-2016

New financial year 2016-17 started with good news for BSNL:

BSNL got a refund of Rs 4,900 Crores from Income Tax during this year, improving our cash flow.

Mobile revenue increased by 9% during April, 2016.

This year performance is very crucial for all of us. The 3rd PRC implementation due from 2017 is fully depends upon the performance during this financial year 2016-17. Let all of us understand this and work together with management to see that company is growing, services are improved, revenue is increasing and unwanted expenditure is curtailed. Let all the employees work together to see that this year, the revenue increased atleast by another Rs 4,000 crores, comparing to 2015-16. This is not an impossible target or exaggerated target, but a reasonable target which can be achieved.

The SWAS programmes are to be implemented with more vigour and focus. Since management is started taking steps to resolve the issues in a time bound manner, now it is time for us to go back to the field by organising Melas and Road shows. 

17-05-2016

Congratulations to all: Comrades, our unity and commitment leading to resolution of the long pending issues: In view of the Relay Hunger Strike from tomorrow onwards, CMD and DIR(HR) called SNEA for detailed discussion on various HR issues as decided in the meeting held on 13.05.2016. From Assn side GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec attended the meeting. GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(SR), Addl GM(Pers) and DGM(Estt) was present in the meeting.  

At the outset CMD told that he had taken it very seriously that a very responsible Assn like SNEA gone for agitation at a very crucial period. This year is very crucial for BSNL as 3rd PRC is fully depending on this years performance. All the issues will be resolved in a time bound manner, CMD assured.

GS and President explained the compulsion of the Assn to serve notice as no decision is taken on Joint Committee recommendations even after 7 months even though all the three Assns given a unanimous recommendation, thousands of JTOs, JAOs, SDEs, AOs officiated as SDE, AO, DE, CAO in DoT and BSNL before 19.02.2010 are facing recovery and reduction of pay due to wrong clarifications, on 30% superannuation the assurances are not followed, notional pay for Civil/Elect etc not considered so far etc giving an impression that management is not serious on resolving the issues. Eventhough the time schedule given after the meeting with DIR(HR) is reasonable, Assn want concrete action plan how the issues are going to be resolved within the target dates:

After that discussions held on various agenda items:

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a) Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A. Assn strongly pleaded for its early implementation as 3rd PRC is fast approaching. Already there is a unanimous opinion in the Khan Committee on the issue and hence there is no justification for delaying the matter further. The five assured promotions should not be disturbed. The Association demanded that the cascading effect also to be considered for Sr SDE from E3 to E4, DE from E4 to E5, DGM from E5 to E6 and SG DGM from E6 to E7. On this CMD informed that there is an additional financial implication of more than 200 Cores for this alone and DoT may not agree for change of all the pay scales. After detailed discussion, CMD assured that first, Khan Committee recommendation will be implemented by replacing E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 by making necessary changes in the EPP to protect the five TB promotions and it will not be linked with cascading factor. It will be taken to MC and approved latest by 31st May, as assured. CMD categorically assured that it is the responsibility of BSNL management to get it approved from DoT and he personally taken the responsibility for that. On our repeated pleading for cascading effect of Sr SDE from E3 to E4, E4 to E5, E5 to E6 and E6 to E7, CMD assured that it will be considered after this.

b) Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy:

GM(Pers) explained the status of the issue. Assn demanded that as a onetime measure, Executives on higher pay scales may be promoted to the next higher grade without DPC by taking VC, as DPCs are already done for TBP. Further pleaded that the DPCs should be decentralised, promotion shall be based on recruitment year wise giving relaxation to the qualifying service for the Executives recruited/promoted in the same vacancy year, uniform date of promotion, change of designation by giving designation followed in BSNLCO like Asst Manager for JTO, Dy Manager for SDE, Manager for Sr SDE, Asst General Manager for DE etc. Management welcomed the proposals and agreed to consider them. Assn expressed its concern over the delay as a simple issue like standard pay scales taken so much time, so management is not serious on this issue also. On this CMD directed GM(Pers) to stick to the target date. GM(Pers) assured CMD, DIR(HR) and Assn that the draft will be ready by the target date of 31st August.

c) Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000.

Assn strongly protested as this issue was not even reflected in the letter on action plan on various issues. GM(Pers) explained that it is linked with CPSU and will be processed after that and hence not shown as a separate item. Assn explained that this can be settled earlier itself and it has to be implemented w.e.from 01.10.2000. Since CPSU related work is already started, finally it was assured that it will be processed immediately after that. Necessary correction in the action plan also will be made.

2. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010.

Assn explained the issue in detail. Management side maintained that a committee examined the matter and found that the orders/clarifications are correct. Now after submission of further data, mgt agreed that it will be re-examined based on the additional inputs given by the Assn like MC Note, Hon SC orders, FRSR etc. Assn demanded that since the clarifications are wrong and it is against the provisions of EPP order dated 18.01.2007 and FRSR, it has to be withdrawn immediately. Pay protection is provided under FRSR and as long as FRSR is followed in BSNL, it cannot take a contradictory stand. Thousands of SDEs, AOs, DEs and CAOs are facing pay reduction and recovery by the wrong clarification.

After thorough discussion, management finally agreed to withdraw both the clarifications dated 30.05.2007 (sl no.10) and 19.02.2010(sl no.4 and 9). This is a great breakthrough and will give relief to more than 15,000 SDEs, AOs, DEs and CAOs who are facing pay reduction and recovery by the wrong clarification. By this, this issue will be fully settled.

3. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees.

As assured in the meeting with DIR(HR), the contribution will be worked out after the recalculation of the medical expenditure.

4. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

Mgt side explained that salary deduction cannot be implemented as it will influence the verification. Then Assn demanded that the verification has to be done as notified earlier and there is no stay on the verification as claimed by the mgt. On this CMD and DIR(HR) responded very positively and directed concerned officers to take all necessary actions to complete the verification at the earliest in a time bound manner. Finally management decided to conduct the membership verification due to our struggle. This will be another breakthrough.

5. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

DIR(HR) informed that all efforts are being taken to resolve the court cases. A senior lawyer from Hon Supreme Court is deputed to Ernakulam for final arguments. Similarly other cases also will be dealt.

6. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF etc wings w.e.f 01.10.2000.

Assn explained the Vinai Shahi Committee report, BSNL Board decision etc. Earlier it was linked with JAO pay scales but now it is settled for JAO in isolation. But only for Civil/Elect wings Executives, E1A and E2A pay scales are not implemented. BSNL policy is a) uniform promotion policy and b) uniform pay scales for all the equivalent cadres in different wings. To have uniform pay scales of E1A and E2A for all the JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs it has to be implemented for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF etc wings also w.e.f 01.10.2000. After discussion CMD directed concerned officers to settle the issue favourably ensuring uniform pay scales for all the Executives w.e.f 01.10.2000. This issue was pending for years together and after the intervention of CMD and DIR(HR), it is getting settled. This is another major breakthrough in todays meeting.

7. First Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grades as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades.

It is decided to examine the case as per earlier discussion. Assn clearly told that it will not tolerate any discrimination. Management assured that there will not be any discrimination and the whole issue will be examined in totality as per the time schedule.

Our sincere gratitude to CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) for their timely intervention and taken bold steps to resolve the issues in a time bound manner.

There are no words to congratulate all the Executives, especiaaly our SNEA comrades who stood solidly behind the issues and struggled shoulder to shoulder. Hats off to them. Congratulations to all the CSs, SSA/Branch secretaries and office bearers and activists at different level for their effective leadership to make the struggle a grand success.

Our struggle will ensure that the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.1.2007, ie 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and future recruits getting E2 scale starting with Rs 20600. This will set the stage for implementation of 3rd PRC. When the others tried their best to derail the issue by raising irrelevant things, our struggle saved the issue.

Comrades, we had only deferred the agitation programme, not withdrawn it knowing very well that lot of negative forces are working against the resolution of the issues. We should be very careful about their tactics. We have to keep all the organizational preparedness to respond in a short notice if there is any deviation from the commitment and target dates.

17-05-2016

Congratulations to all: Based on the concrete assurances from CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) that all the pending HR issues will be resolved in a time bound manner, Assn decided to defer the Relay Hunger strike from tomorrow. Inform all. Details will be uploaded soon. 

17-05-2016

Discussion with CMD and DIR(HR)  on the charter of demands will be held today A/N as decided in the last meeting on Friday.

17-05-2016

JTO to SDE promotion: The case is listed for tomorrow, 18.05.2016.  As per our request, BSNL decided to engage lawyer from Supreme Court to plead the case at Ernakulam. 

VC status as on 16.05.2016.

VC received from BRBRAITT, CHTD, ETR, ITPC, JKD, NE I, QA, UP(E) and WB Circles only so far. CSs and activists of other Circles to expedite the VC. The name of JTOs retired recently after the receipt of last VC also to be included in the list mentioning Retired/Expired/VRS/Transfer etc. 

16-05-2016

Relay Hunger Strike on 18th, 19th and 20th may 2016 at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs:

Make extensive preparations to make the Relay Hunger Strike successful. Our demand of standard pay scales of E2, E3 with five promotions (with or without cascading effect) for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 should settle before constitution of 3rd PRC. Settlement of CPSU cadre Hierarchy, 1st TBP, 30% superannuation benefit with minimum 6% as promised, Officiating pay protection, Notional pay of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect etc etc are fully depends upon the success of our struggle. All Executives are requested to join this movement for the upliftment of the cadres.

16-05-2016

NCOA starting organizational programmes demanding constitution of 3rd PRC from tomorrow:

17.05.2016: FAX to Secretary/DPE with copy to Hon Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary by the General Secreatries.

01.06.2016: Demonstration infront of DPE office, New Delhi

22.06.2016: One day Dharna infront of DPE Office, New Delhi.

27.07.2016: March to DPE Office, New Delhi.

14-05-2016

The Mass Dharna Program on 11.05.2016 was a grand success for settling the genuine and long pending demands of standard pay scales of E2 & E3 for JTO/JAO & SDE/AO, CPSE Hierarchy, 1st TBP, 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL recruites, officiating pay protection besides others. The anguish over non finalization of the standard pay scales of E2, E3 for the JTO/JAOs recruited in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the concern on 3rd PRC reflected in the huge particiapation in the Dharna. Thousands of comrades particiapated in the Dharna at various Circles. At BSNLCO, comrades from neighbouring Haryana, UP West, NTR, BSNLCO also participated in the Dharna. GS, CHQ President, Chairman Com G.L Jogi, AGS Com P.P.Rao, Jt Sec Com Dahiya, UP West CS Com Sanjeev Sharma, Ex CS Haryana Com Jaipal Singh addressed the Dharna at BSNLCO. History of SNEA is upliftment of the cadre and we will continue to strengthen our unity for the cause of Cadre prospects of all the Executive in the days to come. 

The Dharna Program was well organized throughout AP, AS, A&N, BH, CTD, CHTD, CHG, GUJ, Haryana, J&K, JKND, KTK, KRL, MP, MH, OR, PB, Rj, TN, UKD, UP East, UP West Circles. Executives irrespective of their affiliation have participated in huge number in the Day Long Dharna inspite of severe heat wave in many parts of the country. Hundreds of Comrades participated at Hyderabad, Guwahati, Patna, Kolkata, Chennai, Raipur, BSNLCO, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Ranchi, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Lucknow, ETR/ETP at Kolkata etc. This shows the commitment of the Executives towards the Association, the only Association which strives hard to protect the interest of the Executives and will never compromise on the issues. It was a clear message to the BSNL Management and the negative forces that SNEA will not allow to derail the issues at any cost.  Maintain the same tempo and participate in the relay hunger strike on 18, 19 and 20th of this month. CSs and CHQ Office Bearers and activists are requested to ensure that all the executives in their Circle participate on the Hunger Strike and make the program success. The settlement of our demands depends upon the success of the Agitation

14-05-2016

Both Assns should explain why they are opposing the changes in EPP to address the anomalies now itself as recommended by the Khan Committee (2nd part of the recommendation) by modifying the EPP from 01.01.2007 along with the pay scales proposal?

Why they are insisting to create anomaly and continue with anomaly evenafter knowing very well that huge anomalies will happen? Already large number of anomalies like Officiating pay fixation and pay protection, Antedating, seniors getting less pay than the Juniors etc etc remain unaddressed and mgt is not addressing it even after Supreme Court orders.

Why both Assns demanding to create anomaly and reduce the pay by one increment for thousands of SDEs or AOs who got one additional increment on promotion as DE or CAO between 01.10.2009 and 01.10.2014 in E4 scale? According to their plan, all will reach E5 scale on 01.10.2009 itself instead of 01.10.2014. Thousands of them are retired. They want to make their life also miserable?

Why both Assns demanding to create anomaly and reduce one promotion for the seniors to E6 scale which is due on 01.10.2019 which will affect the pension also? According to their plan, all will reach E6 scale on 01.10.2014 itself instead of 01.10.2019.

Why both Assns demanding to create anomaly and miss the additional increment got on DGM promotion recently in E5 scale? According to their plan, all will reach E6 scale on 01.10.2014.

Why both Assns demanding to create an anomaly that JTOs as on 01.10.2000 in E1A scale and promoted as SDEs in 2004 will reach E4 scale in 2008 and SDEs as on 01.10.2000 in E2A scale will reach E4 scale on 01.10.2009?

Why both Assns want to create anomaly and want to reduce the promotions for the youngsters and seniors from five to four?

Analysing these likely anomalies, Khan Committee recommended to make necessary changes in the EPP to protect the promotions and pay. Surprisingly they are opposing it now! Whether they made the recommendations without knowing the facts or simply made recommendations? Or without knowing the issues and its implications, simply making the noises now to divert the attention and delay and derail the implementation?

They have no concern for the juniors or seniors or the future recruits? If they are sincere in their statements, they have to allow management to implement the Khan Committee recommendations fully, without any dilution, ie. Recommendation of replacement of E1A by E2, E2A by E3 with necessary changes in the EPP as recommedded. SNEA will not allow any dilution of the recommendations which creates anomaly, reduction in number of promotions, pay reduction and recovery etc.

SNEA stand from 2002 onwards is very clear and firm, we want E2, E3, E3, ---, E7. In 2002, we could achieve E1A, E2A, ----, E6 but never left our original demand. During 2nd PRC, again we are struggling for E2, E3 to E7. Now we are reaching near to our goal of E2 to E7 by getting E2 to E6 now with five promotions. We will continue our struggle for the original demand of E2, E3, ---, E7 during 3rd PRC with five promotions.

14-05-2016

Meeting with CMD, BSNL on 13.05.2016: CMD BSNL had a brief meeting with GSs of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA. Eventhough we are not interested for a combined meeting, after continues request, GS attended the meeting. CMD sought the opinion of the Assns on two issues:

1) Implementation of Khan Committee recommendation on standard pay scales of E2, E3: First AIBSNLEA told their view that as per the recommendation; E1A should be replaced by E2 and E2A by E3. Anomalies if any should be settled later by changes in the EPP after implementation.

SNEA reiterated its stand that the committee recommendation is to be implemented in totality from the beginning. It can be implemented in two ways: a) with cascading effect: E2(JTO), E3(SDE), E4(Sr SDE), E5(DE), E6(DGM) and E7(SG DGM), in that case no change is required in EPP which was our original demand or b) by simply replacing E1A with E2 and E2A with E3. ie. E2(JTO), E3(SDE), E3(Sr SDE), E4(DE), E5(DGM), E6(SG DGM) with necessary changes in EPP as recommended by Khan committee to protect five promotions and anomalies.

As per Khan Committee, one Executive has to work in E3 (pre-revised E2A) scale in SDE grade for 5 years and in Sr SDE grade for 5 years in the same E3 (pre-revised E3) scale already approved by DoT. In other words, on Khan Committee implementation also, one Executive has to work in E3 scale for 10 years, 5 years as SDE and 5 years as Sr SDE.

Since mgt is not ready to implement the first option with cascading effect, the second option is acceptable to us to resolve the issue provided management is ensuring promotion and fixation benefit from SDE to Sr SDE in the same E3 scale after 5 years, GS told.

As per Khan Committee recommendation, one executive has to work 5 years as SDE in E3 scale and 5 years as Sr SDE in E3 scale. If Khan Committee felt that an Executive has to work only 5 years in E3 scale, it would not have recommended E2A to E3 scale again, since E3 scale was already approved by DoT in 2009 itself as replacement scale for pre-revised E3 for the Sr SDE/Sr AO. Only E1A to E2 was sufficient. Both Assns should have demanded only E1A to E2. Then why simply creating confusion now, we could not understand. Is it a calculated move to derail its implementation?

2. MT Rect: There is no requirement of Extl MT as abundant talent is available within the company. Thousands of highly talented and experienced Executives are available within BSNL. MT(Intl) is a fast track promotion for the meritorious candidates, another fast track promotion like LDCE. The rect should be completed at the earliest as the candidates already lost one precious year due to the delay. The number can be increased from 150 to 300, About 11,000 Executives applied for the MT(Intl) rect, GS told. More than the employees, it is the requirement of the company to build a top management from among the potential talent within BSNL as ITS officers are leaving BSNL and there will be total vacuum at GM/CGM level. GS told CMD that SNEA and AIBSNLEA fought for eligibility to all the Executives of BSNL for appearing in the MT(Intl) exam by launching agitation and even fought legal battle at Ernakulam and PCAT New Delhi and now they had taken a U Turn on the issue. SNEA always stood on principles and continue with that.

Since there is no further improvement on the issues, all efforts are to be made to make the Relay Hunger Strike from 18-20, May 2016 a grand success.

14-05-2016

Meeting with CMD, BSNL: CMD BSNL had a brief meeting with GSs of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA. Eventhough we are not interested for a combined meeting, after continues request, GS attended the meeting. CMD sought the opinion of the Assns on two issues:

1) Implementation of Khan Committee recommendation on standard pay scales of E2, E3: First AIBSNLEA told their view that as per the recommendation; E1A should be replaced by E2 and E2A by E3. Anomalies if any should be settled later by changes in the EPP after implementation.

SNEA reiterated its stand that the committee recommendation is to be implemented in totality from the beginning. It can be implemented in two ways: a) with cascading effect: E2(JTO), E3(SDE), E4(Sr SDE), E5(DE), E6(DGM) and E7(SG DGM), in that case no change is required in EPP which was our original demand or b) by simply replacing E1A with E2 and E2A with E3. ie. E2(JTO), E3(SDE), E3(Sr SDE), E4(DE), E5(DGM), E6(SG DGM) with necessary changes in EPP as recommended by Khan committee to protect five promotions and anomalies.

As per Khan Committee, one Executive has to work in E3 (pre-revised E2A) scale in SDE grade for 5 years and in Sr SDE grade for 5 years in the same E3 (pre-revised E3) scale already approved by DoT. In other words, on Khan Committee implementation also, one Executive has to work in E3 scale for 10 years, 5 years as SDE and 5 years as Sr SDE.

Since mgt is not ready to implement the first option with cascading effect, the second option is acceptable to us to resolve the issue provided management is ensuring promotion and fixation benefit from SDE to Sr SDE in the same E3 scale after 5 years, GS told.

As per Khan Committee recommendation, one executive has to work 5 years as SDE in E3 scale and 5 years as Sr SDE in E3 scale. If Khan Committee felt that an Executive has to work only 5 years in E3 scale, it would not have recommended E2A to E3 scale again, since E3 scale was already approved by DoT in 2009 itself as replacement scale for pre-revised E3 for the Sr SDE/Sr AO. Only E1A to E2 was sufficient. Both Assns should have demanded only E1A to E2. Then why simply creating confusion now, we could not understand. Is it a calculated move to derail its implementation?

2. MT Rect: There is no requirement of Extl MT as abundant talent is available within the company. Thousands of highly talented and experienced Executives are available within BSNL. MT(Intl) is a fast track promotion for the meritorious candidates, another fast track promotion like LDCE. The rect should be completed at the earliest as the candidates already lost one precious year due to the delay. The number can be increased from 150 to 300, About 11,000 Executives applied for the MT(Intl) rect, GS told. More than the employees, it is the requirement of the company to build a top management from among the potential talent within BSNL as ITS officers are leaving BSNL and there will be total vacuum at GM/CGM level. GS told CMD that SNEA and AIBSNLEA fought for eligibility to all the Executives of BSNL for appearing in the MT(Intl) exam by launching agitation and even fought legal battle at Ernakulam and PCAT New Delhi and now they had taken a U Turn on the issue. SNEA always stood on principles and continue with that.

Since there is no further improvement on the issues, all efforts are to be made to make the Relay Hunger Strike from 18-20, May 2016 a grand success.

14-05-2016

Both Assns should explain why they are opposing the changes in EPP to address the anomalies now itself as recommended by the Khan Committee (2nd part of the recommendation) by modifying the EPP from 01.01.2007 along with the pay scales proposal?

Why they are insisting to create anomaly and continue with anomaly evenafter knowing very well that huge anomalies will happen? Already large number of anomalies like Officiating pay fixation and pay protection, Antedating, seniors getting less pay than the Juniors etc etc remain unaddressed and mgt is not addressing it even after Supreme Court orders.

Why both Assns demanding to create anomaly and reduce the pay by one increment for thousands of SDEs or AOs who got one additional increment on promotion as DE or CAO between 01.10.2009 and 01.10.2014 in E4 scale? According to their plan, all will reach E5 scale on 01.10.2009 itself instead of 01.10.2014. Thousands of them are retired. They want to make their life also miserable?

Why both Assns demanding to create anomaly and reduce one promotion for the seniors to E6 scale which is due on 01.10.2019 which will affect the pension also? According to their plan, all will reach E6 scale on 01.10.2014 itself instead of 01.10.2019.

Why both Assns demanding to create anomaly and miss the additional increment got on DGM promotion recently in E5 scale? According to their plan, all will reach E6 scale on 01.10.2014.

Why both Assns demanding to create an anomaly that JTOs as on 01.10.2000 in E1A scale and promoted as SDEs in 2004 will reach E4 scale in 2008 and SDEs as on 01.10.2000 in E2A scale will reach E4 scale on 01.10.2009?

Why both Assns want to create anomaly and want to reduce the promotions for the youngsters and seniors from five to four?

Analysing these likely anomalies, Khan Committee recommended to make necessary changes in the EPP to protect the promotions and pay. Surprisingly they are opposing it now! Whether they made the recommendations without knowing the facts or simply made recommendations? Or without knowing the issues and its implications, simply making the noises now to divert the attention and delay and derail the implementation?

They have no concern for the juniors or seniors or the future recruits? If they are sincere in their statements, they have to allow management to implement the Khan Committee recommendations fully, without any dilution, ie. Recommendation of replacement of E1A by E2, E2A by E3 with necessary changes in the EPP as recommedded. SNEA will not allow any dilution of the recommendations which creates anomaly, reduction in number of promotions, pay reduction and recovery etc.

SNEA stand from 2002 onwards is very clear and firm, we want E2, E3, E3, ---, E7. In 2002, we could achieve E1A, E2A, ----, E6 but never left our original demand. During 2nd PRC, again we are struggling for E2, E3 to E7. Now we are reaching near to our goal of E2 to E7 by getting E2 to E6 now with five promotions. We will continue our struggle for the original demand of E2, E3, ---, E7 during 3rd PRC with five promotions.

14-05-2016

Meeting with CMD, BSNL: CMD BSNL had a brief meeting with GSs of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA. Eventhough we are not interested for a combined meeting, after continues request, GS attended the meeting. CMD sought the opinion of the Assns on two issues:

1) Implementation of Khan Committee recommendation on standard pay scales of E2, E3: First AIBSNLEA told their view that as per the recommendation; E1A should be replaced by E2 and E2A by E3. Anomalies if any should be settled later by changes in the EPP after implementation.

SNEA reiterated its stand that the committee recommendation is to be implemented in totality from the beginning. It can be implemented in two ways: a) with cascading effect: E2(JTO), E3(SDE), E4(Sr SDE), E5(DE), E6(DGM) and E7(SG DGM), in that case no change is required in EPP which was our original demand or b) by simply replacing E1A with E2 and E2A with E3. ie. E2(JTO), E3(SDE), E3(Sr SDE), E4(DE), E5(DGM), E6(SG DGM) with necessary changes in EPP as recommended by Khan committee to protect five promotions and anomalies.

As per Khan Committee, one Executive has to work in E3 (pre-revised E2A) scale in SDE grade for 5 years and in Sr SDE grade for 5 years in the same E3 (pre-revised E3) scale already approved by DoT. In other words, on Khan Committee implementation also, one Executive has to work in E3 scale for 10 years, 5 years as SDE and 5 years as Sr SDE.

Since mgt is not ready to implement the first option with cascading effect, the second option is acceptable to us to resolve the issue provided management is ensuring promotion and fixation benefit from SDE to Sr SDE in the same E3 scale after 5 years, GS told.

As per Khan Committee recommendation, one executive has to work 5 years as SDE in E3 scale and 5 years as Sr SDE in E3 scale. If Khan Committee felt that an Executive has to work only 5 years in E3 scale, it would not have recommended E2A to E3 scale again, since E3 scale was already approved by DoT in 2009 itself as replacement scale for pre-revised E3 for the Sr SDE/Sr AO. Only E1A to E2 was sufficient. Both Assns should have demanded only E1A to E2. Then why simply creating confusion now, we could not understand. Is it a calculated move to derail its implementation?

2. MT Rect: There is no requirement of Extl MT as abundant talent is available within the company. Thousands of highly talented and experienced Executives are available within BSNL. MT(Intl) is a fast track promotion for the meritorious candidates, another fast track promotion like LDCE. The rect should be completed at the earliest as the candidates already lost one precious year due to the delay. The number can be increased from 150 to 300, About 11,000 Executives applied for the MT(Intl) rect, GS told. More than the employees, it is the requirement of the company to build a top management from among the potential talent within BSNL as ITS officers are leaving BSNL and there will be total vacuum at GM/CGM level. GS told CMD that SNEA and AIBSNLEA fought for eligibility to all the Executives of BSNL for appearing in the MT(Intl) exam by launching agitation and even fought legal battle at Ernakulam and PCAT New Delhi and now they had taken a U Turn on the issue. SNEA always stood on principles and continue with that.

Since there is no further improvement on the issues, all efforts are to be made to make the Relay Hunger Strike from 18-20, May 2016 a grand success.

14-05-2016

Some examples to clear the doubts on implementation of the Khan Committee recommendations.

There will be No change in the pay or pay scales except E1A will be changed as E2 and E2A will be changed as E3, financial upgradations (EPP), date of next upgradation etc for the Executives recruited in DoT/BSNL, prior to 01.01.2007.

Grade

Present situation before implementation of Khan Committee

 

JTO upto 1992

E1A(JTO)

E2A(SDE)

E2(SDE)

E3(Sr SDE)

E4 (DE)

E5 (DGM)

E6(SG DGM)

01.10.2000

01.10.2004

01.01.2007

01.10.2009

01.10.2014

01.10.2019

01.10.2024

On implementation of E2, E3 scales.

E1A(JTO)

E2A(SDE)

E3(SDE)

E3(Sr SDE)

E4 (DE)

E5(DGM)

E6(SG DGM)

01.10.2000

01.10.2004

01.01.2007

01.10.2009

01.10.2014

01.10.2019

01.10.2024

 

JTO (1993, 94, 95 etc)

Present situation before implementation of Khan Committee

E1A(JTO)

E2A(SDE)

E2(SDE)

E3(Sr SDE)

E4 (DE)

E5 (DGM)

E6(SG DGM)

01.10.2000

01.10.2006

01.01.2007

01.10.2011

01.10.2016

01.10.2021

01.10.2026

On implementation of E2, E3 scales alone.

E1A(JTO)

E2A(SDE)

E3(SDE)

E3(Sr SDE)

E4 (DE)

E5 (DGM)

E6(SG DGM)

01.10.2000

01.10.2006

01.01.2007

01.10.2011

01.10.2016

01.10.2021

01.10.2026

After implementation of 3rd recommendation of Khan Committee on 1st TBP.

01.10.2000

01.10.2005

01.01.2007

01.10.2010

01.10.2015

01.10.2020

01.10.2025

 

Grade

E1A(JTO)

E2A(SDE)

E3(SDE)

E3(Sr SDE)

E4 (DE)

E5 DGM)

E6(SG DGM)

JTO (1989)

01.10.2000

01.01.2002

01.01.2006

01.01.2007

01.10.2011

01.10.2016

01.10.2021

 

Grade

E1A(JTO)

E2(JTO)

E3(SDE)

E3(Sr SDE)

E4 (DE)

E5 DGM)

E6(SG DGM)

JTO (2005)

2005

01.01.2007

2009

2014

13-05-2016

We have to be very careful about those who are playing with the future of the Executives after making recommendations for E2, E3 pay scales without cascading effect and during implementation time, making noises demanding cascading effect. They are already exposed since they didn’t make any recommendation for cascading effect. They were silent from 2012 to 2015. They never interested in E2, E3 scales for the new recruits from the beginning, never pursued it in BSNL or DoT or DPE to get the E1A and E2A scales rejected. They are for E1+5 increments. In the committee also they tried to derail it by demanding E2 scale from 01.10.2000. Even in the meeting with DIR(HR) on 26.04.2016, they mentioned that they are happy with E1, E2, -- E6 if cascading is not given.

The present move is a very clever and calculated move to derail its implementation demanding cascading effect or reducing the promotion from five to four, knowing very well that management will not accept it. Evenif management accepts, Board and DoT will reject it. Their only intension is to confuse the Executives, promising changes in pay scales for all and ultimately force management even not to implement simple E2 and E3 pay scales, our comrades should understand.

Mgt also never interested to implement it rather tried their best to demote the JTO/JAO, SDE/AO cadres from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. When SNEA started agitation, Joint Committee reconstituted in 2015. Committee made sweeping recommendations on standard pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP. Their agenda suits management, which doesn’t want to implement E2, E3. If management is sincere, it will implement the recommendations in toto without any further delay as promised. If that is not happening, it can be presumed that this drama is going on with the support of management to scuttle the pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP. We should not allow this to happen. No pay scales means, no CPSU Hierarchy and no 1st TBP. The 3rd PRC implementation will become an impossible task.

Officiating pay fixation and pay protection is another issue where thousands of Executives, SDEs, AOs, DEs and CAOs facing pay reduction to the tune of one or two increments. It has to be corrected immediately. DPCs are to be expedited. Assurance of 6% on superannuation benefit is to be implemented. Membership verification to be completed immediately to decide the majority Association. Justice is to be rendered to the Executives of Civil/Elect wings.

So comrades, make extensive preparations for the relay hunger strike from 18-20, May, 2016 and other future programmes. It is a do or die battle for us.

11-05-2016

Discussion with SNEA and others on various HR issues:

Response from Management on various HR issues with target dates........View letter copy.

11-05-2016

Meeting with DIR(HR): As per the direction of CMD, BSNL, DIR(HR) invited SNEA for the discussion in the morning around 10 AM. After the Dharna started at BSNLCO, the discussion started at 11.10 am and continued for one and half hours. GS, CHQ President and AGS participated. During discussions, Assn clearly told management that sufficient discussions were already held on the issues but no concrete decision has come. In the name of consensus, issues are dragging. Already there is a consensus on some of the issues and Joint Committee recommendations are made.

DIR(HR) informed that on implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A, Administrative decision will be taken today itself to implement the recommendations as it is. Assn once again made its stand very clear that E2, E3 scales should be implemented immediately from 01.01.2007 replacing E1A and E2A without disturbing the 5 time bound promotions already Executives having as recommended by the Khan Committee.  

Further discussions held on CPSU Hierarchy, 1st TBP, Offtg pay protection, 30% superannuation, Ist TBP from JTO(LA) and Sr SDE after 4 years, Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A for JTO/SDE(C/E) etc w.e.f 01.10.2000. On these issues, management is trying to settle them in a time bound manner and the time schedule will be intimated to all, DIR(HR) informed.

Comrades, we had seen lot of assurances in the past also. This time we have to ensure that management is taking concrete decisions to settle the issues. So, make extensive preparations for the next programme from 18th to 20th May, 2016. Campaigning may be done by making special GBs at SSA level. Our CSs and other office bearers should start touring different locations. 

09-05-2016

Meeting with CMD and DIR(HR): GS, AGS and Jt Sec met Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD(BSNL) and Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) and extended our sincere gratitude for the approval of 30% superannuation benefits to BSNL direct rects with initial contribution of 3% from BSNL, amendment to SDE RR clarifying the method of seniority fixation in the ratio 2:1,  E1+5 increment to the remaining batches of JTO/JAO etc in the Board meeting held on 05.5.2016. We reminded them about the assurance given to SNEA at Jaipur AIC about 6% contribution. Both reassured that the percentage will be worked out after the recalculation of the medical expenditure by the Fin wing and the contribution will be enhanced accordingly as assured to SNEA.

09-05-2016

Make all out preparations for the success of the Mass Dharna on 11.05.2016 at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs. Resolution of the issues fully depends upon the success of the TU programmes. All important issues like promotions, pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP, pay protection, memebership verification, notion pay etc etc are pending for years together.

All the Executives are requested to participate in the Dharna and make it 100% success.

Why Recommendation of Joint Committee is not implemented by BSNL?

Truth in reference to the SDE and Sr. SDE to remain in E3 pay scales for 10 years: Comrades, being a member of Joint Committee and having signed the recommendation on Standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A for JTOs and SDEs, it was known to all constituent Associations that SDE and Sr. SDE will remain in E3 pay scale for 10 years because SDE in E2A scale is getting upgraded to E3 scale, 5 years in advance. That is why provision is made in recommendation that necessary provision/changes in EPP should be made to give one increment after five years for TBP from SDE to Sr. SDE Grade.

 

Our humble appeal to all members of Joint Committee is, LET US HONOUR OUR OWN RECOMMENDATIONS and maintain same stand in discussion with Sr. Management of BSNL to pave way for E2 and E3 pay scale implementation for JTO and SDE cadres before 3rd PRC.
Joint Committee Recommendations on standard pay scales

05-05-2016

Make all out preparations for the success of the Mass Dharna on 11.05.2016 at BSNLCO, Circle /SSA HQs. Resolution of the issues fully depends upon the success of the TU programmes. All important issues like promotions, pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP, pay protection, memebership verification, notion pay etc etc are pending for years together. All the Executives are requested to participate in the Dharna and make it 100% success.

05-05-2016

NCOA decided to launch series of trade union actions demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. Details will be uploaded later.

05-05-2016

CPSU cadre Hierarchy is the only viable alternative:

Our agitation should force management to fast track its implementation as happened in 2015 in Joint Committee formation

All the promotions from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE, AO to CAO etc are held up due to litigations. Since Nagaraju judgment of the Hon SC on reservation is still in force and even the previous Govt could not amend the constitution to nullify the judgment, there is remote possibility to get a favourable judgment from the lower courts. Hon SC reiterated the same judgment several times later on.

If we are not working out alternate solutions, our future will be in dark. On this contest only we are looking towards CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Since residency period for JTO to SDE promotion and 1st TBP is worked out by the Joint Committee on the basis of E2, E3 pay scales, finalization of E2, E3 pay scales only will drive attention towards CPSU Hierarchy. So delay in implementation of pay scales naturally delays CPSU Hierarchy as well as 1st TBP, which is the demand of SNEA alone.

On CPSU Hierarchy, Jt Committee recommended promotion from JTO to SDE in 5 years, SDE to Sr SDE in 5 yesrs (total 10 years from JTO), Sr SDE to DE in 5 years(total 15 years from JTO), thus assuring three functional promotions from JTO to SDE to Sr SDE to DE equivalent grades in 15 years. As on today, a direct rect JTO after 30 to 35 years of service is waiting for the promotion as DE. So bringing the time period from 30 years to 15 years for DE promotion will be a great step in the given situation. Promotions beyond DE, ie to DGM will be on post based. But Jt Committee recommended to continue with two more financial upgradations from DE to DGM to SGDGM scales.

CPSU cadre hierarchy should address the seniority related issues between direct rects and promotes, seniority and LDCE promotions etc as the promotions will be based on rect year or vacancy year basis as done in the case of JTO to SDE promotion. Seniority and vacancy will have relevance only for DGM promotions.

During implementation, SNEA is struggling to see that the Executives in higher grade is getting promotion directly, atleast to the next grade, simply by taking VC without waiting for conduction of one more DPC. This will give immediate relief to thousands of Executives waiting for promotion for years together.

Joint Committee Recommendations on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP

05-05-2016

SNEA had the history of struggling for the genuine demands with conviction and commitment till we achieve the demands. We never failed in that respect. We remind those friends having doubt that:

Those advocated to get absorbed in BSNL as bonded labourers for Rs 2000/- in 2002 without knowing terms and condition for absorption and who could not settle a single issue since formation had no right to advocate what trade union or agitation is.

1.  The only Assn in BSNL struggled in 2002 for terms and condition for absorption is SNEA. We fought successfully till end and settled the terms and conditions of absorption like pay scales (all got more than 5000 rupees hike in place of Rs 2000 offered), point to point fixation and five Time Bound promotions upto SGJAG(E6 scale) which we all are enjoying now. On that platform and foundation laid by SNEA in 2002, now we are trying to implement CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.

2. SNEA alone struggled to get the EPF contribution @12% of the actual emoluments without ceiling instead of a fixed amount of 12% of Rs 6500/-(with the ceiling). Orders issued in Aug 2005 with retrospective effect from 01.10.2000.

3. SNEA and AIBSNLEA together struggled for implementation of EPP as per terms and conditions of absorption and orders issued in 2007.

4. SNEA alone struggled in Dec, 2006 for 50% IDA merger, gone for two days strike and got 50% IDA merger.

5. SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA together struggled for BSNLMS RR and orders issued in 2009 eventhough AIGETOA given dissent note.

6. SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA struggled together in 2012 and Joint committee formed.

7. Singular efforts of SNEA in 2013 increased the DE  Regular quota from 50% to 75% and ended Adhocism in DE promotions.

8. SNEA alone struggled in 2014 when BSNL tried to demote the JTO cadre to E1. The pay scale issue referred to DoT again and then to DPE. SNEA efforts in DoT and DPE ensured that DoT and DPE rejecting the non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A, setting stage for the settlement of our demand for standard pay scales of E2, E3.

9. Again in 2015 our struggle alone resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee and fast tracking it. Our serious persuasion with the management as well as the in the Joint Committee resulted in very positive recommendations from the committee which we could not achieve since 2012.

These are some of the milestones in HR front. Can others mention a single struggle or achievement other than this during the last 15 years?

Our friends conveniently quoting part of the provisions of EPP which suits them by concealing the fact that the provision of EPP “first time bound financial up gradation during 4-6 years and subsequent time bound financial upgradations after every 5 years only” provides upgradations from E1A to E2A to E3 to E4 to E5 to E6 scales with five upgradations.

Our minimum demand is that

1.    JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres should not be demoted to E1 and E2 scales. E2, E3 scales should be implemented for JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs w.e.f 01.01.2007.

2.  The five promotions already have from JTO/JAO upto SGJAG should not be disturbed.

In the Joint Committee meetings, management very clearly told and recorded that the cascading factor will not be considered and made recommendations restricted to replacement of non standard pay scales of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 as per the terms of reference and further told that SDE and Sr SDE will remain in the same pay scale of E3. Further to protect the 5 promotions already given from 01.01.2007 and ensure pay fixation on promotion from SDE to Sr SDE grade in the same scale of E3, Jt Committee recommended suitable changes in the EPP also (2nd part of first recommendation). Further Jt Committee recommended promotion from JTO to SDE to Sr SDE to DE in 15 years in CPSU cadre Hierarchy. Then why all these dramas and crocodile tears on cascading effect now when management is implementing the recommendations as recommended by the Committee and they are signatory to the recommendations? Is it a delay tactics or want to derail it? Friends, you are playing with the future of the cadre and future of more than 10000 Executives recruited after 01.01.2007 who are eagerly waiting for the implementation of E2, E3 pay scales and CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.

BSNL management was not ready, even to discuss replacement of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A by E2, E3 with cascading effect (E2 to E7) in the Joint Committee constituted in 2012(only one meeting on pay scales from 2012 to 2015) as all other pay scales are approved by DoT and implemented. So, in 2014 Jaipur CWC itself, SNEA decided to stop the demotion of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO to E1 and E2 at any cost and restricted our demand to replacement of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3, without affecting the 5 promotions. If mgt is not agreeing for cascading, it has to be addressed later in 3rd PRC, it was suggested.

Raising the demand of cascading at this point of time when implementation of E2, E3 scale is under process will only further delay it or management may even keep it in cold storage once again as done till 2015. Further other two recommendations of the Committee on CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP also will go to cold storage.

If somebody now propagating promotion to DE in 10 years, why they recommended promotion to DE in 15 years in the Joint Committee recommendations? After thought or ignorance or simply confusing the Executives?

Similarly, if Sr SDE grade is to be abolished now, that also w.e.f 01.01.2007, then why they recommended promotion from JTO to SDE to Sr SDE to DE grade in 15 years in the Joint Committee recommendations? Again -----?

We are very serious on resolution of all the issues raised. It is not our culture that we will keep mum on important issues like 30% superannuation, pay scales, CPSU cadre hierarchy etc and will give notices only when MT issue comes, whether it is MT or MT(SRD) for few posts and get some assurance on that subject, leaving all other issues. MT(Intl) is the promotional avenue for the talented Executives to reach the top mgt positions and requirement of the company. Since abundant talent is available within the organization, there is no need for MT(Extl).

Once again we appeal to them, as a last opportunity that struggle for the cadre, instead of demanding something like moon, be realistic and try to address the basic issues which are to be resolved before constitution of 3rd PRC. We already lost many years on pay scales, 30% superannuation, CPSU etc etc by making such unrealistic demands.


Finally the valiant comrades of SNEA, the real fighters and all the Executives together will show once again what struggle is and how the issues will be settled.
Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scalesJoint Committee recommendations on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP

04-05-2016

Make all out preparations for the success of the Mass Dharna on 11.05.2016 at BSNLCO, Circle /SSA HQs. Resolution of the issues fully depends upon the success of the TU programmes. All important issues like promotions, pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP, pay protection, memebership verification, notion pay etc etc are pending for years together. 
All the Executives are requested to participate in the programmes and make it 100% success.

03-05-2016

Make all out preparations for the success of the Mass Dharna on 11.05.2016 at BSNLCO, Circle /SSA HQs. Early resolution of the issues fully depends upon the success of the TU programmes. All important issues like promotions, pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP, pay protection, memebership verification, notion pay etc etc are pending for years together. CSs, SSA Secreatries and CHQ/Circle office bearers to tour the Circle and conduct meetings at all important locations. Door to door campaign may be conducted in the coming days to ensure that all the Executives are participating in the Dharna.

 

Charter of demands:

 

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a)    Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A,

b)    Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy,

c)    Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f  

       01.10.2000.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees.

3. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

6. First Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grades as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades.

7. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000.

 

Programme of Trade Union actions:

 

Massive Dharna at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs: 11th May, 2016

 

Relay Hunger Strike at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs: 18th, 19th and 20th May, 2016.

 

If the issues are not resolved, more vigorous trade union actions will be resorted to from June, 2016.

03-05-2016

Make all out preparations for the success of the Mass Dharna on 11.05.2016 at BSNLCO, Circle /SSA HQs. Early resolution of the issues fully depends upon the success of the TU programmes. All important issues like promotions, pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and 1st TBP, pay protection, memebership verification, notion pay etc etc are pending for years together. CSs, SSA Secreatries and CHQ/Circle office bearers to tour the Circle and conduct meetings at all important locations. Door to door campaign may be conducted in the coming days to ensure that all the Executives are participating in the Dharna.    

 

Charter of demands:

 

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a)    Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A,

b)    Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy,

c)    Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f  

       01.10.2000.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees.

3. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

6. First Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grades as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades.

7. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000.

 

Programme of Trade Union actions:

 

Massive Dharna at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs: 11th May, 2016

 

Relay Hunger Strike at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs: 18th, 19th and 20th May, 2016.

 

If the issues are not resolved, more vigorous trade union actions will be resorted to from June, 2016.

02-05-2016

GS writes to DIR(HR) regarding Pay fixation on  Local Officiating promotion and protection of pay on regular promotion — provisions of TBP policy issued on 18.01.2007, relevant provisions of FR/SR, Hon SC Judgments, clarifications dated 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010 issued by BSNL and the MC Note approved by DIR(Fin), BSNL to correct the wrong clarifications. In the last agenda meeting held on 21.04.2016, DIR(HR) assured to re-examine the whole issue.
Letter to DIR(HR) on officiating pay protection issue

01-05-2016

What compelled us to go for direct actions in a short notice:

The meeting with DIR(HR) on 26.04.2016 on implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scale was fruitful as management as well as all the three Associations shown keenness to settle the issues strictly as per the recommendations of the Joint Committee. Management continue to maintain its firm stand that there is no question of cascading effect from E3 to E4 (Sr SDE to E4), E4 to E5 etc as all those pay scales are standard pay scales already approved by DoT and there is no justification for changing them. Right from the beginning, at the time of constitution of the Joint Committee in 2012 itself, management made it clear that it will consider only change in the non standard pay scales of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 without any change in the other pay scales and made the terms of reference of the committee strictly to that extent. So Joint Committee also restricted its recommendation from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3. Chairman of the committee made it very clear in the deliberations also and recorded in the minutes of the last meeting on 09.07.2015, that SDE and Sr SDE will remain in the same pay scale of E3. Further, to ensure pay fixation benefit of one increment on promotion from SDE to Sr SDE equivalent grade in the same scale of E3, the Jt Committee recommended (2nd part of 1st recommendation) to make necessary changes in the EPP.

So anybody, now raising the demand of E3 to E4, E4 to E5 etc, after becoming party to the Joint Committee recommendations is really trying to derail the settlement or delay it till 3rd PRC so that the demand will be buried once for all. They have to understand that they are not working in the interest of the cadre rather they are indirectly supporting the management stand to demote the JTO/JAO, SDE/AO cadres to E1 and E2 scales. Their stand suits the management also as mgt have tried their level best to finalise the pay scales in the form of E1+5 and E2 scales. They are playing with the future of the cadre and the JTO/JAOs recruited/Promoted after 01.01.2007, i.e. in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and future recruits.

The real issue which SNEA is agitating for years together is the finalization of standard pay scales for the JTO/JAOs recruited/Promoted after 01.01.2007, in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 etc. Vast majority of them are members of SNEA, having full faith that this Assn alone can resolve their issues and do justice to the cadre by uplifting the cadre as being done in 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2007, 2009 etc.  

The other two recommendations, CPSU cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP are based on the implementation of E2, E3 scales. So delay in implementation of E2, E3 scales naturally delays the implementation of the other two recommendations and that is precisely happening now. Somebody advocating to abolish Sr SDE equivalent grade means, they are derailing the 2nd & 3rd recommendations  also, i.e implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy and uniform 1st TBP.

They are indirectly demanding to abolish Sr SDE grade from 01.01.2007 which is opposed by all as it will have serious implications like:

1.  All the executives will lose one promotion and the no of promotions will be reduced to four instead of five. Is it an achievement to reduce the number of promotions? Only SNEA struggled in 2002 to get five assured promotions and made it part of the terms and conditions of absorption and EPP.

2.  Thousands of seniors in E4 scale from 01.10.2009 (more than 7500) got DE/CAO promotions between 01.10.2009 and 01.10.2014 and they will lose one additional increment got on promotion in the same E4 scale as all of them will be shifted to E5 scale on 01.10.2009 itself.

3. As all of them will reach E6 scale on 01.10.2014 itself instead of 01.10.2019 as per their new demand, they will lose another increment due on promotion to E6 scale on 01.10.2019 as per the existing policy. So all of them will lose two increments in their career! Is it our friends want to implement? Seniors as well as Juniors will lose one promotion and minimum one fixation benefit! Whether our friends are aware of this fact that all the Executives are losing two fixations when they are making a demand to abolish Sr SDE grade?

4.  Otherwise juniors (JTOs on 01.10.2000) become SDEs in 2004 will reach E4 scale in 2008 and all the seniors (SDE/AOs on 01.10.2000) will reach E4 scale on 01.10.2009!

5. These are some of the examples. So many similar anomalies, batch wise and cadre wise will be cropped up which will be known afterwards.

When management shown its readiness to implement Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scales in the combined meeting on 26.04.16 and also assured us in the meeting on 21.04.16 to increase the 30% superannuation benefit from 3% after working out the actual medical expenditure, conduction of membership verification, settlement of offtg pay protection issue, re-examining the notional pay scales for Civil/Elect etc, the sudden development on 27.04.2016 raises serious doubts about their intensions whether they want to derail the issues once again as happened earlier. The pay scale issue was delaying mainly due to the confusion and contradicting stands taken by some sections for the last four months since December. Similarly other two recommendations of the Joint Committee also delayed only because of the same reason.

Our serious doubt is that they are deliberately trying to delay the settlement of pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy, 30% superannuation etc in order to cover up the demand on MT rect by making them repeatedly an agenda, every time, whenever there is a movement on MT Rect.

This time we cannot take any risk, no more delay tactics as 3rd PRC is fast approaching, no promotions in any cadre due to litigations and CPSU Hierarchy implementation is the only solution. So the only option left for us, is to start organizational actions to defeat this sinister move of some sections, may be in tacit understanding with the management.

So in the coming days truth will come out, who is playing, some section of the Executives with vested interest or the management? If the management is sincere in its approach, they will come out quickly with the resolution of the issues as repeatedly assuring to us and avoid industrial unrest and our agitation will strengthen their hands. In that case the game plan of others will be exposed in front of all the Executives. If management is really playing with the help of some vested interest, then this is high time for all of us to go all out on agitation and settle all the issues and teach a lesson to all those working against the larger cadre interest.

30-04-2016

On the demand of notional pay of E1A and E2A for the JTO/SDEs in Civil/Elect/Arch wings w.e.f 01.10.2000, Estt wing sought the details from Civil/Elect wing to furnish the total number of JTO/SDE in each zones. CSs and other activists to coordinate and send the details at the earliest.
BSNLCO letter

30-04-2016

SNEA served notice for trade union actions: Make all out preparations for the success of the programme

 

Charter of demands:

 

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a)    Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A,

b) Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy,

c)   Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees.

3. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

6. First Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grades as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades.

7. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000.

 

Programme of Trade Union actions:

 

Massive Dharna at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs: 11th May, 2016

 

Relay Hunger Strike at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs: 18th, 19th and 20th May, 2016.

 

If the issues are not resolved, more vigorous trade union actions will be resorted to from June, 2016.

28-04-2016

SNEA served notice for trade union actions as per the decision of the Kolkata CWC:

 

Charter of demands:

 

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a)    Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A,

b) Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy,

c)   Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees.

3. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

6. First Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grades as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades.

7. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000.

 

Programme of Trade Union actions:

 

Massive Dharna at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs: 11th May, 2016

 

Relay Hunger Strike at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs: 18th, 19th and 20th May, 2016.

 

If the issues are not resolved, more vigorous trade union actions will be resorted to from June, 2016.

Notice for Trade Union actions

26-04-2016

DIR(HR) called a meeting of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA today to finalise the implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A as recommended by the Joint Committee: The Jt Committee made two recommendations regarding pay scales, 1) replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A with E2 and E2A with E3 for JTO, SDE and equivalent cadres and 2) to make necessary changes in the EPP to avoid anomalies.

Assn demanded that E2, E3 pay scales are to be implemented as per the recommendations of the Jt Committee after incorporating necessary safety clauses in the EPP to avoid anomalies. At the same time, the assured 5 promotions also to be continued in the future, which is part of the absorption conditions. Recommendation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP is fully linked with the recommendation on pay scales. DIR(HR) finally informed that the recommendations of Jt Committee will be implemented first and other fresh demands will be examined later after obtaining further inputs.

Assn requested to implement the recommendations at the earliest by taking the approval in the next BSNL Board meeting itself since 3rd PRC will be constituted soon.

21-04-2016

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P P Rao and Jt Sec Com A Dahiya held detailed discussions with DIR(HR) in the scheduled meeting today for almost two hours over the left over issues in the charter of demands. GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) was also present in the meeting. This meeting was in continuation to the earlier meeting held on 07.04.2016. The following issues discussed:

 

1. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Detailed discussions held on the subject. Assn pointed out that the calculation made by EF section is nothing but an attempt to derail the long pending issue. EF section is changing the figures on medical (PRMB) frequently from 1.5% to 3% and then to 13.8% without any proper study or calculation. In all other PSUs, the contribution towards PRMB varies between 3% to 4.5% and there is no justification in the BSNL stand that the expenditure is 13.8%, Assn pointed out. It is not acceptable to us, Assn clearly told management. DIR(HR) agreed to our view point and informed that mgt couldnot consult SNEA and some major unions before taking a decision on 3% as all of us are out of station. So to start with, it is proposed 3%. After detailed discussion, DIR(HR) informed that mgt is not agreeing with the views of EF section and assured Assn that the exact amount will be worked on medical (PRMB) and review will be made on the contribution after that. After review, further increase will be made based on the actual calculation. This is a major breakthrough on 30% superannuation issue. We are closely monitoring further developments on this issue.

2. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010: Detailed discussions held on various provisions of FR, Supreme Court judgment on pay fixation on officiating promotion, DoT orders, EPP and the clarifications issued to EPP. Assn pointed out that, former DIR(Fin) of BSNL clearly mentioned in a note that the stand taken by the Pers section that there is no pay protection is not correct as it is against the provisions of FR and DoT orders. We had given of copy of the document to establish our stand on the issue to the mgt. Hon Supreme Court also held that pay protection given on officiating promotion is correct. Moreover, in all the court cases, DoT stated that pay protection on Offtg promotion was given and BSNL cannot change the stand now. After discussion, DIR(HR) directed GM(Pers) to re-examine the whole issue based on the relevant rules and the documents submitted by SNEA.

3. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a) Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) told that frequent change of stand by some Assns is the stumbling block in the resolution of the issue. If all are taken a common view to address the issue of E1A and E2A pay scales, it would have been addressed long back. If Assns are demanding cascading effect, mgt will not consider the issue at all due to financial constraints. Mgt also not referred this matter to the committee, committee has been asked to examine introduction of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A without touching other grades/scales. In order to address the issue, mgt taken steps by E1+5 increments and E2 scales. Assn clearly told that we stand by the Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 scales and it has to be implemented in letter and spirit. In the name of divergent views, mgt cannot deny the legitimate issue of standard pay scales of E2 and E3. This issue has to be resolved before the constitution of 3rd PRC, otherwise Assn or BSNL will not be in a position to submit even a memorandum to the PRC.

b) Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: The proposed presentation to CMD, BSNL is postponed to 26.04.2016.

c) Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000. During discussion, it is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU hierarchy as it is linked with the first two recommendations on pay scales and CPSU Hierarchy.

4. On JTO to SDE promotion under seniority quota, Mgt assured that all the formalities will be completed in advance. Action is taken to collect the VCs. All CSs are once again requested to send the VCs immediately. As updation of VC data will take lot of time for thousands of cases, VC has to reach BSNLCO well in advance. Efforts are being made to break the stalemate on LDCE promotion also, Mgt informed. SDE to DE promotion case is coming on 22.04.16, tomorrow. On AO and CAO promotion, the case is coming on 20.05.2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted. Mgt informed that subscription deduction cannot be considered at this point of time as it will affect/influence the outcome of membership verification. Further mgt assured that all efforts are taken to conduct the verification at the earliest. Appropriate action will be taken shortly to conduct the verification.

6. Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades: It is a long pending demand of the Association. However it was not agreed by the mgt which had taken a stand that these are all upgradations. In EPP, hierarchy is defined as JTO/JAO to SDE/AO to DE/CAO and hence it cannot be considered. Further it was examined by a committee headed by Sri KCGK Pillai and the committee also found that these are upgradations and not post based promotions following the Hierarchy. Recently management issued clarifications allowing upgradations after 4 years from AAO and Sr AO grades. This discrimination has created large scale resentment among thousands of lateral JTOs and Sr SDEs. Assn requested to extend the same benefit to lateral JTOs and Sr SDE grades also to end discrimination. After discussion, it was assured that mgt will consider the case.

7. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000: Assn request to consider the case sympathetically based on Vinay Sahi Committee recommendations. On comparison with JAO, mgt categorically informed that these two cadres are not identical as in the case of JAO, it was implemented as per the direction of Govt, Ministry of Finance. JAO pay scales were upgraded from 1997 itself, notionally. Further, similar cadres like PA/PS etc also to be taken into account. According to Estt section, huge financial implication is there, about 161 Crores, mainly on pension contribution. Later on Assn held further discussions with GM(Estt) and collected the details. The discussion will continue after examining the inputs.

21-04-2016

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P P Rao and Jt Sec Com A Dahiya held detailed discussions with DIR(HR) in the scheduled meeting today for almost two hours over the left over issues in the charter of demands. GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) was also present in the meeting. This meeting was in continuation to the earlier meeting held on 07.04.2016. The following issues discussed:

 

1. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Detailed discussions held on the subject. Assn pointed out that the calculation made by EF section is nothing but an attempt to derail the long pending issue. EF section is changing the figures on medical (PRMB) frequently from 1.5% to 3% and then to 13.8% without any proper study or calculation. In all other PSUs, the contribution towards PRMB varies between 3% to 4.5% and there is no justification in the BSNL stand that the expenditure is 13.8%, Assn pointed out. It is not acceptable to us, Assn clearly told management. DIR(HR) agreed to our view point and informed that mgt couldnot consult SNEA and some major unions before taking a decision on 3% as all of us are out of station. So to start with, it is proposed 3%. After detailed discussion, DIR(HR) informed that mgt is not agreeing with the views of EF section and assured Assn that the exact amount will be worked on medical (PRMB) and review will be made on the contribution after that. After review, further increase will be made based on the actual calculation. This is a major breakthrough on 30% superannuation issue. We are closely monitoring further developments on this issue.

2. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010: Detailed discussions held on various provisions of FR, Supreme Court judgment on pay fixation on officiating promotion, DoT orders, EPP and the clarifications issued to EPP. Assn pointed out that, former DIR(Fin) of BSNL clearly mentioned in a note that the stand taken by the Pers section that there is no pay protection is not correct as it is against the provisions of FR and DoT orders. We had given of copy of the document to establish our stand on the issue to the mgt. Hon Supreme Court also held that pay protection given on officiating promotion is correct. Moreover, in all the court cases, DoT stated that pay protection on Offtg promotion was given and BSNL cannot change the stand now. After discussion, DIR(HR) directed GM(Pers) to re-examine the whole issue based on the relevant rules and the documents submitted by SNEA.

3. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a) Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) told that frequent change of stand by some Assns is the stumbling block in the resolution of the issue. If all are taken a common view to address the issue of E1A and E2A pay scales, it would have been addressed long back. If Assns are demanding cascading effect, mgt will not consider the issue at all due to financial constraints. Mgt also not referred this matter to the committee, committee has been asked to examine introduction of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A without touching other grades/scales. In order to address the issue, mgt taken steps by E1+5 increments and E2 scales. Assn clearly told that we stand by the Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 scales and it has to be implemented in letter and spirit. In the name of divergent views, mgt cannot deny the legitimate issue of standard pay scales of E2 and E3. This issue has to be resolved before the constitution of 3rd PRC, otherwise Assn or BSNL will not be in a position to submit even a memorandum to the PRC.

b) Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: The proposed presentation to CMD, BSNL is postponed to 26.04.2016.

c) Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000. During discussion, it is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU hierarchy as it is linked with the first two recommendations on pay scales and CPSU Hierarchy.

4. On JTO to SDE promotion under seniority quota, Mgt assured that all the formalities will be completed in advance. Action is taken to collect the VCs. All CSs are once again requested to send the VCs immediately. As updation of VC data will take lot of time for thousands of cases, VC has to reach BSNLCO well in advance. Efforts are being made to break the stalemate on LDCE promotion also, Mgt informed. SDE to DE promotion case is coming on 22.04.16, tomorrow. On AO and CAO promotion, the case is coming on 20.05.2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted. Mgt informed that subscription deduction cannot be considered at this point of time as it will affect/influence the outcome of membership verification. Further mgt assured that all efforts are taken to conduct the verification at the earliest. Appropriate action will be taken shortly to conduct the verification.

6. Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades: It is a long pending demand of the Association. However it was not agreed by the mgt which had taken a stand that these are all upgradations. In EPP, hierarchy is defined as JTO/JAO to SDE/AO to DE/CAO and hence it cannot be considered. Further it was examined by a committee headed by Sri KCGK Pillai and the committee also found that these are upgradations and not post based promotions following the Hierarchy. Recently management issued clarifications allowing upgradations after 4 years from AAO and Sr AO grades. This discrimination has created large scale resentment among thousands of lateral JTOs and Sr SDEs. Assn requested to extend the same benefit to lateral JTOs and Sr SDE grades also to end discrimination. After discussion, it was assured that mgt will consider the case.

7. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000: Assn request to consider the case sympathetically based on Vinay Sahi Committee recommendations. On comparison with JAO, mgt categorically informed that these two cadres are not identical as in the case of JAO, it was implemented as per the direction of Govt, Ministry of Finance. JAO pay scales were upgraded from 1997 itself, notionally. Further, similar cadres like PA/PS etc also to be taken into account. According to Estt section, huge financial implication is there, about 161 Crores, mainly on pension contribution. Later on Assn held further discussions with GM(Estt) and collected the details. The discussion will continue after examining the inputs.

21-04-2016

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec held detailed discussions with DIR(HR) in the scheduled meeting today for almost two hours over the left over issues in the charter of demands. GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) was also present in the meeting. This meeting was in continuation to the earlier meeting held on 07.04.2016. Details will be uploaded. 

21-04-2016

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec met DIR(HR) today and held detailed discussions for almost two hours over the left over issues in the charter of demands. GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) was also present in the meeting. This meeting was in continuation to the earlier meeting held on 07.04.2016. Details will be uploaded. 

13-04-2016

Meeting with Smt Madhu Arora, GM(Estt): GS and CHQ President met GM(Estt) on 12.04.2016 and held discussions on Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees: In continuation to the discussions with DIR(HR) on 07.04.2016, further discussions held on the subject with GM(Estt). It is understood that the proposal of 3 to 6% given by the Estt wing is rejected by the Finance wing (EF) quoting some unbelievable figures on medical expenses. One of the component in 30% superannuation benefit is Post Retirement Medical Benefit. GS told GM(Estt) that initially Estt wing as well as EF wing given a figure of 1.5% during 2013 when management has given a presentation to the Forum. Later on in the HLC, it has changed to 3%. GM(Estt) informed that now surprisingly EF wing has come out with a new figure of about 13.8% towards PRMB. According to them without any further contribution itself, the total contribution crossed 30% (EPF-12%, Gratuity-4.5% and PRMB-13.8%). In that situation only, Estt wing proposed to start with 3% now subject to revision and the amount will be reviewed if the figure given by EF section found wrong, GM(Estt) told. Assn told that the calculation of EF wing is totally wrong and we cannot believe that the expenditure has gone from 1.5 in 2013 to 13.8% in 2016, in 3 years time. We are collecting further details about the calculations and the issue will be further taken up with DIR(HR) and CMD.

08-04-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on the charter of demands: DIR(HR) called a meeting on 07.04.2016 to discuss the charter of demands submitted by SNEA. GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P Padmanabha Rao, Jt Sec Com Arvind Pal Dahiya represented SNEA. GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(SR) and DGM(SR) attended from  management side. The response from management side is slightly positive and gives an impression that now they are serious to resolve the issues.

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) informed that management examined the Khan Committee recommendations and DIR(HR) had a detailed discussion with CMD on the subject. The financial implications, demands from various Assns and its implications and likely anomalies, terms of reference of the Committee, Khan Committee recommendations etc discussed. Management decided to implement the recommendations of the three Assns and Khan Committee, which recommended replacement of E1A scale with E2 and E2A scale with E3. The committee has been asked to examine replacement scales of E1A and E2A scales only. Mgt will consider only to that extend. The cascading effect is not agreed by the management in the initial stage itself due to huge financial implications and E3 to E9 pay scales are standard pay scales approved by DoT in 2009 itself and hence it cannot be changed. Mgt will restrict to the issue referred to the Khan committee. Management want to settle the non standard pay scales as demanded by the Assns which affect the JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 etc batches recruited after 01.01.2007. CMD directed DIR(HR) to inform this decision of management to all the three Assns, DIR(HR) informed us. A combined meeting will be called in the 3rd week once DIR(HR) back from tour. Immediately after that same proposal will be processed. Mgt appealed not to come on the way of settlement of this basic issue of finalisation of replacement scales for E1A and E2A before 3rd PRC. Assn requested to resolve this issue immediately, otherwise pay scale revision for all the Executives will be in trouble once PRC is constituted.  Now the resolution of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A by E2, E3 scales for the young JTO/JAOs are back on track due to our continuous pressure. However we should be on high alert and full organizational preparedness to counter any attempt to derail the issue.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Assn told management that it was clearly assured in the Jaipur AIC in the presence of all other trade union leaders that 6% will be the contribution from management side. Now it is a betrayal from management side by unilaterally reducing it from 6% to 3%. Mgt try to justify the action without any convincing reason. Earlier, EX CMD offered upto 4% but it was not accepted. Mgt is trying to justify it by stating that 3 to 6% was a proposal and after detailed calculation it is decided for 3%. The Finance wing was not even ready for 3%. According to them already sufficient contribution is making.

Management further informed that a meeting of the Assns and Unions was called on 19.02.2016 to discuss the proposal in which AIGETOA and NFTE was present. SNEA, BSNLEU, AIBSNLEA etc was not present. It was told to them about the 3% proposal. Eventhough those who are present not agreed for 3% but they didn’t opposed. It is surprising that when 3 to 4% offered two years back, they are opposing it demanding nothing less than 12% but now keeping a studied silence. Assn made its stand very clear that 3% is not acceptable to us and earlier assurance of 6% which takes the total contribution to 24% should be implemented. Mgt informed that further discussions on the details will be held shortly.

3.  Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: DIR(HR) assured that the recommendation will be processed soon. Mgt is keen to implement it. A presentation on the implementation of Jt Committee recommendations will be given to CMD on 21.04.2016. Once the broad recommendations are accepted by the management, further discussions will be held to discuss implementation. DIR(HR) assured that Assns suggestions on placement/absorption of Executives working in two or three scales above directly in higher grades without DPC as a onetime measure and giving relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the next grade, decentralized DPCs at Circle level as followed now in EPP to avoid delay, uniform date of promotion which will end pay anomalies etc will be considered positively at the time of implementation.

Assn requested to present the 3rd recommendation of Uniform first TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 also in the presentation.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

The status of various promotions discussed one by one. The court cases on various DPC also discussed. On JTO to SDE DPC, Mgt informed that all preparatory work is completed and shortly a favourable decision from Ernakulam HC is expected once the Hon HC is reopened. On LDCE promotion, all the 321 cases are transferred to PCAT, New Delhi and it will be heard this month itself. The hearing on court case at Chandigarh on JTO to SDE (LDCE) and SDE to DE is listed for hearing this week itself. The other court cases related to JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotion is posted in May, 2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised and restoration of trade union facilities, deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

Assn strongly demanded for conduction of membership verification immediately. There is no stay on verification as propagated by SR section and others. Those worried about verification only giving propaganda about stay. The Hon court stayed one of the provisions of the Recognition Rules which arbitrarily disallows the Assns registered under Trade Union Act. There is no guidelines to disallow them. If verification is delayed further, Assn demanded to restore the Trade union facilities available before the notification and start deduction of subscription from salary.

DIR(HR) immediately asked GM(SR) why verification is not conducting if stay is not there and further directed to discuss with GM(Legal) to find a way out to end the deadlock and start verification.

Discussion on the following issues postponed to the next meeting: a) Joint Committee recommendations on Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000, b) Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010, c) Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as given in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades, d) Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000. Since DIR(HR) is on tour next week, next meeting will be held in the 3rd week. 

08-04-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on the charter of demands: DIR(HR) called a meeting to discuss the charter of demands submitted by SNEA. GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P Padmanabha Rao, Jt Sec Com Arvind Pal Dahiya represented SNEA. GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(SR) and DGM(SR) attended from  management side. The response from management side is slightly positive and gives an impression that now they are serious to resolve the issues.

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) informed that management examined the Khan Committee recommendations and DIR(HR) had a detailed discussion with CMD on the subject. The financial implications, demands from various Assns and its implications and likely anomalies, terms of reference of the Committee, Khan Committee recommendations etc discussed. Management decided to implement the recommendations of the three Assns and Khan Committee, which recommended replacement of E1A scale with E2 and E2A scale with E3. The committee has been asked to examine replacement scales of E1A and E2A scales only. Mgt will consider only to that extend. The cascading effect is not agreed by the management in the initial stage itself due to huge financial implications and E3 to E9 pay scales are standard pay scales approved by DoT in 2009 itself and hence it cannot be changed. Mgt will restrict to the issue referred to the Khan committee. Management want to settle the non standard pay scales as demanded by the Assns which affect the JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 etc batches recruited after 01.01.2007. CMD directed DIR(HR) to inform this decision of management to all the three Assns, DIR(HR) informed us. A combined meeting will be called in the 3rd week once DIR(HR) back from tour. Immediately after that same proposal will be processed. Mgt appealed not to come on the way of settlement of this basic issue of finalisation of replacement scales for E1A and E2A before 3rd PRC. Assn requested to resolve this issue immediately, otherwise pay scale revision for all the Executives will be in trouble once PRC is constituted.  Now the resolution of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A by E2, E3 scales for the young JTO/JAOs are back on track due to our continuous pressure. However we should be on high alert and full organizational preparedness to counter any attempt to derail the issue.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Assn told management that it was clearly assured in the Jaipur AIC in the presence of all other trade union leaders that 6% will be the contribution from management side. Now it is a betrayal from management side by unilaterally reducing it from 6% to 3%. Mgt try to justify the action without any convincing reason. Earlier, EX CMD offered upto 4% but it was not accepted. Mgt is trying to justify it by stating that 3 to 6% was a proposal and after detailed calculation it is decided for 3%. The Finance wing was not even ready for 3%. According to them already sufficient contribution is making.

Management further informed that a meeting of the Assns and Unions was called on 19.02.2016 to discuss the proposal in which AIGETOA and NFTE was present. SNEA, BSNLEU, AIBSNLEA etc was not present. It was told to them about the 3% proposal. Eventhough those who are present not agreed for 3% but they didn’t opposed. It is surprising that when 3 to 4% offered two years back, they are opposing it demanding nothing less than 12% but now keeping a studied silence. Assn made its stand very clear that 3% is not acceptable to us and earlier assurance of 6% which takes the total contribution to 24% should be implemented. Mgt informed that further discussions on the details will be held shortly.

3.   Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: DIR(HR) assured that the recommendation will be processed soon. Mgt is keen to implement it. A presentation on the implementation of Jt Committee recommendations will be given to CMD on 21.04.2016. Once the broad recommendations are accepted by the management, further discussions will be held to discuss implementation. DIR(HR) assured that Assns suggestions on placement/absorption of Executives working in two or three scales above directly in higher grades without DPC as a onetime measure and giving relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the next grade, decentralized DPCs at Circle level as followed now in EPP to avoid delay, uniform date of promotion which will end pay anomalies etc will be considered positively at the time of implementation.

Assn requested to present the 3rd recommendation of Uniform first TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 also in the presentation.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

The status of various promotions discussed one by one. The court cases on various DPC also discussed. On JTO to SDE DPC, Mgt informed that all preparatory work is completed and shortly a favourable decision from Ernakulam HC is expected once the Hon HC is reopened. On LDCE promotion, all the 321 cases are transferred to PCAT, New Delhi and it will be heard this month itself. The hearing on court case at Chandigarh on JTO to SDE (LDCE) and SDE to DE is listed for hearing this week itself. The other court cases related to JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotion is posted in May, 2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised and restoration of trade union facilities, deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

Assn strongly demanded for conduction of membership verification immediately. There is no stay on verification as propagated by SR section and others. Those worried about verification only giving propaganda about stay. The Hon court stayed one of the provisions of the Recognition Rules which arbitrarily disallows the Assns registered under Trade Union Act. There is no guidelines to disallow them. If verification is delayed further, Assn demanded to restore the Trade union facilities available before the notification and start deduction of subscription from salary.

DIR(HR) immediately asked GM(SR) why verification is not conducting if stay is not there and further directed to discuss with GM(Legal) to find a way out to end the deadlock and start verification.

Discussion on the following issues postponed to the next meeting: a) Joint Committee recommendations on Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000, b) Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010, c) Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as given in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades, d) Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000. Since DIR(HR) is on tour next week, next meeting will be held in the 3rd week. 

08-04-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on the charter of demands: DIR(HR) called a meeting to discuss the charter of demands submitted by SNEA. GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P Padmanabha Rao, Jt Sec Com Arvind Pal Dahiya represented SNEA. GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(SR) and DGM(SR) attended from  management side. The response from management side is slightly positive and gives an impression that now they are serious to resolve the issues.

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) informed that management examined the Khan Committee recommendations and DIR(HR) had a detailed discussion with CMD on the subject. The financial implications, demands from various Assns and its implications and likely anomalies, terms of the reference of the Committee, Khan Committee recommendations etc discussed. Management decided to implement the recommendations of the three Assn and Khan Committee, which recommended replacement of E1A scale with E2 and E2A scale with E3. The committee has been asked to examine replacement scales of E1A and E2A scales only. Mgt will consider only to that extend. The cascading effect is not agreed by the management in the initial stage itself due to huge financial implications and E3 to E9 pay scales are standard pay scales approved by DoT in 2009 itself and hence it cannot be changed. Mgt will restrict to the issue referred to the Khan committee. Management want to settle the non standard pay scales as demanded by the Assns which affect the JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 etc batches recruited after 01.01.2007. CMD directed DIR(HR) to inform this decision of management to all the three Assns, DIR(HR) informed us. A combined meeting will be called in the 3rd week once DIR(HR) back from tour. Immediately after that same proposal will be processed. Mgt appealed not to come on the way of settlement of this basic issue of finalisation of replacement scales for E1A and E2A before 3rd PRC. Assn requested to resolve this issue immediately, otherwise pay scale revision for all the Executives will be in trouble once PRC is constituted.  Now the resolution of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A by E2, E3 scales for the young JTO/JAOs are back on track due to our continuous pressure. However we should be on high alert and full organizational preparedness to counter any attempt to derail the issue.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Assn told management that it was clearly assured in the Jaipur AIC in the presence of all other trade union leaders that 6% will be the contribution from management side. Now it is a betrayal from management side by unilaterally reducing it from 6% to 3%. Mgt try to justify the action without any convincing reason. Earlier, EX CMD offered upto 4% but it was not accepted. Mgt is trying to justify the action that 3 to 6% was a proposal and after detailed calculation it is decided for 3%. The Finance wing was not even ready for 3%. According to them already sufficient contribution is making.

Management further informed that a meeting of the Assns and Unions was called on 19.02.2016 to discuss the proposal in which AIGETOA and NFTE was present. SNEA, BSNLEU, AIBSNLEA etc was not present. It was told to them about the 3% proposal. Eventhough those who are present not agreed for 3% but they didn’t opposed. It is surprising that when 3 to 4% offered two years back, they are opposing it demanding nothing less than 12% but now keeping a studied silence. Assn made its stand very clear that 3% is not acceptable to us and earlier assurance of 6% which takes the total contribution to 24% should be implemented. Mgt informed that further discussions on the details will be held shortly.

3.  Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: DIR(HR) assured that the recommendation will be processed soon. Mgt is keen to implement it. A presentation on the implementation of Jt Committee recommendations will be made to CMD on 21.04.2016. Once the broad recommendations are accepted by the management, then further discussions will be held for the smooth implementation. DIR(HR) assured that Assns suggestions on placement/absorption of Executives working in two or three scales above directly in higher grades without DPC as a onetime measure and giving relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the next grade, decentralized DPCs at Circle level as followed now in EPP to avoid delay, uniform date of promotion which will end pay anomalies etc will be considered positively at the time of implementation.

Assn requested to present the 3rd recommendation of Uniform first TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 also in the presentation.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

The status of various promotions discussed one by one. The court cases on various DPC also discussed. On JTO to SDE DPC, Mgt informed that all preparatory work is completed and shortly a favourable decision from Ernakulam HC is expected one the Hon HC is reopened. On LDCE promotion, all the 321 cases are transferred to PCAT, New Delhi and it will be heard this month itself. The hearing on court case at Chandigarh on JTO to SDE (LDCE) and SDE to DE is listed for hearing this week itself. The other court cases related to JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotion is posted in May, 2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised and restoration of trade union facilities, deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

Assn strongly demanded for conduction of membership verification immediately. There is no stay on verification as propagated by SR section and others. Those worried about verification only giving propaganda about stay. The Hon court stayed one of the provisions of the Recognition Rules which arbitrarily disallows the Assns registered under Trade Union Act. There is no guidelines to disallow them. If verification is further delaying, Assn demanded to restore the Trade union facilities available before the notification and start deduction of subscription from salary.

DIR(HR) immediately asked GM(SR) why verification is not conducting if stay is not there and further directed to discuss with GM(Legal) to find a way out to end the deadlock and start verification.

Discussion on the following issues postponed to the next meeting: a) Joint Committee recommendations on Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000, b) Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010, c) Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as given in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades, d) Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000. Since DIR(HR) is on tour next week, next meeting will be held in the 3rd week.

30-03-2016

GS writes to CMD, BSNL on 30% superannuation benefits to BSNL Direct recruits: Request to immediately put on hold the proposal to get approval of BSNL/Board to pay 3% as superannuation benefit to BSNL Direct recruits. Management will be squarely responsible for huge unrest such retrograde decision is bound to create. Nothing short of assured 6% which takes the total contribution to 24% is acceptable.

GS letter to CMD on 30% superannuation benefit

20-03-2016

Implementation of all the three Joint Committee recommendations

All the three Joint Committee recommendations are inter-related, it cannot be implemented in isolation. It can be implemented in the same order of recommendation. CPSU recommendation is based on standard pay scales of E2, E3 and the demand of first TBP is based on the pay scale and CPSU hierarchy since anomaly happened after 2nd PRC. If pay scale from 2007 is not finalized, the residency period from JTO to SDE promotion cannot be decided and demand for first TBP also will be delayed. In short all the three recommendations are related and to be implemented in totality without any change.

Our demand on pay scale was replacement of E1A, E2A, E3, --- E6 scales by E2, E3, ---- E7 scales, ie with cascading effect. BSNL is not ready to touch E3, E4 --- E6 pay scales as: a) they are standard pay scales already approved by DoT and b) having huge financial implications of more than 300 Cr in terms of pension contribution to Govt. BSNL moved further to demote the JTO, SDE equivalent cadres from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 by even amending the RRs. Then Assn decided to first protect the cadres from demotion. All other Assns also had the same view and Joint Committee constituted in 2012 with the limited terms of reference of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3. So for the time being, the demand restricted to replacement of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2, E3. This has been discussed and decided in the CWCs and last Jaipur AIC also.

The Jaipur AIC further resolved to get E2, E3 pay scales by protecting the 5 promotions already we have by continuous struggle in 2002 and 2005. Why the Executives has to lose one promotion in their service? How an Assn can think about a promotion policy where executives are losing one promotion without any benefit?

Some real examples:

a)   1993/94 rect JTO joined in 1997: Ist TBP(E2A) in 2005 instead of 2006, E3(SDE grade) on 01.01.2007, IInd TBP(E3, Sr SDE grade) in 2010 instead of 2011, IIIrd TBP(E4) in 2015 instead of 2016, IVth TBP(E5) in 2020 instead of 2021 and Vth TBP(E6) in 2025 instead of 2026. If Sr SDE grade is abolished, the Executive will reach E6 scale in 2020 itself and Vth TBP and fixation in 2025 will lose. Result in cascading effect and mgt and DoT will delay implementation.

b)  2001 rect JTO joined in 2002: Ist TBP(E3, SDE grade) in 2007, IInd TBP(E3, Sr SDE grade) in 2012, IIIrd TBP(E4) in 2017, IVth TBP(E5) in 2022 and Vth TBP(E6) in 2027. If Sr SDE grade is abolished, the Executive will reach E6 scale in 2022 itself and Vth TBP and fixation in 2027 will lose. Result in cascading effect and mgt and DoT will delay implementation.

c)   2007 rect JTO joined in 2008: Ist TBP(E3, SDE grade) in 2013, IInd TBP(E3, Sr SDE grade) in 2018, IIIrd TBP(E4) in 2023, IVth TBP(E5) in 2028 and Vth TBP(E6) in 2033. If Sr SDE grade is abolished, the Executive will reach E6 scale in 2028 itself and Vth TBP and fixation in 2033 will lose. Result in cascading effect and mgt and DoT will delay implementation.

On CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Joint Committee comprising of all the 3 Assns (SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA) recommended promotions after every 5 years from JTO to SDE, SDE to Sr SDE, Sr SDE to DE and De to DGM. All are of the unanimous opinion about this new hierarchy. If Sr SDE grade is abolished now, then recommendation will become invalid and CPSU cadre Hierarchy cannot be implemented as recommended by the Committee. If Sr SDE grade is abolished, seniors, juniors, fresh recruits, all will lose one promotion. If the real intention is to stop the implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and come out of the seniority tussle, then one can go ahead with fresh fresh demands for decades together.

On pay fixation in the same E3 scale on promotion from SDE to Sr SDE grade, we very well know that nothing will come without struggle. When management decided to demote E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, we never accepted it and struggled to get E2 and E3. Similarly if fixation is not given, we have to struggle for that with BSNL, DoT, DPE etc. Those struggled, like BHEL, NTPC etc they got it. We had already discussed this issue with senior officers in DPE and they assured that if administrative ministry refer the matter, they will allow it as in the case of other PSUs. So don’t surrender without any struggle.

 

If Sr SDE grade is abolished from 01.01.2007, the likely anomalies to be created, one simple example:

Situation I:

On 01.10.2000: E1A scale (JTO/JAO), 01.10.2004: E2A Scale (SDE/AO, functional), on 01.01.2007: E3 scale and on 01.10.2008: E4 Scale.

On 01.10.2000: E2A scale (SDE/AO), 01.10.2004: E3 Scale (Sr SDE/Sr AO) and on 01.10.2009: E4 Scale.

 

Result: A JTO in 2000 reaches E4 scale in 2008 where as an SDE in 2000 reaches E4 scale in 2009.

 

Situation II.

On 01.10.2000: E1A scale (JTO/JAO), 01.10.2004: E2A Scale (SDE/AO, functional), on 01.01.2007: E3 scale and on 01.10.2008: E4 Scale.


On 01.10.2000: E2A scale (SDE/AO), 01.10.2004: E3 Scale(Sr SDE/Sr AO), 01.01.2007: E4 scale as Sr SDE grade abolished, 01.10.2009: E5 Scale (DGM), 01.10.2014: E6 Scale (SG JAG) and no promotion or fixation in 2019 which is available now.    

OR

On 01.10.2000: E2A scale (SDE/AO), 01.10.2004 E3 Scale(Sr SDE/Sr AO), 01.01.2007 E4 scale as Sr SDE grade abolished --- 01.01.2012: E5 Scale (DGM) if residency period in E4 scale only counted on 01.01.2017: E6 scale(SG JAG) and no promotion or fixation in 2019 which is available now. 

 

Result:

1.  Change over to E4 scale on 01.01.2007 will not give any fixation benefit. One promotion and fixation benefit will lose in entire service.

2.  This results in cascading effect which management opposes. The implementation of standard pay scale, CPSU and first TBP implementation will delay. In the similar manner, all Executives in E4 scale to be shifted to E5 and E5 to E6 as on 01.01.2007.

3.  Recovery and reduction of one increment drawn between 2009 to 2014 on CAO/DE promotion.

 

Similar anomalies will occur for various batches.

One increment given on promotion to SDE/AO/DE/EE/CAO/DGM will be withdrawn which will create anomaly as Executives will be at loss.

 

To address this issue, Joint Committee recommended to retain Sr SDE/Sr AO grades in the same scale of E3 and recommended to make necessary changes in the EPP to give fixation benefit on promotion from SDE to Sr SDE in the same pay scale of E3.

In the name of who become CMD, Director, CGM, GM, the future of more than 90% of the Executives (about 43,000) whose journey ends at E6 scale in SG DGM grade(very few posts available at GM/CGM level, about 800, 2% of the total Executives) should not be spoiled, that is the firm stand of SNEA. 

19-03-2016

A father left 17 Camels as an Asset for his Three Sons. When the Father passed away, his sons opened up the will. The Will of the Father stated that…..

The Eldest son should get Half of 17 Camels,

The Middle Son should be given 1/3rd of 17 Camels,

Youngest Son should be given 1/9th of the 17 Camels,

As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other. Finally, they decided to go to a wise man.

The wise man listened patiently about the Will. The wise man, after giving his thought, brought one camel of his own & added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased fathers will.

Half of 18 = 9. So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.

1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave 6 camels to the middle son.

1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave 2 camels to the youngest son.

Now add this up: 9 + 6 + 2 = 17 and this leaves 1 camel, which the wise man took back.

The attitude of negotiation & problem solving is to find the 18th camel, i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times but not impossible…..

In standard pay scale issue, the 18th camel is staying in E3 scale for 10 years (by reaching E3 scale 5 years earlier in SDE grade and another 5 years in Sr SDE grade on promotion) without losing financially, also ensuring 5 TBPs as in existing EPP and also BSNL need not loose around 400 Cr in the form of pension contribution. And we can always take back the 18th camel once the financial health of BSNL is improved, which i