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22-10-2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 20.10.2020:

GS and AGS had detailed meeting with DIR(HR) on the following points. PGM(Pers), Sr GM(Estt), Sr GM(SR) and GM(Restg) present in the meeting. Detailed discussion continued for almost 3 hours.

1. Progress on implementation of Non-post based, Time Bound Functional Promotion (BEPPARR 2017) w.e.f. 01.07.2018.

DIR(HR) informed that BSNL is waiting for the reply from DoT. We explained that, BSNL sought the guidance from DoT on 10.04.2019. DoT did not replied even after 18 months, it means DoT is not having any objection. As such, the policy can be implemented immediately w.e.from 01.07.2018. Govt guidelines can be implemented as and when it is received we suggested.

Further we explained that CMD suggestion for DGM promotion after 58+ age is not at all acceptable to us. It shows that BSNL management is not interested to have its own management and want to continue with the deputation of ITS. For creating its own management, BEPPARR 2017 should be implemented from 01.07.2018 onwards and new JTO/JAOs should become AGM/CAO at the age of 40. It is required to maintain parity with the Juniors promoted in June 2018. To address the huge stagnation and abnormal delay in promotions in most of the cadres and to give some weightage for the past service, BSNL itself proposed the implementation from 01.01.2017. The apprehension that Executives will become AGM/CAO in 15 years and thereafter another 15-20 years they have to work without any promotion is not correct. BSNL Executives should get promotion opportunities upto GM/CGM level. This is possible only when the Executives get promotion as AGM/CAO Grades at the age of 40 - 45 so that they can move forward as DGM, Jt GM, Addl GM/GM and CGM, as per merit, in the remaining 15-20 years of service. Today, there is not a single Regular DGM even after 20 years of BSNL formation, showing the sorry state of affairs! Today, many JTOs retiring as JTOs without promotion and remaining are retiring as SDE/AO or AGM/CAO.

Further, new Executives only become AGM/CAO in 15 years that will happen only after 2031. Till that time, all promotions to AGM/CAO Grades will be from senior Executives having 20 to 30 years of service. The given chart provides status of promotion in different wings:

 

Grade

 

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

Executives waiting for promotion from

2015

1999

1998

1997

1997

1988/2001

AO to CAO

SDE(T) to DE(T)

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

2008

2004

1998

2000

2001

 

Grade

Sanctioned strength

Working strength

% of shortage

Remarks

SDE (T)

20399 (25591-5192)

7550

37.03%

62.97%

 

Post against which VRS taken not reduced

AO

3725 +

2060

55.35%

44.65%

DE (T)

9470 (5303+4167)

1426

15.06%

84.94%

CAO

1347

19

01.41%

98.59%

DGM (T)

1331

161

12.09%

87.91%

DGM (Fin)

402

14

03.48%

96.52%

On the approval of BEPPAR 2017, as per clause 1.3, all the RRs upto AGM equivalent Grade stands scrapped. Any other mode of promotion will lead to discrimination, controversy and litigations as it is against the approved CPSU Cadre Hierarchy policy provisions.

About promotions given on 29.06.2018 (2226 AO, 468 CAO and 4796 DE) become disputed/ provisional after the CAT/CDG order dated 25.02.2020, temporarily closing the doors of further promotions. On the query of whether the CAT judgment and direction to be followed in reservation is in general nature, applicable for promotion to all the Cadres or applicable only for AO, CAO, DE promotions, management is clueless. Management clarified that the recent guidelines issued by DoT on 13.10.2020 regarding Reservation in promotion is to be followed by BSNL which made the reservation in all promotions much complicated. 

Mgt should consider promotion to all the Grades with Uniformity and Parity, we demanded. All the promotions should be effective from 29.06.2018/ 01.07.2018 to have parity with the juniors from other streams promoted on 29.06.2018. SDE vacancies are available in June 2018 itself and due to court case only, promotion orders not issued. The AIEL circulated now also the same as that of 20.02.2015 with slight changes for the supernumerary JTOs recruited in 2001. So the promotion order for those posts should be issued w.e.f. 29.06.2018, notionally, we demanded by brining parity by promoting the JTOs of 2012 rect year also.

It seems that Management is considering the possibility of SDE promotion without reservation covering upto 2007/2008 batch. However the final vacancy position is not clear as it is to be decided at higher level, depends upon restructuring.

The Restg process is in the advanced stage. Even for the Telecom stream, SDE and DE posts will be less than 50% of todays sanction. The posts for equivalent cadres in other streams also will have almost same fate. Evenif reservation issue is not there, we can imagine the promotional avenues waiting for us after the completion of Restg.

The Assn offering faster promotion for SC/ST Executives (instead of CPSU CH promotion after every 5 years) could not promote even the 2001 rect SC JTO and 2002 rect ST JTO who completed 19/18 years of service for the unfilled vacancy of 2010-11 for which DPC held in 2018.

10 years litigation from 2010 to 2020 against SDE promotion created a backlog of 10 vacancy years in SDE cadre (from VY 2011-12 onwards) when promotion in all other cadres become current in 2018 itself. Net result is that about 5000 senior JTOs retired without promotion and the promotion of another 5000 young JTOs delayed for many years.

Executives are going to pay heavy price for derailing CPSU CH promotion (BEPPARR 2017) in collusion with the management by many groups including the present Recognised Assn which played an important role. Above all, promotion to the entire cadres upto AGM/CAO grade halted!

To break this barrier on promotion and getting CPSU CH promotion (BEPPARR 2017) delinking promotion from availability of posts is the biggest challenge for the Executives, especially for SNEA. When management is adamant and not at all positive, only option left for us is Organizational actions.

2. DoT approval for the BSNL proposal for E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A & E2A.

BSNL management is to pursue the issue with DOT seriously and settle it once for all, we demanded. This will address many issues of post 2007 rects, once for all like i) Pay loss issue, ii) E1+5 increment issue, iii) anomaly in 1st TBP promotion for post 2007 rects etc. The PO issued by DoT lowering the pay scales from E1A & E2A to E1 & E2 is not acceptable and BSNL already written to DoT for reviewing the decision.

Surprisingly, new PGM(Pers) is of the opinion that, the pay scale given to BSNL Executives initially is high and Executives are getting higher pay even today. There is a difference of more than 43% from the pay of DOT staff. We strongly refuted this and told PGM (P) that if BSNL Executives are compared, it should be with the Executives of other PSUs. There is no comparison between PSU employees and Govt staff, we told. Comparing to other PSUs, BSNL Executives salary is much less. At the same time the salary of Govt staff working in different Ministries is one and the same.

Finally, DIR(HR) assured to take up with DoT for the settlement of  this important matter.

3. Restructuring, consolidation of SSAs by merger of small SSAs and consequent post reduction.

i) The temporary staffing norms circulated on 27.12.2019 for JTO/SDE, DE etc posts are required to be reviewed.

JTO and SDE cadres made interchangeable but on promotion, it is treated as post based. This is the double standard, we told. The number of connections required for sanction of JTO/ SDE (Rural and Urban) and DE (Rural and Urban) posts is very high. We demanded that it should be reduced considerably and post sanction, the number of Exchanges in Rural areas also to be taken into account along with DEL. Otherwise in Rural areas, it will be impossible to maintain so many Exchanges if 2500 DEL is kept as justification for JTO/SDE post and 7500 DEL+75 BTS+OFC+EB for DE(Rural) post. Similarly in Urban areas also, the number of connections to be reduced considerably from 7500 DEL for JTO/SDE and 21000 DEL for a DE post, we demanded.

After thorough discussion, DIR(HR) assured to reconsider the temporary norms as suggested by us.

As per the temporary staffing norms, the number of JTO/SDE posts will be less than 24000, which means the total SDE posts will be between 10,000 to 12,000. The DE posts will be about 2,600. If the norms are not changed and the numbers are not increasing drastically, we can imagine the promotional avenues waiting for us after the completion of Restg.

ii) By merger, small SSAs headed by TDM and TDEs got merged and GM level posts created. Moreover, at BA HQs and within SSA, Area Manager (DGM) concept is replaced with Area General Manger (GM) post thereby reducing the DGM and TDE level posts. There is no DGM under the Area GM in Cat II BA HQs whereas 4 DGMs are given under Cat I BA HQs and 1 DGM under Cat III BA HQs. The DGM posts in Category I and Category II SSAs is to be revised, we demanded.

After discussion, DIR(HR) assured to reconsider DGM posts in Category II BAs as suggested by us.

4. DGM (Telecom/Fin) Regular promotion.

We demanded that Adhoc/LA promotion should be discouraged in all the cadres. All the promotions should be on regular basis.

a) All the eligible DE/CAOs (DE(T) about 150 and CAO about 15) should be immediately given regular promotions. The 206 seniority revision is not going to alter their seniority position.

b) For the remaining DGM vacancies, we demanded onetime relaxation considering the mass retirement due to VRS and abnormal delay occurred for DE/CAO promotions. The DE/CAOs have sufficient experience in the cadre by Offtg/LA promotion but they are not having regular service due to delay in Regular promotions. Almost all are working as DGM(T/F) on LA basis.

DIR(HR) was positive on both issues and informed that DGM promotion is the one possible route as no reservation is involved in it.

5. Withdrawal of BSNLCO order dated 31.08.2020 regarding postponement of EPP for 2 years on declining the post based promotion.

This is a unilateral decision from management side. EPP 2007 is framed as per the Terms and condition for absorption after with interaction with the Executives Associations, SNEA and AIBSNLEA. Time Bound promotion and Post based promotions are different concepts not linked each other. Post based promotion is guided by DoP&T guidelines which cannot be altered by BSNL. Postponement of EPP for 2 years on declining the post based promotion is against DoP&T guidelines and EPP orders. Management tried to justify the decision but we demanded that it should be withdrawn.

6. Reversion of SDEs passed the LDCE in 2007.

We thanked DIR(HR) for restoring the SDE promotion for those reverted to JTO Cadre. Further we demanded that the matter may be decided based on the clarifications issued by Pers section and Estt section in 2007, after LDCE 2007 notification. It should not be linked with the LDCE 2010 notification/ clarification and related court cases.

BSNL pleaded the case in the CAT and HC suppressing the 2007 clarifications and quoting the PCAT order which dealt with LDCE 2010 only. Their eligibility is to be decided and the speaking order to be reviewed without waiting for the court order, we demanded. Once that happens, the related court cases also get withdrawn. Even if RP is dismissed, the eligibility as per the 2007 clarifications is to be decided by BSNL management, we explained.

Finally, DIR(HR) assured to examine the eligibility criteria and decide the matter.

The remaining issues will be discussed on another day. 

22-10-2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 20.10.2020:

GS and AGS had detailed meeting with DIR(HR) on the following points. PGM(Pers), Sr GM(Estt), Sr GM(SR) and GM(Restg) present in the meeting. Detailed discussion continued for almost 3 hours.

1. Progress on implementation of Non-post based, Time Bound Functional Promotion (BEPPARR 2017) w.e.f. 01.07.2018.

DIR(HR) informed that BSNL is waiting for the reply from DoT. We explained that, BSNL sought the guidance from DoT on 10.04.2019. DoT did not replied even after 18 months, it means DoT is not having any objection. As such, the policy can be implemented immediately w.e.from 01.07.2018. Govt guidelines can be implemented as and when it is received we suggested.

Further we explained that CMD suggestion for DGM promotion after 58+ age is not at all acceptable to us. It shows that BSNL management is not interested to have its own management and want to continue with the deputation of ITS. For creating its own management, BEPPARR 2017 should be implemented from 01.07.2018 onwards and new JTO/JAOs should become AGM/CAO at the age of 40. It is required to maintain parity with the Juniors promoted in June 2018. To address the huge stagnation and abnormal delay in promotions in most of the cadres and to give some weightage for the past service, BSNL itself proposed the implementation from 01.01.2017. The apprehension that Executives will become AGM/CAO in 15 years and thereafter another 15-20 years they have to work without any promotion is not correct. BSNL Executives should get promotion opportunities upto GM/CGM level. This is possible only when the Executives get promotion as AGM/CAO Grades at the age of 40 - 45 so that they can move forward as DGM, Jt GM, Addl GM/GM and CGM, as per merit, in the remaining 15-20 years of service. Today, there is not a single Regular DGM even after 20 years of BSNL formation, showing the sorry state of affairs! Today, many JTOs retiring as JTOs without promotion and remaining are retiring as SDE/AO or AGM/CAO.

Further, new Executives only become AGM/CAO in 15 years that will happen only after 2031. Till that time, all promotions to AGM/CAO Grades will be from senior Executives having 20 to 30 years of service. The given chart provides status of promotion in different wings:

 

Grade

 

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

Executives waiting for promotion from

2015

1999

1998

1997

1997

1988/2001

AO to CAO

SDE(T) to DE(T)

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

2008

2004

1998

2000

2001

 

Grade

Sanctioned strength

Working strength

% of shortage

Remarks

SDE (T)

20399 (25591-5192)

7550

37.03%

62.97%

 

Post against which VRS taken not reduced

AO

3725 +

2060

55.35%

44.65%

DE (T)

9470 (5303+4167)

1426

15.06%

84.94%

CAO

1347

19

01.41%

98.59%

DGM (T)

1331

161

12.09%

87.91%

DGM (Fin)

402

14

03.48%

96.52%

On the approval of BEPPAR 2017, as per clause 1.3, all the RRs upto AGM equivalent Grade stands scrapped. Any other mode of promotion will lead to discrimination, controversy and litigations as it is against the approved CPSU Cadre Hierarchy policy provisions.

About promotions given on 29.06.2018 (2226 AO, 468 CAO and 4796 DE) become disputed/ provisional after the CAT/CDG order dated 25.02.2020, temporarily closing the doors of further promotions. On the query of whether the CAT judgment and direction to be followed in reservation is in general nature, applicable for promotion to all the Cadres or applicable only for AO, CAO, DE promotions, management is clueless. Management clarified that the recent guidelines issued by DoT on 13.10.2020 regarding Reservation in promotion is to be followed by BSNL which made the reservation in all promotions much complicated.  

Mgt should consider promotion to all the Grades with Uniformity and Parity, we demanded. All the promotions should be effective from 29.06.2018/ 01.07.2018 to have parity with the juniors from other streams promoted on 29.06.2018. SDE vacancies are available in June 2018 itself and due to court case only, promotion orders not issued. The AIEL circulated now also the same as that of 20.02.2015 with slight changes for the supernumerary JTOs recruited in 2001. So the promotion order for those posts should be issued w.e.f. 29.06.2018, notionally, we demanded by brining parity by promoting the JTOs of 2012 rect year also.

It seems that Management is considering the possibility of SDE promotion without reservation covering upto 2007/2008 batch. However the final vacancy position is not clear as it is to be decided at higher level, depends upon restructuring.

The Restg process is in the advanced stage. Even for the Telecom stream, SDE and DE posts will be less than 50% of todays sanction. The posts for equivalent cadres in other streams also will have almost same fate. Evenif reservation issue is not there, we can imagine the promotional avenues waiting for us after the completion of Restg.

The Assn offering faster promotion for SC/ST Executives (instead of CPSU CH promotion after every 5 years) could not promote even the 2001 rect SC JTO and 2002 rect ST JTO who completed 19/18 years of service for the unfilled vacancy of 2010-11 for which DPC held in 2018.

10 years litigation from 2010 to 2020 against SDE promotion created a backlog of 10 vacancy years in SDE cadre (from VY 2011-12 onwards) when promotion in all other cadres become current in 2018 itself. Net result is that about 5000 senior JTOs retired without promotion and the promotion of another 5000 young JTOs delayed for many years. Executives are going to pay heavy price for derailing CPSU CH promotion (BEPPARR 2017) in collusion with the management by many groups including the present Recognised Assn which played an important role. Above all, promotion to the entire cadres upto AGM/CAO grade halted!

To break this barrier on promotion and getting CPSU CH promotion (BEPPARR 2017) delinking promotion from availability of posts is the biggest challenge for the Executives, especially for SNEA. When management is adamant and not at all positive, only option left for us is Organizational actions.

2. DoT approval for the BSNL proposal for E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A & E2A.

BSNL management is to pursue the issue with DOT seriously and settle it once for all, we demanded. This will address many issues of post 2007 rects, once for all like i) Pay loss issue, ii) E1+5 increment issue, iii) anomaly in 1st TBP promotion for post 2007 rects etc. The PO issued by DoT lowering the pay scales from E1A & E2A to E1 & E2 is not acceptable and BSNL already written to DoT for reviewing the decision.

Surprisingly, new PGM(Pers) is of the opinion that, the pay scale given to BSNL Executives initially is high and Executives are getting higher pay even today. There is a difference of more than 43% from the pay of DOT staff. We strongly refuted this and told PGM (P) that if BSNL Executives are compared, it should be with the Executives of other PSUs. There is no comparison between PSU employees and Govt staff, we told. Comparing to other PSUs, BSNL Executives salary is much less. At the same time the salary of Govt staff working in different Ministries is one and the same.

Finally, DIR(HR) assured to take up with DoT for the settlement of  this important matter.

3. Restructuring, consolidation of SSAs by merger of small SSAs and consequent post reduction.

i) The temporary staffing norms circulated on 27.12.2019 for JTO/SDE, DE etc posts are required to be reviewed.

JTO and SDE cadres made interchangeable but on promotion, it is treated as post based. This is the double standard, we told. The number of connections required for sanction of JTO/ SDE (Rural and Urban) and DE (Rural and Urban) posts is very high. We demanded that it should be reduced considerably and post sanction, the number of Exchanges in Rural areas also to be taken into account along with DEL. Otherwise in Rural areas, it will be impossible to maintain so many Exchanges if 2500 DEL is kept as justification for JTO/SDE post and 7500 DEL+75 BTS+OFC+EB for DE(Rural) post. Similarly in Urban areas also, the number of connections to be reduced considerably from 7500 DEL for JTO/SDE and 21000 DEL for a DE post, we demanded.

After thorough discussion, DIR(HR) assured to reconsider the temporary norms as suggested by us.

As per the temporary staffing norms, the number of JTO/SDE posts will be less than 24000, which means the total SDE posts will be between 10,000 to 12,000. The DE posts will be about 2,600. If the norms are not changed and the numbers are not increasing drastically, we can imagine the promotional avenues waiting for us after the completion of Restg.

ii) By merger, small SSAs headed by TDM and TDEs got merged and GM level posts created. Moreover, at BA HQs and within SSA, Area Manager (DGM) concept is replaced with Area General Manger (GM) post thereby reducing the DGM and TDE level posts. There is no DGM under the Area GM in Cat II BA HQs whereas 4 DGMs are given under Cat I BA HQs and 1 DGM under Cat III BA HQs. The DGM posts in Category I and Category II SSAs is to be revised, we demanded.

After discussion, DIR(HR) assured to reconsider DGM posts in Category II BAs as suggested by us.

4. DGM (Telecom/Fin) Regular promotion.

We demanded that Adhoc/LA promotion should be discouraged in all the cadres. All the promotions should be on regular basis.

a) All the eligible DE/CAOs (DE(T) about 150 and CAO about 15) should be immediately given regular promotions. The 206 seniority revision is not going to alter their seniority position.

b) For the remaining DGM vacancies, we demanded onetime relaxation considering the mass retirement due to VRS and abnormal delay occurred for DE/CAO promotions. The DE/CAOs have sufficient experience in the cadre by Offtg/LA promotion but they are not having regular service due to delay in Regular promotions. Almost all are working as DGM(T/F) on LA basis.

DIR(HR) was positive on both issues and informed that DGM promotion is the one possible route as no reservation is involved in it.

5. Withdrawal of BSNLCO order dated 31.08.2020 regarding postponement of EPP for 2 years on declining the post based promotion.

This is a unilateral decision from management side. EPP 2007 is framed as per the Terms and condition for absorption after with interaction with the Executives Associations, SNEA and AIBSNLEA. Time Bound promotion and Post based promotions are different concepts not linked each other. Post based promotion is guided by DoP&T guidelines which cannot be altered by BSNL. Postponement of EPP for 2 years on declining the post based promotion is against DoP&T guidelines and EPP orders. Management tried to justify the decision but we demanded that it should be withdrawn.

6. Reversion of SDEs passed the LDCE in 2007.

We thanked DIR(HR) for restoring the SDE promotion for those reverted to JTO Cadre. Further we demanded that the matter may be decided based on the clarifications issued by Pers section and Estt section in 2007, after LDCE 2007 notification. It should not be linked with the LDCE 2010 notification/ clarification and related court cases.

BSNL pleaded the case in the CAT and HC suppressing the 2007 clarifications and quoting the PCAT order which dealt with LDCE 2010 only. Their eligibility is to be decided and the speaking order to be reviewed without waiting for the court order, we demanded. Once that happens, the related court cases also get withdrawn. Even if RP is dismissed, the eligibility as per the 2007 clarifications is to be decided by BSNL management, we explained.

Finally, DIR(HR) assured to examine the eligibility criteria and decide the matter.

The remaining issues will be discussed on another day. 

07-10-2020

Meeting with Shri R K Goyal, PGM(Pers) on 07.10.2020

GS, President and both AGSs held detailed discussion with PGM(Pers) on various important HR issues. The scheduled meeting continued for about two hours:

1. Promotion in various Grades upto AGM Grade with Parity and Uniformity among equivalent cadres:

We updated PGM regarding details of the status of promotion in various Grades and demanded that management should find out solution to this issue by giving promotion with Parity and Uniformity. PGM very much agreed to our view for parity in promotions. We explained that about 7,500 promotions to AO, CAO and DE cadres given on 29.06.2018 become PROVISIONAL due to the court order regarding Reservation, closing the door for further promotions. Management should not create fresh legal hurdles. Since the JAO 2012 batch already given promotion, for maintaining Parity and Uniformity, the promotion for the remaining cadres also should be given from 01.07.2018 itself. For this CPSU CH Promotion is the only option we explained. It will  be further discussed in detail.

We expressed our apprehension that by the approval of CPSU CH Promotion (BEPPARR 2017) policy, all other RRs and EPP stand modified/ scrapped from 01.07.2018 and any post based promotion as per earlier RRs after 01.07.2018 may lead to litigations. So, we demanded that in case of DPC promotion also, the promotion should be given w.e.f. 29.06.2018 or 01.07.2018 for maintaining parity with equivalent cadres. Otherwise, all affected Executives will lose two more years of service and it will affect their future promotions and lead to litigations by the sufferers. In that case, the JTO AIEL should be as per the Rules, with proper zone of consideration we demanded.    

According to PGM, for SDE(T) promotion, the number of SDE vacancy is not yet finalised as it has to be discussed with DIR(HR) and CMD in view of the restructuring process going on.  

2. Adhoc to Regular DGM promotion:

We demanded that all eligible Adhoc DGM(Telecom/Fin) should be made regular at the earliest. The delay will affect their future career. PGM assured to expedite the same.

We demanded that instead of LA promotion from DE/CAO to DGM(T/F), one time relaxation in qualifying service should be given for Regular promotion for the remaining vacancies. PGM assured to discuss with DIR(HR) about the number of posts and process the same.

3. Reversion of SDEs passed the LDCE 2007:

We explained the clarification issued by BSNL CO in 2007 regarding LDCE 2007 notifications and the court cases on the matter. The PCAT order related to LDCE 2010 notification produced before the Chennai CAT and HC by the management and by misleading the court, got the case dismissed. Ignoring the clarifications regarding the eligibility, BSNLCO issued the speaking order in 2019, negating their eligibility. Ignoring the stay order from CAT, BSNL reverted some of them.

After discussion, PGM (Pers) agreed for cancelling the reversion and restore the SDE promotion.

4. SDE to DE promotion for the left out cases:

Since they are seniors and belongs to list 5, 6 & 7 and their juniors are already promoted, we demanded that they should be promoted w.e.f. 29.06.2018 itself. Unfortunately the legal opinion received is not correct. After discussion, PGM(P) assured to re-examine the matter.

22-09-2020

Meeting with Shri. Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR):

GS, President and both AGSs met DIR(HR) on 21.09.2020 and held discussions on different issues. Further it is decided to have detailed discussions next week on the various important issues as per our letter dated 18.09.2020. This week, HR wing is busy in the meeting with the Parliamentary Committee scheduled for 24.09.2020. 

GS letter to DIR(HR)

21-09-2020

Meeting with Shri Vivek Banzal, DIR(CFA) on 18.09.2020:

GS, President and AGSs met Shri Vivek Banzal, DIR(CFA) and held discussions on Restructuring, consolidation of SSAs into BAs and consequent post reduction:

We explained the adverse impact on merging small SSAs and creating BAs, thereby surrendering DGM/AGM level posts and creating GM level posts. This will adversely affect the promotion avenues of the Executives, we explained. More DGM/AGM level posts are to be created in BAs, based on the Revenue in the SSAs under Cat 1, 2 & 3 BAs, we demanded. In fact GM level Officers are not available in BSNL but there are sufficient number of Executives eligible to become AGM and DGM, without incurring any additional expenditure.

DIR(CFA) agreed to consider the matter. However DIR surprised to note that none of the CGM has taken up this serious issue with BSNLCO. So far, the proposal come from the CGMs are related to rearrangement of BAs.

All Circle Secretaries may take up this important matter urgently with respective CGMs by demanding DGM/AGM/CAO level posts based on assets also.  Pl refer CHQ letter to CMD dated 14.09.2020 in this regard. 

17-09-2020

Meeting with Shri S K Gupta, DIR(Fin) on 16.09.2020:

GS and AGSs met Shri S K Gupta, DIR(Fin) and held discussions on various points:

Restructuring, consolidation of SSAs into BAs and post reduction: We expressed our serious concern for merging small SSAs and creating BAs, thereby surrendering DGM/AGM level posts and creating GM level posts. This will have adverse impact on the promotion avenues of the Executives, we explained. In fact GM level Officers are not available in BSNL but there are sufficient number of Executives eligible to become AGM and DGM, without incurring any additional expenditure. DGM/AGM level posts to be created in BAs, based on the Revenue in the SSAs under Cat 1, 2 & 3 BAs, we demanded.

Similarly DGM(Accs & Budg) required in Cat 2 BAs instead of CAO.

The management proposal for making AGM and DGM posts interchangeable is feasible only when the promotion from AGM to DGM is on Time Bound (when promotion to DGM is not post based). DIR(Fin) agreed to our view points and assured to discuss with CMD and DR(HR) in this regard.

Payment of dues: The Pension Contribution not paid to DoT for one year and about 1100 Crores is outstanding. Society, medical payment to retirees from April 2019 etc are also pending. This month, bank loan quarterly repayment of Rs 1100 Crores is to be done. In December month, the instalment is about 2700 Crores. This week, the GST payment of more than 200 Crores will be made. On salary payment, DIR(Fin) informed that it is expected in next week.

10-09-2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 08.09.2020:

GS and President met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

4G Services: The Expert Committee submitted its report to the Govt. As reported earlier, the Committee recommended for indigenous Core equipments for 4G Technology. So, the chance for 4G services in the near future is getting diminished. We have to see how we can pressurise the Govt not to put discriminative conditions on BSNL regarding 4G services.

We discussed the congestion in 3G network in some Circles like Kerala. Due to congestion, the MNP figures are coming down. We requested CMD to consider augmentation of 3G/4G RAN utilising the additional 5 MHz spectrum (4G spectrum) and by diverting unused software licenses. Thereafter, improvement in customer addition and port-in can be analysed and if it is successful, it can be implemented in other Circles also. CMD promised us positive action to improve the network availability and easing data congestion as demanded.

On 2G licences extension, CMD informed that discussion is going on with DoT in this regard.

Immediate Promotions to different Grades through the Non post based promotion: During the discussion with CMD, indications are that other than promises, BSNL management not taking any initiative to break the deadlock. At the same time they want to complete the Restructuring at the earliest.

I. CMD is of the opinion that the Executives promotion should be such that they should reach maximum upto DGM Grade and retire within 1 or two years (DGM promotion after 57 years age and no further promotion required for them). We have to break this thinking of the present management. We strongly protested this attitude of CMD and BSNL management and demanded that BSNL Executives should get promotional avenues upto GM/CGM level. BSNL should be lead by its own Officers and not by outsiders and management should plan for that. This is possible only when the Executives get promotion as AGM/CAO Grades by the age of 40-45 so that they can move forward as Jt GM, Addl GM/GM and CGM, as per merit. Instead of that, management is trying to block the career from the first promotion itself by delaying the promotions as much possible.

In 20 years, BSNL Management could not create its own top management. There is not a single Regular DGM after 20 years! JTOs with 20 to 28 years of service are still JTOs! But on these queries CMD have no solution other than sympathy for them.

II. CMD apprehension is that Executives will become AGM/CAO in 15 years and thereafter another 15-20 years they have to work which is not good. We explained to CMD that once they become AGM/CAO in 15 years, then only they are having further promotion avenues to DGM (E5) Grade, SG JAG(E6) Grade, Jt GM(E7) Grade, Addl GM/GM(E9) Grade and CGM Grade. Today JTOs are retiring in JTO Grade, without promotion and remaining retiring as SDE/AO or AGM/CAO. Further, new Executives only become AGM/CAO in 15 years, that will happen only after 2031, after 11 years. Till that time, all promotions to AGM/CAO Grades will be with senior Executives having 20 to 30 years of service.

III. Another apprehension of CMD is following Hierarchy in BSNL: In categorical terms, we told CMD that there is no hierarchy followed in BSNL, for many years. Normally is Hierarchy is in Govt Depts, not in PSUs. Management is still holding the Govt mindset, it is to be changed.

i) There is no GM/CGM level officer of BSNL, so no Hierarchy followed.

ii) Only 161 DGM(T) working out of 1331 posts and 14 DGM(Fin) out of 402 posts. So no Hierarchy followed.

iii) Only 1400 AGM/DE working out of 5303 posts (7470 including upgraded posts) and 19 CAO working out of 1347 posts. One and half years back 7000 AGMs were working in BSNL. So no Hierarchy followed.

iv) Above all, the Consultant appointed by BSNL itself recommended for no hierarchy upto AGM Grade which is accepted by BSNL.

In nutshell, no Hierarchy followed in BSNL from JTO/JAO to SDE/AO to AGM/CAO to DGM to GM to CGM. Still BSNL is functioning as some system is in force. So management cannot stop promotion in the name of Hierarchy.

We categorically told CMD that other than promises at different level, last 14 months no promotion took place (other than 230 Adhoc DGM promotion, Adhoc is not a promotion) after his take over.

We strongly demanded that BSNL Management should change its negative attitude towards the employees and their welfare, especially on promotions and should provide promotions w.e.f. 01.07.2018 itself by implementing the new non-post based promotions.

Compensation for Covid 19 deaths and proper treatments: We explained the difficulties faced by the employees due to non availability of cashless treatment and few unfortunate deaths of BSNL employees due to Covid 19. We requested for immediate relief to them, atleast as per Govt norms and arrangement for cashless treatment. CMD was positive and assured early action on this.

Restructuring and drastic reduction in posts: We expressed our apprehension on drastic post reduction that will have adverse impact on our promotions. At the same time the AGM/DGM level posts merged and GM level posts created, when there is no GM available. We demanded that before implementation of BSNL Restructuring, BSNL has to switch over to non-post based promotions.

Amendment in EPP, postponement of EPP for 2 years: We protested the unilateral action of BSNL Management by amending the Time Bound Financial upgradation, linking with post based promotion. Post based promotions are based on DoP&T rules and already one year ban is given for next promotion in the case of declining the promotion. TB promotion is different and double punishment cannot be given for the same. We demanded that it should be withdrawn.

02-09-2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 01.09.2020:

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:

1) Promotion in various Cadres through CPSU Cadre Hierarchy promotion:

DIR(HR) informed that the information sought by DoT is already sent to DoT for their guidance on implementation of Reservation in the approved Policy. We suggested to implement it, following the Govt policy and as an when the guidance is received, it can be implemented from the due date of 01.07.2018 itself.

2) JTO to SDE seniority issue: We enquired about the further course of action after the Ernakulam HC order dismissing the Review Petition.

DIR(HR) informed that the RP filed for restoring the Training Centre marks as criteria for deciding the JTO inter-se seniority is dismissed by the Hon HC. In the case filed by AIGETOA activists, Hon HC ordered that JTO inter-se seniority is to be fixed as per Date of Joining (DoJ) which is against the BSNL policy followed so far. In the JTO RR 2014 also, the inter-se seniority criteria is defined as Training Centre marks.

The main prayer in the petition by AIGETOA activists for 1:1 seniority between 1995 rect Deptl JTO and 2001 rect DR JTO also dismissed by the HC.

DIR(HR) informed that BSNL is filing SLP in the Hon Supreme Court shortly against the HC judgment directing DoJ criteria for inter-se seniority among the JTOs. BSNL is waiting for the judgment copy.

3) JTO to SDE left out cases of 15.06.2018 DPC:

The SC/ST quota of 15% and 7.5% did not fill up due to the dispute in JTO seniority from 2001 rects onwards. Out of 220 ST vacancies, only 04 vacancies could fill up on 15.06.2018. ST candidates of 2002 rect year was already promoted in the 2011 DPC. Some SC quota vacancy also pending. We requested management to take immediate action for the promotion for the left out vacancies of 2009-10 and 2010-11 vacancy years, notionally from 15.06.2018 itself.

Surprisingly SEWA BSNL did not taken up this issue of left out cases of 15.06.2018 promotion, mostly SC/ST so far with the management. Even the 15% (SC) and 7.5% (ST) quota is not filled up in the last JTO to SDE promotion but they are silent!

4) SDE to DE left out cases in the 29.06.2018 promotion:

The contempt petition at CAT/CDG is disposed clearing the roadblock for promotion for the left out cases. Their juniors are already promoted on 29.06.2018 and all are eligible for promotion w.e.f. 29.06.2018. DIR(HR) informed that there is some difference of opinion between different sections in BSNLCO about the promotion for the left out cases itself. So BSNL sought the legal opinion from the lawyer defended the case at Chandigarh.

Since DIR(HR) had a meeting with the CMD, other issues could not discuss today.

25-08-2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 24.08.2020

GS, President and AGS met Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

i) 4G tender and launching of 4G services: Tender may be delayed by 1.5 years!

The Committee constituted by the Govt almost finalised the report. As we afraid, the Committee may recommend for indigenous Core equipments. For other equipments, option is kept for other vendors also. The unfortunate part is that no one came forward with a proven technology for Core equipments so far. The equipments are to be tested, go for proof of concept and then instalment. This all indicates that new tender may take place after one to 1. 5 years.

On the other hand, the alternative suggestion given by SNEA to go for Roaming agreement with other operators by becoming a Virtual Network Operator (VNO), spectrum sharing etc is under active consideration of the management. Management already initiated discussions with other operators, CMD informed us. It is a matter of great pride for SNEA, our suggestion for 4G launch got the attention of BSNL management and started acting on it. This proposal also mooted by SNEA/KRL.

In similar manner, the suggestion given by SNEA/KRL on launching of IPTV services on FTTH network also approved by BSNLCO last week and trial launching will be done in 3 SSAs in Kerala.

ii) Issuing Bond for Rs 8500 Crores: CMD informed that matter is moving positively as planned. The relaxation to be received from Finance Ministry before issuing the Bonds also received last Friday. The formalities are getting completed. As we reported earlier, BSNL is planning to float the Bond in the second week of September.

iii) Posting of more Executives in Mtce Regions and Merger of Project Circles and Maintenance regions:

CMD agreed that there is shortage in Mtce regions and merger issue will be decided in another two weeks.

iv) Withholding of VC in the case of private cases: We explained the seriousness of the issue. Just on private cases out of personal issues, VC is withholding at the time of retirement. Lot of cases reported in the VRS and the DoT clarification in this regard is to be reconsidered. We discussed this issue with the CMD and DIR(HR) earlier also and sought their intervention.

CMD informed that BSNL strongly taken up this matter with DoT and requested for reconsidering the guidelines issued by DoT. If required, it is to be referred to DoPT, BSNL suggested. 

23-07-2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

GS, President and AGSs Com P P Rao and Rajendra Kolapkar met CMD and had brief discussions on the following subjects.

1) Restructuring and new BA structure: CMD informed that in the last MC meeting, the new BA structure could not discuss and finalise. It will be discussed in the next meeting.

2) Extraordinary AGM meeting and floating Bonds: CMD informed that the AGM held on Tuesday approved the BSNL proposal for floating Bonds for Rs 8500 Crores. It is expected by first week of September.

3) Allotment of Special Fund to Maintenance Regions: CMD agreed to our proposal to allot special funds to the Regions and will start from this month onwards.

4) Posting of more Executives to Maintenance Regions: We explained the difficulties faced by the Executives posted in Regions. Among the VRS optees, majority are from the External plant and Trans mtce. But substitutes are not posted against them. As a result, Trans maintenance is seriously affected and BSNL is losing revenue. CMD acknowledged our concern and assured to take some corrective actions.

5) Salary payment: We requested to make the salary payment regular on the last working day. CMD replied that due to the pending liabilities and statutory payments like TDS, GPF etc salary payment is not regular. June month salary will be paid tomorrow or day after tomorrow.

Since CMD had a parliamentary standing committee meeting, it was a brief meeting.

20-07-2020

Meeting with Shri S K Gupta, Director(Fin):

GS, President and AGS Com Rajendra Kolapkar met DIR(Fin) and held discussions on the following issues:

1) Floating Bonds for Rs 8500 Cr:

Today extra ordinary AGM will be held to give approval for floating 8500 Cr bonds. As a result of our struggles, Govt approved 8500 Cr long term Bond and BSNL received the permission 10 days back. It is expected to float the Bond by 1st week of September.

2) Salary payments:

Salary expected by this week end.

3) Clearing the bills for empanelled Hospitals for getting cashless treatment for Covid 19 patients:

It is informed that based on the demand placed by SNEA and the suggestions given, DIR(HR) and DIR(Fin) today discussed the issue and finding some ways to clear the bills. As we suggested, mgt is trying to get one or two hospitals in each area for the treatment. Management taken our suggestions seriously.

4) Cash flow and financial condition:

Not much change in the cash flow, it is between Rs 1300 to 1400 Cr.

16-07-2020

Meeting with Shri V. Ramesh, Director(EB) on 15.07.2020:

GS, President and AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Rajendra Kolapkar met DIR(EB) and held discussion on various issues.

1) Preferential treatment and special fund allotment for Maintenance Regions: Since maintenance regions are responsible for maintaining the long distance transmission systems, more importance should be given to it. Because of low priority, media failure, delay in fault clearance etc is frequent now, resulting slow speed and customer dissatisfaction. We demanded for Special treatment for Maintenance Regions. We suggested for allotment of special fund of atleast 4 to 5 Crores to each Mtce Regions, every month for urgent mtce work alone. Mgt is considering this proposal.

2) The frequent interruption in the Core network, seriously affecting the data speed: It was mainly due to the swapping of Core routers (Huwaei make) to Super Core Router (Nokia make). BSNL is procuring and installing 103 Super Core routers making the MPLS backbone more strong and stable. BSNL instructed to stop the swapping, temporarily, till addressing the issues already cropped up.

3) Acute shortage of Executives in Mtce Regions which is affecting the mtce activities. Shortage of stores, vehicles etc: We requested to post more Executives to the Mtce Regions. In many places, acute shortage is facing. The Executives are overloaded. Abnormal delay in labour payment also affecting the services. DIR(EB) assured to examine the matter and do the needful.

4) Status of OFC tender and joint closure tender: OFC tender for 24 & 48 Fibre opened yesterday but unfortunately no one participated in the tender. It is a serious development and setback for BSNL. In the tender for supply of Battery, the rates are almost 40% to 50% higher, comparing to the previous tender. 

26-06-2020

4G launching getting delayed: We gathered from many sources that Govt is not in favour of allowing Chinese vendors participating in the new 4G Tender or in the upgradation of existing BTSs (Nokia & ZTE) to 4G. So far nothing has been communicated officially to BSNL. Different Govt agencies having varying views on the subject. Lot of vendors are putting their weight behind the Govt at higher level to cancel the tender and go for indigenous equipments. But who is manufacturing indigenous equipments with indigenous Technology, no Govt Department is able to spell out. The opinion of DoT, Niti Ayog, Commerce Ministry and PMO varies on this. Nokia, Ericsson etc manufacturing their equipments in India but Technology is foreign. Niti Ayog is for indigenous Technology and indigenous equipments. But Technical experts differ on it on the plea that indigenous 4G Technology is not available. Whether equipments can be divided into Core, Radio etc and indigenous Technology can be limited to Core equipments, that also examining. There is a strong thinking in Govt Circles to financially support BSNL if the rates are high. But who will compensate the losses for the abnormal delay, no answer. Whether the newly formed Technical Committee formed after intervention at higher level may give an answer to this? We have to wait for few weeks. The Committee consists of Member(Technology)/Chairman, DG(Telecom)/DoT, Director/IIT Madras, Director/IIT Kanpur, Representative from NSCS, DIR(CM)/BSNL, DIR(Technical)/MTNL and DDG(PM)/DoT. It is asked to submit the report in 2 weeks time. 

26-06-2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 25.06.2020:

GSs of SNEA & AIBSNLEA, President/SNEA and AGS/AIBSNLEA met CMD/BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

1) 4G launching: CMD informed that discussions are going on at various level, in Empowered Technical Group, DoT, Niti Ayog, PMO etc., Govt formed a Committee to consider the changes required in the BSNL tender as well as upgradation proposal. According to CMD, 4G launching getting delayed irrespective of the fact that management is putting its best efforts.

2) Conduction of 2nd Membership Verification during i) Covid 19 Pandemic situation and ii) Land line/Cable/OFC faults are getting accumulated and services getting deteriorated:

We shared our concern on conducting the MV in August, 2020 as many places are declared as containment zones and hot spots. Employees are not able to attend the office. Employees are running from pillar to post for maintenance of service and rectification of faults during the monsoon and pandemic period. Landline faults, BB faults and OFC faults are increasing day by day, beyond control. Operation and maintenance works seriously affected. This timing is selected by the Management to restrict the movement of the Office bearers to different Circles for campaigning, we pointed out.

CMD informed that notification was overdue. Notification issued and work started in this regard. However if situation needed, decision can be reviewed.

3) Ex-Gratia payment to VRS optees: CMD informed that, may be due to the financial crisis and 15% Ceiling Limit of first quarter ending 30.6.2020, Govt allotted 3600 Cr for BSNL and MTNL together instead of BSNL balance requirement  of Rs.9300 Cr.CMD further mentioned that out 3600 Cr, BSNL portion 3000 Cr only. By this payment, the total Ex-Gratia payment will reach about 51% of the total amount due.

4) Ex-Gratia payment to employees facing Court cases (Civil/Personal): We made our strong protest against the DoT order withholding the payments simply based on Court cases. This order can be misused by anyone. Simply filing an FIR just before the retirement can spoil the retirement benefits and entire life. CMD also agreed to our concern and agreed to take up with DoT.

5) Implementation of merger of Project and Maintenance Regions: We expressed our concern over the delay in implementation of the order. We brought to the notice of CMD that Man power, Stores and Vehicles are not properly utilized. We are getting complaints from the Executives posted in the Maintenance regions frequently about their hardships. 

17-06-2020

Minutes of the Agenda meeting with Director(HR) on 09.06.2020 on various points

Minutes of the meeting with Director(HR) on 09.06.2020

13-06-2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 10.06.2020

In continuation of the Agenda meeting with Director(HR) on 09.06.2020, General Secretaries of SNEA & AIBSNLEA, President/SNEA and AGSs of SNEA & AIBSNLEA met CMD/BSNL and had detailed discussions on promotion to different Grades through CPSU Hierarchy and other important issues.

1. Regular Promotion to different Grades: After his take over, first time CMD has given time for a detailed discussions on the Promotion Policy and its implementation.

We explained to CMD that the new Promotion Policy of Non post based Time Bound functional promotion, approved by the Board is part of the Terms and condition for absorption in BSNL. All other CPSUs are following Time Bound functional promotions, very smoothly. When EPP 2007 implemented, BSNL diluted it and allowed only Pay Scale up gradation and continued with Post based promotions followed in Govt Depts. This resulted in Seniority and Reservation cases. BSNLMS RR has been notified in 2009 only, making another 10 years loss for BSNL Executives.

As per the new Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Board, Promotions are due from 01.07.2018, but the implementation is unduly delayed. For its smooth implementation from 01.07.2018, all the vacancies have been filled up in June, 2018. To overcome the court cases, upgradtion of posts done for AO and AGM promotions. Unfortunately, the court cases on reservation related issues landed AO and AGM promotions in trouble and Hon Chandigarh CAT declared AO and AGM promotions issued during June 2018 as provisional putting a big question mark on the above said Promotions orders issued in June 2018 and future promotions. Any Post based promotion will end up in such litigations, we are afraid. 

On the query from CMD on the reference to DoT, we explained that it has been sent to DoT for guidance, not for approval. As per DoT instructions, issues having financial implications only to be referred to DoT for concurrence/approval. If at all any guidance is received on the reservation matter, it will be applicable from the date of effect and as such there is no need for delaying the promotion, we told. Govt guidelines from time to time will be applicable on BSNL.

After VRS, more changes are to be made, especially for promotion to AGM/CAO Grade by reducing the residency period from 12 to 8 years for the existing SDE/AOs etc in higher scales. Since thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion, we requested to implement the promotions at the earliest. JTOs in all Streams are worst affected, 1999 rect to 2014 rect JTOs are waiting for promotion. We informed the details of meeting with DIR(HR) and the proposed presentation to the Board members.

CMD assured that promotion to different Grades will be taken up on priority and will hold further discussion on the matter with the concerned officers.

We requested for DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Regular) promotion and relaxing the qualifying service for DGM (Telecom/Fin) as a onetime measure.

2. 4G Tender and BTS upgraadtion: CMD seems to be very upset over the developments. CMD informed that whatever possible from his side is doing to get the clearance from the Govt. Since it is linked with Govt policy, decision is to be taken at higher political level.

3. Various pending payments and payment of Superannuation Fund contribution: CMD informed that about 550 Cr due towards Society payments cleared in this month. As usual Priority is given for maintenance and release of funds for various heads, electricity, rent, labour etc. For Superannuation Fund, 67 Cr is required and Management is trying to arrange the same. According to fund availability, May 2020 Salary disbursement is possible after one week. On medical bills, CMD informed that some payment will be made in June salary.

13-06-2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 10.06.2020

In continuation of the Agenda meeting with Director(HR) on 09.06.2020, General Secretaries of SNEA & AIBSNLEA, President/SNEA and AGSs of SNEA & AIBSNLEA met CMD/BSNL and had detailed discussions on promotion to different Grades through CPSU Hierarchy and other important issues.

1. Regular Promotion to different Grades: After his take over, first time CMD has given time for a detailed discussions on the Promotion Policy and its implementation.

We explained to CMD that the new Promotion Policy of Non post based Time Bound functional promotion, approved by the Board is part of the Terms and condition for absorption in BSNL. All other CPSUs are following Time Bound functional promotions, very smoothly. When EPP 2007 implemented, BSNL diluted it and allowed only Pay Scale up gradation and continued with Post based promotions followed in Govt Depts. This resulted in Seniority and Reservation cases. BSNLMS RR has been notified in 2009 only, making another 10 years loss for BSNL Executives.

As per the new Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Board, Promotions are due from 01.07.2018, but the implementation is unduly delayed. For its smooth implementation from 01.07.2018, all the vacancies have been filled up in June, 2018. To overcome the court cases, upgradtion of posts done for AO and AGM promotions. Unfortunately, the court cases on reservation related issues landed AO and AGM promotions in trouble and Hon Chandigarh CAT declared AO and AGM promotions issued during June 2018 as provisional putting a big question mark on the above said Promotions orders issued in June 2018 and future promotions. Any Post based promotion will end up in such litigations, we are afraid. 

On the query from CMD on the reference to DoT, we explained that it has been sent to DoT for guidance, not for approval. As per DoT instructions, issues having financial implications only to be referred to DoT for concurrence/approval. If at all any guidance is received on the reservation matter, it will be applicable from the date of effect and as such there is no need for delaying the promotion, we told. Govt guidelines from time to time will be applicable on BSNL.

After VRS, more changes are to be made, especially for promotion to AGM/CAO Grade by reducing the residency period from 12 to 8 years for the existing SDE/AOs etc in higher scales. Since thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion, we requested to implement the promotions at the earliest. JTOs in all Streams are worst affected, 1999 rect to 2014 rect JTOs are waiting for promotion. We informed the details of meeting with DIR(HR) and the proposed presentation to the Board members.

CMD assured that promotion to different Grades will be taken up on priority and will hold further discussion on the matter with the concerned officers.

We requested for DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Regular) promotion and relaxing the qualifying service for DGM (Telecom/Fin) as a onetime measure.

2. 4G Tender and BTS upgraadtion: CMD seems to be very upset over the developments. CMD informed that whatever possible from his side is doing to get the clearance from the Govt. Since it is linked with Govt policy, decision is to be taken at higher political level.

3. Various pending payments and payment of Superannuation Fund contribution: CMD informed that about 550 Cr due towards Society payments cleared in this month. As usual Priority is given for maintenance and release of funds for various heads, electricity, rent, labour etc. For Superannuation Fund, 67 Cr is required and Management is trying to arrange the same. According to fund availability, May 2020 Salary disbursement is possible after one week. On medical bills, CMD informed that some payment will be made in June salary.

10-06-2020

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

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

Brief of meeting:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

c) Agenda meeting for Non Recognized Associations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05-06-2020

Agenda Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) on Regular promotion to various cadres and CPSU Hierarchy implementation is fixed on 09.06.2020

05-06-2020

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 03.06.2020,04.06.2020 and 05.06.2020 regarding implementation of Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion or CPSU Hierarchy.

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA, President/SNEA and AGSs of SNEA and AIBSNLEA met PGM(Pers) on 03.06.20, 04.06.20 and 05.06.20 and had series of discussions on promotion to different Grades through implementation of Non post based Time Bound Functional promotion OR CPSU Hierarchy. This will be the only viable option/solution to give promotion due to court cases on reservation and seniority, we stressed.

We explained the importance of date of implementation as 01.07.2018, otherwise all the eligible Executives will miss 2 years of service and it will have serious implications for their future promotions. The Executives in higher scales will be placed in the next higher Grade without fresh DPC as a onetime measure. In Post VRS scenario, more changes are required for promotion to AGM/CAO Grade by reducing the residency period to 8 years for the existing SDE/AOs etc., working in higher scales. Since thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion, we demanded that the changes are to be made immediately after its implementation from 01.07.2018.

DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Regular) promotion in Telecom/Finance Stream, relaxation in qualifying service for DGM promotion etc.,  also discussed.

05-06-2020

Meeting with Shri S K Gupta, Director (Fin) on 03.06.2020

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA and President/SNEA met DIR (Fin) and had discussions on the following issues:

1. Fund availability and payments: We draw the attention of the Director(Fin) regarding various pending payments like labour payments, Rentals, SAB dues etc. The labour payment is due for more than one year. Director (Fin) informed that the cash collection improved during May and BSNL could collect Rs 1,400 Cr. The cash collection during April was Rs 1,150 Cr only. First priority will be for allotment of funds for maintenance and Statutory payments. For labour payments, 15 Cr will be allotted today (03.06.20), DIR(Fin) informed. Regarding May ,2020 Salary disbursement, it may be feasible next week end.

2. Promotions to various Cadres: We draw his attention to the huge stagnation and shortage of Executives in many Cadres and sought his intervention. The Executives are working in higher scales and they can be promoted as per the policy approved by the Board within no time. DIR(Fin) also felt that major works are getting suffered due to shortage in Key posts and assured to discuss with DIR(HR) for early promotion.

3. Drastic post reduction: We strongly protested against the decision of the BSNL Management to transfer all TR work to Circle Office and requested that it has to be reviewed immediately as it is not feasible. We suggested that for very small SSAs, it can be centralised but medium and larger SSAs TR work to be continued with the SSA for effective bill collection and pursuation, settling of billing related complaints, Outstanding Pursuit, handling of EB Customers etc., DIR(Fin) very much convinced on our suggestions and noted down all the points and assured to discuss with DIR(HR) and CMD.

4. SAB dues payment to LIC: We brought to the notice of DIR (Fin) that SAB dues payment to LIC is pending since August 2019. Some VRS optees cases also not settled as the dues are not paid to LIC. We demanded immediate payment of contribution to LIC. DIR(Fin) assured to examine the matter and do the needful.

5. Monthly Review Meeting with Recognized Assn and Unions: We appraised DIR (Fin) about the meeting of Recognized Assn and Unions with CMD and sharing of Monthly Revenue and Expenditure details with the Stake Holders and monthly review meeting with the Recognized Assn and Unions so as to improve the efficiency of the Company and maximisation of Revenue and controlling of unnecessary expenditure. DIR(Fin)appreciated our concern and mentioned that  the Management is reviewing the monthly revenue and expenditure and planning  for Revenue Maximisation and he assured that after the completion of the work it will be shared with Stake Holders for discussion.

6. Consideration of Request transfers of Accounts Personnel from BSNL CO to Home Circles: Dir(Fin) mentioned that those who are opted for BSNL CO will be posted to BSNL CO as substitutes for the Accounts Personnel requested for transfer to their Home Circles and assured that the Accounts Personnel will be relieved from the BSNL CO after the lifting of COVID-19 Lockdown.  

05-06-2020

Meeting with Shri V Ramesh, Director(EB) on 03.06.2020

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA, President and AGS/SNEA met the new Director(EB) as an introductory meeting. We welcome him, extended our full support and wished all the success in the new assignment as the Director(EB). We draw his attention about the EB circuits and need for some concession to the customers during lockdown period. Dir(EB) is of the opinion that instead of giving rebate centrally, we will delegate the Powers to the CGMs to decide the matter case to case. 

05-06-2020

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 03.06.2020

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA, President and AGS/SNEA met PGM(Pers) and had discussions on promotion to different Grades through designation change for those who are working in higher scales or CPSU Hierarchy, DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Regular) promotion in Telecom/Finance Stream, review of sanctioned strength due to VRS etc. PGM informed that discussion is going on with DIR (HR) on this. 

28-05-2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) on 27.05.2020

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA and AGS/SNEA met DIR (HR) and had a brief review of the developments on promotion to different Grades, in continuation to the discussions held on 05.05.2020.

On implementation of promotion policy, DIR(HR) informed that PGM(Pers) is seriously working on it. This can be the only viable option to give promotion due to court cases and reservation, Director opined. We explained the relevance of date of implementation as 01.07.2018, otherwise all the eligible Executives will lose 2 years of service and it will have serious implications for their future promotions. Already eligible Executives are not available for promotion to the higher grades. After VRS scenario, some more changes can be made, especially promotion to AGM/CAO Grade by reducing the residency period from 12 years for the existing SDE/AOs etc in higher scales. Since thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion, we requested to consider the changes after the implementation, by taking the proposal to the Board for approval. DIR (HR) was positive on further improvements. The concern over reservation can be overcome by incorporating the Board direction on reservation in the policy to make it in compliance with Govt policy. Further discussions will be held next Tuesday or Wednesday as PGM(Pers) will complete the assigned job by this week. After that DIR(HR) assured to take it to CMD.

On the proposed move to drastically reduce the AGM+DGM posts and other posts, we objected strongly. DIR(HR) reiterated that discussions will be held with the Associations before taking any decision. After completion of discussion within the Management, discussions will be held with the Assns.

On the review of sanctioned strength due to VRS, we suggested to distribute the upgraded AO and AGM posts among the Circles.

We requested for DGM(Regular) promotion for those already working as DGM(Adhoc) in the Telecom/Finance Stream.

On reversion of the 2001 rect JTOs passed the LDCE 2007, next meeting with the Committee will be arranged next week. We expressed our gratitude for finalising the TOR which can address the issue.

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 27.05.2020

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA and AGS/SNEA met PGM(Pers) and had discussions on promotion to different Grades through implementation of CPSU Hierarchy, DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Regular) promotion in Telecom/Finance Stream, review of sanctioned strength due to VRS, 2001 rect JTOs passed the LDCE 2007 etc.

PGM informed that as per the direction of DIR (HR), he is studying the policy and it will be completed by next Monday. Discussions held on various aspects like Date of implementation, Promotion without DPC for the Executives working in higher scales, incorporating the Board direction on reservation to make it compliance with Govt policy etc. In the post VRS scenario we can make further improvements as the eligible executives number has come down drastically, we suggested.

Further discussions held on review of sanctioned strength due to VRS, DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Regular) promotion in Telecom/Finance Stream, 2001 rect JTOs passed the LDCE 2007 etc.

20-05-2020

Meeting with the Committee dealing with the Reversion of 2001 rect.JTOs passed the LDCE 2007 and become SDE in 2008:

As reported yesterday, the meeting with the Committee comprising Shri H C Pant, CGM(Legal), Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) and Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr GM(Estt) took place today (19.5.2020) at 4.00 PM. General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA participated in the meeting. DIR (HR) arranged this combined meeting.

We demanded that the matter should be decided by examining their eligibility as per the provisions of Schedule 12, Note 5 of the SDE RR 2002 and with reference to the clarifications issued by BSNLCO dated 16.04.2007 and 10.07.2007 in connection with LDCE 2007 Notification dated 09.02.2007. So far, the eligibility was examined with reference to BSNL CO clarification dated 30.07.2010, issued for the subsequent LDCE 2010. This clarification implemented retrospectively, 3 years after the conduction of LDCE and Promotion orders. The Show Cause Notice and other actions taken against 2001 recruited JTOs based on BSNL CO clarification dated 30.07.2010 should be withdrawn, we demanded.

The file notings of 2007 and the clarifications dated 16.04.2007 and 10.07.2007 makes it clear that 1 year relaxation is applicable for LDCE 2007.

For deciding Senior-Junior clause, the All India Eligibility list of JTOs to be reckoned, it was decided in 2007 which is very well clear from the file notings. Hence all the 2001 rects. of TN Circle become eligible.

All Circles (A&N, AP&TL, AS, BR, CHG, CHTD, GUJ, HP, JKD, KRL, KTK, MH, MP, NE- I, NTR, RAJ, UPE, TN and WB)  interpreted the clarification in the positive manner and allowed all the 2001 recruited JTOs who completed 2 years of Service.

There is no direction from any Courts to revert the 2001 rect. JTOs, we argued. In various Courts, the dispute was whether the eligibility is to be decided as on 1st July of the Vacancy Year OR 1st July of the Year of Examination, in which Court decided that it will be 1st July of the Vacancy Year. In that case also 2001 rect. JTOs become eligible. Only 2002 rect. JTOs appeared in the LDCE 2007 become in-eligible as per the Court order as not a single 2002 rect JTO completed 3 years of service as on 01.07.2005 to invoke Senior –Junior clause.

The PCAT order based on BSNL clarification dated 30.07.2010 for LDCE 2010 was wrongly applied for LDCE 2007 also, which has created the problem.

The dispute occurred when BSNL issued Show Cause Notices to the 2001 Rect. JTOs, not completed the 3 years qualifying service for appearing in the LDCE, based on the BSNL CO clarification dated 30.07.2010 in a retrospective manner, citing Court orders on clarification dated 30.07.2010. It is a clear violation of the clarifications issued in 2007. The clarification issued on 30.07.2010, after the conduction of the LDCE 2007 should be applicable prospectively, not retrospectively.

Finally we demanded to decide the matter based on the SDE RR and the clarifications issued on 16.04.2007 and 10.07.2007 and the file notings related to LDCE 2007. The Show Cause and reversion based on the Court order should be limited to 2002 rect. JTOs appeared in the LDCE, we emphasised.

The Committee made an important observation that the 30.07.2010 clarification cannot be given retrospective effect and for the LDCE held 3 years earlier, in 2007. However, they sought some time to go through the records and the various Court judgments which made BSNL to revert the SDEs.  

Both General Secretaries will meet the Committee Members and the Director (HR) again after one week.

19-05-2020

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

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

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

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

19-05-2020

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


On the Reversion of SDEs of 2007 LDCE, on our continuous pleadings to find out an early solution, Director(HR) arranged a meeting with the Committee on 19.05.2020, tomorrow itself at 4 PM.

19-05-2020

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

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

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

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

13-05-2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06-05-2020

Agenda Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnekar, Director(HR) on 05.05.2020

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA had detailed agenda meeting with the DIR (HR) on various important HR issues: Sr GM(Estt), GM(SR), GM(Restg) and DGM(Pers) present in the meeting. PGM(Pers) joined the meeting over phone. The deadlock situation in promotion to different cadres was the main issue. The discussion took place for more than two hours on the following agenda points submitted to the management in advance.

a) Undue delay in regular promotions to all the eligible Executives. Even though there is no financial implication, Management is not taking any initiative for regular promotions. At the same time, continuing with Look after arrangement:

From Assn side, both GSs demanded promotion on Time Bound basis as there is no visibility for promotion through any other channel due to the various Supreme Court judgments on reservation. Since Executives are already working in higher scales, we demanded promotion which is just a designation change and no financial implications involved. Management is giving LA for the Executives working in the higher scales but not giving regular promotion. The Executives are not getting the benefit of promotion. We demanded regular promotion alongwith the pay scales instead of LA promotion. Initially management was busy with VRS but after VRS also, no initiative for regular promotion. This shows the attitude of management towards the Executives, we told Director(HR).

In the beginning, the possibility of DPC in different cadres explored by the management and discussed various options. On JTO to SDE promotion, initially management was of the impression that once the Ernakulam case is cleared, promotion is possible. Further management assessed the status of promotion in different cadres: i) JTO(Civil/Elect/Arch) to SDE(C/E/Arch) LDCE is held up due to court case on Reservation, ii) SDE(T) to DE(T) and JAO to AO promotion made in June 2018 challenged in the CAT on Reservation issue and the CAT ordered to review the promotions, declaring the promotion as PROVISIONAL, iii) AO to CAO Promotion held up due to court case on Reservation, iv) SDE(C) to EE(C) Promotion held up due to seniority issue among Diploma and Engg Degree holders. On DE(T) and AO promotion in 2018, Management is waiting for the judgement copy and the course of action is to be decided. Different options also discussed. In any case, DPC for DE and CAO is not possible before the review, management informed. All the promotions are leading to fresh litigations. DoPT is not giving any direction regarding method of implementation of reservation or endorsing the Hon Supreme Court order on reservation. DoPT asked BSNL to wait for the outcome of remaining SLPs pending in the Hon Supreme Court, BSNL management informed us. In such situation, after taking various Supreme Court orders and the court cases going on into consideration, DIR(HR) come to the conclusion that in the near future, it may not be possible to give any promotion due to the reservation issue. Finally management informed us that for JTO to SDE promotion also, BSNL will not be able to decided the reservation issue and go for DPC evenif Ernakulam judgment is coming.

When all other options closed, now management started seriously thinking about the implementation of Time Bound functional promotion upto AGM Grade. Management informed us that they will work on it in the coming days and discussions will be held with us if required. Both GSs once again clearly told the management that if management desires to give promotion, time bound promotion is the only viable option and work for that.

b) Relaxation in Qualifying service for DGM(T) and DGM(F) promotion as the Executives are already working as DGM on LA basis:

Both GSs demanded relaxation of qualifying service of AGM and CAO for promotion to DGM(T/F). They were working on Officiating/LA basis, long time, before regular promotion in 2018 and having sufficient experience as AGM/CAO. Director also found merit in the case and want to address the huge shortage in DGM cadre. Finally it was assured that management will explore the possibility for relaxation of the qualifying service for DGM(T/F) promotion by taking it to the Board.

c) Implementation of merger of Project/Maintenance Regions and TFs:

Both GSs expressed our serious concern for non implementation of the merger orders. The vehicle, staff and infra available with project wing is underutilised. Limited staff and vehicle with the Regions are overburdened. Management informed that some man power planning for project/mtce region is going on and merger will be implemented.

On Telecom Factory, the orders are not implemented properly. So they are facing funding and other issues and the infrastructure is not getting utilised. It is assured to examine the matter by discussing with the concerned Officers.

e) Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs passed the LDCE in 2008:

Both GSs explained the issue to the Director (HR). Management has to accept its own clarification issued at the time of LDCE 2007, then there is no issue remains, we informed management. Management is of the opinion that it require some relaxations but we told them that no relaxation is required other than the one year relaxation extended to the seniors as per the RR. The Committee formed to examine the matter is asked to expedite and come out with the solution within this month.

f) Modification in DGM(T) promotions  as majority of them are worked outside the Circle and come back 3 years back:

Management agreed to consider it once the lock down is over.

Finally, Director (HR) concluded that management is keen to give regular promotions and assured to go for the promotions in all the cadres at the earliest.

11-02-2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR):

GS, president and AGS met DIR(HR) on 10.02.2020 and held discussions on various issues:

At the outset we explained the hardships faced by the employees in the field units in maintaining the network in the post VRS scenario. The tenders are not finalised, labours are not turning up for work due to non payment which makes things worse. Staff shortage and in-proper deployment in the field units is another serious problem. Since the tender process may take another 2 to 3 months time to materialise, urgent allotment of funds for labour payment is one option to maintain the network, we suggested.

On promotions, the AGM/CAO and DGM level posts in the field units are almost vacant. Without filling these posts on regular basis, system cannot be maintained, we informed the Director. Equally important is JTO to SDE promotion which is to be expedited for all the wings. The counterparts in other wings already promoted and the remaining Executives also to be given promotion from 01.07.2018 itself for parity and uniformity. Promotion is a big motivational factor for the Executives during this crisis period. It can be given without any financial implications to the company as per the new non-post based promotion policy. Harping on post based promotions and delaying it in the name of contempt petition, reservation and seniority issues are not acceptable as the new policy is taking care of everything. We suggested to think out of box for issuing the promotion orders as done in June, 2018. Director(HR) responded positively. Starting with, DGM promotion will be issued shortly he assured and remaining promotions also will be worked out.

On payment of salary, Director is clueless when it can be paid. Banks are not coming forward for giving loan even though letter of comfort is given by the DoT. However efforts are going on.  Further efforts are going on for letter of comfort from the Finance Ministry itself based on the sovereign guarantee bonds approved by the Union cabinet. BSNL management hopes that letter of comfort from MOF will be more helpful for getting loans from the banks, which can be repaid after the issue of bonds.

It is learned that the MoFinance will not issue the sovereign guarantee for the bonds during this financial year as Union Govt crossed the ceiling. It may be issued in the first week of April, 2020, during next financial year. It is really surprising that after the approval of Union Cabinet how this is happening? It will have serious implications on BSNL as entire planning was based on the Rs 8500 Cr bonds (out of 15000 Cr) which was expected by the month of December or January. Management was very much active for VRS but nothing heard about the remaining issues which are part of the Cabinet decision. 

23-01-2020

Meeting with Shri. B L Varshney, Director(EB) on 22.01.2020:

GS, President and AGS met DIR(EB) and held discussions on 1) merger of Maintenance and Project Circles, 2) norms for OFC route maintenance and 3) reduction of DGM posts for mtce purposes. The discussion was based on the guidelines issued by the Restg cell dated 14.01.2020 and 15.01.2020 regarding merger of Non Territorial Circles and the staffing norms for transmission mtce and our letter dated 21.01.2020.

First of all we explained the significance of transmission mtce than any other vertical. More money and manpower is to be invested in Transmission area for better uptime and additional revenue generation. We once again demanded complete merger for the effective utilization of the Executives for the mtce of Core network. DIR(EB) explained that for the timely implementation of Govt projects, Project wing continuation is required on a limited way but all the staff will be under the control of concerned GM or DGM(CN-Tx).

We further discussed the issue of reduction of DGM(Mtce) posts at Belgaum, Coimbatore, Dimapur, Hubli, Hyderabad, Madurai, Rajkot, Silchar, Tirupati & Visakhapatnam and DGM BM, DGM EB I, DGM EB II & DGM EB III posts at NTR/New Delhi. We demanded retention of the above DGM posts and additional DGM posts at Chennai, Imphal (Manipur), Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mysore, Surat and Trivandrum. After discussion, Director convinced about the demands and assured to work out based on our inputs given in our letter.  

Further no DGM posts shown under CGMs and GMs at the CGM HQs and GM (SAT)/GM (MPLS I & II). Director informed that these posts are not mentioned separately as it is available as per positional norms.

We shared our concern for increasing the route for the in-house mtce team from the present 250 RKM to 350 RKM for the mtce Regions as it will have serious impact on the MTTR. Similarly for the steep increase in SLA based outsourcing also. As of now, the MTTR is not upto expectations and further increase in the route length will have adverse impact on the services and revenue, we explained. Director appreciated our suggestions and assured to re-work on it. Further we demanded that AGM posts should be justified for 3 or 4 teams. We demanded separate team for indoor and route maintenance.

We drawn the attention of the Director about the CFA tender in which the primary cable is excluded. Almost all the Circles are demanding inclusion of primary cable also for better services. Otherwise the tender may fail to provide services to customers, we shared our apprehension. Director(EB) shared same concern and informed that DIR(CFA) is having some reluctance on the matter and he will once again discuss with him.

The discussion was very fruitful and we could focus on all the points as explained in our letter dated 21.01.2020 on the subject.

17-01-2020

VRS-2019: Settlement of claims of the Employees Directly recruited by BSNL:

It is reported that few Circles are waiting for the guidelines from BSNLCO in this regard. Yesterday GS bring this to the notice of CMD and DIR(HR). Today GS met Sr GM(Estt) and held discussions on the settlement of their claims like Gratuity, Leave encashment and Pension fund and issuing necessary guidelines to the Circles in the case of such VRS optees. BSNL CO will issue necessary instructions in this regard at the earliest.

11-01-2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 09.01.2020: GS, President and both AGSs met DIR(HR) in the presence of Sr GM(Pers & Estt), GM(SR), GM(Restg), GM(Admn) and GMs(Pers) and held discussions on the following issues:

Staffing norms and Restructuring of BSNL: We explained the temporary  staffing norm issued by Restg cell is not at all workable as the field realities are not considered by the management. By the temp norms, some SSAs headed by GMs today has to be headed by an SDE in the future. There will be large number of small SSAs with huge geographical areas where only one or two Executives will be justified. Practically it will be impossible to maintain the services in those areas. By outsourcing, the role and responsibility of Executives will not come down especially in CFA segment. In Rural areas, clubbing all the works of Transmission, BTS mtce, EB, Cable maintenance with SDE(Group) with vast areas will defeat the very purpose. Similarly urban areas norms also stringent. So the temporary norms are to be reworked immediately. Otherwise nobody will come forward to work in the external plant and Trans mtce and those who are working also will request for posting in Indoor, mobile etc. Similarly substitutes are not marked in many SSAs for a smooth takeover on 31.01.2020. Director and GM(Restg) explained that it is only temporary norms which can be reviewed. We requested to review immediately.

Maintenance of Primary Cables: We further explained the demand from the field units that maintenance of Primary Cable also should be included in the tender for outsourcing. Among the available TTs, very few have knowledge of cable jointing and they are not sufficient to maintain all the Primary Cables. Others are required for Indoor/MDF/Power Plant maintenance. This facts are explained in the meeting with DIR(CFA) but no favourable decisions come out so far. DIR(HR) assured to bring this important issue to the notice of DIR(CFA) again.

Promotions in the post VRS scenario and the need for Regular Promotion instead of Lookafter arrangement: We strongly protested against the move for giving Look after arrangement instead of Regular promotion. Almost DGM(T/Fin) positions and AGM/CAO/EE grades will become vacant after the VRS on 31.01.2020 and immediate action is to be taken for promotion, we demanded. Since large numbers of Executives with sufficient experiences are working in higher scales, they can be simply given promotion by designation change, we pointed out. Similarly thousands of JTOs in different wings are already in higher scales and can be given promotion by re-designation. Even DPC is not required. LA arrangement is against the interest of the Executives as they loses the service and future promotional avenues. Management is making LA years together and denying regular promotions. We demanded stopping of this mechanism and provide regular promotions for all the eligible Executives.

On DGM promotions, SNEA explained the meeting with Secretary, DoT on 01.01.2020 and his positive decision allowing DGM promotions. Even DoT given promotion to Sr DDG (CGM) level on 30.12.2019 for those retiring on 31.12.2019 but BSNL is not taking any action to give promotion to the vacant posts before their retirement. After discussion, DIR(HR) assured to discuss with Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL and do the needful for DGM promotions.

Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs passed the LDCE -2007: Again discussion held on the matter and Assn explained their eligibility with reference to the SDE RR clause 12, note 5 and the clarifications issued in 2007 regarding their eligibility to appear in the LDCE-2007. Now some of them are reverted on the basis of the clarifications issued in 2012 for the LDCE 2010. The clarifications issued regarding eligibility for appearing in LDCE 2007 and LDCE 2010 are entirely different and that made the issue complicated. The eligibility has to be decided based on the clarifications issued for LDCE 2007, we demanded. Since they already become SDEs, they could not write the subsequent DCE held in 2012 and 2015. Among them also, some SDEs of TN Circle facing reversion while others are served only show cause notice. We demanded to stop the reversion process till the matter is decided based on the facts placed before the management. We suggested to form a Committee to examine the matter. Finally DIR(HR) directed the concerned Officers to bring all the related files the next day itself for taking appropriate decision. 

10-01-2020

Meeting with Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD BSNL on 10.01.2020: General Secretaries and AGSs of AIBSNLEA and SNEA met CMD BSNL today and had the discussions on the following issues:

DGM (T) Promotions: Regarding promotions from DET to DGM (T), we explained about the meeting with Secretary (T) DoT on 01st Jan., and 03rd Jan., 2020 in which Secretary (T) agreed for the promotions for DGM (T) provided it is not creating any Additional Financial Implications. CMD BSNL informed that he had also discussed with Secretary (T) in this regard and trying to do the needful.

Clearing of pending dues of recoveries from the Salary of the employees: CMD informed that the payment of the GPF recoveries in respect of VRS optees, about Rs.710 Crore will be released on Monday. Other dues will also be cleared at the earliest.

Promotions to fill up vacant posts after VRS: Regarding Promotions, CMD is of the opinion that employees should forget promotions for at least one year and work hard for the Revival of BSNL. Also opined that more merit is to be introduced in promotions in future. We explained the ground realities. Almost all DGM posts in Telecom & Finance Wings as well as AGM & CAOs posts will become vacant after 31.01.2020 and it will become difficult to run BSNL thereafter without filling up these vacant posts on immediate basis. There is stagnation in the Cadres of JTO and SDE and their promotions cannot be delayed. At the time of recruitment of JTOs & JAOs as well as in promotions from JTO to SDE, the competitive examination is available and practically 50% Executives eligible at the time of promotion are from competitive quota only, we explained. CMD BSNL agreed about the shortage in AGM, CAO and DGM posts after post-VRS 2019. 

Farewell to the retiring employees: On recognition of the services of the retirees, we requested to restore the amount of Rs 3001/- as it is just a token of appreciation of their past services in BSNL and honour for them. CMD informed his inability due to the cash crunch in BSNL. In that case, we suggested some alternative arrangement like recharge coupons equal to that amount. CMD appreciated our suggestion and agreed to look into the alternative instead of Cash Award.

Allotment of USOF Projects to BSNL on Nomination Basis: We appraised CMD BSNL regarding the allotment of USOF Projects to BSNL on Nomination Basis. CMD BSNL mentioned that we have to do all the Govt. Projects/ USOF Projects and our performance during previous years was very good and we have completed the Govt. Projects within the time frame. However, we feel that if it is given on Nomination Basis, it will be good for BSNL otherwise if we compete through tender, it may not be beneficial for BSNL.  

Maintenance of Primary Cables: We further appraised CMD about the difficulties faced by the Executives and various Circles in Post-VRS Scenario in maintaining the Primary Cables since the orders for maintenance of Primary Cable for outsourcing has not been issued by the Corporate Office. CMD BSNL mentioned that due to the developmental works going on in various States, the Primary Cable has to be replaced/ maintained frequently by taking the permission from various Local State Govt. Bodies/ Highway Authorities for which the Tenderer may not come forward and our maintenance work will be suffered badly.

Maintenance of MDF: We pleaded with the CMD BSNL that the control of MDF should be within BSNL Staff. CMD BSNL mentioned that our young staff should come forward, grab the important works and take responsibility. CMD further mentioned that due to shortage of staff in post VRS scenario it may not be possible to maintain MDF round the clock by the BSNL Staff. After detail discussion, CMD assure to review the situation after three months. 

03-01-2020

Interaction with the Consultant M/s Deloitte:

BSNL management arranged a meeting with the Consultant M/s Deloitte appointed for giving recommendations on continuity in BSNL services in the posts VRS scenario and the short term measures on 02.01.2020.

GS, President and both AGSs made a detailed discussion with the consultant for about two hours from 1600 Hrs to 1800 Hrs focussing on all the issues that may crop up in the post VRS scenario. The consultant identified acute shortage in DGM, AGM and TT(TM) cadres that will have impact after the VRS.

Discussions focussed on the ground realities in field units, how it is going to affect after VRS, immediate measures to be taken to reduce the impact, customer relation in the post VRS scenario, merger of SSA and Circle, drawback of present BA structure, manpower requirement, motivation of staff etc etc.

02-01-2020

GS, President and AGSs met Secretary/DoT, Member(T)/DoT, Addl Secretary/DoT, CMD, DIR(HR), DIR(Fin), Jt Sec/DoT and other senior Officers of DoT on 01.01.2020, the new year and held brief discussions. Discussions with CMD and DIR(HR) on important issues like restructuring and promotion is fixed for next week due to their busy schedule.

During meeting with Secretary/DoT we raised the issue of DGM(T) promotion which is stopped due to the reply given by Secretary/DoT in the meeting with the Parliamentary Committee that DGM promotion can be issued only after completion of restructuring (ie. after VRS). We explained that all the eligible DEs are getting promotion and there is no reservation involved in DE to DGM promotion and all the 287 DEs belongs to SC/ST category also getting covered. Among the DEs, more than 500 DEs applied for VRS and will miss the promotion if it is issued after 31.01.2020. We further bring to his notice that on 30.12.2019, even the CGM rank officers retiring on 31.12.2019 are given promotion and allowed to avail the promotion. But in the case of BSNL Executives just reverse happening.

After discussion Secretary informed that he is agreeable for DGM promotion provided: 1) it is not making any financial implications just before VRS and 2) it does not create any issue in similar cadres. We explained that it does not have any financial implications and all are working in higher scales and will not create any issue in similar cadres as DGM promotion is held up after 2017 due to litigations.

Then Secretary assured us to discuss with CMD and if the information is correct, he will give permission for DGM promotion.

07-12-2019

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR):

On 06.12.2019, meeting with Director(HR) continued for three  and half hours along with AIBSNLEA regarding Restructuring plan. PGM(Pers), GM(SR), GM(Restg) and GM(Trg) also present. 

Details will be uploaded.

07-12-2019

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 06.12.2019:

On 06.12.2019 we met CMD/BSNL along with AIBSNLEA and discussed about DE to DGM(T) promotion:

Before opening that subject, we demanded immediate promotions to all the grades considering the post VRS scenario. Because of large scale VRS, lot of vacuum created in many places which is to be filled immediately. Since Executives are already working in higher scales, just by re-designation, promotions can be effected.

We demanded that only regular promotion is to be issued in the future, no look after arrangement. By LA arrangement, management getting the work done but the Executives are losing its promotion and service also.

Regarding DGM promotion, CMD told that due to the new hurdle created by SEWA and some Executives in the Parliamentary Committee, promotions could not be issued without their clearance. After 15 days, he will try to convince the Secretary/DoT and the Chairman in this regard. Last Friday, 29.11.19, CMD assured us to speak to Secretary after 05.12.19 but today CMD talking about the meeting after 15 days. This delay tactics is going on for the last two months. In categorical terms we told CMD that the file for DPC conduction was pending with him for 15 days and if it was cleared in time, the promotion orders could have issued 10 days back. All the DPC work completed and VC was ready but approval not given. So blaming the SEWA and other Executives repeatedly and putting the entire blame on the Executives is not correct. Management is to be blamed, not the Executives. It is clear that Management is intentionally delaying all the promotions till the implementation of the restructuring plan.

We came out of the meeting as it is clear that CMD is not at all interested to give any promotion and simply telling excuses one after other. Last few months, he was giving false hope to us in each meeting.

We are afraid that the new CMD is trying to demoralise the remaining staff by denying the legitimate promotions to make the company further sick and create a situation conducive for privatization. The success of BSNL VRS, option of more than 50% of the employees, is in fact the failure of the BSNL management and a clear indication that the Executives lost faith in the present management. Nobody is having any clue how to run the company, post VRS.

05-12-2019

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR):

Today, 05.12.2019 we met Director(HR) along with AIBSNLEA and held discussions on Restructuring plan. PGM(Pers) and GM(SR) also present.

During discussion we asked about yesterday’s meeting with the Parliamentary Committee for IT. The meeting was very smooth and appreciated the efforts of DoT, BSNL and MTNL for the Revival efforts. DoT Secretary and others were very happy with the success of VRS, Director(HR) informed.

There was no other meeting between BSNL and DoT yesterday.

On age reduction to 58, Director told that since large number of employees opted for VRS, there is no need for age reduction. BSNL will convince DoT in this regard.

Since large number of Executives opted for VRS, about 40% higher than the anticipated figure and vacuum created in lot of SSAs, we requested Director to reconsider the matter and convince the dynamic officers not to take VRS and stay with BSNL.

On DGM promotion, the minutes of the meeting between Parliamentary Committee for SC/ST, DoT and BSNL received in which it is recorded that Secretary/DoT replied that DGM promotion will be considered after the restructuring. This is on a specific query on promotion to 287 SC/ST candidates as DGMs. In fact all will be covered in this promotion. This fact is to be explained to Secretary/DoT and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee before issuing the promotion orders. Management will try to do this. In the last meeting, CMD promised us that he will meet Secretary, DoT after 05.12.2019 in this regard.

On salary payment DIR(HR) informed that there will be no discrimination between unabsorbed ITS and BSNL employees. If required it will be informed to the Court also.

Clarification sought on completion of mandatory training before VRS will be issued in a day or two. There is no need to undergo training.

The request transfers of all those opted for VRS will be issued immediately, including tenure Circles for facilitating them to submit the Retirement papers in the parent Circle. Those applications along with option papers can be sent to CHQ urgently through the CSs.

Discussion on Restructuring plan started point by point and will continue tomorrow morning at 10 am in which GM(Restg) and GM(Trg) also will join in addition to PGM(Pers) and GM(SR). The discussions will be strictly based on the proposal we submitted yesterday.

29-11-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26-11-2019

AUAB had a meeting with Director(HR) on 26.11.2019 on BSNL Restructuring and Revival related issues. Meeting will continue tomorrow, 27.11.2019 also.

08-11-2019

AUAB meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 07.11.2019: GSs of SNEA, BSNLEU, NFTE, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BSNLMS, SNATTA, ATM and BSNLOA met CMD and held discussions on various issues. Director(HR) also present.

1) Early launching of 4G services:

We explained that after lot of efforts and struggles by the AUAB and the BSNL mgt, Govt allotted 4G spectrum to BSNL. According to media reports, Vodafone may close the services in near future and it will be a golden opportunity for BSNL to acquire good number of customers from Vodafone. Before that BSNL has to launch 4G services. According to our information, about 40,000 BTSs procured in Phase 7, Phase 7+ and Phase 8 and the core equipments are 4G compatible and can be easily upgraded to 4G with less expenditure with the support of the vendors. Another 10,000 BTSs are 4G BTSs. Further BSNL is having 20 MHz spectrum in 2600 band (BWA spectrum) except 6 LSAs where the spectrum was surrendered. In the new tender the equipments shall be procured to provide LTE services using 2600 band also so that entire 30 MHz (5 MHz 3G+5 MHz 4G +20 MHz BWA) can be effectively utilised where ever required, we suggested.

CMD explained the road map in detail. An expert Committee has been formed immediately to work out the 4G launching by upgradation and preparing the new tender. The Committee already submitted the report. By Add on order, we can go for 4G for about 24,000 BTS. If upgradation is possible with the support of the vendors especially, ZTE, 4G can be provided launched with better coverage with about 50,000 BTSs. Majority of the equipments which are to be upgraded are supplied by ZTE, about 38,000. However the rates of certain components are very high, almost 3 times, comparing to Nokia rates. This is the major challenge to make ZTE agreeable for lower rates. Upgradation to 4G is the easiest method with less cost and minimum time. Second challenge is the payment issue. No payment is made during the last one year and about 1,400 Cr each is due for Nokia and ZTE. Both are insisting for the payment first before any discussion. Efforts are going on for dialogue with both the vendors. As an alternative, new tender work is also started. In this tender 2600 band also will be added, CMD assured.

2) We also demanded that prompt steps should be taken to provide FTTH connections. Further we demanded for fruitful discussion on post VRS scenario and the road map for maintaining the connections after the VRS implementation.

3) AUAB strongly demanded for the salary payment in time. On salary payment, CMD said he could not give any assurance or specific date as of now.

4) We further demanded the remittance of recoveries to LIC, GPF, Banks, societies etc and payment of pension contribution to DoT as the employees are suffering a lot. In the case of those taking VRS, special care will be taken to clear all the outstanding due, CMD assured.

After the approval of Revival package, banks are showing positive approach and BSNL trying to get some loan for CAPEX immediately, CMD informed.

After the discussion, along with GS/AIBSNLEA we requested CMD to clear the proposal for DE to DGM promotion.

08-11-2019

Meeting with Shri S P Tripati, DIR(CM) on 07.11.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao, Com Dilip Saha, Com R S Kolapkar, Jt Sec(E) Com I H Mandal and CP/CTD Com Sankar Sanyal met DIR(CM) and held discussion on 4G launching and related issues. Detailed discussions held on the subject. 

08-11-2019

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 07.11.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao, Com Dilip Saha, Com Sanjeev Sharma, Com R S Kolapkar, Jt Sec(N) Com I H Mandal and CP/CTD Com Sankar Sanyal met CMD and held discussion on the following issues:

1) DE to DGM promotions: We once again requested for clearing the proposal for conduction of DPC. CMD informed that the file is not with him. CMD is of the opinion is that all the eligible DEs are getting promotion without any dropping and merit is getting compromised. We told CMD that the attendant conditions are very stringent for DGM promotion which is equivalent to GM/CGM promotion and promotion is for the Executives completed 30 to 35 years of service. If the promotion is at the right time say after 20 years of service or so, merit is having meaning but delaying the promotion after putting 35 years of service is not justified. Further SNEA is not against the merit on promotion but it is to be discussed and decided later. BSNL is extracting work from them as DGM on LA basis for years together and delaying the promotion on flimsy grounds is simply harassment. It is come to know that the proposal returned with certain queries.

Immediately after the meeting, DIR(HR) resubmitted the file to CMD replying the queries.

2) Promotion in the remaining cadres and implementation of the new promotion policy (amendment to the EPP-2007) approved by the Board: Today the CHQ OBs taken it as an opportunity to explain the issue to CMD. In earlier occasions, CMD was evading the matter, may be due to his pre-appointment on BSNL Revival related issues. We reminded CMD that promotion is also equally important for the Revival as the Executives are demoralised now. Thousands of young Executives having 10 to 18 years of service are waiting but management is not taking any action for their promotion? Further another 4000 Executives are retiring through VRS who had put 10 to 30 years of service and waiting for the promotions for years together.

When Govt has given an attractive VRS package, management has to respect them and give them the deserving promotion before their retirement for their service. Instead of implementing the new promotion policy as decided by the Board, management is sitting over the proposal which is agitating the Executives.

Today also CMD is telling us that no one told him about the policy approved by the Board, even after our notice, several letters, several meetings etc!

CMD was non committal on both the issues further strengthening our doubts that management is not interested in promotions and trying to complete the restructuring and VRS before any promotion. However we are making all efforts for getting the promotion orders issued through discussion and looking forward for the developments for another couple of days.

26-10-2019

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on 25.10.2019:

GS along with all the Union and Association leaders of BSNL met Shri Anshu Prakash, Secretary DoT on 25.10.19 morning at the Committee Room of Sanchar Bhavan. At the outset AUAB thanked the Union Govt for approving the BSNL Revival package when there is severe financial crisis in the country. We specially thanked him for his personal efforts in getting the proposal approved. Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL, Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR)/BSNL and Shri Navnet Gupta, Jt Sec(A)/DoT also present.

Secretary specially mentioned that the Govt is having huge faith on BSNL and its employees and that is why it had taken the big risk in the present situation, recognising the strategic importance of BSNL. It was a political decision at the highest level. The letters and other communications helped a lot in taking a positive decision, Secretary specifically informed. He explained the salient features of the package. The monetization of land assets will be monitored by Group of Ministers for sorting out the contentious issues cropping up like change of land usage. The liability of about 18,000 Cr payment towards Ex-gratia (BSNL&MTNL) will be borne by Govt through budgetary provisions instead of issuing bonds by BSNL/MTNL in addition to the pensionary benefits. He appealed AUAB to explain the advantage of VRS package to the employees for the betterment of BSNL.

During the meeting we raised the following issues with Secretary, DoT:

1. 3rd PRC implementation as he promised on 30.01.2019: Secretary replied that it is not possible now as BSNL is finding difficulty in paying the salary. Once BSNL condition improves and market share reaches atleast 15% from 10% and become EBITA positive, automatically this will be considered. Success of VRS is one important factor in this regard.

2. Pension Revision delinking it with Pay Revision as assured by the Hon MOSC in the meeting held on 03.12.2017: Secretary replied that Pension Revision cannot be considered without pay revision. Otherwise DoPT has to do it and to pursue with them.

3. Pension Contribution on actual basic pay: Secretary replied that Finance Ministry did not agree to the proposal (we have to verify the facts as it was the earlier decision of FM but recently Finance Ministry shown willingness to reconsider it).

26-10-2019

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR) on 25.10.2019:

GS, President and both AGSs met DIR(HR) and held discussions on DGM promotion. DIR(HR) informed that he was very keen to issue the promotion orders before Diwali but due to some formalities it could not be done. He assured to issue the promotion orders before the month end and discuss and finalise with CMD early next week. We further drew his attention of promotion of another 4000 JTO or SDE equivalent cadres in different wings who had put upto 30 years of service and will be compelled to take VRS without promotion. The promotion for them approved by the Board is not implemented. He assured to look into that matter also.

26-10-2019

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 25.10.2019: PGM(Pers) called SNEA and AIBSNLEA to discuss the DGM promotion and the modalities of postings on promotion. GS and AGS attended the meeting. PGM informed that since VCs are not received and other formalities are pending, promotion order could not be issued before Diwali as promised. It is assured that promotion orders will be issued during this month itself so that they can join as DGM in this month itself. On postings, PGM informed that large number of Executives will be compelled to post outside the home Circle as there is no vacancy. We demanded that all the DGMs should be posted in the home Circle itself considering the VRS proposal. PGM Pers assured to consider the proposal, not to disturb them before the implementation of the VRS. Further we requested to consider the request transfers of DGMs during promotion which is agreed. 

26-10-2019

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 25.10.2019: PGM(Pers) called SNEA and AIBSNLEA to discuss the DGM promotion and the modalities of postings on promotion. GS and AGS attended the meeting. PGM informed that since VCs are not received and other formalities are pending, promotion order could not be issued before Diwali as promised. It is assured that promotion orders will be issued during this month itself so that DEs can join in this month itself. On postings, PGM informed that large number of Executives will be compelled to post outside the home Circle as there is no vacancy. We demanded that all the DGMs should be posted in the home Circle itself considering the VRS proposal. PGM Pers assured to consider the proposal, not to disturb them before the implementation of the VRS. Further we requested to consider the request transfers of the DGMs during promotion which is agreed. 

27-09-2019

Progress in DGM(Adhoc) promotion:

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

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

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

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

21-09-2019

Positive developments on BSNL Revival plan, SPV hope still alive:

GS, President and AGS Com Padmanabha Rao met Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 20.09.2019 and held discussions on i) status of Revival plan and ii) threat of disconnection of electricity supply to Fountain bldg, the transmission hub at Mumbai on non payment.

On Revival Plan, Home Minister and Chairman of the GoM sent the minutes of the meeting to DoT. DoT received it this week in which it was decided to submit the Cabinet note based on the discussions/presentation made in the GoM meeting. In the GoM meeting, SPV formation was accepted. In the subsequent PMO meeting only, this proposal was shot down. BSNL taken a stand that land monetization by BSNL will be very difficult and for that purpose SPV is a must. It is understood that Secretary/DoT sought the intervention of Shri P K Sinha (retired as Cabinet Secretary few days back) and the new Principal Advisor to the PM who was involved in all the earlier deliberations at GoM, PMO and Cabinet Secretary level to evolve a consensus among various departments on the revival proposal. According to CMD, there is not much hurdle on VRS proposal and Finance Ministry will finally agree to it. As CMD has to leave for a meeting with MoSC, it was a brief meeting.

On payment of electricity bill, CMD informed that on our message, he had spoken to ED/MTNL, Mumbai (bldg belongs to MTNL) and made all arrangements to ensure that electricity will not be disconnected. We met DIR(Fin) and DIR(EB) also on electricity payment issue. DIR(EB) also informed that he is taking necessary action in this regard.

We had heated arguments with DIR(Fin) on his indifferent attitude towards payment of electricity bill. On this vital issue, DIR(Fin) responded in an irresponsible manner putting the entire blame on CGM/WTR.

18-09-2019

Meeting with Shri S P Tripathi, DIR(CM) on 18.09.2019:

GS and AGSs Com Padmanabha Rao and Com Sanjeev Kumar Sharma met DIR(CM) and held discussions on i) DE to DGM Promotions, ii) notification of BSNL Executives Promotion Policy 2017 and issuing promotion for bringing parity and iii) pending request Transfers in the cadre of DE and DGM. The discussions on DGM promotions and request transfer were fruitful but it seems that management is not inclined for any promotion in other cadres till restructuring of BSNL and post reduction, in the name of revival plan. We are pursuing with management in all possible manners and if they are not changing the stand and compelling us to withdraw the cooperation we extended to them, then we will not hesitate to go for organizational actions.

We are closely observing the developments on promotion for few more days before taking a final call on organizational actions as directed by the CWC meeting. 

10-09-2019

Meeting with Shri S P Tripathi, DIR(CM) on 09.09.19:

GS and both AGSs met DIR(CM) and held discussions on various issues. On salary payment, Director informed that management is seriously working on it.

It is expected that salary payment will be taking place in this week, according to various sources.

On promotions, we informed the deliberations in the CWC meeting at Bangalore. CWC expressed its resentment over BSNL management for not taking any initiative in issuing promotions to the Executives where practically no financial implication is there. We expressed our serious apprehension that mgt nowadays put the entire HR related issues of the Executives in the backburner in the pretext of financial crisis and revival package. This will further demoralize the Executives, we warned management.

On DGM promotions, there is no stay or court direction restraining BSNL from issuing promotions. In the name of an MA filed in the CAT/Chandigarh which is getting postponed every time, now posted to December, 2019 as CAT is not finding any urgency in the MA, BSNL is dragging the DGM promotions which is not acceptable to us. The promotions are to be issued this month itself so that few Executives will get one increment (others are stagnating). Director finally agreed to examine other alternatives.

On promotions, Director is critical about the court cases and the contempt. The promotion is delayed only due to court cases according to Director. We informed that this is the case for few cadres and in majority of the cadres, there is no vacancy. Parity and uniformity is to be brought in promotions in different cadres which is approved by the Board. The court cases are mounting due to various reasons as management is creating more and more disparity in promotions and not able to provide promotions in time. Further management is going to reduce the posts in a big way in the name of revised sanction/restructuring. Management is not implementing the new promotion policy intentionally, it is the conclusion of CWC, we informed DIR(CM).

On the new promotion policy, BSNL asked the guidance of DoT and DoT in turn asked certain queries from BSNL Management. Surprisingly it has come to our notice that BSNL even not provided the copy of the new promotion policy to DoT for examining it while seeking guidance on the proposal. This proves the lethargic attitude of BSNL management with respect to promotions to the Executives. On one side BSNL is not filling the existing vacancies in the name of court cases and revival plan and on the other side not implementing the new promotion policy which ensures smooth career progression to all as it is not linked with availability of posts.

As directed by the CWC, CHQ is watching the initiatives by the management for few days and if the attitude of the management is not changing, we will not hesitate to launch organizational actions as decided by the CWC.

On request transfers of DEs and DGMs, Director assured to take a positive decision shortly.

20-08-2019

Meeting at PMO on BSNL Revival Plan on 20.08.2019:

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Shri Nripendra Mishra called a meeting today in PMO to discuss the draft Cabinet Note on Revival of BSNL. Both the Secretaries from Finance Ministry is attending the meeting. In response to the Cabinet Note, Finance Ministry raised some queries on the possibility of Revival of BSNL as per the proposal in the Cabinet Memo. Right from the beginning, Finance Ministry was of the opinion that there is no need for revival of BSNL/MTNL. But due to the political pressure and the compulsions created by our continuous agitation, public and media support, political leadership at highest level intervened and the Revival proposal is mooted. If the outcome of today’s meeting is positive, Cabinet decision can be expected by this month end itself.

20-08-2019

Meeting with Shri Sheetla Prasad Tripathi, DIR(CM &HR): GS, President and AGS met Director(CM) and held discussions on various issues: i) On financial condition, DIR informed that there is no significant improvement. The banks are reluctant on giving fresh loan on the repayment capacity. Now all eyes are on the Revival package, once it is approved, situation will automatically change. ii) On DGM(T) promotion, we explained the changed situation as the number of vacancies are more than sufficient to promote all the eligible DEs. Further we explained the discussions we had with CGM(Legal) and PGM(Pers)/DGM(Pers) on this matter. We requested to withdraw the MA filed in the Hon CAT and proceed with the promotions. Response of Director was very positive and assured to work out on this. iii) Promotion in different cadres: We explained the precarious situation in promotion among different cadres and sought the intervention at highest level. Executives are not demanding any monitory benefits, just a designation change, we told. Director informed that management is aware of the situation but at present top management is fully pre occuppied in the finalization of Revival plan. Once that is finalised management will be able to focus on these issues. 

14-08-2019

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 13.08.2019: GS and both AGSs met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on:

a) JTO to SDE promotion: PGM informed that management is waiting for the Hon Kerala High Court order on the review petition.

The SDE promotion is delaying due to the contempt of court case filed by few AIGETOA activists against CMD and GM(P) against the promotion order issued on 15.06.2018. This forced management to file the review petition in the HC as the applicants are trying to drag the CMD and others to the court on the contempt petition. If the contempt case is not there, the promotion orders could have issued long back, which was informed by the management to all the leaders of different Associations, long back. For the assurance of all the concerned, Management filed affidavit also in the Hon CAT that it is ready for issuing promotion orders for all the vacancies and it is in a very advanced stage but the applicants insisted to proceed with the contempt case.

b) DE to DGM promotion: The MA filed by BSNL in Hon CAT Chandigarh for early hearing was listed last week but Hon Court posted the matter to 30.08.2019 along with the other MA. GS shared the apprehension that as happening now, on 30.08.2019 also Hon CAT may not give a final decision and the promotion will continue to delay. GS requested to consider withdrawing the MA and going ahead with promotions as the situation is changed. At present, the number of vacancies are more than the eligible candidates and as such there is no need to apprehend about new court cases. PGM(Pers) agreed to discuss the matter with higher authorities and explore the possibility to withdraw the MA for going ahead with the DPC and promotion.

c) Request Transfer in the cadre of DGMs: New CMD/DIR(HR) approved only those cases having less than 1 year service left and sought the details of the transfer policy followed for the remaining cases. Pers section again processed the cases with the policy guidelines and resubmitted for approval. It is expected to get the remaining transfer cases cleared shortly.

d) Request Transfer in the cadre of DEs: The requests are approved in principle and the orders will be issued by arranging substitutes to the shortage Circles.

14-08-2019

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers): GS and both AGSs met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on:

a) JTO to SDE promotion: PGM informed that management is waiting for the Hon Kerala High Court order on the review petition.

The SDE promotion is delaying due to the contempt of court case filed by few AIGETOA activists against CMD and GM(P) against the promotion order issued on 15.06.2018. This forced management to file the review petition in the HC as the applicants are trying to drag the CMD and others to the court on the contempt petition. If the contempt case is not there, the promotion orders could have issued long back, which was informed by the management to all the leaders of different Associations, long back. For the assurance of all the concerned, Management filed affidavit also in the Hon CAT that it is ready for issuing promotion orders for all the vacancies and it is in a very advanced stage but the applicants insisted to proceed with the contempt case.

b) DE to DGM promotion: The MA filed by BSNL in Hon CAT Chandigarh for early hearing was listed last week but Hon Court posted the matter to 30.08.2019 along with the other MA. GS shared the apprehension that as happening now, on 30.08.2019 also Hon CAT may not give a final decision and the promotion will continue to delay. GS requested to consider withdrawing the MA and going ahead with promotions as the situation is changed. At present, the number of vacancies are more than the eligible candidates and as such there is no need to apprehend about new court cases. PGM(Pers) agreed to discuss the matter with higher authorities and explore the possibility to withdraw the MA for going ahead with the DPC and promotion.

c) Request Transfer in the cadre of DGMs: New CMD/DIR(HR) approved only those cases having less than 1 year service left and sought the details of the transfer policy followed for the remaining cases. Pers section again processed the cases with the policy guidelines and resubmitted for approval. It is expected to get the remaining transfer cases cleared shortly.

d) Request Transfer in the cadre of DEs: The requests are approved in principle and the orders will be issued by arranging substitutes to the shortage Circles.

24-07-2019

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 24.07.2019: GS, President and AGS met CMD/BSNL and held discussions on:

1) Revival package for BSNL and MTNL: CMD informed that the GoM meeting was positive and final draft Cabinet note will be circulated to the nodal ministries shortly. On specific query, CMD informed that VRS will be offered for the employees above 50 years of age. According to CMD the process may take another two months for approval and thereafter another 5 to 6 months for implementation. Survival of BSNL till that period is the biggest challenge.

2) Arranging fund for meeting the urgent expenditure: CMD informed that the financial condition is very critical and the banks are very reluctant to give loan as the balance sheet is not good. Their  apprehension is the repayment of Loan. Secretary DoT also intervened in the matter. Considering the financial crisis, we have to maintain the services by our own employees, that is the only option ahead, CMD informed. Contract workers payment cannot be made from the present revenue collection.

We further demanded the modification of the order putting total ban on Capital expenditure which adversely affects the growth of BSNL as well as the revenue. The relaxation given for EB circuits is not sufficient. CMD assured to examine the matter and do the needful.

23-07-2019

Meeting with Shri S P Tripathi, DIR(CM&HR) on 23.07.2019: GS, President and AGS met DIR(CM&HR) and held discussions on:

1) Arranging fund for meeting the OPEX and CAPEX: We appraised the ground realities in the field units where the works are largely affected due to fund shortage. Since services are started affecting, hundreds of connections are getting closed every day which will have serious impact on the revenue in the coming days. Director also shared our view and informed that efforts are going on for getting bank loan to tide over the situation temporarily. The response from the Bankers meeting on last friday was positive.

2) Promotions in different cadres and notification of CPSU Hierarchy for bringing uniformity and parity in promotions: We expressed our serious concern for not getting any promotion orders. In the name of court cases and contempt, no promotion is taking place for the last one year, further demoralising the Executives. As a solution to this situation, BSNL Board approved the new promotion policy but BSNL is not implementing it for the reasons known to the management alone. It is doubted that mgt is not implementing it as it is more beneficial to the Executives and the Executives will get timely promotion. Director assured to work out on this for giving due promotions at the earliest. On DGM promotion, actions are taken to file the MA at Hon CAT, CDG.

3) Stopping the proposed move of reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE: We explained the issue and requested Director to review the decision for reversion and not to revert the eligible JTOs of 2001 batch.

4) Wrong implementation of Perquisite Tax: We cited the IT provisions, f IT Tribunal, Indore orders on the subject and the instructions issued by IT Department exempting Perquisite Tax for the accommodation provided by another CPSU, HMT Ltd to justify our demand that Perquisite Tax is not applicable for the Quarters allotted to BSNL employees. Director assured to take appropriate action.

5) Pending request transfers: We requested to clear all the pending request transfers, including the shortage Circles. Executives are posted to the shortage Circles on the assurance that they will be given transfer after completion of 2 years. Director assured to clear the request transfers.

24-07-2019

Meeting with Shri S P Tripathi, DIR(CM&HR) on 23.07.2019: GS, President and AGS met DIR(CM&HR) and held discussions on:

1) Arranging fund for meeting the OPEX and CAPEX: We appraised the ground realities in the field units where the works are largely affected due to fund shortage. Since services are started affecting, hundreds of connections are getting closed every day which will have serious impact on the revenue in the coming days. Director also shared our view and informed that efforts are going on for getting bank loan to tide over the situation temporarily. The response from the Bankers meeting on last friday was positive.

2) Promotions in different cadres and notification of CPSU Hierarchy for bringing uniformity and parity in promotions: We expressed our serious concern for not getting any promotion orders. In the name of court cases and contempt, no promotion is taking place for the last one year, further demoralising the Executives. As a solution to this situation, BSNL Board approved the new promotion policy but BSNL is not implementing it for the reasons known to the management alone. It is doubted that mgt is not implementing it as it is more beneficial to the Executives and the Executives will get timely promotion. Director assured to work out on this for giving due promotions at the earliest. On DGM promotion, actions are taken to file the MA at Hon CAT, CDG.

3) Stopping the proposed move of reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE: We explained the issue and requested Director to review the decision for reversion and not to revert the eligible JTOs of 2001 batch.

3) Wrong implementation of Perquisite Tax: We cited the IT provisions, f IT Tribunal, Indore orders on the subject and the instructions issued by IT Department exempting Perquisite Tax for the accommodation provided by another CPSU, HMT Ltd to justify our demand that Perquisite Tax is not applicable for the Quarters allotted to BSNL employees. Director assured to take appropriate action.

4) Pending request transfers: We requested to clear all the pending request transfers, including the shortage Circles. Executives are posted to the shortage Circles on the assurance that they will be given transfer after completion of 2 years. Director assured to clear the request transfers.

22-07-2019

Meeting with Sri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 22.07.2019: GS, President and both AGSs met PGM (Pers) and held discussions on:

1) Stopping the proposed move of reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE: We informed PGM (Pers) that JTOs of 2001 batch are eligible as per the provisions of RR and the clarifications issued by BSNLCO to different Circles during the notification of LDCE. Since BSNL declared them eligible, it is the responsibility of BSNL to protect their promotion also. The subsequent clarification issued after the conduction of the LDCE should be applicable prospectively, not retrospectively, we told. SNEA also drawn the attention of PGM about the earlier instances SNEA taken up the issue and the stopping of reversion on earlier occasions. Since they are already promoted as SDEs, they could not appear for subsequent LDCEs conducted by BSNL, sealing their future. PGM informed that BSNL is interested to protect them and will try to help them but it is a court verdict.

2) DGM (T) promotion: The MA is filed at Hon CAT, CDG. It is expected to listed for hearing this week.

3) Pending request transfers: PGM assured to clear the request transfer which are forwarded through proper channel.

10-07-2019

GS, President and both AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) on 10.07.2019 and held discussions on the following issues: PGM(Pers) and GM(Restg) also present.

a) Promotion in different cadres, JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, AO to CAO by diversion of posts, JTO(C/E/TF/Arch) to SDE(C/E/TF/Arch) and DE to DGM(T). Director (HR) informed that management is making its best efforts but due to litigations, not able to give promotions. Unnecessary litigations spoiling the career of thousand of comrades.

b) CPSU Hierarchy notification: Management is taking steps in this regard.

c) Restructuring proposal for BSNL: Director (HR) informed that the review of sanction of posts will be undertaken immediately. BSNL Board already put on hold all the recruitments. New norms will be worked out soon and accordingly number of posts will be determined.

d) Review of transfer to BR Circles from OR Circle. We suggested to distribute it to other Circles. DIR(HR) assured to examine the case.

09-07-2019

Meeting with Shri S K Gupta, Director (Finance) on 08.07.2019: GS, President and both AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met Director (Finance) and held discussions on various issues:

i) Allotment of funds: Director informed that 75 Cr is allotted for Electricity payment and 50 Cr for payment of Infra charges. Some more funds will be allotted on other heads tomorrow. We requested to release payment towards labour payments as services are started affecting and closure of connections taking place. On getting bank loans, Director explained the difficulty in getting the loans even after the intervention of DoT and Finance Ministry.

ii) Closure of loss making Exchanges: We requested to take immediate action to close all the Exchanges where the number of connections are few and even not getting atleast Rs 20,000 per month revenue. BSNL will be able to save huge electricity charges, rent and labour charges by this and the available resources can be utilised for maintaining other Exchanges. Our activist at various level may interact with management at different level and ensure that electricity/rent payment is done for the Exchanges giving good revenue to BSNL and the payments for loss making Exchanges can be avoided (except those having co-located BTSs, leased circuits etc).

iii) Introduction of OLA/Uber at BSNLCO as part of austerity measures: We expressed our serious concern for not implementing it at BSNLCO, giving wrong signal to the filed units. He assured to examine it and do the needful.

Further we requested special consideration for fund allotment to Maintenance Regions for labour payment, vehicle running, diesel etc. 

04-07-2019

AUAB meeting with Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 04.07.2019: AUAB had a detailed meeting with the new CMD on various important issues like BSNL revival for more than one and half hours:

1) On BSNL Revival, CMD explained the status of various issues like 4G spectrum, monetization of land, merger of BSNL and MTNL, VRS/Retirement age reduction/salary support. Discussions are going on at various level on all the issues.

On immediate financial support and Bank loan, CMD informed that there will be no financial support from DoT and very difficult to get bank loans also. CMD indicated very tough time ahead.

On the specific query on VRS, whether BSNL worked out the actual number of employees required or number of surplus employees, CMD informed that he is not aware of any such data worked out by BSNL CO.

2) Making over of BBNL (Bharath net) OFC mtce to an SPV of DoT: CMD informed that the present rate of Rs 12000 per KM is not sufficient to meet the expenditure. BBNL and DoT is not ready to hike the rates. So BSNL is not much interested in continuing with the work on such a loss making proposition.

3) Proposed move to takeover ALTTC and other land: CMD assured to take up the matter with DoT and of the firm view that the entire asset belongs to BSNL and DoT unilaterally cannot take over. If DoT is interested in the land, BSNL is ready to part it on market rate. This will be communicated to DoT.

25-06-2019

Meeting with Shri Arvind G Sawant, Hon Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises:

GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao, Com Dilip Saha and Com Sanjeev Sharma had a meeting with Hon Minister and held detailed discussions regarding revival of BSNL. He is an Ex employee of MTNL and the President of the recognised Trade Union of MTNL/Mumbai. Hon Minister is aware of the issues to a larger extent and assured that he will support all the proposals that will help revival of BSNL. He is monitoring the performance of other PSUs also and focussing its revival. He advised us to focus on revival of the company at the crisis period and bring more and more suggestions which will help BSNL.

Hon Minister assured to discuss the important issues mentioned in our memorandum with our Minister, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad.

This meeting was facilitated by senior Com A R Manani, Ex CHQ OB and CS/MH Circle.

Memorandum submitted to Shri Arvind G Sawant, Hon Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

22-06-2019

GS along with CHQ President and AGSs Com P P Rao and Dilip Saha met Shri S P Tripathi, DIR (CM & HR) on 21.06.2019 and held further discussions regarding:

1) notification of CPSU cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018

2) DE to DGM promotion. The application filed by BSNL in the vacation bench of Hon PCAT not allowed as according to the registry, it is not an emergency case. We requested to find some alternative to give the promotions and so many AGMs are retiring every month without getting due promotion. Management is apprehensive about the contempt of court and taking all possible precautions before the DPC, DIR(CM&HR) informed us. However, he assured to explore all the possible ways to expedite the promotions which is badly delayed.

3) Proposed move of DoT to take over ALTTC: We expressed our serious concern over the matter and held discussions based on the inputs in our letter to CMD. DIR(CM&HR) informed that it is decided to form some committees to examine sharing of ALTTC and in the process BSNL interest will be protected. Final decision on transfer of assets will be taken based on the Committee report and interaction between BSNL mgt and DoT at higher level.

Earlier GS along with CHQ President, AGSs Com P P Rao, Com Dilip Saha and Com Sanjeev Sharma met PGM(Pers) and held further discussions on: 1) expeditious actions for notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and 2) DE to DGM promotion. 

GS letter to CMD/BSNL against the move for Transfer of ALTTC

21-06-2019

GS along with CHQ President, AGSs Com P P Rao, Com Dilip Saha and Com Sanjeev Sharma met CMD/BSNL on 20.06.2019 and held further discussions on:

1) expeditious actions for notification of CPSU Hierarchy for smooth career progression of thousands of Executives. We shared our apprehension that in future all the vacancies may be abolished by review of sanctioned posts based on assets as part of restructuring and revival plan.

2) serious concern over the abnormal delay on DE to DGM promotion. We requested to conduct the DPC as early as possible as large number of AGMs are retiring every month without promotion.

3) rumours about rolling back of retirement age from 60 to 58: CMD informed that discussions are going on at different levels regarding restructuring and revival of BSNL. VRS and retirement age reduction is also part of discussion. However no decision is arrived so far and retirement age reduction is not yet decided by the BSNL Board, approval of Board is a pre-condition.

However according to our information serious deliberations are going on in DoT on a daily basis regarding restructuring and revival of BSNL in which both VRS and retirement reduction are under serious consideration.

19-06-2019

GS along with CHQ President and AGSs Com P P Rao and Dilip Saha met Shri S P Tripathi, DIR(CM & HR) on 18.06.2019 and held detailed discussions regarding the present situation and HR issues.

Last BSNL Board meeting directed BSNL management to reduce the expenditure by 40%. For that detailed instructions are issued to the Circles. Exchanges having less than Rs 25,000 revenue is proposed to close down. Before closing down, it will be reported to State Govts and DoT. OLA/Uber services to be used wherever possible.

By the initiative of the new Minister, 900 Cores are allotted by Finance Ministry of which 700 Cr has to be utilised for repayment of Bank loan. BSNL expect the fund by this month end.

According to reliable information, BSNL total outstanding payment is about Rs 7780 Cr. This is the official figure but actual figure will be about Rs 8500 Cr when remaining claim is also placed by field units. Now the monthly revenue collection is about 1300 to 1400 Cr but minimum expenditure is about 2200 Cr.

All the Capital expenditure by the Circles are totally banned. We will oppose this move as it will seriously affect the expansion and services in the future.

As part of revival plan massive restructuring is initiated and DIR(CM) informed that new justification of posts will be worked out very soon and two working groups are going to be formed for this purpose. According to Director, the posts may come down by 50% due to massive surrender of connections and closure of exchanges.

On promotions, mgt is disturbed by the contempt of court proceedings. Mgt is now taking extra precautions to ensure that promotions are not leading to litigations and contempt of court. This is practically delaying all the promotions. Those who are gone to the court and stopped the promotions by way of contempt proceedings and stay has to reconsider their decision to facilitate the promotions, in the larger interest of the cadre.

On CPSU Hierarchy notifications w.e.f 01.07.2018, we requested to expedite it as thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion. They may not get any promotion in future once restructuring and revival plan is put in place as all the vacancies will be abolished by review of sanctioned posts based on assets. DIR(CM) assured to expedite it.

On JTO to SDE promotion, the Ernakulam case outcome is awaited. The case is coming on 20.06.2019 for final hearing, DIR informed.

On DE to DGM promotion, efforts are being made to conduct the DPC as early as possible. The court is to be apprised about the final AGM list published before the DPC and it may be done on 21.06.2019.

17-06-2019

GS along with CHQ President and both AGSs met CMD BSNL on 17.06.2019 and held discussions on the burning issue of isolation of more than 20% BTSs due to non-payment of electricity bills, rents etcAlso informed about the pending labour bills, non grant of finds for Regions towards maintenance of OFC, non payment of TIPs/SIs/LCOs/FTTH Franchisees etcIt was also informed that BSNL is increasing the mobile connections due to good coverage and quality of service and if the BTSs are not maintained, then there will be drastic reduction of connection. Once BSNL loose the trust of the customers, it will be difficult to retain themCMD informed that he is aware of the issues and meeting DOT regularly for fundsNew Minister is also appraised. It was also informed that the letter of comfort issued by DOT for taking loan is having a small hitch and was sent back to DOT for correctionOnce the LOC is issued, the problems can be minimized.

We have requested the CMD for notifying the CPSU Hierarchy at the earliest for smooth carer progression and promotions as thousands of JTOs, SDE/AOs in various wings are waiting for their promotion. The promotion through DPC is stalled due to litigations inspite of availability of sufficient SDE(T) posts. We have also requested for early completion of DPC for promotion from AGM to DGM(T). CMD responded positively and directed to further discuss with PGM(Pers) and DIR(CM).

08-05-2019

GS, President and both AGSs met Shri Anupam Shrivastava on 08.05.20199 and held discussions on i) Promotions and bringing party in promotions, ii) DGM promotion, iii) HR Integration and iv) permission for transfer on interest of service for meeting the shortages in KTK and KRL Circles.

08-05-2019

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

07-05-2019

GS, President and both AGSs met the all the new BSNL Directors, Shri. Vivek Banzal/DIR(CFA), Shri. S. K. Gupta/DIR(Fin), Shri. B. L. Varshney/DIR(EB) and Shri. Sheetla Prasad Tripathi/DIR(CM) as a courtesy visit and held discussions on various points, allotment of funds especially for Odisha Circle etc.

24-04-2019

Formal agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 23.04.2019: GS, President, AGSs and CS/GUJ had detailed discussions on the following agenda points.  PGM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Pers) also present in the meeting:

1. Notification of “BSNL Executive Promotion Policy & Recruitment Rules-2017” approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, w.e.f 29.06.2018 or the review date 01.07.2018 in order to maintain Uniformity, Seniority and Parity in promotions at par with the Juniors already promoted on 29.06.2018. Every month Executives are retiring without getting the due promotion.

2. DGM(T) promotion and increasing the DGM(T) posts proportionate to AGM posts at par with other streams.

3. DE Promotion based on Revised Seniority as per Rule 206.

4. Office Accommodation for the Recognised Association at Circle and SSA level.

5. Notification of Soft Tenure Break as agreed in the last meeting.

6. Increasing the number of Office bearers to 15 at Circle and major SSAs.

1)  On notification of new promotion policy, DIR(HR) informed that the matter will be pursued in DoT for early clearance. Senior officers will be deputed for pursuing the matter in DoT. DIR(HR) concurred with our view that the disparity in promotion can be addressed and parity can be maintained only by notification of the new policy w.e.f. 29.06.2018 or 01.07.2018 which management assured. Assn demanded permanent solution for the promotion issue which is now resolved through the new promotion policy. Time Bound Functional promotion is part of Terms and condition for absorption in BSNL which is not implemented so far. The earlier proposal to bring parity through upgradation of posts in all the streams was not approved by the CMD, DIR(HR) informed. DIR(HR) further informed that the ongoing court cases stopping the mgt from issuing promotion orders for the existing vacancies in some cadres. 

2) Assn demanded proportionate increase in the DGM(T) posts. 1331 is the sanctioned DGM posts when the DE posts sanction was 5303. Since the DE posts increased through upgradation last year, the DGM posts also to be increased proportionately, we demanded. Mgt agreed to our demand which is justified with facts and figures and assured to take necessary action after the DGM promotions. This will be a major breakthrough for the cadre as large number of DGM posts is justified.

The DGM promotions will be expedited and it is assured that DGM regular promotions orders will be issued.

3) The legal opinion for implementation of Rule 206 received and it will be expedited. The whole process may take months together as review DPC is to be held for thousands of SDEs, most of them are retired.

4) & 6) The demand of office accommodation at Circle/ SSA level and increasing the number of office bearers to 15 will be considered. It will be examined what best can be done in this cases without further delay and will be informed. If required, the REA rules should be amended by taking to the MC or Board, we suggested. 

5) Soft Tenure Break: We reminded about the earlier discussions and the commitment to restore the Circle break. Earlier the policy was framed after discussion with the Assns but the amendment made without consulting the Assns which created the problem, Assn pointed out. The matter will be further explained to new PGM(Pers) and it will be processed.

Finally we requested for early action on increasing the SAB contribution and rectification of anomalies in the GTI recovery.

24-04-2019

Formal agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 23.04.2019: GS, President, AGSs and CS/GUJ had detailed discussions on the following agenda points:

1. Notification of “BSNL Executive Promotion Policy & Recruitment Rules-2017” approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, w.e.f 29.06.2018 or the review date 01.07.2018 in order to maintain Uniformity, Seniority and Parity in promotions at par with the Juniors already promoted on 29.06.2018. Every month Executives are retiring without getting the due promotion.

2. DGM(T) promotion and increasing the DGM(T) posts proportionate to AGM posts at par with other streams.

3. DE Promotion based on Revised Seniority as per Rule 206.

4. Office Accommodation for the Recognised Association at Circle and SSA level.

5. Notification of Soft Tenure Break as agreed in the last meeting.

6. Increasing the number of Office bearers to 15 at Circle and major SSAs.

1)  On notification of new promotion policy, DIR(HR) informed that the matter will be pursued in DoT for early clearance. Senior officers will be deputed for pursuing the matter in DoT. DIR(HR) concurred with our view that the disparity in promotion can be addressed and parity can be maintained only by notification of the new policy w.e.f. 29.06.2018 or 01.07.2018 which management assured. Assn demanded permanent solution for the promotion issue which is now resolved through the new promotion policy. Time Bound Functional promotion is part of Terms and condition for absorption in BSNL which is not implemented so far. The earlier proposal to bring parity through upgradation of posts in all the streams was not approved by the CMD, DIR(HR) informed. DIR(HR) further informed that the ongoing court cases stopping the mgt from issuing promotion orders for the existing vacancies in some cadres.  

2) Assn demanded proportionate increase in the DGM(T) posts. 1331 is the sanctioned DGM posts when the DE posts sanction was 5303. Since the DE posts increased through upgradation last year, the DGM posts also to be increased proportionately, we demanded. Mgt agreed to our demand which is justified with facts and figures and assured to take necessary action after the DGM promotions. This will be a major breakthrough for the cadre as large number of DGM posts is justified.

The DGM promotions will be expedited and it is assured that DGM regular promotions orders will be issued.

3) The legal opinion for implementation of Rule 206 received and it will be expedited. The whole process may take months together as review DPC is to be held for thousands of SDEs, most of them are retired.

4) & 6) The demand of office accommodation at Circle/ SSA level and increasing the number of office bearers to 15 will be considered. It will be examined what best can be done in this cases without further delay and will be informed. If required, the REA rules should be amended by taking to the MC or Board, we suggested.  

5) Soft Tenure Break: We reminded about the earlier discussions and the commitment to restore the Circle break. Earlier the policy was framed after discussion with the Assns but the amendment made without consulting the Assns which created the problem, Assn pointed out. The matter will be further explained to new PGM(Pers) and it will be processed.

Finally we requested for early action on increasing the SAB contribution and rectification of anomalies in the GTI recovery.

22-04-2019

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 22.04.2019: GS, AGSs and CS/GUJ met CMD BSNL and held discussions on various issues:

i)  Revival of BSNL – media reports: CMD informed that according to the informations, Union Govt not taken any decision in this regard on the BSNL proposal. In the revival proposal, 4G allotment, land monetization, VRS etc proposed.  

This shows that the media reports of immediate decision on revival package was just a political stunt to counter the political and media attack on the Govt regarding BSNL which put the Govt in an embarrassing situation. This propaganda may be, just to silence the political opponents, the media and the general public having sympathy towards BSNL during the election period. Again this is another strategy to favour the private players, mainly R-Jio.

The situation on OPEX and CAPEX is not improved as the expected Bank loan is not materialised so far.

ii) Implementation of new Promotion policy to bring parity with the juniors got promotion on 29.06.2018 or later: We requested CMD to take necessary action to implement the BSNL Board decision for bring parity and uniformity in promotions and ensure justice to all the Executives of BSNL. During discussion, CMD informed that it is a BSNL Board decision and it has to be implemented. DIR(HR) sent the proposal for DoT clearance and after sending the proposal to DoT, it was intimated to CMD. This will further delay the implementation and promotion to thousands of Executives as DoT is nothing to say about the promotion policy which is under the purview of BSNL Board, Assn pointed out. There is no financial implication in the proposal for DoT clearance. We strongly condemned the delay tactics of BSNL management.

The matter will be further discussed in the agenda meeting with DIR(HR) tomorrow, 23.04.2019. We demanded for a joint meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) in this regard which will be held next week.

iii) DGM promotion: We requested to expedite the DGM promotions on regular basis for all the DGM vacancies. CMD assured to expedite the DGM promotions. 

22-04-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-04-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

08-04-2019

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL: GS and both AGSs met CMD BSNL on 08.04.2019 and held discussions on various issues:

i) Implementation of new Promotion policy to bring parity with those Executives got promotion on 29.06.2018 or later, who are juniors: We requested CMD to take necessary action to implement the BSNL Board decision for bring parity and uniformity in promotions and ensure justice to all the Executives of BSNL. Thousands of seniors are facing humiliation as their juniors are promoted on 29.06.2018. Executives recruited for the same or earlier year are also deprived promotion along with others. The upgradation done only for few cadres, citing court cases, on the promise that others will be given promotion through the new promotion policy, at par with others. This promise is not implemented so far.

During discussion, CMD informed that it is a BSNL Board decision and it has to be implemented at the earliest. CMD assured to discuss with DIR(HR) and do the needful immediately.

If there is no progress, CHQ is planning for some program infront of the BSNL Board meeting on 16.04.2019.

ii)  Meeting at PMO on 02.04.2019: CMD briefly informed that 3rd PRC, the revival proposal, 4G allotment, land monetization etc discussed in the PMO meeting. Issues are taken a definite shape and Govt trying to speed up the process and getting the Cabinet approval in the shortest time. BSNL proposal for land monetization by BSNL itself and the land monetization through DIPAM will take place simultaneously.

From Assn side we categorically told that any restructuring of BSNL has to be done along with 3rd PRC implementation and pension revision, otherwise it will not be successful.  

After the strike on 18-20, February, media and public outcry on revival of BSNL, Govt forced to act very fast on the revival proposal, on the direct supervision of PMO. Daily meeting taken place between BSNL and DoT at highest level to sort out the issues. The Letter of comfort and Presidential sanction for expenditure on OPEX, which was flatly denied by DoT during discussions, extended within days.

iii) DGM promotion: We expressed our serious concern in the abnormal delay in DGM promotions on flimsy grounds. About 1,000 DGM vacancies are available now. We demanded filling up of all the vacancies on regular basis. Also giving GM entrustment charge to the regular DGMs already working. CMD assured to expedite the DGM promotions. Since one of the DPC member (CLO) was not signed the DPC minutes earlier and another member retired now, it is learned that fresh DPC is to be held.

We are in constant touch with PGM(Pers) and Pers section and monitoring the progress. Due to obvious reasons, not reporting the progress in the websites.

22-03-2019

GS met Shri Anuppam Shrivastava, CMD on 19.03.2019 and held discussions on fund availability and BSNL expansion related issues. GS requested for special consideration for Mtce Regions in fund allotment considering their criticality and significance.

GS also requested to issue the PO for FTTH equipments like OLTs, ONTs and low count OF Cables to provide maximum FTTH connections where the MOU with LCOs and not progressing.

On fund availability, CMD informed that BSNL is in touch with the Banks for the loans for operation and mtce. 

08-03-2019

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: AUAB leaders met CMD/BSNL and held discussions regarding payment of salary for the month February, 2019 and the repressive measures initiated under FR 17A against the employees participated in the  strike, especially the Executives. GSs and senior leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNLMS, BSNLOA and TEPU were present in the meeting. DIR(HR) was also present in the meeting.

CMD informed that the salary will be paid by next week end, according to the present cash flow.

On the repressive measures, AUAB explained that FR 17A is not part of CDA Rules or it is not adopted by BSNL so far and hence it is not applicable for BSNL employees. The action initiated under FR 17A is not valid, AUAB explained to management.

Accordingly, the proposed Relay Hunger fast by CHQ leaders of AUAB at New Delhi from 12.03.2019, demanding salary payment and withdrawal of repressive measures deferred.

08-03-2019

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: AUAB leaders met CMD/BSNL on 07.03.2019 and held discussions regarding payment of salary for the month February, 2019 and the repressive measures initiated under FR 17A against the employees participated in the  strike, especially the Executives. GSs and senior leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNLMS, BSNLOA and TEPU were present in the meeting. DIR(HR) was also present in the meeting.

CMD informed that the salary will be paid by next week end, according to the present cash flow.

On the repressive measures, AUAB explained that FR 17A is not part of CDA Rules or it is not adopted by BSNL so far and hence it is not applicable for BSNL employees. The action initiated under FR 17A is not valid, AUAB explained to management.

Accordingly, the proposed Relay Hunger fast by CHQ leaders of AUAB at New Delhi from 12.03.2019, demanding salary payment and withdrawal of suppressive measures deferred.

27-02-2019

Meeting with DIR(HR) and CMD on 26.02.2019:

GS and both AGSs met DIR(HR) and CMD and held discussions regarding notification of the new Time Bound Functional promotion Policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) approved by the BSNL Board on 07.05.2018, JTO to SDE and DGM promotions, soft tenure policy, office accommodation etc. Both of them assured positive actions at the earliest.  

Comrades, we are getting assurances one after another for the last few months on these issues. If the management is not taking immediate action to notify the promotion policy for giving promotions to thousands of eligible Executives or brining parity  and uniformity in promotions by any other means as a permanent solution and settling other issues, Association will be compelled to resume the agitation programs deferred in September 2018 w.e.from 18.03.2019. Be prepared for that. We are watching the developments till 28.02.19 before taking a final decision. This is a promotion policy which provides smooth career progression and BSNL is having no financial implications rather huge savings in the name of extra increment. This policy is to be notified and implemented before HR plan is approved and restructuring of BSNL takes places, otherwise the existing promotional avenues also will vanish.  

26-02-2019

DIR(Fin) informed us that the fund for GPF, EPF, Bank/LIC instalments etc will be allotted in a day or two for the salary upto  December, 2018.  

22-02-2019

AUAB leaders met Shri A N Rai, OSD to Hon Minister on 21.02.2019 and held discussions on various issues, especially on revival of BSNL. OSD assured some positive results in the near future as he is closely working with the senior officers of DoT and BSNL to facilitate financial assistance to BSNL.

22-02-2019

Meeting with Hon Minister of State for Communications Shri Manoj Sinhaji at Ahmedabad on 20.02.2019: 

As per advice of CHQ to end the deadlock situation and to clarify some of the issues which are not properly fed by some section of DOTthe meeting was organised with the help of some BJP leaders who were also present in the meetingDuring the meeting, Com B G Patel, CS/GUJ and Com Rakesh Mehta, CHQ VP cleared some of the misunderstandings of the Hon Minister, due to wrong feeding by some section in DoT and mainly focussed the issues related to revival of BSNL. Now once again we have approached the same leaders so that with their help, we can again meet Hon MOS very shortly.

22-02-2019

Meeting with Shri Giriraj Singhji, Hon MoS, MSME, Govt. of India on 20.02.2019 at Patna.

A delegation of SNEA, Bihar Circle led by Com Ratish Kumar/CS and Com Ranjan Kumar/CP met Shri Giriraj Singhji, Hon Minister of State, MSME, Govt of India and requested for his intervention with MOSC for immediate allotment of 4G spectrum and support  for financial viability of BSNL along with granting wage revision 15℅ fitment benefits & pension revision of retired employees of BSNL w.e.f.01.01.2017. Hon Minister has given assurance to take up the issues related to BSNL & its employees immediately. On 21.02.2019 morning, they met him again and Hon Minister spoken to Shri Manoj Sinha, MoSC immediately about the issues related to BSNL and sought his immediate intervention.  

Memorandum submittedPhoto 1 Photo 2

11-02-2019

3 DAYS STRIKE FROM 18.02.2019 BY AUAB

For further mobilization for the strike, AUAB decided to conduct a march on 15.02.2019, Friday by all the family members of BSNL employees.

Conduct combined meetings at Circle/SSA/Branch level.

11-02-2019

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 08.02.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Sanjeev Sharma and Jt Sec(S) Com A Chandrasekhar met CMD and held discussions on the acute financial crisis in the organization. We appraised CMD about the situation in the field units which is affecting the services and gradually affect the revenue also. Since DoT is not given the letter of comfort, taking bank loan also delayed, CMD informed us.

Notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as assured by the management: All the promotions are held up due to non-availability of posts, court cases and reservation issue. The reservation policy and the seniority related dispute created deadlock in JTO to SDE promotion. In other streams non-availability of vacancies is the main problem. BSNL is following the post based promotions followed in Govt Depts which is the main reason for creating such situation. This created huge disparity in promotions which resulted in resentment among the Executives especially the major wing, Engg wing. As a solution to all the issues, the new promotion policy is approved by the BSNL Board in line with the promotion policy followed in all CPSUs. It is to be implemented immediately, w.e.f 01.07.2018, we demanded.

Assn is not able to contain the resentment among the Executives waiting for promotion and will be compelled to start agitations in short notice, we informed. CMD reassured to notify the policy at the earliest. 

11-02-2019

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 08.02.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Sanjeev Sharma and Jt Sec(S) Com A Chandrasekhar met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on i) DE to DGM promotions: We strongly objected to the abnormal delay in issuing promotions. The DPC work abruptly stopped without any reason. The list is already approved by the competent authority and utilised twice in 2016 and 2017 for DGM promotions. 1966 seniority etc do not have any relevance now as matter is subjudice. Similar delay on review DPC for SDE to DE promotion based on Hon SC judgment on Rule 206 is hampering the regular promotion to DGM grade. PGM(Pers) assured to expedite the process and some line of action is worked out for DGM promotion. In the HOCC meeting also, CGMs severely complained about the acute shortage of DGMs in the field units. 

ii) JTO to SDE promotion: The opinion on reservation policy is sought from the SG. The legal opinions from two BSNL counsels were contradictory which prompted management to get the opinion of ASG but ASG declined to give the opinion, which shows the confusion in the legal circles on this important issue.

The court cases against promotions made management very cautious for future promotions, and management want to make it sure that no fresh litigations are arisen after giving promotions, PGM(Pers) informed.

iii) Notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as assured by the management. Since the reservation policy and the seniority related disputes again started creating deadlocks and the non-availability of vacancies, the new promotion policy is to be implemented immediately, w.e.f 01.07.2018.  

iv) Restoration of Circle break in Soft tenure policy also discussed.

11-02-2019

Meeting with Shri A M Gupta, GM(SR) on 08.02.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Sanjeev Sharma and Jt Sec(S) Com A Chandrasekhar met GM(SR) and held discussions on i) notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as assured by the management and ii) office accommodation at Circle and SSA level. Assn is not able to contain the resentment among the Executives waiting for promotion and will be compelled to start agitations in short notice, we informed.

11-02-2019

Meeting with Shri Saurabh Tyagi, PGM(Estt) on 07.02.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Sanjeev Sharma and Jt Sec(S) Com A Chandrasekhar met PGM(Estt) and held discussions on approval for E1A and E2A scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for JTO/SDE/PA/PS etc cadres in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres. DoT opposed the proposal on the plea that the status as on 01.10.2000 cannot be changed. Further the presidential order issued on 01.10.2000 for individuals on absorption is sacrosanct and the pay scales cannot be changed. On DoT objection, the proposal withdrawn from the Board agenda earlier. To overcome this objection of DoT, we suggested to consider some other cut off date after 01.10.2000 so that the issue can be resolved. 

05-02-2019

GS, President, AGSs Com Chandrasekhar and Com Jagdish Rout, CS/UP(E) Com Ajay Trivedi, CS/AP Com Umamaheshwar Rao, CS/J&K Com P K Bali, CS/TL Com Ramesh, DS Jhansi Pavitra Singh from UP(East) Circle met Shri Saurabh Tyagi, PGM(Estt) and held discussions on the pay loss issue of post 2007 JTOs especially those 2007 & 2008 and approval of E2, E3 pay scales. Various options like allowing them to continue in the pre-revised scale of 9850-16400 till the approval of standard pay scales of E2 and E3, giving additional increment from the existing pay to compensate the pay loss etc discussed.

Further we held discussions on option to continue in the pre- revised scales till promotion for the PA/PS cadre in J&K and other Circles who got the promotion after 07.05.2010, the date of issue of Non executive pay revision order. Same benefit extended for JAO 2010 batch.

31-01-2019

Following the discussion that the AUAB had with the Additional Secretary (Telecom) yesterday, further discussions took place between the AUAB and the CMD BSNL yesterday, as well as today.  In continuation of this, the representatives of the AUAB met Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary (Telecom) today afternoon. To our surprise, the Additional Secretary (Telecom) told the AUAB representatives today that, even giving the 5% fitment would be difficultThe AUAB did not accept the 5% fitment offer made yesterday. Further for the Pension Revision also, DoT is talking about the same fitment given for BSNL employees.In this backdrop, the AUAB will be holding its meeting at 11:30 am tomorrowThe meeting will take appropriate decision on the charter of demands.The Executives and Non-Executives are requested to keep ready for struggle.

24-01-2019

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, President and AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues. GM(SR) also present.

a) Payment of bills for labourers, electricity etc: DIR(HR) explained the severe financial crunch BSNL is facing for the last few months. The payments are delayed which is started affecting the services. The banks are reluctant to give loan for the Telecom sector where huge NPA is reported and the RBI ceiling for loan for Telecom sector is already over. Further DoT letter of comfort also not received so far.

It is time for all to work together, for the survival of BSNL, forgetting all other issues, DIR(HR & Fin) called upon.

b) JTO to SDE promotion: The promotions and resultant court cases demoralised the management, DIR(HR) informed us. When management is gone for extra mile to give promotions, contempt cases etc are not going to help any way. The clarifications on own merit on reservation issue also to be obtained. As the ASG is not given his opinion, management is exploring the possibility for getting the legal opinion from Solicitor General (SG). Earlier legal opinions were contradictory in this regard.

We requested to expedite the promotions as the JTOs waiting for the promotion are innocent and not involved in the court cases to stop the promotions.

c) DE to DGM promotion: We requested to expedite the promotions as the preparatory work is completed. The tentative seniority list is operated for promotions in 2016 and 2017 and the promotions are made from the remaining DEs in the same list. The question of 1966 seniority does not arise now as the issue is pending in the Hon Supreme Court. No stay is granted by the Chandigarh CAT in the case filed by some individuals. DIR(HR) assured to take a decision in this regard at the earliest.

d) Soft tenure policy: We requested to release the order for Circle break as assured long back. DIR(HR) responded positively.

24-01-2019

Next meeting of AUAB with Addtl Secretary, DoT on the charter of demands is fixed on 30.01.2019 at 12.00 Hrs.

15-01-2019

Meeting with GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Pers):

GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharama, Jt Sec Com Sumit Saxena, CS/BSNLCO Com G K Das and CS/UP(W) Com R P Sharma met Shri Arun Kumar, new GM(Pers) on 14.01.19 and held discussions on JTO to SDE and DE to DGM promotions.

Later on we met DGM(Pers) and held further discussions on promotions.

BSNL sought the legal advice from ASG on OWN MERIT, in reservation. AGS reply is expected by this week.

On DE to DGM promotion, the demand for publishing the provisional seniority list is under examination. Review DPC as per 206 is not formally completed to publish the seniority list.

In a sudden move, BSNL transferred GM(Pers) and DGM(Pers) last week immediately after the developments on contempt petition in Kerala. Top management is upset with the developments after so many promotions.

In the evening GS, AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharama and Jt Sec Com Sumit Saxena met GM(SR) and held further discussions on DE to DGM promotions.

Com Sumit Saxena, Jt Sec will be available at CHQ for few days.

12-01-2019

 Meeting of the Committee for Periodic Interaction and meeting between the AUAB and the Additional Secretary.

A meeting of the Committee for Periodic Interaction (Institutional Mechanism) was held in the Sanchar Bhawan on 10-01-2019. From the AUAB, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU & Convenor, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS/NFTE & Chairman, Com.K.Sebastin,  GS/SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSLEA participated. Shri.R.K.Khandelwal, Joint Secretary(Admn.) Shri S.K.Jain, DDG(Estt.), Sri Rajeev Sing, DDG(Budget)  and officers participated from the DoT. Shri.P.K.Sinha, Advisor(Finance), DoT, who is a member of the Committee did not participate attend as he is on tour. Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) and ShriA.M.Gupta, GM(SR) represented the BSNL.

 

It may be remembered that the AUAB strongly demanded that this Committee should be chaired by the Additional Secretary and that no result would be achieved if it is presided over by the Joint Secretary level officer. Whatever we predicted has proved to be correct. The Joint Secretary(Admn.) and the DDG(Estt.) were not able to give any worthwhile information about the status of the issues, viz., 3rd Pay Revision, Allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay and Pension Revision. Both the officers are completely negative on our issues. No worth mentioning outcome came from this meeting.

 

Hence, after this meeting, the AUAB leaders went and met Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary and expressed their total dissatisfaction about the outcome of the meeting. Shri R.K.Khandelwal, Joint Secretary (Admn.), Ms.Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) were also present. Thereafter, full fledged discussion took place with the Additional Secretary on our demands.

 

3rd Pay Revision

Detailed discussion took place. The Additional Secretary told that the DoT is ready to settle the 3rd Pay Revision. But, he categorically told that it will be very difficult for the DoT to get the approval of the Cabinet for 15% fitment, since BSNL’s financial position does not allow payment of such high salary. He requested the AUAB and the BSNL Management to discuss and come back to him by next week with a workable solution which can be convincing to other ministries also. DIR(HR) informed that she will start negotiation with AUAB immediately.

 

4G spectrum to BSNL.

As regards the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, the Additional Secretary confidently told that the DoT would do it’s best to get the Cabinet approval for the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. He expressed hope that the Telecom Commission meeting to be held in the 1st week of February would give the necessary clearance, after which it would go for the Cabinet approval. Reservation on the part of Niti Ayog and Dept of Expenditure will be sorted out in the Telecom Commission meeting with the support of the recommendation of the consultant, IIM Ahmedabad. BSNL response on IIM report will be submitted by Monday and thereafter it will be processed to discuss in TC meeting.

 

Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay.

As regards the issue of Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay, the Additional Secretary told that the Department of Expenditure (DoE) has sought certain details and that the DoT has already written to the BSNL in this regard. The Director (HR) replied that within 1 or 2 days, BSNL would send a reply to the DoT. The Additional Secretary assured that thereafter prompt action would be taken to get the approval of the DoE.

 

Pension Revision.

On this issue, the AUAB representatives expressed their dissatisfaction and demanded that prompt action should be taken by the DoT. Thereafter, detailed discussion took place with regards to the fitment, etc. Finally, the Additional Secretary requested the Director(HR) to provide with copies of relevant documents like Government orders related to payment of Pension to the BSNL employees, etc.

 

Outstanding issues of 2nd PRC.

On this DIR(HR) informed that there are two parts, one pertaining to BSNL and the other one pending with DoT. DIR(HR) informed that an understanding has been reached between AUAB and the CMD BSNL in respect of increasing the contribution towards Superannuation Benefits. She also assured that a record of discussion would be issued for the meeting held on 02.12.2018 between CMD BSNL and the AUAB.

On the second issue of approval of E2 and E3 pay scales, DIR(HR) told that DoT issued PO by lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2, degrading the cadres which BSNL is not agreeing. It is to be reviewed as requested by BSNL.  

GS explained the matter further and requested for early settlement. In the last meeting on 03.12.2018, Hon Minister agreed to reconsider the DoT decision and assured early action as it can be decided within DoT. AST finally told directed Director(PSU) to process the case and brief him on the subject.

  

At the end of the meeting, the Additional Secretary suggested that the AUAB representatives could again meet him next week.

AUAB Circular

12-01-2019

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

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

10-01-2019

AUAB meeting with the Secretary, Telecom.

Representatives of the AUAB met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom, on 09.01.2019. Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary, Telecom, was also present. From AUAB, Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU & Convenor/AUAB, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS/NFTE and Chairman/AUAB, Com. K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSNLEA took part. AUAB expressed their concern to the Secretary, Telecom, over the slow implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoS(C). In reply, the Secretary, Telecom, told that a status report on all the issues would be given to the AUAB, by the DoT, in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism) meeting to be held on 10.01.2019. The Secretary, Telecom, suggested that the AUAB could meet her thereafter, and apprise her of the actions needed to be taken. In the discussion, AUAB demanded the inclusion of four representatives from AUAB in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism). This was accepted by the Secretary, Telecom.

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10-01-2019

AUAB meeting with the Secretary, Telecom.

Representatives of the AUAB met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom, on 09.01.2019. Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary, Telecom, was also present. From AUAB, Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU & Convenor/AUAB, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS/NFTE and Chairman/AUAB, Com. K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSNLEA took part. AUAB expressed their concern to the Secretary, Telecom, over the slow implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoS(C). In reply, the Secretary, Telecom, told that a status report on all the issues would be given to the AUAB, by the DoT, in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism) meeting to be held on 10.01.2019. The Secretary, Telecom, suggested that the AUAB could meet her thereafter, and apprise her of the actions needed to be taken. In the discussion, AUAB demanded the inclusion of four representatives from AUAB in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism). This was accepted by the Secretary, Telecom.

10-01-2019

Implementation of Group Term Insurance:

GS, CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan, AGS Com Dilip Saha, AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma, AGS Com Pandurang Nayak, Jt.Sec (South) Com Chandrasekhar, Jt.Sec (East) Com I H Mandol and AGS Com Jagdish Rout met Sr GM(Estt), GM(Trg) and GM(CA) on 08.01.2019 and held discussions on implementation of GTI w.e.f 01.02.2019.

The Estt section is nominated as the nodal section for the implementation of GTI. Estt section issued direction to ERP cell to take action to deduct the amount from the salary of January, 2019 onwards. CA section will implement the premium deduction and accounting.

SNEA requested for some mechanism for the Executives on deputation to other Depts like TERM Cell for exercising the option for GTI. In principle it is agreed and modalities will be worked out. Further monthly or quarterly premium payment for the Executives above 50 years as the premium amount is higher. This also will be discussed with LIC. Next meeting with LIC will be held on 11.01.2019 for finalizing the MoU and the policy document.

We requested for a mechanism to monitor the contribution towards the Pension fund (5%). For this necessary modifications are under process in ERP to monitor the contribution from BSNL. The fund status in LIC also can be monitored for that LIC will extend a link for the BSNL employees. This is already under testing for individual cases and will be implemented at the earliest. pension fund, GM

Increasing the Gratuity from 10 lakh to 20 lakhs for BSNL direct rects: We requested to issue a separate order in this regard. GM(CA) informed that BSNL Board approved the gratuity at par with Central Govt employees for the future also and any change for Central Govt employees will be automatically implemented for BSNL Direct rects. For notifying the enhancement of Gratuity from 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs, the intimation is already given to Income Tax Dept and on their clearance, separate orders will be issued to all the field units, it is assured. 

10-01-2019

Project Ojas implementation

CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan, AGS Com Pandurang Nayak, Jt.Sec(South) Com Chandrasekhar and Jt.Sec(East) Com I H Mandol met CGM (EW) Sri. Praveen Varshney on 08.01.2019 and discussed about Project Ojas implementation. CGM EW has informed that at present BSNL is spending about 13.5% of its revenue towards Energy charges compared to industry average of around 5%, so there is lot of scope for improvement on that front. The target under Project Ojas is 25%. He was confident that this financial year target of Rs 500 Cr saving from Project Ojas will be achieved. He very much particular about necessity of ACs to be audited and where ever ACs can be avoided they should be avoided. He also emphasised the need for early implementation of Roof Top Solar (RESCO Model) power generation wherein there is no CAPEX required from BSNL, while BSNL will be assured of Electricity from these plants at a much cheaper rate compared to existing power distribution companies.

On promotions, it is informed that he is waiting for the implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy which is the best possible solution to address the promotion issues for ever. Otherwise, assured to fill up the vacancies immediately after March 2019.

08-01-2019

Newly elected CHQ Office bearers held a meeting at New Delhi on 07.01.2019 and held review of various issues.

A committee of CHQ office bearers were formed to have more focus on the BSNL growth related issues, details will be published.

The Circle Conferences of HP, NE I, GUJ, CHTD and HR are to be held without further delay, as per constitution.

In the evening we met CMD and DIR(HR) and introduced the new CHQ Office bearers. We requested CMD and DIR(HR) to implement the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy immediately for giving promotion to thousands of Executives waiting for promotion for want of vacancies and bringing parity in promotions by any means. We also requested them to issue the promotion orders from JTO to SDE (which will ensure smooth implementation of CPSU Hierarchy) and DE to DGM immediately for filling up all the vacancies for which the formalities are completed.

Our AGS Com Pandurang Nayak and Jt Sec Com A Chandrasekhar will be available at CHQ for the whole week. Next week, Jt Sec Com Sumit Saxena will be available at CHQ.

29-12-2018

GS, President and AGSs met DIR(HR) and held discussions regarding JTO to SDE promotion and DE to DGM promotions. Since the preparatory work is almost in the final stage, we requested to expedite both promotions. DIR(HR) informed that management is very keen to give the promotions at the earliest but want to do it litigation free. All the promotions ended in litigations which mgt not expected, DIR informed. Recent AO to CAO promotion also ended in status quo order and contempt case.

On JTO to SDE promotion, the reply will be filed in the Hon CAT by Monday along with the proposal to go ahead with the promotion. The CAT case is the only hindrance in giving promotions and management several times expressed its readiness to give promotions to all the concerned, DIR repeated. The withdrawal of case will expedite DPC for JTO to SDE, DIR(HR) assured. DE to DGM DPC will be expedited.

29-12-2018

Sanchar Soft issues in South Zone: GS, President and AGS met CMD on 27.12.2018 and discussed, continuing failure of Sanchar Soft for the South Zone, halting all the activities of provisioning, MNP etc in entire South Zone due to some hardware problem. The DR server at Hyderabad is shut down 6 months back! The vendor is working for several days but so far the service restored partially only. CMD informed that he and DIR(CFA) is in continuous touch with CGM/TN and the problems will be set right in a day or two. Restoration of the data base is almost completed. We expressed our serious concern over the repeated failures of such sensitive systems frequently which shows the casual approach of the management as well as concerned officers. Responsibility has to be fixed, we demanded.

In addition to this, the various issues of OLTs supplied by Utstarcom for FTTH connections also discussed. These issue was raised by Kerala Circle.  On 26.12.2018, Assn met DIR(CFA)  and held discussions on both the issues. DIR(CFA) held a meeting with the vendor on 27.12.2018 itself and directed them to address the issues raised by Kerala and other Circles immediately. The vendor informed DIR(CFA) that their experts are already on the job. 

26-12-2018

Sanchar Soft issues in South Zone: Last few days, Sanchar Soft is not working for the South Zone, halting all the activities of provisioning, MNP etc in entire south Zone due to some hardware problem. This also during festival season when more connections are expected. There is no DR also for South Zone.

Earlier GS brought this to the notice of CMD/BSNL for his intervention. Today GS and AGS met DIR(CFA) also and held further discussions on the subject. Technical team is already on the job for the last 4 days and complete restoration is expected by today night. Meanwhile the system is restored temporarily with limited access.   

26-12-2018

Group Term Insurance (GTI):

GS, President and AGS met GM(Trg) and held discussions on further actions on GTI. As per the data from ERP, so far 30,879 Executives exercised the option. The details are as follows:

Accepted upto 50 years: 14474.

Accepted above 50 years: 1320.

Not accepted upto 50 years: 6195.

Not accepted above 50 years: 8890.

The data submitted to LIC and the efforts are going on to sign the MoU. The payment has to be made to LIC as on 01.01.2019 for starting the scheme w.e.f 01.01.2019. It is informed that the salary deduction can be done only in the month of January, 2019 and thereafter the scheme can be started from 01.02.2019 onwards.

There are more than 15,000 Executives not exercised the option so far. We requested to give one more chance for those not exercised the option so far. It is agreed and a last chance will be given for them in the first week of January to join the scheme before closing it by 10th of January, 2019.

(Note: Those Executives completed 50 years, 5 months and 29 days as on the due date (ie. Less than 50 years 6 months) also will be covered under upto 50 years age group with the premium of 1.6 per month).

19-12-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 19.12.2018:

GS, President and AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma met CMD/BSNL and held discussion on the following issues:

1) Status of Bank loan to tide over the present financial crisis: CMD informed that a loan for 500 to 1000 Cr is expected in another 10 days time by which the immediate requirements including vendor payments can be settled.

2) JTO to SDE promotion: We requested to expedite the JTO to SDE promotion. CMD assured that it will be done at the earliest. Management is keen to give the promotions but the court cases are creating hindrances in this regard. However CMD directed us to have more discussion with DIR(HR) in this regard.

3) DE to DGM(T) promotion: Since the stay is vacated, we requested to expedite the promotions. If the promotion orders are issued by 31.12.2018, those who are retiring in this month also can be promoted, we requested CMD. If the approval is given for conduction of DPC without taking into the MC for relaxation of qualifying service, it can be completed before 31st December, we informed. CMD assured to do the needful positively for issuing the promotion orders at the earliest.

4) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy notification: We requested to notify the same at the earliest so that all the eligible Executives can be given promotion w.e.f. 01.07.2018. Now the promotions are stopped due to shortage of vacancies in various cadres. CMD assured to do the needful.

5) Payment of EB bills, labour payment, temporary advance, payment of loan instalments to banks/societies etc: CMD informed that these payments will be done on priority for which Bank loan is under process. It is expected shortly by which it can be streamlined soon.

19-12-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 19.12.2018:

GS, President and AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) and held discussion on the following issues:

1) JTO to SDE promotion: We requested to expedite the promotion. DIR(HR) assured that all possible steps will be taken in this regard. A proposal will be submitted to the Hon Court shortly for giving promotions. The applicants are also asked to withdraw the cases through AIGETOA leaders so that promotions can be done at the earliest. The court case at Ernakulam CAT is the only hindrances at present, DIR(HR) informed.

2) DE to DGM(T) promotion: Since the stay is vacated, we requested to expedite the promotions before 31.12.2018. DIR(HR) assured to do the needful at the earliest.

3) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy notification: We requested to notify the same at the earliest so that all the eligible Executives can be given promotion w.e.f. 01.07.2018. DIR(HR) assured to do the needful.

19-12-2018

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers) on 19.12.2018:

GS, President and AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma met GM(Pers) and held discussion on the following issues:

1) JTO to SDE promotion: GM(Pers) informed that a proposal for giving promotions will be submitted to the court after the approval of competent authority. Meanwhile, if the court cases are withdrawn, the DPC can be expedited, GM informed.  

2) DE to DGM(T) promotion: Since the stay is vacated, we requested to expedite the promotions before 31.12.2018. GM(Pers) informed that the proposal is under process and after getting the approval of competent authority (CMD/BSNL), VC will be called for. Based on the VC status, DPC will be expedited, GM(P) assured. The preparatory work will be completed by that time.

3) Soft tenure break: The revised proposal based on the discussions with SNEA will be submitted to DIR(HR) soon, it is assured. 

13-12-2018

GS and President met Shri R K Khandelwal, Joint Sec (A)/DoT and DIR(PSU) and held discussions on the BSNL proposal for replacement of E1A and E2A pay scales with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. Since he is posted as JS recently, he is not aware of the details and we tried to explain to him. 

12-12-2018

Meeting with CMD BSNL: AUAB leaders met CMD BSNL on 11.12.2018 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Follow up on the AUAB demands: On financial condition of BSNL, CMD informed that all the functional Directors of BSNL and CMD together met Addl Secretary and Member(Fin) yesterday, 11.12.2018 to explain the urgent need for DoT clearance for availing bank loan. It is expected that the clearance may come shortly.

b) 3rd PRC proposal: CMD informed that he had a discussion with Addl Secretary, DoT for further discussions on the matter. The meeting will be held shortly. The proposal to hold regular meeting as an institutional mechanism is being worked out as decided in the meeting with Secretary, DoT.

c) Minutes of the discussion on 30% Superannuation: AUAB requested to issue the minutes on this matter as this issue is related to BSNL alone and in the meeting held on 30.11.2018, it was agreed for 3% additional contribution before March 2019 and remaining in next financial year. CMD informed that he already instructed DIR(HR) to issue the minutes as assured.

d) Transfer of Executive as a vindictive action: An SDE in MP Circle is transferred and relieved on the same day on instructions from higher authorities for issuing a demand note for more than 12 lakhs to a R-Jio contractor. We protested against such highhandedness and demanded the cancellation of the transfer order.   

e) Closure of MTNL connection and availing Airtel connection in Maharashtra Circle office: In a tussle between BSNL and MTNL, CGM, MH closed all the MTNL connections and taken connections from a private operator. A CPSU like BSNL is taking connection from a private operator is not acceptable especially when we are demanding that all Govt Depts and BSNL has to take connections from BSNL. This decision is to be reviewed urgently, AUAB demanded.

11-12-2018

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11-12-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR & Fin) on 10.12.2018:

GS and AGSs Com Padmanabha Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Financial problems in the field units: We brought the severe financial crunch in all the field units which started affecting the services. UP(East), STR and TN Circle issues specifically brought to the notice of DIR(Fin). DIR informed the efforts taken by the management to take bank loan to tide over the present situation. The letter of comfort from DoT is yet to be released for taking the loan even though it was promised. BSNL is pursuing with DoT in this regard. The condition will continue for some more time.

b) Notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: We informed the demand in the Ludhiana AIC and the resolution passed in the AIC for early implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018 for giving promotions to thousands of Executives waiting for promotion and to bring parity with those got promotion on or before 29.06.2018. Except SDE(T) cadre, vacancy is not available in any other cadre and thousands and thousands of Executives are waiting for promotion. Day by day, litigations on reservation and seniority related matters increasing and at the earliest it should be implemented. DIR(HR) assured early action based on the report submitted by the Committee.

c) JTO to SDE promotion: We continued our earlier discussion for finding some way out to give promotions for all the SDE vacancies. The court cases after 15.06.2018 delayed the promotion for about 6 months now. The court cases are spearheaded by some SDEs and those who may not get promotions in the coming DPC. So they are trying to delay the promotions as much possible by way of contempt and other methods. The innocent JTOs who are not part of the litigations are becoming victims, promotions not happening and management has to help them, we demanded. As a possible way out we suggested two ways to go ahead with promotions.

The vacancy is about 4500 which is calculated now and submitted the roster for approval. The promotions given earlier led to contempt of court and litigations. So before issuing promotion, management want to ensure that it will not lead to another court case or contempt. Management is taking all precautions in this regard and the promotions are delayed only because of court cases, not due to management, DIR(HR) told. The suggestion of the Assn to prepare the AIEL based on Ernakulam HC order and give promotions subject to the outcome of the court cases is not feasible as it will weaken the review petition filed by BSNL, mgt informed. The second option given by us, as an interim arrangement to give promotions from among the remaining JTOs in 1:1 ratio to the extent possible, rect yearwise, is almost agreed by the Management. As a precaution management is informing this to the CAT/EKM on 18.12.2018 for its concurrence before taking actions.

Meanwhile the 3rd Review petition filed by BSNL come up yesterday in Hon High Court of Kerala and posted to 12.12.2018 along with other two review petitions which is already listed for 12.12.2018. If the applicants (AIGETOA activists) does not oppose the review petitions tomorrow, on 12.12.2018 and agreeing to BSNL prayer for restoring Training Centre marks for fixing the inter-se-seniority, the case will be decided immediately and BSNL can go ahead with promotion. If it happens, it will end the litigations and management can go ahead with promotion for about 4500 vacancies for which the grading, VC etc already collected. GS and President informed this to GS/AIGETOA and told him to prevail upon the AIGETOA activists at Ernakulam for the same line of action, not to oppose the review petition. This will be in the best interest of the cadre and promotions can be given immediately.

c) Submitting the seniority list to Hon CAT Chandigarh for DE to DGM promotion: Detailed discussion held in this regard. The seniority list as per Rule 206 has to be prepared and submitted. A provisional list of the serving DEs as per Rule 206 prepared by BSNL and submitted for the approval of DIR(HR). DIR(HR) assured to discuss the matter with GM(P) tomorrow, 11.12.18 as some more clarity is required in this regard before approval.

03-11-2018

Meeting between the Secretary (Telecom) and the AUAB:

A meeting between Ms.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL(AUAB) was held on 02.11.2018.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS/NFTE, Com.K.Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com.Prahlad Rai,GS/AIBSNLEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS/AIGETOA, Com.Suresh Kumar,GS/BSNL MS, Com. Revti Prasad, AGS/BSNL ATM, Com. Rashid Khan, AGS/TEPU and Com.H.P.Singh, Dy.GS/BSNL OA participated in the talks on behalf of the AUAB. From the DoT side, Ms. Anuradha Mitra/Member(Finance), Shri Ravi Kant/ Member(Services), Shri.N.Sivasailam/Special Secretary and Shri R. K. Khandelwal/ Joint Secretary(Admn) participated. From the BSNL Management side, Shri Anupam Shrivastava/CMD BSNL, Ms. Sujata Ray/ Director(HR), Shri Saurab Tyagi/Sr GM(Estt), Shri A.M.Gupta/ GM(SR) and Shri Sheo Shankar Prasad/DGM(Estt) participated.

At the outset, the representatives of the AUAB pointed out that DoT failed to take appropriate action to implement the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) in the meeting held on 24-02-2018, in view of which the AUAB has been compelled to go on agitational programme. On the 3rd Pay Revision issue, the Secretary, Telecom assured that the Cabinet Note, for getting the approval of the Cabinet, would be sent at the earliest. The AUAB pointed out that within three months the Pay Revision issue has to be settled fully, otherwise, Parliament elections would be announced, settlement of Pay Revision would become difficult. Secretary informed that some queries are there, it will be raised by DoT to BSNL in a week time. As and when BSNL replies, it will be processed. AUAB demanded the formalities of Cabinet memo to be completed before this month. Secretary, Telecom assured to act fast.

On the issues of allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on the actual basic pay and Pension Revision issues, very useful discussion took place. On the 4G issue, the Cabinet Note has been sent for inter-ministerial consultation, and soon it will go for the approval of the Cabinet. On the issue of Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale, the matter is being recommended for the approval of the Department of Expenditure, with a positive note of the DoT, by next week. On the Pension Revision of BSNL retirees, the Secretary Telecom appeared to be convinced with the arguments of the AUAB, that it should not be linked with the Pay Revision of the serving employees. She directed the Member (Services) to immediately discuss the issue with her. On the 30% Superannuation benefits for the Directly Recruited employees, the Secretary Telecom said that it should be settled by the BSNL. Thereafter CMD assured to examine another 2%.

We got an opportunity to discuss E2/E3 pay scales also eventhough it was not an agenda but related with 2nd PRC issues pending in DoT, on which SS(T) replied that DPE accepted the DoT decision which we countered nicely. We explained that DPE not agreed fully with DoT. The information submitted by DoT to DPE was wrong, so DPE could not give the correct direction to DoT. GS read out the relevant portion in the letter from DoT to DPE in which it was stated that 1) E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for BSNL direct recruits, 2) E1A and E2A are onetime dispensation for the absorbed officers etc. Finally Secretary assured to examine how wrong information has been sent by DoT to DPE and corrective actions will be taken.

After the meeting with the Secretary, Telecom, the meeting of the AUAB was held. The meeting expressed it’s satisfaction about the discussions on the issues of Allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution and Pension Revision. Even though the approach of the Secretary, Telecom was positive, the AUAB meeting viewed that the progress in the matter of 3rd Pay Revision is not satisfactory. Hence, the meeting decided to go ahead with the agitational programme of holding Rally on 14.11.2018 and called upon the employees to effectively organise the rallies on 14-11-2018. It is decided that the AUAB will again meet on 14-11-2018, to review the situation.
AUAB meeting with Secretary/DoT on 02.11.2018

03-11-2018

Meeting between the Secretary (Telecom) and the AUAB:

A meeting between Ms.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL(AUAB) was held on 02.11.2018.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS/NFTE, Com.K.Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com.Prahlad Rai,GS/AIBSNLEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS/AIGETOA, Com.Suresh Kumar,GS/BSNL MS, Com. Revti Prasad, AGS/BSNL ATM, Com. Rashid Khan, AGS/TEPU and Com.H.P.Singh, Dy.GS/BSNL OA participated in the talks on behalf of the AUAB. From the DoT side, Ms. Anuradha Mitra/Member(Finance), Shri Ravi Kant/ Member(Services), Shri.N.Sivasailam/Special Secretary and Shri R. K. Khandelwal/ Joint Secretary(Admn) participated. From the BSNL Management side, Shri Anupam Shrivastava/CMD BSNL, Ms. Sujata Ray/ Director(HR), Shri Saurab Tyagi/Sr GM(Estt), Shri A.M.Gupta/ GM(SR) and Shri Sheo Shankar Prasad/DGM(Estt) participated.

At the outset, the representatives of the AUAB pointed out that DoT failed to take appropriate action to implement the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) in the meeting held on 24-02-2018, in view of which the AUAB has been compelled to go on agitational programme. On the 3rd Pay Revision issue, the Secretary, Telecom assured that the Cabinet Note, for getting the approval of the Cabinet, would be sent at the earliest. The AUAB pointed out that within three months the Pay Revision issue has to be settled fully, otherwise, Parliament elections would be announced, settlement of Pay Revision would become difficult. Secretary informed that some queries are there, it will be raised by DoT to BSNL in a week time. As and when BSNL replies, it will be processed. AUAB demanded the formalities of Cabinet memo to be completed before this month. Secretary, Telecom assured to act fast.

On the issues of allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on the actual basic pay and Pension Revision issues, very useful discussion took place. On the 4G issue, the Cabinet Note has been sent for inter-ministerial consultation, and soon it will go for the approval of the Cabinet. On the issue of Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale, the matter is being recommended for the approval of the Department of Expenditure, with a positive note of the DoT, by next week. On the Pension Revision of BSNL retirees, the Secretary Telecom appeared to be convinced with the arguments of the AUAB, that it should not be linked with the Pay Revision of the serving employees. She directed the Member (Services) to immediately discuss the issue with her. On the 30% Superannuation benefits for the Directly Recruited employees, the Secretary Telecom said that it should be settled by the BSNL. Thereafter CMD assured to examine another 2%.

We got an opportunity to discuss E2/E3 pay scales also eventhough it was not an agenda but related with 2nd PRC issues pending in DoT, on which SS(T) replied that DPE accepted the DoT decision which we countered nicely. We explained that DPE not agreed fully with DoT. The information submitted by DoT to DPE was wrong, so DPE could not give the correct direction to DoT. GS read out the relevant portion in the letter from DoT to DPE in which it was stated that 1) E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for BSNL direct recruits, 2) E1A and E2A are onetime dispensation for the absorbed officers etc. Finally Secretary assured to examine how wrong information has been sent by DoT to DPE and corrective actions will be taken.

After the meeting with the Secretary, Telecom, the meeting of the AUAB was held. The meeting expressed it’s satisfaction about the discussions on the issues of Allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution and Pension Revision. Even though the approach of the Secretary, Telecom was positive, the AUAB meeting viewed that the progress in the matter of 3rd Pay Revision is not satisfactory. Hence, the meeting decided to go ahead with the agitational programme of holding Rally on 14.11.2018 and called upon the employees to effectively organise the rallies on 14-11-2018. It is decided that the AUAB will again meet on 14-11-2018, to review the situation.

02-11-2018

Vindictive actions in Maharashtra Circle: In continuation of the discussions with DIR(HR), GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec held meeting with GM(SR) on 01.11.2018 and further explained the issues. GM(SR) immediately spoken to GM(HR)/MH Circle to find out why dies-non and charge sheets are issued which spoils the industrial relations. GM(HR)/MH confirmed that charge sheets are issued and they are now settled by giving censures. We told GM(SR) that censure also will be treated as a punishment and the Executives will miss the promotions. GM(SR) asked GM(HR)/MH to settle the cases of dies-non and charge sheets. Further we discussed the transfer of Com Adasul and Com Anil Dubey. CHQ is waiting for the communications made by the Circle to the CGM opposing the die-non and charge sheets for declining the LA promotions to submit a detailed letter. We are pursuing the case on regular basis to protect the interest of each and every member.

01-11-2018

GS, President and AGS met Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(Fin) on 31.10.18 and held discussions on Precarious fund situation in BSNL: We discussed the serious issue of fund allotment and it is reported by KTK Circle that Electricity authorities disconnected several connections and Exchanges/BTSs are down. DIR(Fin) informed that there is serious cash flow issue and next month it may worsen further. BSNL taken up the issue with DoT. All has to work together to come out of this grave situation, forgetting the differences, she suggested. SNEA assured its full support.

Earlier GS brought these issue to the notice of CMD, DIR(Fin) and GM(BFCI). On the intervention of KTK Circle, management met the Electricity authorities yesterday, 31.10.18 and got one month extension for the pending payment. The connections will be restored by today, 01.11.18. DIR(Fin) assured to allot fund to KTK on priority.

01-11-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR), BSNL on 31.10.18: GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Vindictive actions by CGMT at Maharashtra Circle: SNEA strongly protested against the continuing vindictive actions against the Executives including our strong activists by CGM/MH. Earlier 22 Executives were given dies-non of 2 to 3 lakhs and issued charge sheet for declining the promotions where as BSNL is allowing declining the promotions. Recently again provocative actions are taken by CGM/MH against Com Adasul and Com Anil Dubey by transferring them to remote places. Further charge sheet is also issued to Com Anil Dubey. The transfers are arbitrary, against the transfer policy. DIR(HR) was very much concerned about the developments and assured her intervention. Her concern was about the delay in bringing the serious issue of dies-non and charge sheet to 22 Executives to her notice by SNEA. We informed her that it has come to our notice on 13.10.2018 during the CEC meeting of MH Circle. We are getting the details of the cases from MH Circle. Two days back we got some informations and remaining informations about the dies-non and charge sheet to 22 Executives is collecting from the Circle and will be furnished in a day or two. DIR(HR) assured to intervene and restore normalcy in MH Circle.  

b) CPSU Hierarchy notification: The committee asked to examine the concerns expressed by some sections is completed the task but yet to submit the report as one member is on leave. Report is expected next week.

c) Changes in the REA Rules to increase the number of office-bearers to 15: The demand for increase the number of office bearers to 15 for Circle/SSA level discussed further. DIR(HR) is more or less agreed to increase the number but hinted that to compensate that some facilities may be reduced like number of Spl CL at Circle/SSA level. Further discussions will be held with GM(SR).

d) Soft tenure orders: The Circle break is approved by DIR(HR) as assured earlier. Orders will be issued shortly.

10-10-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR&Fin) on 09.10.2018:

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) and reviewed the progress on the various issues in our charter of demands of the agitation programs. GM(SR) also present.

Initially we discussed the financial problems in the field units. All the payments are getting delayed and maintenance is severely affected. DIR(Fin) informed that the situation will improve shortly as the formalities for taking loan for CAPEX is getting cleared at various levels.

1) On CPSU Hierarchy notification, the committee is finalizing the report and it will be submitted to the competent authority. Some delay occurred due to unavoidable reasons.

On promotions, the recent SC judgment on reservation in promotion is to be examined thouroughly. The legal opinion received is to wait for the DoPT guidelines in this regard. At the same time, due to the election year, whether DoPT will take a quick decision in this regard is also doubtful. Management will work out some alternative mechanism also parallaly, DIR(HR) informed.

On JTO to SDE promotion, we requested to issue the promotion orders to the extent possible from the remaining JTOs, pending finalization of AIEL and the seniority can be finalized later on. DIR(HR) informed that now Pers section is pre-occuppied with the contempt case at Ernakulam and immediately after that we will try to find some way out. Management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition. We requested to reconsider it as more than 5000 vacancies are lying vacant and innocent JTOs are punished for none of their fault. Finally DIR(HR) told us to have further discussion with GM(Pers).

On AO to CAO promotion, legal opinion is to wait for the DoPT guidelines on reservation issue. We shared our apprehension that the decision on creamy layer may take much time as it is a political decision and it has to be worked out by the Govt before notification, with the approval of Union Cabinet. This means, on promotion, we are back to the same situation we had, few months back. Entire promotion should not be held up again we requested. DIR(HR) assured to find some way out.  

Similarly AGM promotion also, management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition, DIR(HR) informed. Thereafter only it can be decided how to proceed further. After the recent judgment, it become more complicated.

2. Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007: A DO letter from CMD to Secretary, DoT requesting to approve E2 and E3 scales as recommend by BSNL will be sent in a day or two as discussed with the Assn and thereafter it will be pursued.

3. First Time Bound Financial Upgradation as per EPP-2007, uniformly after 4 years, instead of 4 to 6 years: After lot of pursuation at different level, the proposal now moved from Pers section.

4. E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs and equivalent cadres: Estt section examining the possibility to do it within the powers of MC. Since proposal is already in the Board for the rect upto 2014, matter is to be examined.

5. E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch, PA, PS etc and equivalent cadres: : Estt section examining it.

6. Increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 for maintaining a ratio 1:4 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis. The matter is under examination. The need for increase in the DGM posts is accepted. But a mechanism is to be worked out through HR Plan. Meanwhile work on finalization of HR  plan is picking momentum. Meanwhile DIR(HR) assured to expedite the DPC work for DGM(T) posts pending vacation of stay on promotions.  

On issuing orders for soft tenure break, it was informed that the file is resubmitted for the approval of DIR(HR) with positive recommendation to restore the Circle break on soft tenure posting. 

05-10-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 04.10.2018: GS met CMD/BSNL and held discussion on the proposal of E2/E3 scales and its approval by DoT. GS informed CMD that the reply given by DPE is processed by DoT and the file is with Secretary/DoT for further directions. GS requested immediate intervention of CMD by personally taking up the matter with Secretary. CMD assured to discuss with Secretary once she returns to the office on 14.10.2018. Meanwhile a DO letter regarding early approval of E2/E3 pay scales will be sent from CMD, it is assured. 

03-10-2018

Meeting with Smt Smita Chaudhary, GM(FP): GS and AGS met GM(FP) on 03.10.2018 and held discussion of AO to CAO and CAO to DGM(F) promotions: On AO to CAO promotion, the legal opinion based on the final judgment of the Hon SC on reservation issue is expected from the Sr Lawyer. Earlier BSNL sought the legal opinion on application of reservation based on the interim order of the Supreme Court. However last week Hon Supreme Court delivered the final judgment and now the legal opinion is sought on the final judgment. The legal opinion is expected this week.

The CAO to DGM(F) promotion is resubmitted to the competent authority for approval.

29-09-2018

Meeting with Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr GM(Estt) on 28.09.2018: GS, President, AGS, Jt Sec(E) Com Sankar Sanyal and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met Sr GM(Estt) and held discussion on 1) sending a DO letter regarding early approval of E2/E3 pay scales and 2) E1+5 increments. 

29-09-2018

Meeting with Shri Kesahv Rao, GM(Pers) on 28.09.2018: GS, President, AGS, Jt Sec (C), Jt Sec(E) Com Sankar Sanyal and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Pers) and held discussion on 1) JTO to SDE promotion and the meeting with the BSNL lawyers at Ernakulam by GM(Pers) and 2) orders on Soft tenure break, 3) AGM promotion and 4) the impact of the Hon SC judgment on reservation in promotion with creamy layer concept.

29-09-2018

AO to CAO promotion: GS, AGS, Jt Sec(E) Com Sankar Sanyal and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met concerned officers of SEA section on 28.09.18 and discussed the matter. The Legal opinion from the Sr Lawyer is not received so far. It is learned that he is out of station. The legal opinion is expected next week.

29-09-2018

Meeting with Shri Kesahv Rao, GM(Pers) on 28.09.2018: GS, President, AGS, Jt Sec (C), Jt Sec(E) Com Sankar Sanyal and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Pers) and held discussion on 1) JTO to SDE promotion and the meeting with the BSNL lawyers at Ernakulam by GM(Pers) and 2) orders on Soft tenure break, 3) AGM promotion and 4) the impact of the Hon SC judgment on reservation in promotion with creamy layer concept. 

26-09-2018

Meeting with GM(Pers) on 25.09.2018: GS, President and AGS met Shri Keshav Rao, Sr GM(Pers) on 25.09.2018 and held discussions on the following issues.

1) JTO to SDE DPC and court cases at EKM: The progress in collecting screening committee reports from the Circles reviewed and good progress is there. On preparation of AIEL, GM(P) informed that it can be done after the restoration of method of fixation of inter-se seniority as trg centre marks for which review petition is filed in the Hon Ernakulam HC. On excess promotions between 1995 to 1999, the data is collected from almost all the Circles and it is found that there is no excess promotion during this period as claimed by BSNLCO in the Hon Court. The details will be furnished before the court.

It is further informed that GM(P) and AGM(legal) is going to Ernakulam on 26.09.18, Wednesday to have meeting with the lawyers at Ernakulam for expediting the contempt cases as well as the review petition in the Hon HC.

Once a) the review petition is accepted and the trg centre marks is restored and b) the contempt is closed or the OA is withdrawn by the applicants, the process for JTO to SDE promotion will be expedited. The gradation list particulars for the remaining JTOs also will be called.

2) CPSU Hierarchy notification: Some of the Committee members are on leave/tour. The committee will meet on 27.09.2018 and thereafter the report will be submitted as assured in the meeting with DIR(HR) on 20.09.18, GM(P) informed.

3) Restoration of Circle break on Soft Tenure transfers: The file is pending with the OSD to the DIR(HR) for the last few months. GM(P) spoken to the OSD to expedite the clearance of the file by DIR(HR).

4) SDE to DE promotion for the missing cases and the unfilled vacancies: GM(P) informed that they are waiting for the outcome of the contempt case on 27.09.18 at Hon CAT, Chandigarh. Some officers will be deputed to Chandigarh on 27.09.18.

26-09-2018

Meeting with Sr GM(Estt) on E2 and E3 scales and E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs: GS, President, AGS, Jt Sec(E) Com Sankar Sanyal and CS/CTD Com Dilip Saha met Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr GM(Estt) on 24.09.2018 and held discussions on the above issues.

In continuation of the discussions with DIR(HR) and the HR team on 20.09.2018, we had further discussions on the above issue. On E2/E3 scales further action from management side to get the issue resolved from DPE/DoT discussed. BSNL is considering to take up the issues with both DPE and DoT to get it expedited. Meanwhile we are in touch with the office of the Hon Heavy Industries Minister regarding the DPE clarification on the subject.

On E1+5 increments, discussions held, how to extend it for the remaining batches also. Management is sympathetic to consider the demand. However they are trying to find some way out. The proposal for E1+5 for the JTO/JAOs recruited upto 2014 is pending before the Board since 2015. BSNL Board is not taking up the issue for consideration in the name of non-finalization of HR plan. E1+5 increments for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2014 will not be covered by that proposal. For that separate action is required. We discussed various options in this regard. Sr GM opined that our actions should not jeopardize the approval of E2/E3 scales as it is a major issue to be resolved in the larger interest of the cadre and it is more beneficial than E1+5 increments. Partial implementation of the DoT PO for E1+5 increments may affect the settlement of E2/E3 scale at this point of time, so we have to find out some way out, Sr GM informed. As per the PO itself, all the JTO/JAOs recruited as on 28.03.2017 are eligible for Rs 18850 as initial pay.

It is decided to continue the deliberations on, how the benefits can be extended to the remaining batches of JTO/JAOs.

21-09-2018

Details of the discussion with BSNL management on 20.09.2018 on the charter of demands of the agitation programs from 24.09.2018 onwards:

BSNL management invited SNEA for discussions on various issues raised in the charter of demands. GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec(C) attended the meeting. DIR(HR), GM(SR), GM(Pers) and DGM(Estt) was present from management side.  The discussions continued for more than one and half hours on various issues.

At the outset DIR(HR) informed that BSNL management is taking very serious efforts to implement CPSU Cadre Hierarchy which is already approved by the BSNL Board, to settle E2 & E3 pay scales and other issues and discussion is going on at different level to resolve the issues, the proposed agitation programs from 24.09.2018 is to be avoided. All the genuine demands are getting attention and management is sincerely trying to resolve them. Thereafter discussion started on the various demands:

1. Notify and implement BSNL Executive promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 which is approved by the BSNL Board and solve the huge stagnation in different cadres. Bring Parity and Uniformity in promotions among equivalent cadres of different wings. All the existing vacancies in different cadres like SDE(T), CAO etc shall be filled notionally w.e.f. 29.06.2018 as per the earlier rules.

DIR(HR) informed that management is very seriously working on it. BSNL Board already approved it and management spent more than 2 years to finalise the policy, which is going to benefit all the executives. While approving the new promotion policy, BSNL Board directed to ensure that Govt policies on reservation is followed in the new policy also. This matter is under examination.

Meanwhile the matter come up before the Parliamentary Standing Committee for the welfare of SCs and STs also, along with several other issues. The Committee called the management on 19.09.2018. Initially CMD and DIR(HR) sought exemption from personal appearance due to the Board meeting scheduled for 19.09.18 but later on decided to attend the meeting. The Full BSNL Board meeting scheduled for 19.09.2018 was cancelled for this purpose which reflects the seriousness shown by CMD and DIR(HR) on this issue.

The Committee formed will complete the formalities and submit its final report by next week and thereafter it will be submitted to the competent authority. Management is trying its level best to implement it at the earliest by taking everyone into confidence, DIR(HR) assured.

Comrades, now the issue is moving in the right direction and results are expected without much delay. We are working with the management for the early notification and its implementation.

On promotions, DIR(HR) informed that whatever promotions and upgradations done, it lead to litigations and contempt of court. Court cases increased only. CMD is not at all in favour of any more upgradation. JTO to SDE promotions also will be considered once contempt is withdrawn. On AO to CAO promotion, it was informed that the stay is vacated, the DPC is on and promotion orders can be issued as soon as the legal opinion is received from the Sr lawyer from whom the opinion sought. On our specific request to consider JTO to SDE promotion under SCF, where the seniority can be decided later on, finally DIR(HR) agreed to have further discussion with GM(P) on this matter. However mgt expressed its doubt how promotion can be effected without publishing AIEL? As per HC order, only provisional promotion (same as Adhoc/Offtg/LA promotion which does not give seniority or counting of service) can be given in the ratio 1:1, before publishing AIEL. The contempt case at Ernakulam filed by AIGETOA activists is the major hurdle for JTO to SDE promotion where more than 5,500 vacancies are available.

2. Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A for all the post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs, SDE/AOs and equivalent cadres.

DIR(HR) explained the efforts taken by the mgt by deputing BSNL Officers to DPE for explaining the matter to DPE officials. Mgt is committed to E2 and E3 scales and all possible measures will be taken to settle it. CMD will write a DO letter to Secretary in this regard to expedite the approval of E2 and E3.

Assn also informed DIR(HR) and others the continuous efforts taken by it. Assn met the Hon Union Minister for Heavy Industries, Shri Anat Geete and requested his intervention to modify the DPE reply. As per the intervention of the Hon Minister, we are trying to meet the Secretary/DPE in this regard.

E2 and E3 pay scales is the most important HR issue for the BSNL Executives, like the new promotion policy, which is to be resolved at the earliest, we demanded. DIR(HR) assured that CMD and DIR(HR) will work together with the Assn for the settlement of E2 and E3 scales.

3. First Time Bound Financial Upgradation as per EPP-2007, uniformly after 4 years, instead of 4 to 6 years.

We explained the matter to DIR(HR). The JTO/JAOs recruited from 1993 to 2001 got their first TB promotion in 5 or 6 years where as the juniors are getting it after 4 years. This is the anomaly created after the implementation of 2nd PRC with 30% fitment and 78.2% IDA merger. This anomaly referred to the Khan Committee. Khan Committee recommended CPSU Hierarchy after 5 years by reducing it from 6 years as in EPP. On the same line, recommended the first TB promotion for the earlier rects also after 5 years. But this anomaly can be settled only if the first TB promotion is extended uniformly after 4 years, Assn told. The informations regarding the number of Executives affected are already collected from the Circles. After discussion, GM(Pers) informed that the details will be processed in a couple of weeks and will be submitted to the competent authority.

It is a very positive development as mgt so far reluctant to process the case on the plea that BSNL Board and DoT will not agree for the amendment of EPP with retrospective effect, from 01.10.2004.

4. E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs and equivalent cadres.

The benefit of E1+5 increments is not extended to the thousands of JTO/JAOs rected after 2010. The new rects are getting the pay of Rs 16400 only where as earlier batches are getting minimum E1+5 increments. The pay loss of these JTO/JAOs recruited in 2010(SRD), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 etc are huge. Thousands of LICE JTO/JAOs also affected and they are also drawing less than E1+5 increments. Even the PO issued by DoT on 28.03.2017 extended Rs 18850. Taking the benefit out of that, E1+5 increments may be extended to the remaining JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010.

Management is very sympathetic to this demand. It was informed that the proposal for E1+5 increments for the JTO/JAOs recruited upto 2014 is pending in the BSNL Board since, 2015. BSNL Board took a stand that it will be approved only after the approval of HR plan. For remaining JTO/JAOs, Board is not ready to consider E1+5 as they are recruited in E1 scale. We strongly objected this as the E1 pay scale is a provisional pay scale and even the pay scales in the RR for JAO, JTO(C/E) etc are still E1A.   

We demanded that as per the PO issued by DoT, E1+5 can be extended. We have to find a way to extend it without notifying the PO issued by DoT, we demanded. Management assured to discuss it further to find some way out, keeping the demand for E2 and E3 scales intact.

5. E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch, PA, PS etc and equivalent cadres.

This proposal is already approved by the MC of the BSNL Board and placed before the full BSNL Board for its approval. However DoT objected it stating that E1A and E2A scales can be extended only to those working in the corresponding CDA scales before 01.10.2000. The JEs and AEs were not in that sale on 01.10.2000, so it cannot be considered. The presidential order issued at the time of absorption cannot be altered now, according to DoT. We explained the background and the need to bring parity in the pay scales as on 01.10.2000 for all the equivalent cadres. Moreover the JTOs and SDEs of these streams are working in the same pay scales for a few months which is a serious anomaly. Recently AD(OL) case also settled like that. Finally it was agreed to examine it, whether it can be implemented without altering the PO issued on 01.10.2000, to overcome the DoT objection.

6. Increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 for maintaining a ratio 1:4 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis.

Increase in DGM(T) posts is a demand we raised 1 year back. The number of DGM(T) posts was less, comparing to any other streams. 1331 DGM(T) posts are available against the 5303 AGM posts. Even the available DGM(T) posts, maximum were occupied by the ITS officers on deputation which further affected our limited promotional avenues.

The creation of another 3410 AGM posts recently through upgradation strengthened our demand for increasing the DGM(T) posts atleast by another 800. Now the total number of AGM post is 8713. Moreover, the number of AGMs after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy will be between 8500 to 9500, so naturally the DGM posts is to be increased, we argued the case with full justification.

Finally management in principle agreed to our demand for increasing the DGM(T) posts to maintain a reasonable ratio. It is to be further discussed and worked out whether it can be done through HR plan or through cadre review. It will be a major breakthrough for the cadre after the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approval. Similarly for other streams also, same ratio will be worked out.

On DGM(T) promotions, BSNL is filed a MA in the Hon CAT to vacate the stay citing the vacation of stay in a similar case, AO to CAO promotion. It is expected to hear on next Monday. The original case is listed for 27.10.2018 only. Once stay is vacated, DPC will be held including the DRDGM vacant posts and promotion orders will be issued.

Comrades, the extensive preparations for the agitation programs by the CHQ and the Circles compelled the management to invite SNEA for negotiation. We had made extensive arrangements for the agitation programs. The response from our activists was so positive, they were solidly with CHQ supporting from all the corners. In addition to CS and CP, large number of activists planned to reach New Delhi from far off places to participate in the agitation. It shows the commitment and conviction of our comrades on the issues. It is a great break thorough, now management assured us to work together to settle the issues in a time bound manner. Congratulations to one and all.

We are extremely grateful to CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR) and other senior officers for the timely intervention to resolve the issues through discussion. Further we are very happy to note that we could do it without going into agitation, through negotiations especially when we are fully involved in the field units for the revival of BSNL. Once again, congratulations to one and all.

11-09-2018

GS, President, AGS and CS/MH Circle met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 11.09.2018 and held discussions on a) DPE reply regarding E2 and E3 pay scales and DoT approval for it. We explained our meeting with Hon Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Anant Geete on the issue. As per the instruction of Hon Minister, Assn will be meeting the Secretary/DPE for sending a modified reply from DPE. CMD assured to speak to the officers in DPE and DoT in this regard.

b) Cancellation of the transfer orders of the officers working for the new CDR tender. Two GMs working in ITPC and part of the CDR tender committee is transferred to irrelevant posts, jeopardizing the entire tender related work. They are the most efficient officers in the field and their presence in the tender committee and retention in the ITPC wing is in the best interest of the company. Such talented officers cannot be compared with other officers, we told CMD, requesting him to cancel the transfer order.

11-09-2018

GS, President, Chairman, AGS and CS/MH Circle met Shri Prabhash Singh, Member(Technology), DoT on 10.09.2018 and held discussions on allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. Member(T) informed that the BSNL proposal is moving in the right direction in DoT and taken a positive shape now.

11-09-2018

GS, President, Chairman, AGS and CS/MH Circle met Shri Ravi Kant, Member(Services), DoT on 10.09.2018 and held discussions on Pension Revision for the BSNL pensioners as per Rule 37A of 1972 CCS Pension Rules. The pension revision is nothing to do with the pay revision of the serving BSNL employees and the pension is to be paid by the Govt. The entire amount of pension contribution is paid by BSNL to the Govt.

DoT sought the opinion of DoP&T to delink the pension revision from the pay revision of serving employees. DoP&T sought some more clarifications from DoT on the issue inorder to give their opinion. We requested Member(S) to expedite the reply to DoP&T and process the pension revision by taking it to the Cabinet as done during 2nd PRC. Member(S) assured to help in all possible ways and asked us to meet him after 10 days.

03-09-2018

SNEA delegation led by Com M. S. Adasul, CS/SNEA, MH Circle had meeting with Hon Union Cabinet Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise, Shri Anantji  Geete at Mumbai on 02.09.2018 and discussed the issue of clarification sought by DoT on grant of Standard Pay Scales to Executives in BSNL.

Also requested him for his support in relaxing affordability clause for grant of 3rd PRC to BSNL employees. 

Hon Minister heard to all our issues patiently and assured to look into both the issues. He assured us to meet is again in Delhi in the coming week to have more detail discussions on these issues by getting latest updates from concerned officers on these issues. The response from Hon Minister is very positive and supportive to BSNL and its workforce.  

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01-09-2018

GS, President and AGS met CMD, BSNL on 30.08.2018 and held discussion regarding reply from DPE on E2 and E3 pay scale. CMD informed that he had already spoken to Addl Secretary, DPE on 29.8.18 in this regard for a positive reply.

Earlier as per the instructions of DIR(HR), GM(Estt)  met Advisor (Jt Sec), DPE and explained the issue to him

29-08-2018

GS, President and AGS met Shri Anupmam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL on 28.08.2018 and held discussion on:

a) Notification of Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy w.e.f 01.07.2018 as assured by CMD and DIR repeatedly. Inspite of repeated assurances by CMD and DIR (HR) that the new promotion policy will be notified w.e.f 01.07.2018, the notification is not yet issued. Thousands of Executives, numbering about 18,500 are waiting for the promotion. The strong resentment among the Executives on the delay tactics of the management conveyed to CMD. CMD reassured that it will be notified w.e.f 01.07.2018 as assured by the management.

Further CMD informed that as and when the file reaches him from DIR(HR), he will approve the notification. The proposal is still with DIR(HR). It is come to know that the entire delay is from DIR(HR) side who had taken all the efforts to get the proposal approved by the BSNL Board.

CMD assured to speak to DIR(HR) and expedite the notification. We informed CMD that we cannot wait indefinitely as several assurances on notification was given by CMD and DIR(HR).

b) DPE reply on the querry from DoT on E2 and E3 scales:

We requested the intervention of CMD and to speak to Secretary or Addl Secretary, DPE in this regard. CMD assured that he will speak to Addl Sec in a day or two to ensure that DPE is sending a positive reply to DoT. GM(Estt) is already instructed to meet the DPE officials, CMD informed.

16-08-2018

Meeting in DPE regarding the DoT clarification on E2 and E3 scales: GM(Estt) and DGM(Estt) will be meeting the DPE officers today, 17.08.2018 to appraise the issue in details. BSNL will be focussing the fact that there is no E1 or E2 scales in BSNL and the pay scales approved by DoT/DPE and implemented in BSNL is only E1A and E2A, they informed. For second PRC, the PBT for the year 2007-08 has to be considered. BSNL recommend E2 and E3 scales, not E1 and E2.

16-08-2018

GS and AGS met GM(SR) on 16.08.2018 and expressed our strong resentment in the delay tactics of BSNL management on most of the HR issues and informed GM(SR) that Association will be compelled to go for agitations if results are not visible in a couple of days

16-08-2018

Meeting with GM(Pers) on 16.08.2018: GS and AGS met GM(Pers) and held discussions on the following subjects.

Uniform First Time Bound Promotion after 4 years: In continuation of the agenda meeting, the major anomaly in first Time Bound Promotion for the JTO/JAO equivalent cadres recruited between 1993 to 2001 discussed further. BSNLCO collected the details of the fist TB promotions from the Circles and the report from most of the Circles received. It was decided earlier to process the case after the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Since CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is already approved, discussions were held to process the matter on urgent basis. After discussion, it was decided that to compile the data received from the Circles and process it immediately. Appropriate directions are given to the concerned section also immediately.

Parity in promotions and notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy from 01.07.2018: We stressed the need for immediate actions on the matter as thousands of Executives, due for promotion are waiting. Only part of the Executives eligible for promotion through CPSU Cadre Hierarchy are got the promotions in the recent DPCs, remaining are waiting. About 18500 Executives are waiting for promotions. The court cases are again delaying the promotions for which vacancies are available. GM(Pers) informed that the proposals are with DIR(HR) and CMD and so far no direction received by Pers section in this regard. We expressed our strong resentment in the delay tactics of BSNL management on most of the HR issues and informed GM(Pers) that Association will be compelled to go for agitations if results are not visible in few days.

Filing review petition and the contempt case at Ernakulam: BSNL is expected to file the review petition today, 16.08.2018 in the Hon Ernakulam HC on the judgment dated 05.06.2018 against 1) quashing the method of fixation of inter-se seniority of direct rects and excess promotes as training centre marks and the direction to fix the inter-se seniority based on date of appointment/promotion and 2) some mention in the judgment that excess promotion is there from 1995 onwards where as the diversion and excess promotion taken place only from 2001 to 2007. The review petition is filing to modify the judgment for 1) restoring the criteria to fix the inter-se seniority as training centre marks and 2) modify the mention of excess promotion from 1995 onwards to 2001 onwards, GM(Pers) informed. Earlier Esst section, the cadre controlling authority of JTO cadre, given its opinion to take appropriate legal action to restore training centre marks as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority of direct rect JTOs and by following date of appointment/promotion as directed by the Hon HC, even the rect year concept will be broken. Based on the opinion of Estt section, review petition is being filed. AGM(Legal) also present in the meeting.

The mention of excess promotion from 1995 onwards at one place is the main contention in the contempt petition. BSNL filed a writ petition in the Hon HC against the contempt petition in the CAT which come up for hearing today and the arguments will continue tomorrow, 17.08.2018. The jurisdiction of HC over the contempt petition in the CAT is debated.

Restoration of Circle break on Soft tenure posting: In continuation of the discussions with DIR(HR) few days back, the proposal for Circle break is under process. DIR(HR) made some observations in the file. With the comments of Pers section it will be resubmitted.

10-08-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR)/BSNL: GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec(C) met DIR(HR) on 09.08.2018 and held discussions on various issues in the presence of GM(Pers), GM(Estt) and GM(SR):

a) Deputing senior officers to DPE to present the facts to DPE regarding the clarifications sought by DoT from DPE, on the approval of Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3, replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 for all the post 2007 rects including the fresh rects: DoT presented wrong informations to DPE on the issue. In order to justify their decision on lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 in the presidential order issued on 28.03.2017, DoT informed DPE that BSNL wrongly implemented E1A and E2A pay scales after the formation of BSNL to fresh BSNL direct rects. This is illegal. E1A and E2A scales are only a special dispensation for the Executives absorbed from DoT into BSNL to facilitate absorption. For the fresh BSNL direct rects, only E1 and E2 scales are applicable, according to DoT. We had submitted a copy of the reference made by DOT to DPE for her kind information. Since wrong informations are given by DoT to DPE, BSNL has to strongly present the facts before the DPE so that DPE can take a correct stand. We explained the detailed discussion we had with Advisor/DPE twice on the matter.

GM(Estt) informed about the discussions he had with this Association and opined that the contents of DoT reference is very much negative. BSNL has to present the facts before the DPE. A para-wise response will be made on the subject to present before the DPE. After detailed discussion, DIR(HR) assured that next week, GM(Estt) will meet the concerned officers in DPE for explaining the facts to them.

b) Notification of CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018: DIR(HR) reiterated that it will be notified w.e.f 01.07.2018 as already announced, it is a BSNL Board decision and it has to be implemented, there is no other options. The issue of financial implications and reservation issue are examined by two committees and the committee report received by DIR today. DIR(HR) sought one week time to go through the report and taking further actions to notify it.  We informed her about the assurance of CMD, BSNL that the moment file reaches him, he will approve its notification.

We further requested to protect the interests of the JTOs and AOs where DPC is initiated before 01.07.2018 for the existing vacancies but could not complete before 01.07.18. They may be given notional promotion from 29.06.2018 along with others to protect their seniority at par with others and the pay fixation benefit if any, we suggested.

c) Bringing Parity and Uniformity in all future promotions: DIR(HR) informed that BSNL management will follow the principle of parity in all the future promotions. As first stage the possibility to bring parity upto 2005 is under examination and will be discussed with CMD. As of now there is no vacancy to promote, except in SDE(T) and CAO cadres. Now management is only focusing on the contempt petition at Ernakulam and Chandigarh and after that only it can concentrate on further promotions. AIEL preparation is stalled by your own friends, then how we can promote JTO to SDE, DIR asked. We explained that the case was filed not by SNEA, it was done by AIGETOA activists and they are only filed the contempt petition also. SNEA all along supported the BSNL stand in the courts. She suggested to ask them to withdraw the case, on which we informed DIR that already we told them several times, which is the easiest way to promote the JTOs. In Chandigarh case also SNEA is not supporting the case and we publically told this and our stand is very clear, reservation should be given in promotions as per the interim order of Hon SC. But some leaders for the sake of their own promotion, forced BSNL to give excess promotions beyond the scope of the interim order of the Hon SC which is to be reexamined. This drama they had played only in SDE to DE promotions because the so called leaders are also getting AGM promotions. Similar stand they did not taken in the case of JTO(T/C/E/Arch/TF) to SDE(T/C/E/Arch/TF) or JAO to AO promotion or SDE(C/E/Arch/TF) to EE(C/E/Arch/TF) promotion. CMD and BSNL management is very much disturbed on the contempt petition, DIR told. BSNL is filing review petition in the Hon HC against the order quashing the method of fixation of inter-se seniority from training centre marks to date of appointment which will unsettle a settled procedure followed by DoT and BSNL. It will expedite the preparation of AIEL, GM(Pers) informed.

On bringing parity by upgradation of posts, DIR(HR) is non committal and informed that upgrdation may not be possible in future but doors are not closed for ever.

d) DE to DGM promotions: We requested to find a solution to the deadlock situation due to the court order on catch up rule. If 600 DGM posts are created which is almost proposed in the HR plan, all the disputes over the catch up rule can be overcome by giving promotions to all. Meanwhile the DPC for all the eligible DEs to be completed and the panel can be made ready, we suggested. DIR(HR) is very positive and told us to give some time as entire management is busy on the contempt petitions.  

e) Circle break on Soft tenure posting: DIR(HR) informed that the proposal is already in her office. OSD to DIR(HR) told that it is with him for more than one month. In fact the proposal has sent by the Pers section by the end of May. DIR(HR) assured that decision will be taken very shortly as per the assurance.

09-08-2018

In the meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 08.08.2018 by GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec(C), we strongly emphasized to launch our tariff plans for our FTTH subscribers by having Amazon and Netflix contents on revenue sharing basis as reliance Jio is coming in a big way after 15th August 2018. If we are not able to launch the tariff plans in time then it will be very tough to retain our FTTH and Broadband subscribers also. In comparison with AirTel Plan, in the existing Plan itself (not any new Plans) let us propose as additional facility / additional service eg:  in existing 770 + Plan with Amazon and in 1000 + Plan with Amazon & Netflix subscription. Apart from that, provisions of IPTV Services in all existing plans with additional subscription as per IPTV vendors package must be propose to tie up with interested vendors immediately. We also raised the launching of IPTV on FTTH platform.

09-08-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec(C) met CMD on 08.08.2018 and held discussions on various issues:

a) Bringing Parity and Uniformity in promotions: CMD informed that the SNEA demand for parity in promotions is very much justified and BSNL management immediately decided to follow the principle of parity in all the future promotions. A direction in this regard is already given to HR section CMD informed us. We expressed our sincere gratitude to CMD for accepting our genuine demand where SNEA ventilated the sentiments and feelings of thousands of Executives who are deprived and demoralized for years together on the huge disparity in the promotion avenues.

We requested to approve the proposal for upgradations to bring parity. On bringing parity by upgradation of posts, CMD informed that upgradations are done only in exceptional and compelling circumstances and he is not in favour of further upgradations as it is not feasible and advisable.

On notification of CPSU Hierarchy, CMD informed that it is a BSNL Board decision and it has to be implemented w.e.f 01.07.2018. This mechanism is brought in by the management to address the deficiencies in the present system and to have smooth promotion avenues to the employees. The moment file reaches him, he will approve its notification, CMD informed us.

While notifying CPSU hierarchy, we requested to protect the interests of the JTOs and AOs where DPC is initiated before 01.07.2018 for the existing vacancies but could not complete before 01.07.18. They can be given notional promotion from 29.06.2018 along with others to protect their seniority at par with others and the pay fixation benefit if any, we suggested. CMD responded positively and assured to do the needful.

b) Approval of Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3 --- clarifications sought from DPE: We explained to CMD the negative feedback given by DoT to DPE on the matter.  We had submitted a copy of the reference made by DOT to DPE for his kind information. Since wrong informations are given by DoT to DPE, BSNL has to strongly present the facts before the DPE so that DPE can take a correct stand.

DoT in its letter stated that:

1. E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for BSNL direct rects and not E1A and E2A.

2. E1A and E2A are the pay scales approved for the BSNL absorbees as a special dispensation to facilitate absorption.

3. BSNL wrongly extended E1A and E2A scales to BSNL direct rects. It has to be corrected.

4. In order to protect the pay already drawn, some intermediary measures taken and a temporary pay scale has been extended.

5) Future rect is to be made in E1 and E2 scales only.

6) BSNL initially recommended E2 to E7 scales with cascading effect which changed later on to E2 and E3 scales alone.

7) Some Executives Associations are demanding cascading also along with E2 and E3. E2 and E3 scales alone not acceptable for them. So BSNL proposal for E2 and E3 alone cannot be considered.

8) The proposal for E2 to E7 scales will have huge financial implication on DoT and on pension payments.

9) BSNL is an incipient sick PSU, so the demand for E2 and E3 cannot be acceded to.

Since the letter from the Administrative Ministry, DoT is very negative, we requested his intervention with Secretary/DPE and Addl Secretary/DPE. In addition to that some senior officer is to be deputed to DPE to explain the matter. After detailed discussion, CMD assured to intervene and speak to Secretary/Addl Secretary, DPE and sent some senior officer to explain the issue in detail.

c) BSNL management should follow the REA Rules and the spirit of membership verification:

We bring to the notice of the CMD that management is entertaining so many sections in the policy matters and ultimately failing in delivering the results. Management has to bring reforms in the organization to come out of the present crisis which is missing. Some HR advisors are following the British policy of divide and rule and with the connivance of some leaders they are trying to dilute the provisions of REA rules. They are misleading the top management. Splinter groups are formed to protect the vested interests and not the overall interests of the Executives. By entertaining them, management is also entertaining the vested interests rather than the overall interests of the Executives and the company. Retired officers do not have any right to discuss the policy and HR matters and management has to fully adhere to the REA provisions. Now and then management is reminding the Associations about the violation of REA rules but more often management is breaking the rules than the Association, we complained to CMD. It is to be checked, we demanded.

09-08-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec(C) met CMD on 08.08.2018 and held discussions on various issues:

a) Bringing Parity and Uniformity in promotions: CMD informed that the SNEA demand for parity in promotions in very much justified and BSNL management immediately decided to follow the principle of parity in all the future promotions. A direction in this regard is already given to HR section CMD informed us. We expressed our sincere gratitude to CMD for accepting our genuine demand where SNEA ventilated the sentiments and feelings of thousands of Executives who are deprived and demoralized for years together on the huge disparity in the promotion avenues.

We requested to approve the proposal for upgradations to bring parity. On bringing parity by upgradation of posts, CMD informed that upgradations are done only in exceptional and compelling circumstances and he is not in favour of further upgradations as it is not feasible and advisable.

On notification of CPSU Hierarchy, CMD informed that it is a BSNL Board decision and it has to be implemented w.e.f 01.07.2018. This mechanism is brought in by the management to address the deficiencies in the present system and to have smooth promotion avenues to the employees. The moment file reaches him, he will approve its notification, CMD informed us.

While notifying CPSU hierarchy, we requested to protect the interests of the JTOs and AOs where DPC is initiated before 01.07.2018 for the existing vacancies but could not complete before 01.07.18. They can be given notional promotion from 29.06.2018 along with others to protect their seniority at par with others and the pay fixation benefit if any, we suggested. CMD responded positively and assured to do the needful.

b) Approval of Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3 --- clarifications sought from DPE: We explained to CMD the negative feedback given by DoT to DPE on the matter.  We had submitted a copy of the reference made by DOT to DPE for his kind information. Since wrong informations are given by DoT to DPE, BSNL has to strongly present the facts before the DPE so that DPE can take a correct stand.

DoT in its letter stated that:

1. E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for BSNL direct rects and not E1A and E2A.

2. E1A and E2A are the pay scales approved for the BSNL absorbees as a special dispensation to facilitate absorption.

3. BSNL wrongly extended E1A and E2A scales to BSNL direct rects. It has to be corrected.

4. In order to protect the pay already drawn, some intermediary measures taken and a temporary pay scale has been extended.

5) Future rect is to be made in E1 and E2 scales only.

6) BSNL initially recommended E2 to E7 scales with cascading effect which changed later on to E2 and E3 scales alone.

7) Some Executives Associations are demanding cascading also along with E2 and E3. E2 and E3 scales alone not acceptable for them. So BSNL proposal for E2 and E3 alone cannot be considered.

8) The proposal for E2 to E7 scales will have huge financial implication on DoT and on pension payments.

9) BSNL is an incipient sick PSU, so the demand for E2 and E3 cannot be acceded to.

Since the letter from the Administrative Ministry, DoT is very negative, we requested his intervention with Secretary/DPE and Addl Secretary/DPE. In addition to that some senior officer is to be deputed to DPE to explain the matter. After detailed discussion, CMD assured to intervene and speak to Secretary/Addl Secretary, DPE and sent some senior officer to explain the issue in detail.

c) BSNL management should follow the REA Rules and the spirit of membership verification:

We bring to the notice of the CMD that management is entertaining so many sections in the policy matters and ultimately failing in delivering the results. Management has to bring reforms in the organization to come out of the present crisis which is missing. Some HR advisors are following the British policy of divide and rule and with the connivance of some leaders they are trying to dilute the provisions of REA rules. They are misleading the top management. Splinter groups are formed to protect the vested interests and not the overall interests of the Executives. By entertaining them, management is also entertaining the vested interests rather than the overall interests of the Executives and the company. Retired officers do not have any right to discuss the policy and HR matters and management has to fully adhere to the REA provisions. Now and then management is reminding the Associations about the violation of REA rules but more often management is breaking the rules than the Association, we complained to CMD. It is to be checked, we demanded.

09-08-2018

Meeting with Shri Sourab Tyagi, GM(Estt): GS, AGS and Jt Sec(C) met GM(Estt) on 08.08.2018 and held discussions on various issues:

a) Approval of Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3 --- clarifications sought from DPE: Detailed discussions held with GM(Estt) on the subject based on the letter sent to DPE by DoT, point wise. Since wrong informations are given by DoT to DPE, BSNL has to strongly present the facts before the DPE so that DPE can take a correct stand. Normally DPE will not take a stand against the Administrative Ministry, unless and until it is warranted.

DoT in its letter stated that:

1. E1 and E2 are the scales approved for BSNL direct rects and not E1A and E2A.

2. E1A and E2A are the pay scales approved for the BSNL absorbees as a special dispensation to facilitate absorption.

3. BSNL wrongly extended E1A and E2A scales to BSNL direct rects. It has to be corrected.

4. In order to protect the pay already drawn, some intermediary measures taken and a temporary pay scale has been extended.

After discussion, GM(Estt) assured that they will meet the DPE officials and explain the issue in detail.

b) Fixation of Inter-se seniority of direct recs as per Ernakulam HC order. Estt section examined the case in detail and of the view that the method of fixation of inter-se seniority by trg centre marks has been quashed which has to be corrected. It is a serious issue as it will unsettle a settled issue, the method of fixation of inter-se seniority, the method followed by DoT and BSNL decades together. Estt section suggested to file a review petition in this regard at Ernakulam HC along with prayer for following rect year as simple date of appoint will affect the rect year also. Date of appointment of later rect year JTOs are earlier comparing to the previous rect year, in some cases.

AIGETOA and its activists filed series of cases at Chennai and Ernakulam from 2010 onwards with single agenda of blocking the SCF promotions with prayer for 1) 1:1 ratio between promote JTOs of 1995 and DR JTOs of 2001 batch, 2) date of joining as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority. Hon Court rejected both prayers and ordered something even they did not prayed. The court case filed by AIGETOA activists just to block the SCF promotion is backfiring now, affecting the promotion of all the JTOs.

The JTO to SDE promotion is abnormally getting delayed due to the court cases. We once again requested GM(Estt) to expedite the process and get the judgment modified by restoring the trg centre marks so that AIEL can be published and promotion orders can be issued at the earliest. 

08-08-2018

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers): GS, President and AGS met GM(Pers) on 07.08.2018 and held discussions on various issues:

a) Bringing total parity and uniformity in functional promotions in all the cadres. We demanded early actions for bringing parity in promotions for all the cadres which is already accepted by the management in principle. JAO 2012 batch is already promoted, parity for all other cadres required. There is a proposal to promote all the SDE/AO equivalent of 2009 batch as AGM. GM(Pers) informed that the demand for parity is accepted by management and management is trying to implement it in stages and now management is examining for parity upto 2004/2005 promotions.

For protecting the seniority among the equivalent cadres who are promoted in June 2018 and for which DPC work is going on like JTO to SDE, AO to CAO etc, we demanded for parity and their promotions on or before 01.07.2018 (for all the vacancies for which DPC work already initiated) by giving them promotions notionally from 29.06.2018. In all other cadres the promotions for all the existing vacancies issued by 30.06.2018. We requested to delink the 2003 and 2005 batch AO promotion from the 2008 and 2009 batches.

b) Expediting JTO to SDE promotion: GM(Pers) informed that management is very keen to promote all but unfortunately due to the Hon Ernakulam HC order, AIEL is not able to publish. In the case filed by AIGETOA activists, Hon HC set aside the AIEL based on trg centre marks for the direct rects and directed to prepare the AIEL based on date of appointment/promotion. It is against the principle followed by DoT and BSNL. The promotion is delayed by the court order, GM(Pers) informed us. The issue is referred to Estt section, the cadre controlling authority and based on their opinion further actions will be taken shortly. The senior management is also very much disturbed over the contempt petition filed against CMD and others and their personal appearance and management attention is diverted to that. We requested to take all the possible steps to expedite the promotions.

c) Revision of 206 seniority: The seniority revision as per Hon Supreme Court order is already approved and revised SDE seniority list of 1 to 5 will be circulated today, GM(P) informed us.

d) DE to DGM DPC: We requested to expedite the DPC work and creation of additional DGM posts to promote all the eligible AGMs  so that the court order against DGM promotion on catch up Rule can be overcome. As preparatory work, we requested to complete the DPC work for all and make the panel ready so that promotions can be given immediately on sanction of posts. In HR plan there is a proposal to increase the DGM posts. GM(P) assured to complete the DPC work and the proposal for increasing the posts based on HR plan will be considered.

e) Restoration of Soft tenure break:  Based on the decisions in the formal meeting with DIR(HR) on 17.05.2018, the proposal is already moved to DIR(HR) in May itself. It is pending in the office of DIR(HR) and will be pursued.

08-08-2018

GS and AGS met DGM(Estt) and held discussions on the reference from Pers section on the Ernakulam Court case related to inter-se seniority of JTOs. DGM(Estt) informed that section almost examined the judgments and of the firm opinion that it has to be challenged and trg centre marks is to be restored for avoiding future complications. The opinion will be communicated to Pers section in a couple of days.

27-07-2018

GS and AGS met CMD/BSNL on 26.07.18 and held further discussions on our demand for bringing parity and uniformity in promotions. In AGM equivalent grade, upto 2009 batch is to be promoted at par with the proposal from SEA section for the CAO promotion. Similarly, JAO 2012 batch is promoted, so all the equivalent cadres are to be brought to that level. The proposal of Pers section is upto 2009 batch (upto 2010) for all the cadres. CMD reassured that this demand is fully justified. He also informed that he directed DIR(HR) and HR wing to work out on those lines ensuring parity for all, in all the future promotions. Further we requested to speed up JTO to SDE and AO to CAO promotions. For JTO to SDE promotion, the Hon Ernakulam HC order on method of preparation of AIEL creating hurdles and delay. The contempt petition is to be decided and that created further delay, CMD informed us. CMD was very unhappy on the contempt petition. We requested to take immediate decisions to end the deadlock situation so that all the eligible Executives can get their promotion and can fully focus on the revival of the company. CMD informed that more than 12000 Executives got the promotion now and positive results are expected from this month itself.

24-07-2018

DIR(HR) invited SNEA on 23.07.2018 for discussions on HR issues. GS, President and AGS attended the meeting. GM(Pers), GM(SR) and Jt GM(pers) also present in the meeting:

1) Parity and uniform promotional avenues to all the equivalent cadres in different streams: DIR(HR) explained the efforts taken by the management to complete all the promotions which are feasible before the target date of 30.06.2018. JTO to SDE and AO to CAO promotions could not complete due to litigations. In all other cadres, 100% vacancies filled up. Further management is taking all efforts to give maximum promotions to the Executives. Some upgradation of posts also done to overcome the litigations. But it cannot be considered as a permanent solution as it is not viable. Large scale upgradations as demanded by the Assn is not possible. Upgradation affects the promotional avenues of the feeder cadres. We once again thanked DIR(HR) and BSNL management for the large number of promotions, about 12000, completed in record time. However we pointed out that the recent promotions widened the disparity in promotions among equivalent cadres, which management also acknowledged. Management assured to take care of this in future. We strongly demanded for the promotion of all the eligible Executives in Telecom, Civil, Electrical, CSS, PA/PS, TF, Arch etc wings to different grades and ensure parity in promotions.

DIR(HR) further informed that management is working out to notify Uniform Time Bound Promotion Policy w.e.f 01.07.2018 or an earlier date as per the Board approval. Now the formalities are getting completed. A committee has been constituted to examine whether the proposal has to go to DoT for approval prior to the notification. The committee recommended that there is no financial implications and as per the DoT guidelines and the opinion of Board members from DoT, the proposals having financial implications only to be send to DoT. Accordingly, the new policy need not send to DoT. Another committee is examining the reservation issue as per Govt guidelines. The committee is directed to submit the report immediately. In the new policy, provision is made for reservation at entry level and relaxation for bench marks in promotions. The promotion is time bound and not based on availability of posts and all the eligible Executives will be given promotion. Promotion is from one grade to the next grade or one scale to the next higher scale and not from one post to the next higher post. Based on Committee report, further actions will be taken immediately.

We reminded the management that thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion to Manager, Sr Manager, AGM and Jt DGM grades and we are having enormous pressure from the field units which we are finding difficult to sustain. We want promotion whatever be the way management deems fit with parity.

DIR(HR) reassured that management will take all the possible steps to give promotions to various grades at the earliest. Result also will be seen shortly.

2) The proposal for rpalcamnet of E1A and E2A scales for the post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs: We informed Mnagement that now DoT referred the matter agin to DPE. We requested to send some senior officers of BSNL to DPE to explain the whole issue to DPE so that DPE can take a decision based on facts. DoT suppressed the facts from DPE.

DIR(HR) assured to depute GM(Estt) to DPE and meet the concerned officers to explain the matter.

24-07-2018

Developments on Group Term Insurance (GTI): On 23.08.18, the committee meeting on GTI held. GS and President attended the meeting. The quote from LIC also received which the committee felt very high. The rate quoted by LIC for Rs 50 lakhs is:

3.2% for an assured number of 90% of the Executives and

3.8% for an assured number of 80% of the Executives.

The committee is of the view that the rate quoted by LIC is too high and the rate given by SBI Life is 1.88% which is more reasonable. Today SBI life is called for further negotiations

20-07-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL on 19.07.2018: GS, AGS and CS/MH met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

1. DoT decision to seek the guidance of DPE regarding replacement of E1A and E2A scales by E2, E3 scales w.e.f 01.01.2007.

As per the opinion of Dept of Expenditure, DoT referred the matter to DPE for guidance. However facts are suppressed by DoT in the letter to DPE. DoT informed DPE that E1 and E2 scales are approved by DoT on 28.03.2017 as E1 and E2 scales are the pay scales approved by DoT for the fresh BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards and E1A and E2A scales are not applicable for them. E1A and E2A scales are special dispensation for the DoT officers getting absorbed in BSNL, in order to facilitate the smooth absorption. BSNL wrongly implemented E1A and E2A scales for the BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards. In order to avoid the pay loss, revised E1A and E2A scales temporarily extended upto 28.03.2017 for the purpose of pay protection. So DoT decision is correct. However BSNL is not agreeing to the DoT order and requested for review the decision and approve E2 and E3 scales. But BSNL financial condition is very poor now to give upgraded pay scales of E2 and E3, DoT told DPE.

We requested CMD to depute some senior officers to DPE to explain the issue in detail as DoT has given wrong feed back to DPE to justify their action by notifying lower pay scales. The following facts are to be explained to DPE: 1) E1 and E2 scales were never implemented in BSNL, 2) BSNL did not recommended E1 and E2 scales, 3) DoT has to act on BSNL recommendation of E2 and E3 scales, 4) the affordability is to be decided based on PBT of 2007-08, not on current situation. CMD assured to speak to Secretary/DPE and Addl Secretary/DPE in this regard and depute some senior officers to DPE.

                           

2. Implementation of parity in promotion/uniform promotional avenues for all the Executives.

We once again congratulated CMD, DIR(HR) and the BSNL management for completing all the promotions before the target date of 30.06.2018. About 6000 Executives promoted on a single day, 29.06.2018 and the total promotions in BSNL will be a record, more than 12000 in one month time. CMD reciprocated by complementing the role of SNEA in completing the task in the shortest time. CMD told that he got full confidence after the meeting with SNEA on 20.06.2018 that the promotions can be completed by 30.06.2018. With that confidence, he cleared the proposal for promotions with specific direction in the file that all the promotions should be completed by 30.06.2018, CMD informed. For this CMD directed Pers Cell to do something out of Box as suggested by SNEA. This cutoff date was fixed as 30.06.2018 for implementing the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018 approved by the Board, CMD informed. CMD and DIR(HR) is committed to implement the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018, it is a BSNL Board decision, we cannot deviate from that, CMD informed. We fought within the Board for the approval, tooth and nail, CMD informed. The approval of CPSU Hierarchy given enough space to the management to give the promotions before 01.07.2018, otherwise such drastic decisions could not have taken, CMD informed.

While thanking CMD, DIR(HR), GM(Pers) and others, GS told that this impossible task was made possible by the team efforts of Management, Pers /BW/EW/Arch etc cell, the committed work force in DPC section which worked 48 hours day and night continuously to complete the target on 29.06.2018, the CHQ leaders of SNEA at Delhi and the CSs of various Circles who arranged the screening committee reports, VC and missing data etc to the DPC section to facilitate the DPC. CMD once again told that he is aware of the role played by SNEA and got the full information from down the level and with this confidence only, he assured to complete the DPCs by 30.06.2018.

CMD very much appreciated our demand for parity in promotions and assured us that he fully stands with this demand. The demand is very much justified, CMD informed us. We explained the huge disparity created by the recent promotions and resentment among the senior comrades. Telecom Enng side, the backbone of the company is demoralized, humiliated and deprived due promotions. The Executives in other streams also equally hurt. All are demanding parity at par with the Finance stream. 50% of the Executives expecting the promotions are not covered by the promotion orders. The future promotions of the remaining Executives become more uncertain. CMD told that full parity in post based promotions may not be 100% possible, 1 or 2 years difference may continue. We once again made our stand very clear that our demand is nothing less than parity in promotions in equivalent cadres in all the streams. We requested to clear the proposal for AO to CAO promotions and other proposal from various streams to bring full parity. CMD is non committal on this proposal but reassured that he stands for parity. Further we requested to consider the promotion of AOs of 2003 and 2005 batch who are unnecessarily made victims which he assured to discuss with DIR(HR) and do the needful. The JTO to SDE promotions going on is to be speeded up.

We requested the personal intervention of CMD to difuse the situation and take concrete decisions and necessary steps to promote the remaining Executives urgently to bring full parity and uniformity in promotions. CMD assured to discuss the matter with DIR(HR) also and take decision at the earliest, in a couple of days.

CMD pointed out the shortage in various Circles and all should agree to fill up the shortages before resorting to any further promotions. We suggested, filling up of all the existing vacancies in the Circles and remaining Executives can be considered for posting outside as per the shortage.

3. DGM(T) promotions in the vacant posts and increasing the DGM posts so that all the AGMs promoted in 2013/ 2014 and completed the qualifying service can be promoted. All of them completed more than 30 years of service. Now 650 to 700 DGM posts are vacant. If another 800 posts are increased temporarily till approval of HR plan, all can be promoted together. Already there is a proposal in the HR plan to increase the DGM posts. Due to the delay in approval of HR plan, AGMs are suffering. CMD assured to do the needful by discussing the options with DIR(HR). 

20-07-2018

GS and AGS met GM(FP) on 19.07.18 and requested to expedite the DPC for AO to CAO atleast for the 2003 and 2005 batches. She explained the stay on promotions but we suggested that giving promotion to 2003 and 2005 batches may not create problems and it should be considered separately.

20-07-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL on 19.07.2018: GS, AGS and CS/MH met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

1. DoT decision to seek the guidance of DPE regarding replacement of E1A and e2A scales by E2, E3 scales w.e.f 01.01.2007.

As per the opinion of Dept of Expenditure, DoT referred the matter to DPE for guidance. However facts are suppressed by DoT in the letter to DPE. DoT informed DPE that E1 and E2 scales are approved by DoT on 28.03.2017 as E1 and E2 scales are the pay scales approved by DoT for the fresh BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards and E1A and E2A scales are not applicable for them. E1A and E2A scales are special dispensation for the DoT officers getting absorbed in BSNL, in order to facilitate the smooth absorption. BSNL wrongly implemented E1A and E2A scales for the BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards. In order to avoid the pay loss, revised E1A and E2A scales temporarily extended upto 28.03.2017 for the purpose of pay protection. So DoT decision is correct. However BSNL is not agreeing to the DoT order and requested for review the decision and approve E2 and E3 scales. But BSNL financial condition is very poor now to give upgraded pay scales of E2 and E3, DoT told DPE.

We requested CMD to depute some senior officers to DPE to explain the issue in detail as DoT has given wrong feed back to DPE to justify their action by notifying lower pay scales. The following facts are to be explained to DPE: 1) E1 and E2 scales were never implemented in BSNL, 2) BSNL did not recommended E1 and E2 scales, 3) DoT has to act on BSNL recommendation of E2 and E3 scales, 4) the affordability is to be decided based on PBT of 2007-08, not on current situation. CMD assured to speak to Secretary/DPE and Addl Secretary/DPE in this regard and depute some senior officers to DPE.

2. Implementation of parity in promotion/uniform promotional avenues for all the Executives.

We once again congratulated CMD, DIR(HR) and the BSNL management for completing all the promotions before the target date of 30.06.2018. About 6000 Executives promoted on a single day, 29.06.2018 and the total promotions in BSNL will be a record, more than 12000 in one month time. CMD reciprocated by complementing the role of SNEA in completing the task in the shortest time. CMD told that he got full confidence after the meeting with SNEA on 20.06.2018 that the promotions can be completed by 30.06.2018. With that confidence, he cleared the proposal for promotions with specific direction in file that all the promotions should be completed by 30.06.2018, CMD informed. For this CMD directed Pers Cell to do something out of Box as suggested by SNEA. This cutoff date was fixed as 30.06.2018 for implementing the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018 approved by the Board, CMD informed. CMD and DIR(HR) is committed to implement the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018, it is a BSNL Board decision, we cannot deviate from that, CMD informed. We fought within the Board for the approval tooth and nail, CMD informed. The approval of CPSU Hierarchy given enough space to give the promotions, otherwise such drastic decisions could not have taken, CMD informed.

While tahnking CMD, DIR(HR), GM(Pers) and others, GS told that this impossible task was made possible by the team efforts of Management, Pers /BW/EW/Arch etc cell, the committed work force in DPC section which worked 48 hours day and night continuously to complete the target on 29.06.2018, the CHQ leaders of SNEA at Delhi and the CSs of various Circles who arranged the screening committee reports, VC and missing data etc to the DPC section to facilitate the DPC. CMD once again told that he is aware of the role played by SNEA and got the full information from down the level and with this confidence only, he assured to complete the DPCs by 30.06.2018.

CMD very much appreciated our demand for parity in promotions and assured us that he fully support this demand. The demand is very much justified, CMD informed us. We explained the huge disparity created by the recent promotions and resentment among the senior comrades. Telecom Enng side, the backbone of the company is demoralized, humiliated and deprived due promotions. The Executives in other streams also equally hurt. All are demanding parity at par with Finance stream. CMD told that full parity in post based promotions may not be 100% possible, 1 or 2 years difference may continue. We once again made our stand very clear that our demand is nothing less than parity in promotions in equivalent cadres in all the streams. We requested to clear the proposal for AO to CAO promotions and other proposal from various streams to bring full parity. CMD is non committal on this proposal but reassured that he stands for parity. Further we requested to consider the promotion of AOs of 2003 and 2005 batch who are unnecessarily made victims which he assured to discuss with DIR(HR) and do the needful. The JTO to SDE promotions going on is to be speeded up.

We requested the personal intervention of CMD to difuse the situation and take concrete decisions and necessary steps to promote the remaining Executives urgently to bring full parity and uniformity in promotions. CMD assured to discuss the matter with DIR(HR) also and take decision at the earliest, in a couple of days.

CMD pointed out the shortage in various Circles and all should agree to fill up the shortages before resorting to any further promotions. We suggested, filling up of all the existing vacancies in the Circles and remaining Executives can be considered for posting outside as per the shortage.

3. DGM(T) promotions in the vacant posts and increasing the DGM posts so that all the AGMs promoted in 2013/ 2014 and completed the qualifying service can be promoted. All of them completed more than 30 years of service. Now 650 to 700 DGM posts are vacant. If another 800 posts are increased temporarily till approval of HR plan, all can be promoted together. Already there is a proposal in the HR plan to increase the DGM posts. Due to the delay in approval of HR plan, AGMs are suffering. CMD assured to do the needful by discussing the options with DIR(HR). 

20-07-2018

AGS along with CS/MH, CP/MP and ACS/MP met PGM (EW), GM(TF) and PGM (Arch) on 19.07.2018 and held discussion on various issues:

1) With PGM(EW), discussed left out cases of Promotion to SDE(E), discrepancies in Posting on Promotion to EE(E) etc. PGM(EW) responded positively and assured corrective measures shortly. 

2) Requested GM(TF) to send the proposal for upgradation of posts (SDEs and AGMs) sufficient enough for promoting the JTOs and SDEs immediately to Pers section so that all the upgradations can be taken up simultaneously by the BSNL Management. GM responded positively and assured to send by next Monday(23.7.2018).

3) PGM(Arch) informed that the proposals for upgradation of posts for promoting all the eligible JTOs (Arch) is being sent to Pers section.

19-07-2018

E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 for JTO/JAO equivalent cadres.

Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com V K Tomar, SG/NCOA met Shri Agrim Kaushal, Advisor/ DPE and Director/DPE on 18.07.2018 and held discussions regarding the DoT reference to DPE on E2 and E3 pay scales. Earlier Secretary/DPE directed us to meet the Advisor/DPE in this regard. We explained the background of the issue. BSNL recommended E2 and E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A, w.e.f 01.01.2007. Ignoring BSNL recommendation, DoT approved E1 and E2 scales by lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2.

DoT is of the view that E1 and E2 are the pay scales applicable for BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards and E1A and E2A are special dispensation for those got absorbed from DoT into BSNL for facilitating smooth absorption. The decline in revenue and the recurring losses was the other reason for lowering the pay scales.

BSNL did not implemented the Presidential Order and requested DoT to reconsider the decision and approve E2 and E3 pay scales as recommended by BSNL. It is also informed to DoT that E1 and E2 pay scales are not recommended by BSNL. As per the affordability clause, BSNL made Rs 4451 Crores as PBT during 2007-08 and hence eligible for full pay revision benefits of 2nd PRC.

We demanded that suitable direction should be given to DoT to review the decision and notify the pay scales based on:

1) BSNL recommendation,

2) considering the affordability clause for the year 2007-08 and 

3) not allow DoT to lower the pay scales and downgrade the cadres.

The representation from SNEA is received by DPE. However the reference from DoT is yet to be received by DPE, it is informed.

Our demand for revised pay scales E2 and E3 will be applicable for all the JTO/JAOs recruited from 2007 onwards, including those recruited in the provisional pay scale of E1 and the future recruits. 

18-07-2018

AGS met GM Pers and requested for release of the left out cases of Promotions from SDE (T) to AGM(T). It was informed that approval of the promotion orders for around 120 SDEs given and orders will be issued by tomorrow.

13-07-2018

GS, President and AGS held discussions with GM(Pers) on 12.07.2018, in continuation of the discussion held on 11.07.2018 on the demand for complete parity in promotions in all the equivalent cadres in different wings. The parity in promotions is a policy matter approved by BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, so our demand is fully justified, GS told. Management cannot discriminate the cadres in the matter of promotions in the name of upgradation of posts. Because of management decision, some Assns are making malpropaganda that SNEA is against the promotion of some cadres. In fact SNEA demanded promotion for all the cadres, waiting for promotions for more years along with their juniors. In other words, we cannot accept the logic that JTOs of 1994 to 2010 SRD batch becomes junior to JAOs of 2012 batch who got promotion on 29.06.2018.  Similarly SDEs in various wings promoted in 1998 onwards cannot become juniors to others. It is for the management to find the solution to ensure that all are getting promotions simultaneously, SNEA told.

On CAO promotion, we requested to issue the promotion orders for the AOs upto 2005 batch as there is no hurdle in issuing promotion orders for them and vacancies are available. Except SDE(T) cadre (total about 6000, SCF about 4000) and few hundred CAO posts, all the vacancies in other cadres already filled up by 30.06.2018, GM informed. The upgradation was given to AO and DE cadre under compulsory situation to come out of the court cases. Further upgradation of posts in various cadres is not agreed by management so far. We requested to get the approval for all the proposals for upgradation.

The requirement of upgradation of posts for bringing parity in promotions among various wings in equivalent cadres also discussed in detail along with the status of promotions in different cadres.

 

 

Executives waiting for promotion from

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

2015

1999

1994

1996

1995

1996/2001

AO to CAO

SDE to DE

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

2003

2004

1998

2000

2001

13-07-2018

GS, President and AGS held discussions with GM(Pers) on 12.07.2018 , in continuation of the discussion held on 11.07.2018 on the demand for complete parity in promotions in all the equivalent cadres in different wings. The parity in promotions is a policy matter approved by BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. So our demand is fully justified. Management cannot discriminate the cadres in the matter of promotions in the name of upgradation of posts. Because of management decision, some Assns are making malpropaganda that SNEA is against the promotion of some sections. In fact SNEA demanded promotion for all the cadres, waiting for promotions for more years along with their juniors. In other words, we cannot accept the logic that JTOs of 1994 to 2010 SRD batch becomes junior to JAOs of 2012 batch got promotion on 29.06.2018.  Similarly SDEs in various wings promoted in 1998 onwards cannot become juniors to others. It is for the management to find the solution to ensure that all are getting promotions simultaneously.

On CAO promotion, we requested to issue the promotion orders for the AOs upto 2005 batch as there is no hurdle in issuing promotion orders for them and vacancies are available. Except SDE(T) cadre (total about 6000, SCF about 4000) and few hundred CAO posts, all the vacancies in other cadres already filled up by 30.06.2018, GM informed. The upgradation was given to AO and DE cadre under compulsory situation to come out of court cases. Further upgradation of posts in various cadres is not agreed by management so far. We requested to get the approval for all the proposals.

The requirement of upgradation of posts for bringing parity in promotions among various wings in equivalent cadres also discussed in detail along with the status of promotions in different cadres.

 

 

Executives waiting for promotion from

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

2015

1999

1994

1996

1995

1996/2001

AO to CAO

SDE to DE

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

2003

2004

1998

2000

2001

12-07-2018

GM(Pers) invited SNEA for further discussions on our demand for parity in promotions. GS, President and Jt Sec participated in the meeting. Jt GM(Pers) was also available.

On parity, GM(Pers) exactly want to know the details. We categorically told that JAO 2012 batch is already promoted by creating 1400 additional AO posts by upgradation by abolishing about 1800 JAO posts. Similarly all JTO(T/C/E/TF/Arch/) and equivalent cadres also should be given promotions. Similarly 1999 rect JAO promoted in 2009 as AO is proposed to be promoted as CAO by upgradation of posts. Since AO vacancies are not available JAO posts are upgrading to CAO posts. Similarly SDE(T/C/E/TF/Arch) and equivalent cadres also should be given promotions by upgradation of posts. There is no issue for promoting around 400 AOs of 2003 and 2005 batch as vacancy is there but management is not doing that. The earlier decision for upgradation of JAO posts to AO posts and SDE posts to DE posts done to overcome the court cases. Management is not taken any decision so far to create CAO posts as proposed. If that happens, other cases also will be considered. Now around 6000 SDE vacancies are their of which 4000 is for SCF promotion for which work is going on. But the method of fixation of inter-se-seniority issue has to be addressed first, GM(P) informed. For that, views of the cadre controlling authority, Estt section is sought. We demanded the approval of the proposal for upgradation to CAO posts as well as upgradation to AGM/EE equivalent posts in other streams at the earliest to bring parity. GM is of the opinion that strict parity may not be possible always. We categorically told that this is applicable when post based promotions are given in Govt deptsBSNL is a CPSU and in CPSUs post based promotion concept is not there. In CPSUs, the grades are linked with the pay scales, not with the posts. In Govt set up, grades are linked with the posts. While approving the CPSU cadre Hierarchy, the principle of Parity or Uniform promotional avenues for all the equivalent cadres in different wings already approved by BSNL Board. So management has no other option, it has to bring parity in promotions by any means, we demanded. GM Pers assured bring these facts to the notice of DIR(HR) for further action. We informed GM(Pers) that time is running out and the Executives are very much agitated over the discrimination and humiliation. While we are very much grateful to the management for promoting about 12000 Executives in record time, the present situation does not allow us to celebrate it.

10-07-2018

Meeting with DIR HR on 09.07.2018...

GS attended the meeting called by DIR HR in the presence of GM(SR) and GM(Pers). GS/BSNL EU and Shri Prahlad Rai was also present. Initially SNEA decided not to attend the meeting if Shri Prahlad Rai is invited. However, later we decided to meet Dir HR and make our points clear to the management instead of boycotting the meeting.

GS categorically told Dir HR that management is taking vindictive actions against office bearers of SNEA by charge sheeting the GS and transferring the CHQ President from BSNLCO to UP West Circle. At the same time management is patronaging Shri Prahlad Rai who retired long back and allowing for official meetings against the provisions of REA Rules. We protested against this biased attitude of the BSNL management, ie. Charge sheet and transfer to the Office bearers of the Recognised Assn for going for agitation for the standard pay scales for the JTO/JAOs and official meetings to a retired officer violating the provisions of REA Rules. AIBSNLEA has written to the management on 06.07.2018 that GS/ SNEA is charge sheeted and hence he cannot continue as GS. He should not be allowed to attend meetings! After lot of arguments, finally Dir HR agreed to revoke the transfer order of our beloved CHQ President. 

On parity in promotions, SNEA told management that recent promotions created hell of anomalies and more disparity in promotions among different cadres. Now 2012 JAO promoted by upgradation of posts where as 1994 rect JTO still continue as JTO in Civil wing, no upgradtion for them. It will create large number of court cases. We are trying to come out of court cases through a Uniform Promotion policy but now more and more court cases are going to come and the whole cadre is going to suffer in the future also. So far the court cases are for promotion to SDE/AO and AGM/CAO promotions, now it will spread to DGM promotions also. Management discriminated the cadres and humiliated the seniors who are working for years together. There is no sincere attempt to address the huge stagnation in different cadres either through implementation of Uniform promotion policy or by upgradation of posts except limited attempt in Telecom Engg side which is not at all sufficient. Eventhough more than 12,000 Executives got promotion in record time, we are not able to celebrate it due to the disparity and heartburn among the seniors who did not get the promotions where as some of their subordinates got promotion. GS demanded full parity in promotions in all the equivalent cadres, management has to find way out. DIR HR and OSD gone to the extent of telling that always Accounts wing is ahead and we cannot compare. GS strongly opposed this stand and categorically told that nothing less than parity in promotions is acceptable to SNEA. BSNL Board approved parity in promotions in the meeting held on 28.5.2018 and now BSNL has to bring parity by any means, GS told.

Regarding Shri Prahlad Rai attending the official meetings, SNEA made its stand very clear that REA Rules does not permit that and management already taken a decision in this regard. SNEA is nothing to do with the internal matters of others but retired personal cannot attend the official meetings. Dir HR requested to reconsider the decision in the best interest of BSNL as all together have to work for 3rd PRC implementation, pension contributions etc.  GS once again reiterated the Assn stand and categorically told that management cannot entertain retired officers and by that the meeting concluded.

Comrades, we are closely watching the developments. From the discussions it is not clear whether management is willing to bring parity or not and whether management is serious on this. So gear up for any type of agitation to bring parity in promotions, we cannot wait for long. This will only end the discrimination and humiliation to the Comrades in different wings. 

26-06-2018

On the firm assurance of DIR(HR), the CSs and CHQ Office bearers need not come to New Delhi on 28th. They may focus on the respective Circles.

21-06-2018

Management is trying to delay the notification of CPSU Hierarchy promotion and delay all the promotions to more than 25,000 Executives. The BSNL Board approved the proposal with effect from 28.05.2018.

GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD and held discussion regarding notification of CPSU Hierarchy proposal. CMD opined that it can be notified after the completion of ongoing promotions. We are shocked to hear this from our beloved CMD. According to our information some DPCs may take few months and if all the DPCs are to be held it will take years together. By the prospective date of approval by the Board, all the Executives already lost 1 ½ years.  Any delay in notification will delay the subsequent promotions also. Hardly 20% to 30% of the Executives eligible for promotion as per the new promotion policy only will be covered by the present DPC. Delaying the promotion for another 6 months, for the vast majority of the Executives, more than 70%, is not justified. Telecom Engg side is worstly affected and it will continue to suffer, we told. Even on SDE to DE promotion we suggested to give the promotion without DPC for all the SDEs in list 5,6,7 & 8 who are in E4 or E5 scale by 28th (just like CPSU promotion) as the seniority list is under dispute and giving promotion through either seniority route for limited vacancies may end up in another litigation. That litigation will continue even after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and the very purpose of CPSU Hierarchy implementation will be defeated. CMD was non committal on our proposal but asked us to discuss with DIR(HR). Finally CMD agreed to some extent to our demand and told that he will direct to complete all DPCs before 30th and notify CPSU Hierarchy before 1st July. 

Earlier in the meeting with GM(Pers) on CPSU Hierarchy notification and progress in the SDE to DE DPC, he indicated that he requires minimum 2 months to complete the DPC work and tentative schedule is middle of August. It is communicated to Dir(HR) and CMD in the evening.  From this we can understand the level of preparation for the DPC at BSNLCO. However we are trying our level best to get some tangible results.

We have to be very very vigilant for the next few days and be ready to go to any extent. All the negative elements will play all dirty politics to derail the notification of CPSU Hierarchy as almost all their members got promotion earlier and we have to be united like a rock.

This will be the lifeline for the career growth of Executives. This will be the unique opportunity to have uniform promotion policy and parity in promotions across all streams.

21-06-2018

Management is trying to delay the notification of CPSU Hierarchy promotion and delay all the promotions to more than 25,000 Executives. The BSNL Board approved the proposal with effect from 28.05.2018.

GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD and held discussion regarding notification of CPSU Hierarchy proposal. CMD opined that it can be notified after the completion of ongoing promotions. According to our information some DPCs may take few months and if all the DPCs are to be held it will take years together. By the prospective date of approval by the Board, all the Executives already lost 1 ½ years.  Any delay in notification will delay the subsequent promotions also. Hardly 20% to 30% of the Executives eligible for promotion as per the new promotion policy only will be covered by the present DPC. Delaying the promotion for another 6 months, for the vast majority of the Executives, more than 70%, is not justified. Telecom Engg side is worstly affected and it will continue to suffer, we told. Even on SDE to DE promotion we suggested to give the promotion without DPC for all the SDEs in list 5,6,7 & 8 who are in E4 or E5 scale by 28th (just like CPSU promotion) as the seniority list is under dispute and giving promotion through either seniority route for limited vacancies may end up in another litigation. That litigation will continue even after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and the very purpose of CPSU Hierarchy implementation will be defeated. CMD was non committal on our proposal but asked us to discuss with DIR(HR). Finally CMD agreed to some extent to our demand and told that he will direct to complete all DPCs before 30th and notify CPSU Hierarchy before 1st July. 

Earlier in the meeting with GM(Pers) on CPSU Hierarchy notification and progress in the SDE to DE DPC, he indicated that he requires minimum 2 months to complete the DPC work and tentative schedule is middle of August. It is communicated to Dir(HR) and CMD in the evening.  From this we can understand the level of preparation for the DPC at BSNLCO. However we are trying our level best to get some tangible results.

We have to be very very vigilant for the next few days and be ready to go to any extent. All the negative elements will play all dirty politics to derail the notification of CPSU Hierarchy as almost all their members got promotion earlier and we have to be united like a rock.

This will be the lifeline for the career growth of Executives. This will be the unique opportunity to have uniform promotion policy and parity in promotions across all streams.

21-06-2018

Management is trying to delay the notification of CPSU Hierarchy promotion and delay all the promotions to more than 25,000 Executives. The BSNL Board approved with effect from 28.05.2018. GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD and held discussion regarding notification of CPSU Hierarchy proposal. CMD opined that it can be notified after the completion of ongoing promotions. According to our information some DPCs may take few months and if all the DPCs are to be held it will take years together. By the prospective date of approval by the Board, all the Executives already lost 1 ½ years.  Any delay in notification will delay the subsequent promotions also. Hardly 20% to 30% of the Executives eligible for promotion as per the new promotion policy only will be covered by DPC now delaying the promotion for the vast majority of the Executives, more than 70% is not justified. Telecom Engg side is worstly affected and it will continue to suffer, we told. Even on SDE to DE promotion we suggested to give the promotion without DPC for all the SDEs in list 5,6,7 & 8 who are in E4 or E5 scale by 28th as the seniority list is under dispute and giving promotion through either route for limited vacancies may end up in another litigation. That litigation will continue even after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and the very purpose of CPSU Hierarchy implementation will be defeated. CMD was non committal on our proposal but asked us to discuss with DIR(HR). Finally CMD agreed to some extent to our demand and told that he will direct to complete all DPCs before 30th and notify CPSU Hierarchy before 1st July. 

Earlier in the meeting with GM(Pers) on CPSU Hierarchy notification and progress in the SDE to DE DPC, he indicated that he requires minimum 2 months to complete the DPC work and tentative schedule is middle of August. It is communicated to Dir(HR) and CMD in the evening.  From this we can understand the level of preparation for the DPC at BSNLCO. However we are trying our level best to get some tangible results.

We have to be very very vigilant for the next few days and be ready to go to any extent. All the negative elements will play all dirty politics to derail the notification of CPSU Hierarchy as almost all their members got promotion earlier and we have to be united like a rock. This will be the lifeline for the career growth of Executives. This will be the unique opportunity to have uniform promotion policy and parity in promotions across all streams.

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

21-06-2018

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

21-06-2018

AGS Com A.Chandra Sekhar met CGM(Arch) Shri. Gupta and discussed about promotions in the cadre of JTO(A) to AE(A)/SDE(A). 

18-06-2018

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

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

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

All CSs and Office bearers are requested to send the APAR, VC etc latest by 22.06.18 for completing the formalities before 28.06.2018. 

18-06-2018

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

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

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

11-06-2018

GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD and DIR(HR) on 11.06.2018 and requested them to issue the JTO to SDE promotion at the earliest. The promotion is held up due to litigations at Chennai and Kerala after March, 2011 promotions. Thousands of JTOs retired without promotion during the intervening period. Now the hurdles are cleared. Both of them assured prompt action.

Earlier GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(Pers), GM(Estt), Jt GM(Pers) and DGM(Estt) and held marathon discussions regarding the court judgment, its implementation and issuing promotion order as quickly as possible. One of the major contentious issue, whether supernumerary/excess promotion is from 1995 onwards or from 2001 onwards only, could sort out today itself by repeated meetings and a combined meeting of GM(Pers) and GM(Estt), the cadre controlling authority for JTO cadre. The seniority of the JTOs recruited prior to 2000 is intact as per the HC judgment. Since direct rect and supernumerary/excess promotion issue is from 2001, the seniority from 2001 rect year is to be revised as per HC order or the judgment has to be challenged.

The DPC work in other cadres also in progress. All CSs and activists requested to send the VC and APAR by hand before 20.06.2018 for completion of the DPC and issuing promotion orders. We are trying to issue the promotions as much possible within a couple of weeks before the notification of CPSU Hierarchy this month. We requested CMD and BSNL management to notify the policy effectively few days prior to 30.06.2018 so that the Executives retiring in this month also will get the benefit of promotion. On an average more than 200 Executives are retiring every month.

04-06-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17-05-2018

As decided in the agenda meeting, the Committee on Group Term Insurance (GTI) held negotiations with LIC and SBI Life on Group Term Insurance (GTI) for all the BSNL Executives. GM(Restg), GM(SR), GM(CA) and GM(Estt) are the committee members. GS/SNEA also specially invited for the meeting. After the negotiations, Committee directed both LIC and SBI Life to rework on the rates and submit fresh quotes with all the attached conditions within 2 weeks.

17-05-2018

The formal agenda meeting with DIR(HR) held today, 17.05.2018 from 11.30 AM on the following agenda. GS, President, AGS, CS/BSNLCO and senior comrade Shri V K Yadav represented SNEA. GM(SR), GM(Pers), GM(Restg) and OSD to DIR(HR) were the other participants  in the discussion from official side:

1. Implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI) for all the BSNL Executives:

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

2. Restoration of break in Circle Tenure on posting to soft tenure stations as provided in the Transfer policy Dated 09.05.2012:

Decision: Break in Circle Tenure will be restored.

3. Uniform First Time Bound promotion:

An anomaly created after the implementation of 2nd PRC where all the Executives are getting 1st TBP after 4-5 years after 01.01.2007 where as the seniors got it in 5 or 6 years in 2005 or 2006. All the 1993 to 2001 rect JTOs joined before 2003 are affected by this. The matter has been referred to Khan Committee and Khan Committee recommended 4-5 years instead of 4-6 years. However in order to remove the anomaly, we demanded the 1st TBP uniformly after 4 years.

Management was very much reluctant on this demand as EPP-2007 has to be amended with retrospective effect, after so many years for meeting the demand.

Decision: It will be examined and processed once CPSU Hierarchy is approved and the residency period is finalized by Board for future promotions. Further discussions will be held after the Board approval.

4. HR Integration:

There is no uniformity in deciding the policy matters like promotions, transfers etc at BSNCO/Circle/SSA level, among different wings. For promotions, vacancy year is not followed in certain wings, creating anomaly. All the request transfers after 3 years are at the company cost, as per the transfer policy. However some wings/circles are giving transfer after 2 years at company cost whereas some other wing/unit, transfer is not given on company cost even after three years. The differential treatment between different wings created large scale resentment among the Executives in different wings. For the purpose of uniform policy in the company, HR integration is to be implemented. Huge man power deployed for the same work among different wings can be spared and can be redeployed effectively.

Decision: It is agreed to follow uniform policy and best HR practices by all the wings. For its smooth implementation, a Committee will be formed to examine the various issues raised by the Assn to bring uniformity in the HR practices followed in BSNL.

5. Finalization of HR Plan.

Since CPSU Hierarchy proposal is finalised delinking the promotions from availability of posts, HR plan finalization is to be expedited. Due to non finalization of HR plan, some HR issues like E1+5 for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010 are not approving by the BSNL Board. Rect and Transfers can be made judiciously based on the actual assets. This will help deployment of staff in the potential areas.

Decision: The additional posts as pointed out by the Assn for trans mtce, FTTH, Leased ctts, Govt projects etc are reworked and soon it will be send to the MC for approval. Thereafter it has to be cleared by the HR Committee and then by the Board. HR Plan finalization will be expedited.

6. Increasing the number of Office bearers of the Executive Associations from 7/11 to 15 at SSA /Circle level and recognition to the body at Circle offices and Metro Dists at par with SSA level:

The number of office bearers at Circle/SSA level was 15 each before finalization of the Recognition Rules. In the new Recognition Rules, it reduced to 11 and 07 respectively which is to be reviewed. This is badly affecting the functioning of the Association at Circle/SSA level as it has to represent and accommodate all the Executives in different streams, wings including non recruiting Circles in the Circle/SSA body. The office bearer number is to be increased to 15.

The elected body at various Circle offices, Metro Dists, ITPC, BBNW, TF etc are to be treated at par with the SSA level body and necessary clarifications are to be issued.

Lot of resistance was there from the part of GM(SR) to increase the number of office bearers citing the recognition Rule provisions, cost to the company, these issues are already examined by a Committee etc. Finally DIR(HR) assured to revisit the issue with a positive mind.

Decision: The demand for increasing the number of office bearers to 15 will be re-examined and necessary amendments will be done in the Recognition Rules.

Recognition to the elected body at various Circle offices, Metro Dists, ITPC, BBNW, TF etc will be considered and necessary clarifications will be issued.

7. Office accommodation at Circle/SSA level:

Some of the Circle/SSAs are insisting for instructions from BSNLCO citing the instructions issued for accommodation to Recognised Unions and SEWA BSNL. SNEA is the Recognised Executives Assn and it should be given accommodation at Circle/SSAs. Instructions may be issued to all the Circles.

DIR(HR) was kind enough to consider the matter and of the firm opinion that Recognised Assn also should be given accommodation as others are already enjoying.

Decision: The matter will be decided shortly with a positive approach.

After the discussion on the agenda points the following issues also discussed:

Board approval for CPSU approval: DIR(HR) assured that the reply will be submitted to the Board as assured to the Assn without any change in date of effect or bench marks. The original proposal along with the reply will be send to company secretary today itself for making it as an agenda for the Board meeting on 28.05.2018. DIR(HR) is very much hopeful that this time the Board will approve the proposal.

Rule -8 cases of KTK Circle: We explained the stand taken by the new CGM where he is not ready to consider fresh Rule 8 cases against 211 new JTOs joined. Earlier 173 JTOs transferred when JTO posting through LICE/Offtg regularization taken place. This also done after lot of struggle by SNEA and by the intervention of DIR(HR). DIR(HR) assured to examine the matter.

After the formal agenda meeting, GS and AGS met GM(SR) and held further discussions on the matter. We explained the developments during last three years and how the JTOs are relieved after lot of struggle. The Rule 8 cases settled since 2016 is taken now and fresh cases are not considering when new direct rect JTOs are joining in the field. Against new JTOs fresh Rule 8 is to be considered and 191 Rule 8 cases are still pending.

17-05-2018

The formal meeting with DIR(HR) on the following agenda today at 11.30 AM:

1. Implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI) for all the BSNL Executives.

2. Restoration of break in Circle Tenure on posting to soft tenure stations as provided in the Transfer policy Dated 09.05.2012.

3. Uniform First Time Bound promotion.

4. HR Integration:

5. Finalization of HR Plan.

6. Increasing the number of Office bearers of the Executive Associations from 7/11 to 15 at SSA /Circle level and recognition to the body at Circle offices and Metro Dists at par with SSA level.

7. Office accommodation at Circle/SSA level. 

14-05-2018

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

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

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

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

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

04-05-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 04.05.2018: GS and President met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues.

a) Implementation of Uniform Time Bound promotion (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy): Assn expressed its strong resentment in the delay on approval of the proposal. Hundreds of Executives due for promotion are retiring every month and the youngsters are losing their service for the future promotions. DIR(HR) informed that the response from the Jt Sec and BSNL Board member is expected by Tuesday. JS is on official tour and will be back on Monday. Based on the response further actions will be initiated.

We are waiting for the response from the JS and the further initiatives from the BSNL management. If there is any more delay tactics from DoT or BSNL, we will not hesitate to go for trade union actions in the near future. It is suspected that the strong stand taken by the Assns and Unions against Tower subsidiary formation is delaying the clearance from the JS, which cannot be accepted.

b) Uniform policy for considering request transfers, maintaining waiting list: Assn mentioned that the request transfers are not considered on uniform policy, some are considered on OWN cost and some on company cost which is arbitrary. As per policy all transfer after 3 years will be in the company cost evenif it is a request transfer. Due to financial condition it is not followed especially in Telecom Engg side whereas some cases are considered on company cost. Further waiting list is not maintained. DIR(HR) assured to maintain transparency and uniform procedure for considering request transfers. Further discussions will be held in the formal meetings.  

c) Early implementation of Hon SC judgments on Rule 206 seniority and 147 seniority: We requested to expedite both as finalization of seniority will pave the way for the promotion of the eligible candidates to DE/DGM grades. DIR(HR) informed that the committee formed for 147 seniority will examine the implementation part next week and a decision will be taken shortly on 147 seniority. Subsequently 206 seniority revision will be implemented.

d) Arbitrary Transfers in Civil wing of AP Circle and SDE(Electrical) transfers by PGM(EW): We explained the arbitrary transfer made by CE(Civil), AP Zone and the discussion with PGM(BW) in this regard. Similarly in Electrical wing also transfers are issued without any justification. DIR(HR) is very unhappy about the arbitrary transfers and assured to intervene.

The formal agenda meeting with DIR(HR) to discuss various HR issues is fixed for 16.05.2018.

24-04-2018

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

05-04-2018

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

GS letter to DIR(HR)

03-04-2018

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

Development on E2, E3 scales:

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

09-03-2018

Meeting with Member(Technology & Services), Telecom Commission.

GS and President met Shri Prabhash Singh, Member(T&S), Telecom Commission on 09.03.2018 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL with 15% fitment: We explained the meeting with the Hon Minister and the Secretary on the issue on 24.02.2018 in which Hon Minister directed DoT to take actions for the pension revision. The revision is due w.e.f 01.01.2017. Pension revision is not related with the affordability or paying capacity of BSNL. Union Cabinet already decided a fitment of 15% for the pay revision which will be applicable for the pensioners also. In 2007, Cabinet approved 30% fitment for the pay revision and the same was extended to the pensioners also. Accordingly we requested to move a Cabinet note separately for pension revision of the pensioners with 15% fitment, w.e.f 01.01.2017. Member(Services) assured to do the needful and told us to meet again in the first week of April for further discussions.

b) Support from Govt on BSNL Development related issues:

i) We expressed our serious concern that Govt is utilizing BSNL wherever other operators are not ready to execute the work like NOFN project. Other projects are going on tender basis where the tender conditions are favorable to other operators. In the phase II LWE project, tender eligibility conditions are made arbitrary, to keep BSNL out. The 4G operator as a precondition is to favour other operators, we pointed out. By this clause, BSNL will not be able to participate in the tender. 

ii) IT related work on nomination basis: Since BSNL is having huge expertise on IT related works with a strong network, DoT has to consider, giving IT related works to BSNL on nomination basis. ITPC is having more than 500 professionals and their services can be utilized for earning more money by taking up IT related activities of other Depts. BSNL is having more strength than the NIC. Member(T) acknowledged it and told us that he is fully aware of the strength of ITPC as Ex CGM/ITPC and their service can be effectively utilized for earning more revenue. BSNL has to come up with proposal and he is ready to support, he assured. 

07-03-2018

Developments on E2, E3 scales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06-03-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL: GS, President and AGS met CMD/BSNL on 06.02.18 and held discussions on the follow up to be taken on various issues discussed with the Hon MOSC and DoT on 24.02.18 and assurances given. We thanked CMD for the intervention at the right time to arrange the meeting with Hon Minister. CMD is back at BSNLCO after attending the Mobile Congress at Barcelona, last week along with Hon Minister and Secretary/DoT.

06-03-2018

GS, President and AGS met GM(Pers) on 06.02.18 and held discussions regarding the reply to the Board members on various queries regarding CPSU Hierarchy. GM(Pers) informed that the draft reply is ready and it will be submitted after getting approval from DIR(HR) who is on official tour. DIR(HR) will be at HQ on Monday, 12.03.18.

27-02-2018

SNEA delegation led by Com. G. L. Jogi, Chairman/ SNEA, and consisting of Com. M. S. Adasul CS, SNEA/MH and other Circle leaders met Shri. Anant Geeteji, Hon Minister for Heavy Industries, at Mumbai on 22/02/2018 and very strongly pleaded for his kind intervention in getting relaxation in affordability clause for implementation of 3rd PRC from the Union Cabinet to enable implementation of 3rd PRC in all CPSUs regardless of their profits.

Leaders apprised Hon Minister about the great role played by CPSUs in strengthening Indian Economy and building a very formidable infrastructure in all critical sectors of development of Country. We updated him about the role of BSNL and how the BSNL has always given priority to provide services to customers regardless of loss and profit and hence affordability has no relevance for its grant of 3rd PRC for its workforce. Com G.L. Jogi emphatically told Hon Minister that only his very personal & kind intervention will help resolve the issue and pave the way for implementation of 3rd PRC in CPSUs including BSNL regardless of their profits/losses.

Hon Minister duly acknowledged the huge services rendered by CPSUs in growth and development of the Country in strategic and key sectors. He also informed that he is well aware about the contribution of BSNL in overall growth of India and also acknowledged that he is well familiar about the BSNL services being provided at the remote and odd places where profit is not possible and hence BSNL is different from others and assured to extend all possible support from Govt. Hon Minister reiterated strong resolve and keenness to intervene in the matter by moving a note for consideration and approval of the Union Cabinet to get the issue addressed comprehensively and to do whatever possible from his side in support of BSNL workforce on 3rd PRC issue as well as other issues.

SNEA delegation led by Com M. S. Adasul, CS, SNEA/MH, Com. Bharat Sonawane, CP, SNEA/MH and other Circle/SSA leaders met Shri. Manoj Sinhaji, Hon MoSC at Sangli on 23/02/2018 and requested his kind intervention on two prominent issues related to Executives and non-Executives working in BSNL i.e. grant of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment and early approval of Standard Pay Scales for BSNL Executives. Hon. MoSC assured that both the issues are under active consideration by DoT. He further added that he is aware about the unrest among the employees of BSNL and hence he has granted time for meeting to leaders of all Unions and Associations of BSNL tomorrow on 24/02/2018. He assured that all the issues raised by unions including these two prominent issues will be discussed with officers in DoT as well as union leaders and will be resolved in best possible manner. It was due to the personal intervention by Shri. Sanjay Kaka Patil, Hon. MP from Sangli Loksabha Constituency who has specially arranged the meeting for SNEA.

15-02-2018

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers) on 15.02.18: GS and President met GM(P) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy proposal: GM(P) informed that the queries from the Board members are yet to be received. BSNLCO is trying to contact the concerned Board members to get the queries so that it can be replied immediately and thereafter for the approval, the proposal can be moved through rotation.

b) Speedy implementation of Hon SC judgments on 206 seniority and consequential benefits to all the seniors: The proposal is already moved from Pers section few weeks back. Now the proposal is gone to the legal section for legal opinion. Based on the legal opinion, the proposal will be processed for early implementation. We requested for early implementation as DGM(Regular) promotion etc can be considered only after the finalization of the seniority list in DE cadre (after the revision of SDE seniority and subsequent changes in promotion to DE cadre).

c) Filing MA in Hon Chandigarh Court on DE to DGM(Adhoc) promotion: DGM(Adhoc) promotion is stayed by Hon CAT Chandigarh on reservation issue and catchup rule. The MA seeking permission for issuing promotion for the missing cases etc will be filed shortly. The draft MA is approved, GM(P) informed.

d) Approval of minutes of the review DPC for the 33 missing cases: After discussion, GM(P) assured early action.

e) Speedy implementation of Hon SC judgments on revision of seniority for the SDE(C) and consequential benefits to all the seniors: We explained the urgency in implementing the SC order and conducting the review DPC for EE promotion. There after they will be eligible for SE promotions also. Since the number is less, we requested to expedite the matter. GM(P) agreed to speed up the matter and explained that since all these matters involve legal issues, checking at various level involves, causing delay.

f) Promotion to SDE(T) based on the Hon SC order revising their JTO rect year. Since the review DPC is already over for the promotion to earlier vacancy year, it is requested to expedite the promotion order for the 06 cases where the SC given earlier rect years in JTO cadre. All of them are already working as SDEs.

06-02-2018

Meeting with Shri Amit Yadav, Jt Sec(A), DoT on 06.02.2018: GS, President and AGS met Jt Sec(A) and held discussions on different issues. Jt Sec(A) is nominated as the new BSNL Board member after Shri N Sivasailam become Special Secretary. We congratulated him for the new assignment.

1) Allotment of 4G spectrum for BSNL: We explained the urgency in allotting 4G spectrum and launching of 4G services by BSNL as other operators are already having 4G services. JS informed that things are now moving positively in DoT.

2) Pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL: We explained that the pension revision is no way linked with the pay revision for the serving employees as the pension is paid by the Govt from the Consolidated Fund of India. All are Govt pensioners retired from BSNL. Last time also pension revision for BSNL retirees was done through a Cabinet decision. The pension contribution is already paid by BSNL to the Govt(DoT). Affordability or BSNL profitability is no way connected with the payment of pension and pension revision. The fitment of 15% is already recommended by 3rd PRC and approved by Cabinet. We requested to delink it from pay revision and move a Cabinet proposal for pension revision. JS agreed to our points and assured that DoT will take positive steps to delink the pension revision from the pay revision and settle the issue of pension revision.

3) Status of 3rd Pay revision: For pay revision in BSNL, Govt has to seek Cabinet approval as a special case to get relaxation on affordability clause, JS informed. However there is no instruction from the higher authorities so far in this regard.  

4) Pension contribution: We explained the issue in detail. BSNL is pursuing this matter with DoT, DoE, DoPT etc. The response from DoE is very positive. The proposal sent to DoE was without the recommendation of the Internal Finance of DoT and now DoE sought the recommendation from Internal Finance of DoT. The issue is pending with Internal Finance of DoT. If Internal Finance of DoT is taking a positive stand, DoE will agree to the proposal. SNEA also taken up the issue with DoPT and DoPT informed us in April, 2014 that BSNL has to pay the pension contribution as per DoPT OM of 2009, on the actual basic pay. We requested to pursue the matter within DoT. JS informed that he is not dealing the matter, however he will use his office to support the BSNL proposal and speak to the concerned officers.

05-02-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 05.02.18: GS and President met DIR(HR) and held discussions on E2/E3 pay scale status, CPSU Hierarchy approval, 3rd Pay revision, pension revision, pension contribution on actual basic pay etc.

Later GS, President and AGs met CGM(Legal), GM(Retg) and GM(SR) on the above issues and held discussions.   

03-02-2018

GS and President met GM(Fin-CFA) and GM(BB) on 02.02.18 and held further discussions on restoring night free calling and Sunday free call. Other operators especially R-Jio is coming with aggressive marketing strategies and withdrawal of existing facilities will be detrimental for BSNL, we informed. We demanded that the proposal may be put on hold and a committee may be formed to examine the proposal. Both of them responded positively and agreed that review is required. Since CMD and DIR(CFA) is out of station, immediate decision may not be possible, they  informed. 

01-02-2018

Meeting with Shri N K Mehta, DIR(CFA): Jt Forum leaders met DIR(CFA) on 31.01.2018 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Restoration of night free calling and Sunday free call facility from Landline: JF strongly pleaded for the restoration of night Free calling atleast from 9 PM to 6 AM and continuing Sunday Free calling. These are some good marketing initiatives which given the field staff to get more landline connections. When so many freebies are offered for mobile connection, landline customers which gives almost 50% revenue should not be neglected. All are loyal customers of BSNL for years together. BSNL should first retain them instead of looking for new connections. BSNL has to spend thousands of Rupees for a new connection and has to wait years together to get some revenue from it.  Before taking such a retrograde step which will accelerate the landline surrender/nonpayment disconnection, BSNL CO should have consulted the major Circles like KRL, MH, KTK etc to assess the impact, we suggested. Further we suggested to form a Committee consisting of few CGMs of major Circles and some officers of BSNLCO to review the decisions and put on hold the orders till that time. DIR(CFA) responded positively and assured positive action and review of the decision.   

b) Reintroduction of Annual plans: We pointed out that discontinuation of annual plan was another such retrograde decision taken by BSNL and we lost lakhs of connections. BSNL was getting advance money from the customers. After the surrender of lakhs of connections, we are looking for new connections with lesser plans. These type of decisions, making our field staff very tough to face the customers.

c) Procuring Gpon OLT and ONTs for FTTH connections. Huge demand is reported from various Circles for FTTH connections. Shortage of Gpon and ONTs is the main problem. R Jio is now focusing towards this segment of FTTH and BB business. We demanded urgent procurement/supply of OLTs and ONTs for providing maximum FTTH connections before R Jio is capturing the market. In the present NGN tender, there is a provision for FTTH where the ONT rates are very low. We requested to explore the possibility to procure more OLTs and ONTs through the existing tender itself instead of going for a new tender which will take lot of time.

01-02-2018

Meeting with new GM (Estt) on 31-01-18: GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met the new GM(Estt) Shri Saurabh Tyagi and assured him all co-operation. Very sensitive issues like 3rd PRC, E2 and E3 scales, Pay loss issue of Rs 22820, E1A/E2A notionall from 01.10.2000 for C/E/Arch etc are dealt by Estt section  and it has to be addressed on priority, we requested. 

19-12-2017

4G services by BSNL: GS, President and AGS met CMD and DIR(CM) and held discussions regarding entering into 4G services by BSNL. A detail project report (DPR) is prepared by BSNL and will be discussed in the BSNL Board meeting tomorrow, 21.12.2017 (on 20.12.2017, meeting of the Audit committee of the Board is scheduled). Thereafter the DPR will be submitted to DoT for further necessary action. BSNL is strongly pursuing with DoT for 5 MHz 4G spectrum in 2100 band. It will be partially in the form of equity (50% through equity and 50% on installment payment basis.

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.

04-11-2017

Meeting with CMD, BSNL on 03.11.2017: JF leaders met CMD, BSNL and thanked him for approving the CPSU Hierarchy proposal by the MC on 02.11.2017 as assured to us, based on Khan Committee recommendations. We informed CMD that the Executives are eagerly waiting for its immediate implementation as all will get promotions w.e.f. 01.01.2017 itself. There is no need for sending it to BSNL Board as it is simply an amendment to the existing EPP approved by BSNL Board and DoT. MC of the BSNL Board is delegated all such powers. CMD assured to examine the matter. Since DIR(HR) was out of BSNLCO for some meeting, we could not meet her.

01-11-2017

Rcom and TTSL stopped their mobile services and large number of thier customers are trying to port-in to BSNL. But UPC code for port in is the problem faced by BSNL.

GS, Dy GS and AGS met CMD/BSNL and DIR(CM) /BSNL yesterday in this regard and held discussions. They elaborated the initiatives taken by the management and monitoring done by Director himself. This is a golden opportunity for BSNL to get maximum customers migrated to BSNL in a limited period of 15 days to one month, through MNP.

Make maximum efforts and activate all our members for the next 15 days to one month. Take all marketing efforts, special melas near to the RCom and TTSL outlets etc to get maximum customers.

a) BSNL increased the commission for retailers by Rs 20 for port in of RCom and TTSL customers.

b) RCom generated UPC code for all its customers and intimated them through SMS. This UPC can be used.

c) If the customer do not received UPC code, ITPC has developed one module to facilitate the port in.

d) BSNL is in continuous touch with TERM Cell for getting the UPC code.

All our CSC incharges, officers dealing with the franchises and retailers and all our activists and employees are requested to put their best efforts in this regard.

31-10-2017

GS met CMD BSNL on 30.10.2017 and held serious discussions regarding the meeting with the Hon MoSC on E2 and E3 pay scales, his immediate response regarding 3rd Pay Revision for BSNL employees and the continuing stalemate in promotions. On E2 and E3 scales, Assn demanded strong intervention at this crucial juncture when DoT and Hon Minister is going to take a final decision.

Regarding promotions, GS told that even after 17 years of formation of BSNL, BSNL could not become a full fledged PSU in terms of HR matters, promotions etc. BSNL is the only CPSU following post based promotions, based on availability of posts and seniority as followed in Govt departments. All other CPSUs are following Time Bound Functional promotions upto certain level without any link with availability of posts or seniority. So, the Executives in other CPSUs are getting uninterrupted promotions. Present post based promotions in BSNL will not give any relief to majority of the cadres due to shortage of vacancies. Association demanded uniform promotion policy to ensure equal promotional avenues to all the Executives in the equivalent grade in various wings, minimum upto AGM grade.

GS demanded strong initiatives from the management to end the stalemate in promotions in various cadres. CMD assured that management will take immediate actions to end the stalemate in promotions in various cadres.

CMD further informed that DoT has written to BSNL management, with the approval of Secretary/DoT, regarding the proposed amendments in SDE RR and JTO RR. These letters are based on the agenda item in the Board meeting held on 12.10.2017 in which these items are postponed to the next Board meeting on 24.10.2017. DoT directed BSNL not to withdraw the SDE RR amendment from the Board and made some objections to the amendments in JTO RR. In fact, the BSNL proposal to withdraw the amendments from the Board agenda was approved by the BSNL Board in its meeting held on 24.10.2017. BSNL proposed to withdraw the amendment from the Board as the power for RR amendments are already delegated to the MC of BSNL Board and the MC already approved the amendments in 2015 itself. The details are to be discussed further.  

We strongly protested against the highhandedness of DoT in every issue, directly interfering with the functioning of the Board.

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.

28-10-2017

Meeting with Hon MoSC Shri Manoj Sinha on tomorrow (29.10.2017) morning regarding E2, E3 pay scale issue.

27-10-2017

Joint Forum Leaders met Hon Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on 26.10.2017 regarding Standard pay scale issue of E2 and E3. Hon Minister assured to intervene and agreed to discuss it with Hon MoSC, Shri Manoj Sinha.

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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.