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21-05-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 19.05.15:

GS, CHQ President and GS/BSNLEU met CMD BSNL and held discussions. DIR(HR) was also present. During discussion CMD appealed to capitalise the recent free call facility offered to the landline customers. Large number of waiting list is generated at field units as a result of the offer. Special efforts may be taken to provide maximum connections and strategies has to be workedout at each SSA and Circle level with frequent interaction between SSA/Circle Heads and Forum leaders, CMD suggested. We assured CMD that this will be discussed in the next Forum meeting on 25th and positive steps will be taken.

On actions against officers facing CBI charges like GMTD, Noida, we expressed anguish over the continuation of such officers in the sensitive posts when CBI filed RC and large scale reporting has made in the public media in which BSNL image is affected. To the surprise of all, even the matter is not reported by UP(W) Circle for months together and after that the matter is pending with CVO for almost one month. When such incidents are happened, lower lever employees are shifted within days but in the case of senior officers, no action is being taken, we informed CMD and DIR(HR).

21-05-2015

Meeting with Sri Mohd Ashraf Khan, ED(NB): GS, CHQ President and both AGSs met Sri Mohd Ashraf Khan, ED(NB) and Chairman of the Joint Committee and held discussions on the terms of reference of the committee.

21-05-2015

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS, AGS Com Arvind Dahiya and Com Sanjeev Sharma, CS/UP(W) Circle met GM(Pers) on 19.05.2015 and held discussions on the following issues.

a)         Filing of reply in the Hon Kerala HC on JTO to SDE case and a separate MA for early hearing. GS informed the new GM(Pers) that the issue is badly delayed and the Hon HC reopened on 18.05.2015 after vacassion. The informations sought by Hon HC yet to be filed. Since the interim direction was extended for another 3 months on 06.04.2015, a separate MA has to be filed for early hearing. GM(Pers) assured that he will speak to CGM and take necessary action.

b)        Request transfers, modifications and retentions in DE and SDE cadres: GM(Pers) informed that respective sections are compiling the pending case and within another 10 days time, the cases will be processed.

08-05-2015

As assured in the meeting with CMD, DIR(HR) and ED(F) on 06.05.2015, the orders reconstituting the Joint Committee is expected today. The new committee may have the first meeting on next Friday, 15.05.2015.

02-05-2015

Meeting with Secretary, DoT by Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations:

In continuation of the discussion with BSNL Management, Forum leaders held detailed discussions with Secretary(DoT) on the charter of demands on which BSNL employees gone for two days strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015. CMD/BSNL, Smt Rita A Teaotia/Special Secretary(T), Sri N. K. Yadav/Member(Services), Smt Annie Moreas/Member(Finance), Smt Aruna Sundaraj/USO Administrator, Sri V. Umashankar/Joint Secretary(T), Smt Sujata Ray/ED (Finance), Sri Shameem Akthar/Sr. GM (SR) and Sri Sanjeev Gupta/Director (PSU) were present in the meeting. Sec(T) assured that Govt is committed to support BSNL and at the same time BSNL should improve the services to retain the subscribers. Govt is getting lot of complaints even from MPs and Ministries about the poor services and even they are opposing any assistance to BSNL due to poor quality of services. This problem has to be addressed by BSNL Mgt and employees together, then DoT will be in a better position to extend help to BSNL from various agencies, Secretary told us. The discussion continued for about two hours on various issues. GS attended the meeting on behalf of SNEA(I).

Discussion on various issues:

1. Immediate refund of about Rs 15,000 Crores BSNL money with Govt on following accounts: Forum leaders explained that when an amount of Rs 15,000 Cr BSNL money is with Govt, BSNL is forced to take loan from banks for the capital expenses. If the amount is returned to BSNL, it can easily fund the projects without any loans or interest payment.    

a)   Refund of balance Rs 4700 Crores on BWA spectrum charges: About Rs 2000 Crores already adjusted. Forum demanded that balance 4700 Cr to be refunded in a single lot so that BSNL can utilise for expansion purposes. Sec/DoT informed that DoT is in constant touch with Finance Ministry to allot more budgetary funds so that maximum repayment can be made to BSNL. Sec/DoT himself spoken to the Secretary in Finance Ministry i9n this regard.

b)  Reconciliation of BSNL accounts by DoT for refund of Income Tax. An amount of Rs 7000 Crore is held up in IT Dept. Forum requested to complete the reconciliation of BSNL accounts in a time bound manner so that BSNL get the refund from IT Dept. Sec/DoT informed that a committee has been formed in this regard under Jt Sec(T) and work is already started. Jt Sec further informed that the reconciliation work for two years already completed and the remaining 7 years is targeted to be completed by 31st May, 2015.

c)   Excess payment Rs 2400 Cr on pension contribution: Forum explained the issue in details where as BSNL is compelled by Dot/Finance to make the pension contribution to the maximum of the pay scale where as the DoPT order is for actual basic pay. After discussion Sec/DoT assured that the issue is under active consideration of DoT and DoT is in constant touch with DoE to settle the issue in favour of BSNL.  

d)  USO Fund subsidy for 2012-13, Rs 1250 Cr:

It is informed that it is in advanced stage and the entire amount will be refunded.

e)  Refund of salary to the employees deputed to TERM Cell, Rs 400 Cr.

It is informed that DoT is working out the modalities to refund the entire amount.

2.  Transfer of Land and Assets to BSNL. It is informed that the work is in progress. More than dot, BSNL has to take a lead in this regard. More than 98% of land and buildings can be transferred without any problem as documents are clear. The mutation work can be expedited.

3.  Compensation for loss making Rural services.

Compensation can be made based on the recommendations of agencies like TRAI only. Last recommendation was for 2011-12 and 2012-13 years by that subsidy will end. Otherwise fresh recommendation has to come from TRAI. In order to help BSNL, most of the Govt projects are given to BSNL on nomination basis like defence project, NOFN project, LWE project etc. However, Forum demanded further support from Govt as it is making losses to the tune of Rs 7000 to 8000 Crores per year to maintain Rural telephone network.

4.  Merger of BSNL and MTN: Forum demanded that merger should happen only after the settlement of issues like loan of Rs 11,000 Crores taken by MTNL, 44% share of MTNL and HR issues. Sec/DoT assured that if Govt is taking a decision to merge both BSNL and MTNL, these issues will be addressed before that.

5.  Govt support for expansion of network. Forum demanded for soft loan to BSNL to fund the expansion of network. Sec/ DoT informed that this demand cannot be considered now as it will affect the level playing field. All operators are taking loan and expanding the network, BSNL also can do the same. Forum further requested for infusion of more Govt equity in BSNL so that it can be utilised for further expansion. Sec/DoT was non-committal on this issue.

6.  Filling the posts of Directors of BSNL Board: Sec/DoT informed that DoT is using its whole machinery to expedite the appointment of Directors in BSNL.

7.  Automatic pension revision in the future without linking it with pay revision.

Forum demanded that the pension revision should be referred to VII CPC or 3rd PRC with specific terms of reference that it should not be linked with pay revision of the serving employees or the profitability of the company. After discussion it was agreed that it will be referred to 3rd PRC with specific reference of pension revision and delinking pension revision from pay revision.

8. 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. Forum expressed strong resentment over the abnormal delay in settlement of the issues. Finally Sec/DoT assured that the issue will be resolved soon and DoT is in touch with DoE also in this regard to finalize the cabinet memo. Forum further requested to expedite the same.

9.  30% superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees. Secretary(T) told us to discuss the issue with BSNL Management and DoT is nothing to do with this.

The response from Secretary/DoT and other senior officers were positive and they shown keen interest to resolve the issues one by one.

02-05-2015

Meeting with Secretary, DoT by Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations: Forum leaders met Secretary(DoT) and held detailed discussions on the charter of demands. CMD/BSNL, Special Secretary(T), Member(Services), Member(Finance), USO Administrator, Joint Secretary(T), ED (Finance), Sr. GM (SR) and Director (PSU) were present in the meeting.  Details will be updated shortly

29-04-2015

Meeting with CMD, BSNL on 28.04.2015:

GS, CHQ President and AGS met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on growth related issues and the initiatives taken by Management in this regard. Assn extended full support to the CMD for his efforts to bring a growth and result oriented work culture and discipline in the organization.

Further discussions held on the transfer of Executives from TERM cell, Karnataka Circle by arranging substitutes. Since it is a sensitive post involving interaction with vendors and pvt operators, Assn requested to relieve all the Executives by with the substitutes already posted as there is every possibility to develop nexus with vendors and other operators. They have to be shifted immediately.

Assn further sought his consent to attend the next AIC at Jaipur scheduled to be held in August, 2015. CMD immediately agreed for the same.

24-04-2015

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: Fundamental and inescapable responsibility of the concerned officers to fully protect the promotion of employees promoted by them. Tendency to demote employees on the pretext of court judgments undesirable, reflecting insensitivity and lack of responsibility. On flimsy grounds to implement Hon Allahabad High Court Judgment, reported efforts of CGM/UP(W) to demote JTOs (some are now SDEs) having passed the LDCE for recruitment of JTOs under 15% quota held in 2001 by UP (West) Circle illegal and unwarranted. Kind personal intervention solicited to safeguard legitimate promotion of 73 JTOs promoted as per the relaxation/clarification issued by BSNLCO on 10.03.2003 and 22.07.2003.

GS writes to Sri Dev Kumar Chakravorthy, new GM(Pers), BSNLCO

Letter to CMD, BSNL on the proposed move of reversion of JTOs in UP(W) CircleLetter to GM(Pers)

17-03-2015

Meeting with Sri A. N. Rai, DIR(HR), BSNL on 13.03.2015: GS and President met Sri A. N. Rai and discussed the following issues:

a) Switching over to Time bound Functional promotion from the existing seniority based promotions: Now promotions in various cadres held up due to litigations especially in Engg wing. Thousands of SDE, DE and DGM posts are vacant. JTO eligibility list is under challenge since 2009. All the SDE seniority lists (1 to 7) are quashed by the Hon Supreme Court. Promotions in various wings of the same company varies years together. JAO to AO promotion happening in 4 years whereas JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotion is not happening even after 20 years, JTO (C/E) to SDE(C/E) promotion is after 22 to 23 years etc. The uniform promotion policy for all the cadres in various wings is to be implemented as assured at the time of promotion.  Only solution is to switch over to TB functional promotion. The consultant also proposed the same. DIR(HR) assured that serious discussions in this regard can be held in the month of April.

b) Finalization of  pay scales of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres by E2, E3 scales from 01.01.2007: Assn pointed out that even after repeated assurances by the Management and rejection of the proposal by the DPE and DoT, no action is taken by the management so far to finalise the pay scales. The basic cadres are facing the threat of demotion which cannot be accepted at all. DIR(HR) is of the firm view that management is not in a position to consider this proposal due to financial constraints and even suggested that the future recruitment can be in E1 scale.

c) 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees: Assn requested to resolve this issue as it is pending since pay revision. DIR(HR) informed that considering the financial condition of the company, 2% to 3% is under consideration of the Management at present which will be reviewed later. Assn requested to reconsider this and work out a mutually agreeable solution for all the stake holders with considerable hike in the percentage.

c) Transfer from soft tenure areas: Assn requested to clear the confusion on transfer from soft tenure areas on long stay and promotion: The treatment on tenure and soft tenure stations should be uniform for all the purposes to avoid confusion. DIR(HR) agreed to our suggestions and told that uniform policy will be followed for tenure and soft tenure areas on transfer on long stay and promotion.

Comrades, the developments on pay scales, TB functional promotion and 30% superannuation benefits are not at all encouraging. On the other hand Management is not able to promote the executives to the vacant SDE, DE and DGM posts, simply citing court cases. This all compel us to re-launch the trade union actions we deferred in March, 2014 after repeated assurances. Make preparations accordingly.

17-03-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 16.03.2015: GS, President and both AGSs met Sri Anupam Shrivastava and discussed the following issues:

a) Switching over to Time bound Functional promotion from the existing seniority based promotions: Assn explained the litigations going on seniority related issues which blocked the promotions in almost all the cadres. The litigations may continue in the future also. Only solution is to switch over to TB functional promotion. The consultant also proposed the same.

b) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 from 01.01.2007: Even after repeated assurances by the Management and rejection of the proposal by the DPE and DoT, no action is taken by the management so far. The basic cadres are facing the threat of demotion which cannot be accepted at all.

After discussion CMD, suggested to have further discussion with DIR(HR) on these issues and will have discussions after that.

17-03-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 13.03.2015: GS, President and both AGSs met Sri Anupam Shrivastava and discussed the following issues:

a) Switching over to Time bound Functional promotion from the existing seniority based promotions: Assn explained the litigations going on seniority related issues which blocked the promotions in almost all the cadres. The litigations may continue in the future also. Only solution is to switch over to TB functional promotion. The consultant also proposed the same.

b) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 from 01.01.2007: Even after repeated assurances by the Management and rejection of the proposal by the DPE and DoT, no action is taken by the management so far. The basic cadres are facing the threat of demotion which cannot be accepted at all.

After discussion CMD, suggested to have further discussion with DIR(HR) on these issues and will have discussions after that. 

27-02-2015

Meeting with Maj. Mohd Ashraf Khan, ED(NB):

GS Com K. Sebastin, AGSs Com Vivek Wankhede and Com Sankar Sanyal, Com Tapas Ghosh, CS/WB Circle, Com Dilip Saha, CS/CTD and C/Presidents of CTD and WB Circles met ED(NB) on 25.02.2014 and discussed the following issues:

a)         Approving the new scheme and syllabus for SDE(TF): GS explained the issue to ED(NB) and requested his intervention to get the proposal approved in the MC. LDCE from JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) is pending for long time since the syllabus is not finalised.

b)        Posting of SDE(C ) in A&N Circle treating it as All India tenure: Assn requested to treat A&N Circle as a separate Circle and post SDEs to A&N from All India seniority / long standing list. As of now, SDEs from WB/CTD only sent to A&N on rotation. Like other tenure Circles, A&N posting also to be regulated from All India lists. ED(NB) assured to consider the proposal.

27-02-2015

Meeting with Sri S. K. Bharadwaj, GM(FP):

GS Com K. Sebastin, AGSs Com Vivek Wankhede and Com Sankar Sanyal, Com Tapas Ghosh, CS/WB Circle, Com Dilip Saha, CS/CTD and C/Presidents of CTD and WB Circles met GM(FP) on 25.02.2014 and discussed the following issues:

a)         Option for the 2010 JAOs: Assn explained to GM(FP) that all the JAOs of 2010 qualified well before the cut off date of 07.05.2010 (the date of pay revision order) and due to administrative reasons their training has been delayed.  Further the recruitment process itself started in 2004-05 and delayed for years together. So the case has to be considered sympathetically. GM(FP) informed that he will try to discuss the issue further in the committee.

b)        Promotion to 230 CAO posts: Assn requested to complete the DPC in this financial year itself, by 31st March. GM(FP) assured that we will try to complete the DPC with the support of the Assn before March, 31st. Almost all the ACRs are received except 31 and we are pursuing the remaining cases.

For the next 336 CAO vacancies, ACRs will be called this week itself.

c) Promotion from JAO to AO for the remaining vacancies: Assn requested to process the DPC for the next vacancy year so that remaining JAOs of 2006 batch and some of the JAOs of 2010 batch (OC category) also can be promoted. GM(FP) assured to consider the case at the earliest so that the vacancies can be filled up at the earliest.

21-02-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

GS Com K. Sebastin, CHQ President Com G L Jogi and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 20.02.2015 and held discussions for about one hour on issues related to revival of BSNL and HR issues. Initially the meeting was scheduled for 09.02.2015 but due to the meeting with the Forum on the same day, it was postponed to 20.02.15. At the outset we assured our full support and cooperation to him for all the initiatives taken by the Management for the revival of BSNL.

CMD informed that Management will be very tough on the non performers and clear message is already given to all Circles/SSAs. Tough measures will be initiated to bring accountability and easy-going /indiscipline will not be tolerated at all.

On merger of SSAs, Assn told CMD that this move should not further concentrate the power and decision making. CMD informed that as a first step, the HR, Finance and planning activities in few Circles only will be centralised and the performance monitored for one year. If it is found effective, it will be implemented in other Circles also. The operations and related activities will remain with the concerned SSAs.

 

Finalization of standard Pay scales of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO and equivalent cadre w.e.f 01.01.2007: Assn explained the whole issue to the new CMD  - assurance given in 2012 and Joint committee formation, rejection of E1A and E2A proposal by DoT, reiteration of implementations of standard pay scales by DPE in December/2012, assurance given to the Assn in March-Sept, 2014, rejection of E1A and E2A proposal by DPE in July, 2014 etc. The JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres which are the backbone of the company is not having pay scales for the last 8 years. There is a difference of Rs 3800/ between the basic pay of a JTO recruited prior to 01.01.2007 and after 01.01.2007.

CMD surprised to see that the pay scales of the JTO and SDE cadres are not finalised for 8 years even after clear instructions and rejection of the E1A and E2A proposal by the DPE/DoT and the committee is not deliberating and finalizing its recommendations as per the mandate given to it. Assn pointed out that in order to further delay the process, MTNL pension issue is unnecessary raised now which is no way connected with the pay revision w.e.f 01.01.2007. CMD assured that he will discuss the matter with DIR(HR) and ensure that the committee concludes its report and a final decision is taken. We hope that CMD and DIR(HR) will take a final call on E2, E3 pay scales sine E1A and E2A scales are repeatedly rejected by DPE and DoT.

 

Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: GS told CMD that as on today JTO to SDE promotion, SDE to DE promotion and DE to DGM promotions are under litigation and Management is not able to fillup the vacancies. The entire promotions based on existing seniority lists from JTO to DGM are blocked. Being that the ground reality, the rationale behind the HR wings move even to stop the “proposal to give time bound promotion upto AGM level without consideration of vacancy” is not known. Is the HR wing have any other proposal to give promotion to the executives from JTO to DGM without any hurdle other than this? We don’t want to here again and again that promotions cannot be done due to court cases. Assn clearly told that nothing less than this proposal is acceptable to us and Management has to reconsider its decision to restrict Time bound promotion without consideration of vacancy” only upto SDE level. CMD assured us to examine the matter before implementation.

 

30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees: Assn explained the status of the issue. CMD informed that the Management is aware of the issue and some proposal is under consideration. Assn told CMD that the proposal under consideration is not going to solve the problem and requested to work out a reasonable solution to the issue after discussion with all stake holders since just like pay scale issue, the affected employees are losing the pension benefits for years together, from 2007.

 

CMD had a patient hearing for an hour and we got the right opportunity to draw his attention to some of the major HR issues. This is the first time we got such an opportunity to discuss the HR issues with the CMD. We hope that CMD will take appropriate action and initiative to resolve these issues as he understood that these issues are to be resolved in order to motivate the employees.

21-02-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

GS Com K. Sebastin, CHQ President Com G L Jogi and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 20.02.2015 and held discussions for about one hour on issues related to revival of BSNL and HR issues. Initially the meeting was scheduled for 09.02.2015 but due to the meeting with the Forum on the same day, it was postponed to 20.02.15. At the outset we assured our full support and cooperation to him for all the initiatives taken by the Management for the revival of BSNL.

CMD informed that Management will be very tough on the non performers and clear message is already given to all Circles/SSAs. Tough measures will be initiated to bring accountability and easy-going /indiscipline will not be tolerated at all.

On merger of SSAs, Assn told CMD that this move should not further concentrate the power and decision making. CMD informed that as a first step, the HR, Finance and planning activities in few Circles only will be centralised and the performance monitored for one year. If it is found effective, it will be implemented in other Circles also. The operations and related activities will remain with the concerned SSAs.

 

Finalization of standard Pay scales of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO and equivalent cadre w.e.f 01.01.2007: Assn explained the whole issue to the new CMD  - assurance given in 2012 and Joint committee formation, rejection of E1A and E2A proposal by DoT, reiteration of implementations of standard pay scales by DPE in December/2012, assurance given to the Assn in March-Sept, 2014, rejection of E1A and E2A proposal by DPE in July, 2014 etc. The JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres which are the backbone of the company is not having pay scales for the last 8 years. There is a difference of Rs 3800/ between the basic pay of a JTO recruited prior to 01.01.2007 and after 01.01.2007.

CMD surprised to see that the pay scales of the JTO and SDE cadres are not finalised for 8 years even after clear instructions and rejection of the E1A and E2A proposal by the DPE/DoT and the committee is not deliberating and finalizing its recommendations as per the mandate given to it. Assn pointed out that in order to further delay the process, MTNL pension issue is unnecessary raised now which is no way connected with the pay revision w.e.f 01.01.2007. CMD assured that he will discuss the matter with DIR(HR) and ensure that the committee concludes its report and a final decision is taken. We hope that CMD and DIR(HR) will take a final call on E2, E3 pay scales sine E1A and E2A scales are repeatedly rejected by DPE and DoT.

 

Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: GS told CMD that as on today JTO to SDE promotion, SDE to DE promotion and DE to DGM promotions are under litigation and Management is not able to fillup the vacancies. The entire promotions based on existing seniority lists from JTO to DGM are blocked. Being that the ground reality, the rationale behind the HR wings move even to stop the “proposal to give time bound promotion upto AGM level without consideration of vacancy” is not known. Is the HR wing have any other proposal to give promotion to the executives from JTO to DGM without any hurdle other than this? We don’t want to here again and again that promotions cannot be done due to court cases. Assn clearly told that nothing less than this proposal is acceptable to us and Management has to reconsider its decision to restrict Time bound promotion without consideration of vacancy” only upto SDE level. CMD assured us to examine the matter before implementation.

 

30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees: Assn explained the status of the issue. CMD informed that the Management is aware of the issue and some proposal is under consideration. Assn told CMD that the proposal under consideration is not going to solve the problem and requested to work out a reasonable solution to the issue after discussion with all stake holders since just like pay scale issue, the affected employees are losing the pension benefits for years together, from 2007.

 

CMD had a patient hearing for an hour and we got the right opportunity to draw his attention to some of the major HR issues. This is the first time we got such an opportunity to discuss the HR issues with the CMD. We hope that CMD will take appropriate action and initiative to resolve these issues as he understood that these issues are to be resolved in order to motivate the employees.

21-02-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

GS Com K. Sebastin, CHQ President Com G L Jogi and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 20.02.2015 and held discussions for about one hour on issues related to revival of BSNL and HR issues. Initially the meeting was scheduled for 09.02.2015 but due to the meeting with the Forum on the same day, it was postponed to 20.02.15. At the outset we assured our full support and cooperation to him for all the initiatives taken by the Management for the revival of BSNL.

CMD informed that Management will be very tough on the non performers and clear message is already given to all Circles/SSAs. Tough measures will be initiated to bring accountability and easy-going /indiscipline will not be tolerated at all.

On merger of SSAs, Assn told CMD that this move should not further concentrate the power and decision making. CMD informed that as a first step, the HR, Finance and planning activities in few Circles only will be centralised and the performance monitored for one year. If it is found effective, it will be implemented in other Circles also. The operations and related activities will remain with the concerned SSAs.

 

Finalization of standard Pay scales of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO and equivalent cadre w.e.f 01.01.2007: Assn explained the whole issue to the new CMD  - assurance given in 2012 and Joint committee formation, rejection of E1A and E2A proposal by DoT, reiteration of implementations of standard pay scales by DPE in December/2012, assurance given to the Assn in March-Sept, 2014, rejection of E1A and E2A proposal by DPE in July, 2014 etc. The JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres which are the backbone of the company is not having pay scales for the last 8 years. There is a difference of Rs 3800/ between the basic pay of a JTO recruited prior to 01.01.2007 and after 01.01.2007.

CMD surprised to see that the pay scales of the JTO and SDE cadres are not finalised for 8 years even after clear instructions and rejection of the E1A and E2A proposal by the DPE/DoT and the committee is not deliberating and finalizing its recommendations as per the mandate given to it. Assn pointed out that in order to further delay the process, MTNL pension issue is unnecessary raised now which is no way connected with the pay revision w.e.f 01.01.2007. CMD assured that he will discuss the matter with DIR(HR) and ensure that the committee concludes its report and a final decision is taken. We hope that CMD and DIR(HR) will take a final call on E2, E3 pay scales sine E1A and E2A scales are repeatedly rejected by DPE and DoT.

 

Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: GS told CMD that as on today JTO to SDE promotion, SDE to DE promotion and DE to DGM promotions are under litigation and Management is not able to fillup the vacancies. The entire promotions based on existing seniority lists from JTO to DGM are blocked. Being that the ground reality, the rationale behind the HR wings move even to stop the “proposal to give time bound promotion upto AGM level without consideration of vacancy” is not known. Is the HR wing have any other proposal to give promotion to the executives from JTO to DGM without any hurdle other than this?  Assn clearly told that nothing less than this proposal is acceptable to us and Management has to reconsider its decision to restrict Time bound promotion without consideration of vacancy” only upto SDE level. CMD assured us to examine the matter before implementation.

 

30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees: Assn explained the status of the issue. CMD informed that the Management is aware of the issue and some proposal is under consideration. Assn told CMD that the proposal under consideration is not going to solve the problem and requested to work out a reasonable solution to the issue after discussion with all stake holders since just like pay scale issue, the affected employees are losing the pension benefits for years together, from 2007.

 

CMD had a patient hearing for an hour and we got the right opportunity to draw his attention to some of the major HR issues. This is the first time we got such an opportunity to discuss the HR issues with the CMD. We hope that CMD will take appropriate action and initiative to resolve these issues as he understood that these issues are to be resolved in order to motivate the employees.

19-02-2015

Meeting with ED(CN) on issues related to ETR: GS and AGS met Sri M. C. Choube, ED(CN) and discussed the network issues related to ETR and frequent failure of transmission network in Eastern region due to road widening work.

Yesterday also media failure was there at Kolkatta route and it has become a routine one. Few months back CS/WB, CS/CTD and the comrades of WB/CTD alongwith CHQ leaders met ED(CN) and discussed the issue in detail. Assn submitted a detailed report to ED(CN) suggesting to hire fibre from Rail Tel or PGCL till the OF cable laying work is completed. Based on the proposal, BSNLCO written to CGM/ETR for a detailed report and recommendation for hiring of fibre with justification (see letter).

ED(CN) informed that after the discussion with the Assn, BSNLCO initiated series of actions to improve the transmission network. As an interim measure STM16 bandwidth hired from PGCL for Kolkatta – Patna and Kolkatta – Ranchi routes. Further, Patna directly connected to New Delhi and Mumbai. Now the proposal is under process to hire bandwidth from PGCL for Kolkatta- Bhuvaneswar, Kolkatta- Guwahati and Jamshedpur-Ranchi routes. This will further improve the availability of media in and around Kolkatta.

Letter from BSNLCO to ETR

10-02-2015

Meeting with CMD and Board of Directors of BSNL on the issues of BSNL revival and “SAVE BSNL, SAVE NATION” campaign.

Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations had a detailed meeting for more than 3 hours with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL, Sri A. N. Rai, DIR(EB & HR) and Sri. N. K. Gupta, DIR(CFA & CM) on the charter of demands for indefinite strike from 17th March, 2015. Smt Sujata Ray, ED(Fin), Sr GM(SR) etc also present in the meeting.

This was the first meeting of the Forum with the new CMD, Sri Anupam Shrivastava.

Detailed discussion held on various agenda items. On new HR plan and staffing norms, a draft HR plan will be circulated to Forum for opinion. On staffing norms, further discussions will continue before taking a final decision. On 30% superannuation benefit, BSNL Management agreed to reconsider the proposal of 3% contribution towards pension fund. We will have further discussion with management on these issues to have maximum contribution from the management side.

09-02-2015

Meeting with CMD and Board of Directors of BSNL on the issues of BSNL revival and “SAVE BSNL, SAVE NATION” campaign.

Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations had a detailed meeting for more than 3 hours with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL, Sri A. N. Rai, DIR(EB & HR) and Sri. N. K. Gupta, DIR(CFA & CM) on the charter of demands for indefinite strike from 17th March, 2015. Smt Sujata Ray, ED(Fin), Sr GM(SR) etc also present in the meeting.

This was the first meeting of the Forum with the new CMD, Sri Anupam Shrivastava.

Detailed discussion held on various agenda items. On new HR plan and staffing norms, a draft HR plan will be circulated to Forum for opinion. On staffing norms, further discussions will continue before taking a final decision. On 30% superannuation benefit, BSNL Management agreed to reconsider the proposal of 3% contribution towards pension fund. We will have further discussion with management on these issues to have maximum contribution from the management side.

15-01-2015

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on 14.01.2015:

GS and CHQ President met Sri Rakesh Gargh, Sec/DoT and discussed the following issues:

A) 3G ICR pact by private operators and its impact on BSNL: Both GS and President explained the issue in detail to Sec/DoT. The case was originated as a result of the petition filed by SNEA in the Hon Delhi HC. The 3G ICR pact affects BSNL business. Also BSNL is forced to pay pan India spectrum charges, about 5000 Crores excess of other operators paid. BSNL invested huge money for infrastructure also but the other operators are providing services without having a network and no investment for network expansion. In the case of TDSAT verdict, Sri Kuldeep Singh is having conflict of interest since he has already taken a stand as CMD/DIR(OP), MTNL that 3G roaming is correct and called for tender for 3G roaming pact with other operators. Assn requested to bring these facts before the Hon SC during pleadings.

B)  Pension contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale as per DoPT order dated 19.11.2009: Assn pointed out that the orders of the nodal agency DoPT to implement the order on pension contribution w.e.f 01.01.2006 is not implemented in case of BSNL absorbed employees. Administrative Ministry DoT forcing BSNL to continue to pay pension contribution on maximum of the pay scale and BSNL is forced to pay about Rs 300 Crores in excess as pension contribution per year. DoPT vide letter dated 24.04.2014 communicated to the Assn that the pension contribution is regulated as per the order dated 19.11.2009. After detailed discussion, Sec/DoT told us to give a note in this regard.

C)  BSNL and MTNL merger: Assn requested Sec/DoT to address the contentious issues before a decision is taken on merger. The huge market liability of Rs 11,000 Crores for MTNL will sink BSNL also if it is merged with BSNL without taking over the liability by the Govt. Issues like Seniority, pay disparity, pay scales and disinvest of MTNL etc to be addressed before a final decision is taken. Sec/DoT assured that these issues will be taken care before a decision is taken on merger.

D) Appointment of CMD and Directors for BSNL: Assn requested to fill up the vacant posts of CMD and Board of Directors in BSNL as a first step towards revival of BSNL. Since CMD and many Board member posts are lying vacant, policy decisions and initiatives are delaying in BSNL.  

15-01-2015

Meeting with Sr GM(SR): GS and President met Sri Shameem Akhtar, Sr GM(SR) and held discussions on the pending issues related to membership verification like provision for a settlement on policy issues which strengthens the relations between Management and recognised Assn and end multiplicity of Assns, no of office bearers of Assn at Circle level and collection of fund other than subscription from the members. Sr GM(SR) assured that he will try to discuss these issues again in the Committee.

On membership verification, Sr GM informed that CMD already interacted with CGM/KTK and as per direction of CMD an early hearing application is moved for early hearing disposal of the case which may come at any time. The case is already come back to the original bench. 

31-12-2014

Meeting with CMD/BSNL on E2, E3 pay scale and membership verification: 

GS, CHQ President and AGS Com Dahiya met Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL and held discussions on the above issues.

Assn told CMD that first time after the formation of Joint Committee, a brief meeting on E2, E3 pay scale issue was held on 17.11.2014. In that meeting Chairman and others inclined to consider E2, E3 scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO alone which will settle the issues of JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008 and later recruits and the non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A if cascading effect is not there. The demand for cascading effect of pay scales upto E7 scale has been referred to CMD by the Chairman as it is not part of the original terms of reference of the committee.

CMD informed that such HR issues are not at all clearing by the Board as DoT is taking tough stand on HR issues. He suggested to consider the issue in the next pay revision in 2017. All these issues can be projected before the 3rd PRC and solution can be found. To meet the pay loss issue, 5 increments also given to the JTO/JAOs, CMD informed. The pension contribution issue also not agreed by DoT to finalise the pay sales.

Assn very strongly pleaded that BSNL cannot approach the 3rd PRC with non standard pay scales and as on today, the pay scales of JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs, the basic cadres are not finalized. So at least the revised pay scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO replacing E1A and E2A to be finalized soon. It cannot be postponed further. Assn also pleaded that it was agreed in March 2014 that in case DPE not agreeing for E1A and E2A and pension contribution issue is not resolved, the possibility of extending standard pay scales of E2, E3 for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO alone will be considered. So atleast this portion has to be settled immediately.  

Finally CMD agreed to consider the proposal and informed that he will direct the Chairman accordingly.

It is understood that Estt wing moved a file to DIR/CMD regarding terms of reference of the Committee as suggested by the Chairman. But surprisingly it contains some other very negative information regarding MTNL pension issue and reference on cabinet decision on MTNL issue to bring parity in MTNL pay scales with that of BSNL and in that case whether E2, E3 can be considered now or not without the clearance from DoT since it is a cabinet decision. What is the motive of such a negative note to CMD when Chairman instructed to refer only the terms of reference to CMD is not known. Other Assns also may be aware of this development. Assn is committed to ensure that JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 (2007, 2008, 2010 etc) is placed in the standard pay scales of E2 and SDE/AOs in E3 scale.

On settling the issues of E2, E3 pay scales which will give relief to the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 especially the 2007 and 2008 batch JTOs and 2010 JAO/ SRD JTOs and meet our demand for standard pay scales for the basic cadres which are facing demotion. We are in touch with other Assns in UF and awaiting the response from them. We hope that they also will respond positively to the issue of the basic cadres and especially that of the JTOs of 2007, 2008 and 2010 JAO/JTOs and they cannot take a negative stand on this important issue of standard pay scales of E2, E3 especially for JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008, 2010 etc. The 3rd PRC is going to be formed shortly, so we have to settle the issue without further delay.

If the response from Management is not positive, we have to start the agitation which we deferred. We are watching the developments on other issues also.

On membership verification, Assn requested to expedite the court case at Banglore. It is not handled properly by the Management. On the issues to be resolved, Assn requested CMD to make necessary changes in the rules namely provision for a settlement with the recognized Assn which distinguishes the recognized Assn from other Assns, keeping the no of office-bearers at Circle level as 15 and provision for collection of fund as decided by the competent forums. Meanwhile Assn demanded to restore all the trade union facilities extended to SNEA(I) in 2004 as verification process is taking time. By May, 2015, almost one year it is going to complete after the initiation of verification process. CMD immediately spoken to GM(SR) and directed him to examine the status of court case and other issues raised by the Assn for modification and brief him.

25-12-2014

Congratulations to one and all!

As assured by the CMD and DIR(CFA) to the CHQ leaders during the indefinite fast at BSNL Corporate office from 22.09.2014 to 25.09.2014, BSNL Corporate Office finally issued clear instructions to CGMT, Kerala Circle vide letter dated 17.12.2014 settling almost all the vindictive actions initiated by him after the agitation in June - July, 2014.

1. Dies-non cases wherein leave application are submitted in advance shall be sanctioned and the issue to be settled once for all.

2. The transfer orders of three Association Office bearers from Circle Office to be cancelled.

3. Transfer from Kannur is to be kept under abeyance till 31.03.2015.
We express our sincere thanks to CMD/BSNL, DIR(CFA), GM(NWO-CFA), GM(SR) and GM(Pers), BSNLCO.

It is also important that those opposed the struggle of SNEA(I) few months back has now realized the genuiness of the issues raised by SNEA(I) and prevailing in Kerala circle on service and HR front as vindicated in the letter dated 12.12.2014 addressed to CGMT/Kerala, by the Joint Forum of BSNL Unions/Assns.

Congratulations to all the comrades of SNEA(I) in different Circles who stood with the comrades of Kerala Circles during the period of agitation and afterwards.

Instructions from BSNLCO

25-12-2014

Meeting with GM(Pers) on 24.12.14: GS and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met GM(Pers) and held discussions on

a)   JTO to SDE promotion: Discussed the progress in collections of two years additional ACRs, pending VCs etc. After discussion it was decided that since the response from Circles on ACR and VC is not encouraging, final schedule to bring the ACRs to BSNLCO will be given in a couple of days by fixing the dates in the 2nd week of January for each Circle. The missing ACR and VC list also will be published.

Committee meeting on Pay fixation during officiating promotion. Due to the transfer of two of the committee members including the Chairman from BSNLCO, delay is occurring in arranging the meeting. After discussion with both of them, now the committee meeting is fixed in the 2nd week of January. This may be the last meeting.

23-12-2014

Meeting with Sri K. D. Tripathi, Secretary DPE on 22.12.2014: Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V. K. Thomar, President/NCOA, Com K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA(I) and other NCOA leaders met Sri K. D. Tripathi, Secretary DPE and held detailed discussions on the following issues related to the Executives in CPSUs:

a)        Constitution of 3rd Pay Revision committee, b) merger of 50% IDA, c) monitoring the implementation of various guidelines issued by DPE on 30% superannuation, pension, corpus fund etc, d) Review of PRP, pay revision for sick PSUs, e) revival of sick PSUs, f) issues related to women Executives in CPSU and guidelines, g) NPA etc.

Secretary DPE informed that the proposal for constitution of new Pay revision committee is already processed with the approval of Hon Minister and send to PMO. Final decision has to be taken by Union Cabinet. On 50% IDA merger, the proposal will be considered when similar action is taken in case of Central Govt employees. On other issues, Sec/DPE sought more feed back so that DPE can take further steps. Sri A. K. Pavadia, Jt Sec/DPE was also present in the meeting.

21-12-2014

Meeting with CMD / BSNL: CHQ president, AGS, Com Dahiya, CS/TN and CS/BSNL CO met CMD on 19-12-2014 and conveyed strongest resentment of the Association because of deliberate failure of BSNL Management to let allow private operators to have a free go in the Supreme Court in the 3G ICR case since BSNL was not represented and naturally Supreme Court did not stay the operation of TDSAT judgement to allow private operators to offer 3G services through illegitimate ICR pacts. Even though DOT pleaded for interim injunction on the operation of the TDSAT Judgement, but it did not cut much ice with the Court since 3G business of BSNL is adversely impacted through such illegitimate policy breaches. This plea cannot be put forth by DOT since it is a licensor/policy enforcer and it has to restrict its arguments to policy breaches. BSNLs 3G business is impacted and violation of this breach of policy is affecting 3G business of BSNL only. BSNL had exclusive locus standi to pitch this argument but since it was not represented, Supreme Court did not stay order of TDSAT and private operators had naturally a free run which was facilitated by BSNL Management, we informed CMD.
We also informed CMD that critical Regulatory Mechanism in BSNL is collapsed and is non-existent today. Immediate action needs to be taken to put in place a very robust and lively Regulatory Mechanism to take care of critical and very intricate regulatory issues which have become extremely significant and relevant in present day telecom scenario, we urged upon CMD. It is really very sad and unfortunate that BSNL, which once had a very tough and viable regulatory mechanism to defend its interests in various Courts, today has nothing like regulation, we apprised CMD. CMD assured that he would act immediately on this important issue.

21-12-2014

Meeting with Director (CM): CHQ president, AGS Com Dahiya, CS/TN and CS/BSNL CO met Director(CM) on 19-12-2014 and conveyed to him also serious resentment of the Association over the lapse of BSNL Management in not defending 3G ICR case in Supreme Court and thereby allowing private operators to have their way on such an important issue. We reminded Director(CM) that, since 90% of the regulatory issues pertain to CM wing, it was prime responsibility of Director(CM) to ensure that a very robust regulatory mechanism exists to defend policy and regulatory issues in various courts. We also reminded him that on several occasions in the past, this Association requested his intervention on this important issue but nothing really happened.

Finally, we once again urged upon him to take action on war footing to put in place a very formidable and sound Regulatory Mechanism in the Company since more than 90% of regulatory issues relate to wireless segment. We also suggested that Regulatory wing of BSNL should be under direct control of Director (CM). We were assured of a very quick response.  

05-12-2014

Meeting with Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL: GS Com K. Sebastin and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met CMD, BSNL and discussed about the long pending HR issues to be cleared in the next BSNL Board meeting scheduled for 09.12.2014.

GS requested CMD to get the proposal of a) JTO RR 2014 for regularizing the offtg JTOs and reducing the qualifying service to 5 years for the LICE from TTA to JTO, b) diversion of 336 CAO posts (25% of sanctioned posts) to regular promotion quota in STS cadre in Accounts & Finance wing, c) amendment in the BSNLMS RRs for opening promotional avenues to the Diploma holders in Civil / Electrical / Arch wing to STS grade and bringing parity with other streams and d) E1+5 increment for the SRD JTOs, PA, PS, JTO(TF) etc.

CMD assured that all possible steps will be taken to clear the proposals and for that purpose, senior officers in BSNL are directed to meet the  Govt Directors in DoT and brief them about different proposals in advance.

04-12-2014

Meeting with Sri Anupam Srivastava, DIR(CM):

GS and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met DIR(CM) and discussed about Mobile expansion, tender for the SIMs etc: On Mobile expansion DIR(CM) informed that discussion is going on with M/s ZTE for 50% add on quantity on phase VII tender itself. If it is materialised, it will be sufficient to meet the immediate requirements.

For long terms expansion, Phase VIII is planned in four stages. In the first stage, focus will be given on Wi-Fi hot spots in all major locations. In the second stage, focus will be on data service and core equipment expansion like GGSN, SGSN will be taken up. In the 3rd stage, sharing of active infra like BTS with other operators will be taken up so that coverage can be increased without much capital investment. In the fourth stage, focus will be for expansion of mobile network in the locations which are not covered by sharing etc.

On SIM tender, the tender called by BSNLCO is cancelled due to vigilance complaint. After this, Circles are directed to go for limited tender for immediate requirement. To facilitate this, the financial power of CGM is increased from 2.5 lakhs to 25 lakhs.

20-11-2014

Meeting with GM(Estt): GS and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met GM(Estt) and held discussions on a) issuing guidelines on fixation of seniority among the JTOs who are eligible for different vacancy years in the last TTA to JTO LICE and b) allowing option to the JAO 2010 batch for pay fixation as per 2nd PRC beyond 07.05.2010, the cutoff date.

 

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met GM(Pers) and held discussions on issued related to soft tenure stations and cancelling the transfer orders of Executives working in soft tenure places in AP, PB and HP Circles. After discussion GM(Pers) assured that remaining orders also will be issued soon.

 

DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Reg) VC for 27 DGMs received from CVO office. Promotion orders will be processed soon.

26-10-2014

Meeting with Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL on 24.10.2014: GS Com K Sebastin met CMD/ BSNL and discussed modification on DE promotions. Modification based on seniority to the Circles having large no of vacancies, above 57 years age cases and remaining medical cases where discussed. CMD assured to consider the cases next week.

22-10-2014

Meeting with Sri V. Umashankar, Jt Sec(T), DoT: GS Com K Sebastin met Sri V. Umashankar, JS(T) on 22.10.2014 and held discussions on the following subject:

a) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO etc: 

Since DPE rejected the proposal of E1A and E2A, Assn requested to implement the standard pay scales of E2 and E3. Those young JTO/JAOs joined after 01.01.2007 facing huge difference in pay comparing to their seniors and this demoralizes them at the beginning of their career. Further at the time of their recruitment, they were offered E1A pay scale which is likely to be revived upwards, but once they joined in BSNL, they were demoted to E1 scale. For the revival of BSNL, motivation of this young comrades are very much required. JS(T) concurred with our views and opined that they should not be de-motivated at all and everything possible to motivate the young recruits should be considered.

b) Status of merger of BSNL and MTNL: JS(T) informed that the issue is under the active consideration of the Govt and discussion is going on at different levels. Assn pointed out that contentious issues like market liability of MTNL, disinvestment of MTNL and HR issues are to be addressed first before taking any final decision. JS(T) informed that now the market liability of MTNL has come down to Rs 10,000 Crores after the recent financial assistance and it has to be addressed by Govt along with other issues.

c) Pension revision w.e.f 01.01.2017: GS told JS(T) that DPE is finalizing the terms of reference of 3rd PRC and the pension revision of BSNL absorbed employees also to be made part of the terms of reference as decided by the union cabinet. JS(T) directed DIR(PSU-I) to verify the cabinet decision and immediately take up with DPE for inclusion of pension revision also an item on the terms of reference.

d) Support to BSNL in lieu of VRS: The proposal of financial assistance to BSNL in lieu of VRS (50% of the salary of the targeted employees of about 70,000) for the next 10 years in a diminishing way is under the active consideration of Hon Union Finance Minister. Dept of Expenditure agreed with the proposal but Dept of Economic Affairs having reservations on the proposal. Hon Fin Minister has to take the Final decision.

22-10-2014

Meeting with GM(FP): GS and AGS Com Arvind Dahiya met GM(FP) on 22.10.2014 and held discussions on:

a)  JAO to AO promotion: Management is trying to find some way out to complete the DPC and issue promotion orders. The court order and the SC/ST reservation issues complicating the whole matters. Assn pleaded for considering all the vacancies so that maximum eligible JAOs can be promoted as AOs. Association requested to issue the promotion orders keeping the interest of the SC/ST comrades also.

b) CAO(Adhoc) to CAO (Regular) promotion: The DPC for around 400 vacancies completed. The minutes of the DPC will be signed most probably today. The promotion orders will be issued at the earliest after getting the approval of the DPC minutes and promotion orders from the competent authority. The promotion order will be for around 350 nos as VC for the remaining cases not yet received. Assn assured to arrange the remaining VCs at the earliest.

c) DGM(Regular) promotion: We extended our sincere gratitude for completing the DPC and issuing the DGM(Regular) promotion orders.

d) Committee meeting on extending 30% fitment to 2010 JAOs: Few meetings held but didn’t come to any conclusion on the issue. Finance wing is very positive on the issue. Assn strongly pleaded for the settlement of the issue positively by extending 30% fitment to the JAOs of 2010 batch also.

e) Extension of 5 increments for JAOs: The positive proposal is approved by BSNL Management committee along other cadres and under the consideration of BSNL Board.

22-10-2014

Meeting with GM(FP): GS and AGS Com Arvind Dahiya met GM(FP) on 22.10.2014 and held discussions on:

 

a)    JAO to AO promotion: Management is trying to find some way out to complete the DPC and issue promotion orders. The court order and the SC/ST reservation issues complicating the whole matters. Assn pleaded for considering all the vacancies so that maximum Assn requested to issue the promotion orders keeping the interest of the SC/ST comrades also.

b)  CAO(Adhoc) to CAO (Regular) promotion: The DPC for around 400 vacancies completed. The minutes of the DPC will be signed most probably today. The promotion orders will be issued at the earliest after getting the approval of the DPC minutes and promotion orders from the competent authority. The promotion order will be for around 350 nos as VC for the remaining cases not yet received. Assn assured to arrange the remaining VCs at the earliest.

c)   DGM(Regular) promotion: We extended our sincere gratitude for completing the DPC and issuing the DGM(Regular) promotion orders.

d)        Committee meeting on extending 30% fitment to 2010 JAOs: Few meetings held but didn’t come to any conclusion on the issue. Finance wing is very positive on the issue.

e) Extension of 5 increments for JAOs: The positive proposal is approved by BSNL Management committee along other cadres and under the consideration of BSNL Board.

22-10-2014

Meeting with Sri R. K. Goyal, GM(Estt): GS and both AGSs met GM(Estt) on 21.10.2014 and held discussions on E2, E3 pay scale. GM(Estt) informed that the informal meeting of the official members of the joint committee could not materialize last week as Sri M C Choube, ED(CN) was busy. The meeting will be held mostly next week, after Deepavali holidays.

22-10-2014

Meeting with Sri R. K. Goyal, GM(Estt): GS and both AGSs met GM(Estt) on 21.10.2014 and held discussions on E2, E3 pay scale. GM(Estt) informed that the informal meeting of the official members of the joint committee could not materialize last week as Sri M C Choube, ED(CN) was busy. The meeting will be held mostly next week, after Deepavali holidays.

22-10-2014

Meeting with Sri Neeraj Verma, GM(SR): GS and both AGSs met GM(SR) on 21.10.2014 and held discussions on the committee meeting on officiating pay fixation. GS demanded for a meeting with the committee to explain the issue to the committee members. GM(SR) who is the chairman of the committee agreed to the proposal. On the issue GM(SR) informed that the committee requires some concrete cases where due to pay fixation, pay had been reduced.

Assn already reeived such cases from PB, CHTD and KRL Circles. Other CSs are requested to arrange the details, at least one each with pay fixation / recovery order copies to submit to the committee.

 

Meeting with Sri S S Aggarwal, GM(Pers): GS and both AGSs met GM(Pers) on 21.10.2014 and discussed Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation in addition to modification of DE postings.

Meeting with Sri Deepak Aggarwal, Addl GM(Pers): GS and both AGSs met GM(Pers) on 21.10.2014 and discussed the following issues in addition to modification of DE postings. a) Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation, b) Filing MA in the Hon CAT, Ernakulam in JTO to SDE promotion case.

09-10-2014

Meeting with GM (Pers): Our AGS Com. Vivek Wankhede met Sh. S S. Agarwal, GM (Pers) on 8th Oct 14 and discussed on the issues:

1.  Regarding consideration of filing MA in JTO to SDE case in Hon CAT, Ernakulam: association requested to consider for filing the MA application in JTO to SDE case, if the case is not heard on 9th Oct 2014 and plead for permission to conduct the DPC and issue promotion orders. Association expressed its concern over the long delay and officials are waiting for more than 18 years for the promotion. GM assured of early action in this regard.

2. Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation: Assn pointed out that this issue also delayed so much and complete the procedures at the earliest. GM (Pers) informed that the meeting will be held on 15th October 14.

3. Modifications on regular AGM promotions: As per earlier discussion with GM (Pers) for modification in regular promotions to AGM and assured by him to consider cases after 7th Oct, association reminded to consider the cases. We are waiting for the joining dates of the executives who have joined and the Pers section is working on it. We will consider the modifications once the reports are received.

4.  Transfer of Executives from BSNLCO to other circles and vice-a versa: association once again pointed out that there are pending cases to be considered from BSNLCO to other circles and vice a versa, GM (Pers) assured of suitable action in this regard, at the earliest.

    JAO to AO DPC: Meeting with Chief Liaison Officer: Both AGS Com. Vivek Wankhede and Com. Arvind Dahiya met CLO Sh. Ram Shakal in order to expedite the DPC process from JAO to AO. CLO assured of full cooperation and support on the issue. He said that the interest of the SC/ST officials will be taken care.

01-10-2014

Meeting with CMD/BSNL Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc: GS Com K Sebastin and AGS Vivek Wankhede met Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL on 30.09.2014 and held discussions on implementation of E2, E3 pay scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO etc. Since DPE rejected the intermediary pay scale of E1A and E2A and DoP has relied to us that pension contribution from BSNL absorbed employees also covered by the same DOPT order, Assn requested to initiate immediate action to implement the standard pay scales. CMD told us that detailed discussion can be held after the holidays in this regard.

Since discussions are going on at different levels on various demands, the notice for next programme of trade union action will be decided as per the outcome of the discussions.

01-10-2014

Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO etc: GS Com K Sebastin and AGSs Com Arvind Dahiya and Vivek Wankhede met Sri M. C. Choube, ED(CN) and Chairman of the Joint committee and other committee members Smt Smitha Choudhary, GM(EF), Sri Deepak Aggarwal, Addl GM(Pers) on 30.09.2014 and held discussions on implementation of E2, E3 pay scales as DPE rejected the intermediary pay scale of E1A and E2A and DoP has relied to us that pension contribution from BSNL absorbed employees also covered by the same DOPT order. Since E1A and E2A pay scales are rejected only way to resolve the issues is to replace E1A with E2 and E2A with E3 as done by other CPSUs since the pay scale cannot be reduced from E2A and E1A. This discussion was in continuation to the discussions with GM(SR) during the last agitation.

01-10-2014

Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO etc: GS Com K Sebastin and AGSs Com Arvind Dahiya and Vivek Wankhede met Sri M. C. Choube, ED(CN) and Chairman of the Joint committee and other committee members Smt Smitha Choudhary, GM(EF), Sri Deepak Aggarwal, Addl GM(Pers) on 30.09.2014 and held discussions on implementation of E2, E3 pay scales as DPE rejected the intermediary pay scale of E1A and E2A and DoP has relied to us that pension contribution from BSNL absorbed employees also covered by the same DOPT order. Since E1A and E2A pay scales are rejected only way to resolve the issues is to replace E1A with E2 and E2A with E3 as done by other CPSUs since the pay scale cannot be reduced from E2A and E1A. This discussion was in continuation to the discussions with GM(SR) during the last agitation.

29-09-2014

Meeting with GM(Estt): GS and AGS Com Vivek Wankhade met Sri R. K. Goyal, GM(Estt) on 29.09.2014 and discussed implementation of standard pay scales. After discussion, GM(Estt) informed that based on the inputs given by the Association and the rejection of E1A and E2A proposal by DPE, the matter will be first discussed within Management after the holidays. Based on that discussion, further discussion will be held with the Assns.

29-09-2014

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS and AGS Com Vivek Wankhade met Sri S. S Aggarwal, GM(Pers) on 29.09.2014 and discussed:

a)         Retention in DE promotion: Assn strongly demanded for retention in CHTD, MH, KTK and TN Circles as per seniority, considering age 57 plus cases, re-allotment to AP from STR, medical cases and modification of Circles of choice. GM(Pers) informed that the matter has been discussed with CMD/BSNL also and considering the shortage in different Circles, it will not be possible for much modification. However when we insisted, GM(Pers) agreed to discuss further with CMD on 57 plus cases. Medical cases will be considered after 01st October for those who are not joined yet. Modification from one Circle to another Circle also will be considered along with that.

b)        Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation: Assn pointed out that this issue also delayed so much and complete the procedures at the earliest. GM(Pers) informed that the meeting will be held in 3rd week after the Parliamentary committee meeting on 13.10.14.

c)         Filing MA in Hon CAT, Ernakulam: Assn requested BSNL to file an MA pleading for permission to conduct the DPC and issue promotion orders. The case is posted for 09.10.14, but it is not sure whether division bench will be available on that day or not.

26-09-2014

Meeting with ED(Finance): GS, CHQ President and Com M. Gopinathan, CS/TN Circle met Smt Sujata Ray and discussed the following issues:

a)         30% superannuation benefits to BSNL Recruits. Assn requested Madam to finalize the proposal at the earliest keeping in mind, the welfare of the employees as this is the only social security measure for them after retirement so that Management can take a decision on the matter at the earliest.

b)        DPC from JAO to AO: Assn requested to expedite the DPC for all the vacancies:

It is understood that yesterday, there was a big demand from BSNLEU and NFTE in the National Council on the issue of 30% superannuation benefit in which CMD assured them an early action. In addition to the persuasion by ourselves, we are in touch with BSNLEU and NFTE on this crucial issue.  

17-09-2014

GS, President, AGS Com Sankar Sanyal, CS/WB Circle Com Tapas Ghosh, CS/CTD Com Dilip saha, CP/CTD Com Nirmal Sarkar and other activists from WB and CTD met Sri Anupam Srivastava, DIR(CM), Sri N K. Gupta, DIR(CFA) and Sri M C Choube, ED(CN) on 09.09.2014 and held discussions on issues related with growth of West Bengal and Kolkata TD Circles.

Meeting with Sri Anupam Srivastava, DIR(CM) on 08.09.2014: Detailed discussions held for more than one hour on developmental issues. Our comrades made extensive study on the GSM services, BTS outage, revenue from BTSs, performance of franchisees, retailers and DSAs working in SSA/BTS wise, USO BTSs etc. Association suggested to make the retailers and franchises and DSAs more accountable to make them market and sell our product as now they are focusing only on top up business. Further to make each Executive and employees involve in the sales and marketing, “BRAMA”, a pilot project implemented in Kolkata SSA which is proposed to be extended to other SSAs also. In case of CTD, trans eqpt for increased bandwidth, requirement of battery for BTS, tower sharing, RF optimization etc discussed. DIR(CM) focused on tower sharing as it is having high potential.

Meeting with Sri N K. Gupta, DIR(CFA) on 09.09.2014: During the meeting with DIR(CFA) in which GM(BB) Sri Manikkam also present, the following issues discussed: a) requirement of 5 pair and higher size cable, b) strengthening the repair centre for  repairing C DoT cards by providing required infrastructure and sufficient fund available so that all types of C DoT cards can be repaired, at present vendor is not able to repair the cards and thousands of cards are not repaired for months together and c) being a lightning prone area, special fund allocation for improving the exchange earthing etc.
Meeting with Sri M C Choube, ED(CN) on 09.09.2014: Discussion held for more than one hour for the optical fibre network of Eastern region. A very good presentation of status of OF network of ETR especially under WB and CTD Circles made by the comrades of ETR to ED(CN). The discussion focused on the slow pace of OF project work by ETP, hiring of dark fibres from Rail Tel for one or two years for giving un-interrupted connectivity to South, West and East corridors. ED(CN) suggested to swap the fibre with Rail Tel as Rail Tel is demanding fibre from BSNL for NOFN project. For CTD additional ADM eqpt for bringing RSUs etc in ring, OF cable for bringing BTSs in ring etc discussed.

10-09-2014

Meeting with GM(FP): GS, President, AGS Com Sankar Sanyal, CS/WB Circle Com Tapas Ghosh, CS/CTD Com Dilip shah and other activists met GM(FP) on 09.09.2014 and held discussions on JAO to AO promotion. More than 1800 AO vacancies are available but there is a move to restrict the DPC for around 1500 vacancies leaving the vacancies of 2013-14. Some forces are working to restrict the promotions by keeping the 2010 batch JAOs out, but Management should not became part of this, Assn pointed out. Assn strongly demanded to complete the DPC for all the vacancy years including 2013-14 so that JAOs of 2010 batch also can get promotion.

06-09-2014

Meeting with CMD/BSNL: GS, President and Com George Varghese, CS/Kerala met Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL on 04.09.2014 and discussed the following issues:

a)  Implementing the written assurances given by CGMT/Kerala as part of settlement of the agitation: Assn informed CMD/BSNL that the agitations are called off after the intervention of BSNLCO and the assurances given by CMD. Further written assurances were given by CGMT/Kerala on various demands and assured that there will be no vindictive actions. However after the agitation, none of the assurances implemented. Instead of that CGMT started a series of vindictive actions like transferring of office-bearers and activists, implementing dies-non for the sanctioned leave period etc etc. Now one month passed and the Executives are getting agitated over the delay in implementation of the commitments. CMD assured again that he is aware of the facts and GM(SR) already briefed the situation in the morning. CMD informed that he already spoken to CGMT in the morning and directed to implement the commitments and clarifications sought from BSNLCO is will be given in a couple of days. On vindictive actions like transfers, he will speak to CGMT again.

b) Modifications/amendments in the Recognition Rules for Executives Association: GS requested to make necessary amendments like a) some mechanism of settlement of issues which make both sides binding, b) No of office-bearers at Circle level, c) three tier system at Metro Circles and d) collection of fund other than subscription. CMD agreed that the issues will be re-examined by the new Committee.  

06-09-2014

Meeting with GM(Estt): GS, President and Com George Varghese, CS/Kerala met Sri R. K. Goyal, GM(Estt) on 04.09.2014 and discussed the following issues:

a)   FR -35 restriction on officiating promotion to AD (OL)—case of Com Sangeetha Goyal ACS/Delhi Circle: Assn pointed out that the recent clarification issued by BSNLCO imposing FR-35 restriction on Officiating promotion to AD(OL) post from 1998 is wrong as the official satisfies all the eligibility conditions at the time of promotion. After discussion, GM(Estt) assured that the issue will be reviewed in view of the submissions made by the Association.

b)  Delay in approval of JTO RR 2014: Due to the delay the regularization of officiating JTOs and next LICE from TTA to JTO is delayed. GM(Estt) informed that the issues related to Executives not considered as the HR plan is not submitted to the BSNL Board.

c)   Special JTO rect for NE region, J&K and other shortage Circles: GM(Estt) told that another TTA rect is proposed and TTA rect will give more candidates from the local areas than the JTO rect and it will be the better option. Assn suggested to consider JTO rect to the Circles where sufficient no of eligible TTAs are not available for appearing in the LICE.

Rule 8 transfer of JTOs: Large no of JTOs completed more than 7 to 10 years are waiting for their Rule -8 transfers especially from WB, NE Circles, KTK, J&K etc including lady JTOs. Special attention is required to send these JTOs to their home Circles at the earliest. GM(Estt) informed that large no of Rule 8 cases were settled during LICE promotion as demanded by the Assn and remaining cases also will be considered.

09-08-2014

Meeting with Sri A. N Rai, CMD/BSNL: GS Com K Sebastin and President Com G L Jogi met Sri A. N Rai, CMD/BSNL on 08.08.2014 and held discussion. At the outset, CMD told that financial condition of the company is not good and every month, Corporate office is struggling to disburse the salaries and other expenses related to operations and maintenance. The external board members are not agreeing for any proposal involving financial implications to the company.

If the financial condition is not improved, the 3rd pay revision in 2017 will be a big question. If pay revision is not implemented, then BSNL employees will be treated as second class citizens (like ITI employees!). All should work together to ensure to avoid such situation in BSNL for the BSNL employees.

However Assn strongly pleaded that delay in resolution of some of the long pending HR issues like standard pay scales, 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees, promotions in different cadres etc will further demoralize the Executives. When company is looking forward for revival, the following HR issues to be resolved quickly which will boost the morale of the Executives and they will be contributing miraculously towards the growth of the company. Further the following issues discussed:

a)  Agitation programmes in Kerala Circle: Assn explained to CMD that most of the assurances given by the CGMT/KRL at the time of settlement is not yet implemented even after one week. Three weeks back, CMD informed us that the request transfer orders are approved, but till this date, the orders are not released even after the assurance of CMD. The vindictive actions initiated by the Management like die-non, show cause, charge sheet etc to be withdrawn as per the agreement. Since these confidence building measures are not started implementing, the field units are not come to the normal situation which effectively affecting the services. CMD assured to intervene in the matter.

b)  Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etd for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO etc: Assn explained that the BSNL proposal of E1A and E2A pay scale is rejected by DPE and DoT communicated the same to BSNL. As per the understanding reached during the last agitation and decisions of the meeting held on 19.03.2014, now the Joint committee has to work out the implementation of E2, E3 pay scales. After deliberations, CMD agreed to deliberate the matter in the committee further.

c)   30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruites: Assn pointed out that this issue is delayed for years together even after the agreement in June, 2012 with the Forum. The high level committee also didn’t deliberate the issue seriously. CMD informed that again the matter is referred back to the HLC which will be headed by new ED(Fin) and told us to have further discussions with HLC and ED(Fin).

d)   Promotion from JTO to SDE cadre and LDCE: The court case is now listed for 23.08.2014, Saturday to have final haring. Assn requested CMD to ensure the presence of senior lawyer on that day. The DPC related work also to be expedited. CMD agreed to instruct CGM/Kerala.

e) Promotion from SDE/Adhoc DE to DE Regular: Assn requested to complete the DPC at the earliest as VCs expiring by 3rd week. Since large no of transfers are involved, about 10% of VCs are not received so far. CMD assured to complete the DPC before expiry of the same.

f) Rule 8 transfers: Assn brought to the notice of CMD that even after JTO recruitment, Circles are not considering the Rule 8 transfers. Large no of JTOs including ladies are working in difficult areas including NE I, Assam, J&K etc and completed more than 5 to 8 years. Assn requested the intervention of CMD in this issue. CMD assured to examine the issue.

08-08-2014

Meeting with Sri S S Aggarwal, GM(Pers): GS Com K Sebastin, AGS Com Aravind Dahiya, CS/TN Com M Gopinathan and CT/TN Com Jayaraman met GM(Pers) on 06.08.2014 and discussed the following issues:

1)        JTO to SDE promotion. Assn explained the status of court case at Ernakulam. Since Hon CAT want to hear the case completely on a single day, fixed it for the first Saturday (working), 23.08.2014. Meanwhile it was agreed to complete the DPC work and VCs from all the Circles.

2)        SDE/Adhoc DE to DE Regular promotion: We informed about the VC status from different Circles and requested to complete the DPC for 2011-12 and 2012-13 by next week before the expiry of the VC and DPC for 2013-14 by this month end. In case VCs not received their case will be kept pending. GM(Pers) ascertained the status from DPC section also. After elaborate discussion, it is decided to make all efforts to complete the DPC before expiry of VC.

3)        DE to DGM promotion: The status of VC and ACR discussed. It is decided to expedite both ACRs and VC.

4)        Modification of transfer from Soft tenure places in AP and PB Circles: GM (Pers) informed that the proposal is under the consideration of todays MC meeting and once it is approved, necessary action will be taken to cancel the orders.

5)        Request transfers in SDE and DE cadre: After discussion, GM (Pers) agreed to consider the pending request transfer cases.

6)        Posting volunteers to ITPC, Pune etc: Volunteers are called by BSNLCO and Assn requested to issue the transfer orders. GM (Pers) told that posting to ITPC is not done as excess number of Executives are working in ITPC, much above the sanctioned strength. Action is initiated to regularize this by diversion of posts from other circles to ITPC by Estt section. Once this process is over, request to ITPC will be considered.

04-07-2014

Sharing of BTSs with other operators:

GS Com K Sebastin, President Com G L Jogi and AGS Com Arvind Pal Dahiya had some discussion with DIR (CM) Sri Anupam Shrivastava on sharing of BTSs with other operators on 03-07-14. DIR(CM) told that sharing of BTSs with other operators especially in rural and uneconomical areas is to be considered. According to him, those BTSs are to be shared where the traffic is less. In lieu of that, BSNL can share BTSs of other operators where we don’t have BTS or having coverage problem. This will improve the coverage, quality and presence as no of BTSs will increase and ultimately bring revenue also. Already other private operators are doing this and earning revenue and improved the coverage.

04-07-2014

GS and President met CMD/BSNL Sri A. N. Rai, DIR(CM) Sri Anupam Shrivastava and GM(SR) Sri Neeraj Verma on 03-07-2014 and requested immediate intervention on Kerala issue. CMD informed us that he has already instructed DIR (CFA) to resolve the issue at the earliest.

04-07-2014

GS and President met CMD/BSNL Sri A. N. Rai, DIR(CM) Sri Anupam Shrivastava and GM(SR) Sri Neeraj Verma on 03-07-2014 and requested immediate intervention on Kerala issue. CMD informed us that he has already instructed DIR (CFA) to resolve the issue at the earliest.

26-06-2014

Meeting with PGM(BW): GS and both AGSs met PGM(BW) Sri A. K. Gupta and discussed the following issues.

a) LDCE promotion from JTO(C) to SDE(C) and considering the request transfers in the cadre of SDE(C). Assn requested to issue the promotion orders at the earliest and consider all the request transfers along with the promotion orders. PGM assured that all the requests will be considered and BW section is trying to issue the promotion orders within a fortnight.

b)   SDE(C) to EE(C) promotion: The DPC is over and the proposal is sent to the competent authority for approval. Out of 72 vacancies, DPC for 48 completed as a first step and remaining posts will be filled after that.

c) Seniority list of JTOs: PGM informed that seniority list already available and after the promotions, the matter will be examined.

20-06-2014

Meeting with PS to Hon MoC&IT: GS Com K Sebastin, President Com G L Jogi and AGS Com V M Wankhede met PS to Hon MoC&IT at Shastribhavan and discussed issues related to viability of BSNL and important HR issues: PS to Hon MoC&IT invited the Assn to get the first hand information on the issues before the formal meeting with the Hon MoC&IT, next week.

20-06-2014

Meeting with Member(Services) on 78.2% IDA fitment to retirees: GS Com K Sebastin, President Com G L Jogi and AGS Com V M Wankhede met Sri S C Mishra, Member(S)  and requested him to expedite the matter. Member(S) informed us that some more details are to be received from DoT(Finance) so that the reply can be sent to DoE. He further told that he is in touch with concerned officers and Member(F) and monitoring the progress on a day to day basis.

20-06-2014

Meeting with Sr GM(CA) on EPF issue: GS Com K Sebastin, President Com G L Jogi and AGS Com V M Wankhede met Sri Rajeev Singh, Sr GM(CA), BSNLCO and discussed the issue of “Full pension” option in EPF for the BSNL recruited employees. Due to ignorance, all the employees opted “minimum pension” at the time of recruitment by default (no one given specific option for “Full pension” to EPF). Sr GM informed that BSNL is pursuing the issue with EPFO but so far no communication received from EPFO. Now it is suggested that the issue will be taken up at higher level once the new Govt settled in. The possibility of centralized payment of EPF also to be examined.

20-06-2014

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS Com K Sebastin and AGS Com V M Wankhede met Sri S S Aggarwal GM(Pers) and discussed:

a) Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation and protection of pay on implementation of TBP policy: After discussion, GM immediately spoken to the concerned officers to fix the next meeting. One of the committee member Sri K R Tiwari transferred out of BSNLCO, so another officer will be nominated before the meeting.

b) Modification on postings – medical cases: GM assured that the critical medical cases forwarded through proper channel will be processed shortly.

c) Modification in the SDE RR 2002 to address the shortcomings in the RR: GS requested to expedite the proposal as already the matter is pending for years together and large scale litigations are coming questioning the seniority. Now the issue is addressed by recent DoPT orders and while amending the RRs, appropriate provisions to be added in the RR. GM(Pers) informed that based on the feedback given by the Assns, the committee finalised the amendments and MC note will be prepared.

c) Scheme and syllabus for SDE(T): Since the revision of scheme is pending, the LDCEs are not able to notify by the Rect section. GM(Pers) informed that the committee constituted for the purpose submitted the recommendations with some changes but recommended to continue with two papers. Ass pointed out that the very purpose of constituting the committee was to examine the feasibility of having a single paper as the paper minimum for both papers made many posts vacant after each LDCE. GM(Pers) told that the committee is of the opinion that this will compromise on the merit as the knowledge of the candidates on various technologies as well as specialization is to be checked in LDCE. The proposal will be placed before the Management. Assn strongly pleaded for a single paper.

d) Scheme and syllabus for SDE(TF): GM(Pers) informed that the eligibility of Chemists working in TF to appear in the LDCE to SDE(TF) is under the examination of BSNLCO and since they are Non Executives, they cannot write the LDCE directly to SDE without becoming a JTO. The LDCE for the eligible candidates are held up for last two years because of this dispute and Assn strongly demanded to finalize the syllabus and notify the same for conducting the LDCE.

18-06-2014