meeting with administration


29-07-2015

SNEA(I) had the first formal meeting with DIR(HR) on 28.07.2015 on the following agenda submitted by the Assn last week. Sr GM(SR), GM(Pers) and GM(Estt) also present in the deliberations. GS, President and AGS Com V Wankhede attended the meeting.

1.      Finalization of HR plan and approval of major HR issues in the Board.

2.      Promotions in different cadres: JTO to SDE promotion, SDE to DE promotion, issues related to DGM promotion, finalization of syllabus for LDCE to SDE(TF).

3.      Pay anomalies: a) Recovery /reduction in pay and Committee on Offtg pay fixation, b) Antedating of increments, c) Senior drawing less pay than the juniors -- generalization of Hon Supreme Court order, d)  increment @ 3% of current basic pay on promotion.

4.      Issues related to Membership verification among Executive Assns – restoration of trade union facilities and making amendments in the new Recognition Rules.

Detailed discussions take place on all the issues. On HR plan, it is under consideration and before the presentation TO Board, it will be discussed with the Assn. Assn promised to submit its views in a couple of days.

On promotions in different cadres, the preparatory work at BSNLCO reviewed thoroughly. The impact of recent Chandigarh Tribunal judgment staying all promotions with reservation without following the judgment on Nagaraju case also briefly discussed. DE promotion work is going on, DGM promotions will be considered for the DEs whose name is not disputed. The promotions in other cadres will be expedited. The LDCE to SDE(TF) seriously discussed and DIR(HR) directed GM(Pers) and GM(Estt) to clear the issue urgently and settle the issue.

On pay anomalies, DIR(HR) appreciated the arguments placed by the Assn being an officer familiar with FR SR. DIR(HR) directed to examine all the pay anomaly cases in view of FRSR and the clarifications issued on EPP, other pay anomalies etc will be examined. Pay anomaly meeting is fixed for 04.08.15.

On membership verification, restoration of trade union facilities, modifications to the recognition rules and court case on untenable provisions of the rules like regn under societies act etc will be examined by SR section.

27-07-2015

GS and CHQ president met CMD(BSNL) and appraised him the developments in Kerala Circle and the continuing vindictive actions of CGMT/Kerala. The trade union rights are neglected and the working atmosphere is further worsening. Casual labourers are on agitation for the last four weeks and service is badly affected. Vindictive action is continuing against the Office bearers of BSNLEU also. Further we informed the CMD that the orders issued by BSNLCO with the approval of then CMD/BSNL as settlement of the agitation in Kerala is not implemented by the CGMT. If the instructions of CMD itself is defied by the CGMT, then who will listen to the CGMT and what discipline will be enforced in the Circle.

CMD immediately directed DIR(HR) to see that whatever the instructions are issued by the CO, it is implemented in letter and spirit by the CGMT/Kerala.

27-07-2015

Core Committee of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations meeting with CMD, DIR(CFA) and other officers on 24.07.2015:

CMD and DIR(CFA) held  discussions with Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations to review the implementation of recently launched “”Free Night Calling from BSNL land lines” and “Free Roaming for incoming calls on BSNL mobile connections”. GS attended the meeting as core committee member. GM (NWP-CFA), GM (NWO-CM), GM (PP, S&M and Infra) were also present in the meeting.

 

CMD initiated the discussions with opening remarks that till these schemes are introduced, all operators are almost in the same footing. Now BSNL got an edge over all other operators and this is a golden opportunity which we may get very rarely, “once in a life time”.  CMD and other Directors are strongly monitoring and reviewing the progress. CMD mentioned that the sole purpose of conducting the meeting to have a joint effort for revival of BSNL. CMD impressed upon to organise Melas, campaigns, improve quality of service to attract more and more customers to BSNL. Each and every employee should involve in this initiative for revival of BSNL.

 

DIR(CFA) informed that 4 lakh WiFi modems are available with BSNL and the cost is now reduced to Rs. 1500/-. It should utilised to provide connections whoever is demanding WiFi modem and increase the revenue. In the case of DNP, the incoming facility allowed for 60 days instead of earlier 30 days. But by 31st August, they have to be made active by reconnection and special efforts are to be made for this purposes.

 

Certain Circles made good initiatives. UPE, MP , RAJ, CHTD Circles and Nagergovil SSA in TN are taking the lead. GS explained the issues in the field units like shortage of dropwire, 5 pair cable, OF cable, labour problems etc and requested management to release more fund for cable repair so that cable fault can be rectified and more areas can be made feasible. Due to shortage of fund, cable faults are not getting repaired and faults are set right by changing the cable pair. Focus can be given to hostels and other concentrated areas to popularise these schemes. Special teams are to be deputed to these places with an assurance to after sale service also. Delay in SIM activation is also to be resolved. New connections should be activated within 2 to 3 hours by our IN.

CMD and DIR(CFA) suggested to monitor the performance of the Retailers and Franchises so that sales can be further improved. Proper monitoring will improve the sales.

Concerned GMs reported the progress during the last two months. Last year BSNL was providing 8.6 lakhs mobile connections per month. During May, June, 2015 it increased to 11.6 lakhs per month, an increase of 36%(including MNP). In July BSNL already crossed 11 lakhs by 23rd and we are expecting that we will cross 15 lakhs.  Still there is good scope of further improvement in this segment.  In MNP port out was higher but that also changed and now more or less equal. 

On landline sector, before the launch of the scheme, the net disconnection was 1.20 lakh per month. Now up to 15th July 2015 the net disconnection is reduced to 11,000 per week or 40 to 45 Thousands per month.

Good news is that ten Circles come positive in net landline connections i.e. A & N, Assam, Chennai TD, Chattisgargh, Jharkhand, Haryana, J&K, NE-I, Punjab and Rajasthan Circles.

Core Committee leaders appraised the actual status of implementation of these schemes in field units and the initiatives taken by the Forum in this regard. But the response from Circles and SSAs are not encouraging hence Circles/SSA Heads should be directed to hold meeting with the Circle/SSA level Forum leaders to mobilize and involve the employees for the success of these schemes. They also apprised about the scarcity of material in some circles.

DIR(CFA) informed that he himself or concerned GMs can be apprised regarding shortage of material, if any in Circles/SSAs through SMS or in person by the members of the Core Committee.

24-07-2015

GS and CHQ president met DIR(HR) and appraised the latest developments in Kerala Circle and the vindictive actions of CGMT/Kerala. Eventhough CMD has given time for meeting, the meeting could not take place as the video conferencing with CGMs are continuing even late evening. The meeting is rescheduled for Monday.

16-07-2015

Meeting with Sri Rakesh Garg, Secretary DoT on 16.07.2015: Core committee members of the Forum met Sec/DoT and had a review meeting of the issues raised in the agitation notice and the discussions held on 01.05.2015.

On payment of USO subsidy, Secretary informed that Telecom Commission in the last meeting approved the proposal of payment of Rs. 1250 Crores recommended by TRAI for 2012-13. Now the proposal will go to the cabinet for effecting the payment. We thanked him for the settlement of this issue as assured to us.

BWA spectrum refund: The proposal of refund of Rs 830 Crores for which budget allocation received from Finance Ministry is under process for reimbursement to BSNL. By this all the payments upto 2013-14 will be completed and the total reimbursement will be Rs 930 Cr including the earlier payment of Rs 100 Cr. BSNL didn’t paid licence fee etc due for 2014-15 which comes around Rs 2200 Crores.

Proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL, media news: Secretary informed that Govt not taken any decision in this regard and in case Govt takes a decision for merger, the concerns raised by the employees will be addressed and no decision will be taken which is harmful to BSNL or MTNL.

78.2% benefit to Pensioners: On this matter, Secretary immediately spoken to Member (Fin) and directed to send DO letter to concerned Secretaries under the signature of Secretary, DoT.

Reimbursement of salary etc from TERM Cell etc: Secretary informed that it is under process.

On the proposal of referring pension revision to next PRC, meeting with Member (Services) will be held on Monday.

09-07-2015

Meeting with DIR(HR) on 08.07.2015: GS and AGSs met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the JTO to SDE Promotions, reconstitution of the committee on officiating pay fixation as almost all the committee members transferred from BSNLCO etc.

05-07-2015

Meeting with Sri N. K. Mehta, ED(CA&IT) and DIR(EB) designate: GS and AGS met ED(CA&IT) on 03.07.2015 and held detailed discussion on the slow pace of project work in Eastern region. We requested to monitor the progress on a monthly basis. Huge amount is paid to PGCIL and OIL for hiring the fibre and bandwidth which cannot be avoided now due to the frequent failure of BSNL connectivity. ED told that manpower is a big issue in the Eastern region. Hiring of bandwidth from defence also under consideration. Shortage of OF cable will be addressed shortly as tender is almost in the final stage. BSNL will be doing lot of work in the coming days in the eastern region.

02-07-2015

Meeting with CMD/BSNL on 02.07.2015: GS, CHQ President, AGS and CS/CO met Sri Anupam Shrivastava and held discussions on the following issues:

a)        Poor transmission network performance of Eastern regions and urgent need to lay OF cables. BSNL spending crores of rupees every year to PGCIL, OIL etc for reliable connectivity. The performance of ETP and NETF in laying of OF cable for the last so many years is very poor or practically nil. CMD informed that management is aware of the seriousness of the issue, started taking actions.

b)        Proposed move to hand over the NOFN work to private operators and state Govts: Assn shared the concern with the CMD on the proposed move initiated by PMO. The committee recommendations are pro-private and will badly affect the interest of BSNL. Majority of the potential Circles are given to private players. CMD highly appreciated the letter written by SNEA(I) to Hon Prime Minister with all facts and figures and he opined that it will definitely bring positive results.

c)        Marketing of Free night call facility and Free roaming. There is a quantum jump in the waiting list. We have to convert them as connections. Franchisees are given target on mobile connections. Assn informed the initiative taken by the Forum.

d)        On MT recruitment, CMD told that Management urgently needed it for the future top management and suggested to discuss with others to clear their doubts and apprehensions. CMD added that Management will take care of the uninterrupted promotional avenues for the Executives. In the larger interest of the organization, Assn extended full support for the recruitment of MTs from among internal candidates and on Extl MTs, it once again reiterated the stand that there is no need for Extl MT as thousands of talented Executives are available in the company and by proper screening BSNL can select 300 instead of 150 MTs from them as Assn demanded earlier. BSNL Board meeting on 19.06.2015 reiterated its earlier decision to recruit MTs after discussion.

01-07-2015

It is surprising to note that our friends are not reported or hiding some of the proposals of the Management in the meeting on 30.06.2015 in MT rect: SNEA(I) all along in both the meetings strongly demanded the filling up of all the SDE, DE and DGM equivalent posts as per the existing RRs till CPSU hierarchy is finalised. We are not ready to delay the promotions even one day.

When SNEA(I) also strongly opposed the rect of Extl MTs and demanded immediate actions to fill up the vacuum at top Mgt level, GM(Pers) representing Mgt made the following offers: 1) Mgt may defer or postpone the rect of MT(Extl) and only conduct the exam for MT(Intl), 2) Mgt will consider rect of DGMs for limited posts as a onetime measure by making internal candidates also eligible. If these two proposals are implemented as suggested by SNEA(I) long back and demanded by all other Assns earlier till CPSU cadre hierarchy implementation, the requirement of officers at senior level in the future would have met along with the aspirations of the Executives. It was a golden opportunity to stop Extl MT rect and hence SNEA(I) didn’t opposed the proposal. Why others not reported this proposal in their website?

SNEA(I) earlier demanded for rect to limited DGM posts as a onetime measure (by creating additional DGM posts) without affecting the promotional avenues in the existing DGM posts by allowing Intl candidates to appear in the examination.

Is our friends are not aware of the fact that once CPSU cadre hierarchy is implemented by amending EPP, then there is no relevance for SDE, AO, MT, BSNLMS RR upto DGM promotion and it will be automatically scrapped and nothing new in it?

01-07-2015

It is surprising to note that our friends are not reported or hiding some of the proposals of the Management in the meeting on 30.06.2015 in MT rect: SNEA(I) all along in both the meetings strongly demanded the filling up of all the SDE, DE and DGM equivalent posts as per the existing RRs till CPSU hierarchy is finalised. We are not ready to delay the promotions even one day.

When SNEA(I) also strongly opposed the rect of Extl MTs and demanded immediate actions to fill up the vacuum at top Mgt level, GM(Pers) representing Mgt made the following offers: 1) Mgt may defer or postpone the rect of MT(Extl) and only conduct the exam for MT(Intl), 2) Mgt will consider rect of DGMs for limited posts as a onetime measure by making internal candidates also eligible. If these two proposals are implemented as suggested by SNEA(I) long back and demanded by all other Assns earlier till CPSU cadre hierarchy implementation, the requirement of officers at senior level in the future would have met along with the aspirations of the Executives. It was a golden opportunity to stop Extl MT rect and hence SNEA(I) didn’t opposed the proposal. Why others not reported this proposal in their website?

SNEA(I) earlier demanded for rect to limited DGM posts as a onetime measure (by creating additional DGM posts) without affecting the promotional avenues in the existing DGM posts by allowing Intl candidates to appear in the examination.

Is our friends are not aware of the fact that once CPSU cadre hierarchy is implemented by amending EPP, then there is no relevance for SDE, AO, MT, BSNLMS RR upto DGM promotion and it will be automatically scrapped and nothing new in it.

01-07-2015

It is surprising to note that our friends are not reported or hiding some of the proposals of the Management in the meeting on 30.06.2015 in MT rect: SNEA(I) all along in both the meetings strongly demanded the filling up of all the SDE, DE and DGM equivalent posts as per the existing RRs till CPSU hierarchy is finalised. We are not ready to delay the promotions even one day.

When SNEA(I) also strongly opposed the rect of Extl MTs and demanded immediate actions to fill up the vacuum at top Mgt level, GM(Pers) representing Mgt made the following offers: 1) Mgt may defer or postpone the rect of MT(Extl) and only conduct the exam for MT(Intl), 2) Mgt will consider rect of DGMs for limited posts as a onetime measure by making internal candidates also eligible. If these two proposals are implemented as suggested by SNEA(I) long back and demanded by all other Assns earlier till CPSU cadre hierarchy implementation, the requirement of officers at senior level in the future would have met along with the aspirations of the Executives. It was a golden opportunity to stop Extl MT rect and hence SNEA(I) didn’t opposed the proposal. Why others not reported this proposal in their website?

SNEA(I) earlier demanded for rect to limited DGM posts as a onetime measure (by creating additional DGM posts) without affecting the promotional avenues in the existing DGM posts by allowing Intl candidates to appear in the examination.

Is our friends are not aware of the fact that once CPSU cadre hierarchy is implemented by amending EPP, then there is no relevance for SDE, AO, MT, BSNLMS RR upto DGM promotion and it will be automatically scrapped and nothing new in it? 

01-07-2015

It is surprising to note that our friends are not reported or hiding some of the proposals of the Management in the meeting on 30.06.2015 in MT rect: SNEA(I) all along in both the meetings strongly demanded the filling up of all the SDE, DE and DGM equivalent posts as per the existing RRs till CPSU hierarchy is finalised. We are not ready to delay the promotions even one day.

When SNEA(I) strongly opposed the rect of Extl MTs and immediate actions to fill up the vacuum at top Mgt level, GM(Pers) representing Mgt suggested the following: 1) Mgt may defer or postpone the rect of MT(Extl) and only conduct the exam for MT(Intl), 2) Mgt will consider rect of DGMs for limited posts as a onetime measure by making internal candidates also eligible. If these two proposals are implemented as suggested by SNEA(I) long back and demanded by all other Assns earlier till CPSU cadre hierarchy implementation, the requirement of officers at senior level in the future would have met along with the aspirations of the Executives. It was a golden opportunity to stop Extl MT rect and hence SNEA(I) didn’t opposed the proposal. Why others not reported this proposal in their website?

SNEA(I) earlier demanded for rect to limited DGM posts as a onetime measure (by creating additional DGM posts) without affecting the promotional avenues in the existing DGM posts by allowing Intl candidates to appear in the examination.

Is our friends are not aware of the fact that once CPSU cadre hierarchy is implemented by amending EPP, then there is no relevance for SDE, AO, MT, BSNLMS RR upto DGM promotion and it will be automatically scrapped and nothing new in it?

01-07-2015

It is surprising to note that our friends are not reported or hiding some of the proposals of the Management in the meeting on 30.06.2015 in MT rect: SNEA(I) all along in both the meetings strongly demanded the filling up of all the SDE, DE and DGM equivalent posts as per the existing RRs till CPSU hierarchy is finalised. We are not ready to delay the promotions even one day.

When SNEA(I) strongly opposed the rect of Extl MTs and immediate actions to fill up the vacuum at top Mgt level, GM(Pers) representing Mgt suggested the following: 1) Mgt may defer or postpone the rect of MT(Extl) and only conduct the exam for MT(Intl), 2) Mgt will consider rect of DGMs for limited posts as a onetime measure by making internal candidates also eligible. If these two proposals are implemented as suggested by SNEA(I) long back and demanded by all other Assns earlier till CPSU cadre hierarchy implementation, the requirement of officers at senior level in the future would have met along with the aspirations of the Executives. It was a golden opportunity to stop Extl MT rect and hence SNEA(I) didn’t opposed the proposal. Why others not reported this proposal in their website?

SNEA(I) earlier demanded for rect to limited DGM posts as a onetime measure (by creating additional DGM posts) without affecting the promotional avenues in the existing DGM posts by allowing Intl candidates to appear in the examination.

Is our friends are not aware of the fact that once CPSU cadre hierarchy is implemented by amending EPP, then there is no relevance for SDE, AO, MT, BSNLMS RR upto DGM promotion and it will be automatically scrapped and nothing new in it?

30-06-2015

The committee constituted by Management held discussions with the GSs of SNEA(I), AIBSNLEA, AIBSNLOA and AIGETOA today on MT recruitment. 

Assn demanding rect of MTs from Intl candidates for the last so many years to fill up the vacuum at the top level management. Even we demanded creating about 300 additional DGM posts and fill it through internal candidates. From 2010 onwards we fought in the court for changing the eligibility criteria for Intl candidates and we succeeded in January, 2013 and accordingly MT RR also amended. From that time onwards Assn was strongly demanding filling up of MT posts from among Intl candidates.  Even on 10.02.2014, Assn served notice on HR issues and rect of MTs from Intl candidates was one of the demands. So MT rect from among Intl candidates to take place in the larger interest of the Organization, Assn pointed out. At the same time there is no need for Extl MT as sufficient talent is available within the organization and MT(Extl) rect process should be scrapped, Assn demanded.

It is our considered view that till CPSU cadre hierarchy is implemented, present promotional avenues to continue through DPC, LDCE, MT etc. We cannot put on hold the entire promotion in the pretext of CPSU hierarchy implementation going to happen in future. Both LDCE and MT are two fast track promotions overlooking the seniority.

In case of postponement or cancellation of examination, legal issues will crop up as internal candidates will definitely challenge the decision and in the whole process BSNLMS RR and implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy also will be affected. So all these issues are to be taken into account, Assn told the committee.

GM(P) suggested that since examination will be held only after 15th August, after the joint committee is supposed to submit the recommendations, BSNL will conduct MT exam for Intl quota alone and consider deferment/postponement of Extl MT exam. Further Mgt will consider DGM rect also as a onetime measure allowing the Intl candidates to appear. This proposals not accepted by some.

Finally GM(P) informed that the views of different stake holders, ie. Assns, Unions and Management will be communicated to CMD. GM(P) informed that other than Assns, other stakeholders are demanding MT recruitment on the larger interest of the company. The number of registrations from internal candidates touched 10,000.

Some simple questions our friends are to answer: If you are concerned about seniority, why our friends are not opposing the recent LDCE? Why they are not demanding abolition of LDCE like MT? Why they are demanding eligibility in DGM recruitment overlooking the seniority of thousands and bypassing SDE, Sr SDE and DE grades? Why they even gone to the courts for getting eligibility? If LDCE and DGM direct recruitment on fast track promotion are good, then why MT is opposed? Is the real agenda is to block 2005, 2007 and 2008 rect JTOs getting fast track promotion? Are they want to stop the fast track promotion to 2005, 2007 and 2008 rect JTOs? Why the double stand?

Is MT rect is more important than E2, E3 pay scales and CPSU hierarchy and other HR issues for them? If not why they are not ready for an agitation earlier on pay scales, CPSU hierarchy etc? Why notice only when MT notification issued? That also adding the pay scales and CPSU hierarchy issue in the notice when those issues are referred to a fast track committee and already discussion is going on in a weekly basis? Everybody in BSNL knows for the last one year MT rect process is going on? So the intentions??? Is it to deviate attention from the achievement of SNEA(I) on reconstitution of the committee and settlement of the issues? Or they want to linger on the issues? Are they not interested to send the ITS back to DoT?

More importantly, what is their stand on continuation of ITS in BSNL? Yes, one section never demanded the repatriation but the other one is there in the court also demanding repatriation. Without allowing Management to create an alternative Mgt in place of ITS, how we can expect they will be send back to DoT. This is the question asked by the Hon courts? Can we create a top management in BSNL on conventional methods? Some are never bothered about BSNL and to fight for any issue regarding future of BSNL and not joined in any agitation also.

Anyhow one good development is that now everybody want to see that the joint committee constituted after the agitation of SNEA(I) on 08.05.2015 is working overtime and competing the task by the targeted date of 15th August.  It is a very positive development to see our demand of standard E2, E3 scale is settling and discussion on Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy is going to start next month. Even after recommendation, pay scale issue may be settled early and CPSU hierarchy may take may take more time to complete the formalities and start implementation. That itself will be a great achievement. Our entire focus is on the settlement of these two HR issues and completing the DPCs and other promotions.

27-06-2015

Meeting with Sri Madhukar Gupta, Jt Secretary, DPE: Secretary General/NCOA, President/NCOA and GS/SNEA met Jt Secretary, DPE on 25.06.2015 and held discussions on the terms of reference for the next wage revision committee. NCOA suggested to include uniform increment date, removal of bell curve for PRP, open ended pay scale, consideration of pay revision for the loss making and sick PSUs etc etc.  On pension revision, Jt Sec assured that the issue will be included once a reference is received from DoT.

The 3rd PRC is not constituted yet. The proposal was send to Cabinet Secretariat on 07th October but so far no decision on PRC is taken. NCOA is planning to organise some protest actions in the near future if the Govt delays the decision.
Letter to Cabinet Secretary by NCOA

27-06-2015

Meeting with Sri Madhukar Gupta, Jt Secretary, DPE: Secretary General/NCOA, President/NCOA and GS/SNEA met Jt Secretary, DPE on 25.06.2015 and held discussions on the terms of reference for the next wage revision committee. NCOA suggested to include uniform increment date, removal of bell curve for PRP, open ended pay scale, consideration of pay revision for the loss making and sick PSUs etc etc.  On pension revision, Jt Sec assured that the issue will be included once a reference is received from DoT.

The 3rd PRC is not constituted yet. The proposal was send to Cabinet Secretariat on 07th October but so far no decision on PRC is taken. NCOA is planning to organise some protest actions in the near future if the Govt delays the decision.  

24-06-2015

GM(Pers) called a meeting of the Executive Associations, SNEAI), AIBSNLEA, AIBSNLOA and AIGETOA on 23.06.2015. The meeting was called as per the direction of CMD/BSNL to discuss the apprehensions of the executives Assn on their promotional avenues in view of proposed MT recruitment.

GM(Pers) informed that “BSNL Board meeting on 19.06.2015 deliberated the MT recruitment issue and reiterated its earlier decision to recruit MTs. BSNL Board also directed to dispel the apprehensions of the Executives on their promotional avenues on MT rect”.

Assn strongly demanded for promotions to all SDE, DE and DGM posts, all of them are delayed due to management. All litigations are created by DoT/BSNL Management and innocent Executives are suffering. Pay scale and CPSU cadre hierarchy issues are not settled due to the approach of the management, Assn told GM(Pers) and requested to convey the strong resentment to CMD and other senior officers. The court case on JTO to SDE promotion is not handled properly by BSNL. Further, Assn reiterated its earlier stand that no external MT is required and we are opposing it and Intl MT recruitment to continue as a fast track promotion till another mechanism is evolved in place of MT. Any fast track mechanism like LDCE, MT etc, overlooking of seniority is involved, otherwise all the promotions should be on seniority basis as in Accounts wing. In CPSU hierarchy also, overlooking of seniority will arise if fast track promotion is introduced. As per the decisions of appropriate forum, SNEA(I) was gone to the court at Ernakulam and New Delhi for changing the eligibility conditions and age restrictions for the internal MT quota and got the RR modified. Surprisingly AIBSNLEA was also there in the court, with the same demand of relaxation in age and qualification for Intl MT quota. Further delay in Intl MT rect will make lot of senior Executives out of the purview as they will cross 50 yrs and the younger rect also miss the second chance as good number of them crossing 40 yrs.

It is surprised to note that even some section is not aware of the fact that “Adhoc DE” is not there in BSNL and due to the efforts of SNEA(I), 75% of DE posts are reserved for Regular DE promotion and the DE and DGM promotion is delinked from MT recruitment in all respect. Full 75% DE posts are filled on regular basis on 20.08.2014. Next meeting is proposed on 29.06.2015.

23-06-2015

Data services to the service mobile connections to Executives: GS and both AGSs met GM(Admn) and further discussed the issue. GM(Admn) informed that as per the earlier discussion , the proposal is moved by the section and after the administrative approval, it has send to the MC for approval.

On the issue of disconnection of service connections to the Executives working in BSNLCO, NTR, NTP etc and residing at NCR area, GM(Admn) informed that the matter has been discussed with ED(MTNL) and action will be taken to reconnect the connections by today itself. Further the issue of permanent solution to this issue will be worked out.

21-06-2015

Meeting with Sri. V. Umashankar, Joint Sec(T)/DoT on 19.05.2015: GS met Jt Sec(T) and discussed the following issues:

a)   Reconciliation of BSNL accounts since 2006-07 onwards: JS(T) informed that the work for the first two years completed against payments towards license fee, spectrum charges etc and the modalities worked out for the remaining years and got the approval of competent authority. For the first two years, some excess payment is there from BSNL that can be refunded to BSNL. Some more data from few Circles is expected for the reconciliation for the remaining years.

b)  Sending Pension revision proposal to DPE for incorporating it as terms of reference for the 3rd PRC: JS(T) assured that the proposal will be processed next week and told us to remind him next week.

Refund of Rs 1250 crores USO subsidy for the year 2012-13: JS(T) informed that the proposal from USO administrator is yet to be send to Telecom Commission for approval.

18-06-2015

Meeting with CMD/BSNL and DIR(EB) on 18.06.2015: GS, CHQ President and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met CMD and DIR(EB) and discussed frequent failure of OF links between Guwahati and Kolkatta affecting services. Due to frequent failures, services are badly affected in NE Region and Kolkatta is frequently getting isolated. The performance of ETP, ETR and NETF in laying and maintaining OF cable for the last few years is very poor. For the last seven to eight years, BSNL is hiring fibre from PGCIL, OIL, Mukund etc to maintain the services incurring an expenditure of more than 20 crores per year in ETR alone. Even after 8 years, BSNL could not lay its own network. We requested for targeted action to lay fibre by ETP and NETF so that reliable services can be provided and huge expenditure on fibre/bandwidth hiring can be saved.

DIR(EB) further informed that as a temporary measure, action is taken to hire dark fibre from PGCIL from Guwahati to Chennai and will be commissioned in a couple of days. Similarly, special efforts are made to repair the OF cable especially in Bihar end Eastern region and improve the OF network of BSNL. ETP is planning for OF cable laying in a big way. Further discussions will be held next week.

Meanwhile the progress in OF cable laying, tender process etc by ETP and NETF may be furnished to CHQ by WB, AS, BR and NE Circles for a fruitful discussion next week.

18-06-2015

Meeting with GM(Pers) on 17.06.2015: GS and AGS Com Vivek Wankhede met GM(Pers) and DGM(Pers) and discussed the following issues:

a)  Finalising the committee report on pay fixation during officiating promotion. It was agreed to complete the process at the earliest preferably within one month time during the meeting with CMD on 06.05.2015. GM(Pers) informed that since almost all the committee members are transferred out of Corporate office, a final decision is to be taken by the competent authority whether the earlier committee has to conclude the meeting or not. It will be taken very soon and then the whole process will be expedited.

b)   Expediting the DPC related activities to fill up all SDE, DE and DGM posts: GM(Pers) informed that by next month, work will be initiated in full swing to fill up all the vacant posts. Pers section is working on the agenda and come out with the action plan in July.

c)  Pending request transfers: Assn requested to consider all the pending cases at the earliest. GM(Pers) informed that now the remaining cases will be processed in the first week of July as the schedule is already notified. Assn demanded that earlier pending cases which are submitted by the Assn are to be considered without linking with the schedule. Remaining cases and new cases can be considered in July. GM assured to examine the specific cases given by the Assn on 06.05.2015. Assn welcomed the move to streamline the transfer cases which was a major issue inviting severe criticism from the field units for pick and choose orders. Assn pointed out that the schedule can be followed for request transfers but other cases like corrections, modifications on promotions, cancellations on medical grounds, tenure transfers etc should not be linked with it and should be processed as and when it reaches the BSNLCO.  

d)  Review of postings to ITPC Pune as per the recommendations of CGMT,/MH and ITPC, Pune: Assn explained the issues involved in the earlier orders which given room for circumventing longstay transfers within the MH Circle. GM(Pers) informed that MH Circle didn’t forwarded the requests irrespective of reminders and finally BSNLCO issued orders as per the recommendation of ITPC. If the issue was brought to the notice of BSNLCO by MH Circle in time, the defective orders would not have issued. However BSNL CO agreed to correct the orders as recommended by CGMT/MH Circle and CGM/ITPC.

Reminder to GM(Pers) on poending request transfers

05-06-2015

Meeting with Sri A. N. Rai, DIR(HR/EB) on 05.06.2015: GS and President met DIR(HR) and discussed the following issues:

a)  Failure of International gate way at Chandigargh: We requested for early intervention as 12 international gateway links and 8 other links are down since wednesday. DIR(EB) immediately initiated action by contacting the concerned officers.

b)  Developments in ETR/Bihar: Both explained in details the developments happened in ETR/Bihar where CGM and GM, ETR well aware of the issues. They never taken care of the issues in time which precipitated the matter and resulted in the agitation. DIR(HR) informed that the issue is under examination.

c)  Filing an MA in Hon HC, Kerala for early hearing of the case: GS informed the developments since 24.02.2015. BSNL  filed  the reply yesterday only after two months. Now an application has to be moved  for early hearing of the case. DIR(HR) assured to speak to CGMT/Kerala in this regard for early filing of MA.

d)  Relieving of officials from TERM Cell, Karnataka. After discussion DIR(HR) informed that all the officers are to be relieved once substitute is posted by the CGMT. Otherwise their pay will be blocked by BSNL. BSNL is the employer and they cannot remain there when their orders are issued by CGMT/Karnataka.

e)  Transit quarter accommodation: DIR(HR) assured that there will not be any further extension as waiting list is there.

02-06-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 02.06.2015: GS and President met CMD and discussed the following issues:

a) Issues related to ETR, Bihar: GS and President explained the issues which resulted in the Dharna by the Comrades of ETR at Patna. Long stay of the officers like DGM/ETR at the same station developed vested interests which created industrial unrest. CGM/ETR and GM/ETR failed to act even after repeated requests by the CSs of United Forum. After discussion CMD informed that he had told DIR(HR) to intervene in the matter and examine the issues. Assn could not meet DIR(HR) as he was busy in official meetings and will be meeting on 03.06.15 in this regard.

b)  Night free call offer: CMD was very unhappy as initiative is taken by the circles to capitalize this golden opportunity to capture the landline business once again. Even Forum also not taken any initiative in this regard, CMD told. Now demand is coming for landline but we have to chalk out action plan. So far the complaint was that there is no good offer for landline connections. CMD surprised that even there is no demand or complaint from any Circle/SSA heads about shortage of funds or materials or store items. GS explained the initiatives taken by Forum at national level. Forum will conduct a month long campaign from 08th June to 07th July and monitor the progress made by each circle every month. Forum felt that this is one golden opportunity to revive the landline sector.  

c) Relieving of Executives from Term Cell, Bangalore: CGMT, KTK Circle already posted substitutes by TERM cell is not ready to relieve the JTO/SDE/DEs even after the substitutes are joined. This further strengthens our doubt that vested interest developed by the officers in TERM cell and they want to continue with the same set up. This is a fit case in vigilance angle also. We have to find out why huge penalties are imposed on BSNL alone when all other operators are spared. CMD assured that they will be taken back to BSNL as substitutes already posted and he will take up the matter strongly with DoT also.

02-06-2015

GS and AGS Com Arvind Dahiya met Sri Dev Kumar Chakroborthy, GM(Pers) on 02.06.15 and discussed the following issues.

a) Committee report on officiating pay fixation: GS explained the issue to the new GM who was not aware of the details. After the agitation, as agreed by the management, SR Cell already moved a note directing personal section about the decisions taken in the meeting on 06.05.2015 to get the committee report finalized within one month. GM(P) assured early action.

b) Senior drawing less pay -- generalization of Hon CAT, Ernakulam judgment: In the meeting on 06.05.2015, Management agreed to examine the issue afresh in light of the judgment. Assn pointed out that Hon Court ruled that it is a clear anomaly. Hon Supreme Court also dismissed the SLP filed by BSNL. If it is an anomaly, it has to be settled for all affected Executives instead of restricting it to the applicants, Assn pointed out.

01-06-2015

Meeting with Sr GM(SR) on 01.06.2015: GS and both AGSs met Sr GM(SR) and discussed the issue of extension of trade union facilities. Sr GM(SR) informed that they are waiting for the legal opinion from the BSNL lawyer, defending the case at Bangalore. SR cell sought the legal opinion from the lawyer at Bangalore on advice of the Legal cell of BSNL.

Meeting with GM(Estt) on 01.06.2015: GS and both AGSs met GM(Estt) and discussed the following issues:

a)  Option for the JAO 2010 batch. Assn explained the issue in detail. Due to administrative reasons the training could not be completed by 07.05.2010 and appointment could not be done by that time. GM(Estt) informed that the crucial date is 07.05.2010 and option is available for those appointed as on 07.05.2010. If any deviation is done, similar demands will come from other sections also. GS explained that this point was not clear in the order and all the circles allowed the options for the appointments done within 3 months from 07.05.2010. So it requires a sympathetic consideration.

b)  Antedating of the increment to address the pay anomaly: GS explained the issue in detail with examples. To address the issue one of the options are to be considered.

i) Restore the original order dated 23.09.2009 OR

ii) Implement order dated 14.06.2010 without changing the DNI. OR

iii) Implement uniform increment date as done in the case of Central Govt employees, other CPSUs etc as suggested by DPE in its office memorandum dated 12.05.2014.

25-05-2015

Meeting with GM(Admn), BSNLCO: GS and both AGSs met GM(Admn) and discussed provision of data facility to the 525 plan to all the Execuitves. This facility is extended by almost all the Circles except few. Since data facility is very much useful and essential in the field units, Assn demanded the extension of the facility to all the Executives. GM(Admn) ageed to consider the case and immediately directed the concerned section to process the case.
Meeting with GM(FP), BSNLCO: GS and both AGSs met GM(FP) and discussed the JAO 2010 batch option issue. GM(FP) informed that the matter will be once again discussed in the committee if possible today itself.

21-05-2015

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

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

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

21-05-2015

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

21-05-2015

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

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

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

08-05-2015

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

02-05-2015

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

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

Discussion on various issues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.  Compensation for loss making Rural services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02-05-2015

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

29-04-2015

Meeting with CMD, BSNL on 28.04.2015:

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

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

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

24-04-2015

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

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

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

17-03-2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

17-03-2015

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

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

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

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

17-03-2015

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

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

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

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

27-02-2015

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

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

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

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

27-02-2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

21-02-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

21-02-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

21-02-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

19-02-2015

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

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

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

Letter from BSNLCO to ETR

10-02-2015

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

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

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

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

09-02-2015

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

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

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

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

15-01-2015

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on 14.01.2015:

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

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

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

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

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

15-01-2015

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

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

31-12-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25-12-2014

Congratulations to one and all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructions from BSNLCO

25-12-2014

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

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

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

23-12-2014

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

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

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

21-12-2014

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

21-12-2014

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

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

05-12-2014

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

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

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

04-12-2014

Meeting with Sri Anupam Srivastava, DIR(CM):

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

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

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

20-11-2014

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

 

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

 

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

26-10-2014

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

22-10-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-10-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-10-2014

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

22-10-2014

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

22-10-2014

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

22-10-2014

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

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

 

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

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

09-10-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

01-10-2014

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

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

01-10-2014

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

01-10-2014

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

29-09-2014

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

29-09-2014

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

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

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

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

26-09-2014