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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 employees: 
The proposal cleared by Secretary(Telecom) and gone to Hon Minister for approval.

03-09-2016

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

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

30-08-2016

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

30-08-2016

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

30-08-2016

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

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

27-08-2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26-08-2016

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

View Letter copy.

26-08-2016

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

25-08-2016

Draft proposal on CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM Grade.

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

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

b)  Promotions delinked from seniority.

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

SNEA suggestions accepted by the management

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

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

3)  Change of designation for each grade.

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

5)  DPCs decentralised to respective Circles.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

25-08-2016

Draft proposal on CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM Grade.

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

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

b)  Promotions delinked from seniority.

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

SNEA suggestions accepted by the management

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

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

c)  Change of designation for each grade.

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

e)  DPCs decentralised to respective Circles.

 

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

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

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

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

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

24-08-2016

Lunch Hour demonstration on 23.08.2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-08-2016

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

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

Demands:

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

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

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

Make extensive preparations

22-08-2016

CPSU Hierarchy implementation -- Draft proposal given to us today

21-08-2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21-08-2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21-08-2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18-08-2016

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

Demands:

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

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

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

Organizational actions and schedule:

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

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

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

UF Notice for Trade Union Actions

18-08-2016

Membership verification

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

17-08-2016

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

Demands:

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

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

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

Organizational actions and schedule:

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

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

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

United Forum Notice for Trade Union Actions

17-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

15-08-2016

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

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

15-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

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


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

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


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

14-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10-08-2016

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL:

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

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

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

It is a good beginning to resolve the issues.

09-08-2016

Service With A Smile (SWAS):

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

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

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

08-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05-08-2016

NCOA Leaders with 3rd PRC Chairman and Members


NCOA presentation before 3rd PRC:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Fitment: Uniform fitment of 30%.

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

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

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

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

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

    Child care leave to be made mandatory for all CPSUs.

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

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

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

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

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

04-08-2016

Presentation before 3rd PRC:

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

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

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

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

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

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

q Fitment: Uniform fitment of 30%.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

04-08-2016

Meeting 3rd Pay Revision Committee:

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

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

Details will be uploaded later

03-08-2016

3rd Pay Revision Committee meeting.

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

21-07-2016

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

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

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

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

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

21-07-2016

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

GS letter to CMD regarding suggestions on CPSU Hierarchy implementation

21-07-2016

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

21-07-2016

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

20-07-2016

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

19-07-2016

3rd Pay Revision Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19-07-2016

3rd Pay Revision Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19-07-2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19-07-2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

13-07-2016

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

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

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

Provisional suggestions from SNEA regarding 3rd PRC

11-07-2016

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

GS letter to DIR(HR) on Superannuation benefit

11-07-2016

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

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

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

08-07-2016

As reported in the A/N, TTA to JTO(T) LICE result declared today. Congratulations to all the selected candidates. 301 candidates results withheld as they are party in the case (KRL- 162+45, AP-91, RAJ-03).
Covering letterList 1 List 2

08-07-2016

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

 

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

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

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

08-07-2016

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

08-07-2016

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

05-07-2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press release on Cabinet decision on 78.2%

05-07-2016

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

Letter to Hon MOC

04-07-2016

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The meeting decided to work unitedly to

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

01-07-2016

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

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

30-06-2016

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

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL

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

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


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

1) Reconstitution of Joint Committee:

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

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

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

2) Joint Committee recommendations:

On our strong plea, CMD directed the Committee to conduct meetings regularly atleast once in a fortnight and give recommendations in 3 months time, before 15.08.2015. By the strenuous efforts of SNEA, Committee submitted very positive recommendations on 07.10.2015, which can change the fate of Executives in BSNL. Chairman was sympathetic to our genuine demands. Com R P Shahu,