career progress


16-07-2018

GS writes to CMD/BSNL regarding Pay parity of Rs 22820/ for the post-2007 recruited JTO/JAOs. Requested to take a sympathetic view on the matter to extend 22820/- as initial basic pay as this pay loss is going to be multiplied manifold after implementation of the 3rd PRC. It can be processed separately so that the financial losses being faced by the Executives recruited post 2007 can be compensated.

GS letter to CMD

16-07-2018

GS writes to CMD/BSNL regarding Integration of all HR activities like promotions, recruitment, transfer and posting etc under one HR unit – the recent promotions and the anomalies created by it without considering the huge stagnation/backlog in different wings of the same company necessitated the HR integration without further delay.

GS letter to CMD

12-07-2018

GS writes to CMD, BSNL regarding DE to DGM(T) promotion: Request to fill up all the DGM(T) vacancies (including the vacant DR DGM posts and Addl GMs taken charge as GMs) on regular basis. Further request to increase the DGM(T) posts atleast by another 800 by matching savings or by upgradation so that all the AGMs completed 4 years (with 1 year relaxation) can be promoted. Number of DGM(T) posts are very less in Telecom Engineering side in comparison with other streams in BSNL, resulting huge stagnation.

GS letter to CMD

12-07-2018

Competent authority approved the promotion orders from SDE to DE for 83 SDEs from list 8 and 26 SDEs from list 5, 6 & 7. Promotion orders are expected shortly.

12-07-2018

Some malpropaganda is going on in the social media in the name of SEWA BSNL that SNEA is opposing SC/ST reservation. If the news is spread by the knowledge of SEWA leadership, SNEA condemn that. SNEA always stood for the welfare of the SC/ST comrades and for their rights, not just by circulating speculations in the social media, but by action. However we did not endorse the activities of SEWA leaders to the extent of threatening management for getting promotion to some of their top leaders in the name of roster. This we had seen in 2010 when GS of another Assn making all types of objections in SDE to DE promotions till his name gets included in the list by extending the list by few hundreds. If the method of applying roster in SDE to DE promotion is wrong, then why they did not made the same demand for JTO to SDE promotion in SCF and LDCE quota? Why such demand not raised in earlier promotions, till date? If the SDE roster is not correct according to them, why they kept silent so far? SNEA CHQ is fully involved from the day one for the smooth conduction of the DPC by facilitating it by arranging VC, missing assessment reports, other particulars etc. Last one week we are dedicated for the missing cases mainly from list 8 where the SC/ST comrades are involved. All our CSs are in regular touch with the CHQ on hourly basis for the missing cases reported. We are not seen any activists from other Assns for facilitating the DPC except some people reaching the DPC / Pers section in the evening to collect the information and order copy. Now the DPC is conducted and everything is clear for another 83 SDEs of list 8 belongs to SC/ST and 26 from list 5, 6 & 7 and awaiting the approval of DIR (HR).

09-07-2018

GS writes to Smt Seema Bahuguna, Secretary/DPE regarding approval of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A as proposed by BSNL:

DoT reference to Dept Of Public Enterprises (DPE) regarding BSNL proposal for revision of the intermediary pay scales of 9850-250-14600 (E1A) and 11875-300-17275 (E2A) to the next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for the JTO, SDE and equivalent Executives in BSNL w.e.f 01.01.2007, based on 2nd PRC recommendations. Since BSNL satisfies the affordability clause stipulated in the DPE OM dated 26.11.2008 (The Profit Before TAX, PBT for BSNL during 2007-08 is Rs 4451 Crores), 2nd PRC implemented with full 30% fitment. Based on DPE guidelines, BSNL Board recommended next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A scales. Contrary to the recommendations of BSNL Board and DPE guidelines on the affordability clause, DoT issued Presidential order on 28.03.2017, lowering the revised pay scales from E1A to E1 (16400-40500) and E2A to E2 (20600-46500). BSNL did not implemented the presidential orders since the pay scales of the entry cadres are lowered and sought review of the decision of DoT. Reference from DoT seeking views /comments from DPE in this regard:

The DoT proposal may be examined at the earliest and proper direction may be issued to DoT to:

a) Approve the pay scales based on BSNL recommendation which is mandatory as per para 17 of DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008 and as per DPE guidelines dated 02.04.2009 and 09.07.2014.

b) The affordability clause is to be examined with reference to PBT of the year 2007-08 only, as per DPE guidelines.

c) The pay scale of any cadre should not be lowered, unilaterally, which will lead to demoralization and demotivation.

GS letter to Secretary, DPE

09-07-2018

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Parity in promotions in all the streams in SDE/AO and AGM/CAO equivalent cadres. Uniform promotional avenues for the Executives in all the streams is already approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. Request to consider the proposal for upgradations for all the cadres together to give a message to all the Executives that NO CADRE IN BSNL IS INFERIOR TO OTHERS. Requested to direct Pers section to process the proposals from all the wings. The approval for upgradation of posts for all the wings for all the equivalent cadres, ie. Telecom/Finance/ Civil/ Elect/ TF/ Arch/ CSS etc may be given simultaneously so that no cadre or stream will get preferential treatment.

GS letter to CMD

06-07-2018

GS, President, AGS, Jt Sec and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Estt) and DGM(Estt) and discussed the following issues:

a) Follow up action at DPE for the approval of E2 and E3 pay scales: We explained the stand of DoT on the issue. In the reference to DoPT and DoE, DoT deliberately stated that E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for the BSNL rects. E1A and E2A are only for those taken absorption from DoT. But DoT is not having any document to substantiate the claim. This facts are to be explained to DPE by BSNL, we requested GM(Estt). SNEA also pursue the matter on its own.

b) Filing appeal /review petition regarding the Hon Ernakulam HC judgment regarding fixation of JTO seniority: Detailed discussions held about the judgment. We requested to have a common strategy with Pers section and get the required clarifications from the HC so that finalization of AIEL and promotions can be done smoothly. Different groups are giving different interpretations and that will finally end up in litigations. Before finalization of AIEL, either clarity has to come from Hon HC or stay has to be obtained from Hon SC regarding the method of fixation of seniority among direct rects, whether it is trg centre marks or date of appointment. The AIEL prepared based on trg centre marks is set aside for the direct rects, so it is a serious problem. GM(Estt) observed that the case spoiled the career of thousands of JTOs and delayed the promotions. Necessary action will be taken in consultation with Pers section.

06-07-2018

The demand for parity in promotion is not intended to hurt the sentiments of the Accounts personnel. It is the malpropaganda by vested interests. SNEA ventilated the sentiments of thousands and thousands of Executives to the BSNL management who are sidelined and deprived of promotions for years together and forced to retire without promotion. SNEA always stood for the welfare of all the section of Executives and the demand for parity in promotions is the right step in this regard. SNEA strongly supported the creation of AO posts by upgradation for JAO to AO promotion and even impleaded in the case at Ernakulam through affected persons. SNEA also welcomed the bold initiative of BSNL management to create 1200 CAO posts by upgradation to promote all the AOs including those promoted in 2009.

At the same time SNEA will not allow the management to crush the demand for similar promotional avenues and parity for the Executives in other streams.

SNEA equally or more concerned about the fate of hundreds of Executives who didn’t got even one promotion even after 23 years of service. They deserve more compassion and special consideration from all of us. We sincerely hope our Comrades from Accounts wing will understand the agony of those comrades and will support them and SNEA in this noble cause for giving promotions to those deprived class at par with others.

04-07-2018

Congratulations to one and all -----

SDE(T) to AGM promotion orders issued for 773 SDEs. (List no 5, 6 & 7 ---– 578 and list 8 --- 195). By this order, the total number of SDEs got the promotion to AGM cadre is 4352.

Fit subject to VC from list 5, 6 & 7 is 28. We are extremely grateful to CMD, DIR(HR), GM(Pers), Jt GM(Pers), GM(CLO), AGM(DPC) and other officers in DPC and Pers I section, all the HR team of various Circles, our CSs and activists who arranged the assessment sheets and VCs and facilitated the DPC.

COVERING LETTERPromotion List1 Promotion list2

04-07-2018

GS writes to DIR(HR) --- Filing of appeal against the Hon Ernakulam High Court order dated 05.06.2018 regarding fixation of inter-se-seniority among direct rect JTOs recruited after 2001 and method of preparation of All India Eligibility List (AIEL).

GS, AGS, Jt Sec and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and held discussions regarding the promotion orders for the missing cases in JTO to SDE and SDE to DE. Further we had detailed discussions on the Hon Ernakulam HC order and its impact on the cadres and filing SLP and getting stay from Hon SC on JTO seniority issue which will pave the way for smooth conduction of DPC. GM(Pers) assured early action either by filing a clarification petition in the Ernakulam HC or filing SLP in the Hon SC.

GS letter to DIR(HR)

04-07-2018

Gs writes to CMD, BSNL: Parity in promotions in all the streams in SDE/AO and AGM/CAO equivalent cadres:

SNEA demands:

1. All the JTOs in Telecom/ Civil/ Elect/ TF/ Arch/ CSS and the equivalent cadres and completed the minimum qualifying service of 3 years should be immediately promoted as SDE to bring parity among SDE/AO equivalent cadres by utilizing available vacancies or by upgradation of vacant JTO equivalent posts.

2. All the SDEs in Telecom/ Civil/ Elect/ TF/ Arch/ CSS and the equivalent cadres and completed the minimum qualifying service of 7 years should be immediately promoted as AGM to bring parity among AGM/CAO equivalent cadres. This can be easily done by upgradation of posts.

In case management does not accept our demand for parity in promotions in all the equivalent cadres in all the streams, we will be forced to go for agitation on very short notice, even without completing the formalities, from next Monday, 09.07.2018 onwards.

GS letter to CMD

03-07-2018

Parity in promotions in all the streams in equivalent cadres:

BSNL Management moved a proposal to promote all the eligible AOs (Completed 7 years of service) as CAOs by post upgradation. In fact there is no vacant AO posts for upgradation. It is learnt that SEA section proposed the upgradation of JAO posts for this purposes. The proposal is sent for the approval of CMD with the approval of DIR(HR). We highly appreciate this initiative by BSNL management to promote all the eligible AOs as CAOs.

However, it is really shocking to know that the proposal is moved only for the promotion for AO to CAO cadre leaving even the core Telecom segment which runs the company and doing all the business and generating revenue for the company.

Earlier SEA section created 1200 AO posts by upgrading JAO posts and promoted all the JAOs completed the qualifying service of 3 years. SNEA whole heartedly welcome this bold initiative of BSNL Management and SEA section to promote all the eligible Executives.

SNEA strongly demanded that same parity should be maintained in all the streams for promotion to SDE equivalent and AGM equivalent cadres. This can be easily achieved by upgradation of JTO/SDE posts in various streams as done by SEA section. GS already communicated the demand for parity in promotions for all the streams in equivalent cadres to CMD and DIR(HR).

SNEA demanded that all the SDEs in Telecom/ Civil/ Elect/ TF/ Arch/ CSS and equivalent cadres and completed the qualifying service of 7 years should be immediately promoted as AGM to bring parity among AGM/CAO equivalent cadres. This can be easily done by upgration of posts. Similarly all the JTOs in Telecom/ Civil/ Elect/ TF/ Arch/ CSS and the equivalent cadres and completed the qualifying service of 3 years should be immediately promoted as SDE to bring parity among AO/SDE equivalent cadres by utilizing available vacancies or by upgradtion of vacant JTO posts.

BSNL Board in its meeting held on 28.05.2018 given approval for parity in promotions for all the streams in equivalent cadres. It has to be implemented in letter and spirit.

Status of promotions in different cadres after the recent promotion orders:

 

 

Executives waiting for promotion

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

2015

1999

1994

1996

1995

1996/2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

AO to CAO

SDE to DE

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

2003

2004

1998

2000

2001

 

GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and requested to move the proposal for creation of AGM posts by upgradation to promote all the eligible SDEs completed 7 years of service (ie including 2009 promoted SDEs) and call the assessment sheet and VC for all the JTOs completed 3 years of service. By the promotion of all SDEs in list 8 & 9, the resentment created by the promotion of excess SC/ST candidates in list 8 by treating all the SC/ST candidates in list 6 & 7 as meritorious candidates (about 500) by threatening the management by some sections also can overcome, we suggested. In fact all the SC/ST candidates in list 6 & 7 got promotion as SDE in 2000 and 2001 DPC on reservation only, not as per merit and all are shown against SC/ST points in the roster.

GM(Pers) informed that proposal for upgradation of posts will be moved on getting instruction from DIR(HR)/CMD. Similarly all the SDEs and JTOs in other streams also to be promoted to bring parity among all the cadres. We will be meeting them also in this regard. We assured them that we will ensure all the assessment sheets and VCs in record time as arranged for the just concluded DPC and facilitate the DPC.

We will not hesitate to go for agitation on short notice in case management does not accept our demand for parity in promotions.

03-07-2018

Parity in promotions in all the streams in equivalent cadres:

BSNL Management moved a proposal to promote all the eligible AOs (Completed 7 years of service) as CAOs by post upgradation. In fact there is no vacant AO posts for upgradation. It is learnt that SEA section proposed the upgradation of JAO posts for this purposes. The proposal is sent for the approval of CMD with the approval of DIR(HR). We highly appreciate this initiative by BSNL management to promote all the eligible AOs as CAOs.

However, it is really shocking to know that the proposal is moved only for the promotion for AO to CAO cadre leaving even the core Telecom segment which runs the company and doing all the business and generating revenue for the company.

Earlier SEA section created 1200 AO posts by upgrading JAO posts and promoted all the JAOs completed the qualifying service of 3 years. SNEA whole heartedly welcome this bold initiative of BSNL Management and SEA section to promote all the eligible Executives.

SNEA strongly demanded that same parity should be maintained in all the streams in JTO equivalent and AGM equivalent cadres. This can be easily achieved by upgradation of JTO/SDE posts in various streams as done by SEA section. GS already communicated the demand for parity in promotions for all the streams in equivalent cadres to CMD and DIR(HR).

SNEA demanded that all the SDEs in Telecom/ Civil/ Elect/ TF/ Arch/ CSS and the equivalent cadres and completed the qualifying service of 7 years should be immediately promoted as AGM to bring parity among AGM equivalent cadres. This can be easily done by upgration of posts. Similarly all the JTOs in Telecom/ Civil/ Elect/ TF/ Arch/ CSS and the equivalent cadres and completed the qualifying service of 3 years should be immediately promoted as SDE to bring parity among SDE equivalent cadres by utilizing available vacancies or by upgradtion of vacant JTO posts.

BSNL Board in its meeting held on 28.05.2018 given approval for parity in promotions for all the streams in equivalent cadres.

Status of promotions in different cadres after the recent promotion orders:

 

 

Executives waiting for promotion

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

2015

1999

1994

1996

1995

1996/20001

 

 

 

 

 

 

AO to CAO

SDE to DE

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

2003

2004

1998

2000

2001

 

GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and requested to move the proposal for creation of AGM posts by upgradation to promote all the eligible SDEs completed 7 years of service (ie including 2009 promoted SDEs) and call the assessment sheet and VC for all the JTOs completed 3 years of service. By the promotion of all SDEs in list 8 & 9, the resentment created by the promotion of excess SC/ST candidates in list 8 by treating all the SC/ST candidates in list 6 & 7 as meritorious candidates (about 500) by threatening the management by some sections also can overcome, we suggested. In fact all the SC/ST candidates in list 6 & 7 got promotion as SDE in 2000 and 2001 DPC on reservation only, not as per merit and all are shown against SC/ST points in the roster. 

GS(Pers) informed that proposal for upgradation of posts will be moved on getting instruction from DIR(HR)/CMD. Similarly all the SDEs and JTOs in other streams also to be promoted to bring parity among all the cadres. We will be meeting them also in this regard. We assured them that we will ensure all the assessment sheets and VCs in record time as arranged for the just concluded DPC and facilitate the DPC.

We will not hesitate to go for agitation on short notice in case management does not accept our demand for parity in promotions.

29-06-2018

The court case at CAT, Ernakulam and Hon Supreme Court on SDE to DE promotion heard today and no stay is granted. Promotion orders will be issued by today afternoon.

JAO to AO promotion is also cleared by Hon CAT, Ernakulam. BSNL was represented by Sr Advocate Shri O V Radhakrishnan and SNEA through Adv Deepesh Muricken for the JAO Com Prasant. Orders are expected shortly.

Other promotion orders also will be issued today itself.

26-06-2018

Further in todays meeting with DIR(HR) we could make another important breakthrough. We demanded that all the JTO/JAO equivalents who could not get promotion as SDE/AO equivalents before the implementation of CPSU Hierarchy should be given two years relaxation in qualifying service for their further promotion to Sr SDE/Sr AO grade to make them at par with the JAOs of 2010 and 2013 going to get promotion as AO within days. This will benefit all the JTO/JAO equivalent upto 2013 rect year. Relaxation for other cases to compensate the change in the date of approval from 01.01.2017 to prospective date will be taken up later on. Necessary amendments will be incorporated in the CPSU policy in due course.

26-06-2018

Meeting with DIR(HR): DIR(HR) invited SNEA for further discussions today morning on various HR issues, especially on our apprehension on the notification of CPSU Hierarchy. DIR(HR) informed that the DPC and promotions will be completed as much feasible before 30.06.2018 as per the target. Further on CPSU Hierarchy, DIR(HR) reiterated that management is committed to that, it is as per schedule and there is no need to worry and the CSs and CHQ leaders can focus on their respective Circles. We reassured that all our CSs and CHQ leaders are fully involved in the DPC related works in respective Circles and they will continue that.

On the arbitrary transfer of our CHQ President, DIR(HR) readily agreed to review it and requested that no more SMS/message to be sent to CMD/DIR(HR).

On the issue of continuation of a retired Executive as GS of AIBSNLEA and continuing in participating in the official meetings and making correspondence with the management, DIR(HR) informed that immediate action is already taken as per REA 2014 rules, within hours, based on our letter. The situation compelled us to write the letter, we informed DIR(HR).

26-06-2018

Comrades, our strong stand for notification of CPSU Hierarchy, effectively on or before 01.07.2018 and the pressure created had made the management and we all work in unison, in lightning speed. We will come out with promotion orders in almost all the cadres as much feasible in couple of days, that also in record time. Approval of CPSU Hierarchy has given enough space for the management for temporarily upgrading JAO posts to 1400 AO posts and SDE posts to 3105 DE posts for giving promotions. If CPSU Hierarchy is not getting implemented, these upgradations were never possible. Yesterday only CMD given approval for the creation of 3105 DE posts by upgradation and whole DPC work will be completed for more than 4500 SDEs in record time. CLO who is a DPC member is out of station on official tour and he is called back for conduction of DPCs. CMD personally spoken to CVO for providing all the VCs.

JAO to AO, JTO(C/E/TF/Arch) to SDE(C/E/TF/Arch) and SDE(E/TF) to EE(E)/AGM(TF) DPC work is almost completed.

23-06-2018

A grand felicitation was given to Smt Sujata T Ray/DIR (HR), Shri N. K. Mehta/DIR (CFA & EB), Shri H C Pant/CGM(Legal) & Company Secretary, Shri Keshav Rao/GM(P), Shri Surender Singh/GM(CLO), Shri Manish Kumar/Jt GM(Pers) and Shri V K Sinha/OSD to DIR(HR) for the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy proposal by the BSNL Board at Hotel THE IMPERIAL, Janpath, New Delhi on 19.06.2018 by all CHQ leaders and CSs. CMD, DIR(CM) and Ex PGM (Pers) could not attend the function due to pre-occupation. Com V K Tomar, Secretary General/NCOA also participated.

It was a moment for celebration for all the BSNL Executives. On behalf of all the BSNL Executives, we sincerely thanked DIR(HR) for her special efforts to see the proposal is approved by Board. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL was very much committed to this from the day one, from the constitution of Khan Committee. Both were intervened at various occasions where the negotiations between management and SNEA, the recognised Assn hit road blocks. Their firm resolve to end the impasse in promotions and switch over to a Uniform Time Bound Functional promotion as practiced in other CPSUs paved the way for framing the new policy. The uncompromising stand taken by DIR(HR) and CMD in the last Board meeting held at Hyderabad on 28.05.2018, supported by other Directors finally yielded the results.

The architects of this promotion policy are Shri Dev Kumar Chakraborty, Ex PGM (Pers) and Shri Manish Kumar, Jt GM(Pers) who made several rounds of discussions and more than 50 meetings with SNEA, the recognised Assn. CMD, DIR(HR), PGM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) really understood the plight of BSNL Executives huge stagnation and the huge disparity in promotional avenues among various cadres and determined to go for a uniform policy. The proposal was presented to the Board meeting by Shri Keshav Rao, GM(P) in an excellent manner along with Shri Manish Kumar, Jt GM(Pers) and got it through. All of them deserve special appreciation.

DIR(HR) and others specially mentioned the contribution of SNEA in framing the policy and getting it approved by the Board. Yes, it is really another rare recognition to SNEA.

23-06-2018

What they achieved through court cases. It is high time to introspect:

The career growth of all the BSNL Executives are spoiled by battery of court cases by few with the tacit support of some section of Executives.

Critical analysis of some important cases which affected thousands of Executives:

1. JTO to SDE promotion case at Chennai and then at Ernakulam from 2010 to 2018 and still continuing:

The main demand of 1:1 ratio rejected by Hon HC.

The method of interse seniority fixation changed only for DRs (for promotes it will continue as trg centre marks) and become upside down. Litigation will continue in Supreme Court making life miserable for another 3 to 5 years, especially for 2001 onwards rects.

Promotions delayed by 5 to 6 years, naturally all the subsequent promotions also.

More than 3,500 JTOs with 15 to 23 years of service retired without a single promotion.

If this court case was not there:

Then all the JTOs upto 2008 rect year would have become SDE before 2018 through SCF or LDCE. Now JTOs of 1999 rect onwards are still waiting for promotion after the recent DPC as eligibility list is not able to finalize.

Interestingly most of the litigants are not even eligible for promotion at that time and their names are not available in the eligibility list or they were already promoted as SDEs in 2013 LDCE or recent LDCE.

Whether it helped any DR or BR or promoteee?

2. Court case on 20.12.17 against BSNL Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy:

The proposal was an agenda in the BSNL Board meeting on 21.12.2017. However stay obtained on 20.12.2017 and hurriedly brought to the notice of BSNL management. Board didn’t given approval to the proposal due to the stay.

If the stay was not there, it would have approved w.e.f 01.01.2017 itself as the DoT Board member who raised objection on 01.01.2017 was not present in the Board meeting held on 21.12.2017. The Board members present don’t have any objection to the date.

All the Executives, numbering around 30,000 missed the promotion and lost 1 ½ years service.

3. Reservation related cases:

Almost all the promotions stopped since 2015. Eligible Executives lost 2 to 3 years of service.

21-06-2018

As decided in the CS and CHQ meeting, all CSs and CHQ office bearers should reach New Delhi by 27th or 28th morning itself and we have to be at New Delhi till BSNL notifies the proposal. The Kolkata/ Hyderabad/ Bhubaneswar CWC directions to implement CPSU Cadre Hierarchy at the earliest date put immense responsibility on our shoulders. 

21-06-2018

March to Prime Minister’s residence

On 19.06.2018 demanding removal of affordability clause for 3rd PRC etc

More than 2,000 CPSU Executives, officers from Banking sector, Insurance sector and Central Govt marched to the Prime Minister’s Residence demanding removal of affordability clause for 3rd PRC implementation, wage revision in Banks, stop disinvestment/ Privatization, Assured Pension to all etc. The march was stopped at Parliament Street by the Police.

The March was addressed by Veteran Trade Union leaders Com Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary/CITU, Shri Brijesh Upadhaya, General Secretary/BMS, Com Dr. D. Thomas Franco, Secretary General/AIPCOC and Secretary General/AIBOC, Com V. K. Tomar, President/AIPCOC and Secretary General/NCOA, Com K Sebastin,  Vice President/AIPCOC and GS/SNEA, Com Alok Roy, Vice President/AIPCOC and President/Indian Oil OA, Com G L Jogi and Com Ashok Rao.

All the CHQ Office bearers and Circle Secretaries of SNEA participated in the March. Hundreds of Executives from RAJ, PB, HR, UP(West), Delhi Circle, BSNLCO, MP, UP(East) and nearby Circles participated in the March to make it a grand success. Special mention is required for the contribution of RAJ and PB Circles.

 

Charter of Demands:

1. Remove affordability clause for Wage Revision in CPSUs.

2. Expedite wage revision for the Bankers without restriction on scale and without affordability clause.

3. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

4. Stop all moves towards Privatization.

5. Amend Tax laws at Par with Government employees.

21-06-2018

JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) all ACRs and VCs received for 34 vacancies. JTOs of 1996 rect year also under consideration. The final eligibility list will be published shortly. SDE(TF) to AGM(TF) proposal is in progress.

21-06-2018

GS, AGS, Jt Sec(East) Com Sankar Sanyal and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(FP) and DGM(FP) on 20.06.2018 and held discussions on JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotion. About AO 900 vacancies are available and SEA section proposed for upgradation of another 1400 posts. As per the proposal all the 2013 JAOs also can be promoted. The assessment sheet and VC already called. GM(FP) assured that the promotion will be issued by 28.06.2018 before the notification of CPSU Hierarchy. AO to CAO promotion issue is not able to resolve so far. Upto 2005 AO batch, there is no dispute but reserved candidates are available from 2008 batch only. However we are trying to find some way out.  

 

GS met CGM(BW) on 18.06.2018 and discussed about JTO(C ) to SDE(C) & SDE(C) to EE(C ) promotions and requested to complete the process by 28.06.2018. Also met GM(Pers), DGM(Pers) and requested to clear the all DPCs in all wings.

CHQ President and Jt.Secretary(West) Com Rakesh Mehta met concerned officers in EW on 20.06.2018 and held discussions regarding DPC of JTO(E ) to SDE(E ) and SDE(E ) to EE(E). VCs for 187 JTO(E) was called on 11.06.18 and same has not been received from any Circle. Regarding SDE(E) to EE(E) was also called on 11.06.18. All Circle Secretaries should ensure that VC reaches by 22.06.2018.

CHQ President, AGS A.Chandra Sekhar, CP/MH Com.Sonewane met CGM(BW) and DGM(BW) on 20.06.2018 and discussed about promotion to JTO(C )   to SDE(C) and SDE(C) to EE(C ) and also discussed about review DPC of EE( C). 130 VCs called for JTO(C) to SDE(C) for 88 posts  and APARs/VCs called for SDE(C) to EE(C) promotion on 13.06.2018 are not reached the BW unit. Association requested to complete the DPC process latest by 28.06.2018. CGM(BW) assured to complete the process. All Circle Secretaries should ensure that same reaches by 22.06.2018.

20-06-2018

CHQ Office bearers and CS meeting at New Delhi on 18.06.2018:  It was a moment of celebration for all as 1) the SNEA demand for CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation is approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, paving the way for smooth career progression in the future and 2) more than 5,000 JTOs promoted as SDEs within one month period through SCF and LDCE for the vacancy years 2009-10 and 2010-11.

The meeting decided to demand the implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy on or before 01.07.2018 as per the CWC decisions. Already CPSU cadre Hierarchy delayed by one and half years as the date of implementation changed from 01.01.2017 to a prospective date, any delay in implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy will delay all the future promotions for all.

Meanwhile in the intervening period, all out efforts will be made to effect promotions in all the streams, ie. SDE to DE, AO to CAO, SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E), SDE(TF) to AGM(TF), JTO(T/C/E/TF)/JAO to SDE(T/C/E/TF)/AO.

Assn will be giving more focus for settlement of E2 and E3 scales, now pending in DoT and if required will launch organizational actions.

30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rects: By the formation of pension fund with 5% contribution, now the total contribution reached 25% out of 30%. Further increase in the contribution will be pursued as it is directly linked with the social security.

Uniform 1st TB Promotion: This is the issue for all the JTO/JAOs recruited from 1993 to 1999 who got the first TBP after 5 or 6 years. Khan Committee recommended for uniform 5 years. However Hyderabad CWC decided to demand TBP after 4 years instead of 5 years. Management was waiting for the finalization of the CPSU Hierarchy. EPP 2007 has to be amended retrospectively, w.e.f 01.10.2004 for implementing Uniform TBP with the approval of BSNL Board and DoT.

Group Term Insurance (GTI): Competitive quote is expected from LIC, this week. Assn is in touch with LIC in this regard. GTI will be implemented making 3 or 4 age slabs to get the benefit of customarised premium to the Executives of different age groups.

Filing of Court case for EPF full pension option: The list of Executives recruited directly by BSNL, covered under EPF and opted for the full pension option is to be made available to CHQ by respective CSs within one month. Jt Sec(S) Com Pandurang Nayak and AGS Com Chinamya Sahoo will coordinate with all CSs in this regard.

The pay parity of 22820 will be pursued to settle the issue by giving additional increments as the demand for settlement as a pay anomaly issue is not agreed by the management.

Settlement of Rule 8 cases at the time of implementation of CPSU Hierarchy.

18-06-2018

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) on 18.06.2018 and extended sincere gratitude for issuing JTO to SDE promotions for the vacancies of 2009-10 and 2010-11 bringing the SCF and LDCE at par. This was possible only due to the firm stand taken by DIR(HR) and the Pers section by correctly interpreting the Hon EKM HC order. Some sections even made false propaganda by telling the management and others that there is stay on promotions from CAT, EKM and tried to stop the promotions. Earlier they confused management and other Executives by stating that Hon HC given a 1:1 judgment. In fact it is a temporary measure, applicable only in case BSNL is issuing provisional promotions before finalization of AIEL.

Further discussions held on completing the DPCs and notification of the CPSU Hierarchy promotions which gives promotions to all the eligible Executives. We requested DIR(HR) to complete all the promotions in all the streams of Telecom, Finance, Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch etc by this month end as much possible and notify the CPSU Hierarchy by 28.06.2018 so that remaining Executives, including those retiring this month gets their eligible promotions. Executives already lost 1 and 1/2 years service, even for future promotions as BSNL Board approved the CPSU proposal prospectively. Further delay in its implementation will damage the Executives career.

DIR(HR) assured to do the best possible for issuing the promotion orders without delaying CPSU Hierarchy and she will review the situation with all the concerned GMs today itself.

18-06-2018

GS writes to Hon Minister: Review of the Presidential Order issued by DoT on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 and approval of BSNL proposal for standard pay scales of E2 and E3, replacing E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the assurances given earlier: 

GS letter to Hon MoSC

18-06-2018

GS writes to DIR(HR): JTO to SDE promotion, our profound gratitude. Further request to consider promotion of all the ST candidates provisionally as there may be sufficient vacancies to promote all the ST candidates upto 2005 rect year.

Letter to DIR(HR)

18-06-2018

March to Prime Ministers residence

On 19.06.2018

by CPSU Executives and officers from Banking sector, Insurance sector and Central Govt Officers demanding 3rd PRC implementation, stop disinvestment/Privatization, Assured Pension to all etc.

All the Executives from Delhi Circle, BSNLCO, UP(West), HR, PB, RAJ and other nearby Circles are requested to join the March on 19.06.2018 at 1.00 PM from BSNL Co.

Charter of Demands:

1. Remove affordability clause for Wage Revision in CPSUs.

2. Expedite wage revision for the Bankers without restriction on scale and without affordability clause.

3. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

4. Stop all moves towards Privatization.

5. Amend Tax laws at Par with Government employees.

14-06-2018

Group Term Insurance(GTI) for BSNL Executives: We are in constant touch with LIC and it is expected a very competitive and reasonable quote from LIC shortly.

12-06-2018

March to Prime Ministers residence on

19.06.2018

by CPSU Executives and officers from Banking sector, Insurance sector and Central Govt Officers demanding 3rd PRC implementation, stop disinvestment/Privatization, Assured Pension to all etc


Charter of Demands:

1. Remove affordability clause for Wage Revision in CPSUs.

2. Expedite wage revision for the Bankers without restriction on scale and without affordability clause.

3. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

4. Stop all moves towards Privatization.

5. Amend Tax laws at Par with Government employees.

All the Executives are requested to join the March on 19.06.2018.

04-06-2018

Uniform Time Bound Functional promotion Policy, 2018 or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:

GS alongwith President and AGS met CMD and DIR(HR) on 04.06.2018 and once again thanked them for approving the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy proposal in the Board meeting held on 28.05.2018. GS personally thanked both of them for keeping the commitment given by them to the GS that they are committed to CPSU Hierarchy as mutually agreed upon and will ensure the Board approval without any change. GS reached HQ today, 04.06.18. It was only due to their timely intervention at various occasions, the policy could finalise, overcoming the major issues like bench marks, huge number of Executives at AGM equivalent grades in all streams, relaxation in qualifying service for the Executives in higher scales, date of effect etc.

GS interacted with the CMD, DIR(HR), DIR(EB), DIR(CM) and all the four external Board directors on 27.05.2018, one day prior to the Board meeting requesting them to approve the proposal in the Board meeting on 28.05.2018.

This is a direct result of membership verification and the first major HR issue settled by SNEA through negotiations over a period of two years, after becoming the only recognized Executives Association through membership verification. The commitment given by SNEA to all the Executives at the time of MV is getting fulfilled by this and thousands and thousands of Executives will get the time bound functional promotion.

By this policy three functional promotions are assured after every five years from Dy Manager(JTO/JAO equivalent) to Manager(SDE/AO equivalent) to Sr Manager(Sr SDE/Sr AO equivalent) to Asst General Manager (AGM/CAO/EE equivalent) without linking with availability of posts. Jt DGM(NF) designation is approved for the AGMs in E5/E6 scales and eligible for DGM promotion. At present JTOs with more than 20 years of service is waiting for the first promotion due to shortage of vacancies. Executives having more than 30-35 years of service got only one promotion.

It is a historic decision paving the way for smooth functional promotions on time bound basis in the future. Our demand for Uniform Time Bound Functional promotion for all the Executives and the firm resolution to bring parity in promotions among various wings finally got the approval of full BSNL Board. An impression and confusion was created by some sections in the minds of Extl Board directors and DoT directors that the new policy is needed as the promotions are blocked due to litigations and reservation issue. By our strong lobbying among these directors we could overcome this negative propaganda and convince them the need for uniform promotional avenues and parity in promotions for all the cadres as per the terms and conditions for absorption and as per the promotion policies prevailed in other CPSUs. Both DIR(HR) and CMD also strongly pleaded and fought for a Uniform promotion policy for all the Executives as practiced in other CPSUs. Both of them strongly pleaded till the last moment for getting the proposal approved for w.e.f 01.01.2017. However the Govt directors were very much against this, fearing litigations on that ground. If the court case was not filed at CAT EKM against the CPSU Hierarchy and the stay order was not passed on 20.12.2017, the BSNL Board meeting on 21.12.2017 might have approved the proposal w.e.f 01.01.2017 itself as the DoT Board member made objections on retrospective date was not attended that Board meeting. Evenif it is prospective, it could have from 01.01.2018. By filing this case nothing achieved but the promotion of thousands and thousands of Executives delayed by 1 ½ years and their subsequent promotions also. It needs introspection.

The policy will be notified once the Board meeting minutes are approved. It has to be implemented at the earliest, latest by 01.07.2018 as majority of the Executives will be getting promotion to Manager, Sr Manager, AGM and Jt DGM by this policy only and qualifying service for future promotions are linked with this.

Bench mark for the promotion in the new policy was one of the major challenges for us. Initially BSNL management was also insisting for atleast 3 very Good and 2 Good for JTO equivalent to SDE equivalent promotion which we could bring down to 5 Good through marathon negotiations. Further our request for following marks instead of grading also accepted by the management which will be further beneficial to the Executives (low grading in an year will be compensated with the better grading for another year).  

Further we had discussions with CMD and DIR(HR) regarding issuing promotion orders as much possible during the intervening period as CPSU Hierarchy will be implemented latest by 01.07.2018. Since the date of implementation of CPSU Hierarchy has become prospective and the major hurdle on promotions, the reservation issue is temporarily overcome by the interim order of Hon Supreme Court, we requested to issue the promotion orders as much possible. JTO to SDE promotion case judgment is expected tomorrow (05.06.18) which will pave the way for JTO to SDE promotion which is badly delayed for more than 6 years due to litigations. Management assured to complete the promotions as much feasible within this short period without giving any scope for future litigations after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy. JTO/JAO to SDE/AO promotions in all the streams are under consideration. On SDE to DE promotion also mgt is making all efforts to complete the DPCs by diverting the MT quota. Since the seniority list is under dispute, entire list no 6&7 has to be promoted in a single order for which more vacancies are required. Seniority will be as per the final order of Hon SC. Mgt is working some way out for this including upgradation of posts. On AO to CAO promotion, catchup rule is the major hurdle. Various options are under consideration. EE(C/E) and AGM(TF) promotions also under consideration.

Around 700 DGM(T) vacancies are available. Since 206 final judgment has come, we demanded for regular promotion to DGM(T) posts as per revised seniority.

We are trying our level best to issue maximum promotion orders in this month followed by promotion through CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018.

28-05-2018

It is learnt that the new Designation has been approved in the board meeting:

 

         Present Designation

New Designation

JTO/JAO Equivalent

Deputy Manager

SDE/AO Equivalent

Manager

Sr SDE / Sr AO Equivalent

Senior Manager

DE / CAO /EE Equivalent

Asst General Manager

DE / AGM Equivalent who are eligible for DGM promotion but could not get DGM promotion and working in E5 / E6 scale

Joint DGM

 


17-05-2018

The formal agenda meeting with DIR(HR) held today. The important decisions are:

1. Negotiation with LIC and SBI Life on Group Term Insurance (GTI) for all the BSNL Executives will be held today itself.

2. Break in Circle Tenure will be restored on posting to soft tenure stations.

Further details will be uploaded -----.

16-05-2018

CHQ office bearers and Circle Secretaries meeting will be held at New Delhi on 18.06.2018.

The AIPCOC rally to the PM office will be on 19.06.2018.

The meeting will decide future course of action in case of delay in implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and standard pay scales of E2 and E3.

Make reservations accordingly.

14-05-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL on 14.05.2018:

GS, President and AGS met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on various issues. On the follow up of HOCC meeting, Circle and SSA level meeting will be held shortly, CMD informed. The hiring of dark fibre from Assam to Siliguri also brought to his notice. The agreement with OIL will be over in June 2018 and it has to be renewed. It is learned that some private agencies, Mukund, is approaching BSNL offering lesser rates. But their fibre is laid along the NH just like BSNL cables and it also will be damaged just like BSNL OF cable. The existing hired cable is tapped at various places and if new cable is hired from other agencies, the same work has to be repeated once gain. For the reliability of the media, we have to continue with OIL and PGCIL cables, Assn told.

On Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy, CMD told that BSNL will stick on to the original proposal with date of effect as 01.01.2017. BSNL Board meeting is scheduled for 28.05.2018. Since JS has made some suggestions, the suggestions will be discussed in the Board meeting instead of circulation of file and various points will be explained in the Board meeting so that proposal will get cleared, CMD informed.

Meanwhile the promotions if any given during the intervening period should be w.e.f 01.01.2017, in line with CPSU proposal in order to avoid future anomalies and litigations, Assn told CMD. Seniors given promotion prospectively and juniors getting promotion w.e.f 01.01.2017 through CPSU Hierarchy will create anomalies. The promotions for limited numbers should not create hurdles for the smooth implementation of CPSU Hierarchy as thousands of Executives are waiting for promotion through CPSU Hierarchy, Assn told.

As per the instruction of DIR(HR), GS, President and AGS met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and held discussions on the various suggestions/objections of JS.

10-05-2018

SDE RR modification defining the inter-se  seniority was approved by the BSNL Board long back in 2015 but notification kept pending for further modifications to it for covering all the unfilled vacancies. Now amendment is applicable from 28.08.2015, the date of Board approval.....View order copy of Modification / Addition / Deletion in SDE RR 2002.

09-05-2018

Today we met Jt Sec, DoT and BSNL Board member regarding clearance on CPSU Hierarchy proposal. He informed that the response will be send to BSNL today itself. He further informed that yesterday CMD BSNL spoken to him for expediting the clearance of the proposal.

09-05-2018

Today Management Committee of BSNL Board taken a decision to facilitate promotions wherever it is feasible.

04-05-2018

3rd Pay Revision for BSNL employees: Based on the DPE suggestion to approach Union Cabinet for the relaxation of affordability clause, DoT is seeking the permission from the Hon MoSC for preparing the Cabinet Note. The proposal will be moved next week, concerned officers in DoT informed us. 

04-05-2018

GS writes CMD, BSNL for Board approval for BSNL Executives promotion policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) with effective date as 01.01.2017, may be expedited by circulation among the Board members as per the last Board decision. More than 100 Executives due for promotion are retiring every month.

GS letter to CMD

24-04-2018

GS and President met CMD, BSNL and held discussions regarding approval of CPSU proposal. CMD informed that the date of implementation as 01.01.2017 is a decision taken by BSNL management for the interest of the company and its Executives and it has to be approved as proposed. CMD assured to intervene for getting the clearance for the proposal.

24-04-2018

GS and AGS/AIGETOA met DIR(HR) on 24.04.2018 and held discussions on:

1) Implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI) for BSNL Executives: We explained the discussions with LIC in this regard. Since the quote from LIC is very high, we demanded negotiation with LIC in this regard. Since lot of unfortunate incidents happened in the recent past, we requested DIR(HR) to expedite the process. DIR(HR) assured to do expedite the same.

2) Approval for CPSU Hierarchy proposal w.e.f 01.01.2017: We expressed our serious concern on the delay for approval of the proposal. According to our information, JS/Board member gone through the entire proposal and the replies submitted by BSNL, we informed DIR(HR) and sought her intervention to get the clearance immediately. The date of implementation cannot be changed as it has decided after lot of deliberations. DIR(HR) assured to maintain the same stand and take immediate action for the clearance.

3) E2 and E3 pay scale: The reply for DoE is expected this week.

 

GS and AGS/AIGETOA met GM(Restg) on 24.04.2018 and held discussions on Implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI) for BSNL Executives: We explained the discussions with LIC in this regard and demanded negotiation with LIC in this regard. GM assured to call LIC for negotiations next Tuesday itself according to the convenience of LIC. 

19-04-2018

3rd Pay revision in BSNL: DPE in its reply suggest DoT to approach Union Cabinet for the relaxation of affordability clause. DPE letter states that:

As per DPE guidelines, BSNL does not fall under the category mentioned in para 5 of DPEs OM dated 03.08.2017 in 2017 pay revision. Further, it is mentioned that DPE has issued guidelines for 2017 Pay revision which, inter-alia, includes an affordability clause, based of the recommendations of Committee of Secretaries(CoS) on the report of 3rd Pay revision Committee(PRC). Any relaxation/amendment in the extant guidelines would require the approval of the Cabinet for which DoT may examine the issue at its end for necessary action.

DPE letter to DoT

17-04-2018

Clearance on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy proposal:

GS met Joint Secretary, DoT and BSNL Board member for the clearance on the proposal. JS expressed his reservation on date of implementation as 01.01.2017. According to him, new proposal should be effective from the date of approval of the BSNL Board.  GS explained the background as 1) it is as per the terms and conditions for absorption, 2) the Jt Committee had given recommendation in Oct, 2015, 3) JTO to SDE promotion is held up since 2011 and all other promotions are held up since 2015, 4) this will not have any financial implications on BSNL or DoT, 5) the demand of the Assn was to give effect from the date of recommendation and finally come to an agreement on 01.01.2017.

Since it will give some relief to the senior Executives who are waiting for promotions for years together, GS strongly demanded for the date of effect as 01.01.2017. Giving date of effect from 01.01.2017 will give relief to the senior Executives and facilitate in ending the litigations. Finally JS agreed to discuss this issue once again with BSNL management and find out their view before giving his clearance as decision has to be taken by the Board. 

16-04-2018

Hon PCAT extends the benefit of additional increment as per para I.II.(v) of EPP order dated 18.01.2017 on post based promotion to SNEA members.

In the OA filed by SNEA in Hon PCAT, challenging the DoT order dated 05.07.2017, rescinding para I.II.(v) of EPP order dated 18.01.2017 regarding grant of extra increment on post based promotion under EPP is disposed today by extending the benefit of quashing of DoT order dated 05.07.2017 in OA 2649/2017, applicable to all the members of SNEA. Hon Court made it clear that the direction to quash the DoT order dated 05.07.2017 in OA 2649/2017 is applicable to all the Executives.

By this SNEA will become directly a party in the Hon High Court, when DoT files appeal against the PCAT order. DoT already decided to challenge the Hon PCAT order in the Hon Delhi High Court.

This protects all the SNEA members from recovery or reduction in pension at the time of retirement. Hon court also given liberty to take legal action against DoT, in case DoT violates the Hon PCAT order. Any case of violation of Hon PCAT order by any Circle may be brought to the notice of CHQ for appropriate action. 

16-04-2018

Status of reply from DoE on E2 and E3 pay scales for all the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007: The concerned Director and Jt Secretary in Dept of Expenditure is on official tour for few days and expected back on Thursday. The reply to DoT is expected to be cleared after their return.

15-04-2018

JTO to SDE promotion case at Ernakulam:

After hearing all the parties, court reserved orders for 23.05.2018.

We sincerely apologize for reporting it as 23.04.2018 instead of 23.05.2018 in the website on 13.04.2018.

15-04-2018

Meeting with the Committee on Group Term Insurance (GTI) on 13.04.2018:

SNEA, the Recognised Assn was invited by the Committee for further discussions on the matter. GS/AIGETOA also accompanied the GS. The committee members GM(Restg), GM(Estt), GM(SR) and DGM(Restg) were present in the meeting. Detailed discussions held on the tentative quote given by LIC and SBI Life. Since the rates quoted seems to be high, it is decided to hold further discussions with LIC and SBI Life, next week itself. All efforts will be made to get competitive rates by this month end and it will be made known to all the Executives. They will be given one opportunity to opt out of the scheme. The rates quoted will be valid only if atleast 80% of the Executives opting for the same.

15-04-2018

GS, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(Admin), BSNLCO and held discussions on allotment of Inspection Quarters at different locations. We explained the difficulties faced by the employees in booking the IQs as employees are getting routine reply that all the IQs are booked. We demanded for making IQ booking online and making it transparent. In ERP, module is already developed for IQ booking, it needs to be implemented, we informed the GM. GM(A) agreed to our demand and assured to get the data from all the Circles and make the bookings online at the earliest.  

13-04-2018

JTO to SDE promotion case at Ernakulam:

The MA filed either for pronouncing the judgment or vacating the stay on promotions was listed in the chamber of the judges for hearing and orders. It was heard partly yesterday and continued today. After hearing from all the parties, court reserved orders for 23.04.2018.

The case was heard one year back and reserved for judgment in March, 2017.

05-04-2018

GS and AGS met DIR(HR) on 05.04.2018 and discussed about the status of the reply on CPSU Hierarchy submitted to the BSNL Board member. DIR(HR) informed that JS may take few more days in this regard.

CHQ Treasurer is in touch with the OSD to the Hon Minister of State for Finance for expediting the reply from Dept of Expenditure on E2 and E3 pay scale. We are trying to meet senior officers in DoE for this purpose. 

05-04-2018

GS writes to DIR(HR) for formal meeting to discuss the following important issues: Group Term Insurance, Uniform 1st TB promotion, HR integration, finalization of HR plan, restoration of Circle break in Soft tenure policy, change in the Recognition rules to make the number of office bearers as 15, office accommodation at Circle/SSA level etc. 

GS letter to DIR(HR)

04-04-2018

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR), BSNL on 04.04.2018 and held discussions on

a) Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy implementation: DIR(HR) informed that the issue was discussed with CMD, BSNL today morning and she is in touch with the Board Directors from DoT to get the proposal cleared.

b) Revision of seniority as per Rule 206 and finalization of the seniority of the AGM/DEs: We requested to expedite the implementation of the Hon SC order so that AGM/DE seniority can be revised/finalized. DIR(HR) further informed that the reply from DoT is expected shortly on revision of 147 seniority based on Hon SC order and Hon Kerala HC order.

c) Withdrawal of the illegal order of Link Officer(LO) issued by PGM(BW): PGM(BW) issued orders without any authority and not even consulting the cadre controlling authority. The SDEs cannot exercise the statutory and financial powers of the EE by simply designating as LO. This is in violation of rules. We demanded the withdrawal of the illegal order. DIR(HR) agreed that the orders are issued without the approval of competent authority and it is under review as demanded by the Assn. Based on our complaint, a report has been sought from PGM(BW) and shortly action will be taken to withdraw the order.

d) Review DPC for promotion to EE(Civil) as per court order: After discussion it was assured to expedite the same. Since some issues related to roster and year wise vacancy is to be sorted out, it took more time.

We sought further time for formal meeting with DIR(HR) for discussion on other important issues like Group Term Insurance, Uniform 1st TB promotion, HR integration, finalization of HR plan, restoration of Circle break in Soft tenure policy, change in the Recognition rules to make the number of office bearers as 15, office accommodation at Circle/SSA level etc. The meeting will take place in the third week of April. 

03-04-2018

GS, President and AGS met CMD BSNL on 03.04.2018 and held discussions on

a) Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy implementation: Since the promotions are badly delayed and CPSU Hierarchy is the only solution to give uniform promotional avenues to all the Executives of various streams, we requested CMD to expedite the approval of BSNL Board. Discrimination in promotions as happening today in the name of vacancies and seniority cannot be continued. A detailed reply to the queries from the Board member was submitted on 21.03.2018 and further actions are to be taken. CMD assured early action and informed that BSNL may wait for the response for few days and after that the proposal will be moved as a file by rotation, for approval.

DIR(HR) tried to meet the JS on 03.04.18 but could not happen as he was busy in some other meetings, GM(Pers) informed us.

b) Status of E2 and E3 scales for all the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007: CMD enquired about the status of the case. We informed him that Dept of Expenditure will reply to the DoT queries, this week itself. Most probably, DoE will advice DoT to seek the opinion of the nodal ministry, DPE as DPE deals with pay revision of CPSEs. CMD informed that he will write one more DO letter to Secretary, DoT for early approval of E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A scales as recommended by BSNL.

c) Advance payment from DoT: CMD informed that on the last working day of 2017-18, DoT made a payment of 3600 Crores to BSNL towards advance for NFS, Bharatnet (NOFN) etc works. DoT decision helped BSNL and this has improved the cash flow for the time being.

03-04-2018

GS, President and AGS met CMD BSNL on 03.04.2018 and held discussions on

a) Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy implementation: Since the promotions are badly delayed and CPSU Hierarchy is the only solution to give uniform promotional avenues to all the Executives of various streams, we requested CMD to expedite the approval of BSNL Board. Discrimination in promotions as happening today in the name of vacancies and seniority cannot be continued. A detailed reply to the queries from the Board member was submitted on 21.03.2018 and further actions are to be taken. CMD assured early action and informed that BSNL may wait for the response for few days and after that the proposal will be moved as a file by rotation, for approval.

DIR(HR) tried to meet the JS on 03.04.18 but could not happen as he was busy in some other meetings, GM(Pers) informed us.

b) Status of E2 and E3 scales for all the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007: CMD enquired about the status of the case. We informed him that Dept of Expenditure will reply to the DoT queries, this week itself. Most probably, DoE will advice DoT to seek the opinion of the nodal ministry, DPE as DPE deals with pay revision of CPSEs. CMD informed that he will write one more DO letter to Secretary, DoT for early approval of E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A scales as recommended by BSNL.

c) Advance payment from DoT: CMD informed that on the last working day of 2017-18, DoT made a payment of 3600 Crores to BSNL towards advance for NFS, Bharatnet (NOFN) etc works. DoT decision helped BSNL and this has improved the cash flow for the time being.

03-04-2018

GS, President and AGS met CMD BSNL on 03.04.2018 and held discussions on

a) Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy implementation: Since the promotions are badly delayed and CPSU Hierarchy is the only solution to give uniform promotional avenues to all the Executives of various streams, we requested CMD to expedite the approval of BSNL Board. Discrimination in promotions as happening today in the name of vacancies and seniority cannot be continued. A detailed reply to the queries from the Board member was submitted on 21.03.2018 and further actions are to be taken. CMD assured early action and informed that BSNL may wait for the response for few days and after that the proposal will be moved as a file by rotation for approval.

DIR(HR) tried to meet the JS on 03.04.18 but could not happen as he was busy in some meetings, GM(Pers) informed us.

b) Status of E2 and E3 sales for all the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007: CMD enquired about the status of the case. We informed him that Dept of Expenditure will reply to the DoT queries shortly. Most probably, DoE will advice DoT to seek the opinion of the nodal ministry, DPE as DPE deals with pay revision of CPSEs. CMD informed that he will write one more DO letter to Secretary, DoT for early approval of E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A scales as recommended by BSNL.

c) Advance payment from DoT: CMD informed that on the last working day of 2017-18, DoT made a payment of 3600 Crores to BSNL towards advance for NFS, Bharatnet (NOFN) etc works. DoT decision helped BSNL and this has improved the cash flow for the time being.

03-04-2018

On CPSU Hierarchy proposal, GS met DIR(HR) today morning. DIR(HR) will be discussing it with Jt Sec, DoT today morning.

Development on E2, E3 scales:

Spoken to the concerned officers in Dept of Expenditure (DoE) regarding the advice sought by DoT on E2, E3 scales for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. It is informed that the file is submitted to the competent authority last week itself for replying the DoT queries. 

22-03-2018

GS and convenor, JF spoken to the concerned officers in Dept of Expenditure for expediting the reply on E2 and E3 pay scales sought by DoT. A reminder with all the connected documents were delivered in the DoE on 15.03.2018 on our request E2 scale will be applicable for all the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007, till today.

21-03-2018

Development on 3rd Pay Revision: As assured in the meeting with All Unions and Assns on 24.02.2018 by the Hon Minister, based on BSNL Board recommendations DoT referred the matter to DPE, Dept of Public Enterprises for their advise.

09-03-2018


JF met Director (PSU)/DoT on 09.03.2018 and held discussions on the comments/advice sought from Dept of Expenditure (DoE) by DoT on revision of E1A and E2A pay scales with E2 and E3 scales from 01.01.2007 onwards for all the JTO/JAOs etc. The discussion at DoE last week and the feedback received from them updated to the Director. Concerned section in DoE is of the view that the proposal is not reached in DoE. We requested to send a reminder with all the documents once again. Since DoE deals with such issues when it is submitted as a file, we requested to send the queries along with the documents as a file. Director assured positive action in this regard. 

09-03-2018


GS and President met Director (PSU)/DoT on 09.03.2018 and held discussions on the 3rd Pay revision proposal with 15% fitment. Director (PSU) informed that now they got specific direction from the Secretary/DoT to process the matter and sending it to DPE. Based on the BSNL Board recommendations, the proposal will be prepared at the earliest and after the approval from the nodal sections in DoT, it will be send to DPE, Director(PSU) informed.

07-03-2018

Developments on E2, E3 scales

Covenor/JF met Shri Pon Radhakrishnan, Hon Minister of State for Finance (MP from Nagergovil/TN) today, 07.03.2018 and sought his intervention for the comments/advice sought from Dept of Expenditure (DoE) by DoT on the subject. Initially OSD to Hon Minister has given an appointment. Since the Parliament adjourned in the morning without any transaction, Hon Minister was available in the office itself. On hearing the issue in detail, OSD himself taken the initiative to arrange an immediate meeting with the Minister which was not expected.

Hon Minister and the Addl PS present in the meeting sought the details and asked about the queries from DoT. After explaining the issue, Hon Minister directed the Addl PS to examine the matter in detail and take up with the concerned officers in DoE and follow up the matter. He assured that he will direct DoE to examine the matter at the earliest and give proper reply to the DoT.

We explained the issue in detail to the Addl PS and the indifferent stand taken by DoT now on the issue as follows:

i) E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for the BSNL rects after 01.10.2000 and E1A and E2A are not pay scales, it is a special dispensation for facilitating absorption for the officers of DoT. BSNL wrongly implemented E1A and E2A scales for the BSNL rects.

(We explained that DoT issued only one PO on 28.07.2003 with E1A, E2A, E3, E4 and E5 pay scales for all the Executives including the BSNL rects and there is no separate PO issued with E1 and E2 scales. E1 and E2 scales never implemented in BSNL. The JTO and SDE equivalent RRs are with E1A and E2A scales and rect taken place in that scale only. E1 and E2 are provisional pay scales now, till replacement scales of E1A and E2A are notified)

ii)  BSNL is making huge losses for the last four years.

(We explained that this is a 2nd PRC related issue, due from 01.01.2007. As per DPE guidelines, the PBT for the 2007-08 is to be taken into account for the implementation of 2nd PRC. During 2007-08, BSNL made Rs 4451 Cr profit. So BSNL satisfies the affordability clause and recommended E2 and E3 scales)

iii) The Presidential order is issued as per BSNL recommendations.

(We explained that BSNL never recommended E1 and E2 scales as E1 and E2 scales never operated in BSNL. Initially BSNL recommended replacement scales of E1A and E2A which was rejected by DoT and DPE directing BSNL to fit every Executive in the standard pay scales. Subsequently BSNL recommended E2 and E3 scales as replacement scales for E1A and E2A)

In complete disregard of BSNL recommendation and misinterpreting the DPE guidelines on affordability clause by taking the present financial condition, DoT issued the PO on 28.03.2017. Since BSNL management and Executives are not accepting the PO, DoT now sought the views of DoPT and DoE.

Convenor submitted a memorandum with all the relevant documents to the Hon Minister.

We are extremely grateful to Com Titus for arranging the meeting at Delhi with the OSD to Hon MOSF and then with the Hon Minister itself. This meeting was arranged on the continuous efforts taken by CHQ Treasurer, Com R Rajan for almost one month.

01-03-2018

Developments on E2 and E3 scale: In order to further pursue the case, met the concerned officers in Dept of Expenditure yesterday and explained the matter. Most likely, DoE will return the proposal back to DoT as DoE is no way connected with the pay scales of CPSEs.

28-02-2018

CHQ extends best wishes for all  comrades  who  retire today on superannuation, for a happy and peaceful  retired  life. Comrade you are starting a new journey  and  exceptional chapter of your life. May your days be filled with elation and triumph.  We thank you for your dedication & congratulate you on your retirement.

01-03-2018

Developments on E2 and E3 scale: In order to further pursue the case, met the concerned officers in Dept of Expenditure and explained the matter. Most likely, DoE will return the proposal back to DoT as DoE is no way connected with the pay scales of CPSEs.     

24-02-2018

Hon MoSC called all the Unions and Associations for discussion on 24.02.2018 at 12.30 Hrs. Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL postponed their foreign tour from 23rd evening in order to participate in the meeting.

23-02-2018

SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18

THE BIGGEST EVER MARCH, BSNL WITNESSED.

MORE THAN 5,000 COMRADES FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY JOINED THE SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH:

WE SALUTE ALL THE COMRADES PATICIPATED IN THE SNACHAR BHAVAN MARCH.

WE EXPREES OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO ALL THE CSs, SSA SECS AND OFFICE BEARERS AT ALL LEVELS FOR TAKING ALL THE POSSIBLE STEPS TO BRING MAXIUM COMRADES FOR THE MARCH. SPECIAL MENTION TO RAJ, PB, UPW, HR, MP, KRL, J&K, BR CIRCLES FOR BRINGING MAXIMUM COMRADES IN ADDITION TO THE COMRADES FROM DELHI AND CO.

As per the call of All Unions and Associations of BSNL the march stared from Eastern Court building of BSNLCO compound. More than 5,000 comrades from nook and corner of the country to participated in the SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH. Before the commencement of the March different Central trade unions leaders of CITU, AITUC, INTUC etc i.e. Comrade Shri Tapan Sen, Hon MP and General Secretary/CITU, Shri Vidhya Sagar Giri, Secretary/AITUC and Shri Zile Singh, President/INTUC Delhi addressed the gathering and extended the fullest support of Central Trade Unions for the struggle of BSNL employees.

The March was stopped by Delhi Police at Parliament street Police Station near Sanchar Bhawan. The comrades even tried to break the barricades and march towards Sanchar Bhavan. It become very difficult for the leadership to control the comrades who forced to break the barricade and the police. Finally on the assurance of the police that they will arrange a meeting with Secretary Telecom, March culminated in a peaceful manner with a meeting which was addressed by all the GSs of all Unions and Associations. GS/SNEA, veteran leaders Com G L Jogi/Chairman and Com V A N Namboodiri addressed. About 1000 SNEA comrades from RAJ, PB, UPW, HR, MP, KRL, J&K, BR Circles participated in the March along with the comrades from Delhi and BSNLCO.

The GSs of all the Unions and Associations of BSNL were escorted by the Police to Sanchar Bhawan to have the meeting with Secretary. However, Secretary directed Police to take all the leaders to meet Special Secretary(T), DoT as she was busy in preparations for the tour to Barcelona, in the evening. All the leaders took strong objection to this and categorically told that we will meet only Secretary/DoT, otherwise all the comrades will immediately reach Sanchar Bhavan, for which DoT establishment only will be responsible. SS(T) is the person putting all the hurdles on BSNL related issues and taking anti BSNL stand, we told the police to inform them. Sensing the danger, after some time, Secretary agreed to meet the leaders in the Committee room.

In the presence of Police, Secretary/DoT along with SS(T), Jt Sec(A) and Director (PSU) attended the meeting. At the outset all the leaders expressed their serious concern that Secretary is not granting meetings to discuss the issues. Earlier Secretaries granted us meeting as and when required to discuss the issues. We protested against the negligent attitude of DoT administration towards the issues of BSNL and BSNL employees. Detailed discussion took place on various demand:

Implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefits: Secretary tried to justify the DoT action citing Cabinet decision and DoT is not in a position to implement it in violation of Rules. We categorically told that BSNL become loss making due to the Govt and not because of the employees and this was publically admitted by the former Telecom Minister in the Parliament. After BSNL started expanding the network, last three years BSNL recorded improvement and profit. Affordability clause is only for the Executives, not for non executives but for Non-Executives wage negotiation as per DPE guidelines not started. In the DPE guidelines, affordability clause is not there, even then DoT did not issued guidelines for wage negotiation even after repeated reminders from BSNL. This is dual stand. DoT become anti BSNL, we complained to secretary.  

Rollback of Tower Subsidiary: We expressed our apprehension that it will lead to disinvestment. The recent developments established that. The CMD of the Tower Subisdiary and the Board of directors were decided without the knowledge or approval of BSNL Board, how it can be possible? It is told that there will be Joint venture (JV) which will lead to disinvestment. BSNL is earning about 500 Cr this year from tower sharing which will go away. In the future BSNL mobile expansion will be under threat as the JV will demand rent for all the BTSs which will be a huge money. Secretary and others don’t have any reply.   

Pension revision for the Govt pensioners from BSNL: We questioned why pension revision is not happening as it is not linked with profitability or affordability of BSNL. Officers of DoT did not have anything to answer.

The other issues settlement of let out issues related to 2nd PRC and No reduction in retirement age from 60 to 58 years and no VRS also briefly discussed.

Secretary explained that the issues are already in her knowledge but she is not the final authority to decide, a political decision is required on 3rd PRC. Hon MOSC called a meeting tomorrow to discuss all the issues and we have to wait for the directions from the Hon MoSC.

After the meeting with Secretary, all the GSs met CMD/BSNL and DIR(HR) BSNL Board and apprised about the discussions took place with Secretary/DoT and others. CMD informed that he along with Secretary will attend the meeting tomorrow with Hon MOSC.

21-02-2018

SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18


DoT reply regarding various demands of Unions and Associations of BSNL:

DoT categorically rejected all the demands of the employees of BSNL. Even the issues like Pension Revision for the retirees who retired prior to 01.01.2017 also denied linking it with pay revision. In fact pension has to be paid by the Govt, not by BSNL. Pensioners has to seriously consider legal remedies at the earliest for the pension revision.

This once again establishes the indifferent attitude of the Govt/DoT towards BSNL and its employees. We have to respond it organizationally, in every possible manner.

Make all out efforts to make the SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18 a big success.

Reach BSNLCO by 11.00 am

DoT reply

20-02-2018

Meeting with Smt Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary DoT on 20.02.2018:

GSs of SNEA, BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA met Secretary DoT and held discussions on the 3rd PRC with 15% fitment. BSNL Board after taking all the aspects into consideration recommended 3rd PRC with 15% fitment, freezing the revision of all allowances. The BSNL proposal is pending in DoT for the last three months but no steps are taken for its implementation. The employees are very much agitated over this. We requested that DoT should take necessary steps to get the affordability clause exempted for BSNL. Financial condition of BSNL is nothing to do with the employees as the entire telecom sector is facing problem. The employees are working with full commitment for the revival of BSNL and to implement the Govt projects. Pay revision is a must to keep the employees motivated.

GS/BSNLEU specifically pleaded that 3rd PRC is for the Executives but the pay revision for the Non-executives are based on negotiated settlement. Surprisingly the negotiation itself is not started as DoT didnot given clearance for that. As per the DPE guidelines, for the wage negotiation, there is no affordability clause.

Regarding pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL, we apprised Secretary that DoT Pension Cell is linking the pension revision with the pay revision of BSNL serving employees which is not at all correct as BSNL pensioners are not related with the profitability or paying capacity of BSNL. Their pension is paid by the Govt from the consolidated fund of India as per CCS pension Rules, 1972, not by BSNL. Last time also DoT moved a Cabinet note to get the pension revised for the BSNL pensioners with 30% fitment. Present situation also, DoT has to get the Cabinet approval for pension revision with 15% fitment as 15% is already approved by Union Cabinet as fitment formula for 3rd PRC. Their pension contribution has already been paid to DoT. DoT(Estt) always takes the stand that  pension revision is to be done for BSNL pensioners after the pay revision of BSNL serving employees, otherwise anomalies will be created. This is not the justification to deny the pension revision to the Pensioners, we categorically told the Secretary and sought her kind intervention for resolving the issue.

Secretary given a patient hearing and assured an early action in this regard and mentioned that Hon MOSC also telling in all the meetings that we will consider the case.

Since there is no concrete assurance from the Secretary other that the normal gestures, the March to Sanchar Bhavan on 23.02.2018 will to continue with more intensity.

20-02-2018

GS and Jt Sec met GM(Estt) and DGM)Estt) and held discussions again on implementation of Hon Kerala High Court order on Pay fixation for Officiating JTOs under FR22(1)(a)(1) without challenging it in the Supreme Court. All the offtg JTOs are become regular JTOs and majority of the offtg JTOs are retired by this time. The matter is discussed with DIR(HR) and CGM legal also, we informed them. GM(Estt) informed that as per the advice of Legal cell, directions are given to Kerala Circle to file the SLP in the Hon SC. However the matter will be reexamined.

 

GS writes to DIR(HR): Implementation of Hon Kerala High Court order on Pay fixation for Officiating JTOs under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35. There is no justification in challenging it again in the Hon SC

GS letter to DIR(HR)

18-02-2018

GS writes to Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary, Dept of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance:

Revision of the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A for the JTO, SDE and equivalent Executives in BSNL w.e.f 0101.2007, a CPSE under Dept of Telecommunications, based on 2nd PRC recommendations and DPE guidelines in this regard. DPE guideline stipulates replacement of intermediary pay scale like E1A and E2A with standard pay scales notified by DPE. Based on this, BSNL Board recommended next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A. DoT issued Presidential order on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, contrary to the recommendations of BSNL Board. Reference from DoT seeking views /comments from DoE in this regard:

GS letter to Secretary, DoE, Ministry of Finance

15-02-2018

SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18

All Circles are requested to bring maximum members for the March. HR, UP(West), PB, RAJ Circles to ensure that minimum 50% of the membership participates in the march. Inform CHQ for making necessary arrangements. All the members from BSNLCO and Delhi Circle and the comrades from other Circles to assemble at BSNLCO by 11.30 am

09-02-2018

For preparing the revival plan of BSNL, IIM, Ahmadabad expressed interest. A decision in this regard from DoT is expected by next week.

It is understood that after examination of the proposal of merger of MTNL with BSNL, DoT concluded that merger is not possible at this point of time due to the huge liability of MTNL and various HR issues. Merger with huge liability will make BSNL sick, according to DoT. An intimation in this regard is send to MTNL. All Unions and Assns in BSNL taken a strong stand opposing the merger without addressing the issues.

09-02-2018

BSNL Board meeting is on today, 09.02.2018

06-02-2018

GS writes to Shri Narendra Modiji, Hon Prime Minister:

Pension revision for the 2.5 lakh Central Govt pensioners retired from BSNL as per Rule 37A of the CCS Pension Rules, 1972, w.e.f. 01.01.2017. Pension revision for the retired BSNL Executives and Non Executives is not linked with the 3rd PRC or pay revision of the serving BSNL Executives or the affordability of BSNL. 

GS letter to Hon PM on Pension Revision

05-02-2018

SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18

Charter of Demands

(1) Settle:-

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

(b) Settle pension revision.

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

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

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

All Circles are requested to bring maximum members for the Sanchar Bhavan March. CSs are requested to intimate the number of members participating in the march to the AGS or Jt Sec for making necessary arrangements.

31-01-2018

2nd Day of Satyagraha and Work according to Rule:

The 2nd Day of agitation seen more enthusiasm, more and more participation of the employees. Keep up the momentum, step up the pressure on the Govt and BSNL Management.

Our agitation is for protecting the company, our agitation is for the pay revision of each and every employee after 10 long years, our agitation is for pension revision and settlement of pending 2nd PRC issues. Success of our agitation will decide the future of our company and our future also.

All Union and Assn leaders available at Delhi reviewed the situation and decided to further intensify the agitation, especially Work According to Rule. All CSs and SSA/Branch Secs to mobile for this in coordination with leaders of other Unions and Assns.

NOFN, NFS, LWE etc are the favorite Govt projects where BSNL manpower is wasted without any returns. So focus these areas where employees are doing extra work for Govt projects.

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28-01-2018

Attention of CSs, SSA/Branch Secretaries and office bearers at all levels:

Make extensive preparation for the Satyagraha and Work According to Rule from 30.01.2018, in coordination with the leaders of all Unions/Associations. Conduct door to door campaign and joint meetings in all the Exchanges/offices and make all the employees to participate in this do or die battle to protect the company, settle 3rd revision and other issues.

26-01-2018

SATYAGRAHA for 5 days from 30.01.2018


Indefinite Work According to Rule from 30.01.2018


March to Sanchar Bhawan on 23.02.2018

 

Charter of Demands

(1) Settle:-

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

(b) Settle pension revision.

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

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

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

18-01-2018

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

For the vacation of this stay on MA, SNEA got impleaded along with members belonging to JTO(T) (including recent LDCE passed), JTO(C), JTO(Elect), JAO, SDE(C), SDE(Elect), SDE(T) and AO who are stagnating for years together.

It was our endeavour to give relief to all Executives who are stagnating for long time for their promotions. With the new policy we are hopeful that it will give relief to all the Executives in all the streams and ensure both promotion and seniority for promotions beyond AGM. The new policy protects promotion and seniority for those who are eligible for promotion under the old rules like those who have passed LDCE and SCF.

The new policy will give us a uniform promotional avenues upto AGM cadre for all the streams.

Stagnation in various streams for promotion in BSNL is also appraised to the Hon Court as follows:

 

No

Stream

Substantive Cadre

Year of Rectt/ Promotion

Next promotion

Stagn-ation

1

Telecom Arch

JTO(Arch )

1988

SDE(Arch )

30

2

Telecom Factory

JTO(TF)

1992

SDE (TF)

26

3

Telecom Civil

JTO (C)  

1992

SDE (C)

25

4

Telecom Elect

JTO (E)

1993

SDE (E)

24

5

Telecom Engg

JTO (T)

1995

SDE (T)

22

6

Telecom Accounts

JAO

2005

AO

12

7

Telecom Civil

SDE (C)

1994

EE (C)

23

8

Telecom Elect

SDE (E)

1997

EE (E)

21

9

Telecom Engg

SDE (T)

2000

AGM(T)

18

10

Telecom Factory

SDE (TF)

2000

AGM(TF)

18

11

Telecom Accounts

AO

2003

CAO

15

12

Telecom Arch

SDE

2009

Architect

9

 

Similar is the case in respect of PA / PS, AD(OL), CSS etc....

We appeal to all Executives to first avail the promotion ensured with retrospective effect from 01.01.2017 or prior to that. Any further dispute on seniority in the promoted post can be settled after availing the promotion. 

05-01-2018

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

05-01-2018

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

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

05-01-2018

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

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

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

29-12-2017

Highlights of the CWC meeting held at Bhubaneswar

on 15th and 16th December, 2017.

A very successful CWC meeting was held at Bhubaneswar. Odisha comrades made excellent arrangements for the CWC meeting. All the Circles, except A&N, NE I and NE II attended the CWC meeting. Shri A M Gupta, GM(SR), BSNLCO and Com Laxman Bhanot, All India President, AIGETOA addressed the CWC.

Discussion on issues related to growth of BSNL: Very fruitful discussions were held on viability related issues such as the move to create a separate Tower subsidiary, allotment of 4G spectrum and launching 4G services, NGN project implementation, upgradation of external plant, transmission media related issues, adverse impact on the consolidation of SSAs into BAs, empanelment of vendors for BB modems/EPBTs etc, deployment of Accounts personal in CSCs, deployment of Executives into revenue earning field units etc. GSM Phase VIII tender is finalised with more emphasis on 3G and 4G services.

Promotions in different wings and implementation of Uniform Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: Since the post based promotions are held up due to various reasons and it may take two to three years to overcome the court cases, CWC unanimously decided that, hereafter strongly pursue the Uniform Time Bound Functional promotion policy or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, pending for the approval of BSNL Board. CWC acknowledged that it will be the biggest career progression and breakthrough for the BSNL Executives. Associations focus should be on implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy at the earliest as it will give uniform promotion avenues to thousands of Executives in different wings. Outstanding issues are to be pursed after the implementation of the policy which is agreed upon.

The salient features of the draft promotion policy approved by the MC of BSNL board are: a) Uniform Promotion policy with three assured Time Bound functional Promotions upto AGM Grade with a residency period of 5 years each, b) No fresh DPC for the Executives working in the higher scales, c) Date of implementation will be 01.01.2017, d) Uniform date of promotion with two dates of review in an year: 01st Jan and 01st July, e) New Designations as followed in other CPSUs, f) AGM equivalent positions will be increased by double, g) Initially AGM promotion between 8 to 12 years and thereafter in 10 years of combined service, h) For JTO/JAOs with more years of service, AGM promotion in 8/9 years instead of 12 years, i) Time Bound financial upgradation will continue upto E6 scale.

Implementation of Standard pay scales of E2 and E3: Eventhough DoT want to implement the PO dated 28.03.2017 with E1 and E2 scales, due to our continuous efforts, Hon MoSC did not agree to the proposal of DoT to reiterate the earlier PO dated 28.03.2017.

CWC expressed serious concern over the undue delay in implementation of standard pay scales recommended by BSNL. More serious efforts are required from BSNL management to impress upon DoT for approving the proposal, CWC opined. If there is no further improvement in the settlement of the issue in the near future, CWC unanimously decided to intensify the agitation programmes. CWC also authorized CHQ to take legal remedies if required.

3rd PRC implementation and ongoing agitation programmes: CWC reviewed the progress on the issue and expressed its sincere gratitude to BSNL management and BSNL Board for approving 3rd Pay Revision with full 15% fitment. The one day strike on 27.07.2017 and two days strike on 12th and 13th December, 2017 was a great success. A very successful Human Chain was conducted throughout BSNL on 23.11.2017. NCOA conducted a march to DPE office on 27.11.2017 demanding removal of affordability clause. For the mobilization of the strike, conventions conducted at Patna, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Ahmedabad, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhopal and Hyderabad. Memorandum to be submitted to all the MPs demanding implementation of 3rd Pay Revision without affordability clause.

CWC unanimously resolved to make all out efforts to get the 3rd Pay revision implemented in BSNL with full 15% fitment.

Superannuation Benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees: CWC expressed its gratitude towards BSNL management for enhancing the contribution towards pension fund by another 2%, from 3% to 5%. Now the total contribution is 25% out of 30%. Efforts should be continued for further enhancement of the contribution. Adhar linking of the EPF accounts to be expedited.

EPF full pension option: The CWC meeting unanimously decided for legal action by the Assn to get the full pension option for all the BSNL Executives, covered by EPF. BSNL is contributing 12% of Basic + IDA towards EPF without the statutory ceiling. The case will be filed by the Assn for the affected Executives, centrally at Delhi for getting the benefit for all, across BSNL. A separate legal fund will be collected for this purpose from the affected parties (Rs 500 per head) exclusively for this purpose. The list of the affected Executives interested in full pension option is to be prepared immediately by all the units.

Social security measures like Term Insurance, Corpus Fund etc: CWC unanimously decided to demand early implementation of the Term Insurance scheme. The discussion going on at BSNLCO with LIC to be speeded up for early implementation.

Withdrawal of additional increment on post based promotion under EPP by DoT: The CWC meeting unanimously decided to challenge the DoT order withdrawing the additional increment. The case will be filed centrally at PCAT, New Delhi for the affected Executives for getting the benefit for all, across BSNL. A separate legal fund will be collected from the affected parties (Rs 500 per head) exclusively for this purpose. The list of Executives got the benefit of additional increment and affected by the DoT order is to be prepared immediately by all the units.

MT Recruitment and strategy to fill up the vacuum at top management, increase in DGM(T) posts: The CWC meeting unanimously resolved that since sufficient talent is available within the organization for Telecom operations, Finance etc there is no need for External MT in these areas. Internal candidates are to be selected through proper screening and groomed through a fast track mechanism to fill up the top management positions. Association has to give top most priority to this aspect. Efforts are to be made to increase the DGM(T) posts as very less promotional avenues are available for Telecom stream comparing to other streams.

External DGM recruitment: BSNL management agreed to our demand for scrapping Extl DGM rect rule. Hereafter there will not be any fresh extl DGM rect.

Pay parity of Rs 22820/ Pay loss of post 2007 recruits: The CWC meeting unanimously decided to pursue it further for a logical conclusion. Since the committee not agreed pay parity with pre-2007 rects by way of 30% fitment, alternative solution is to be worked out to address the pay loss for all the post 2007 rects, without any discrimination. All the post 2007 recruitment made in the provisional pay scale of E1 (pre-revised E1A), either in E1A or E1 (Provisional) scale, which will be revised to E2 scale for all. It is clarified that DoT approval is required for this as per the recent DoT instructions since financial implication is involved.

Officiating pay protection: BSNL order dated 19.02.2010 withdrawn the pay protection on officiating promotion resulting reduction in pay by one or two increments and recovery of pay to the tune of lakhs of rupees. Orders issued on 28.02.2017 resolving the issue once for all for the Executives officiated till 18.01.2007, date of issue of EPP order. The order dated 28.02.2017 restored the protection of pay drawn during officiating promotion.

Joint Committee recommendations on Uniform TBP w.e.f 01.10.2000: Once the required data is received from the Circles, CWC decided to further pursue the matter to address the serious anomaly in the 1st TBP. For this purpose, amendment to EPP-2007 is to be pursed with management for early approval of BSNL Board and DoT.

E1A and E2A scale notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS etc: The proposal is approved by the MC on 31.05.2017. However DoT is not agreeing to this proposal as these cadres were not working in E1A and E2A equivalent CDA scales as on 01.10.2000. Earlier such proposal was rejected by the BSNL Board in 2007. Again Assn pursued the matter with more justifications and the revised proposal is approved by the MC. CWC decided to vigorously pursue the issue further evaluating the situation so that BSNL Board approves the proposal.

Finalization of HR Plan: Immediately after the MV, SNEA took up the issue of finalization of HR plan as some of the HR issues are pending in the BSNL Board for several months. On our continuous persuasion for framing the norms for the areas which are not covered in the draft proposal based on M/s Deolittee recommendations such as Transmission mtce, Leased circuits, Broad band, FTTH, hilly and tenure areas etc, management constituted an Internal Committee for the same. The committee recommended separate norms for Transmission Mtce, Leased Circuits, Broad Band, FTTH, hilly and tenure areas etc. Now focus should be given to finalise the HR plan based on the actual assets for the proper distribution of staff.

Membership and enrolment of new members: The subscription deduction through salary during October, 2017 is about 21,850. All the non members, new LICE JTOs and direct rect JTOs should be approached during the month to enroll them as members and submit the form for salary deduction before 10th of every month. Change from one Assn to another Assn can be made from 15th December to 15th January, once in 6 months. All SSA/ Division/ Branch Secretaries to take special efforts in this regard and enhance the membership. The target is to cross 23,000 mark in January, 2017.

Facilities to the Recognised Association, restoring the number of Office bearers to 15: CWC demanded the restoration of number of office bearers to the original 15. Office accommodation and telephone facilities are to be extended at the earliest.

Rule 8 cases: Most of the Circles reported very good progress in the Rule 8 cases. GUJ, TN and HP Circles assured that maximum Rule 8 cases will be settled shortly. When promotion orders are issued under CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, all Rules 8 cases are to be settled by allotting them to the request Circles.

Soft tenure/hard tenure transfer policy: CWC unanimously resolved for the restoration of Circle break for the soft tenure stations. The actual requirement for hard tenure Circles should be assessed based on assets, CWC suggested.

Accounts related issues, Circle wise list, filing of IT returns etc: The IT return is to be filed by CHQ on financial year basis. For that purposes, all the circles should pass the accounts for 2017-18 and audit the same through an external auditor. The audited balance sheet is to be submitted to the CHQ Treasurer.

The payment details by the DDOs are to be made available to CHQ Treasurer by all the Circles.

The list of Executives subscription deduction taken place are to be made available to CHQ by all the Circles. Details of STR and STP will be collected by CS/TN Circle. Details of WTR, WTP, TF(Mumbai) and ITPC will be collected by CS/MH Circle. Details of NTR and NTP will be collected by CS/Delhi Circle. Details of ETR, ETP, TF(Kol) and Telecom Store will be collected by CS/WB Circle. Details of NETF will be collected by CS/AS Circle. Details of INSP & QA will be collected by CS/MP Circle. Details of NCNGN and BBNW will be collected by CHQ.

147 seniority case judgment: Hon Supreme Court pronounced the judgment on 13.12.2017, dismissing all the SLPs filed by the 147 officers against the Hon Kerala HC order, revising their seniority from 1994 onwards strictly based on eligibility.

206 Seniority judgment: Hon Supreme Court in its judgment dated 15.12.2017, restored the seniority based on 206 and confirmed the judgment of Hon SC dated 21.01.2015. The seniors are eligible for promotion at par with the juniors and

Revision of TA/DA rates: CWC demanded the revision of TA/DA rates.

All India Conference: The next All India Conference will be conducted by Punjab Circle. Rs 200 per member will be collected for the conduction of AIC. Rs 50/- each will be distributed to the Circle and SSAs. The CWC unanimously resolved to extend the term of the present CHQ body for one year or till the next AIC whichever is earlier, as per the provisions of the constitution.

Holding of Circle Conferences: After the Hyderabad CWC in February, 2017, the following Circles conducted the Conferences: OR: 12-13/March 2017, UP(West): 24.04.2017, NTR: 11.08.2017, UKD: 21.08.2017, J&K: 28-29/August 2017,  MH: 18-19/Sept 2017 and Bihar: 06-07/December, 2017.

PB Conference scheduled for 22-23/December, 2017. KTK Conference scheduled for 24-25/Feb 2018. The tentative dates for Circle Conferences are JKD: Jan or Feb/2018, GUJ: Feb or March/2018, AS: April/2018, CHTD: by April/2018, TN: April/2018, CHG: June/2018, RAJ: date will be decided in 01/2018, WB: After 03/2018.

It is decided to conduct the Circle conferences at the earliest, where ever it is due. 

20-12-2017

Pay fixation under FR22(1)(a)(1) for the officiating JTOs:

The Hon Kerala High Court in its recent order extended the benefit of pay fixation under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR 35 for the officiating JTOs.  Assn discussed the matter with the concerned officers and requested to generalize the judgment for all the affected officiating JTOs and not to file appeal in the Hon Supreme Court against the High Court order. As we demanded, concerned section in the BSNLCO processed the matter for generalization of the judgment and not to appeal against the High Court order. The matter is referred to legal section for their opinion. The circulation of the second list approved by the management also kept pending for generalization of the judgment. 

08-12-2017

3rd PAY REVISION WITH 15% FITMENT.

STRIKE ON 12 & 13 DECEMBER, 2017

 

Massive mobilization going on throughout the country. Very successful conventions by all Unions and Assns at Jaipur, Chennai, Bengaluru and Bhopal. Telangana circle organised convention at Hyderabad today, 08.12.17.

Make door to door campaign for the success of the strike with 100% participation.

08-12-2017

3rd PAY REVISION WITH 15% FITMENT.

STRIKE ON 12 & 13 DECEMBER, 2017

 

Massive mobilization going on throughout the country. Very successful conventions by all Unions and Assns at Jaipur, Chennai, Bengaluru and Bhopal. Telangana circle organised convention at Hyderabad today, 08.12.17.

Make door to door campaign for the success of the strike with 100% participation.

01-12-2017

Joint Forum writes to Hon MoSC: Reconsideration of the wrong presidential order issued by DoT on 28.03.2017, totally negating the recommendations of BSNL Board by lowering the pay scales of the entry level cadres of JTO and SDE equivalent from the proposed E2 scale to E1 and E3 scale to E2. Reconsider the decision to refer the matter to DoPT and take a favourable decision based on the DPE letter of 09.07.2014. In case Govt feels it is required to be referred, it may be referred to the nodal Ministry, DPE and not DoPT. 

Joint Forum letter to Hon MoSCDPE letter dated 09.07.2014

01-12-2017

BSNL Board meeting is scheduled for 11.12.2017:

30-11-2017

Meeting with GM(Restg): GS met GM(Restg) and held discussions on the HR Plan and finalization of staffing norms for the uncovered areas by the internal Committee. As per the demand of SNEA, after the MV, an internal Committee has been constituted by the management to frame staffing norms for the areas which are not covered by M/s Deolitte such as Transmission mtce, Leased circuits, Broad band, FTTH, norms for hilly and tenure areas etc.

GM(Restg) informed that the committee concluded its meeting and the report containing the proposed norms will be submitted by early next month. After the approval of competent authority, the additional posts will be worked out and thereafter it will be incorporated in the proposed HR Plan.

By this our efforts for covering the new areas under staffing norms getting resolved. 

25-11-2017

3rd PAY REVISION WITH 15% FITMENT.

MARCH TO DPE OFFICE ON 27.11.2017 demanding removal of affordability clause.

by the Executives in all PSUs under the banner of NCOA.

March will start at 13.30 Hrs from SCOPE building, CGO Complex, near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

All our activists from BSNLCO and Delhi Circles to participate. Maximum activists from neighbouring Circles HR, UP(W), PB and RAJ also to participate.

Notice issued by NCOAIntimation to Secretary, DoT and CMD, BSNL

23-11-2017

3rd PAY REVISION WITH 15% FITMENT.

MARCH TO DPE OFFICE ON 27.11.2017 demanding removal of affordability clause.

by the Executives in all PSUs under the banner of NCOA.

March will start at 13.30 Hrs from SCOPE building, CGO Complex, near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

All our activists from BSNLCO and Delhi Circles to participate. Maximum activists from neighbouring Circles HR, UP(W), PB and RAJ also to participate.

23-11-2017

HUMAN CHAIN ON 23.11.2017

Demanding

3rd PRC with 15% fitment, left over items of 2nd PRC and No Tower Subsidiary formation.

Thousands and thousands of employees participated in the HUMAN CHAIN at BSNLCO, Circle and SSA HQs with huge enthusiasm clearly demonstrating that the employees are ready for any struggle to get the issues settled. This is a clear warning to the Govt.

CHQ congratulate all the CSs, SSA Secs, Branch Secretaries, office bearers at all levels and activists for making the program a grand success

At New Delhi, Human Chain programme was a historic success. The Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL Corporate Office and Delhi Circles had participated massively in the programme. Totally, around 1,000 employees participated in this programme and stood along Janpath road to make the programme a grand success. The CSs and office bearers of all Unions and Assns taken special efforts for this and CHQ heartily congratulates all of them.

23-11-2017

Meeting with PGM(Pers) on implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy providing uniform promotional avenues for the Executives of different streams upto AGM grade on Time Bound basis.

The concluding meeting with us held today, 23.11.2017. On introduction itself PGM(Pers) informed that the proposal is already approved by the MC of BSNL Board and as per the MC decision, the proposal is now shared with other Assns also in to make it more employee and Company centric. There is little scope for much change considering the administrative constraints and whatever possible, management accommodated. However SNEA and AIGETOA reiterated our demands for reducing the residency period atleast from 12 to 11 years for AGM promotion, increasing the service weightage for the JTO equivalent cadres in higher scales for promotion to Sr Manager grade, replacement of MT by fast track promotions after the scheduled meeting on the issue, bench marks and other small corrections in the proposal. We categorically told that any positive changes and suggestions are welcome but we cannot wait further as no promotions are visible now, other than this CPSU proposal. The proposal is to be implemented immediately. PGM(Pers) informed that in the present situation, we cannot expect any promotions in the near future, other than CPSU Hierarchy and the same thing has been conveyed to all the Assns during the discussions with them. The discussions with the Assns will be appraised to DIR(HR) and CMD immediately and then to the next MC and the final proposal will be sent to the next Board meeting itelf.

The discussion with the Recognised Association was scheduled as the last one, for concluding the formalities.

All the Rules 8 cases will be considered on implementation of promotion orders and all will be given their choice Circles, we will ensure that. Once CPSU Hierarchy is implemented, Rule 8 itself will become irrelevant as all will get promotion to Manager grade in 5 years which is an all India cadre.

19-11-2017

3rd PAY REVISION WITH 15% FITMENT.

HUMAN CHAIN ON 23.11.2017

At BSNLHQ and Circle/SSA HQs. Make all out preparations. Activists working at other places to join the Human Chain at the Circle/SSA HQs.

19-11-2017

3rd PAY REVISION WITH 15% FITMENT.

MARCH TO DPE OFFICE ON 27.11.2017

by the Executives in all PSUs under the banner of NCOA.

March will start at 13.30 Hrs from SCOPE building, CGO Complex, near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

All our activists from BSNLCO and Delhi Circles to participate. Maximum activists from neighbouring Circles HR, UP(W), PB and RAJ also to participate.

19-11-2017

3rd PAY REVISION WITH 15% FITMENT.

 

Submission of Memorandum to all the Members of Parliament.

Our SSA/Circle Secretaries are requested to coordinate with other Union/Association leaders and submit the memorandum signed by all the Unions and Associations to all the Hon MPs by 30.11.2017. 

Copy of the memorandum submitted to the Hon MP may be sent to the General Secretary also.

Memorandum to be submitted to Hon MPs

19-11-2017

Joint Forum agitation of Relay Hunger Strike to resume from next week. Since there is not much progress in the DoT on the standard pay scale issue, the agitation programmes which was postponed since May, 2017 to be resumed at BSNL HQs and Circle HQs from next week. 

10-11-2017

HUMAN CHAIN ON 16.11.2017.

Demanding 3rd PRC implementation:

Make all preparations.

10-11-2017

Formal approval of the BSNL Board conveyed for:

1) 3rd PRC implementation with 15% fitment

2) Increase in Superannuation Benefits by another 2% from 23% to 25%.

Minutes of the BSNL Board meeting held on 24.10.2017 and the decisions taken are conveyed to the concerned sections. Now the formal proposal for 3rd PRC implementation will be send to DOT for further necessary action.

We once again thank CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR), other BSNL Board of Directors and senior officers of BSNL. This has strengthened our demand for 3rd PRC and now we have to focus on DoT and the Govt. 

07-11-2017

CPSU Cadre Hierarchy or Time Bound Functional promotion policy upto AGM equivalent grade approved by the MC of BSNL Board on 02.11.2017.

The policy approved by the MC is fully in line with the broad understanding reached with the Recognised Association SNEA, without a minor change. The discussions were held for more than 9 months with more than 50 meetings. Feedback from all the stake holders also considered by the management before the last meeting with us.

It can be easily understood now how AIBSNLEA as usual distorted the contents of the proposal even by circulating a fake document and its content as the CPSU proposal in their website on 04.11.2017. While reporting in the website, they forgot to maintain the dignity and minimum decorum to be maintained by a trade union. It may due to the frustration in their mind. They could have worked out the mechanism with us as done by AIGETOA in a matured manner. In all the earlier occasions also they will become active in the last moment of issuing a promotion order or any orders and claim it is their victory. Now we hope AIBSNLEA could understand the policy and why fresh DPC is not required for giving promotions. We could convince the management during discussions that there is no need for fresh DPC as the Executives are already working in the higher scales for which DPC already conducted.

Two of our demands, 10 years combined service for AGM promotion and bench marks as per Khan Committee did not agreed by the mgt citing administrative constraints and for making promotions more performance oriented. We will continue to pursue these points.

CPSU Proposal approved by the MC

07-11-2017

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 06.11.2017: JF leaders met DIR(HR) and thanked her for the initiative taken for approving the Uniform Time Bound Promotion Policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) in the MC held on 02.11.2017 by amending EPP 2007 and BSNLMS RRs. Since it is a major policy change, BSNL Board approval will be taken, DIR(HR) informed. Fine tuning of the proposal can be done before going to the Board to make it more oriented towards company as well as employees. Initiative will be taken to convene the Board meeting at the earliest to approve the proposal. JF pleaded that this is only an amendment to the EPP/ existing RRs which is already approved by the Board and basic features of EPP and RRs like residency period, pay fixation etc not changed to have more financial implications on the company or DoT. Considering the huge unrest among the Executives due to delay in promotions, we requested to implement the policy at the earliest and issue promotion orders immediately. DIR(HR) assured to examine the matter.

On 3rd PRC, for the first time, DIR(HR) hinted that it is becoming a difficult issue. The issue of pension contribution on actual basic pay is still in DoT and some officers are not favour of that. DoT Finance is not agreeing for refund of about Rs 2000 Crores paid in excess so far from 2007 onwards but DoT Finance has taken a neutral stand for the future contribution which is helpful for BSNL. BSNL has shown this refund amount of Rs 2000 Cr as source of income for meeting the additional expenditure for 3rd PRC, which may not be refunded now.

Last week DoT convened a meeting to discuss the revival of BSNL. As per the DPE guidelines BSNL is an incipient sick CPSU. During discussion DoT suggested VRS/reduction of retirement age for the revival as proposed in the case of MTNL.

05-11-2017

It is came to know that as usual, one Associations is circulating some document as draft CPSU proposal which is no way connected with our understanding with the management or the proposal approved by MC on 02.11.2017.

We will share the full proposal as and when received from the management.

05-11-2017

Main advantages and major breakthrough of the broad understanding on new promotion policy upto AGM Grade:

1) Promotions will be given without fresh DPC. NO TIME DELAY.

2) Promotions w.e.from 01.01.2017, from a retrospective date.Practically all will get promotions one year in advance and service in the new cadre will be counted from 01.01.2017 onwards for further promotions. To great extent, this will compensate the losses due to delay in promotions.

3) Uniform promotional avenues for all the Executives in different wings. Dy Manager (E1 provisional scale) to Manager (E2 provisional scale) to Sr Manager (E3 scale) to AGM (E4 scale).

4) Khan Committee recommendations implemented as it is (ie. Promotions in 5-5-5 years and relaxation for SC/ST Executives), except for bench marks. Management slightly tightened the Bench marks upto AGM.

5) Functional promotion assured after every 5 years.

6) Date of promotion will be 01st Jan/01st July, irrespective of DPC date.

7) Continuing EPP upto E6 scale for all the Executives including DGM(Adhoc).

 

On implementation:

1) All JTO/JAOs joined before 2012 will get promotion as Manager (SDE/AO) on 01.01.2017 itself.

2) All Executives got SDE/AO promotion before 2014 will get promotion as Sr Manager or AGM on 01.01.2017 itself.

3) In the new promotion policy assured functional promotion is provided after every 5 years. In the present RRs, minimum qualifying service is fixed as 3 years for JTO/JAO to SDE/AO promotion but promotion is getting after 18 to 25 years (now SDE(T)-18 years, SDE(C/E)-23 years, SDE(TF)-25 years). The minimum qualifying service fixed is 7 years for SDE/AO to DE/EE/CAO promotion but promotion is getting after 17 to 23 years (now DE(T)-17 years, EE(C/E)-23 years).

More than 25,000 Executives completed 5 years of service (3 years for SDE/AO) in the post/grade will get promotion on the same day, 01.01.2017 to Manager or Sr Manager or AGM grade.

Promotion to AGM grade: The major challenge for the Assn was to make the promotion to AGM time bound for the existing SDEs in huge numbers.

In all the wing/streams, where ever stagnation is there, the promotional avenues got minimum doubled. In Telecom itself, the number of AGMs will be between 8500 and 9500 whereas present number of AGM posts is just 3978.

For the existing Executives in higher scales, promotions to AGM can be after 8 to 12 years of combined service in Manager (SDE/AO) and Sr Manager (Sr SDE/Sr AO) grades. In the present post based promotions, it may take another 6 more years to complete entire list no. 7 (ie. by 2023) for DE promotion.

As per the new policy all the Executives promoted as SDE/AO before 01.01.2014 can become AGM between 01.01.2017 and 01.01.2022.

SDE/AOs can become Sr Manager after 3 years and AGM after 8 (3+5) years.

New SDE/AOs as well as JTO/JAOs in E4 scale can become Sr Manager on 01.01.2020, after 3 years and AGM on 01.01.2025, after 8 (3+5) years.

JTO/JAOs in E3 scale can become Sr Manager on 01.01.2021, after 4 years and AGM on 01.01.2026, after 9 (4+5) years.

By Adhoc promotions, all 2008 promoted AOs can get promotion as CAO immediately.

Note: When we could convince the management to give promotions w.e.f 01.01.2017, one year early, it is surprised to see that some are continue to demand post based promotions from a prospective date.

02-11-2017

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: On behalf of entire 47,000 BSNL Executives, I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to the BSNL Management for approving the Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) upto AGM grade by the Management Committee of BSNL Board in its meeting held yesterday. This bold decision of Management to convert BSNL from a Govt Dept into a CPSU in terms of promotions, after 17 years of its formation is really commendable.

GS writes to DIR(HR): Issuing minutes of the formal discussions held with the Recognized Executives Association SNEA on implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and the broad understanding reached.

Letter to CMD, BSNLLetter to DIR(HR)

02-11-2017

Congratulations to one and all ---

Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) upto AGM Grade approved by the Management Committee of BSNL Board today.  

We express our sincere gratitude to Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL, Smt Sujata T Ray/DIR(HR), Shri Deb Kumar Chakrabarty, PGM(Pers) and Shri Manish Kumar, Jt GM(Pers) for bringing a uniform promotion policy for all the Executives irrespective of wing/stream and taking bold initiative and decision to convert BSNL into a CPSU in terms of promotions, after 17 years of its formation.

Further details about the proposal will be updated later. 

02-11-2017

Broad agreement reached between the Recognised Association SNEA and BSNL Management on Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) proposal.

I.       It will be a Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy for all the Executives in different cadres and in different wings upto AGM grade. This will end the disparity in promotions between various cadres in different wings and provides uniform promotional avenues to all the Executives in different wings.

II.     New designations will be as follows:

JTO /JAO equivalent grade        - Deputy Manager

SDE /AO equivalent grade               - Manager 

Sr. SDE /Sr.AO equivalent grade   - Sr. Manager

AGM /CAO/EE/DE equivalent grade -Asst General Manager

III.  Date of implementation: 01.01.2017.

As a onetime measure, all the existing Executives in higher scales and completed the qualifying service will be placed in higher grades on 01.01.2017 itself without conducting fresh DPC.

IV.    Subsequent review: 1st Jan/1st July, 2018 onwards, twice in a year.

V.       Existing Executives in higher scales will be placed in higher grades without conducting fresh DPC.

VI.    Promotion upto AGM grade will be on Rect year/ vacancy year basis.

VII. Functional Promotion upto AGM grade will be on Time Bound basis as under:

a)  Deputy Manager (JTO/JAO) to Manager (SDE/AO)      --- 5 years.

b)  Manager (SDE/AO) to Sr Manager (Sr SDE/Sr AO)      --- 5 years.

c)  Sr Manager (Sr SDE/Sr AO) to AGM (DE/CAO/EE)      --- 5 years.

d)  Since Sr Manager (Sr SDE) grade is newly introduced as a functional grade, time bound promotion to AGM grade will be after 5 years of service in Sr Manager (Sr SDE/Sr AO) grade or 12 years combined service in SDE & Sr SDE equivalent grades, whichever is less.

e)  If sufficient number of eligible Executives is not available for AGM/CAO promotion, Adhoc promotions will be given by relaxing the qualifying service.

VIII.          Time Bound upgradations to higher scales will continue for the Executives already working in higher scales, on completion of qualifying service in the lower scale.

IX.    Relaxation in qualifying service for the Executives in higher scales:

a)  Manager (SDE/AO) in E3 scale will be considered for promotion to Sr Manager Grade after 3 years of service in Manager Grade. All will get AGM promotion in 8 years.

b)  Dy Manager (JTO/JAO) in E4 scale will be considered for promotion to Sr Manager Grade after 3 years of service in Manager Grade. All will get AGM promotion in 8 years.

c)  Dy Manager (JTO/JAO) in E3 scale will be considered for promotion to Sr Manager Grade after 4 years of service in Manager Grade. All will get AGM promotion in 9 years.

X.     One year relaxation for the Dy Managers (JTO/JAO) recruited for the same rect year.

XI.  Present LDCE passed and corresponding vacancy year Seniority Quota Executives will be enbloc senior to other JTOs. They will be treated as SDE from 01.01.2017 itself.

On CPSU Hierarchy, the formal discussions are taken place with the recognized Assns only, as per the provisions of Recognition Rules. SNEA only have the right for negotiation/discussion with the management on such policy matters. On large number of issues, agreement reached between both sides. But on some issues, management did not fully agree to the demands, citing administrative constraints.

This will be the major breakthrough for all the Executives and a direct result of the membership verification and becoming recognized Association. During verification campaign, it was assured by SNEA that it will try to get promotions within 3 months, ie. by March, 2017. By this new policy, promotions will be effected from January, 2017 itself, just one month after the MV.

AIGETOA also contributed to frame the proposal by valid suggestions and we really appreciate their positive and pragmatic approach to end the deadlock situation in promotions.

Due to various reasons Assn could not update the latest developments and this major breakthrough to our activists at various levels for the last two months when proposal was under finalization.

02-11-2017

Congratulations to one and all ----

Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) upto AGM Grade approved by the Management Committee of BSNL Board today. 

We express our sincere gratitude to Shri Anupam CMD/BSNL, Smt Sujata T Ray/DIR(HR), Shri Deb Kumar Chakrabarty, PGM(Pers) and Shri Manish Kumar, Jt GM(Pers) for bringing a uniform ------ for all the Executives irrespective of stream and taking bold initiative and decision to convert BSNL into a CPSU in terms of promotions, after 17 years of its formation.

Broad agreement reached between the Recognised Association SNEA and BSNL Management on Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) proposal.

I.       It will be a Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy for all the Executives in different cadres and in different wings upto AGM grade. This will end the disparity in promotions between various cadres in different wings and provides uniform promotional avenues to all the Executives in different wings.

II.     New designations will be as follows:

JTO /JAO equivalent grade        - Deputy Manager

SDE /AO equivalent grade               - Manager 

Sr. SDE /Sr.AO equivalent grade   - Sr. Manager

AGM /CAO/EE/DE equivalent grade -Asst General Manager

III.  Date of implementation: 01.01.2017.

As a onetime measure, all the existing Executives in higher scales and completed the qualifying service will be placed in higher grades on 01.01.2017 itself without conducting fresh DPC.

IV.    Subsequent review: 1st Jan/1st July, 2018 onwards, twice in a year.

V.       Existing Executives in higher scales will be placed in higher grades without conducting fresh DPC.

VI.    Promotion upto AGM grade will be on Rect year/ vacancy year basis.

VII. Functional Promotion upto AGM grade will be on Time Bound basis as under:

a)  Deputy Manager (JTO/JAO) to Manager (SDE/AO)      --- 5 years.

b)  Manager (SDE/AO) to Sr Manager (Sr SDE/Sr AO)      --- 5 years.

c)  Sr Manager (Sr SDE/Sr AO) to AGM (DE/CAO/EE)      --- 5 years.

d)  Since Sr Manager (Sr SDE) grade is newly introduced as a functional grade, time bound promotion to AGM grade will be after 5 years of service in Sr Manager (Sr SDE/Sr AO) grade or 12 years combined service in SDE & Sr SDE equivalent grades, whichever is less.

e)  If sufficient number of eligible Executives is not available for AGM/CAO promotion, Adhoc promotions will be given by relaxing the qualifying service.

VIII.          Time Bound upgradations to higher scales will continue for the Executives already working in higher scales, on completion of qualifying service in the lower scale.

IX.    Relaxation in qualifying service for the Executives in higher scales:

a)  Manager (SDE/AO) in E3 scale will be considered for promotion to Sr Manager Grade after 3 years of service in Manager Grade. All will get AGM promotion in 8 years.

b)  Dy Manager (JTO/JAO) in E4 scale will be considered for promotion to Sr Manager Grade after 3 years of service in Manager Grade. All will get AGM promotion in 8 years.

c)  Dy Manager (JTO/JAO) in E3 scale will be considered for promotion to Sr Manager Grade after 4 years of service in Manager Grade. All will get AGM promotion in 9 years.

X.     One year relaxation for the Dy Managers (JTO/JAO) recruited for the same rect year.

XI.  Present LDCE passed and corresponding vacancy year Seniority Quota Executives will be enbloc senior to other JTOs. They will be treated as SDE from 01.01.2017 itself.

On CPSU Hierarchy, the formal discussions are taken place with the recognized Assns only, as per the provisions of Recognition Rules. SNEA only have the right for negotiation/discussion with the management on such policy matters. On large number of issues, agreement reached between both sides. But on some issues, management did not fully agree to the demands, citing administrative constraints.

This will be the major breakthrough for all the Executives and a direct result of the membership verification and becoming recognized Association. During verification campaign, it was assured by SNEA that it will try to get promotions within 3 months, ie. by March, 2017. By this new policy, promotions will be effected from January, 2017 itself, just one month after the MV.

AIGETOA also contributed to frame the proposal by valid suggestions and we really appreciate their positive and pragmatic approach to end the deadlock situation in promotions.

Due to various reasons Assn could not update the latest developments and this major breakthrough to our activists at various levels for the last two months when proposal was under finalization.

30-10-2017

Meeting with Hon MoSC on E2 and E3 pay scales: JF leaders met Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon MoSC at his residence on 29.10.2017 on this issue.

Minister was of the impression that the meeting is for 3rd Pay Revision. In the beginning itself, Hon Minister expressed his frank opinion about 3rd PRC implementation: How I can go against the Cabinet decision? This statement of the Minister indicates how difficult the PRC implementation for the BSNL employees. Our earlier decision for the agitations made good impact and lead to BSNL Board recommendation for 3rd Pay Revision. This will strengthen our demand for 3rd Pay revision in the coming days.

On the issue of approval of standard pay scales of E2 and E3, JF leaders briefly explained the matter and reminded about the assurance in the earlier meeting on 03.06.2017. CMD BSNL written to DoT to reconsider the PO dated 28.03.2017 with lower pay scales of E1 and E2. This PO is against the BSNL recommendations. Thousands of Executives are demoted. DoT denying the genuine issue citing todays financial condition where as this is a residual issue of 2nd PRC due from 01.01.2007 and as per the balance sheet for 2007-08, the PBT was Rs 4451 Crores.

After discussion, Hon Minister assured positive actions on the BSNL proposal and informed that he will direct the Secretary for taking necessary actions.

30-10-2017

Editorial

BSNL Management acts in the most decisive and pragmatic manner in getting 3rd PRC recommendations through in BSNL Board. Long and arduous journey of struggle ahead to get the   decision of the Board approved from DOT. Ball in our court to ensure this critical issue reaches its logical conclusion. We convey   profound gratitude of our rank and file, red salute and huge applause to our beloved CMD and DIR(HR) for this bold decision.

The vision and far sightedness of some trade unions in launching struggle more than two months before, demanding full implementation of 3rd PRC has produced desired results in terms of prompting BSNL Management to give very serious and dispassionate consideration for getting 3rd PRC report approved by the BSNL Board. The impact that our struggle have had can be easily understood from the fact that while good number of cash rich CPSUs, barring a few, fully meeting the eligibility conditions laid down by the Union Cabinet for full implementation of 3rd PRC report are yet to decide, BSNL has gone way ahead of them in getting the decision approved. This surely is the result of the desired impact that our struggle created on BSNL Management for deciding the issue swiftly. And finally what created required momentum and accelerated the decision is the timely decision of all Unions and Associations of BSNL to come under single banner and struggle for Pay Revision. This undoubtedly was the turning point.

The initiatives taken by CMD and DIR(HR), as custodians of the Company, in this regard are laudable and incredible and speak volumes and volumes about their commitment and capacity and how they overcame serious and insurmountable obstacles in finally pushing through the decision in the BSNL Board. It was a commendable effort on their part and, to say the least, they acted and decided in a truly professional manner, keeping in mind paramount importance of continuing the upward growth trajectory of the Company. This decision will surely go a long long way in catapulting and propelling the growth momentum that company has been witnessing during the last three years and positioning  it once again in telecom market as a leading market player. This is bound and inevitable to occur and time is surely not far off when the Company is bound to be out of the red zone and this decision unquestionably stimulates and accelerates that situation. 

The ground work and opinion building done by CMD and DIR(HR) in impressing upon Secretary/DOT and Hon MOSC and convincing them that implementation of 3rd PRC as quickly as possible will play a very big and crucial role in turning around BSNL because of the unprecedented motivational impact it will have on the employees is simply something not seen before. Their efforts have been exemplary and unparalleled. Towering stewardship of our beloved CMD and DIR(HR) in giving an entirely new direction and focus towards the growth of the Company and injecting life in it has been unmatched and superb. 

However, having reached this crucial stage, the stage is now all set for a very big and prolonged crusade to overcome the serious obstacles that are bound to be created in DOT by some vested interests in the bureaucracy who are all but determined to see that this historic and critical decision of BSNL Board is defeated. These negative forces will try their level best to defeat the decision of the BSNL Board on the grounds of affordability and will never acknowledge that BSNL is remarkably on a fast and incredible recovery path and is closing in its losses rapidly. They will refuse to understand the deadly consequences that non implementation of 3rd PRC will have on overall future of BSNL since they have absolutely no commitment and affinity as far as continued growth of BSNL is concerned.

The decision the BSNL Board undoubtedly paves the way for our struggle to get it approved from DOT in totality. The decision strengthens the justification and legitimacy of our struggle to get it implemented in totality and as quickly as possible.   

The coming together of BSNL Unions and Associations has so far desired results but we have a long and arduous journey of struggle ahead in isolating, exposing and finally defeating perverse elements in the bureaucracy who will leave no stone unturned in denying us 3rd PRC. This struggle is undoubtedly going to be a formidable and prolonged one for obvious reasons. Serious and imminent organizational preparations should commence immediately to ensure that our crucial issue reaches its logical destination. The ensuing Organizational programs should be a spectacular success in that context and should convey in no uncertain terms to negative and perverse forces in DOT that we are just determined and committed to go to any extent to get our legitimate 3rd PRC implemented not to meet our personal aspirations but to fundamentally safeguard and strengthen the very existence and future of our beloved Company since Human Resources will be key and central to full revival of BSNL and their morale and motivation needs to be maintained at optimum levels. Without full participation and involvement of Human Resources with optimum levels of enthusiasm and motivation, BSNL will perish which we are determined to defeat under all circumstances. 

28-10-2017

Developments on various issues and postponement of agitation programmes from 30.10.2017 for few weeks.

a) In further pursuation of E2, E3 pay scales, we pursued the matter on 27.10.2017 at the office of Hon Union Cabinet Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari and Hon Minister of state for Home Shri Hansraj Ahir. Both the offices are in touch with the Hon MoSC and his office. In fact yesterday, 27.10.2017, Union Transport Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari office taken up the pay scale issue directly with Shri Manoj Sinha, Telecom Minister. The meeting with Hon MoSC will be taking place in a couple of days.

Comrades, as a last attempt we are trying to resolve the issue by various sources. If it is not succeeded, we will not have any other option other than launching the agitation programmes.

b) HR issues: On some of the HR issues, major breakthrough got during the last few days like 2% hike in the Superannuation fund and SDE RR amendment. We are trying for strong initiatives from the management to end the stalemate in promotions in various cadres. Notional pay of E1A and E2A is already approved by the MC and to be considered by the BSNL Board. Once CPSU Hierarchy is approved, focus will be on uniform 1st TB promotion and pay loss issue of post 2007 rects.

In view of the hectic activities going on at CHQ, the positive settlement of some of the issues and serious efforts from the management to resolve the remaining issues, Joint Forum decided to postpone the agitation programmes from 30.10.2017 for a few weeks in order to facilitate BSNL Management and DoT to resolve the issues. 

27-10-2017

The agitation programs from Monday, 30.10.2017 postponed. The details will be updated.

27-10-2017

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL on 26.10.2017: We had a detailed discussions with CMD on the following issues:

a) 3rd PRC implementation: We congratulated CMD, DIR(HR) and the Board of Directors for taking bold and very positive decision on 3rd PRC implementation. The Board recommendation is a very positive step towards its implementation. The interaction of CMD and DIR(HR) at various levels could convince most of the other Board members, supporting BSNL proposal. We expressed our sincere gratitude for keeping his promises on 3rd PRC implementation and his sincere efforts in this regard.  

b) Stalemates in promotions: We requested for strong initiatives from the management to end the stalemate in promotions in various cadres. CMD assured that DIR(HR) and CMD is aware of the situation and working out some permanent solutions in this regard at the earliest as discussed with the Assn. The commitment given to the Assn will be materialized.

24-10-2017

Hon Union Cabinet Minister and former BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari has given a meeting to JF at 12.30 Hrs today on E2 and E3 pay scales issue.

24-10-2017

BSNL Board meeting today at New Delhi:

GS and AGS met DIR(HR) today and discussed about todays main agenda in the Board meeting, 3rd Pay revision and 2% hike in Superannuation benefits. DIR(HR) confirmed that the discussions on both issues were positive and expecting positive outcome.

Later on, GS spoken to CMD BSNL also in this regard. CMD informed that discussions on both the issues were very positive and final outcome also will be positive. CMD further informed that he had briefed the Secretary, DoT regarding 3rd PRC and taken her into confidence before the discussion in the Board meeting. Secretary is very much convinced that Govt cannot stop the Board from discussing the proposal and taking a decision in the Board meeting.

For confirmation, we have to wait for the minutes of the meeting.

It will be a big step in the right direction. Our sincere gratitude to CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR), all the BSNL Board of Directors and the officers concerned for this very positive and significant breakthrough. Their hard work, commitment and laisoning finally yielded the desired result in the Board meeting.

SDE RR amendment was an agenda pending in the Board since Sept, 2015 to incorporate inter-se-seniority provision in the RR for the unfilled vacancies, ie from 2009-10 onwards.

24-10-2017

The BSNL Board meeting today at New Delhi discussed 3rd Pay revision, 2% hike in the Superannuation benefits, SDE RR amendment etc. It is learnt that the discussion on 3rd Pay revision and 2% hike in the Superannuation benefits are positive. SDE RR amendment is cleared by the Board. Details will be updated after meeting CMD/DIR(HR).

24-10-2017

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Request to fully utilise the delegated powers of the Management Committee of BSNL Board by the BSNL Board on settling the long pending HR issues. Sending proposal well within the powers of MC of BSNL Board to the full Board unnecessarily delaying the proposals.

Letter to CMD, BSNL

24-10-2017

BSNL Board meeting will be held today, 24.10.2017. 3rd PRC, 2% hike in superannuation benefits and other HR issues are the agenda under consideration of the Board.

12-10-2017

BSNL Board meeting on 12.10.2017:

It is learnt that BSNL Board meeting held on 12.10.2017 discussed the following issues:

a) Balance sheet and accounts for 2016-17 approved. Details will be updated.

b) On 3rd PRC, AS(T)/DoT, the Govt nominee strongly opposed the proposal citing Cabinet decision and affordability clause.

It is learnt that Govt (DoT) has informed BSNL that since BSNL is insipient sick CPSU as per DPE, 3rd Pay Revision cannot be considered at all. Now the question is whether Board is competent to taken a decision in this condition?

c) 2% increase in the Superannuation benefits: Govt nominee is having reservation on this also on financial implications.

d) SDE RR amendment: Board didn’t agreed to the proposal for withdrawing it from Board agenda. RR amendment is within the powers of Management Committee and BSNL proposed to withdraw it from Board.

These issues as well as other HR issues will be again considered in the next Board meeting on 24.10.2017.

11-10-2017

Meeting of Remuneration Committee of BSNL Board:

The Remuneration Committee of BSNL Board consisting of Prof Dasthana/Chairman, Smt Sujata Rao/Ex IAS officer and Extl Board member, Smt Sujata T Ray/DIR(HR) and Smt Padma Iyer Kaul/DDG and Board member from DoT met today afternoon and discussed the following items. BSNL made detailed presentations to the Remuneration Committee.

a) Proposal for 3rd PRC implementation with 15% fitment.

b) Proposal for 2% hike in Superannuation benefits in addition to 3%.

The recommendations of the Remuneration Committee will be placed before the Full Board meeting, tomorrow morning.

08-10-2017

Developments of E2, E3 pay scales:

It is learnt that DoT has sent a very negative note to the Hon MoSC office, fully justifying the Presidential order issued by DoT on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. Minister office called the file and sought the status of the case from DoT due to the continuous efforts of JF. AS(T)/JS(T) prepared the note themselves and submitted it to MoSC office directly. They had cited mainly affordability clause, huge expenditure, wrongly quoted BSNL proposal etc to justify it. DoT want to inform BSNL to implement the PO, the note says.

Comrades JF is trying to convince the Minister through various sources, through CMD and DIR(HR) and through political sources. However we should be at the highest level of organizational preparedness. The issue reached a crucial stage now.

All our CS/SSA/Branch Secretaries should mobiles the Joint Forum to start the organizational programmes on 30.10.2017. In case of urgency, we should be fully prepared to start the agitations even prior to 30.10.2017. 

08-10-2017

Developments of E2, E3 pay scales:

It is learned that DoT has sent a very negative note to the Hon MoSC office, fully justifying the Presidential order issued by DoT on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. Minister office called the file and sought the status of the case from DoT due to the continuous efforts of JF. AS(T)/JS(T) prepared the note themselves and submitted it to MoSC office directly. They had cited mainly affordability clause, huge expenditure, wrongly quoted BSNL proposal etc to justify it. DoT want to inform BSNL to implement the PO, the note says.

Comrades JF is trying to convince the Minister through various sources, through CMD and DIR(HR) and through political sources. However we should be at the highest level of organizational preparedness. The issue reached a crucial stage now.

All our CS/SSA/Branch Secretaries should mobiles the Joint Forum to start the organizational programmes on 30.10.2017. In case of urgency, we should be fully prepared to start the agitations even prior to 30.10.2017.  

26-09-2017

GS and President met GM(FP) and held discussions on:

a) CAO to DGM(F) Adhoc promotion: Competent authority approved the order for 66 CAOs and orders are expected today.

b) DPC for the pending cases from CAO (Adhoc) to CAO (Regular): All the APAR / VC collected and DPC will be held shortly for the few cases.

21-09-2017

3rd Pay Revision: Management Committee of BSNL Board approved the proposal of 3rd Pay revision with full 15% fitment w.e.f 01.01.2017. The IDA will be neutralized as on 31.12.2016.

According to the proposal all the allowances, HRA, Medical and other Perks will be frozen as on 31.12.2016.

The proposal will be now placed before the Remuneration Committee of BSNL Board headed by an external Director before sending to the BSNL Board.

SNEA extend its sincere gratitude to CMD, BSNL, DIR(HR) and other functional Directors of BSNL Board for approving the proposal in the MC of BSNL Board.

15-09-2017

CPC for CAO to DGM(F) promotion held today for 66 vacancies.

12-09-2017

Filing petition in Hon Ernakulum HC: BSNLCO directed to file a complaint petition before the Hon Chief Justice of HC against abnormal delay in pronouncing the judgment. It is learned that KRL Circle had some apprehension over this as it may go against BSNL interest in other cases and written to BSNLCO accordingly.

On reservation issue, the IR is expected to be filed in the Hon Supreme Court today, praying for allowing BSNL to go ahead with promotions with reservation subject to the final outcome of the SLP.

07-09-2017

BSNL managements reply on various pending HR issues – Instead of assurances, we expect concrete actions from the management.

SR section Letter

28-08-2017

View Corporate office orders:
Review of results of failed SC ST candidates in LICE - Revised guidelines reg. 

Social security Scheme for the families of BSNL Employees who die untimely - Benovalent fund - Suggestions reg.

26-08-2017

AGS Com Chinmaya Sahoo and other leaders met Shri Jual Oram, Hon Union Minister at Rourkela yesterday and submitted a memorandum demanding implementation of 3rd PRC for BSNL Employees. Hon Minister assured to take up the matter with Hon MOSC.

26-08-2017

Joint Forum of BSNL Executives Association leaders of Odisha Circle met Hon MOSC Shri Manoj Sinha at Bhubaneswar on 23.08.2017 and submitted a memorandum with regard to standard pay scale to MOSC Shri Manoj Sinhaji and explained him in detail how the pay scale has been degraded. Joint Forum leaders explained him that BSNL has already written to DOT to reconsider the presidential order for lowering the pay scale and approve the standard pay scale of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent grades respectively and requested that only his personal intervention will resolve the issue. Hon MOSC listened very patiently and also read the memorandum minutely. He assured that he will instruct the ministry to look into the matter.

During discussion with Joint Forum leaders, there was apprehension in his voice with regard to implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL citing poor financial condition of BSNL. Joint Forum leaders explained the Hon MOSC that employees of BSNL are working hard to maintain the service and at this stage GOVT support is required for improving the status of BSNL. Finally he told that if BSNL increase its revenue by 15%, then 3rd PRC will be considered.

25-08-2017

Hon CAT, Jaipur stayed the revision of pay and recovering of pay based on the DoT order dated 05.07.2017 rescinding para I.II(v) of BSNL EPP order dated 18.01.2017, till next date of hearing. The case was filed by our CS/RAJ Circle and affected Executives... View Order copy.

24-08-2017

Congratulations to all ----

The Management Committee of BSNL Board approved 2% hike towards Superannuation benefits for BSNL directly recruited employees. This has been informed by CMD today. By this the total contribution will be increased from the present 23% to 25% (out of 30%). Now the proposal will go to the remuneration committee and BSNL Board.

This was one of the demands of Joint Forum of BSNL Executives Associations and we were pursuing it for the 4 – 5 months since JF started struggle. Further the BSNL Unions and Associations also struggled on this agenda and gone for one day strike on 27.07.2017.

Our sincere gratitude to CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR). This hike was approved even Finance wing was not inclined for this, citing no improvement in the revenue.

We will continue to pursue for increasing the quantum further 

21-08-2017

GS writes to Hon Prime Minister regarding implementation of 3rd PRC with full 15% fitment for BSNL employees ---. Benign intervention solicited to relax affordability clause to enable implementation of 3rd PRC, with 15% fitment, so as to enable BSNL, which has entered crucial threshold revival mode and is on a perceptible upward growth trajectory, to make complete turnaround. Considering huge strategic significance of BSNL, implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment will be decisive to its full revival.
7th CPC report is implemented for all the Central Govt employees without considering profitability or affordability.
Other sectors like Banking, Insurance etc, profitability or affordability are not at all criteria to decide their pay revision. Even for loss making banks, wage revision taken place.
After BSNL formation, BSNL has paid about 1.76 lakh Crores as salary to its employees from its own resources, without Govt support and saved that much money for the Govt exchequer.

View Copy of the letter.

20-08-2017

GS writes to Hon Prime Minister regarding implementation of 3rd PRC with full 15% fitment for BSNL employees ---. Benign intervention solicited to relax affordability clause to enable implementation of 3rd PRC, with 15% fitment, so as to enable BSNL, which has entered crucial threshold revival mode and is on a perceptible upward growth trajectory, to make complete turnaround. Considering huge strategic significance of BSNL, implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment will be decisive to its full revival.

7th CPC report is implemented for all the Central Govt employees without considering profitability or affordability.

Other sectors like Banking, Insurance etc, profitability or affordability are not at all criteria to decide their pay revision. Even for loss making banks, wage revision taken place.

After BSNL formation, BSNL has paid about 1.76 lakh Crores as salary to its employees from its own resources, without Govt support and saved that much money for the Govt exchequer.

GS letter to Hon Prime Minister

21-08-2017

GS writes to Secretary, DoT regarding Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017 as per Rule 37A of the CCS Pension Rules, 1972. Pension revision for the retired BSNL Executives and Non Executives is not linked with the 3rd PRC or pay revision of the serving BSNL Executives or the affordability of BSNL.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

20-08-2017

GS writes to Hon Prime Minister regarding implementation of 3rd PRC with full 15% fitment for BSNL employees ---. Benign intervention solicited to relax affordability clause to enable implementation of 3rd PRC, with 15% fitment, so as to enable BSNL, which has entered crucial threshold revival mode and is on a perceptible upward growth trajectory, to make complete turnaround. Considering huge strategic significance of BSNL, implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment will be decisive to its full revival.

7th CPC report is implemented for all the Central Govt employees without considering profitability or affordability.

Other sectors like Banking, Insurance etc, profitability or affordability are not at all criteria to decide Pay Revision. Even for loss making banks, wage revision taken place.

After BSNL formation, BSNL has paid about 1.76 lakh Crores as salary to its employees from its own resources, without Govt support and saved that much money for the Govt exchequer.

GS letter to Hon Prime Minister

21-08-2017

GS writes to Secretary, DoT regarding Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017 as per Rule 37A of the CCS Pension Rules, 1972. Pension revision for the retired BSNL Executives and Non Executives is not linked with the 3rd PRC or pay revision of the serving BSNL Executives or the affordability of BSNL

GS letter to Secretary, DoT./current_events/SECDOT21_210817.doc

17-08-2017

Massive Lunch Hour demonstration on 17.08.2017


Thousands of Comrades of SNEA and NCOA held lunch Hour demonstration throughout the country demanding 3rd Pay revision without affordability clause. Comrades from AIGETOA and other Assns and Unions also joined the demonstration. Congratulations to thousands of Executives participated in the Lunch Hour demonstration.

At BSNLCO, the demonstration was addressed by GS, President, Chairman, GS/AIGETOA and CS/Delhi Circle Com Satish Kumar.

View Glimpse of Photos.

16-08-2017

Meeting with PGM(Pers) on 16.08.17: JF leaders met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on the DPC process. As per the information provided by the lawyer, judgment is awaited in JTO to SDE promotion case. However further delay is occurring, MA will be filed which may expedite the judgment, PGM informed. The MA filing delayed as indications received that Hon Court will not give the interim relief by vacating the say.

On SDE to DE promotion, the interim direction of the Hon SC on 11.08.17 to give DE promotion maintaining Quota and Rota as mentioned in the DoT reply may delay the promotions which were in the advanced stage. DoT in its reply submitted to Hon SC stated that Quota and Rota are envisaged in the statutory SDE RR and seniority was fixed correctly as per DoPT guidelines. The SC order may reopen the case for LDCE candidates, unfortunately lost their seniority, even vacancy year seniority. Management is taking legal opinion how to proceed about the SC orders since earlier SC judgment and the present interim orders are contradictory. We are pressing hard to get the promotions as there is no stay on promotions. Similarly in SDE(C) to EE(C) promotion case also, the recent court order against reservation will further delay the promotion to EE(C).

Since situations are worsening day by day, JF demanded to complete the promotions at the earliest.  

As a final solution for uniform promotions and the deadlock situations, we demanded that the CPSU Hierarchy also to be processed in parallel. It is moving forward and the presentation to CMD will be made today.  

Interim order of Hon SC dated 11.08.17

14-08-2017

Wearing black badges and holding Protest demonstration on 17.08.2017 against the DPE OM linking affordability for 3rd Pay Revision.

The NCOA meeting held at Chennai on 06.08.2017 decided to wear black badges and hold Lunch Hour demonstration in protest against the affordability clause for 3rd Pay Revision. According to NCOA, more than 160 CPSUs will not be eligible for 3rd Pay Revision due to the affordability clause. NCOA demands that Pay revision should be implemented without the affordability clause.

All Branch/SSA/Circle Secretaries, Office bearers at all levels and activists are requested to make the programme successful.

10-08-2017

Convenor, Joint Forum writes to Secretary/DoT and CMD, BSNL regarding reconsideration of the PO issued by DoT on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 and approval of BSNL proposal for standard pay scales of E2 and E3, replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. Inordinate delay in resolving the issue created large scale resentment among thousands of Executives which is blowing out of proportion. As per the appeal made by CMD, BSNL to give more time to resolve the issue, the trade union programmes are once again postponed for 6 weeks, till 17.09.2017.

In case the BSNL proposal of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 are not approved by 17.09.2017, Joint Forum will be compelled to resume the INDEFINITE RELAY HUNGER STRIKE and other Trade Union Programmes from 18.09.2017 without any further notice till the standard pay scales of E2 and E3 are notified.

JF letter to Secretary, DoT and CMD, BSNL

10-08-2017

TB promotion: The data sought by BSNLCO received from few Circles only. Remaining CSs are requested to urgently provided the data.

10-08-2017

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on E2, E3 pay scales issue postponed to next week due to the busy schedule of Secretary.

09-08-2017

Development on 3rd PRC implementation: CMD called a meeting of the GSs of major Assns and Unions to discuss about the DPE OM dated 03.08.2017 on 3rd PRC implementation.

At the outset CMD narrated the present status of BSNL on revenue front. After the demonetization effect, Jio entered into the market. Again GST hit the mobile business further. Mobile revenue has come down by 25% to 30%. This can be compensated by focusing on EB business only. This month cash flow problem is coming and BSNL may be forced to borrow money for paying the salary at the end of this month.

On pay revision, CMD informed that BSNL will not be covered in the normal situation. We have to get special permission from Govt. Hon Minister is in favour of pay revision but DoT stand is not favourable. We all have to work together for achieving this goal.

The paragraph in the DPE OM which states that:

No fitment or any other benefit of pay revision will be implemented in the CPSEs where the additional financial impact of the revised pay package is more than 40% of the average PBT of the last 3 financial years.

is the most dangerous clause which seals the benefits of 3rd PRC to BSNL in normal situation. Other clauses giving exemptions may not be applicable for BSNL. BSNL has to seek exemption from the affordability clause, that is the only viable option to get 3rd PRC. CMD informed that the expenditure for 3rd PRC with full 15% fitment will be around 2800 Cr per annum. Honestly telling, 3rd PRC implementation is a very difficult task.

CMD assured that the Management would continue to take all out efforts for pay revision and trying to get the support of Extl Board members also. He also requested that the employees should ensure that the financial position of the Company is improved.

Comrades, as we are honestly reported earlier, 3rd PRC implementation will be the toughest job, after the formation of BSNL in 2000. All preparations are to be made for a big show down with Govt for getting 3rd PRC. Otherwise BSNL also will be one among the CPSU where pay revision not implemented. Management is having its own limit, we have to understand. Positive stand of BSNL management will not be sufficient to get 3rd PRC. DoT and Govt stand and the cabinet decision on 3rd PRC will be the biggest challenge. We will be utilizing all other options before we are going for next phase of trade union actions. We have to maintain unity among all the sections of employees, it is a must. We will be meeting all the Hon MPs and prominent political leaders to mobilize political support also.

09-08-2017

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL: JF leaders met CMD, BSNL on 08.08.2017 and held discussions on the following issues.

1) Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2007 by DoT: JF expressed its strong resentment over the undue delay in resolving the issue eventhough DoT and BSNL management repeatedly assured positive action. On the firm assurance of DoT and BSNL management, JF postponed the agitation programmes for almost 3 months in order to resolve the issue. Now 3rd PRC order has come and we are not able to contain the resentment of all the Executives, especially the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2017, till recently. All are getting less pay, by thousands of rupees.

CMD told that he requires some more time to pursue with DoT and he is in regular touch with Secretary, DoT to settle the issue. Minister assured that lowering of pay scales will be reviewed and BSNL proposal will be considered. JF informed CMD that on his assurance, JF may consider to postpone the agitation for some more time but if it is not resolved by that time, we will be forced to start the agitation once again, in the near future.

2)  3rd PRC and the DPE OM dated 03.08.2017: We discussed the various options before us and the strategies to get 3rd PRC implemented in BSNL. CMD informed that, Hon Minister pleaded for pay revision for the BSNL employees in the Cabinet meeting. As per affordability clause, BSNL is out of the purview of 3rd PRC. However, we have to make all out efforts to convince DoT and Govt for relaxation/exemption for BSNL considering the social obligation, important role played by BSNL in tariff regulation, improvements in BSNL revenue, implementation of Govt projects by BSNL etc. The demonetization, entry of Jio and the implementation of GST put more stress on BSNL and revenue is going down which is a serious issue at this crucial time. We all have to ensure that our revenue is improving, otherwise it will become more difficult.

On fitment, we told CMD that full 15% fitment has to be extended as fitment is having long term impact on pensionary benefits (pension and superannuation benefits). There cannot be any compromise on this. Anything less than 15% fitment will have an adverse impact on pension revision also as DoT will try to link it.

3) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.01.2017: We requested CMD to spare some time to finalise the draft CPSU proposal prepared by Pers section so that it can be taken forward. It will give promotion to all categories of Executives. Now promotions are held up mainly due to reservation issue. The ongoing promotions will be completed by September and immediately after that, BSNL should be in a position to implement it. CPSU Hierarchy only can give uniform promotional avenues to all the streams which are suffering for years together. CMD assured to examine it by next week.

4) HR plan finalization: We requested CMD to finalize the HR plan at Corporate Office itself as all data is available here. If data has to be taken from field units, it will be delayed so much and approval of all the HR issues pending in the BSNL Board also will get delayed. CMD assured to discuss with DIR(HR).

09-08-2017

Meeting with PGM(Pers) on 08.08.2017: JF leaders met PGM(Pers) and held detailed discussions on the ongoing DPC related works. PGM informed that they are in constant touch with Kerala to get the updates on the court cases. Meanwhile all the preparatory work is getting completed for promotion to SDE, DE and EE(C ) cadres. Similarly promotions to AO and CAO also is in progress.

03-08-2017

List of SDEs in list 6 for which ACRs are not available at CR Cell of BSNLCO. Pl verify with the SSA/Circles regarding the ACR position.

List of SDEs

17-07-2017

JTO to SDE promotion under Seniority & LDCE quota: VC from remaining Circles shall be send urgently. As and when Hon EKM HC gives permission for promotions, the stalemate in DPC promotions will be over and BSNL will be in a position to issue promotion orders under DPC quota. LDCE promotions shall also be issued with administrative approval from management on reservation issue.

Joint Forum is equally focused on promotions to the subsequent batches also and pursuing it. CPSU Hierarchy proposal is in its final stage and can be implemented in a couple of months which will ensure promotions to the JTOs of remaining batches immediately. In the meanwhile, we are pressurizing the mgt to call the gradation particulars of all the eligible JTOs who have completed the residency period for preparing the AIEL for the remaining vacancies.

SDE(T) to DE(T) promotion: Urgently send the screening committee report and missing ACRs. The missing ACR list is repeatedly uploaded in the website with huge number of non traceable cases. Unfortunately most of the Circles are not responded whether those SDEs are still working or retired or taken VRS or expired etc.

The screening committee report status is as follows:

Screening committee report not recd for list 6: OR Circle.

Screening committee report not recd for both lists 6 & 7: HP, NCNGN, NE-I, NTP, NTR, RAJ, UKD and WB Circles.

Screening committee report not recd for list 7: AP, J&K, KTK, PB and QA Circles.

First TBP: The data sought by BSNLCO received from very few Circles like BR, GUJ etc. Other Circles to expedite.

16-07-2017

Joint Forum of BSNL Executives Associations vigorously pursued the HR issues with CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR), PS to MoSC, PGM(Pers), PGM(Estt) and GM(FP) during last one week. The following positive developments also happened in various issues. In addition to the CHQ leaders of JF, Com Laxman, President/AIGETOA was also available at HQ during this week.

a) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007:

BSNL proposal is not seriously processed by DoT so far. The matter is still at Director/Jt Secretary level. So JF leaders met PS to MoSC for expediting the approval. After discussion, PS assured that the matter will be discussed with Hon Minister and an opinion will be made. Thereafter necessary actions will be taken. We sincerely hope that DoT will review its decision and approve the BSNL proposal for E2 and E3 scales before 06th August as JF agitations on pay scales are postponed till 06.08.2017. 

b) Promotions in different cadres:

i) JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotion in both quotas: The gradation particulars of the JTOs upto 2005 rect year called by BSNLCO from the Circles. This is due to huge retirement of senior JTOs and large number of JTOs in the AIEL passed the LDCE for SDE(T) promotion. BSNLCO directed Kerala Circle to file an urgent MA for allowing BSNL to go ahead with DPC and promotions subject to the outcome of the court cases. Pers section of BSNLCO called the applicants of the case at Ernakulam for discussion during the month of May, on the initiative of JF. Mgt assured them that there are sufficient vacancies to promote all the eligible JTOs and to facilitate the DPC and promotion. Seniority fixation will be decided as per court decision. They responded very positively. Once court grants permission in the MA for conduction of DPC and issuing promotion orders, we will be able to go ahead with promotion orders immediately. JF is in touch with the applicants and have clarified the stand and the strong initiatives from management side in this regard.

Meanwhile an administrative decision shall be taken by the management to go ahead with promotions in light of the court judgments on reservation, Govt guidelines and the SLP filed in the Hon SC. This will be filed as an affidavit in the Hon Chandigarh HC before effecting promotions in all the cadres where judgment on reservation is involved. This will pave the way to promotions through LDCE/DPC which have been held up for so long.

ii) JAO to AO promotion: The proposal for administrative approval for conducting the DPC is processed, vacancy yearwise. More than 650 vacancies are there as on date. After the approval, ACRs will be collected and VC will be called.

iii) SDE to DE promotion: The roster preparation for 2014-15 and 2015-16 (as on 31.03.2016) almost completed. It will be sent to SCT Cell for approval. Simultaneously action will be initiated to call the VCs. Large number of missing ACR cases are there which is uploaded in the intranet and in our website. All CSs and SSA secretaries to pursue urgently and send the ACRs. The assessment report and soft copy also required urgently.

iv) AO to CAO promotion: Action is initiated for administrative approval. After that ACRs will be collected from CR section and VCs will be called.

v) SDE( C) to EE( C) promotion: Once BSNL mgt taken a decision on reservation issue based on the judgment and Govt orders, this promotion can be issued. DPC is already conducted. Only fresh VC required.

c) 30% Superannuation Benefits: After lot of persuasion, management moved a proposal for increasing the contribution by 2%. However, JF and the Unions & Associations are trying its level best to increase the contribution as per our demand. Earlier management proposed the increase in stages, starting with 1%. File is in EF section, discussion completed and expected the clearance by Monday. It is expected to be cleared by the MC of the BSNL Board in a month time.

d) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation: The draft proposal is examined by Legal Cell and returned to Pers Cell with their opinion. During discussions with management, it was decided to switch over to CPSU Hierarchy on completion of the ongoing DPCs which are in advanced stages. A presentation on CPSU Hierarchy will be given to the CMD in the last week of July. We demanded CPSU Hierarchy implementation w.e.f 01.01.2017, protecting all the ongoing promotions. We are trying to get it approved in the next Board meeting in Sept/October. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation will ensure that all the Executives are promoted to the next grade, upto AGM grade, in a time bound manner independent of the number of vacancies. 

e) Approval of HR plan: After lot of discussions, on 12.07.2017, Restg cell made a presentation of the draft HR plan to the MC of BSNL board. Since all the HR issues are pending in the Board due to non finalization of HR plan, we are strongly pursuing it so that HR plan also will be approved in the next Board meeting. E1+5 increments, SDE RR, CAO post diversion, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation, increase in Superannuation fund, E1A/E2A notionally from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/TF/PA/PS etc, 1st TBP etc will be approved by Board only after finalization of HR plan.

On approval of HR plan, posts in all the cadres will be drastically reduced due to large scale closure of landlines. So along with approval of HR plan, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy also to implemented, otherwise all the functional promotions will be stopped.

14-07-2017


Superannuation Fund management for BSNL directly recruited Employees by LIC:

It is understood that the Board of Trustees completed the negotiation with LIC for managing the Fund. LIC agreed for managing the fund with 0.1% to 0.2% charges. Earlier Board of Trustees decided LIC as the fund manager. LIC agreed to maintain individual accounts. There is an exit clause also in the agreement with LIC where BSNL can exit at any time without any penalty. The minute in this regard is signed. The scheme will be effective from May, 2016.

06-07-2017

GS writes to DIR(HR) regarding expeditious actions for starting pre-appointment JTO training for the JEs passed the LICE for the vacancy year 2015-16.

GS letter to DIR(HR)

04-07-2017

Meeting with CMD: JF leaders met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following subject.

1) Reply to DoT for approval of E2, E3 pay scales: During discussion, CMD informed that all the points mentioned in the DoT letter is already considered by BSNL before sending the proposal. BSNL will be giving the reply accordingly.  

2) 3rd PRC: CMD informed that BSNL has reiterated the proposal of 15% fitment and the taken up with DoT. The information sought by DoT is already supplied. CMD told us to focus for more revenues in view of 3rd PRC. Project Vasundhara has become a big success. BSNL value will increase to more than 1 lakh Crores. Through Samudramandhan project, last year BSNL achieved 272 Cr and this year target is 300 Cr.

3) Transfer of Land and building at Chandigarh by CGM, PB Circle: We protested the action of CGMT, PB Circle in transferring the land and building at Chandigarh worth hundreds of Crores to TERM Cell. We demanded that it should be immediately withdrawn and transfer of land has to be done only by Corporate Office and CGMs should not be given any power.

4) Implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and Finalization HR plan: We requested to expedite the implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and finalization HR plan. HR plan finalization is very much required as all the HR issues are pending in BSNL Board for HR plan. Final round of discussion is required with CMD and DIR(HR) on CPSU Hierarchy before the minutes of the discussions are issued. Present post based functional promotion will give relief to some cadres where vacancies are available (till finalization of HR plan) but all other cadres will suffer till CPSU Hierarchy is implemented, we told CMD. So both promotions and CPSU Hierarchy implementation to be expedited. CMD assured that it will be discussed in the review meeting of HR vertical on 05.07.2017.

04-07-2017

Developments on 3rd PRC:

Immediately after the return of CMD from foreign tour, BSNL given its proposal, how it is going to meet the additional expenditure of about 2,800 Crores on account of 3rd PRC implementation with full 15% fitment for Executives as well as Non Executives. This figure of 2800 Cr is based on pension contribution on actual basic pay. If pension contribution has to be paid on maximum of the pay scales as done now, there will be an additional expenditure of about 1,400 Cr on account of pension contribution. Today, DIR(HR) Smt Sujata T Ray met Member(Fin), DoT and explained the BSNL proposal. The draft Cabinet memo circulated by DPE is being examined by DoT.

03-07-2017

GS and President met CGM(Legal) on 30.06.2017 and held discussion on the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy proposal. Jt GM(Legal) also was present during discussion. The draft proposal is under examination in the Legal section. 

02-07-2017

Joint Forum writes to Hon Minister: Kind intervention to review the Presidential order issued by DoT lowering the pay scales of BSNL Executives from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, demoting thousands of Executives working in BSNL. Instead of processing the BSNL proposal, officers in DoT seeking clarifications one after another in order to delay the approval and justify its orders. Requested to convene a joint meeting of the top most officers of DoT and BSNL to sort out the issues if any for the approval of long pending proposal of BSNL to replace the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 (2nd PRC).

We are finding it very difficult to contain the resentment among the Executives after their demotion to the lower pay scales of E1 and E2 and non finalization of the pay scales of 2nd PRC even after 10 years when 3rd PRC implementation is due.

Joint Forum letter to Hon MoSC

02-07-2017

Joint Forum writes to Hon Minister: Kind intervention to review the Presidential order issued by DoT lowering the pay scales of BSNL Executives from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, demoting thousands of Executives working in BSNL. Instead of processing the BSNL proposal, officers in DoT seeking clarifications one after another in order to delay the approval and justify its orders. Requested to convene a joint meeting of the top most officers of DoT and BSNL to sort out the issues if any for the approval of long pending proposal of BSNL to replace the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 (2nd PRC).

We are finding it very difficult to contain the resentment among the Executives after their demotion to the lower pay scales of E1 and E2 and non finalization of the pay scales of 2nd PRC even after 10 years when 3rd PRC implementation is due.

01-07-2017

Editorial

Loud, crisp and clear message from joint meeting of two formidable forces - SNEA and AIGETOA- Expose, defeat and isolate reactionary forces to create surge of unity amongst executives for resolution of crucial HR issues.

The just concluded joint meeting of the CHQ office bearers and CSs of two formidable forces in BSNL, SNEA and AIGETOA at New Delhi on 17th and 18th June, 2017 herald historical beginning of a new era of struggle for resolution of HR issues of Executives in BSNL. After so many years, coming together of two likeminded forces having consistent opinion and requisite strength and organizational capacity to strike, marks undoubtedly the scripting of a new era in trade union movement in BSNL. Astounding success of programmes of organizational actions in April-May which created enormous pressure on BSNL management to comprehensively address HR issues and also forced bureaucracy in DoT to look at the pay scales issue afresh, gave huge confidence to the central leadership of both the Associations to move closer in days to come.

Unity between the two has to be fostered at all the levels, CHQ, Circle, SSA and Branch level. This remains a very big challenge for activists at all the levels. Mutual trust and confidence has to be built and reinforced.

We have to identify the negative forces working against the overall interest of the Executives. More than the management or the Govt, these negative forces are creating more damages to the Executives and the employees. For some personal agenda, they are trying to sabotage each and every agitation of the Executives and the employees. They are playing in the hands of DoT and BSNL management and sabotaging the good efforts of the Joint Forum. Our unity and solidarity have to be impenetrable to such an extent that these reactionary forces are defeated. If we are not identifying such negative forces and educating their membership in the coming days about the deadly consequences of their actions, the cadre will suffer forever. DoT cleverly using them to deny E2 and E3 pay scales and to justify their order on E1 and E2 scales. Instead of protesting against the retrograde order of DoT, they had put upgradation of all the pay scales as pre-condition for the approval of E2 and E3 scales, knowing very well that DoT will not agree to it.

Before the next phase of agitation, we have to isolate these negative forces and sideline them. The ordinary members and Executives are to be released from their clutches and make them to join the main stream of JF so that they cannot make their innocent members and their numbers as human shield before DoT/BSNL to scuttle all the HR issues, either E2/E3 pay scales, 3rd PRC, promotions or CPSU Hierarchy. If leadership is afraid of struggle, then members have to take the final call, otherwise all will perish. 

29-06-2017

JTO VC status updated yesterday. All CSs assured that the VCs will be sending latest by today, ie. 30.06.2017. Expedite….

29-06-2017

GS and CHQ President met GM(Admn) and discussed the proposal for CUG mobile connections for the office bearers of SNEA, the recognized Assn. SR section written to Admn for issuing the approval as per recognition rules. Regarding office accommodation, BSNL formed a committee to formulate guidelines for providing office Accommodation to Associations and Unions.

29-06-2017

Revision of E1A and E2A pay scales with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007.

Some doubts have been raised by the comrades during the recent combined JF meetings at various places regarding revision of E1A pay scale with E2 scale. Whether E2 pay scale will be extended to those JTO/JAOs recruited in the provisional pay scale of E1 and joined after 2010, either on direct rect or through promotion OR E2 scale will be applicable for only those recruited in E1A scale.

Comrades, till today, the pay scale of JTO/JAO equivalent cadre are pre-revised E1A scale and SDE/AO equivalent cadre is pre-revised E2A scale. The revised pay scales for E1A and E2A is not notified so far. When DoT didn’t approved the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A, BSNL provisionally placed the JTO/JAO equivalent cadres in E1 scale and SDE/AO equivalent cadres in E2 scale, till the revision of E1A and E2A scales. So far E1 or E2 scale is not approved or operational in BSNL, it is only provisional scales. Eventhough the pay scale in new JTO(T) RR is E1 scale, as and when E2 scale is notified, it will get automatically changed. In all other RRs (JAO, JTO(C/E) etc) the pay scale is still E1A but appoint done provisionally in E1 scale and SDE/AO RRs, the pay scale is still E2A.

Our demand and struggle is for E2 scale for all the JTOs recruited after 01.01.2007 till date (2007 to 2017 and future rects also) either on direct rect or through promotion. Those JTO/JAOs joined after 2010 (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 rect JTO/JAOs) either on direct rect or through promotion will be the biggest beneficiaries as they didn’t got the benefit of E1+5 increments so far.

This message may be brought to the notice of all the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 especially those who recruited in the provisional pay scale of E1, either on direct rect or through promotion.

29-06-2017

VC status for JTO to SDE promotion: All CS assured that the VC will be reached by 30th June, 2017. VC received as on 28.06.17:

Seniority quota: BR, BRBRAITT, BSNLCO, ETP, ETR, GUJ, HP, HR, INSP, UP(E).

LDCE quota: BSNLCO, ETP, ETR, HR, KRL, NCNGN, NE I, NE II, OR.

 

Data regarding First TB promotions: The information is received only from BR Circle. The details will be available with the Circle offices. Those who joined as JTO/JAO/PA/PS etc between 1996 and 2002 (in PA/PS case 2003) are the affected Executives. The information can be collected from the TB promotion orders issued by Circle offices in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The data from the non recruiting units also to be sent to BSNLCO. The activists at all level may take initiative to get the data.

27-06-2017

E1A and E2A scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings and PA/PS cadres: The proposal is already approved by MC of BSNL Board. Next, it is to be approved by the BSNL Board. This issue was focused by the Assn immediately after the membership verification. On specific querry by the MC to the recognized Assn, SNEA further clarified to management that the pay scales are to be extended notionally from 01.10.2000 till the date of implementation. Later on it has become an agenda in the recent agitation by Joint Forum where management assured to expedite the process. The proposal to place it before the BSNL Board is moved.

Inform all the Executives working in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings and PA/PS cadres.

27-06-2017

GS writes to CMD, BSNL for increasing the number of DGM(T) posts by matching savings or upgradation, utilising the DE posts reserved for MT quota. Number of DGM(T) posts are very less in Telecom Engineering side in comparison with other streams in BSNL.

GS letter to CMD

23-06-2017

Meeting between Secretary, DoT and BSNL management on 3rd PRC and E2, E3 pay scales:

The scheduled meeting between Smt Aruna Sundarrajan, Secretary/DoT and BSNL Management was held at 4 PM today, 23.06.2017. DIR(HR), CGM(Legal), PGM(Estt) and GM(SR) represented BSNL. In the evening JF met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the developments in DoT.

a) 3rd PRC implementation: BSNL management pleaded for implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment. Response of Secretary was positive but made certain important queries how BSNL is going to meet the additional expenditure of about Rs 2500 Cr. After implementation, taking bank loan and making payment like MTNL is not advisable, Secretary informed. BSNL should be able to meet the additional expenditure and come out with proposal how to meet the additional expenditure from internal recourses after implementation of 3rd PRC, Secretary directed BSNL. BSNL told Secretary that it will work out the details and submit it at the earliest.

b) Approval of standard pay scales of E2 and E3: BSNL explained the issue to Secretary that the pay scales are lowered by DoT ignoring BSNL proposal. Secretary informed that she is aware of the issue and will do the needful.

23-06-2017

Developments in DoT on E2 and E3 scales:

DoT seeks clarification from BSNL on the representations of some of the associations in BSNL as mentioned below:

This department has received representations from various associations of BSNL (AIBSNLEA, TOA and AIBSNLOA) regarding BSNL managements proposal only for E1A and E2A. The associations have also informed that they shall be forced to start active trade union actions and agitations. Further, this will lead to litigations and chaos and will result in anomalies and disparities between seniors in terms of Time span to reach same pay scale under Time Bound Promotions. It is also alleged that the move will impact EPP, MSRR and MTRR and there is no reason for BSNL to go back from its earlier proposal”

It is clear from above that the ploy of DoT is to scuttle the demand and justify their action of lowering the pay scales. As we feared, DoT is using the name of some Associations (some are heard for the first time) against the interest of the Executives in BSNL. In the process, these Assns are playing in the hands of the establishment. When BSNL management recommended to replace E1A and E2A alone (scales not approved by DoT so far) and this proposal is acceptable to majority of the Associations in BSNL, DoT cleverly used the name of few Assns to torpedo the BSNL proposal. These Assns should understand at least by this time that they are playing with the sentiments and future of thousands of Executives in BSNL else history will never forgive them.

United Forum Constituent, AIGETOA has today once again emphasized that they do not support the demand of AIBSNLEA for cascading and AIGETOA will not be part of any agitation on the cascading demand against the apprehension of DoT. Another United Forum Constituent AITEEA has also written that they do not support the demand of cascading.

JF leaders met DIR(HR) and CMD and discussed the developments. The reply will be send after CMD returns from foreign tour.

23-06-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:

Preparatory work for promotion to AGM / DE (T) on Adhoc/Regular basis
- Missing APAR - Corrected List 6 and 7.

SDE Transfer order - Cancellation - Retention reg.
DE Transfer order - Retention reg.
DE Transfer order - Cancellation - Retention reg.
DE Transfer order - Modification reg.
DE Transfer order - Modification.

23-06-2017

Joint Forum deferred the agitation programmes:

JF deferred the agitation programs demanding implementation of E2 and E3 scales from 01.01.2007 for a period of 6 weeks, upto 06.08.2017.

JF deferred the agitation programs demanding settlement of HR issues in BSNL for a period of 3 months, upto 24.09.2017.

However, JF will be reviewing the progress on each issues, every fortnight and decision will be taken to prepone the agitation if required.

JF letter to Secretary, DoTJF letter to CMD, BSNL

13-06-2017

JAO to AO and AO to CAO promotions: JF had detailed discussions on this. SEA section has prepared the roster for promotion to AO and CAO cadres and waiting for the clearance from CLO. More than 600 vacancies are expected for AO promotions and about 300 vacancies for CAO (regular) promotion. If MT quota diversion is done, another 300 vacancies will come for CAO promotion.

11-06-2017


NCOA leaders led by Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General and Com V K Tomar, President met Shri Anant Geete, Hon Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises at Mumbai on 10.06.2017 on 3rd PRC implementation. NCOA submitted a memorandum demanding reconsideration of the affordability clause. Since meeting was arranged on a very short notice, Com V B Kokate CS/MH Circle represented SNEA.

View Copy of memorandum submitted to Hon Minister

11-06-2017

Joint Forum conducted very successful combined CEC meetings of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chennai TD, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Circles on 08th, 09th, 10th and 11th June, 2017. GS/SNEA and GS/AIGETOA addressed the combined CEC of all the Circles. GS/BASE(I) addressed the CEC of KTK Circle and Dy GS/TSOA addressed the Combined CEC of TN and CHTD. Details will be uploaded.

06-06-2017

BSNL launching Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in collaboration with AEROVOYCE from today, 06.06.2017 for doing retail business. CMD BSNL during discussion with representatives of Unions and Associations informed that, as a first of its kind in the country, BSNL and AEROVOYCE starting the service from 06.06.2017. By this the revenue can be increased by bulk business, CMD informed.

01-06-2017

Meeting on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:

GS, President, Dy GS and Jt Sec had a detailed discussions with DIR(HR), PGM(Pers), GM(Restg) and Jt GM(Pers) on the remaining contentious issues of CPSU Hierarchy implementation, especially making TB functional promotion to AGM/CAO equivalent grade and linking the proposal with HR plan. The meeting was highly successful and we could sort out the differences and come to a settlement to get TB functional promotions to AGM grade also.

Further we could make some convincing arguments before the management to increase the DGM posts also to have more promotional avenues. Management agreed to add the 150 DRDGM posts to the existing 1331 DGM posts and total 1481 DGM posts will be utilized for promotions. We are demanding to increase the DGM posts further to above 2000.

We are extremely thankful to DIR(HR), PGM(Pers), GM(Restg) and Jt GM(Pers) for breaking the deadlock. This breakthrough on TB promotion to AGM/CAO equivalent grade is a big achievement and this was the major contentious issue pending. Now some more small issues are there to sort out in CPSU Hierarchy implementation which we are working out.

Since CPSU Hierarchy implementation will take few more months to get processed in MC, Board, DoT etc, we requested management to get maximum promotion orders issued in the intervening period as assured to JF. We requested management to expedite the promotions as discussed with the JF and parallally process the CPSU Hierarchy to have an everlasting solution for other cadres in the future. CPSU Hierarchy will be a uniform promotion policy for all the streams. 

31-05-2017

Two days Dharna on 01st and 02nd June, 2017 withdrawn.
After detailed discussions with management, the two days Dharna from tomorrow withdrawn. All vindictive actions will be reviewed / withdrawn. 
View Copy of the letter addressed to CMD regarding  withdrawal of notice for two days Dharna on 01-06-17 and 02-06-17.

29-05-2017

Meeting with PS to Hon MoSC:

PS to Hon MOSC called the BSNL Management and Jt Forum for a combined meeting on the standard pay scales issue. DoT earlier rejected the BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 scales and approved E1 and E2 scales, demoting the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent. DoT had taken a stand that E1A and E2A scales were approved only for the absorbed Executives and not for new rects. For BSNL directly rect employees or those who got promotion after 01.10.2000, E1 and E2 scales are applicable.

Initially management had discussions with Shri Nitheswar Kumar, IAS and PS to MoSC and explained the issues in detail for about 20 minutes. DIR(HR), PGM(Estt) and DGM(Estt) participated in the discussion. BSNL explained to the PS that E1A and E2A pay scales were approved for all the Executives w.e.f 01.10.2000, irrespective of absorbed or promoted or new recruitment. On 2nd PRC implementation, BSNL proposed replacement scales for E1A and E2A, initially. This was rejected by DoT and DPE in 2011 and 2014. Subsequently BSNL proposed E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 pay scales with cascading effect. There is no proposal from BSNL for lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2. Earlier proposal of BSNL demanding cascading effect is withdrawn now and BSNL proposal is only E2 and E3 scales. While doing so, the basic features of EPP will be protected, BSNL told the PS. Lowering the pay scales will affect retention of existing talent and recruitment also. It created huge unrest in the company. The PO issued by DoT to be reconsidered, and BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 scales w/o cascading effect is to be approved, BSNL demanded.

After the presentation by BSNL, PS called JF for combined meeting along with management. JF told PS that about 42000 Executives working in JTO/JAO, SDE/AO equivalent cadres demoted by the lowering of pay scales to E1 and E2. About 15000 Executives recruited after 01.01.2007 facing a reduction in pay to the tune of Rs 10,000 per month. Our demand is to revise E1A and E2A scales with E2 and E3 scales respectively w.e.f 01.01.2007. There is no proposal of E1 and E2 scales from BSNL. The financial implications are bare minimum, just 44 Cr per annum. On financial implications, PS commented that it is a very small amount and it is not an issue at all.

The discussions were very positive and PS is very much convinced on the issue and assured positive action. He further directed BSNL management to explain the issue to the new Secretary also as Secretary is having a big role to play. Then take the JF also for the meeting with Secretary.

26-05-2017

The next phase of agitation programs of Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rules from 29.05.2017 is postponed to 27.06.2017.

As Management has resorted to repressive methods for suppressing the voice of the Executives for the resolution of genuine HR issues by taking vindictive actions like dies-non, issuing Show Cause Notices and Charge sheet to JF leaders and other coercive methods to restrain our right for protest, Joint Forum has decided to launch strong protest against such vindictive actions by holding two days massive Dharna on 1st and 2nd June 2017. Discussions are held with the non-executive unions also and it is agreed that further agitation program will be held jointly with non-executive unions under the banner of Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations to protest against the oppressive actions taken by management.

For the effective implementation of the next phase of agitation programs of Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rules, it is decided to hold a Joint meeting of CSs and CHQ Office bearers of the JF on 17th and 18th June, 2017. Venue will be announced shortly. Before the joint meeting of CS/CHQ office bearers, all Circles should complete the joint Circle Executive Committee meetings. GSs/CHQ office bearers of the Associations will try to attend the CEC meetings as far as possible. The dates of CEC meetings should be intimated to CHQ by Monday. Otherwise the dates will be finalized and announced by CHQ. Similarly joint SSA meetings also to be held before the CS meeting.

All the preparations and strategies are to be worked out for the successful implementation of Work According to Rules from 27.06.2017.

26-05-2017

JF Forum leaders met CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) and held discussions on the issues and reviewed the developments. 

26-05-2017

PS to MOSC called the JF and BSNL management for discussion on Monday, 29.05.2017 on the BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 pay scales. BSNL will be represented by DIR(HR) and PGM(Estt).

DoT sought some clarifications on 7 to 8 points on BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 dated 01.05.2017 mainly on the following points:

a) Affordability of the proposal as BSNL is making huge losses in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

b) Details of the rect made after 01.01.2007 onwards.

c) Cascading proposal of BSNL. Whether it stands withdrawn or not as per the latest proposal?

d) Impact on existing EPP.

26-05-2017

On the initiative of JF, the petitioners in the court case at Hon EKM HC called to New Delhi to end the deadlock on JTO to SDE promotions in both the quotas. Detailed discussions held with Pers section in the presence of CHQ office bearers of both SNEA and AIGETOA. All the parties agreed to end the deadlock and facilitate issuing promotions to all the available vacancies. Seniority will be decided as per the outcome of court cases.

The progress in receipt of VCs for JTO to SDE promotion from circles is not at all encouraging and circle secretaries are directed to ensure that VC reaches to BSNL CO positively by next weekend.

25-05-2017

Meeting with Jt Secretary, DPE on 25.05.2017 regarding 3rd PRC: NCOA leaders (President/NCOA, GS/SNEA and President/GS of Indian Oil and SAIL) met Shri Rajesh K Chaudhary, Jt Secretary/DPE and Director/DPE and held discussions on 3rd PRC implementation.

As reported earlier the COS almost accepted the recommendations of 3rd PRC. DPE is in the process of preparing the Cabinet memo and it will be circulated to different ministries in the month of June. DPE is trying to complete the process by June end. After circulation, final cabinet memo will be sent to Union Cabinet for approval.

NCOA discussed the following specific issues with Jt Secretary.

a) Affordability clause for implementation of PRC: Large number of PSUs including the Navartna PSUs like SAIL, BHEL, NTPC etc will be out of the purview of PRC if affordability clause is strictly followed as per 3rd PRC. GS explained the specific position of BSNL which operates in fierce competition and offering services in uneconomical areas. In some PSUs, pay revision for the workmen implemented w.e.f 01.01.2012 and they are getting more pay than the Executives after that. If pay revision is not implemented for Executives now, the anomaly will continue, demoralizing the entire Executives further.  We demanded that depending upon the cases, each CPSU should be allowed to implement pay revision outside the ambit of affordability. Jt Sec suggested that specific issue of CPSU/Ministry can be incorporated by the Ministry while the draft cabinet memo will be circulated to the ministries for their comments.

b) Pension revision for the BSNL/MTNL pensioners: This is a specific case with BSNL and MTNL to be included in the proposal.

After this GS and President/NCOA met Sri S Meenakshi Sundaram, Director and held further discussions on the PO issued by DoT and sought the intervention of DPE. DoT issued the PO again with intermediary pay scales which are rejected by DPE on 09.07.2014. Further DoT lowered the pay scales without the knowledge or recommendation of BSNL Board. Two days back we discussed the issue with Addl Sec/DPE also who assured the intervention.

22-05-2017

Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rule from 29.05.2017.
The agitation programs deferred till 28.05.2017 will restart on 29.05.2017 as there are not much improvement in DoT on the standard pay scale issues. The DO letter from CMD/BSNL is just processed but still pending with Jt Sec(A)/DoT for more than one week. Officers in DoT is not serious to correct the mistake even though BSNL management has taken a positive stand on E2 and E3 scales.  

Similarly for the issues pertaining to BSNL, not much progress has been made except for some movement of files and lining up the action plan on the issues. So we have to resume the agitation programs from where we left.

Unfortunately some Assn is playing very negative role in this regard simply ignoring the larger interest of the cadre. This has exposed them and given everybody the answer to the question why they backed out from the agitation under the banner of JF. Their stand will really help the AS(T) and other officers in DoT who are working overtime to demote the cadres to E1 and E2. Approach each and every Executive and explain the negative campaign by the Assn against E2 and E3. Hurdles are being created in the resolutions of Pay, Promotion and Pension issues by engaging and demoralizing the officers dealing with issues in baseless allegations. All this is being done just with the intent of derailing the settlement of issues. However, ignoring such mindset, let us all concentrate on the program right now and make each executive of BSNL to join the agitation from 29.05.2017. It is our responsibility to convince the members of other Assn, especially thousands of JAOs, AOs etc who are facing demotion and make them to join the agitation.
Comrades, through very tough agitation only we can reverse the DoT decision and resolve the burning HR issues. Make all preparations by conducting emergency combined general body meeting of the JF at Branch/SSA level in the remaining few days and gear up for the Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work according to Rule from 29.05.2017.

Combined Executive Committee meeting at SSA/Circle level also should be convened at the earliest, even during the agitation for making the agitation programmes successful.

12-05-2017

Meeting with Member(Fin), Telecom Commission on 12.05.2017 regarding reconsideration of PO dated 28.03.2017 and approval of E2 and E3 pay scales: JF leaders met Smt Anuradha Mitra, new Member(F) and held discussions on the issue. DDG(F) and Director(F) also present in the meeting. Member(F) invited us for the scheduled meeting. JF explained the background. The replacement scales approved for E1A and E2A are lower pay scales of E1 and E2 and as a result the JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres stands demoted. It is not at all the proposal of BSNL. DDG(F) tried to justify  the decision as done by AS(T) stating that the pay scales were E1, E2 and E1A/E2A were only applicable for the absorbed Executives for fitment purposes. JF refuted the arguments with the PO issued by DoT in 2003 in which it is clearly written that the Executives recruited by BSNL also will have the same pay scales of E1A and E2A. BSNL recruited Executives in E1A scale. JTO, JAO, SDE, AO etc RRs are approved by the BSNL Board with E1A/E2A scales, in which two Board members are from DoT.  

Now BSNL management also not agreed to the PO as the pay scales are not recommended by BSNL. BSNL requested to reconsider the decision. JF categorically rejected E1 and E2 scales approved by DoT and told that replacement scales for E1A and E2A should be E2 and E3 as per the recommendation of BSNL.  

Meanwhile the letter from CMD, BSNL is processed by the concerned section.

Comrades, it is very clear that DoT will stick to its decision unless and until we are creating so much organizational pressure through the struggles. So make extensive preparations for the work according to rule and relay hunger strike from 29.05.2017. The impact of the struggle only will change the stand of DoT.

12-05-2017

Meeting with PGM(Estt) on Superannuation benefits: In continuation of the meeting held last week, further discussions held on the subject. We demanded that further hike in the contribution to 30% is to be considered in view of the fact that the actuarial analysis of medical benefits are completed. After discussion, PGM(Estt) assured to move the proposal.

12-05-2017

Meeting with Member(Fin), Telecom Commission on 12.05.2017 regarding reconsideration of PO dated 28.03.2017 and approval of E2 and E3 pay scales: JF leaders met Smt Arundhati Mitra, new Member(F) and held discussions on the issue. DDG(F) and Director(F) also present in the meeting. Member(F) invited us for the scheduled meeting. JF explained the background. The replacement scales approved for E1A and E2A are lower pay scales of E1 and E2 and as a result the JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres stands demoted. It is not at all the proposal of BSNL. DDG(F) tried to justify  the decision as done by AS(T) stating that the pay scales were E1, E2 and E1A/E2A were only applicable for the absorbed Executives for fitment purposes. JF refuted the arguments with the PO issued by DoT in 2003 in which it is clearly written that the Executives recruited by BSNL also will have the same pay scales of E1A and E2A. BSNL recruited Executives in E1A scale. JTO, JAO, SDE, AO etc RRs are approved by the BSNL Board with E1A/E2A scales, in which two Board members are from DoT.  

Now BSNL management also not agreed to the PO as the pay scales are not recommended by BSNL. BSNL requested to reconsider the decision. JF categorically rejected E1 and E2 scales approved by DoT and told that replacement scales for E1A and E2A should be E2 and E3 as per the recommendation of BSNL.  

Meanwhile the letter from CMD, BSNL is processed by the concerned section.

Comrades, it is very clear that DoT will stick to its decision unless and until we are creating so much organizational pressure through the struggles. So make extensive preparations for the work according to rule and relay hunger strike from 29.05.2017. The impact of the struggle only will change the stand of DoT.

11-05-2017

3rd PRC implementation: Today, 12.05.2017, the Committee of Secretaries will be having meeting under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to discuss the 3rd PRC implementation.

11-05-2017

Work According to Rule and Relay Hunger strike from 29.05.2017.

During the intervening period of three weeks, grass roots level preparations should be continued for the success of the agitation from 29.05.2017. Local level combined meeting shall be convened to explain the developments to the grass root level activists. This three weeks should be effectively utilized by JF CSs, SSA Secretaries and office bearers at all levels for organizing the meetings by extensive tour. It is the time for organizational preparations.

CHQ will try to continue the dialogue with DoT and BSNL management for which the agitation programmes are temporarily deferred with a hope that DoT and BSNL will seriously involve in resolving the issues.

Unfortunately BSNL management is hell bend to crush the Associations/Unions and silence the voices of trade unions and the workers. This situation we didn’t see even in DoT era. We will take it as a challenge and will respond organizationally. Management should understand that issues will be resolved only though discussion and not through suppressive measures.

If things are not moving positively, we have to respond organizationally in the strongest manner from 29.05.2017. Gear up for that from 29.05.2017.

11-05-2017

SDE to DE promotion preparatory work: The names of the SDEs whose details are not furnished or assessment sheet not furnished was circulated by DPC section earlier. If they are retired, taken VRS etc, it may be informed to DPC section. If details are not received, that much vacancies will be kept reserved till their names are removed from the list. If they are still in service, their details, HR No and Circle etc may be furnished to DPC section urgently.

Upto 2015-16 there are 1121 (OC-879, SC-154 and ST-88) DE(T) vacancies. Vacancies for 2016-17 vacancies calculation is going on. Recent DGM promotion vacancies will be for 2017-18, next year. On an average 500 DE vacancies will be created every year due to retirement/promotion. There are 200 SDEs in list no 5, 1300 SDEs in list 6 (almost all OC), 4300 SDEs in list 7 and about 5000 SDEs in list 8. In the present situation, it will take years together even to finish list no 6 & 7.

Due to large scale surrender of landline, the number of posts in all cadres will drastically come down, by about 40%. This is going to happen shortly in HR plan. The vacancies in almost all the cadres will become zero, practically sealing our functional promotion. Final solution will be there only on CPSU Hierarchy implementation where promotions will be delinked from availability of posts on which we are working out along with HR plan. 

11-05-2017

3rd PRC implementation: Today, 12.05.2017, the Committee of Secretaries will be having meeting under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to discuss the 3rd PRC implementation.

08-05-2017

Meeting with R. K. Misra, Member(Services) on 08.05.2017: JF leaders met Shri R K Misra, Member(S) and held detailed discussions regarding 3rd PRC implementation and revision of pension for the BSNL pensioners. Member(S) advised to mount maximum pressure in the Govt through various channels and impress upon Cabinet Secretary, Sec/DPE, Sec/DoT etc to get some special consideration for BSNL in the affordability clause as well as pension revision. We are also trying to meet Cabinet Secretary and Sec/DPE & DoT in this regard. 

08-05-2017

As assured in the meeting held on 05.05.2017, VC called for the promotion from JTO to SDE promotion in both the quotas. 

Letter calling for JTO VC under seniority quotaLetter calling for JTO VC under LDCE quota

08-05-2017

Meeting with PGM(Estt) on 08.05.2017 regarding E1A and E2A pay scales from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF etc: In continuation of the meeting with PGM(Estt) on 04.05.2017, further discussions were held on the issue. The proposal for implementation of E1A and E2A scale notionally from 01.10.2000 will be now processed again to the MC.

05-05-2017

Discussions on HR issues continued for the third day with PGM(Pers) and Jt GM (Pers) on the following pending HR issues:

I. Promotions in various cadres: Management agreed to work out suitable mechanism to issue promotion orders shortly. The framework for issuance of promotion orders shall be ready by next week. The matter has been discussed with the senior advocate also.

1. JTO to SDE promotion under seniority & LDCE quota: It is decided that Personal cell will immediately call for Vigilance clearance for JTO to SDE promotions in both the quotas for all the JTOs as per the eligibility lists as well as all the LDCE passed candidates. The modalities to end the impasse will be initiated which includes discussing the matter with petitioners and issuing promotions for all the unfilled vacancies. Similarly, all the candidates who have passed LDCE shall be considered for promotion.

2. SDE to DE promotion: VCs will be called for next week. We demanded to divert the remaining 25 percent MT quota also for promotions which management agreed to consider.

3. JTO (C/E/TF) to SDE(C/E/TF) promotion: Immediate action will be initiated for conduction of DPC for all the vacancies upto 2016-17.

4. SDE(C) to EE(C) promotion: Same action will be initiated as in the case of SDE to DE promotion.

5. JAO to AO and AO to CAO promotions: Discussions will be held next week in the presence of GM(FP).

II. Uniform 1st Time Bound Promotion in Four Years for all the Executives. Detailed discussions held on the issue. We explained the background of the issue where thousands of Executives joined between 1996 to 2002 are getting first TBP in 6 or 5 years where as others are getting in 4 years of service, especially after the 2nd PRC. The Khan Committee recommendations also come up for discussion. Further discussions required on the issue. Meanwhile management agreed to start working on the issue and will call the details from the circles immediately for the implementation.  

III. Scrapping of ongoing DR-DGM recruitment and DR-DGM/MT RRs. On DR-DGM RR, BSNL management agreed to scrap the RR. The proposal will be moved to MC and BSNL Board. On ongoing DGM rect, management is non committal and we demanded scraping of the same. The declared results are again under scrutiny. On MT RR, no rect process will be initiated and the methodology for fast track promotions will be discussed and finalized after CPSU Hierarchy implementation.  

Comrades, today discussions were very positive and management seriously got involved in resolving the issues. It is agreed to continue the discussion on weekly basis till the issues are resolved. Weekly review meeting will be held with DIR (HR) also on the issues.

04-05-2017

Discussions on HR issues continued for the second day. Initial discussions were held in the chamber of Director (HR) and other senior officers of HR unit. Thereafter, it was decided that detailed discussions on different issues will be held with concerned PGMs. After that again discussions will be held at the level of DIR(HR).   

Thereafter, first round of discussions on issues pertaining to Establishment section was held today. The issues discussed were 30% Superannuation Benefit, Extending 22820 as initial basic to the Executives recruited post 01.01.2007 and Extending E1A and E2A pay scales to Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/ PS etc, notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000. On Superannuation benefits further discussions will be held next week end as Estt cell sought some more time. On E1A and E2A, the issue is under the consideration of MC. The details of the financial implications worked out by the BSNL management are shared with us and further discussion will be held on next Monday. Subsequently as directed by MC, the proposal will be resubmitted. On 22820, mgt acknowledged that there is a pay loss that needs to be resolved. However, on question of pay parity with earlier batches, mgt techinically not accepted it. Committee is examining the issue and further discussions will be held with the committee next week.

On other HR issues of promotions, first TBP etc, discussion will continue tomorrow with PGM (Pers).

03-05-2017

Discussion on HR issues pending in BSNL:

Today after lot of uncertainty over the discussions on HR issues, meeting started in the evening with DIR(HR), after the MC meeting. Further discussions on HR issues will continue tomorrow at 11.30 am in the presence of concerned PGMs. 

02-05-2017

Indefinite Day long Relay Hunger strike (09.30 am to 05.30 pm) at BSNL HQ and Circle HQs started from 01.05.2017 onwards. SSAs should join the Relay Hunger strike at Circle HQs in rotation to make the programme successful. Each and every Executive should voluntarily come forward to participate in the Hunger Strike. All the JAO/AOs and other Executives not joined this agitation so far shall come forward and join this struggle for their better future. This agitation is for our future. JF will protect each and every Executive joins this agitation from vindictive actions. This Relay Hunger Strike will continue till the issues are resolved to our satisfaction. CSs and other activists to chalk out the strategy accordingly.

0-05-2017

Editorial

Struggle has entered a very decisive stage – challenge is to consolidate unity, accelerate and sustain momentum- Struggles for comprehensive resolution of fundamental issues has to be quite prolonged and, thus, in stretches.

Well begun is half done, it is said. When we look at the way the ongoing struggle has commenced and is proceeding on, we cannot but draw similarities to the historic struggle of 1986 for our upgradation of pay scale. That struggle also commenced on a slow pitch and gained momentum with the passage of the day till it picked up momentum the way the ongoing struggle has picked up.

The first visible and definite sign of this struggle having created a perceptible impact is that DoT/bureaucracy, which was in deep slumber and has taken retrograde and unprecedented decision of demoting the cadres of JTOs/SDEs and equivalent, has just woken up, not, of course fully, to the ground realities and perhaps has started recognizing that whatever they have done has to be rescinded. Bringing out thick skinned bureaucracy and the skin of this bureaucracy is even thicker out of deep slumber and forcing them to understand unquestionably the outcome of the impact that our ongoing struggle has created.

The second positive and badly needed, even though over delayed, outcome of this struggle is that BSNL Management, which till now was oscillating on the issue of E2 and E3 and had not come out unequivocally, made their stand clear in very uncertain terms by conveying to bureaucracy in DoT that BSNL management only wants replacement of E1A and E2A by E2 and E3. This unambiguous and correct stand of BSNL Management brings us (all the affiliates of the Joint Forum) and the BSNL Management on the same wavelength and this, in itself, is a remarkable breakthrough that is bound to force obdurate bureaucracy to reverse their diabolical order of demoting more than 40,000 Executives in JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres.

Another path breaking, loud and clear and spectacular message of this struggle is that United Struggle can create miracles and miracles are bound to be created in terms of comprehensive resolution of fundamental issues of career growth by this struggle. Combined struggle of SNEA, AIGETOA, BASE(I), BSNLOA and TSOA has already started sending loud messages to both BSNL Management and the bureaucracy in DOT that enough is enough and no more of now. It becomes the fundamental responsibility of each affiliate of the JF to ensure that, under all situations and circumstances, the unity and solidarity exhibited in the short span gets fortified and firmly consolidated in the days to come and assumes rock like shape. Each affiliate has to understand that there is just no scope for anyone to run away here and there for that shall unquestionably spell the doom of the entire Executive fraternity and posterity will never forgive.

Comrades, the struggle having reached this decisive stage and having achieved the desired momentum, the real challenge on each one of us is to ensure that this momentum is not only accelerated in days to come but remains sustained. And this momentum has to stay sustained for a prolonged period of time since this struggle is not going to end in days or weeks but will have to continue over a fairly long period for comprehensive resolution of issues that are fundamental to our career growth. The challenge lies in holding on tenaciously to the struggle, not getting tired, demoralized or despaired, no, not at all. That is where our conviction and commitment towards resolution of issues would be subject to test and if we succeed, and there is no reason why we should not, in holding on stubbornly, withstanding all the rough waters that one experiences in the course of every struggle that has to reach its logical conclusion, we are through and no one can stop us from sailing to the shores through most turbulent waters.

Another important ground reality and the most crucial aspect of the ongoing struggle that each one of us has to accept and understand is that when the journey is going to be tedious and long, journey has to be broken at times and then resumed with greater and refreshed vigour and enthusiasm. Trade Union struggle means continuous march and this march can be in phases to ensure that we reach our destination. And in the course of this march, if journey is broken sometimes for strategic and genuine reasons, one should never get despondent because that is how precisely and successfully we will real the goal post. And this needs deep rooted conviction, commitment, unwavering faith in the outcome of our struggle, sincere and honest participation of each affiliate, and neck deep involvement of each and every comrade in the struggle. Victory surely will knock at our door steps and that would be a historic, great and memorable moment for each and every executive in BSNL.

28-04-2017

After the meeting in DoT on 27.04.2017, JF leaders met CMD and DIR(HR) and thanked them for their strong and open support in the meeting held in DoT for E2 and E3 pay scales. Both of them assured that BSNL is committed to get E2 and E3 scales implemented and both are using their good offices for the intervention of Hon MOSC and Secretary. BSNL assured to send the letter to Secretary, DoT on Monday itself with all the additional points and justification for E2 and E3 scales.

It is understood that Management already written to Hon MOSC to call JF for discussion as situation is not under their control. CMD met Secretary, DoT on 26.04.2017 and briefed the situation and sought his intervention. Earlier he briefed the situation to Hon MOSC.

 

Comrades, DoT may take two to three weeks to review the decision if the same organizational pressure is maintained. Meanwhile other HR issues are to be discussed with BSNL. We have to keep the same tempo and organizational pressure and further in an intensified manner after two weeks. As we informed earlier, it will be a tough and prolonged agitation where we have to keep the momentum as it is for a longer period. Make preparations accordingly.

27-04-2017

Meeting in DoT: DoT invited Jt Forum for discussion on the charter of demands. In addition to Jt Forum leaders, CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR), PGM(Estt) and GM(SR) also present in the discussions. DoT represented by Addl Secretary(T), Jt Secretary(A) and other officers.

At the outset we told Addl Sec that DoT is destabilising BSNL by creating industrial unrest in the company. If that is the intention of DoT, it is better to dismantle BSNL Board, BSNL can be run by DoT and all the employees can be taken to DoT. Otherwise DoT should allow BSNL Board to run the company.

On pay scale issue, we categorically told DoT that JF rejects the PO approved by DoT and will not accept demotion of the cadres. The pay scales of E2 and E3 approved by BSNL has to be approved as it is. AS(T) and other officers justified their action. Again we told them that DoT don’t have any power to lower the scales unilaterally and as per the Union Cabinet decision, pay scales are to be decided by Administrative ministry on the recommendations of the Board only and administrative ministry does not have any power to devise its own proposal.

On pay scale issue CMD/BSNL made its stand very clear by telling DoT that BSNL want to get E2 and E3 pay scales approved replacing E1A and E2A and DOT decision has to be reconsidered.

Finally DoT told BSNL to send a formal letter to Secretary, DoT for reconsideration of the issue and the same will be examined.

On other HR issues pending in the Board like SDE RR, E1+5 increments, MT quota diversion for CAO promotion etc, AS(T) made a comment that Board approval is not required when all other decisions are taken by MC. Then we demanded to record it as minutes of the board instead of making a verbal statement, on which he was non committal.

Comrades, AS(T) will not change the stand by his own. It requires tremendous organizational pressure and the intervention of the Hon Minister. So further organizational pressure is to be mounted. Though pressure created so far is having its effect but more pressure is required to break the ice in DOT and resolve the burning HR issues.

By evening all our CSs and SSA Secretaries should ensure that 100% of our Executives have submitted their Leave applications for tomorrow. All Executives should remain on leave and they need not come to office. 

26-04-2017

MASS CASUAL LEAVE ON 28.04.2017.

Good number of CL applications registered today and momentum is picking up. Remaining Executives should submit the CL or any eligible leave by tomorrow. All the Executives, irrespective of their membership should join this agitation programme and make it a grand success. It is the responsibility of every SNEA member to join this protest action as the number will give huge impact on the agitation and the settlement during negotiation. This number will be even monitored by the Govt. JF appeals to all the Executives to make a sacrifice for the cadre which had given everything to us.  The number will give a clear picture to the management and DoT, how much the Executives are agitated over the demotion of the cadres, lowering of pay scales and non settlement of HR issues. 

26-04-2017

On the intervention of the Ministers office and on the initiative of BSNL management, DoT called JF for discussion tomorrow at 11 am. CMD/BSNL, DIR (HR) and other officers of BSNL are also called for the meeting.

26-04-2017

DIR(HR) called a meeting of the Joint Forum today to discuss various demands. PGM(Estt), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) also present. At the outset DIR(HR) clarified that BSNL is fully committed to the demand of E2 and E3 pay scales and written to DoT to reconsider the order issued on 28.03.2017 approving E1 and E2 scales and requesting to approve E2 and E3 scales as recommended by BSNL on 06.06.2016. DIR(HR) further informed that she didn’t told the PS to Hon MOSC that the PO is as per the BSNL proposal, in fact it is based on the earlier proposal of 2009, rejected by DoT twice. BSNL want to get E2 and E3 scales implemented. Another reminder has been issued by BSNL to DoT to approve its proposal of E2 and E3 scales. Further we had discussions on the meeting called by DoT, tomorrow.

Discussion on HR issues will be held on Monday in the presence of DIR(HR) after her return from tour.

07-04-2017

DGM DPC is progressing and almost in the final stage --- Promotion orders will be issued next week. We tried to get the orders atleast by this week, but DPC work delayed.

06-04-2017

Attention CSs:
On 22-03-2017, NATFAM has sought the details of JAO qualified candidates yet to be trained including those qualified as per the revised results. The report is yet to be received from AP, BH, GJ, HR, JHA, NE I, OD, PB, TN and TLG Circles. Concerned CSs are requested to take up the matter with Administration for commencement of the training....

06-04-2017

NATFAM has sought the details of JAO qualified candidates yet to be trained including those qualified as per the revised results. All CS are requested to take up the matter with Administration for commencement of the training.... View Copy of the letter.

04-04-2017

On our strong protest, BSNL not endorsed the PO issued by DoT, with lower pay scales of E1 and E2. As per our demand, yesterday itself, BSNL written to DoT to reconsider its decision to lower the pay scales and approve the revised BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 scales. The earlier BSNL proposal of E1A and E2A was rejected twice by DoT on 24.01.2011 & 18.07.2014, then BSNL modified the proposal to E2 and E3 and now there is no proposal of E1A and E2A, BSNL stated. Further DoT approved two pay scales for the same cadre, E1A & E1 for JTO and E2A & E2 for SDE which is illegal. Comrades, this will strengthen our demand and the future struggles for E2 and E3.

Meeting with CMD on 03.04.2017 regarding the PO for E1, E2 pay scale: GS, President and AGS met CMD to discuss the issue. CMD informed that as discussed with us, BSNL will write to DoT to reconsider the decision as it is not BSNL proposal. BSNL will demand approval of the standard pay scales of E2 and E3 proposed by BSNL.

Meeting with DIR(HR) on 03.04.2017 regarding CPSU Hierarchy implementation: GS, President and AGS had discussions with DIR(HR), PGM(Pers) and GM(SR) on the remaining contentious issues. The major issues discussed are the court cases going on regarding seniority and reservation issues and its likely impact on the new promotion policy. Management want to make it sure that the new promotion policy will be litigation free. During discussions, DIR(HR) suggested to have more clarity on the proposals and then discuss with PGM(Legal) regarding the legal issues.

On Standard pay scales, DIR(HR) informed that as per earlier discussions with us last week, BSNL written to DoT to reconsider its decision to implement E1 and E2 scales which are not recommended by BSNL and approve BSNL proposal of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 scales. 

03-04-2017

Meeting with Hon Minster scheduled for today on standard pay scale issue is postponed as Hon Minister is on tour and out of Delhi. 

31-03-2017

Organizational actions against the DoT order on pay scales: GS/AIGETOA and GS/AIBSNLOA informed that they will be supporting the agitation and participate in the programmes. All our CSs and SSA Secretaries may contact them. 

31-03-2017

Lunch Hour demonstration on 31.03.2017 at BSNLCO, Circle HQ, SSA HQs and all important stations.

Protest against the demotion of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres by lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 by DoT. 

Join the struggle to protect the pay, protect the pay scales and the status of the cadres.

31-03-2017

Lunch Hour demonstration on 31.03.2017 at BSNLCO, Circle HQ, SSA HQs and all important stations.

Protest against the demotion of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres by lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 by DoT. 

Join the battle to protect the pay, protect the pay scales and the status of the cadres.

30-03-2017

Meeting with Sri Nitishwar Kumar, IAS and PS to Hon MOS on 30.03.2017: GS, President, Chairman and AGS had a meeting with the PS to the MOS and explained the whole issue of lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 that resulted in the demotion of the cadres. PS informed that quick decision was taken due to the fact that there was a contempt petition and approval was given to the proposal submitted by DoT on the assumption that it will solve the problems. He surprised to hear that the approved pay scales are lower one, not recommended by BSNL and created fresh problems. Further Assn explained that more than 25,000 Executives are affected and the pay of about 15,000 Executives recruited after 01.01.2007 is getting reduced. After the discussion, PS informed that he will examine how it can be corrected.

30-03-2017

CMD, BSNL called us on 29.03.2017 and informed about the PO issued by DoT on pay scales, ignoring the BSNL recommendations. Assn strongly protested against the high handedness of DoT. We demanded the order lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 and demoting the cadres should not be endorsed to the field units. Instead of that BSNL should again strongly take up with DoT to approve its recommendation. BSNL didn’t recommended E1 and E2 pay scales. The BSNL proposal of E1A and E2A given on 09.01.2009 was rejected by DoT in 2011 and again in 2014. Later on BSNL modified its proposal, recommending E2 and E3 scales. Instead of deciding the revised proposal, DoT conveniently acted on the proposal earlier rejected by DoT and DPE. It is an insult to the management than the employees. The BSNL proposal with cascading effect given opportunity to DoT to act like this, Assn told CMD. If BSNL management allows this type of high handedness, then DoT will act on its own whims and fancy on all issues. Assn will be protesting this action in the strongest way, till DoT acts, we informed CMD. CMD assured us to take up the matter with DoT again.

GS, AGS and Jt Sec met DIR(HR) on 29.03.2017 and protested against the Govt action. We demanded that BSNL should not endorse the order and take up with DoT to approve its recommendations of E2 and E3 scale alone. We will not allow demotion of the cadres and lower the pay scales. DIR(HR) also shared our concern and assured us that she will discuss with CMD and take the decision in the best interest of the employees and the company. 

29-03-2017

It is understood that DoT issued Presidential order for E1A and E2A. Revised E1A scale of Rs 18850 approved for those recruited in E1A scales and for others E1 scale of Rs 16400.

SNEA reject the presidential orders against the DPE guidelines and BSNL proposal.  

Details will follow.

28-03-2017

GS, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD, BSNL on 27.03.2017 and discussed the following issues.

 

1. Move in DoT to approve E1A and E2A scales or to reduce the pay scales to E1 and E2. We expressed our serious concern over the issue. Any such decision will force us to go to trade union actions with immediate effect, we informed CMD. CMD informed that present Secretary is not taking any decisions and asked to wait for the new Secretary. In case proposal is gone to Hon Minster, Minster will consult CMD before giving any approval on the issue. However Assn requested CMD to appraise the Minister about the BSNL proposal.

2. Land asset re-valuation started. BSNL Corporate Office at Janpath, New Delhi is the first site re-valuation done. CMD told that the present value of BSNLCO, after re-valuation is Rs 2,300 Crores! Total book value of all the BSNL land across the Circles as of now is only 977 Crores! Take all possible steps to complete the revaluation by 30.06.17, the targeted date and make our company having a worth of 2.5 lakhs to 3 lakhs Crores.  

3. Give wide publicity for the data plans and BSNL offers --- Data traffic increasing day by day --- Data traffic crossed 456 TB, of which 254 TB is from South zone. Out of 254 TB from South zone, more than 100 TB is from Kerala Circle. Other circles also take clue from Kerala and increase the data traffic.

4. DE to DGM(T) DPC started on 27.03.17. Our efforts to increase the vacancies from 388 by adding the vacancies of Addl GMs working as GMs getting very positive response from management and will try to include in this DPC itself. 

25-03-2017

There are some important developments in DoT on BSNL proposal for replacement of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales. Conflicting reports are coming from DoT. While AS(T) is talking about approval of revised E1A and E2A, some other officers are hinting that E2 scale will be approved for those recruited in E1A and E1 scale for the executives recruited subsequently. Whatever be the case, the developments are not positive. Our efforts to meet Hon Minister/Secretary or Member(Fin) yesterday could not materialize.

In that case, we will be immediately responding organizationally, even without waiting for the next programme on 10.04.2017. Make all the preparations for a massive agitation. 

24-03-2017

Meeting with Smt Madhu Arora, PGM(Estt): GS, President and AGS met PGM(Estt) on 23.03.2017 and held discussions on pay parity of Rs 22820 for the post 2007 recruited Executives. According to management, as per rule, new rects will be always placed in the scale of pay and they will not be eligible for any fitment or pay protection as eligible for the existing employees or promoted officers. All other PSUs also placed the new Executives in the minimum of the revised payscales only as per rule. BSNL also done the same and there is discrimination as claimed by the Assn. After the formation of BSNL also, new rects given the minimum of the pay scales. Now TTAs also started demanding the same. It has to be extended to the new recruitment going on now in 2017. The demand of Rs 22820 is extension of 30% fitment benefit for the post 2007 rects which is not allowed.

Assn countered the arguments by explaining that BSNL already extended fitment benefit to one set of post 2007 rects and the benefit of Rs 22820. Even 2007, 2008 batch JTOs and 2010 JAOs joined prior to them but denied the benefit. Since BSNL operated E1A scale with Rs 9850 after 2007 for one set of employees, equal treatment has to be given for all the similarly situated post 2007 rects, without discrimination. For one set of employees, BSNL implemented revised scale from 01.01.2007 and for another set of employees, pre-revised E1A scale continued for years together which is clear discrimination. All has to be treated at par by extending the pay parity to all, Assn demanded. 

23-03-2017

Presentation on CPSU cadre Hierarchy to DIR(HR):

Pers Section made a presentation to DIR(HR) yesterday on the CPSU Hierarchy proposal.

23-03-2017

The proposal to conduct DGM DPC for 388 vacancies approved by CMD, BSNL. VCs from KTK Circle received.

23-03-2017

Very good news for the BSNL directly recruited employees.

EPF pension will be revised and it will be based on the actual basic pay instead of minimum pension. It will be equivalent or even better than the Govt pension.

Employees from various CPSUs approached various courts especially at Ernakulam demanding full pension on the actual basic pay, courts given judgment in their favour. Hon Ernakulam HC given judgments in favour of the employees of PSUs like Milma, ITI, Instrumentation, HNL, HMT, HIL etc etc. Hon Supreme Court judgment also was in their favour. Some cases are still pending in Hon SC. As per reports, Hon SC directed the labour ministry to amend the Rule to extend the benefits to all the similarly placed employees. Afterwards labour ministry directed EPF to amend the rules.

As per the proposal, if the contribution is made on 12% of actual basic +IDA, the pension will be paid on the basis of actual basic pay. 8.33% of the basic +IDA will be accounted for pension purposes. The employer and employee will be given an option to switchover to full pension option, according to reliable sources. If pension contribution is limited to 12% of 6500 with ceiling, they will not be eligible for full pension. This will give equal pension for the BSNL directly recruited employees at par with the absorbed employees.

SNEA struggled since 2003 and got EPF contribution modified on 12.08.2005 from 12% with the ceiling of Rs 6500 to 12% of actual basic pay + IDA (without ceiling limit). All the arrears from 2001 also credited into the employees individual account. As a result of our struggle, now all the BSNL employees will get the full pension benefits.

In the last CWC meeting at Hyderabad, SNEA also decided to file case at Ernakulam for similar benefits.

23-03-2017

Very good news for the BSNL directly recruited employees.

EPF pension may be based on the actual basic pay instead of minimum pension. It will be equivalent or even better than the Govt pension.

Employees from various CPSUs approached various courts especially at Ernakulam demanding full pension on the actual basic pay, courts given judgment in their favour. Hon Ernakulam HC given judgments in favour of the employees of PSUs like Milma, ITI, Instrumentation, HNL, HMT, HIL etc etc. Hon Supreme Court judgment also was in their favour. Some cases are still pending in Hon SC. As per reports, Hon SC directed the labour ministry to amend the Rule to extend the benefits to all the similarly placed employees. Afterwards labour ministry directed EPF to amend the rules.

As per the proposal, if the contribution is made on 12% of actual basic +IDA, the pension will be paid on the basis of actual basic pay. 8.33% of the basic +IDA will be accounted for pension purposes. The employer and employee will be given an option to switchover to full pension option, according to reliable sources. If pension contribution is limited to 12% of 6500 with ceiling, they will not be eligible for full pension. This will give equal pension for the BSNL directly recruited employees at par with the absorbed employees.

SNEA struggled since 2003 and got EPF contribution modified on 12.08.2005 from 12% with the ceiling of Rs 6500 to 12% of actual basic pay + IDA (without ceiling limit). All the arrears from 2001 also credited into the employees individual account. As a result of our struggle, now all the BSNL employees will get the full pension benefits.

In the last CWC meeting at Hyderabad, SNEA also decided to file case at Ernakulam for similar benefits.

22-03-2017

DGM(Adhoc) promotion: DIR(HR) approved the proposal for conducting DPC for 388 vacancies. CMD, BSNL may clear the proposal today itself and most probably DPC will be held on next Monday/Tuesday and promotion orders are expected by 31st March.It is understood that there is a proposal also to cancel the promotion order immediately after 40 days joining time, treating that they declined the promotion and offer promotion to the next candidates in the select panel.

22-03-2017

Parliament March by NCOA on 22.03.2017 from BSNLCO.

NCOA organized Parliament March on 22.03.2017 on the following demands:

a) No disinvestment/Strategic sale.

b) Implementation of 3rd PRC without profitability condition.

All comrades to reach Eastern Court/BSNLCO by 01 PM.

21-03-2017

Parliament March by NCOA on 22.03.2017 from BSNLCO.

NCOA organized Parliament March on 22.03.2017 on the following demands:

a) No disinvestment/Strategic sale.

b) Implementation of 3rd PRC without profitability condition.

If profitability condition is not removed, BSNL Executives will not get 3rd PRC benefits and pensionary benefits. We have to start agitation now itself before Govt takes final decision on 3rd PRC.

CSs of HR, UP(West), PB and RAJ to coordinate and bring maximum comrades for the Parliament March on 22.03.2017.

All comrades to reach Eastern Court/BSNLCO by 01 PM.

21-03-2017

Agitation programmes on standard pay scales of E2, E3:

Comrades, two days hunger strike on 16th and 17th postponed as Secretary, DoT who is supposed to take a final call on the BSNL proposal is shifted abruptly and new regular Secretary didn’t joined. There will not be any change in the Dharna on 11.04.2017 and Relay Hunger strike from 25.04.2017. New Secretary is expected to join shortly. We will start the agitation programmes, just giving 10 to 15 days time for the new Secretary to understand the issue.

In the mean time ground level preparations are to be started immediately after this financial year end. Since standard pay scales of E2 and E3 has to be approved before implementation of 3rd PRC, we have to prepare even for prolonged and harsh TU programs after the Relay Hunger strike, till the proposals are approved. Conduct meetings at grass root level and prepare the membership for a prolonged struggle.

E2 scales with minimum of Rs 20600 will solve many issues like E1+5 for the post 2010 rect Executives. Now all of them are placed in E1 scales with Rs 16400. Even E1+5 (Rs 19020) is not agreed by DoT and the Board members from DoT. Then one should understand how tough our struggle for E2 scale and pay parity of Rs 22820. The new recruits joined/joining in 2017 (LICE and DR) also will be placed in E2 scales with Rs 20600 equivalent. We will be coming closer to the other demand of Rs 22820 for all the post 2007 recruits which requires another prolonged struggle.

Comrades, Pay scales will not come easily, always it will the result of sustained struggle, history of 1986 struggle for 1640 scale reminds us. E2, E3 struggle also we started few years back, now we have to go for the ultimate push

20-03-2017

Remaining Subscription salary deduction forms to be submitted immediately. If any difficulty in accepting forms by any Circle / SSA may be brought to the knowledge of CHQ.

The list of Executives with SSA/Unit details (Schedule of accounts) are to be mailed to the CHQ as well as Circle by all the Circle offices as per the instructions contained in the letter issued by SR Cell. However CHQ received the mail from MH, MP, HR and WTP Circles only so far. More over more than Six circles have deducted the amount in the month of January 2017 and not remitted in CHQ account. There is also discrepancies in the amount deducted and amount remitted by some circles.

All CSs may take up these issues with the CGMs to make it sure that the mail with all the particulars is sending to CHQ and Circles every month and also the deducted amount to be remitted in the same month. The mail for January and February may be pursued for the remaining Circles. The list is required for clearing the Circle, SSA and Branch quota by the CHQ Treasurer and for the purpose of settling the welfare claims in the future.

19-03-2017

Protection of pay and increments drawn during Officiating promotion – A great relief for more than 15,000 JTO/JAO/SDE/AO/AD(OL) and other equivalent cadres officiated during DoT and BSNL period.

DoT and BSNL given protection of pay and increments drawn during officiating promotion. The same pay was continued on regular promotion also. Even split officiating period was counted and given increments in the pay scales of the promoted post. This benefits allowed by DoT and BSNL till 2010 was withdrawn by a wrong clarification dated 19.02.2010. However recovery stopped by another order dated 19.11.2010. Thousands and thousands of Executives are affected by this. Some Circles like PB, MP, WB, CTD, KRL, TN, UP(E), CHTD, BR, NTR, NTP implemented this clarification. In those Circles, the pay has been come down by three or two or one increments and faced recovery of lakhs of rupees. Remaining Circles not affected as this clarification not implemented by them. However at the time of retirement, CCAs refixed the pay and made lakhs of rupees recovery. Another clarification issued on 30.05.2007 disallowing one increment on officiating promotion from same scale to same scale.

SNEA is the only Association taken up this issues even though thousands of JAOs, AOs and other cadres officiated upto 2012 are also affected. Now by our continuous struggle for the last 6 years, BSNLCO partially modified the clarification dated 19.02.2010, allowing pay protection for the officiating promotions upto 18.01.2007, the date of EPP order, giving relief and protection to more than 10,000 Executives. The issue is settled for almost 60% of the Executives.

SNEA will pursue the issue for the remaining Executives also. This is a great break through after the membership verification and big relief to thousands of Executives. This has to be brought to the notice of all JTO/JAO/SDE/AO/AD(OL) and other equivalent cadres officiated as SDE/AO/DE/CAO etc irrespective of membership by our activists at all the level. 

16-03-2017

FR22(1)(a)(1) fixation for the Officiating JTOs: The list of TTAs officiated as JTOs and name included in the case filed by SNEA in PCAT New Delhi is already endorsed to Circles. The judgment covers all the SNEA members.

Few Circles reported that some names are not included in the list. All CSs and SSA Secretaries are requested to verify missing name and the consolidated list of SNEA members not included in the list may be send to CHQ by the CSs with covering letter, after ascertaining that they are SNEA members. The list may reach CHQ by 31.03.2017. The missing names will be endorsed by BSNLCO. Since this will be the last opportunity, it should be ensured that all the missing names are included.

16-03-2017

Positive developments on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:

The meetings with CMD and DIR(HR) on CPSU Hierarchy yesterday had very positive outcome. After discussion and on our continuous persuasion, it was agreed that CPSU Hierarchy implementation will be delinked from HR Plan finalization. The CPSU Hierarchy finalization was delayed as it is linked with finalization of HR Plan. Further DIR(HR) agreed that the presentation on the proposal will be done next week itself and she will dedicate one day exclusive for that.

HR Plan finalization will have huge implications if CPSU Hierarchy is not implemented by that time. In HR plan, number of posts will be drastically reduced considering the huge closure in land line connections. The present post sanction is based on 2004 working connections. For example, the number of SDE posts will come down from 25,000 to 18,000 as per HR plan. In that case 7,000 SDE vacancies will be reduced and resultant total SDE vacancies will be around 4000, putting a big question mark on SDE promotion itself. Same situation will be there in other wings also. So, CPSU Hierarchy has to be implemented at any cost immediately. Otherwise, the day HR Plan approved by BSNL Board, all vacancies in all the cadres will be drastically reduced making post based promotions a nightmare.

This is another reason, which others may not be understood, why SNEA is giving highest priority to CPSU Hierarchy. HR plan finalization is equally important as all other HR issues approval in the Board is depending on it.

16-03-2017

GS, President and Jt Sec met PGM(Estt) on 15.03.2017 and held discussions on the following subjects:

a) Progress in the Committee meeting on pay parity issue of Rs 22820 for post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs: As informed by the Chairman of the Committee earlier, PGM(Estt) also informed that in the first meeting of the committee, it was decided to wait for the outcome of the BSNL proposal for E2 and E3 scales. The committee given an interim report in this regard. The anomaly can be assessed after the finalization of the pay scales, now only provisional pay scales are given. After E2, E3 approval, committee will meet and submit the final report.

b) Committee meeting on Terms Insurance for the BSNL directly recruited employees, replacing GSLIS: We requested to convene the meeting at the earliest to work out the modalities. We explained the issue, Superannuation benefits will be eligible only after 15 years and the advantage in going for Term Insurance as the premium will be very less. It will be a voluntary scheme. PGM(Estt) assured to convene the meeting at the earliest.

15-03-2017

It has been decided that the Two days Relay Hunger strike on 16th and 17th March, 2017 will not be held for now. However there will not be any change in the TU programmes from 11.04.2017 onwards. Since regular Secretary DoT has not joined so far, decision on E1A and E2A pay scales may take some time.  DIR(HR) tried to arrange a meeting with Secretary for the last one week but could not materialize as regular Secretary not available. CMD also tried to discuss the issue with Secretary and resolve it. Yesterday DIR(HR) written a DO letter also to AS(T) citing the Trade Union Notice of the recognized Executive Association in BSNL and requested DoT for early approval of the proposal by BSNL for revision on E1A and E2A scales.

Today DIR(HR) invited SNEA for discussion and explained the developments and appealed not to go for agitation till regular Secretary joins in DoT.

Morning we had discussion with CMD also. Both assured us to use their good office to settle the issue as soon as new Secretary joins.

14-03-2017

DoT Approval for standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 for JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs as per 2nd PRC.

 

Two days Hunger strike on 16th and 17th March, 2017 at BSNL HQs and Circle HQs:

Union cabinet decided to implement standard pay scales in all CPSUs. DPE issued guidelines and clarification strictly directing all the CPSUs and Administrative Ministries on 26.11.2008, 02.04.2009 and 24.12.2012 to implement standard pay scales. DPE further directed BSNL and DoT on 09.07.2014 to implement standard pay scales only.

BSNL recommended standard pay scales on 06.06.2016, 9 months back. Again BSNL gave a presentation to DoT on 10.02.2017 to approve E2 and E3 scales only without cascading effect, with the approval of MC as it will address DoT concern.

Some negative forces in DoT are decided to demote the cadres to E1 and E2 scales or to extend on E1A and E2A instead of E2 and E3. DoT will be taking a decision on BSNL proposal based on the suggestion of the few negative officers in DoT shortly.

It is the time for all the BSNL Executives to mount pressure on DoT and BSNL Management to approve standard pay scales of E2 and E3 only. It is a do or die situation for BSNL Executives.

Be United, come out and join the struggle from 16th March onwards for approving the standard pay scales of E2 and E3, for getting E2 scale instead of E1, for addressing the pay loss and for the recognition and status of the JTO/JAO/SDE/AO equivalent cadres.

14-03-2017

Vth Circle conference of Odisha Circle:

The Vth CC of Odisha Circle held at RTTC, Bhubaneswar on 11th and 12th March, 2017. GS, Dy GS, AGS Com Chinmaya Sahoo and CS/JKD Com Pankaj Das addressed the Conference. CS Com B C Biswal submitted the Circle Secretaries report. Com Umakanta Patra, CP presided over the Conference.

An excellent open session was held on 11th evening. CGM Sri S N Naik, GM(EB) Sri A K Pahi, Gm (HR) Sri Narendrakumar and GM(CFA & Plg) Sri M K Patel addressed the open session.

GS and other CHQ leaders explained the activities going on at CHQ on cadre related issues and issues related to the growth of BSNL. Since 3rd PRC recommendation is already under consideration of Govt, all efforts are to be made to increase the revenue and reduce the expenditure in the remaining 20 days, which will improve the balance sheet of 2016-17. BSNL management also taking keen interest to improve the revenue. For the first time in the history of BSNL, CMD and BSNL management also taking initiatives to get the benefit of 3rd PRC to the employees. Demonetization and entry of Reliance Jio with all free offers affected the business and revenue of all the operators including BSNL.

For the growth, BSNL mgt taken lot of bold decisions which we never witnessed earlier. GSM Phase VII add on order, Phase VIII tender, MPLS tender, NGN tender, Wi-Fi Hotspots, several marketing initiatives etc some major decisions of BSNL mgt. BSNL is the only operator who could announce plans to counter Reliance –Jio.

CHQ congratulated the SNEA comrades for the team work during the first membership verification and becoming the only Recognised Executive Association in BSNL. We created history among all the CPSUs. MV and Recognised Assn status given more responsibility to us. Being the only Representative Assn, SNEA has to work for all the Executives in BSNL, irrespective of membership.

After MV, SNEA started working on the cadre issues truly as the Recognised Representative Assn giving priority to the basic issues which affects the cadre and large number of Executives. We could resolve one of the most important issue, affecting about 15000 Executives, protection of officiating pay during BSNL/DoT period. This resolved the issue of reduction of pay by one or two increments and recovery of lakhs of rupees for more than ten thousand Executives officiated in DoT and BSNL. Thousands of JTOs, JAOs, SDEs, AOs, AD(OL) etc officiated to the higher posts benefited by this order. SNEA is the only Assn taken up this issue even though large number of affected Executives like JAO/AOs is not our members. Pay protection for the remaining cases after 18.01.2007 are also to be pursued. By our efforts guidelines are issued to streamline Rule 8 transfers, utilizing promoted JTOs as substitutes for Rule 8 cases. FR22(1)(a)(1) fixation for Offtg JTOs extended for SNEA members also.

Implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3, CPSU cadre Hierarchy and 30% Superannuation benefits are the priority issues in addition to 3rd PRC. We already started agitation for the approval of standard pay scales. On CPSU Hierarchy, discussions are in the advanced stage. Since all the promotions in almost all the wings are blocked due to litigations on reservations and seniority, CPSU Hierarchy is the only viable alternative for promotion. On 30% Superannuation benefits, formalities are completed for the Trust formation. Now we started pursuing to get the date of effect changed to 01.01.2007 so that the nine years service lost in the process (2007 to 2015) can be restored back. 15 years minimum qualifying service is mandatory for any benefit. Simultaneously all efforts will be taken to increase the quantum to full 30%.

Similarly E1A and E2A scales for the Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/TA/PS etc cadres w.e.f 01.10.2000 and First TBP are other priority issues to be resolved at the earliest.

All this issues can be settled with the active support of all the Executives. Meaningful negotiations are to be held with management. Financial condition of the company is the only limitation. Most of the issues are pending for long period. Some of them are pending since BSNL was making huge profit like standard pay scales, E1A/E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/TA/PS etc cadres w.e.f 01.10.2000, First TBP etc. SNEA will proactively work for the resolution of all the issues.

Com Banaj Kumar Dash, Com Babaji Charan Biswal, Com Subhakanta Dash, Com P K Sahoo and Com U K Panda are unanimously elected as C/President, C/Secretary, C/Treasurer and CWC members respectively. Com Prashant Kumar Ray, Com Jagdish Rout, Com (Mrs) Deeptimayee Bhuyan, Com T P Panda, Com S K Pradhan, and Com Nishikanta Siyal are elected as ACSs. Com P K Dash, Com Bipin Sahoo, Com B R Patnaik, Com D P Swain and Com P C Prusty are elected as Area Secretaries and Org Secretary respectively. Five BSNL directly recruited Executives inducted into the new Circle body.

CHQ extends all the success for the newly elected Circle Office bearers.

08-03-2017

Congratulations to all Circle/SSA/Division/ Branch Secretaries: It is reported that Fax message and email has been send by all Circle/SSA/Division/ Branch Secretaries to Secretary, DoT on 07.03.2017 with copy to Hon MOS and CMD demanding approval of BSNL decision to replace the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, based on the Union Cabinet decisions and DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008 and DPE direction to DoT dated 09.07.2014.

07-03-2017

Attention by all Circle/SSA/Division/Branch Secretaries:

Trade Union Progrmmes demanding E2, E3 pay scales starts today.

Fax message and email to be send by all Circle/SSA/Division/ Branch Secretaries to Secretary, DoT on 07.03.2017 with copy to Hon MOS and CMD.

Email id of Secretary, DoT: secy-dot@nic.in  

Fax No of Secretary, DoT: 01123711514

Email id of MOS: mosc-office@gov.in   

Fax No of MOS: 01123723330

Email id of CMD, BSNL: cmdbsnl@bsnl.co.in

Fax No of CMD/BSNL: 01123372444

 

Sanchar Nigam Executives Association (Only Recognised Executives Association in BSNL)

To

Secretary/DOT, Sanchar Bhavan, New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

Kindly approve the BSNL decision to replace the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, based on the Union Cabinet decisions and DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008 and DPE direction to DoT dated 09.07.2014.

Yours faithfully,

 

(Name)

Circle/SSA/Division/Branch Secretary

----------Circle/SSA/Division/Branch

Copy to:

1) Shri. Manoj Sinha, Hon MoS for Telecommunications, Govt of India.

2) Shri. Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL.

07-03-2017

Attention by all Circle/SSA/Division/Branch Secretaries:

Trade Union Progrmmes demanding E2, E3 pay scales starts today.

Fax message and email to be send by all Circle/SSA/Division/ Branch Secretaries to Secretary, DoT on 07.03.2017 with copy to Hon MOS and CMD.

Email id of Secretary, DoT: secy-dot@nic.in  

Fax No of Secretary, DoT: 01123711514

Email id of MOS: mosc-office@gov.in   

Fax No of MOS: 01123723330

Email id of CMD, BSNL: cmdbsnl@bsnl.co.in

Fax No of CMD/BSNL: 01123372444

 

Sanchar Nigam Executives Association (Only Recognised Executives Association in BSNL)

To

Secretary/DOT, Sanchar Bhavan, New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

Kindly approve the BSNL decision to replace the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, based on the Union Cabinet decisions and DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008 and DPE direction to DoT dated 09.07.2014.

Yours faithfully,

 

(Name)

Circle/SSA/Division/Branch Secretary

----------Circle/SSA/Division/Branch

Copy to:

1) Shri. Manoj Sinha, Hon MoS for Telecommunications, Govt of India.

2) Shri. Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL.

 

06-03-2017

Attention by all Circle/SSA/Division/Branch Secretaries:

Fax message and email to be send to Secretary, DoT on 07.03.2017 with copy to Hon MOS and CMD on E2, E3 pay scales.

Email id of Secretary, DoT: secy-dot@nic.in  

Fax No of Secretary, DoT: 01123711514

Email id of MOS: mosc-office@gov.in   

Fax No of MOS: 01123723330

Email id of CMD, BSNL: cmdbsnl@bsnl.co.in

Fax No of CMD/BSNL: 01123372444

06-03-2017

Proposed amendment to BSNLMS RR 2009 to give it effective date from 2003 for the promotions in CSS Cadre.For doing justice to all other streams like Telecom Engg, Finance, Civil, Electrical etc, amendment may be done for all the streams and effective date may be 01.10.2000. All the vacant STS equivalent posts till 2009 may be treated as filled on regular basis by the eligible Executives with all consequential benefits......GS writes to CMD. View copy of the letter.  

06-03-2017

Fax message and email to be send by all Circle/SSA/Division/Branch Secretaries to Secretary, DoT on 07.03.2017 with copy to Hon MOS and CMD.

Sanchar Nigam Executives Association (Only Recognised Executives Association in BSNL)

To

Secretary/DOT, Sanchar Bhavan, New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

Kindly approve the BSNL decision to replace the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, based on the Union Cabinet decisions and DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008 and DPE direction to DoT dated 09.07.2014.

Yours faithfully, 


(Name)

Circle/SSA/Division/Branch Secretary

----------Circle/SSA/Division/Branch

Copy to:

1) Shri. Manoj Sinha, Hon MoS for Telecommunications, Govt of India.

2) Shri. Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL.

 

28-02-2017

SNEA served notice to Secretary/DoT on Non-Approval of the BSNL proposal to replace the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per Union Cabinet decisions on 2nd PRC recommendations and DPE OM dated 26.11.2008.

Demand:

Approval of the BSNL decision to replace the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 based on the Union Cabinet decisions and DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008 and DPE direction to DoT dated 09.07.2014.

Programme of Trade Union Actions:

07.03.2017: Demand day. Sending Fax/email to Secretary, DoT by all Circles/SSA/Division/Branch Secretaries.

16.03.2017 and 17.03.2017: Relay Hunger Strike at BSNLCO and Circle Offices. Lunch/Closing Hour demonstration in all SSA HQs.

11.04.2017: Mass Dharna at BSNLCO/Circle/SSA HQs.

25.04.2017 to 28.04.2017: Relay Hunger Strike at BSNLCO/ Circle/ SSA HQs.

Since notice is given to Secretary/DoT, no agenda related to BSNL mgt included. This issue has to be settled before 3rd PRC implementation at any cost. It is a DO or DIE situation for all of us.

View Copy of the notice. 

28-02-2017

As reported yesterday, Restg Cell issued letter constituting a Committee to deliberate on our suggestion for Term Insurance in place of GSLIS as social security measure for the BSNL direct rects. PGM(Estt) is the Chairman. GM(SR), GM(CA), GM(Restg) and DGM(WS&I) are the members of the Committee.

28-02-2017

Pay fixation under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR 35 for the offtg JTOs. The PCAT judgment endorsed by the Estt cell to the concerned CGMs with the list of SNEA members submitted to the PCAT. CS/SSA Secretaries may pursue further for implementation.

27-02-2017

Pay protection on Offtg promotion for the JTO/JAO/SDE/AO/AD(OL)s etc officiated as SDE/AO/DE/CAO etc in DoT/BSNL: The proposal for protection of the pay drawn during Officiating promotion is approved by CMD on 23.02.2017 as assured to us. The orders are expected tomorrow.

The proposal to constitute a Committee to deliberate on our suggestion for Term Insurance as social security for the BSNL direct rects is approved by DIR(HR). Letter will be issued in a day or two.

25-02-2017

CWC meeting at Hyderabad from 13th to 16th February, 2017

The first CWC meeting, after the landmark victory in the first membership verification among the Executives Associations, was held at Hyderabad from 13th to 16th February, 2017. The Open session was held on 13th A/N. It was an occasion for celebration for SNEA and we are extremely happy that our beloved CMD/BSNL and other senior officers of BSNL also joined with us in the celebration. DIR(HR) was very keen to attend the CWC but due to preoccupation, she could not.

This CWC was unique in terms that it was the first CWC to be ever held for three days, deliberating wide range of issues from accelerating the growth of the company, defeating the challenges to destabilize and weaken the Company, quick and timely resolution of impending and very crucial HR issues, was just extraordinary. Brainstorming deliberations continuing past midnight of each day, CWC was engrossed in working out strategies and plan of action on critical issues and holistic implementation of the most crucial and significant 3rd PRC.

Proposed deadly move to Close and Transfer Assets of BSNL to States and formation of subsidiary tower company are nothing but a well calibrated move of the Govt. to disintegrate BSNL, SNEA will defeat with all its might such ulterior motives of the policy makers. At the same time we will wholehearted support Tower sharing and other passive infrastructure sharing to monetise the infra without any expenditure. Monetising the land asset is a major challenge and revenue earning source, for that, mutation of land has to be completed first. On the growth front, provisioning of Broadband and FTTH connections through Franchisees/cable TV operators, as done by other ISPs, has to be accelerated. For reliable Transmission media with sufficient bandwidth, there is immediate requirement of replacement of OF Cables and OTN/PTN network implementation. Deployment of Accounts personnel in CSCs for the sales and cash collection in the CSCs was felt necessary. The Engineering and Technical staff deployed in CSCs is to be redeployed and effectively utilized in the field units, deployment of more Executives from Indoor and Office works into revenue earning field units is necessary, CWC unanimously felt. CWC expressed severe criticism on the quality of the NGN equipments supplied by M/s Huwaei and poor technical support extended by them to the field units. The Wi-Fi Hotspots proposed as an alternative to 4G have not attracted the users due to the poor coverage and poor marketing strategy. Introducing 4G services as quickly as possible to capture data market was the need of the hour, CWC opined. 

Holding of Circle Conferences: Odisha, Bihar, UP(West) and KTK Circle conferences will be held during March-May, 2017. PB and HP Circles are to hold the conferences at the earliest.

Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc, Pay Parity of Rs 22820 for post 2007 recruits, E1+5 increments for JTO/JAO recruited after 2010: Considering the latest developments in DoT on standard pay scales, it is decided to organise trade union programmes immediately in the month of March itself. The Pay parity of Rs 22820 to be vigorously pursued with the Committee for all the post 2007 recruits, ie JTO/JAOs recruited/promoted after 01.01.2007 during 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 etc. Meanwhile the proposal for E1+5 increments will be pursued for all the post 2010 rects.

Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: With all functional promotions stalled due to litigations, BSNL has to switch over to CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, where promotions are delinked from seniority and uniformity prevails in all the streams, in the barest minimum time frame, CWC resolved. This should be in the top of the agenda and it cannot be delayed under any circumstances.   

Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees, Formation of Trust, Social security measures like Term Insurance, Corpus Fund etc. CWC strongly resolved to tirelessly continue struggle to get full 30%. The Superannuation benefit has to commence from 01.01.2007. For the benefit of full EPF pension, all legal remedies are to be explored for EPF Full pension option. This will be beneficial for the 2001, 2002 and 2005 rects as all of them already completed 10 to 15 years of service. The superannuation fund will not give them the full benefits as they are having less service. Hon Kerala CAT and HC given judgment in favour of some PSUs in similar cases. CS/KRL Circle is asked to explore the possibility to file a case at Ernakulam. The SNEA proposal for the social security to the BSNL directly recruited employees and others like Term Insurance and formation of a Corpus fund etc, taking contributions from the employees are to be pursued vigorously.

Finalization of HR plan: The arbitrary cut imposed on number of posts in Man power plan as recommended by the consultant M/s Deolittee is a serious threat on the promotional avenues. Management has to take immediate corrective steps when final round of discussion is going on with DoT.

First TBP after 4 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000: CWC decided to demand first TBP uniformly after 4 years instead of 4 to 6 years and to pursue it with management.

Notional pay of E1A and E2A for JTO/SDEs etc in Civil/Elect/Arch/ TF/ PA/ PS wings w.e.f 01.10.2000: The recommendations of Vinay Sahi Committee in this regard has been rejected by the BSNL Board in 2007 itself, including for JAO cadre. However, later on, as per V CPC, JAO cadre got 6500-10500 scale from 1997 and equivalent IDA scale of E1A in BSNL. For uniformity and parity in pay scales of all the similarly placed cadres, E1A and E2A pay scales notionally for the JTO/SDEs etc in Civil/Elect/Arch/ TF/ PA/ PS wings w.e.f 01.10.2000 are to be pursued with management vigorously.

MT and DGM Recruitment. Strategy to fill up the vacuum at top management: CWC reiterated its earlier decision to strongly oppose External recruitment of MT and DGMs. DGM rect and RR to be scrapped. Suitable fast track mechanism can be evolved after finalization of CPSU cadre Hierarchy.

Officiating pay protection and FR(22)(1)(a)(1) for officiating JTOs: Officiating pay protection issue is resolved and orders are expected soon. This will settle the long pending issue of pay recovery for about 15000 JTO/JAO/AO/SDE officiated in higher grades in DoT and BSNL. Favourable judgment from PCAT got for the SNEA members on pay fixation under FR(22)(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35 for the officiating JTOs.

Rule 8 transfers, Soft tenure policy, recruitment to Tenure stations: All Rule 8 requests are to be settled during the JTO recruitment through promotion or direct recruitment. Guidelines will be issued by BSNLCO. Soft tenure policy to be amended extending the benefit of Circle break. Special recruitment will be pressed after the completion of ongoing JTO and JE recruitments through LICE and Direct Rect.

The CWC was conducted in an excellent manner by the Comrades of Hyderabad under the leadership of com A Viswanath, CP/AP Circle, Com G Ramesh, CS/Telangana Circle, Com Srinivas Prasad/CWC member and other office bearers. CWC congratulated all the activists for the excellent arrangements. This was the first meeting in the newly formed Telangana Circle.

25-02-2017

CWC meeting at Hyderabad from 13th to 16th February, 2017

The first CWC meeting, after the landmark victory in the first membership verification among the Executives Associations, was held at Hyderabad from 13th to 16th February, 2017. The Open session was held on 13th A/N. It was an occasion for celebration for SNEA and we are extremely happy that our beloved CMD/BSNL and other senior officers of BSNL also joined with us in the celebration. DIR(HR) was very keen to attend the CWC but due to preoccupation, she could not.

This CWC was unique in terms that it was the first CWC to be ever held for three days, deliberating wide range of issues from accelerating the growth of the company, defeating the challenges to destabilize and weaken the Company, quick and timely resolution of impending and very crucial HR issues, was just extraordinary. Brainstorming deliberations continuing past midnight of each day, CWC was engrossed in working out strategies and plan of action on critical issues and holistic implementation of the most crucial and significant 3rd PRC.

Proposed deadly move to Close and Transfer Assets of BSNL to States and formation of subsidiary tower company are nothing but a well calibrated move of the Govt. to disintegrate BSNL, SNEA will defeat with all its might such ulterior motives of the policy makers. At the same time we will wholehearted support Tower sharing and other passive infrastructure sharing to monetise the infra without any expenditure. Monetising the land asset is a major challenge and revenue earning source, for that, mutation of land has to be completed first. On the growth front, provisioning of Broadband and FTTH connections through Franchisees/cable TV operators, as done by other ISPs, has to be accelerated. For reliable Transmission media with sufficient bandwidth, there is immediate requirement of replacement of OF Cables and OTN/PTN network implementation. Deployment of Accounts personnel in CSCs for the sales and cash collection in the CSCs was felt necessary. The Engineering and Technical staff deployed in CSCs is to be redeployed and effectively utilized in the field units, deployment of more Executives from Indoor and Office works into revenue earning field units is necessary, CWC unanimously felt. CWC expressed severe criticism on the quality of the NGN equipments supplied by M/s Huwaei and poor technical support extended by them to the field units. The Wi-Fi Hotspots proposed as an alternative to 4G have not attracted the users due to the poor coverage and poor marketing strategy. Introducing 4G services as quickly as possible to capture data market was the need of the hour, CWC opined. 

Holding of Circle Conferences: Odisha, Bihar, UP(West) and KTK Circle conferences will be held during March-May, 2017. PB and HP Circles are to hold the conferences at the earliest.

Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc, Pay Parity of Rs 22820 for post 2007 recruits, E1+5 increments for JTO/JAO recruited after 2010: Considering the latest developments in DoT on standard pay scales, it is decided to organise trade union programmes immediately in the month of March itself. The Pay parity of Rs 22820 to be vigorously pursued with the Committee for all the post 2007 recruits, ie JTO/JAOs recruited/promoted after 01.01.2007 during 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 etc. Meanwhile the proposal for E1+5 increments will be pursued for all the post 2010 rects.

Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: With all functional promotions stalled due to litigations, BSNL has to switch over to CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, where promotions are delinked from seniority and uniformity prevails in all the streams, in the barest minimum time frame, CWC resolved. This should be in the top of the agenda and it cannot be delayed under any circumstances.   

Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees, Formation of Trust, Social security measures like Term Insurance, Corpus Fund etc. CWC strongly resolved to tirelessly continue struggle to get full 30%. The Superannuation benefit has to commence from 01.01.2007. For the benefit of full EPF pension, all legal remedies are to be explored for EPF Full pension option. This will be beneficial for the 2001, 2002 and 2005 rects as all of them already completed 10 to 15 years of service. The superannuation fund will not give them the full benefits as they are having less service. Hon Kerala CAT and HC given judgment in favour of some PSUs in similar cases. CS/KRL Circle is asked to explore the possibility to file a case at Ernakulam. The SNEA proposal for the social security to the BSNL directly recruited employees and others like Term Insurance and formation of a Corpus fund etc, taking contributions from the employees are to be pursued vigorously.

Finalization of HR plan: The arbitrary cut imposed on number of posts in Man power plan as recommended by the consultant M/s Deolittee is a serious threat on the promotional avenues. Management has to take immediate corrective steps when final round of discussion is going on with DoT.

First TBP after 4 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000: CWC decided to demand first TBP uniformly after 4 years instead of 4 to 6 years and to pursue it with management.

Notional pay of E1A and E2A for JTO/SDEs etc in Civil/Elect/Arch/ TF/ PA/ PS wings w.e.f 01.10.2000: The recommendations of Vinay Sahi Committee in this regard has been rejected by the BSNL Board in 2007 itself, including for JAO cadre. However, later on, as per V CPC, JAO cadre got 6500-10500 scale from 1997 and equivalent IDA scale of E1A in BSNL. For uniformity and parity in pay scales of all the similarly placed cadres, E1A and E2A pay scales notionally for the JTO/SDEs etc in Civil/Elect/Arch/ TF/ PA/ PS wings w.e.f 01.10.2000 are to be pursued with management vigorously.

MT and DGM Recruitment. Strategy to fill up the vacuum at top management: CWC reiterated its earlier decision to strongly oppose External recruitment of MT and DGMs. DGM rect and RR to be scrapped. Suitable fast track mechanism can be evolved after finalization of CPSU cadre Hierarchy.

Officiating pay protection and FR(22)(1)(a)(1) for officiating JTOs: Officiating pay protection issue is resolved and orders are expected soon. This will settle the long pending issue of pay recovery for about 15000 JTO/JAO/AO/SDE officiated in higher grades in DoT and BSNL. Favourable judgment from PCAT got for the SNEA members on pay fixation under FR(22)(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35 for the officiating JTOs.

Rule 8 transfers, Soft tenure policy, recruitment to Tenure stations: All Rule 8 requests are to be settled during the JTO recruitment through promotion or direct recruitment. Guidelines will be issued by BSNLCO. Soft tenure policy to be amended extending the benefit of Circle break. Special recruitment will be pressed after the completion of ongoing JTO and JE recruitments through LICE and Direct Rect.

25-02-2017

Salient features of 3rd PRC recommendations:

a) Fitment benefit: Uniform fitment of 15% on Basic + IDA.

If the additional financial impact on the average of last 3 years PBT (Profit Before Tax) is less than 20%, the fitment will be 15%. If it is more than 20% but less than 30%, the fitment will be 10%. If it is more than 30% but less than 40%, the fitment will be 5%. If it is more than 40%, the fitment will be NIL.

b) Annual increment: 3%

c) Promotion Increment: 3%.

d) Pay scales:

Level                Pre-revised                              Revised

E0                    12600-32500                   30000-120000

E1                    16400-40500                   40000-140000

E2                    20600-46500                   50000-160000

E3                    24900-50500                   60000-180000

E4                    29100-54500                   70000-200000

E5                    32900-58000                   80000-220000

E6                    36600-62000                   90000-240000

E7                    43200-66000                   100000-260000

E8                    51300-73000                   120000-280000

E9                    62000-80000                   150000-300000

e) Stagnation increment: One increment after every two years, upto a maximum of 3 such increments.

f) IDA as on 01.01.2017: 100% neutralisation on 01.01.2017.

g) HRA: 24%, 16%, 8% in place of existing 30%, 20% and 10%. The HRA will be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% when IDA crosses 50% and further revised to 30%, 20% and 10% when IDA crosses 100%.

h) Superannuation benefits: It has to be under defined contribution scheme instead of defined benefit scheme.

i) Ceiling of gratuity to be enhanced from Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 20 lakhs from 01.01.2017. The ceiling of gratuity shall increase by 25% when IDA crosses 50%.

ii) The current limit of 30% of Basic pay +IDA will continue.

iii) The minimum qualifying service of 15 years not to be mandated for contributory pension. However it will be mandatory for medical benefits.

i) Date of effect: 01.01.2017 for pay scales, benefits and allowances.

j) Retirement age: No change.

k) Periodicity: Not later than 10 years, in line with Central Govt employees. Under no circumstances periodicity of wage revision for workmen should be less than the periodicity of the Executives. 

23-02-2017

Pay protection on Offtg promotion for the JTO/JAO/SDE/AOs officiated as SDE/AO/DE/CAO in DoT/BSNL: The proposal for protection of the pay drawn during Officiating promotion is cleared by DIR(HR) and send to CMD for approval. GS, President and AGS met CMD today and requested to approve the proposal. CMD assured to approve the same immediately.

In fact the provision for pay protection has been withdrawn by BSNL on 19.02.2010 through a clarification. This resulted reduction of pay by two to three increments and recovery of lakhs of rupees for thousands of Executives. Assn was opposing the same and demanding the restoration of pay protection.

23-02-2017

The SNEA proposal for Term Insurance for the BSNL rects is under consideration of management. Restg Cell moved a proposal to constitute a Committee to have deliberations on the issue. The proposal is send to DIR(HR) for approval.

Similarly our proposal for formation of Corpus Fund is send to Estt cell for collecting the data pertaining to all the employees through ERP.

23-02-2017

As reported earlier, guidelines are issued for maintaining waiting list for Rule 8 cases and how it is to be operated uniformly by all the Circles. Maximum number of Rule 8 cases are to be considered as and when new JTOs join on account of promotion or direct recruitment.

These guidelines are issued as per our demand after the MV when certain CGMs were reluctant to consider Rule 8 cases treating the LICE JTOs as substitutes. All CSs may take it very seriously and ensure that maximum Rules 8 cases are settled through the LICE postings. 

23-02-2017

Implementation of Standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A.

Considering the latest developments in DoT on standard pay scales, the CWC at Hyderabd decided to organise trade union programmes immediately in the month of March itself. Considering the financial year ending, initial programmes will be at Delhi and major locations. Further intensified agitational programmes will be started from April, 2017. Notice will be issues in a couple of days.

Gear up for the struggle to get the pay scales finalised before the 3rd PRC implementation.

11-02-2017

Developments on E2, E3 pay scales:

As per the letter from DoT, DIR(HR) and PGM(Estt) tried to make a presentation to AST and other officers of DoT on 10.02.2017. According to the informations, AST already made up his mind on the issue and not even bothered to listen to BSNL presentation. AST maintained his earlier stand that E1 and E2 pay scales to be given for the new recruits and for those recruited in E1A scale, additional increments will be given. Otherwise E1A and E2A pay scales will be approved by sending it to Union Cabinet.

DIR(HR) informed that AST opined that E1A and E2A pay scale is applicable only for those absorbed from DoT and for the BSNL recruits, E1 and E2 pay scales are applicable from 2000 onwards. BSNL done a mistake by new recruitment in E1A scale from 2001.

Finally the decision is going to be taken by Secretary, DoT and the CMDs say in this regard will be very crucial. The confusion created on the pay scales during the last two years given sufficient opportunity and time for DoT to take such a negative stand.

Now the Executives are in three stages, in E1 scale of Rs 16400, in E1+5 of Rs 19020, at Rs 22820 etc. AST and DoT is thinking about E1 scale of Rs 16400 only, not even E1+ 5 increments of Rs 19020 or E2 scale of Rs 20600.

Comrades, it is high time to maintain unity among all the Executives. We will not allow any force to demote the cadre. Our unity, unity among the Executives only can save the cadre from demotion to E1 and E2 scales. 

10-02-2017

Congratulations: The court case filed by SNEA at Hon PCAT, New Delhi for the pay fixation under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR 35  for the officiating JTOs come up for hearing today and we got favourable judgment. The benefit extended to SNEA members as in the case of others. We met PGM(Estt) and held further discussions on its immediate implementation. Once judgment copy is received, it will be immediately endorsed to the Circles, PGM(Estt) assured. Our Jt Sec Com Arvind Dahiya was present in the court to pursue the case.

10-02-2017

Urgent attention of Circle Secretaries:

Screening Committee report for DGM(Adhoc) promotion is not received from A&N, AP & Telangana, BR, CHTD, CTD, ETP, ETR, HR, INSP, J&K, JKD, KRL, MH, MP, NE I, NE II, NTP, NTR, OR, PB, QA, TN, UKD, UPE, UPW, and KTK(Partial). Soft copy shall be mailed to dpcagm@gmail.com. The scanned copy in CD may be send to AGM, DPC as per the instructions.

04-02-2017

Urgent attention of Circle Secretaries:

Screening Committee report for DGM(Adhoc) promotion is not received from A&N, AP & Telangana, BR, CHTD, CTD, ETP, ETR, GUJ, HP, HR, INSP, J&K, JKD, KRL, MH, MP, NE I, NE II, NTP, NTR, OR, PB, QA, RAJ, TN, UKD, UPE, UPW, WTP, and KTK(Partial). Soft copy shall be mailed to dpcagm@gmail.com. The scanned copy in CD may be send to AGM, DPC as per the instructions.

02-02-2017

GS, CHQ President and AGS met PGM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) on 01.02.2017 and held further discussions on

a) CPSU Hierarchy implementation: The data almost collected by Pers Section. The outcome of the discussions will be presented to DIR(HR) on 03.02.17 and then to CMD. After that discussions will be held next week.

b) JTO to SDE promotion under LDCE quota and SDE to DE promotion: Further discussions held on the subject to find some way out for giving the SDE postings. Since HR plan is not finalised, Board is not ready to consider any HR issues like SDE RR amendment. Meanwhile the SLPa are prepared and just waiting for the certified copy of the judgment from Chandigarh High Court.

c) Expediting DGM promotion utilizing DR DGM and resultant vacancies by giving Addl GMs charge of GMs: We requested to fill up all the vacancies by this month itself. PGM assured to expedite the process but requested cooperation from Assn to fill up the vacancies in different Circles facing acute shortage of DGMs.

GS and CHQ President met Sri Ashuthosh Gupta on 01.02.2017 and held discussions on:

a) Finalizing the HR plan: We explained the shortcomings in the HR plan which are to be corrected before finalization.

b) Further actions on the social security measures like formation of Corpus fund, Group Insurance scheme etc. GM(Restg) informed that as per our proposal, DIR(HR) directed to process the case and GM(SR) will be sending a note to Restg section in this regard. 

31-01-2017

Congratulations to all! BSNL Board approved formation of Superannuation Fund Trust:

Today BSNL Board meeting approved the proposal for Trust formation clearing the next step. The initial contribution will be 3% as approved earlier and will be effective from May, 2016. Com Piyush Garg, SDE and our Circle Office Bearer at BSNLCO is one of the two Trustee Board members from employees side. DIR(HR) will be the Chairman. Sr GM(Legal), GM(CA), GM(Estt) etc are other members. This is the first major decision after the membership verification. Now the proposal has to go to Income Tax department for exemption. We have to fight to increase the contribution to the full 30%. Further we will be taking up to give 01.01.2007 as the effective date so that the benefit will get from that period.

It is not true that the BSNL Board decided to invest the money with LIC as reported by some sections. There was no such proposal in the Board memo. It has to be decided by the Board of Trustees. SNEA demanded that the money should be invested with LIC which is having sovereign guarantee for the purpose of security.

Our sincere thanks to CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR) and other BSNL Board members for approving the proposal.

It is learned that other HR issues like E1+5 increments for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010, SDE RR, 50% MT quota diversion of CAO posts etc not considered by the Board due to HR plan. In the last meeting of the HR Committee held on 19.01.2017, only HR plan discussed and the plea of management to delink some of the HR issues from HR plan not agreed by DoT. Next meeting of the HR Committee is tentatively fixed for 15.02.2017.

31-01-2017

GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met Smt Sujata T ray, DIR(HR) on 30.01.2017 and held discussions on issuing orders for officiating pay protection, standard pay scales of E2, E3, CPSU Hierarchy implementation, agenda for the Board meeting on 31.01.2017, HR plan finalization etc. We formally invited DIR(HR) to attend our CWC meeting at Hyderabad on 13.02.2017 which she accepted.


GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met Smt Madhu Arora, PGM(Estt) on 30.01.2017 and held discussions on Pay parity of Rs 22820, E1A and E2A scales notionally for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007, issuing instructions to Circles on Rule 8 cases and declaration of results for Kerala Circle for the second LICE to JTO Cadre. On Rule 8 cases further discussion will be held on 01.02.2017.

27-01-2017

GS writes to CMD / BSNL regarding sending revised proposal to DoT for approving E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007.....View Copy of the letter.

27-01-2017

Pay parity of Rs 22820 for the post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs: Based on the inputs received from various quarters, our response will be submitted to the Committee on Monday, 30.01.2017. Afterwards we will have interaction with the Committee also.

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 employe