meeting with administration


24-08-2016

GS and CHQ President met GM(Pers) on 23.08.2016 and discussed about the pay fixation and protection of pay on Officiating promotion during DoT, BSNL period.

19-08-2016

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on 19.08.2016: 

On E2, E3 pay scales, DoT Finance informed Secretary that higher pay scales cannot be considered due to financial implications. Instead Finance suggested that the cadres can be placed in E1 scale and their pay can be compensated (by addl increments). However we took very strong exception to this and explained in detail to Secretary how JTO cadre has been recognised and upgraded the pay scales in 1986 by a Union Cabinet decision, again in 1996 by the V CPC recommendations. The cadre also upgraded from Group C to Group B Gazetted by the Govt as per the recommendations of V CPC. By demotion of the cadre to E1 scales, it will demoralize the entire cadre and cannot be accepted by the Assn under any circumstances. Further we informed Secretary that even after extending E2 scale, the Basic pay will be less by Rs.2220 (Rs.22820-Rs.Rs.20600), comparing to the JTOs joined prior to 01.01.2007. The E2 pay scale benefit will be extended to the fresh recruits after 01.01.2007 and not for others. All other Executives will not get any benefit at all. These are the entry cadre pay scales where direct recruitment taking place from market. Demotion of the cadres will affect the rect and talents will not join BSNL. Finally Secretary directed concerned officers to re examine the case in light of the fresh inputs provided by us.

Comrades, it is very clear that DoT is not in a mood to consider even E2, E3 pay scales. Make extensive preparations for a prolonged agitational programs on pay scales.

Revision of pension for the BSNL pensioners by referring the mater to 3rd PRC: Assn explained the issue. Pension revision is done through cabinet decisions which is cumbersome process. Pension revision is always getting delayed. So the matter may be referred to 3rd PRC and it should become part of terms of reference of 3rd PRC. Already DoT written to DPE in this regard, but it did not included in the terms of reference as it reached DPE late. Secretary informed that he had already spoken to the Secretary, DPE in this regard but the response is not positive. However on our repeated plea, he assured that he will take the matter with DPE to get it included in the terms of reference of 3rd PRC.

19-08-2016

Meeting with Secretary, DoT: 

Secretary, DoT granted an agenda meeting to SNEA today, 19.08.2016, 4 PM to discuss the agenda points:

a) Approval of E2, E3 pay scales,

b) Superannuation benefit and

c) Pension revision for BSNL pensioners part of terms of          reference of 3rd PRC.

View Copy of the letter.

09-08-2016

Meeting with Secretary, DoT: Secretary, DoT granted a meeting to SNEA on 19.08.2016, 4 PM to discuss the agenda points: a) Superannuation benefit, b) E2, E3 -- scales and 3) Making Pension revision for BSNL absorbees as part of terms of reference of 3rd PRC.

Meeting with Director (PSU I): GS, CHQ President and AGS Com Manish Samadhiya met Director(PSU I), DoT and held discussions on status of a) Superannuation benefit to BSNL rects and b)  E2, E3 pay scales. Both the proposals are with Finance wing. It was told the E2, E3--- E7 proposal is gone to Fin wing without any recommendation from the section on the proposal which may have negative impact from Fin wing due to financial implications. On superannuation issue, there may not be much hurdle as there is no financial implications on DoT.

28-07-2016

Meeting with Shri N. Sivasailam, Addl Secretary, DoT on 28.07.2016: GS, CHQ President and Chairman met Addl Secretary, DoT and held discussions on the following issues:

a)Approval of E2, E3, -- pay scales replacing non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A: As suggested by CMD in the meeting on 21.07.2016, Assn explained the background of the issue once again to Addl Sec. E1A and E2A pay scales are not approved by DoT being non standard pay scales. The presidential orders for these two scales not issued by DoT, which is part of 2nd PRC. Addl Sec again started with E1 and E2 replacing E1A and E2A and proposing measures to protect the pay or extending pay equivalent to E1A by any means. By sending the proposal of E2, E3, -- E7 by BSNL, the little scope for considering E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 also reduced, Addl Sec told us. Addl Sec is of the view that it has to be referred to DPE even without recommendation as there is no justification for E4 to E7 or it can be examined at the time of 3rd PRC. Assn explained that E1A and E2A are rejected by DoT and DPE and hence there is no need to send it again to DPE. Reduction of pay scales to E1 and E2 is nothing but demotion which cannot be accepted. Further Assn pointed out that replacement scales for E1A and E2A are part of 2nd PRC and DoT should consider it separately. In that case, according to Addl Sec, BSNL should have taken it separately, not linking with other scales. Finally after lot of discussion, Addl Sec agreed to consider E2 and E3 and replacement of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 will be recommended to DPE with the BSNL proposal.

b)Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rect employees: The stand of DoT on this issue also not positive even though DoT didn’t have any financial implications. The thinking in DoT is that even this fund is not required. Assn explained to Addl Sec about the DPE orders in this regard and BSNL rects are not covered by any pension schemes other than this. Addl Sec assured to settle it positively.

DoT is very negative in settling both the issues, at all levels as expected. Assn is trying its level best to settle the issues through discussion, without industrial unrest. However, the developments are not at all positive. All organizational preparedness is to be maintained to launch any struggle at short notice.

Double fixation as per the provisions of EPP: EPP provides one additional increment on post based promotion from same scale to same scale. This has been objected by DoT pension cell recently. Assn explained the background and told Addl Sec that this provision is part of EPP and EPP order is issued after the approval of DoT. So DoT also cannot make objections now. Addl Sec informed that DoT not objected Additional increment on post based promotion but BSNL treating it as Advance increment instead of Additional increment and allowing option and change of DNI. This is not allowed, DNI will remain the same as given at the time of scale upgradation. The recent DoT order is wrongly interpreted and assured that it will be corrected. He immediately given instructions to the concerned officers to correct the order.

21-07-2016

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

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

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

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

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

20-07-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 19.07.2016: GS along with AGS met DIR(HR) and discussed the following issues.

GS informed DIR(HR) about the NCOA (representing the Assns and Executives in various CPSUs) meeting at Mysuru for two days on 16th and 17th July to discuss the 3rd PRC related issues. DIR(HR) appreciated the leading role of SNEA in taking up such important issues of all the Executives and suggested to give more focus to such issues in the future also.

1. Approval of BSNL proposal for replacement of E1A, E2A ---– scales: Assn requested immediate intervention at higher level in DOT on the proposals sent by BSNL on Pay Scales for early clearance. DoT is not serious in approving the proposals. This was our apprehension since beginning. Without taking decision on the proposal, there is a move to refer it to DPE. DPE is not having any role other than issuing guidelines. DoT is the nodal ministry to approve the pay scales. Requested her immediate intervention by taking up the matter with senior officers in DoT.

2. Implementation of Jt Committee recommendations on CPSU cadre Hierarchy: Since almost all the promotions are stayed by various courts, CPSU Hierarchy as recommended by the Jt Committee is the only alternative solution. It was assured to us that it will be finalised by 31.08.2016. DIR(HR) informed that the proposal is under consideration and well within target date as per the schedule given to us. Assn given few suggestions: 1) considering the abnormal delay in promotions, onetime measure to promote all the Executives working in higher scales to the higher grade by taking VC, 2) uniform date of promotion, 3) measures to address all seniority related issues as recommended, 4) increase the number of DGM posts to atleast 2000, 5) designation change, 6) relaxation in qualifying service for the Executives recruited /promoted for the same vacancy year.  DIR(HR) assured to consider the suggestions. Our discussion with CMD last week on the issue set the things in motion and picked up momentum.

3. Requested for immediate change of designation of Executives in view of the change of designation of TTA as JE.

 

Meeting with Sri Deb Kr Chakrabarty, GM(Pers): GS along with AGS met GM (Pers) on 19.07.2016 and discussed the following issues:

1.  Requested to expedite the process of implementation of Jt Committee recommendations on CPSU cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP promotion after 4 to 5 years as assured and given few inputs as discussed with DIR(HR) and CMD. GM(P) informed that the draft proposal on CPSU Hierarchy is almost ready and will be discussed with higher management first and after that it will be discussed with Assns. The 1st TBP recommendation will be processed after that.

2. Expediting the JTO to SDE SCF court case at Ernakulum.

3. Requested for immediate change of designation of Executives in the field units in view of implementation of changed designation to non Executives. GM (Pers) responded positively and assured to do the needful.

 

GS met GM(Restg and SR) and informed the urgency of change of designation of Executives from JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and DE/CAO in the field units as designation has already changed for Non Executives.

18-07-2016

AGS met GM Pers and Jt GM Pers and discussed on the issue of consideration of request transfers of AGMs and SDEs from tenure / non tenure circles, relief of transferred DEs from CTD etc, discrepancies in the posting of substitutes to CTD SDEs etc. Both responded positively. Also informed that some circles are making arrangement for relieving the DGMs by 20th of July 2016 as per the order no 314-9 /2Ol4-Pers.l Dated:8th July, 2016. It was clarified that as per the order No 314-9 /2Ol4-Pers.l Dated: 13th July, 2016, the last date of relief is 30th July 2016 for all the DGMs whose refusal of promotion was denied by the administration.

16-07-2016

GS along with Chairman, AGS Com P.P.Rao and JS Com Aravind Pal Dahiya met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL on 14.07.2016 and discussed following issues.

1.       Requested his intervention in clearance of the proposal of E2, E3 and E4 to E7 pay scales to Executives as recommended by BSNL and sent to DOT. Association informed the discussions we had at various levels of Officers in DOT during the intervening period. CMD assured his personal intervention.

2. Requested for the finalization of Jt Committee recommendation on CPSU cadre Hierarchy as assured by the BSNL Management. The dead line is fixed as 31.08.2016, concrete and brainstorming discussions to take place on the proposal. Unless the management and the Associations work in synchronization, the issue cannot be resolved. Requested intervention at higher level for the early implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy as all the Executives Promotions are struck up in one court or the other.

3.Association discussed on the issues to be highlighted before 3rd PRC by the BSNL Management and the letter submitted on PRC by SNEA. CMD informed that he had gone through the SNEA suggestions and try to incorporate them. Association requested for projecting BSNL as equivalent to NAVRATNA PSU, as it is operating on PAN India basis with more than Rs 31,000 Crores revenue. Since BSNL is in service sector, the profitability should not be the criteria for finalizing the pay scales. As BSNL is providing services in the nook and corner of the country and non remunerative areas. BSNL is the only operator adhering to the social obligations and meeting the expectations of the Govt. Requested for projecting to the 3rdPRC with special mention about the services BSNL rendering in entire Rural areas and hence the Pay Scales to be finalized without linking with the profitability of the company.

GS and AGS along with the GS SNATTA, Dy GS SNATTA and other Office bearers met GM (Estt) and requested to consider the relaxation for all the TTAs of 2007 recruitment to be made eligible for JTO LICE held on 22.05.2016 to resolve the issue once for all. Present relaxation created more anomaly. In some Circles, TTA exam held in 2008 but they joined for training before 01.07.2008, but relaxation not given. GM(Estt) explained that relaxation is given for those Circles where atleast one batch started training before 01.07.2008 irrespective of date of TTA examination. If any Circle is left out, it will be covered, she assured. We pointed out that clarification is not specifying this fact but taken as a cut off date of 31.12.2007 for TTA exam, irrespective of training. GM further clarified that it is applicable only for the Circles where trg started before 01.07.2008 and it is not applicable for a Circle where trg started after 01.07.2008 but TTA exam held before 31.12.2007. Assn told mgt that rect section and Circles not interpreted the clarification as explained now and it may further vitiate the situation. So viable solution may be to allow everybody. The relaxations thus given, needs to be ratified later by the competent authority, ie BSNL Board to protect the executives from legal hurdle at the later date. GM(Estt) assured to examine the matter in view of the suggestions given by us.

GS and AGS also discussed with GM (Estt) on the 3rd PRC proposals to be submitted by the BSNL and requested to give all possible inputs that project BSNL equivalent to NAVRATNA PSU.

FR 22(1)(a)(1) pay fixation case at PCAT: The case was listed for hearing on 14.07.2016. Since BSNL didn’t filed the reply, Hon Court given a last chance to file reply and posted the matter to 14.09.16.

AGS P.P.Rao and JS Com Aravind Pal Dahiya met PGM (E) in the presence of CE (E) Mumbai and discussed posting of JTO(E) on promotion as SDE(E) in MH itself

14-07-2016

GS along with CHQ President, AGS and CS CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Estt) on 11.07.2016 and discussed on the issue of allotment of more number of JTOs to Kolkata TD towards outside recruitment for considering Rule 8 cases. The letter written by CGM Kolkata TD is also submitted. During discussion GM(Estt) informed that BSNL is trying to fill up upto 45% of JTO posts by this rect for all the Circles and suggested to sent a detailed letter by CGM for more allotment.

GS along with CHQ President, AGS, Jt Sec(East) Com Sankar Sanyal, Jt Sec(West) Com Rakesh Mehta and CS CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Pers) on 11.07.2016 and discussed on various issues. The issues pertaining to the newly formed Circles AP & Telangana were discussed in detail. The detailed discussion was held on the modalities to be implemented  for the relief of transferred DEs and SDEs from Kolkata TD, HR and PB etc to other circles. GM(Pers) responded positively on all the issues and assured all possible help to safe guard the interest of Executives.

GS along with CHQ President, AGS, Jt Sec(East) Com Sankar Sanyal, Jt Sec(West) Com Rakesh Mehta and CS CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Restg) on 11.07.2016 and held discussions on extending incentives to the staff under Project Udaan etc. GM assured that as discussed earlier, action is being taken and orders will be issued after completing the formalities.

AGS Com P P Rao, Jt Sec Com Arvind Pal Dahiya and CS WB Com Tapas Ghosh met Sri A. K. Tyagi, PGM(E) on 11.07.2016 and held discussions on various issues. Requested to strongly project to the BSNL Management for extension of E1A and E2A Scales notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000 to the electrical wing as recommended by Vinay Sahi committee, finalization of results of JTO(E), LICE. Modification on Promotion from JTO(E) to SDE(E) of MH Circle was also discussed.

14-07-2016

GS along with CHQ President, AGS and CS CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Estt) on 11.07.2016 and discussed on the issue of allotment of more number of JTOs to Kolkata TD towards outside recruitment for considering Rule 8 cases. The letter written by CGM Kolkata TD is also submitted. During discussion GM(Estt) informed that BSNL is trying to fill up upto 45% of JTO posts by this rect for all the Circles and suggested to sent a detailed letter by CGM for more allotment.

GS along with CHQ President, AGS, Jt Sec(East) Com Sankar Sanyal, Jt Sec(West) Com Rakesh Mehta and CS CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Pers) on 11.07.2016 and discussed on various issues. The issues pertaining to the newly formed Circles AP & Telangana were discussed in detail. The detailed discussion was held on the modalities to be implemented  for the relief of transferred DEs and SDEs from Kolkata TD, HR and PB etc to other circles. GM(Pers) responded positively on all the issues and assured all possible help to safe guard the interest of Executives.

GS along with CHQ President, AGS, Jt Sec(East) Com Sankar Sanyal, Jt Sec(West) Com Rakesh Mehta and CS CTD Com Dilip Saha met GM(Restg) on 11.07.2016 and held discussions on extending incentives to the staff under Project Udaan etc. GM assured that as discussed earlier, action is being taken and orders will be issued after completing the formalities.

AGS Com P P Rao, Jt Sec Com Arvind Pal Dahiya and CS WB Com Tapas Ghosh met Sri A. K. Tyagi, PGM(E) on 11.07.2016 and held discussions on various issues. Requested to strongly project to the BSNL Management for extension of E1A and E2A Scales notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000 to the electrical wing as recommended by Vinay Sahi committee, finalization of results of JTO(E), LICE. Modification on Promotion from JTO(E) to SDE(E) of MH Circle was also discussed

12-07-2016

CHQ President along with AGS Com P.P.Rao, Jt Sec(West) Com Rakesh Mehta and CS GUJ Com B.G. Patel met DIR(EB) on 12.07.2016 and discussed on the NFS project work and the incident that took place at Gujarat under WTP. Requested his immediate action against the contractors M/s L&T.

CHQ President along with AGS Com P.P.Rao, JS West Com Rakesh Mehta and CS GUJ Com B.G. Patel met GM(Training & Rect) on 12.07.2016 and discussed on the issue of finalization of the training dates to the TTAs selected as JTOs in the LICE. Also the issue of LICE to JTO(Elect) pending since last few months was discussed. GM responded positively on the issues that were discussed.

CEC meeting of Haryana Circle at Karnal: GS, Chairman and Jt Sec Com Arvind Dahiya attended the CEC meeting on 12.07.2016. Details will be uploaded later.

10-07-2016

A Grand and extremely successful Circle Executive Committee Meeting of SNEA, Bihar Circle was held on 4th July, 2016 at Patna. The Circle Office Bearers, CEC Members and District Secretaries were participated with full of enthusiasm and made it a grand success. Com Ranjan Kumar, Circle President presided. Com Ratish Kumar, Circle Secretary presented a report on growth of BSNL Bihar and appealed to all DSs to formulate strategies for 1st membership verification and becoming number one Association in Bihar Circle and start serious preparations in this regard. As per DS report, SNEA will emerge as the majority Association in Bihar Circle with better margin. Since the majority Assn is going to decide the future of BSNL as well as the Executives, all out efforts are required to get maximum votes for thumbing majority.

In the combined CEC cum General Body meeting, Com K. Sebastin, General Secretary addressed a large gathering of SNEA members. GS focused on recent development of HR issues like:

a)   Constitution of 3rd PRC & implementation w.e.f.01.01.2017 etc. Under the banner of NCOA, SNEA took the leading role in the recent struggle demanding constitution of 3rd PRC. 3rd PRC constituted on 09.06.2016. Further struggle is required to get the terms of reference modified for 1) delinking the profitability from the pay revision and 2) to add pension revision also as the terms of reference. We are mobilising for that. The biggest challenge before us is its implementation, later stage. All efforts are to be made to make the company profitable by that.

b)  Replacement of E1A and E2A scales with E2 and E3 scales w.e.f 01.01.2007 with five promotions and the efforts for upgradation of E3 to E6 scales to E4 to E7. The proposal is strongly pursued in DoT. After E2, E3 approval, the demand for pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007, 2008 etc batches to be pursued with BSNL.

c)   Promotions in different cadres: JTO to SDE promotion on seniority and LDCE quota upto 2013-14 vacancy year, SDE to DE promotion, JAO to AO promotion, AO to CAO promotion etc under litigation. CAO to DGM(F) DPC work is going on. JTO(C) to SDE(C) DPC work is under progress. SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E) promotion also under the active consideration of management.

d)  30% superannuation benefit. It is pursued in DoT for administrative approval. Meanwhile the minimum contribution from BSNL side is to be increased to 6% as assured in the AIC.

e)  CPSU Hierarchy replacing the existing two tier promotion, delinking seniority and availability of posts, as per Khan Committee recommendations. Assn is trying to address all the seniority related issues in CPSU Hierarchy with uniform date of promotion. Pursuing for promotion to higher grade for the Executives on higher scales without DPC as a onetime measure.

f)   E1A/E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS etc notionally from 01.10.2000. For the first time, mgt agreed to our demand in the meeting held on 17.05.2016. The proposal has gone to MC. However MC sought some information from other ministries which is not relevant in the case. We are further pursuing the matter.

g)   Officiating pay fixation etc. Management agreed to correct the wrong clarifications and the process is already initiated.

Members directly interacted with GS and raised so many queries and GS replied each & every queries.

An Open Session conducted in the evening on the theme – “GROWTH OF BSNL BIHAR- ROLE OF EMPLOYESS”. Shri S.L. Singh/CGM Bihar Circle, Shri Kishore Kumar/ PGM, Patna TD, General Secretary, Com. C. Singh/General Secretary, NFTE were attended. CS explained the success story of Bihar Circle and Role of employees. It is a result of synchronisation between all stakeholders at different level and different units in a single platform to perform for betterment of BSNL. Last year BSNL started so many attractive schemes like “Free Night Call on Land Line w.e.f. 01.05.2015”, “Free National Roaming on Mobile w.e.f. 15.06.2015” and “ Minimum Broad Band Speed Uupgraded without any extra charges w.e.f. 01.10.2015” to attract the customers. SNEA taken leading role under the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations and we have done tremendous effort to popularize our attractive scheme through MEGA ROAD SHOW, SPECIAL CAMP, MELA & DOOR-TO-DOOR  marketing campaigning from 23.11.2015 and consequently the growth rate of Bihar Circle continuously increased from December 2015 and continue as of now. Bihar Circle got two prestigious awards, 1st Rank in MNP CIRCLE & 2nd Rank in SIM SALE GROWTH (small circle in BSNL) and achieved a great height in BSNL among the all Circle. Com General Secretary appreciated the role of employees in general and specifically members of SNEA for the remarkable growth of BSNL Bihar in spite of lack of infrastructure & resources (Men & Machine). Bihar Circle set an example for other circles in BSNL in terms of achievement. Com. C Singh General Secretary, NFTE appreciated and recognized the potential of employees of Bihar Circle and appealed to all employees, work together for profitability of BSNL. Shri Kishore Kumar, PGM Patna appreciated the dedication & devotion of Employees and appealed to work together for betterment of BSNL. Their speech was very motivational and energised the employees for doing their job with pleasure and customer friendly approach. Shri S.L. Singh, CGM conveyed his thanks to SNEA Bihar Circle for organising an OPEN SESSION in such a manner and choose a very contemporary topics for discussion. He told that all credit goes to employees for the remarkable achievement of BSNL Bihar Circle. He appealed to all employees to do best possible effort to maintain the present growth rate and try to create another big milestone in future also. Today all employees of Bihar Circle feel proud because Bihar Circle set an example for other Circle in performance rating.

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08-07-2016

AGSs Com P P Rao, Com A Chandrasekhar and Jt Sec Com Arvind ahiya m et concerned officers at PGM(BW) and held discussions on the following issues (PGM(BW) was out of station on 08.07.16 and on his direction DGM(BW) discussed the issues): a). JTO(C) to SDE(C) promotion: 57 vacancies will be filled up for which almost all the VCs received. DPC expected next week. Assn requested to accommodate all the SDEs in the respective Circles on promotion. b) SDE(C) to EE(C) promotion: The matter is under active consideration for filling up 168 vacancies and some positive results are expected shortly. c) Transfer of SDE(C) from NE I and NE II to Assam Circle: Assn brought the notice of mgt 8 such pending cases. After discussion, mgt agreed to consider the cases. d) JTO(C) recruitment: The BW section sent the proposal to the competent authority for consideration for both LICE and Direct rect quota.

GS, CHQ President and other office bearers met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) regarding JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) promotion under SCF and LDCE quota: Assn requested to notify the LDCE immediately and initiate DPC process by calling ACRs and VC. Positive actions are expected shortly.

AGSs Com P P Rao, Com A Chandrasekhar and Jt Sec Com Arvind Dahiya met Sri A. K. Tyagi, newly joined  PGM(E) and held discussions regarding sending JTO(E) selected candidates for training: PGM informed that they referred the case back to rect section regarding the dispute in eligibility. SDE(E) to EE(E) promotion also moving in the right direction.

26-06-2016

Meeting with Member(Finance), Telecom Commission:

GS along with other Core Committee members of the Forum met Smt Annie Moraes, Member(Finance) on 24.06.2016 and discussed the following issues:

1. GPF Payments to BSNL employees directly by DoT, through CCAs: We expressed our apprehensions on likely procedural delay in payment of GPF to BSNL employees through CCAs of each Circle. Member(Finance) confirmed that DoT and BSNL together is going to decide a policy for payment of GPF to BSNL employees through CCAs wherein she explained that the sanction of GPF payment will be issued by the concerned SSA as done now which will go to Circle Office and then to CCA for payment. The CCA after examining the sanction will make the payment in the bank account of the concerned employee directly under intimation to the Circle/SSA. The payment will be made twice or thrice in a month. On this a pilot project is going on in Punjab Telecom Circle. Nowadays GPF payment is getting delayed for months together due to shortage of fund in BSNL and this will solve the problem.

2. Payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay of serving BSNL employees: We requested for payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay for serving BSNL employees. Member(F) informed that the matter has already been taken up with the Govt. nodal ministries i.e. DoP&W, DoPT and DoE wherein DoE has opined that in CDA scales the pay scales are on grade pay basis but in BSNL it is not there. Hence, the pension contribution to be made on the maximum of the IDA pay scale. However, DoE has advised DoT to get the opinion of DoP&W and DoPT in this regard and again take up the matter with DoE with their opinion. 

3. Reimbursement of Salary of BSNL employees working in DoT on deputation, Electricity/Water Bills to BSNL from DoT: We requested for releasing the payment towards Salary of BSNL employees working in DoT on deputation, Electricity/Water Bills to BSNL from DoT. Member(F) clarified that in TERM Cell of DoT, there is no sanctioned post and hence payment is not able to release now. The post has to be sanctioned by DoT for this purpose which has to be done by Member(Services). She further mentioned that it is logical that DoT should make the payment of Electricity/Water Bill and other maintenance charges to BSNL.

23-06-2016

GS and CHQ President met GM(SR), GM(Pers) and GM(Estt) and discussed about relieving of Executives under transfer order from tenure and other Circles. Positive action is expected by next week.

Promotion from JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) under seniority and LDCE quota: GS met the concerned and requested to process the DPC as well as notification of LDCE. The LDCE vacancy year will be finalised by next week. Both the promotions will be processed soon.

23-06-2016

GS and CHQ President met GM(SR), GM(Pers) and GM(Estt) and discussed about relieving of Executives under transfer order from tenure and other Circles. Positive action is expected by next week.

Promotion from JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) under seniority and LDCE quota: GS met Jt GM(Pers) and requested to process the DPC as well as notification of LDCE. The LDCE vacancy year will be finalised by next week. Both the promotions will be processed soon.

GS letter to DIR(HR) on relieving of Executives

23-06-2016

Replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A, E2A – - - with E2, E3 – - etc, Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees, 78.2% merger for the pensioners:

GS and CHQ President met Director(PSU-I), DoT on 22.06.16 and held discussions on the matter. BSNL clarification on financial implications received by DoT today. BSNL informed that total expenditure on implementation of E2, E3, --E7 scales is 380.6 Cr (Pension contribution, pay and allowances from 01.01.2007 – 315 Cr, Annual Pension contribution – 27 Cr, Annual Pay and Allowances – 38.6 Cr). During discussion, Director mentioned that it will be a tough task to convince the DoT (Finance) on the issue as DoT(Finance) is not even agreeing for E1+5 increments which is already given provisionally by BSNL replacing 9850/- scale. Assn replied to it that BSNL agreed to pay the revised scale and there is no question of demotion of the cadres to E1 and E2scales. All other PSUs upgraded the scales in similar situations. Dir(PSU) will process the proposal at the earliest.

On Superannuation benefit, Director(PSU I) informed that the proposal has not come to the section. After that Assn met Director(Estt) and enquired about the proposal of Superannuation benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees. Director(Estt) also informed that the proposal is not reached the section. Assn is trying to meet DDG(Estt), DoT to discuss the issue.

On 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners, Director(Estt) informed that the Cabinet memo is under the consideration of Union Cabinet. Cabinet may discuss the issue in one or two weeks time.

15-06-2016

JTO to SDE court case at Ernakulam:

Assn met DIR(HR) and GM(Pers) again on 14.06.2016 and further requested them to take a positive decision on engaging the Sr Lawyer from Delhi and his demand for revision of fee in view of the three court cases clubbed together and the promotion of more than 6000 JTOs involved in this process. Both of them assured positive action in a day or two.

14-06-2016

Expediting Court case at Ernakulam: GS, CHQ President and AGSs Com P P Rao and P. K. Shukla met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) on 13.06.2016 and held discussions on JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam. BSNLCO allowed Kerala Circle to engage a senior lawyer from Supreme Court for expediting the case and final hearing and accordingly informed the High Court on 18.05.2016 with a request to allot a specific date. Hon HC directed BSNL to file a separate application in this regard. The application has to be filed as per the convenience of the Sr lawyer. Necessary approval was given by the competent authority. Subsequently, Sr lawyer demanded to engage a junior lawyer to assist him, that also allowed. But, now Sr Lawyer demanded revision of the rates and fee hike from the approved rates which Legal cell is not agreeing. However Mgt is considering the matter. Assn requested to take immediate positive decision and file application to get the case listed for hearing as thousands of JTOs are waiting for the promotion for the last 5 years due to cases at Chennai and Ernakulam.

Earlier Assn met DIR(HR) and requested her intervention also.

13-06-2016

GS, CHQ President and AGSs Com P P Rao and P. K. Shukla met Sri N. K. Mehta, DIR(EB), incharge of WTP on 13.06.2016 and demanded stern action against the contractor, L&T for physically assaulting the Executives of WTP, Gujarat, in the NFS work. Assn demanded the security of the employees performing duty in the field units. If mgt and Govt not ensuring that, we will not be able to perform the duty as the employees are representing the mgt and the Govt in the field units. The Executives in WTP is not having faith in the CGM as he is not taking any steps to protect the employees. Even he didn’t bothered to inform the BSNLCO about this incident. FIR filed belatedly but the statements are not yet recorded by the Police. Senior level intervention is required for this purpose which CGM is not doing. So action is required against the CGM also as he failed in his responsibility.

DIR(EB) assured that he is taking all possible steps. A report has been called from the CGM, WTP. Based on that further actions will be taken. DIR(EB) informed that he called L&T for a meeting to discuss the issue and meeting will take place shortly.

Earlier Assn met DIR(HR) in this regard and sought her intervention. Assn demanded strong action against the contractor to ensure security to the employees and against the officers who failed in their responsibilities to protect the staff. Assn also requested DIR(HR) for her intervention in the Ernakulam Court case for expediting it.

01-06-2016

GS and President met Sri N. Sivasailam, Addl Secretary, DoT and BSNL Board member and held detailed discussions for more than two hours on the upgradation of pay scales E1A, E2A –--- to E2, E3 ---.

GS writes to Secretary, DoT: Finalization of standard pay scales E2, E3 for the basic cadres of JTO, SDE and equivalent w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. Immediate action solicited in view of the 3rd PRC

Assn brought to the notice of Addl Secretary, the unfortunate incident happened at Rajkot, Gujarat where one SDE, DE and DGM were manhandled by the contractors men in NOFN work. We demanded stern action against the culprits and CGM/WTP who is directly responsible for the whole episode.

In the evening GS spoken to CMD BSNL about the unfortunate incident and requested his personal intervention. 

GS letter to Secretary, DoT on E2, E3 ---- pay scale approval

31-05-2016

GS, President and Chairman met Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL and discussed various developmental issues.

CMD once again assured that the assurances that have been given to us on 17.05.2016 will be upheld and processed expeditiously.

30-05-2016

BSNL launched another marketing initiative today – Free To Home (FTH): By this Free Call Diversion allowed from Mobile to any Landline (Home/Office) within LSA(Circle). Hon MoC&IT will be announcing this today. CMD BSNL called the Core Committee of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations and informed this today morning. This scheme will popularise the landline and address the inbuilding coverage issue. Further we requested to consider the call diversion from landline to mobile also during faulty condition. It is another marketing initiative atken by BSNL.

We are extremely happy that this demand was raised by SNEA two months back vide SNEA/CHQ/CMD/2015-18/18   Dated 21st March, 2016.

On performance, it was informed by CMD that according to the unaudited accounts, BSNL income may touch 30,000 Cr during 2015-16 and the operating profit will be around 2,200 Cr (during 2014-15 it was 672 Cr). Revenue from Core business increased by 3%. Vertical wise CFA:2%, CM:2% and EB:42%.Most probably, 5 Circles namely Kerala, Karnataka, Orissa, A&N and J&K may record profit this year with Kerala again at top with 735 Cr.

On 23rd May, another 1,100 Cr refund has received from Income Tax, taking the total receipt to 6,000 Cr during 2016-17.

On expansion CMD informed that all the 3 verticals done major expansion and taken quick decisions. CFA added/upgraded 49 BNGs. EB added MPLS ccts by adding cards in existing CISCO routers and procuring new 232 routers from Huawei. CM vertical expansion is going on in Phase VII+, adding 21000 BTSs, most of them are 3G BTSs.

Phase VIII.4 tender is under process for 31 Million capacity in 3 phases with an estimated cost of 5000 Cr. In this 2G, 3G and 4G planned. 21,000 new BTSs are planned which will be compatible for 2G/3G/4G.
BSNLCO letter on Free To Home ServiceSNEA proposal for Free call diversion dated 21.03.2016

30-05-2016

Meeting with DIR(EB): GS along with other Core Committee members met Sri N. K. Mehta, DIR(EB) and congratulated him for the outstanding achievement in EB segment. DIR(EB) has taken bold decisions which resulted in the growth. By adding cards to the existing CISCO routers, BSNL could provide more than 12000 MPLS circuits for SBI in one months time which is appreciated by SBI top brasses. Another 8000 ccts will be provided by June, 2016 completing the demand of upgradation of 20,000 ccts to 2 Mb by changing from MLLN to MPLS. Now large number of MLLN ports became free after the shifting of SBI ccts to MPLS and leased ccts can be provided by Circles. Demands of other banks also will be met by this. DIR(EB) explained other initiatives taken by the EB segment which are under pipeline.

27-05-2016

GS, CHQ President, Chairman, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) and discussed various growth related issues, other issues including conduction of membership verification. Assn thanked them for the notification for verification.

20-05-2016

GS and CHQ President met Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) and discussed the following issues: GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(Rect), Jt GM(Pers) and DGM(Estt) was present.

a) Implementation of standard pay scales from 01.01.2007. We strongly pleaded with DIR(HR) to consider our demand of E2, E3, ....... E7 as discussed in the meeting held on 17.05.2016 with CMD and DIR(HR). After discussion, DIR(HR) assured that the matter will be considered positively before taking a final decision as per our demand of E2, E3, .... E7. Immediately, DIR(HR) directed GM(Estt) to process the proposal at the earliest with all the relevant details along with the administrative decision given on 11.05.2016 for implementation of E2, E3 pay scales so that management can take a final decision before sending it to Management Committee.

b) Declaration of results of LDCE. Assn requested to declare the results at the earliest since the stay is vacated by Hon CAT, Chandigarh. DIR(HR) directed GM(Pers) and GM(Rect) to take immediate action. They are trying to get the clearance from GM(Legal) today itself.

c) Allotment of JTO and TTA posts to Circles having acute shortage. Assn requested review the allotment based on the actual requirement and to meet the shortage of unpopular Circles like tenure Circles, Bihar, CHG, JKD, WB, etc. DIR(HR) assured to examine the case.

18-05-2016

SNEA deferred the Relay Hunger Strike from 18-20, May, 2016
Appeal from BSNL ManagementGS letter deferring the Relay Hunger strike

17-05-2016

Congratulations to all: Comrades, our unity and commitment leading to resolution of the long pending issues: In view of the Relay Hunger Strike from tomorrow onwards, CMD and DIR(HR) called SNEA for detailed discussion on various HR issues as decided in the meeting held on 13.05.2016. From Assn side GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec attended the meeting. GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(SR), Addl GM(Pers) and DGM(Estt) was present in the meeting.  

At the outset CMD told that he had taken it very seriously that a very responsible Assn like SNEA gone for agitation at a very crucial period. This year is very crucial for BSNL as 3rd PRC is fully depending on this years performance. All the issues will be resolved in a time bound manner, CMD assured.

GS and President explained the compulsion of the Assn to serve notice as no decision is taken on Joint Committee recommendations even after 7 months even though all the three Assns given a unanimous recommendation, thousands of JTOs, JAOs, SDEs, AOs officiated as SDE, AO, DE, CAO in DoT and BSNL before 19.02.2010 are facing recovery and reduction of pay due to wrong clarifications, on 30% superannuation the assurances are not followed, notional pay for Civil/Elect etc not considered so far etc giving an impression that management is not serious on resolving the issues. Eventhough the time schedule given after the meeting with DIR(HR) is reasonable, Assn want concrete action plan how the issues are going to be resolved within the target dates:

After that discussions held on various agenda items:

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a) Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A. Assn strongly pleaded for its early implementation as 3rd PRC is fast approaching. Already there is a unanimous opinion in the Khan Committee on the issue and hence there is no justification for delaying the matter further. The five assured promotions should not be disturbed. The Association demanded that the cascading effect also to be considered for Sr SDE from E3 to E4, DE from E4 to E5, DGM from E5 to E6 and SG DGM from E6 to E7. On this CMD informed that there is an additional financial implication of more than 200 Cores for this alone and DoT may not agree for change of all the pay scales. After detailed discussion, CMD assured that first, Khan Committee recommendation will be implemented by replacing E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 by making necessary changes in the EPP to protect the five TB promotions and it will not be linked with cascading factor. It will be taken to MC and approved latest by 31st May, as assured. CMD categorically assured that it is the responsibility of BSNL management to get it approved from DoT and he personally taken the responsibility for that. On our repeated pleading for cascading effect of Sr SDE from E3 to E4, E4 to E5, E5 to E6 and E6 to E7, CMD assured that it will be considered after this.

b) Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy:

GM(Pers) explained the status of the issue. Assn demanded that as a onetime measure, Executives on higher pay scales may be promoted to the next higher grade without DPC by taking VC, as DPCs are already done for TBP. Further pleaded that the DPCs should be decentralised, promotion shall be based on recruitment year wise giving relaxation to the qualifying service for the Executives recruited/promoted in the same vacancy year, uniform date of promotion, change of designation by giving designation followed in BSNLCO like Asst Manager for JTO, Dy Manager for SDE, Manager for Sr SDE, Asst General Manager for DE etc. Management welcomed the proposals and agreed to consider them. Assn expressed its concern over the delay as a simple issue like standard pay scales taken so much time, so management is not serious on this issue also. On this CMD directed GM(Pers) to stick to the target date. GM(Pers) assured CMD, DIR(HR) and Assn that the draft will be ready by the target date of 31st August.

c) Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000.

Assn strongly protested as this issue was not even reflected in the letter on action plan on various issues. GM(Pers) explained that it is linked with CPSU and will be processed after that and hence not shown as a separate item. Assn explained that this can be settled earlier itself and it has to be implemented w.e.from 01.10.2000. Since CPSU related work is already started, finally it was assured that it will be processed immediately after that. Necessary correction in the action plan also will be made.

2. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010.

Assn explained the issue in detail. Management side maintained that a committee examined the matter and found that the orders/clarifications are correct. Now after submission of further data, mgt agreed that it will be re-examined based on the additional inputs given by the Assn like MC Note, Hon SC orders, FRSR etc. Assn demanded that since the clarifications are wrong and it is against the provisions of EPP order dated 18.01.2007 and FRSR, it has to be withdrawn immediately. Pay protection is provided under FRSR and as long as FRSR is followed in BSNL, it cannot take a contradictory stand. Thousands of SDEs, AOs, DEs and CAOs are facing pay reduction and recovery by the wrong clarification.

After thorough discussion, management finally agreed to withdraw both the clarifications dated 30.05.2007 (sl no.10) and 19.02.2010(sl no.4 and 9). This is a great breakthrough and will give relief to more than 15,000 SDEs, AOs, DEs and CAOs who are facing pay reduction and recovery by the wrong clarification. By this, this issue will be fully settled.

3. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees.

As assured in the meeting with DIR(HR), the contribution will be worked out after the recalculation of the medical expenditure.

4. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

Mgt side explained that salary deduction cannot be implemented as it will influence the verification. Then Assn demanded that the verification has to be done as notified earlier and there is no stay on the verification as claimed by the mgt. On this CMD and DIR(HR) responded very positively and directed concerned officers to take all necessary actions to complete the verification at the earliest in a time bound manner. Finally management decided to conduct the membership verification due to our struggle. This will be another breakthrough.

5. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

DIR(HR) informed that all efforts are being taken to resolve the court cases. A senior lawyer from Hon Supreme Court is deputed to Ernakulam for final arguments. Similarly other cases also will be dealt.

6. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF etc wings w.e.f 01.10.2000.

Assn explained the Vinai Shahi Committee report, BSNL Board decision etc. Earlier it was linked with JAO pay scales but now it is settled for JAO in isolation. But only for Civil/Elect wings Executives, E1A and E2A pay scales are not implemented. BSNL policy is a) uniform promotion policy and b) uniform pay scales for all the equivalent cadres in different wings. To have uniform pay scales of E1A and E2A for all the JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs it has to be implemented for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF etc wings also w.e.f 01.10.2000. After discussion CMD directed concerned officers to settle the issue favourably ensuring uniform pay scales for all the Executives w.e.f 01.10.2000. This issue was pending for years together and after the intervention of CMD and DIR(HR), it is getting settled. This is another major breakthrough in todays meeting.

7. First Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grades as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades.

It is decided to examine the case as per earlier discussion. Assn clearly told that it will not tolerate any discrimination. Management assured that there will not be any discrimination and the whole issue will be examined in totality as per the time schedule.

Our sincere gratitude to CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) for their timely intervention and taken bold steps to resolve the issues in a time bound manner.

There are no words to congratulate all the Executives, especiaaly our SNEA comrades who stood solidly behind the issues and struggled shoulder to shoulder. Hats off to them. Congratulations to all the CSs, SSA/Branch secretaries and office bearers and activists at different level for their effective leadership to make the struggle a grand success.

Our struggle will ensure that the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.1.2007, ie 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and future recruits getting E2 scale starting with Rs 20600. This will set the stage for implementation of 3rd PRC. When the others tried their best to derail the issue by raising irrelevant things, our struggle saved the issue.

Comrades, we had only deferred the agitation programme, not withdrawn it knowing very well that lot of negative forces are working against the resolution of the issues. We should be very careful about their tactics. We have to keep all the organizational preparedness to respond in a short notice if there is any deviation from the commitment and target dates.

17-05-2016

Congratulations to all: Based on the concrete assurances from CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) that all the pending HR issues will be resolved in a time bound manner, Assn decided to defer the Relay Hunger strike from tomorrow. Inform all. Details will be uploaded soon. 

17-05-2016

Discussion with CMD and DIR(HR)  on the charter of demands will be held today A/N as decided in the last meeting on Friday.

11-05-2016

Meeting with DIR(HR): As per the direction of CMD, BSNL, DIR(HR) invited SNEA for the discussion in the morning around 10 AM. After the Dharna started at BSNLCO, the discussion started at 11.10 am and continued for one and half hours. GS, CHQ President and AGS participated. During discussions, Assn clearly told management that sufficient discussions were already held on the issues but no concrete decision has come. In the name of consensus, issues are dragging. Already there is a consensus on some of the issues and Joint Committee recommendations are made.

DIR(HR) informed that on implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A, Administrative decision will be taken today itself to implement the recommendations as it is. Assn once again made its stand very clear that E2, E3 scales should be implemented immediately from 01.01.2007 replacing E1A and E2A without disturbing the 5 time bound promotions already Executives having as recommended by the Khan Committee.  

Further discussions held on CPSU Hierarchy, 1st TBP, Offtg pay protection, 30% superannuation, Ist TBP from JTO(LA) and Sr SDE after 4 years, Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A for JTO/SDE(C/E) etc w.e.f 01.10.2000. On these issues, management is trying to settle them in a time bound manner and the time schedule will be intimated to all, DIR(HR) informed.

Comrades, we had seen lot of assurances in the past also. This time we have to ensure that management is taking concrete decisions to settle the issues. So, make extensive preparations for the next programme from 18th to 20th May, 2016. Campaigning may be done by making special GBs at SSA level. Our CSs and other office bearers should start touring different locations. 

28-04-2016

Meeting with DIR(HR): GS and AGS met DIR(HR) on 27.04.16 and held discussions on KTK issue where CGM is deviating from the settled policy on JTO promotion and postings and settlement of Rule 8 and other Inter SSA transfers. Assn demanded that there should not be any deviation from the earlier policy. DIR(HR) immediately spoken to CGM/KTK Circle and directed him to strictly follow the earlier policies and settlement with SNEA in the posting of JTOs as per the earlier practices. When promotion orders are issued, they have to be utilised for settling the Rule 8 and Inter SSA tfrs as usual and there should not be any long standing transfers for their substitutes, DIR(HR) told. There should not be any deviation from the settled principle and if there is any change adopted now, it has to be corrected and go back to the old practices, DIR(HR) directed CGMT. When CGMT tried to convince her that there is no deviation, DIR(HR) directed him to examine the matter again as BSNLCO received complaint in this regards from Assn. Further DIR(HR) directed GM(Pers) to speak to concerned officers of KTK Circle again and ensure that the settled policies are followed and transfers are implemented.

Our KTK comrades are on agitation against the CGM on various issues like growth related issues, poor performance of CGM, deviation from the policies on transfer and postings etc. 

28-04-2016

Meeting with GM(FP): GS, CHQ President and Advisor (Fin) Com Sudha met GM(FP) and held discussions on the following issues:

1) Filling up the posts of DGM by relaxing the qualifying service: GM(FP) informed that last MC meeting approved the relaxation and further necessary action will be taken to fill up the 210 DGM vacancies.

2)  Diversion of 25% MT quota to promotion quota for Adhoc CAO promotion: The proposal was pending with BSNL Board. Since diversion of quota didn’t require Board approval, a proposal has been sent to Pers section to withdraw the Board memo. Once the Board memo is withdrawn, further action will be taken based on the approval from MC.

3) Court cases at Chandigargh on JAO to AO and AO to CAO promotions: The case is listed for 20.05.2016. However it became complicated as the court directed to implead the affected parties also, GM(FP) informed.

4) JAO posting against the 61 unfilled vacancies of 2010, carried forwarded to 2012 LICE in Kerala Circle: Assn explained that the unfilled vacancies of 2010 for all the Circles were carried over to the 2012 examination. There was a court direction against the result of the 2010 examination against which SLP is pending before the Hon SC. Postings were given against these carried forward vacancies in 2012 LICE by all the Circles except Kerala Circle. Earlier CGMT Sri Rao was not inclined to give them posting citing SLP. Against this decision, large number of affected employees approached Hon CAT and recently got a favourable judgment. Hon CAT directed to give them appointment after taking an undertaking that their postings will be subject to outcome of the pending SLP. Since SLP outcome is applicable for all the Circles for the 2010 exam, Hon CAT observed that there is no merit in discriminating the candidates of Kerala Circle alone. Assn demanded that as per the court direction, postings may be given immediately taking an undertaking as directed by the court as their service benefits will be counted only from the date of joining. GM(FP) informed that the details are received two days back and assured that it will be examined first and if necessary, further discussion will be held with the Assn.

21-04-2016

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P P Rao and Jt Sec Com A Dahiya held detailed discussions with DIR(HR) in the scheduled meeting today for almost two hours over the left over issues in the charter of demands. GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) was also present in the meeting. This meeting was in continuation to the earlier meeting held on 07.04.2016. The following issues discussed:

 

1. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Detailed discussions held on the subject. Assn pointed out that the calculation made by EF section is nothing but an attempt to derail the long pending issue. EF section is changing the figures on medical (PRMB) frequently from 1.5% to 3% and then to 13.8% without any proper study or calculation. In all other PSUs, the contribution towards PRMB varies between 3% to 4.5% and there is no justification in the BSNL stand that the expenditure is 13.8%, Assn pointed out. It is not acceptable to us, Assn clearly told management. DIR(HR) agreed to our view point and informed that mgt couldnot consult SNEA and some major unions before taking a decision on 3% as all of us are out of station. So to start with, it is proposed 3%. After detailed discussion, DIR(HR) informed that mgt is not agreeing with the views of EF section and assured Assn that the exact amount will be worked on medical (PRMB) and review will be made on the contribution after that. After review, further increase will be made based on the actual calculation. This is a major breakthrough on 30% superannuation issue. We are closely monitoring further developments on this issue.

2. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010: Detailed discussions held on various provisions of FR, Supreme Court judgment on pay fixation on officiating promotion, DoT orders, EPP and the clarifications issued to EPP. Assn pointed out that, former DIR(Fin) of BSNL clearly mentioned in a note that the stand taken by the Pers section that there is no pay protection is not correct as it is against the provisions of FR and DoT orders. We had given of copy of the document to establish our stand on the issue to the mgt. Hon Supreme Court also held that pay protection given on officiating promotion is correct. Moreover, in all the court cases, DoT stated that pay protection on Offtg promotion was given and BSNL cannot change the stand now. After discussion, DIR(HR) directed GM(Pers) to re-examine the whole issue based on the relevant rules and the documents submitted by SNEA.

3. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a) Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) told that frequent change of stand by some Assns is the stumbling block in the resolution of the issue. If all are taken a common view to address the issue of E1A and E2A pay scales, it would have been addressed long back. If Assns are demanding cascading effect, mgt will not consider the issue at all due to financial constraints. Mgt also not referred this matter to the committee, committee has been asked to examine introduction of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A without touching other grades/scales. In order to address the issue, mgt taken steps by E1+5 increments and E2 scales. Assn clearly told that we stand by the Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 scales and it has to be implemented in letter and spirit. In the name of divergent views, mgt cannot deny the legitimate issue of standard pay scales of E2 and E3. This issue has to be resolved before the constitution of 3rd PRC, otherwise Assn or BSNL will not be in a position to submit even a memorandum to the PRC.

b) Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: The proposed presentation to CMD, BSNL is postponed to 26.04.2016.

c) Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000. During discussion, it is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU hierarchy as it is linked with the first two recommendations on pay scales and CPSU Hierarchy.

4. On JTO to SDE promotion under seniority quota, Mgt assured that all the formalities will be completed in advance. Action is taken to collect the VCs. All CSs are once again requested to send the VCs immediately. As updation of VC data will take lot of time for thousands of cases, VC has to reach BSNLCO well in advance. Efforts are being made to break the stalemate on LDCE promotion also, Mgt informed. SDE to DE promotion case is coming on 22.04.16, tomorrow. On AO and CAO promotion, the case is coming on 20.05.2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted. Mgt informed that subscription deduction cannot be considered at this point of time as it will affect/influence the outcome of membership verification. Further mgt assured that all efforts are taken to conduct the verification at the earliest. Appropriate action will be taken shortly to conduct the verification.

6. Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades: It is a long pending demand of the Association. However it was not agreed by the mgt which had taken a stand that these are all upgradations. In EPP, hierarchy is defined as JTO/JAO to SDE/AO to DE/CAO and hence it cannot be considered. Further it was examined by a committee headed by Sri KCGK Pillai and the committee also found that these are upgradations and not post based promotions following the Hierarchy. Recently management issued clarifications allowing upgradations after 4 years from AAO and Sr AO grades. This discrimination has created large scale resentment among thousands of lateral JTOs and Sr SDEs. Assn requested to extend the same benefit to lateral JTOs and Sr SDE grades also to end discrimination. After discussion, it was assured that mgt will consider the case.

7. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000: Assn request to consider the case sympathetically based on Vinay Sahi Committee recommendations. On comparison with JAO, mgt categorically informed that these two cadres are not identical as in the case of JAO, it was implemented as per the direction of Govt, Ministry of Finance. JAO pay scales were upgraded from 1997 itself, notionally. Further, similar cadres like PA/PS etc also to be taken into account. According to Estt section, huge financial implication is there, about 161 Crores, mainly on pension contribution. Later on Assn held further discussions with GM(Estt) and collected the details. The discussion will continue after examining the inputs.

21-04-2016

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS and AGS Com P P Rao met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and held discussions on:

1. Filing MA for early hearing in Hon Supreme Court on expert committee recommendations in 206 case: Assn requested to take immediate action to file an MA for early hearing. Since the judge given the judgment on 20.01.2015 in the main case is retiring on 2nd July, immediately after reopening of Hon SC, case has to be heard before the vacation. GM assured to take necessary steps.

2.  Extending the benefit of reduction in tenure period to the Executives working in Rajouri, Poonch, etc as per the latest order. Assn requested to extend the benefit to the Executives already working in those stations prior to the order. GM(Pers) assured to consider the demand.

Request transfers/modifications in DE cadres: GM(Pers) assured that the cases will be considered next week.

21-04-2016

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P P Rao and Jt Sec Com A Dahiya held detailed discussions with DIR(HR) in the scheduled meeting today for almost two hours over the left over issues in the charter of demands. GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) was also present in the meeting. This meeting was in continuation to the earlier meeting held on 07.04.2016. The following issues discussed:

 

1. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Detailed discussions held on the subject. Assn pointed out that the calculation made by EF section is nothing but an attempt to derail the long pending issue. EF section is changing the figures on medical (PRMB) frequently from 1.5% to 3% and then to 13.8% without any proper study or calculation. In all other PSUs, the contribution towards PRMB varies between 3% to 4.5% and there is no justification in the BSNL stand that the expenditure is 13.8%, Assn pointed out. It is not acceptable to us, Assn clearly told management. DIR(HR) agreed to our view point and informed that mgt couldnot consult SNEA and some major unions before taking a decision on 3% as all of us are out of station. So to start with, it is proposed 3%. After detailed discussion, DIR(HR) informed that mgt is not agreeing with the views of EF section and assured Assn that the exact amount will be worked on medical (PRMB) and review will be made on the contribution after that. After review, further increase will be made based on the actual calculation. This is a major breakthrough on 30% superannuation issue. We are closely monitoring further developments on this issue.

2. Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010: Detailed discussions held on various provisions of FR, Supreme Court judgment on pay fixation on officiating promotion, DoT orders, EPP and the clarifications issued to EPP. Assn pointed out that, former DIR(Fin) of BSNL clearly mentioned in a note that the stand taken by the Pers section that there is no pay protection is not correct as it is against the provisions of FR and DoT orders. We had given of copy of the document to establish our stand on the issue to the mgt. Hon Supreme Court also held that pay protection given on officiating promotion is correct. Moreover, in all the court cases, DoT stated that pay protection on Offtg promotion was given and BSNL cannot change the stand now. After discussion, DIR(HR) directed GM(Pers) to re-examine the whole issue based on the relevant rules and the documents submitted by SNEA.

3. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on:

a) Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) told that frequent change of stand by some Assns is the stumbling block in the resolution of the issue. If all are taken a common view to address the issue of E1A and E2A pay scales, it would have been addressed long back. If Assns are demanding cascading effect, mgt will not consider the issue at all due to financial constraints. Mgt also not referred this matter to the committee, committee has been asked to examine introduction of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A without touching other grades/scales. In order to address the issue, mgt taken steps by E1+5 increments and E2 scales. Assn clearly told that we stand by the Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 scales and it has to be implemented in letter and spirit. In the name of divergent views, mgt cannot deny the legitimate issue of standard pay scales of E2 and E3. This issue has to be resolved before the constitution of 3rd PRC, otherwise Assn or BSNL will not be in a position to submit even a memorandum to the PRC.

b) Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: The proposed presentation to CMD, BSNL is postponed to 26.04.2016.

c) Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000. During discussion, it is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU hierarchy as it is linked with the first two recommendations on pay scales and CPSU Hierarchy.

4. On JTO to SDE promotion under seniority quota, Mgt assured that all the formalities will be completed in advance. Action is taken to collect the VCs. All CSs are once again requested to send the VCs immediately. As updation of VC data will take lot of time for thousands of cases, VC has to reach BSNLCO well in advance. Efforts are being made to break the stalemate on LDCE promotion also, Mgt informed. SDE to DE promotion case is coming on 22.04.16, tomorrow. On AO and CAO promotion, the case is coming on 20.05.2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations. Restoration of trade union facilities and deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted. Mgt informed that subscription deduction cannot be considered at this point of time as it will affect/influence the outcome of membership verification. Further mgt assured that all efforts are taken to conduct the verification at the earliest. Appropriate action will be taken shortly to conduct the verification.

6. Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as done in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades: It is a long pending demand of the Association. However it was not agreed by the mgt which had taken a stand that these are all upgradations. In EPP, hierarchy is defined as JTO/JAO to SDE/AO to DE/CAO and hence it cannot be considered. Further it was examined by a committee headed by Sri KCGK Pillai and the committee also found that these are upgradations and not post based promotions following the Hierarchy. Recently management issued clarifications allowing upgradations after 4 years from AAO and Sr AO grades. This discrimination has created large scale resentment among thousands of lateral JTOs and Sr SDEs. Assn requested to extend the same benefit to lateral JTOs and Sr SDE grades also to end discrimination. After discussion, it was assured that mgt will consider the case.

7. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000: Assn request to consider the case sympathetically based on Vinay Sahi Committee recommendations. On comparison with JAO, mgt categorically informed that these two cadres are not identical as in the case of JAO, it was implemented as per the direction of Govt, Ministry of Finance. JAO pay scales were upgraded from 1997 itself, notionally. Further, similar cadres like PA/PS etc also to be taken into account. According to Estt section, huge financial implication is there, about 161 Crores, mainly on pension contribution. Later on Assn held further discussions with GM(Estt) and collected the details. The discussion will continue after examining the inputs.

21-04-2016

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec held detailed discussions with DIR(HR) in the scheduled meeting today for almost two hours over the left over issues in the charter of demands. GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) was also present in the meeting. This meeting was in continuation to the earlier meeting held on 07.04.2016. Details will be uploaded. 

21-04-2016

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec met DIR(HR) today and held detailed discussions for almost two hours over the left over issues in the charter of demands. GM(Estt), GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Estt) was also present in the meeting. This meeting was in continuation to the earlier meeting held on 07.04.2016. Details will be uploaded. 

21-04-2016

GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec met DIR(HR) today and discussed the issues of settling Rules 8 cases and Intra SSA Transfers in Karnataka Circle. Assn pointed out that CGM/KTK Circle is deviating from his earlier assurance to clear the Rule 8 and Intra SSA transfers. There cannot be a change in the settled principle on postings on promotion. On 19th, CHQ President had met DIR(HR) and explained the issue to her and sought her intervention. DIR(HR) informed that she could not speak to CGM/KTK on 19th but assured us to intervene and resolve the issue today itself.

11-04-2016

Meeting with Sri N. K. Gupta, DIR(CFA) on 08.04.2016: GS, CHQ President and Chairman met DIR(CFA) and discussed about the issues in ERP system for the last three weeks. Assn explained the difficulties faced by the field units for operation and mtce, new connections etc. DIR(CFA) informed that BSNLCO is interacting with HCL and even given an ultimatum to them to settle the issues by next weekend. If they could not resolve the issues in the given time frame, then it is decided to take up the matter directly with SAP. Mgt and HCL is trying to bring it to normal stage next week itself.

08-04-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on the charter of demands: DIR(HR) called a meeting on 07.04.2016 to discuss the charter of demands submitted by SNEA. GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P Padmanabha Rao, Jt Sec Com Arvind Pal Dahiya represented SNEA. GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(SR) and DGM(SR) attended from  management side. The response from management side is slightly positive and gives an impression that now they are serious to resolve the issues.

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) informed that management examined the Khan Committee recommendations and DIR(HR) had a detailed discussion with CMD on the subject. The financial implications, demands from various Assns and its implications and likely anomalies, terms of reference of the Committee, Khan Committee recommendations etc discussed. Management decided to implement the recommendations of the three Assns and Khan Committee, which recommended replacement of E1A scale with E2 and E2A scale with E3. The committee has been asked to examine replacement scales of E1A and E2A scales only. Mgt will consider only to that extend. The cascading effect is not agreed by the management in the initial stage itself due to huge financial implications and E3 to E9 pay scales are standard pay scales approved by DoT in 2009 itself and hence it cannot be changed. Mgt will restrict to the issue referred to the Khan committee. Management want to settle the non standard pay scales as demanded by the Assns which affect the JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 etc batches recruited after 01.01.2007. CMD directed DIR(HR) to inform this decision of management to all the three Assns, DIR(HR) informed us. A combined meeting will be called in the 3rd week once DIR(HR) back from tour. Immediately after that same proposal will be processed. Mgt appealed not to come on the way of settlement of this basic issue of finalisation of replacement scales for E1A and E2A before 3rd PRC. Assn requested to resolve this issue immediately, otherwise pay scale revision for all the Executives will be in trouble once PRC is constituted.  Now the resolution of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A by E2, E3 scales for the young JTO/JAOs are back on track due to our continuous pressure. However we should be on high alert and full organizational preparedness to counter any attempt to derail the issue.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Assn told management that it was clearly assured in the Jaipur AIC in the presence of all other trade union leaders that 6% will be the contribution from management side. Now it is a betrayal from management side by unilaterally reducing it from 6% to 3%. Mgt try to justify the action without any convincing reason. Earlier, EX CMD offered upto 4% but it was not accepted. Mgt is trying to justify it by stating that 3 to 6% was a proposal and after detailed calculation it is decided for 3%. The Finance wing was not even ready for 3%. According to them already sufficient contribution is making.

Management further informed that a meeting of the Assns and Unions was called on 19.02.2016 to discuss the proposal in which AIGETOA and NFTE was present. SNEA, BSNLEU, AIBSNLEA etc was not present. It was told to them about the 3% proposal. Eventhough those who are present not agreed for 3% but they didn’t opposed. It is surprising that when 3 to 4% offered two years back, they are opposing it demanding nothing less than 12% but now keeping a studied silence. Assn made its stand very clear that 3% is not acceptable to us and earlier assurance of 6% which takes the total contribution to 24% should be implemented. Mgt informed that further discussions on the details will be held shortly.

3.  Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: DIR(HR) assured that the recommendation will be processed soon. Mgt is keen to implement it. A presentation on the implementation of Jt Committee recommendations will be given to CMD on 21.04.2016. Once the broad recommendations are accepted by the management, further discussions will be held to discuss implementation. DIR(HR) assured that Assns suggestions on placement/absorption of Executives working in two or three scales above directly in higher grades without DPC as a onetime measure and giving relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the next grade, decentralized DPCs at Circle level as followed now in EPP to avoid delay, uniform date of promotion which will end pay anomalies etc will be considered positively at the time of implementation.

Assn requested to present the 3rd recommendation of Uniform first TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 also in the presentation.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

The status of various promotions discussed one by one. The court cases on various DPC also discussed. On JTO to SDE DPC, Mgt informed that all preparatory work is completed and shortly a favourable decision from Ernakulam HC is expected once the Hon HC is reopened. On LDCE promotion, all the 321 cases are transferred to PCAT, New Delhi and it will be heard this month itself. The hearing on court case at Chandigarh on JTO to SDE (LDCE) and SDE to DE is listed for hearing this week itself. The other court cases related to JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotion is posted in May, 2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised and restoration of trade union facilities, deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

Assn strongly demanded for conduction of membership verification immediately. There is no stay on verification as propagated by SR section and others. Those worried about verification only giving propaganda about stay. The Hon court stayed one of the provisions of the Recognition Rules which arbitrarily disallows the Assns registered under Trade Union Act. There is no guidelines to disallow them. If verification is delayed further, Assn demanded to restore the Trade union facilities available before the notification and start deduction of subscription from salary.

DIR(HR) immediately asked GM(SR) why verification is not conducting if stay is not there and further directed to discuss with GM(Legal) to find a way out to end the deadlock and start verification.

Discussion on the following issues postponed to the next meeting: a) Joint Committee recommendations on Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000, b) Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010, c) Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as given in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades, d) Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000. Since DIR(HR) is on tour next week, next meeting will be held in the 3rd week. 

08-04-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on the charter of demands: DIR(HR) called a meeting to discuss the charter of demands submitted by SNEA. GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P Padmanabha Rao, Jt Sec Com Arvind Pal Dahiya represented SNEA. GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(SR) and DGM(SR) attended from  management side. The response from management side is slightly positive and gives an impression that now they are serious to resolve the issues.

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) informed that management examined the Khan Committee recommendations and DIR(HR) had a detailed discussion with CMD on the subject. The financial implications, demands from various Assns and its implications and likely anomalies, terms of reference of the Committee, Khan Committee recommendations etc discussed. Management decided to implement the recommendations of the three Assns and Khan Committee, which recommended replacement of E1A scale with E2 and E2A scale with E3. The committee has been asked to examine replacement scales of E1A and E2A scales only. Mgt will consider only to that extend. The cascading effect is not agreed by the management in the initial stage itself due to huge financial implications and E3 to E9 pay scales are standard pay scales approved by DoT in 2009 itself and hence it cannot be changed. Mgt will restrict to the issue referred to the Khan committee. Management want to settle the non standard pay scales as demanded by the Assns which affect the JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 etc batches recruited after 01.01.2007. CMD directed DIR(HR) to inform this decision of management to all the three Assns, DIR(HR) informed us. A combined meeting will be called in the 3rd week once DIR(HR) back from tour. Immediately after that same proposal will be processed. Mgt appealed not to come on the way of settlement of this basic issue of finalisation of replacement scales for E1A and E2A before 3rd PRC. Assn requested to resolve this issue immediately, otherwise pay scale revision for all the Executives will be in trouble once PRC is constituted.  Now the resolution of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A by E2, E3 scales for the young JTO/JAOs are back on track due to our continuous pressure. However we should be on high alert and full organizational preparedness to counter any attempt to derail the issue.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Assn told management that it was clearly assured in the Jaipur AIC in the presence of all other trade union leaders that 6% will be the contribution from management side. Now it is a betrayal from management side by unilaterally reducing it from 6% to 3%. Mgt try to justify the action without any convincing reason. Earlier, EX CMD offered upto 4% but it was not accepted. Mgt is trying to justify it by stating that 3 to 6% was a proposal and after detailed calculation it is decided for 3%. The Finance wing was not even ready for 3%. According to them already sufficient contribution is making.

Management further informed that a meeting of the Assns and Unions was called on 19.02.2016 to discuss the proposal in which AIGETOA and NFTE was present. SNEA, BSNLEU, AIBSNLEA etc was not present. It was told to them about the 3% proposal. Eventhough those who are present not agreed for 3% but they didn’t opposed. It is surprising that when 3 to 4% offered two years back, they are opposing it demanding nothing less than 12% but now keeping a studied silence. Assn made its stand very clear that 3% is not acceptable to us and earlier assurance of 6% which takes the total contribution to 24% should be implemented. Mgt informed that further discussions on the details will be held shortly.

3.   Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: DIR(HR) assured that the recommendation will be processed soon. Mgt is keen to implement it. A presentation on the implementation of Jt Committee recommendations will be given to CMD on 21.04.2016. Once the broad recommendations are accepted by the management, further discussions will be held to discuss implementation. DIR(HR) assured that Assns suggestions on placement/absorption of Executives working in two or three scales above directly in higher grades without DPC as a onetime measure and giving relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the next grade, decentralized DPCs at Circle level as followed now in EPP to avoid delay, uniform date of promotion which will end pay anomalies etc will be considered positively at the time of implementation.

Assn requested to present the 3rd recommendation of Uniform first TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 also in the presentation.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

The status of various promotions discussed one by one. The court cases on various DPC also discussed. On JTO to SDE DPC, Mgt informed that all preparatory work is completed and shortly a favourable decision from Ernakulam HC is expected once the Hon HC is reopened. On LDCE promotion, all the 321 cases are transferred to PCAT, New Delhi and it will be heard this month itself. The hearing on court case at Chandigarh on JTO to SDE (LDCE) and SDE to DE is listed for hearing this week itself. The other court cases related to JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotion is posted in May, 2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised and restoration of trade union facilities, deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

Assn strongly demanded for conduction of membership verification immediately. There is no stay on verification as propagated by SR section and others. Those worried about verification only giving propaganda about stay. The Hon court stayed one of the provisions of the Recognition Rules which arbitrarily disallows the Assns registered under Trade Union Act. There is no guidelines to disallow them. If verification is delayed further, Assn demanded to restore the Trade union facilities available before the notification and start deduction of subscription from salary.

DIR(HR) immediately asked GM(SR) why verification is not conducting if stay is not there and further directed to discuss with GM(Legal) to find a way out to end the deadlock and start verification.

Discussion on the following issues postponed to the next meeting: a) Joint Committee recommendations on Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000, b) Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010, c) Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as given in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades, d) Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000. Since DIR(HR) is on tour next week, next meeting will be held in the 3rd week. 

08-04-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on the charter of demands: DIR(HR) called a meeting to discuss the charter of demands submitted by SNEA. GS, CHQ President, AGS Com P Padmanabha Rao, Jt Sec Com Arvind Pal Dahiya represented SNEA. GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(SR) and DGM(SR) attended from  management side. The response from management side is slightly positive and gives an impression that now they are serious to resolve the issues.

1. Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on Standard pay scales of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A: DIR(HR) informed that management examined the Khan Committee recommendations and DIR(HR) had a detailed discussion with CMD on the subject. The financial implications, demands from various Assns and its implications and likely anomalies, terms of the reference of the Committee, Khan Committee recommendations etc discussed. Management decided to implement the recommendations of the three Assn and Khan Committee, which recommended replacement of E1A scale with E2 and E2A scale with E3. The committee has been asked to examine replacement scales of E1A and E2A scales only. Mgt will consider only to that extend. The cascading effect is not agreed by the management in the initial stage itself due to huge financial implications and E3 to E9 pay scales are standard pay scales approved by DoT in 2009 itself and hence it cannot be changed. Mgt will restrict to the issue referred to the Khan committee. Management want to settle the non standard pay scales as demanded by the Assns which affect the JTO/JAOs of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 etc batches recruited after 01.01.2007. CMD directed DIR(HR) to inform this decision of management to all the three Assns, DIR(HR) informed us. A combined meeting will be called in the 3rd week once DIR(HR) back from tour. Immediately after that same proposal will be processed. Mgt appealed not to come on the way of settlement of this basic issue of finalisation of replacement scales for E1A and E2A before 3rd PRC. Assn requested to resolve this issue immediately, otherwise pay scale revision for all the Executives will be in trouble once PRC is constituted.  Now the resolution of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A by E2, E3 scales for the young JTO/JAOs are back on track due to our continuous pressure. However we should be on high alert and full organizational preparedness to counter any attempt to derail the issue.

2. 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees: Assn told management that it was clearly assured in the Jaipur AIC in the presence of all other trade union leaders that 6% will be the contribution from management side. Now it is a betrayal from management side by unilaterally reducing it from 6% to 3%. Mgt try to justify the action without any convincing reason. Earlier, EX CMD offered upto 4% but it was not accepted. Mgt is trying to justify the action that 3 to 6% was a proposal and after detailed calculation it is decided for 3%. The Finance wing was not even ready for 3%. According to them already sufficient contribution is making.

Management further informed that a meeting of the Assns and Unions was called on 19.02.2016 to discuss the proposal in which AIGETOA and NFTE was present. SNEA, BSNLEU, AIBSNLEA etc was not present. It was told to them about the 3% proposal. Eventhough those who are present not agreed for 3% but they didn’t opposed. It is surprising that when 3 to 4% offered two years back, they are opposing it demanding nothing less than 12% but now keeping a studied silence. Assn made its stand very clear that 3% is not acceptable to us and earlier assurance of 6% which takes the total contribution to 24% should be implemented. Mgt informed that further discussions on the details will be held shortly.

3.  Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy: DIR(HR) assured that the recommendation will be processed soon. Mgt is keen to implement it. A presentation on the implementation of Jt Committee recommendations will be made to CMD on 21.04.2016. Once the broad recommendations are accepted by the management, then further discussions will be held for the smooth implementation. DIR(HR) assured that Assns suggestions on placement/absorption of Executives working in two or three scales above directly in higher grades without DPC as a onetime measure and giving relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the next grade, decentralized DPCs at Circle level as followed now in EPP to avoid delay, uniform date of promotion which will end pay anomalies etc will be considered positively at the time of implementation.

Assn requested to present the 3rd recommendation of Uniform first TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 also in the presentation.

4. Promotions in different wings from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE/EE, AAO to CAO and DE to DGM.

The status of various promotions discussed one by one. The court cases on various DPC also discussed. On JTO to SDE DPC, Mgt informed that all preparatory work is completed and shortly a favourable decision from Ernakulam HC is expected one the Hon HC is reopened. On LDCE promotion, all the 321 cases are transferred to PCAT, New Delhi and it will be heard this month itself. The hearing on court case at Chandigarh on JTO to SDE (LDCE) and SDE to DE is listed for hearing this week itself. The other court cases related to JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotion is posted in May, 2016.

5. Membership verification among Executives Associations by addressing the issues raised and restoration of trade union facilities, deduction of subscription from Salary till membership verification is conducted.

Assn strongly demanded for conduction of membership verification immediately. There is no stay on verification as propagated by SR section and others. Those worried about verification only giving propaganda about stay. The Hon court stayed one of the provisions of the Recognition Rules which arbitrarily disallows the Assns registered under Trade Union Act. There is no guidelines to disallow them. If verification is further delaying, Assn demanded to restore the Trade union facilities available before the notification and start deduction of subscription from salary.

DIR(HR) immediately asked GM(SR) why verification is not conducting if stay is not there and further directed to discuss with GM(Legal) to find a way out to end the deadlock and start verification.

Discussion on the following issues postponed to the next meeting: a) Joint Committee recommendations on Uniform TBP between 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years w.e.f 01.10.2000, b) Officiating pay fixation, pay protection – withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010, c) Time Bound Promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE grade as given in the case of AAO and Sr AO grades, d) Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f 01.10.2000. Since DIR(HR) is on tour next week, next meeting will be held in the 3rd week.

08-04-2016

Meeting with Sri Dev Kr Chakrabarty, GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers): GS, CHQ President and AGSD met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and discussed relieving of DE/SDEs from tenure Circles and other Circles. GM(P) informed that directions will be issued soon to relieve all the executives from tenure Circles before 16th Aril and from non tenure Circles before 31st April. If relieving not happened, then action will be taken through ERP. Modification in DGM promotion on genuine cases is under consideration.

06-04-2016

Agenda meeting with the DIR(HR) is fixed for 07.04.2016. The charter of demands submitted as per CWC decisions will be discussed.

06-04-2016

Meeting with Sri Dev Kr Chakrabarty, GM(Pers) and Sri Manish Kumar, Jt GM(Pers) on 05.04.2016: GS, CHQ President and AGS Com P. Padmanabha Rao met GM(Pers) in the presence of Jt DGM(Pers) and discussed the following issues:

a) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: Association has given additional information about the implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy like uniform date of promotion which will end pay anomalies, decentralized DPCs at Circle level as followed now in EPP to avoid delay, placement/absorption of Executives working in two or three scales above directly in higher grades without DPC as a onetime measure and giving relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the next grade etc which the Management agreed to consider. GM(Pers) informed that a detailed  presentation will be given to CMD by DIR(HR) and Pers wing very shortly with PPTs on the CPSU recommendations submitted by the Joint Committee.

b) Relieving of DEs from the tenure Circles: Association demanded for the immediate relieving of the DEs from the tenure NE II Circle where the orders are issued long back and not relieved till date. Management assured that it will move the file by tomorrow for issuing the relieving through ERP.

c)   Relieving of SDEs from CTD and other Circle. Association also requested for the relieving of SDEs transferred from other Circles long back and not being relieved till date. GM(Pers) informed that BSNLCO already told the Circles to relieve the SDEs and assured to speak to the concerned CGMs (CTD) for their immediate relieving.

d)  Relieving of DEs from other Circles: Association requested for the relieving of SDEs transferred from other Circles long back and not being relieved till date. GM(Pers) assured to speak to the concerned CGMs for their immediate relieving.

e)  DPC from JTO to SDE: Mgt informed that all the preparatory work is completed and fresh VCs are to be obtained. As and when relief is coming from the court, promotion orders can be issued in short time. GM(Pers) assured that it is on top of the agenda and side by side LDCE promotion also getting finalized.

f)   DPC for SDE to DE promotion: Assn requested to complete the preparatory work for SDE to DE promotion. Since the hearing of the court case at Chandigarh is coming this week, it should be expedited. GM(Pers) assured that it will be given priority as lot of DE vacancy has come due to recent DGM promotions.

g) DE to DGM promotion: Assn requested for calling APARs    immediately for the Promotion from DE to DGM for the left over and  future vacancies. Mgt informed that it will be considered after some  time after the present promotions are implemented.

06-04-2016

Meeting with Sri H. C Pant, Sr GM (Legal) on 05.04.2016 on membership verification: GS, CHQ President and AGS Com P. Padmanabha Rao met Sr GM(Legal) and discussed about the court case and the inordinate delay in conduction of Membership verification among the Executives. Association pointed out that there is no justification in delaying the verification as there is no stay on verification. Also discussed in detail the status of the court case filed by one Association at Bangalore. Association demanded either to conduct the Membership verification immediately or restore the trade union facilities which the Association had earlier and start deduction of subscription from the salary. Sr GM (Legal) assured to find a way out to end the deadlock.

31-03-2016

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: GS, CHQ President and Chairman/SNEA met CMD, BSNL on 30.03.2016 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Progress in SWAS programme in various Circles: The initiatives taken in various Circles during SWAS programme discussed. It percolated down very well and lot of initiatives is taken by different SSAs and Circles. Business increased and a new enthusiasm and confidence among the employees and management visible everywhere. CMD appealed to continue the same spirit during next year also which is very crucial for all of us. BSNL can come out of the losses very soon if the same spirit is continued, CMD opined. Assn assured its fullest cooperation and informed CMD that all our members are very actively involved in the field units on a day today basis along with other employees.

Further Assn informed CMD that management should inspire and support the employees by resolving their genuine HR issues without delay. As far as HR section is concerned, the employees are their customers and they have to be taken care.  

b) On implementation of Joint Committee recommendations, CMD assured that management stands by the recommendations of the Joint Committee and the recommendations will be implemented in true spirit without any dilution. The standard pay scale E2, E3 proposal is already reached CMD. Since the proposal was vougue, it is understood that the proposal is returned for resubmission. It is understood that it was mentioned in the proposal that some Assns are changing their stands frequently, (changing the goal posts itself) after making the Joint Committee recommendations which made the management difficult to decide the issue. We expressed our serious concern to CMD on the delay tactics by some sections and management has to take immediate decision on this matter. 3rd PRC will be constituted and without finalization of pay scales, we cannot approach PRC. All promotions in all the cadres upto AGM level are blocked, CPSU Hierarchy is the only ray of hope. The delay tactics of some sections who are not concerned/interested about the pay scales and CPSU cadre Hierarchy is creating hurdles by fresh demands which was rejected in the Committee and management. Then all are signed the Jt Committee recommendations and submitted. Such people should not be allowed to spoil the future of thousands of Executives. CMD categorically told that once Jt Committee recommendations are signed, deviation or changing the stand by any side will not be accepted.

On CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Assn requested CMD to consider the case of Executives working in higher scale to absorb on functional basis upto AGM level without fresh DPC as a onetime measure to give relief to the thousands of Executives waiting for promotion for years together. This issue was not deliberated by the Jt Committee. CMD assured to consider the case and directed us to discuss the issue further with the concerned officers.

c) DE to DGM promotions: We expressed our sincere thanks for the initiatives taken by CMD and management to fill up all the DGM posts. CMD enquired about the total numbers, Assn informed that 213 DGMs promotion order issued on 03.03.16 and another 449 will be promoted now taking the total promotion orders this month to 662. About 35 cases are pending for VC and more than 75 cases unassessed. CMD told that all the promoted officers should exercise their power and to take speedy decisions. Assn pointed out that the earlier powers of TDMs to be restored so that they can take independent decisions. Now all the TDMs are reporting to GMs of far off places which made the decision making tough and time consuming.

31-03-2016

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: GS, CHQ President and Chairman/SNEA met CMD, BSNL on 30.03.2016 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Progress in SWAS programme in various Circles: The initiatives taken in various Circles during SWAS programme discussed. It percolated down very well and lot of initiatives is taken by different SSAs and Circles. Business increased and a new enthusiasm and confidence among the employees and management visible everywhere. CMD appealed to continue the same spirit during next year also which is very crucial for all of us. BSNL can come out of the losses very soon if the same spirit is continued, CMD opined. Assn assured its fullest cooperation and informed CMD that all our members are very actively involved in the field units on a day today basis along with other employees.

Further Assn informed CMD that management should inspire and support the employees by resolving their genuine HR issues without delay. As far as HR section is concerned, the employees are their customers and they have to be taken care.  

b)  On implementation of Joint Committee recommendations, CMD assured that management stands by the recommendations of the Joint Committee and the recommendations will be implemented in true spirit without any dilution. The standard pay scale E2, E3 proposal is already reached CMD. Since the proposal was vougue, it is understood that the proposal is returned for resubmission. It is understood that it was mentioned in the proposal that some Assns are changing their stands frequently, (changing the goal posts itself) after making the Joint Committee recommendations which made the management difficult to decide the issue. We expressed our serious concern to CMD on the delay tactics by some sections and management has to take immediate decision on this matter. 3rd PRC will be constituted and without finalization of pay scales, we cannot approach PRC. All promotions in all the cadres upto AGM level are blocked, CPSU Hierarchy is the only ray of hope. The delay tactics of some sections who are not concerned/interested about the pay scales and CPSU cadre Hierarchy is creating hurdles by fresh demands which was rejected in the Committee and management. Then all are signed the Jt Committee recommendations and submitted. Such people should not be allowed to spoil the future of thousands of Executives. CMD categorically told that once Jt Committee recommendations are signed, deviation or changing the stand by any side will not be accepted.

On CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Assn requested CMD to consider the case of Executives working in higher scale to absorb on functional basis upto AGM level without fresh DPC as a onetime measure to give relief to the thousands of Executives waiting for promotion for years together. This issue was not deliberated by the Jt Committee. CMD assured to consider the case and directed us to discuss the issue further with the concerned officers.

30-03-2016

Meeting with GM(Pers/Rect): GS, CHQ President and Chairman/SNEA met GM(Pers) on 29.03.2016 and held discussions on the following issues:
a) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as per the Joint Committee recommendations: To end disparity in promotions in various wings and ensure smooth career progression, CPSU cadre Hierarchy is the only solution. It will bring uniformity in promotion in various wings and will end the litigations related to seniority etc. The executives belongs to all the wings should get the promotions uniformly after completion of the same length of service. Now promotions in different wings vary from 4 to 20 years in equivalent cadres. Assn demanded to implement the CPSU cadre Hierarchy at the earliest which is the only solution to the deadlock on promotions and the disparity in promotions. GM(P) assured that once DGM DPC is completed by this week, main focus will be given on this issue.
b) DE to DGM Promotions: DPC is completed and efforts are being made to issue the promotion order on 30.03.2016 to the extent APAR/VCs received. Meanwhile GS met Chairman DPC and requested him to complete the formalities as few eligible officers are retiring on 31st March. In the late evening Chairman and other DPC members signed the minutes after completing the formalities. If both the lists are coming together today, about 435 DEs will be getting promotion as DGM.
c) Eligibility to appear in the LICE from TTA to JTO: Assn requested GM (Rect) to consider the case of counting pre-appointment trg as service for the purpose of eligibility to write the internal examinations as per the DoPT guidelines and take a final decision based on RR provisions immediately.

30-03-2016

Meeting with GM(Pers/Rect): GS, CHQ President and Chairman/SNEA met GM(Pers) on 29.03.2016 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Implementation recommendations: of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as per the Joint Committee To end disparity in promotions in various wings and ensure smooth career progression, CPSU cadre Hierarchy is the only solution. It will bring uniformity in promotion in various wings and will end the litigations related to seniority etc. The executives belongs to all the wings should get the promotions uniformly after completion of the same length of service. Now promotions in different wings vary from 4 to 20 years in equivalent cadres. Assn demanded to implement the CPSU cadre Hierarchy at the earliest which is the only solution to the deadlock on promotions based on present seniority and the disparity in promotions. GM(P) assured that once DGM DPC is completed by this week, main focus will be given to this issue.

b) DE to DGM Promotions: DPC is completed and efforts are being made to issue the promotion order on 30.03.2016 to the extent APAR/VCs received. Meanwhile GS met Chairman DPC and requested him to complete the formalities as few eligible officers are retiring on 31st March. In the late evening Chairman and other DPCX members signed the minutes after completing the formalities. If both the lists are coming together today, about 435 DEs will be getting promotion as DGM.

c) Eligibility to appear in the LICE from TTA to JTO: Assn requested GM(Rect) to consider the case of counting pre-appointment trg as service for the purpose of eligibility to write the internal examinations as per the DoPT guidelines and take a final decision based on RR provisions immediately.

17-03-2016

Meeting with GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers): GS and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) on 17.03.2016 and held discussions on the following issues:

1.       DE to DGM promotions: GM(Pers) informed that Pers section is trying to complete the DPC by tomorrow to the extent APARs and VCs are available. Shortly after that promotion orders will be issued. Pending list of APARs and VC uploaded in the intranet.

2.        E5 to E6 upgradations for DGM(Adhoc): Based on our letter dated 11th March, 2016, BSNL management re-examined the whole issue and finally decided to withdraw the Board memo which was pending in the BSNL Board. Necessary clarifications will be issued to Circles like RAJ to extend E6 scale as per EPP provisions. Assn took the stand that the financial upgradations upto E6 scale is regulated by EPP and not by BSNLMS RR. Last BSNL Board meeting discussed the issue but luckily didn’t taken any decision. The matter was come to our notice recently and immediately taken up with the management. If the proposal was accepted, all the executives working as DGM(Adhoc) and got the upgradation from E5 to E6 as per EPP would have affected and created anomaly.

3. Request transfers: GM(Pers) informed that most of the request transfers are approved and orders will be issued. Pending cases if any will be taken up after the orders.

4. Independent charge for JTOs in higher scale: As a first step towards introduction of CPSU cadre hierarchy, JTOs in higher scale will be given independent charges directly reporting to DE/AGMs with financial and administrative powers. Orders will be issued soon. This will be in addition to the looking after arrangement. Combined strength of JTO and SDE will be taken together.
GS letter to CMD, BSNL dated 11.03.2016 in this regard

16-03-2016

Congratulations to Sri Anupam Shrivastava:

GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met Sri Anupam Shrivastava and congratulated him for his regular appointment as CMD, BSNL for the full term. His earlier appointment as CMD, BSNL was for one year. Regular appointment came after evaluating his performance as CMD for the last one year.

08-03-2016

Core Committee of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations meeting with CMD, BSNL:

CMD, BSNL convened a meeting with the Core Committee of Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations to discuss BSNL growth related issues. GS/SNEA, GS/NFTE and GS/AIBSNLEA attended the meeting. CMD explained that BSNL performance has improved during last month also. Last month more than 2 million GSM connections added and the revenue from mobile increased by 9%. MNP also positive and after so many years, BSNL will be MNP positive this year. This month the target is 2.5 million connections. All efforts should be made to achieve the target.

CMD appealed that everybody should make sincere efforts to increase the revenue during the remaining three weeks time up to 31st March 2016 so that this year balance sheet will improve considerably.

CMD identified some areas which required special focus during this month to increase the revenue:

1. Refund of Rs. 1250/- Crore USO Fund subsidy from DoT.

2. Taking refund of CENVAT credit on delivery of equpts itself as per BSNL Corporate Office instructions and decision taken in the HOCC. About 600 Crores are due from Govt in this regard. Our comrades in accounts wing to take keen interest in this regard.

3. Provisioning of maximum number of connections in the remaining days and selling coupons to increase the revenue. On provisioning of connections, amount booked under advances will be accounted as revenue and will become part of the balance sheet.

4. Commissioning of all pending Lease Line circuits and MPLS ccts with available MLLN modems, VMUXs, MPLS ports etc in the next three weeks which will add huge revenue.

CMD categorically told that the performance of all the Circle/SSA heads are being monitored and their posting will be as per their performance only.

Forum requested CMD to consider payment of remaining allowances like HRA, Medical and PUC as per 78.2% and restoration of LTC etc.

07-03-2016

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL: GS, Dy GS and Jt Sec met CMD, BSNL on 07.03.2016 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Increasing the number of DGM posts from 1331. Assn pleaded for considerable increase in DGM posts since the number of available GMs are coming down every month and eligible officers are not there to promote as GM. so for operational purpose, DGM posts in Telecom side are to be increased and they can be effectively utilized as TDMs, Area Managers and DGMs. Deloitte consultant already recommended to increase the number from 1331 to about 1650 which may not be sufficient in view of the shortage of GMs. Assn requested CMD to consider to increase the number of DGM posts from 1331 to 2000.

b) Conduction of MT recruitment from among the Internal candidates. Assn requested to conduct the examination as early as possible. More than 11,000 young Executives already applied for the limited posts. CMD acknowledged the requirement of young and talented officers moving upward on fast track to take the responsibilities in the future and assured early action in this regard. CMD directed to have further discussion with DIR(HR) on the subject.

c) Conduction of membership verification and restoration of trade union facilities. Assn demanded that since there is no stay on the verification process, Management should conduct membership verification at the earliest and trade union facilities are to be restored till that time.

01-03-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President and Jt Secretary met DIR(HR) on 01.03.2016 and held discussions on some of the HR issues like implementation of Joint Committee recommendations, officiating pay fixation and restoring trade union facilities. On Jt Committee recommendations, DIR(HR) informed that decision is in the final stage, but in realty the proposal of CPSU is not even finalized by Pers section. On pay scales, after the discussion with GM(Estt), the proposal is yet to move to DIR(HR) and CMD. On officiating pay fixation, we informed that the real issue was not discussed by the committee rather it tried to cover up the clarifications. DIR(HR) hinted to refer the matter to a new committee or re-examining the case. On membership verification, Assn told DIR(HR) that there is no stay on verification as claimed by the SR section. Hence there is no justification in delaying the verification or denying the trade union facilities till verification. Other issues could not discuss due to paucity of time.

Since the discussions are inconclusive and not yielded much result, all CSs are requested to go ahead with the preparations for the trade union actions from April, 2016 onwards as decided by the CWC. 

29-02-2016

Meeting with GM(Estt): GS met GM(Estt) on 29.02.2016 and held discussions on conduction of LICE from TTA to JTO and posting of officiating JTOs completed the training:

On conduction of LICE from TTA to JTO, GM(Estt) informed that legal opinion is received regarding which RR to be operated for the LICE for the vacancy years 2013-14 and 2014-15. As per legal opinion, JTO RR 2014 is in force and already operated for the SRD as well as for the regularization of offtg JTOs. Further new RR stipulates that all the future examinations will be held as per the new RR. Efforts are being made to conduct the LICE for the 3 vacancy years one after the another within a gap of two to three months each without waiting for the result of the earlier LICE. This issue has to be further discussed with Rect section.

On the posting of officiating JTOs, GM(E) informed that Circles are asked to assess the vacancy position for 2015-16 against which they are to be posted. As per information, sufficient vacancies are there to accommodate all the officiating JTOs. GM(Estt) informed that adequate care will be taken to protect the seniority of the JTOs recruiting for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 through LICE.

24-02-2016

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and held discussions on the following subjects:

a)         Proposed Board memo on E6 scale for Executives working as DGM(Adhoc): GM(P) informed that a proposal is under the consideration of BSNL Board to extend E6 scale to the Executives working as DGM(Adhoc) in E5 scale. Assn explained that as per EPP, Executives working as DGM(Adhoc) is eligible for financial upgradation to E6 scale and it is extended to so many Executives as they are reaching E5 scale on DGM(Adhoc) promotions. Since it is an inbuilt provision in the EPP order dated 18.01.2007, there is no requirement of separate Board decision. As per EPP, financial upgradation is given from one scale to the next higher scale, after 5 years, irrespective of which grade they are working. Financial upgradation is given as per EPP order and not as per BSNLMS RR for the Executives. Any Circle is having doubt in this regard, suitable clarification can be issued to that particular Circle.  If such Board decision is taken and orders are issued now on a prospective date, the Executives already got the benefit under EPP so far will face problems. After discussion, GM(Pers) assured to re-examine the case immediately as Board meeting is scheduled for 04.03.2016.

b)        Promotion from SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E) for the Diploma holders as per the new clarification issued by MHRD: Assn requested management to examine whether the clarification to BSNLMS RR issued in July 2015 making Diploma holders with 10 years of service equivalent to Engg Degree will create problems, due to the new development. It is understood that MHRD intimated DoT that the clarification of 1977 is not notified in the gazette and hence it cannot be taken into consideration.  Assn requested to take necessary corrective steps, if required immediately.

c)         Pending request transfers for the last quarter. Assn told management that the transfer is streamlined by issuing the transfer orders in every quarter. Those Executives gone on promotion to different Circles are eagerly waiting for the transfer after 2 years. After discussion GM(Pers) assured that the cases will be processed and orders will be issued in the first week of March.

d)        Relieving AGMs from the tenure Circles especially NEII Circle. Assn told management that CGM/NE II made tenure transfer a mockery by not relieving the officials after completion of their tenure period. This type of situation we are witnessing for the first time. Such stand of CGM will make things complicated as Executives will not be encouraged to go to tenure Circles. Since it is a tenure station, they are not supposed to continue there for even a single extra day. After discussion, GM assured that the matter will be discussed with DIR(HR) after she is coming back after foreign tour on monday.

23-02-2016

Meeting on implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scales:

GM(Estt) called a meeting of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA to discuss the Joint Committee recommendations on standard pay scales. Since the terms of reference was with respect to implementation of standard pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A, the committee recommended E2, E3 pay scales only. So naturally all the remaining pay scales will remain as it is as all other pay scales are standard pay scales. No other pay scales face demotion also. As a result SDE and Sr SDE and equivalent grades will remain in E3 pay scales. On pay fixation on promotion from same scale to same scale, which DoT didn’t allowed for E9 scales, Assn told management that DPE will allow the same and Assn had already discussed the matter with DPE.  On date of implementation, GS made it clear that since it is the replacement scale of E1A and E2A, it has to be implemented from 01.01.2007. The concept of notional pay cannot be considered. After discussion, management was clear on the committee recommendations and hopefully the proposal will be further processed soon. GS and CHQ President attended the meeting.

23-02-2016

Court case at Ernakulum on JTO to SDE promotion --Filing of reply: Based on the input given by BSNLCO, the draft reply to be filed in the Hon HC has been prepared by the lawyer and sent to BSNLCO for vetting. GS met GM(Pers) and discussed the matter. GM(Pers) informed that the reply has been received on Friday evening and by tomorrow, it will be send back to KRL Circle after vetting and reply will be filed this week itself. On DGM promotion, GM(Pers) assured that efforts are being made to issue the promotion orders at the earliest as per the new SDE seniority list 1 to 17 as old 1 to 5 seniority list cannot be operated now. The issue of 147 officers will be decided soon as per the present seniority list.

23-02-2016

Meeting with GM(Estt): GS met GM(Estt) on 22.02.2016 and held discussions on the recent developments on conduction of LICE from TTA to JTO yearwise. Assn requested to examine the feasibility of conducting the LICE for one year 2015-16 as per new JTO RR instead of conducting LICE as per old RR. Since regularization of Offtg JTOs as per the new RR is already initiated, there is no relevance in operating the old 2001 RR. The LICE for 2013-14 and 2014-15 can be conducted only as per the old RR of 2001. If LICE is conducted as per old RR after operating new RR for the regularization, it will lead to seniority related issues, Assn pointed out. A JTO recruited as per old RR cannot be junior to a JTO recruited as per new RR. So all these aspects are to be considered before taking a final decision. GM(Estt) assured to consider all these inputs before taking a final decision.

02-02-2016

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met CMD on 02.02.2016 and discussed the following issues: At the outset GS told CMD that the executives are having huge expectation from the management, especially from the CMD and DIR(HR) to settle their genuine HR issues. The initiatives on HR issues generated tremendous confidence among the Executives and it started producing results in terms of growth. However last few months, things are started moving in the reverse direction. 2015 is one year where there were no DPC or promotion orders for the Engg side, after 2006. Court cases are filed when things are not settling normally. So intervention and constant monitoring at the highest level of CMD and DIR(HR) is required.

Thereafter the following issues discussed:

1.   Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on

a)    Standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc, b) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy replacing EPP and c) First TBP uniformly after 5 years.

Assn explained to CMD that the very purpose of fast tracking the Jt Committee recommendations are defeated by the fact that no action is taken on the recommendations of the Committee even after 4 months. The executives were enthusaitic once the committee reconstitution taken place and on the recommendations because they got an impression that now management is sincerely trying to resolve their issues.

2.   Promotions in various cadres:

Promotions are held up due to court cases. Sincere and proactive approach is required to resolve the court cases. Cases are filed mainly due to delay in promotions. For example, JTO to SDE promotion case, 5 months have passed, BSNL didn’t filed the reply in the Hon Ernakulam HC.

3.       Officiating pay fixation – reduction in pay and recovery of pay. After hearing the issue briefly, CMD himself agreed that officiating promotion is a post based promotion.

4.  Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees: An issue related with the social security of the BSNL rects is still unaddressed.

5.     TBP promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE as given in the case of AAO and Sr AO -- EPP has implemented with an intention to have uniform promotion policy for all the Executives in different wings without any discrimination. The demand for upgradation to next IDA scale after 4 years for Lateral JTO, AAO, Sr SDE and Sr AO was denied on the plea that they are all upgradations. Only for post based promotions following the Hierarchy defined in the EPP order, next IDA upgradation is eligible.  

6.   Membership verification --- restoration of trade union facilities, deduction of subscription from salary etc.

7.   Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect etc wing w.e.f 01.10.2000

After discussion, CMD informed he will direct DIR(HR) to have detailed discussion after her return and issues which are not getting settled will be discussed with him again.

02-02-2016

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met CMD on 02.02.2016 and discussed the following issues: At the outset GS told CMD that the executives are having huge expectation from the management, especially from the CMD and DIR(HR) to settle their genuine HR issues. The initiatives on HR issues generated tremendous confidence among the Executives and it started producing results in terms of growth. However last few months, things are started moving in the reverse direction. 2015 is one year where there were no DPC or promotion orders for the Engg side, after 2006. Court cases are filed when things are not settling normally. So intervention and constant monitoring at the highest level of CMD and DIR(HR) is required.

Thereafter the following issues discussed:

1.   Implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on

a)    Standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc, b) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy replacing EPP and c) First TBP uniformly after 5 years.

Assn explained to CMD that the very purpose of fast tracking the Jt Committee recommendations are defeated by the fact that no action is taken on the recommendations of the Committee even after 4 months. The executives were enthusaitic once the committee reconstitution taken place and on the recommendations because they got an impression that now management is sincerely trying to resolve their issues.

2.   Promotions in various cadres:

Promotions are held up due to court cases. Sincere and proactive approach is required to resolve the court cases. Cases are filed mainly due to delay in promotions. For example, JTO to SDE promotion case, 5 months have passed, BSNL didn’t filed the reply in the Hon Ernakulam HC.

3.       Officiating pay fixation – reduction in pay and recovery of pay. After hearing the issue briefly, CMD himself agreed that officiating promotion is a post based promotion.

4.  Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees: An issue related with the social security of the BSNL rects is still unaddressed.

5.     TBP promotion after 4 years from Lateral JTO and Sr SDE as given in the case of AAO and Sr AO -- EPP has implemented with an intention to have uniform promotion policy for all the Executives in different wings without any discrimination. The demand for upgradation to next IDA scale after 4 years for Lateral JTO, AAO, Sr SDE and Sr AO was denied on the plea that they are all upgradations. Only for post based promotions following the Hierarchy defined in the EPP order, next IDA upgradation is eligible.  

6.   Membership verification --- restoration of trade union facilities, deduction of subscription from salary etc.

After discussion, CMD informed he will direct DIR(HR) to have detailed discussion after her return and issues which are not getting settled will be discussed with him again.

29-01-2016

Meeting with GM(Pers) on 28.01.2016: GS and CHQ President met GM(Pers) and Addl GM(Pers) and held discussions on the following issues: At the outset GS told both of them that 2015 year has gone without any DPC or promotion for the Telecom Engg side after so many years. No progress has made on anyone of the HR issues. The Officiating pay fixation and pay protection issue has made a mess by flouting rules and BSNL Board decisions. CPSU cadre Hierarchy issue is not getting processed.  No focus is coming on major HR issues and Pers section is not engaging in resolving the real HR issues other than the routine affairs like transfer and postings. Time has come for Pers section to introspect and streamline the matters.

1. Filing of reply in Hon Ernakulam HC in JTO to SDE promotion: Assn told Mgt that no follow up action is taken by Pers section to file the reply even after 5 months, since September. This cannot be accepted and due to the inaction on the part of Mgt, Executives are suffering for years together. Last DPC was held in March, 2011, 5 years back. If Kerala Circle is not taking action to file, BSNLCO has to take them to task. DPC is pending at Pers section of BSNLCO and not with Kerala Circle. So the entire responsibility of failure is on BSNLCO. GM(Pers) after discussion informed that he will personally speak to CGM and monitor the progress on a day today basis.

2. Processing of Jt Committee recommendations on CPSU cadre Hierarchy and Uniform Ist TBP: Assn expressed serious concern over the delay in processing the recommendations. There are no serious deliberations on the implementation of the vital recommendations when all the promotions are stayed by various courts. There is no urgency seen on the part of Management to resolve the impasse. Even Mgt is not finding time to discuss and resolve the contentious issues. After detailed discussions, GM informed that it is under process and some of the contentious issues are identified and the recommendation will be processed to competent authority tomorrow itself.

3. Committee report on officiating pay fixation and pay protection: Assn told mgt that the committee is flouting the rules and BSNL Board decisions to justify the illegal orders issued without the concurrence of the competent authority. Due to these illegal orders, thousands of Executives are affected and harassed for years together. This nothing but harassment which we never witnessed. After ordering the Executives to officiate on higher post and paying them, after 10 to 15 years Mgt is finding ways to deny the benefits. It will not be tolerated, the resentment among the executives will not be able to contain and it will lead to serious industrial unrest, Assn warned.

4.   206 seniority case at Hon SC listed for 16.02.2016: Assn told Mgt that the case is getting delayed only because of Mgt. Last time even senior BSNL lawyer was not present in the court to plead before the court about the urgency of the matter. So mgt to ensure that the decision is coming of the seniority list on 16.02.2016 itself. GM informed that BSNL decided to engage senior lawyer to plead the case. On 147 issue, one ASG not inclined to give the opinion as he was appeared for one of the parties. Opinion will be sought from another ASG.

5.Extending next TBP after 4 years treating Lateral JTO and Sr SDE as functional promotion like AAO and Sr AO to end discrimination: It was the demand of the Assn at the time of framing of EPP that treat Lateral JTO/AAO, Sr SDE/Sr AO as functional promotion and extend the next TBP after 4 years. Mgt constituted a committee to examine the issue. It was informed that Committee finding was that all these promotions are upgradations and not post based promotions and the demand cannot be accepted. This report has been accepted by the management and finally the demand of the Assn not accepted. Surprisingly now the demand has been accepted for the AAO and Sr AO grade discriminating Lateral JTO, Sr SDE grades. Similar benefits to be extended to these cadres also, Assn demanded.

6.Modification of SDE RR, notification of LDCE for SDE(TF): Amendment to the SDE RR to address the seniority issue by incorporating the rota of 2:1 is already approved by the Board. However to give some more clarity on certain points, the matter is again referred to BSNL Board and it will be discussed in the next meeting. Regarding LDCE notification for SDE(TF), the eligibility issue is to be addressed and it has to go to the MC. Assn protested against such delay tactics and told management that SDE(TF) RR is purely in the domain of Pers Section and there is no involvement of Estt section in the case. The LDCE has to be notified immediately as per the existing RR provisions.

7. Declaring Rajouri, Poonch, Doda etc one and half year tenure: The demand raised by SNEA/J&K Circle and recommended by CGM/J&K is processed and placed before the MC for approval.

Finally, Assn requested mgt to address the genuine issues on priority. Delay in settling other HR issues like processing the recommendations on E2, E3 scale, SDE to DE promotions, DE to DGM promotions, superannuation benefit to BSNL direct recruits, withdrawal of trade union facility for the last one and half year to the Assns affecting the day today functioning of the Assns, Antedating etc are creating large scale resentment among the executives and management is dragging the employees to the street at this crucial time when BSNL is looking towards revival.

Any industrial unrest at this point of time is not good for the Organazation, Assn told GM(Pers). But the actions on the part of Mgt leading to serious industrial unrest in the company and in the near future, we are afraid that Assn will not be able to contain the large scale resentment among the Executives. 

29-01-2016

Meeting with GM(Pers) on 28.01.2016: GS and CHQ President met GM(Pers) and Addl GM(Pers) and held discussions on the following issues: At the outset GS told both of them that 2015 year has gone without any DPC or promotion for the Telecom Engg side after so many years. No progress has made on anyone of the HR issues. The Officiating pay fixation and pay protection issue has made a mess by flouting rules and BSNL Board decisions. CPSU cadre Hierarchy issue is not getting processed.  No focus is coming on major HR issues and Pers section is not engaging in resolving the real HR issues other than the routine affairs like transfer and postings. Time has come for Pers section to introspect and streamline the matters.

1.Filing of reply in Hon Ernakulam HC in JTO to SDE promotion: Assn told Mgt that no follow up action is taken by Pers section to file the reply even after 5 months, since September. This cannot be accepted and due to the inaction on the part of Mgt, Executives are suffering for years together. Last DPC was held in March, 2011, 5 years back. If Kerala Circle is not taking action to file, BSNLCO has to take them to task. DPC is pending at Pers section of BSNLCO and not with Kerala Circle. So the entire responsibility of failure is on BSNLCO. GM(Pers) after discussion informed that he will personally speak to CGM and monitor the progress on a day today basis.

2. Processing of Jt Committee recommendations on CPSU cadre Hierarchy and Uniform Ist TBP: Assn expressed serious concern over the delay in processing the recommendations. There are no serious deliberations on the implementation of the vital recommendations when all the promotions are stayed by various courts. There is no urgency seen on the part of Management to resolve the impasse. Even Mgt is not finding time to discuss and resolve the contentious issues. After detailed discussions, GM informed that it is under process and some of the contentious issues are identified and the recommendation will be processed to competent authority tomorrow itself.

3. Committee report on officiating pay fixation and pay protection: Assn told mgt that the committee is flouting the rules and BSNL Board decisions to justify the illegal orders issued without the concurrence of the competent authority. Due to these illegal orders, thousands of Executives are affected and harassed for years together. This nothing but harassment which we never witnessed. After ordering the Executives to officiate on higher post and paying them, after 10 to 15 years Mgt is finding ways to deny the benefits. It will not be tolerated, the resentment among the executives will not be able to contain and it will lead to serious industrial unrest, Assn warned.

4.  206 seniority case at Hon SC listed for 16.02.2016: Assn told Mgt that the case is getting delayed only because of Mgt. Last time even senior BSNL lawyer was not present in the court to plead before the court about the urgency of the matter. So mgt to ensure that the decision is coming of the seniority list on 16.02.2016 itself. GM informed that BSNL decided to engage senior lawyer to plead the case. On 147 issue, one ASG not inclined to give the opinion as he was appeared for one of the parties. Opinion will be sought from another ASG.

5. Extending next TBP after 4 years treating Lateral JTO and Sr SDE as functional promotion like AAO and Sr AO to end discrimination: It was the demand of the Assn at the time of framing of EPP that treat Lateral JTO/AAO, Sr SDE/Sr AO as functional promotion and extend the next TBP after 4 years. Mgt constituted a committee to examine the issue. It was informed that Committee finding was that all these promotions are upgradations and not post based promotions and the demand cannot be accepted. This report has been accepted by the management and finally the demand of the Assn not accepted. Suprisingly now the demand has been accepted for the AAO and Sr AO grade discriminating Lateral JTO, Sr SDE grades. Similar benefits to be extended to these cadres also, Assn demanded.

Finally, Assn requested mgt to address the genuine issues on priority. Delay in settling other HR issues like processing the recommendations on E2, E3 scale, SDE to DE promotions, DE to DGM promotions, superannuation benefit to BSNL direct recruits, withdrawal of trade union facility for the last one and half year to the Assns affecting the day today functioning of the Assns, Antedating etc are creating large scale resentment among the executives and management is dragging the employees to the street at this crucial time when BSNL is looking towards revival.

Any industrial unrest at this point of time is not good for the Organazation, Assn told GM(Pers). But the actions on the part of Mgt leading to serious industrial unrest in the company and in the near future, we are afraid that Assn will not be able to contain the large scale resentment among the Executives.

22-01-2016

Meeting with Sri N. K. Mehta, DIR(EB) on 22.01.2016: GS met DIR(EB) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Replacing the old and faulty OF cable and strengthening the Core network: GS told that large scale modernization and development is going on in GSM and land line segments through add on order and NGN. Further 232 edge routers are going to be installed to strengthen MPLS network. However similar efforts are also required to lay OF cable to replace the faulty and aged cable. Otherwise the transmission system will not improve to transmit the future data traffic. More focus is required in this regard, atleast in this year, GS suggested. DIR(EB) very much appreciated the suggestions and informed that actions are already initiated in this regard. Tender is finalized for OF cable of higher size for 24,000 KM, PO issued and delivery started. Further MC approved for add on order for 100% and another 24,000 KM order will be placed. So total 48,000 KM OF cable will be procured and laid. About 7,000 KM OF cable taken on loan from NOFN and it has to be returned.

b) Laying OF Cable in the same trench of NFS project: Assn was repeatedly requesting management to take up the issue with Army. BSNL took up the issue seriously with DoT and Army for allowing BSNL to lay OF cable in the same trench. Addl Sec DoT and Sec/DoT also taken keen interest in this regard. DoT in turn taken up the issue with Army and Ministry of Defense and Hon MoD and after lot of pursuation, Hon MoD given permission to lay BSNL OF cable also in the same trench in coordination with Army. This is a major breakthrough for BSNL. GS congratulated DIR(EB) and the entire officers involved in this remarkable achievement.

22-01-2016

GS met Director(Estt), DOT and discussed about the status of Cabinet note on 78.2% IDA fitment to the pensioners: Recently the legal opinion from law ministry on the Cabinet note on 78.2% IDA fitment for the pensioners received by DOT. Pension cell already send the Cabinet note to the competent authority for approval and then to MoC&IT. After the approval of MoC&IT, the Cabinet note will be send to the Cabinet. The cabinet note contains the provision to remove the 60:40 condition also.

20-01-2016

Meeting with Member (Fin), Telecom Commission on GPF payment issue: GS and CHQ President met Smt Annie Moreas, Member(Fin), DoT on 14.01.2016 and held discussion on the issue. Assn explained the difficulties faced by the employees working in various Circles in settling the GPF Advance/Withdrawal. Due to fund shortage, BSNL is not giving sufficient fund allotment to Circles on this account which is creating hardships to the employees. Member(F) informed that a mechanism is working out between BSNL and DoT to disburse the GPF claims without delay. In principal, it is agreed to pay the GPF advance by the respective CCAs itself once the sanction is made by the BSNL. Same method is followed in BSNLCO now. For working out the modalities, some informations are awaited from BSNL. Once these informations are received, suitable instructions will be given to the CCAs, Member(F) informed us.

Later we met the concerned officers in BSNL regarding the reply to be given to DoT. It was informed that the reply already send to DoT. Further we explained that DoT requires some more informations and the same may be provided to them so that the process can be started atleast next month onwards.

13-01-2016

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, President and Jt Sec met DIR(HR) on 12.01.2016 and held discussions on the following issues.

a)        Developmental issues related to western zone.

b)        Implementation of Joint Committee report on Standard pay scales, CPSU cadre hierarchy and uniform first TBP.

The 3rd PRC will be constituted at any point of time. In that case BSNL or Assn will not be in a position to approach the PRC without standard pay scales for the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO and equivalent cadres. So Assn requested an early decision on the proposal and fast track the recommendation already processed by the Estt wing in November, 2015 and pending with DIR(HR).

Similarly the promotions are stayed for all the cadres by CAT, Chandigarh. The last JTO to SDE promotion issued in March, 2011, 5 years back. There are lot of frustration and resentment among the JTOs as no promotions are getting. Along with the efforts to vacate the stay, implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy will give an ever lasting solution to this.

After discussion, DIR(HR) assured that the pay scale proposal will be send to CMD after examining the same, by next week. Proposal on CPSU will be processed this month itself.

c)        JTO recruitment and Rule 8 cases: The LICE is initiated and it will give relief to large number of Circles. Further Direct recruitment to JTO and TTA cadres also under process.

13-01-2016

GS and President met Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 12.01.2016 along with some lady JTOs from Assam Circle and held discussions on the pending Rule 8 cases from Assam and tenure Circles and the hardships faced by the JTOs especially lady JTOs. Assn requested to consider their cases sympathetically on humanitarian ground. DIR(HR) assured that the issue will be considered sympathetically. 

13-01-2016

Meeting with Smt Madhu Arora, GM(Estt): GS, President and AGS Com P. K. Shukla met GM(Estt) on 11.01.2016 and discussed conduction of LICE from TTA to JTO, processing Rule 8 cases in the cadre of JTOs and large scales Rule 8 cases pending in Assam/tenure Circles, JTO recruitment in DR quota etc. 

09-01-2016

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD BSNL on 08.01.2016: CHQ President, Chairman, AGS Com P. Padmanabha Rao and Jt Sec met CMD BSNL and discussed the following issues.

Association informed that the initiative taken by the CMD to make SWAS success was being totally percolated down the line to our members through our website as well as through our monthly journal TESA FLASH. CMD appreciated the move initiated by SNEA and shown video clippings of some SSAs where road shows have been conducted for popularizing BSNL services which resulted in improved customer base and revenue.

Association requested CMD for his personal intervention in pushing through the Joint Committee report submitted by the Committee under Shri Mohammed A. Khan/ED(NB), constituted for finalizing the Standard Pay Scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and uniform First Time Bound Promotion as per the request of our Association. As the regular Promotions from JTO/JAO to SDE/AO, SDE/AO to DE/CAO and DE to DGM could not be given due to litigations, the only way out is to implement the Committee report in total at the earliest.

Association also informed about the failure of SSTP server at Bangalore along with the DR Server causing lot of hardship to all the MNP Port in and Port out customers during the period from 28th December to 3rd January, 2016 and it was also informed that it has not become to normalcy till date.

CMD informed that BSNL Management is Planning to replace all the 2G BTSs installed under Phase IV with new BTSs. Association requested to move cautiously keeping in view of the license conditions and suggested for procuring 2G BTSs which have the compatibility to be upgraded to 3G and higher versions in future.

Association also informed CMD about the non submission of BSNL reply at Kerala High Court by the Kerala Circle causing lot of frustration among the JTOs who have been waiting for their first Promotion from 1995. Further the vindictive actions and illegal committee constitution by Shri MSS Rao are to be treated as null and void since he ceases to be the CGMT of Kerala after joining of Shri L. Anantaram as CGMT. 

09-01-2016

Meeting with Joint GM (Pers): CHQ President Com A.Khan along AGS Com P.Padmanabha Rao met Joint GM (Pers) on 08.01.2016 and requested for immediate cancellation of the transfer orders issued from Soft tenure stations prior to the notification issued by BSNLCO. Also requested to immediately make arrangement for the relief of DEs from tenure Circles. 

17-12-2015

3rd PRC constitution for next pay revision: GS Com K Sebastin, Chairman Com G L Jogi and President/NCOA Com V K Thomar met Addl Secretary/DPE and Director/DPE on 17.12.2015 and held discussions on the constitution of 3rd PRC. Addl Secretary informed that after the notice for protest demonstrations by given by NCOA, Govt started acting quickly and two rounds of discussions on the matter with Cabinet Secretary was conducted. Now the matter is under process at the higher level. Further discussions will be held on Monday. It is learnt that Govt may ask the Committee to submit the report in shortest time, unlike last PRC.

17-12-2015

Meeting with CMD, BSNL: GS Com K Sebastin, President Com A A Khan and Chairman Com G L Jogi met Sri Anupam Shrivastava on 17.12.2015 and held discussions on:

a)        Implementation of Jt Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP after 5 years: Assn explained the urgency to process the recommendations. Since 3rd PRC is going to be constituted, it is very urgent to settle the standard pay scales. Otherwise it will create problem during interaction with 3rd PRC. CMD assured that it will be processed as assured to the Assn at the time of re-constitution of the Jt Committee itself.

b)        The Forum initiative of 100 days drive “SERVICE WITH A SMILE” w.e.f 01.01.2016. CMD was very much enthusiastic about the initiative taken by the Forum and assured that the programme will be inaugurated simultaneously at BSNLCO, Circle and SSA HQs.

10-12-2015

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS met DIR(HR) and held discussions on various recommendations of the Joint Committee on standard pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP and further processing of the recommendations. Estt wing already submitted the recommendations on the pay scales to DIR(HR). 

10-12-2015

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS met DIR(HR) and held discussions on various recommendations of the Joint Committee on standard pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP and further processing of the recommendations. Estt wing already submitted the recommendations on the pay scales to DIR(HR).

07-12-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 07.12.2015: GS met CMD, BSNL and held discussions regarding implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scales, CPSU cadre hierarchy and first TB promotion. GS informed CMD that the recommendations are submitted two months back, on 07.10.2015. But the recommendations are not processed so far on CPSU cadre Hierarchy and first TBP. Instead of processing the recommendation of the Committee headed by an officer of the level of ED, confusion is created by the dissent note by two members. GS told CMD that it was pointed out at the time of reconstitution of the committee itself that some members will never allow any solution to the issues benefiting the absorbed employees, but management assured that they will take the responsibility in that case. When it was known to everybody that they will never agree for any solution to these issues, there is no point in discussing the note submitted by them without proper justification.

GS further added that last week DIR(HR) assured that a decision will be taken in two weeks time on the recommendations. CMD informed that DIR(HR) discussed the matter with him few days back. CMD assured that the committee recommendations will be taken very seriously and will be processed without further delay.

03-12-2015

Agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): The scheduled agenda meeting with DIR(HR) (first Tuesday of each month) held on 02.12.2015. GS, President and Jt Sec attended the meeting. From Mgt side PGM(SR), GM(Estt), GM(Pers), Addl GM(P), DGM(SR) and DGM(Rect) attended. Discussions held on the following points:

1. Further actions on the Joint Committee report on a) implementation of E2, E3 pay scales replacing intermediary pay scales of E1A, E2A etc and b) introduction of CPSU cadre hierarchy in BSNL, first TBP after 5 years w.e.f 01.10.2000.

Association pointed out that finalization of pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadre is pending since the 2nd wage revision on 01.01.2007. The Joint Committee submitted its recommendations on 07.10.2015. It may be finalised at the earliest. Since all the promotions are stayed especially by the Hon CAT, Chandigarh on Nagaraju case, the stalemate on present functional promotion may continue for longer period. The recommendations on CPSU cadre hierarchy will be an ideal alternative to the present two tier promotion system which suits the company’s requirement also.

The Jt Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scale are processed by the Estt wing. Since GM(Estt) was one of the members of the Jt Committee and taken a view against the recommendation, Assn expressed apprehension with regard to her proposal on the subject. Finally after discussions DIR(HR) informed that decision on the proposal already reached DIR(HR) office on E2, E3 pay scales will be taken within one weeks time. Since some committee members given different views, it also will be examined.  

On CPSU cadre hierarchy, the Restg wing submitted its views and the matter is under examination in Pers section. Addl GM(P) informed that report is salient on some aspects and it has to be examined in detail. GS informed that as committee member, all aspects are examined and such points can be discussed. Since it is a policy matter, formalities are to be worked out when management taken a view on the policy matter. After discussions it is decided that the issue will be examined and processed in two weeks time. Any specific issue left which is to be addressed by the Committee itself, it will be listed out. Then mgt will take a decision on that or it may be referred back to the committee for further examination. The 3rd recommendation on first TBP after 5 years will be processed with this.

We are waiting for a positive decision from the management on both issues in another two weeks time.   

 

2. Committee on pay fixation on offtg promotion -- Recovery/reduction in pay.

 

It is told that the committee submitted its report. The Committee not agreed to our demand to withdraw the illegal clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010. Committee is of the opinion that they are in order. Assn told the committee that the clarification dated 30.05.2010 at sl no 10 is contrary to the provisions II(i), (v) and (vi) of the EPP order dated 18.01.2007 which is approved by BSNL Board as well as DoT. So clarification without the approval of BSNL Board, contrary to the provisions of EPP is illegal. Further clarification dated 19.02.2010 disallowing the pay on officiating promotion is against the various provisions of FRSR.

All the JTO/JAO officiated as SDE/AO, SDE/AO officiated as DE/CAO, DE/CAO officiated as DGM etc atleast for a year either in DoT or BSNL and got adhoc or regular promotion after 01.10.2000 will be affected by this decision. They will face reduction in pay by two to three increments, pension and recovery of pay to the tune of lakhs of rupees. Only way out is to withdraw the illegal clarifications issued. DIR(HR) told that the findings of the committee will be intimated to the Assn and further clarifications on the observations of the committee can be taken up. If the recommendation of the committee is accepted, it will affect more than 15,000 Executives having serious implications leading to industrial unrest.

3.  First TBP from Lateral JTO to SDE and Sr SDE to DE grades after four years instead of five years as in the case of promotion from AAO to AO and Sr AAO to CAO.

Assn explained that there no difference in promotion from AAO to AO and Sr AO to CAO and corresponding engineering cadres like lateral JTO to SDE and Sr SDE to DE in the Time Bound promotion policy. The hierarchy followed in BSNL is uniform and TBP is implemented based on the hierarchy. Our demand for TBP from lateral JTO to SDE, AAO to AO, Sr SDE to DE and Sr AO to CAO grades are rejected on the same plea earlier. Now the benefit is extended to one section leaving the others which created large scale resentment among the Executives. Assn requested to extend the benefit uniformly to all the Executives.

After discussion DIR(HR) directed to examine the case and further directed the concerned officers that in future uniformity should be ensured for all the sections of Executives in all promotions.

4.  Notional pay of E1A and E2A scales for the JTO/SDE (Civil/Electrical/Arch) wings w.e.f 01.10.2000.

The matter is under examination in Estt wing. The Vinay Sahi Committee recommendations, the BSNL Board decisions on the report and the circumstances in which JAO cadre given the benefit etc are under examination by Estt wing.

5. Membership verification related issues – restoration of facilities in view of delay, deduction of subscription from salary, modification on policy etc.

It was told by management that BSNL filed an early hearing application and it will be heard shortly. However, Assn pointed out that the stalemate is continuing for months together. Atleast BSNL has to restore the facilities and start deduction of subscription from salary. After discussion, DIR(HR) told that we will wait for another month and if no decision is coming from court, Assns demand will be considered.

02-12-2015

Meeting with GM(Pers) on 01.12.2015: GS along with CHQ President and Jt Sec held discussions with GM(P) and DGM(P) on the following issues.

1.       Implementation of Jt Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scales, CPSU cadre hierarchy: The necessary changes in the EPP has to be examined by Pers section so that required informations can be submitted to the Esst wing as and when required. Mgt agreed to examine the case. The recommendations on CPSU hierarchy are under examination.

2.       Committee meeting on offtg promotion. Mgt informed that the committee is finalised its recommendations but details not divulged. However it is gathered that the committee is not in favour of withdrawal of the illegal clarifications which are against the provisions of the EPP order and FRSR. In that case all the Executives officiated in DoT or BSNL in any post and got regular promotion after 01.10.2000 in BSNL will face reduction in pay, pension and recovery of pay. We are very clearly told that in case management not withdrawing the illegal clarification, it will lead to industrial unrest.

3.       JTO to SDE case – delay in filing the reply. GM informed that already directions are given to Kerala Circle to file the reply. Additional informations if any will be given after discussions.

4.       Court case on 206 case based on the expert committee report. Assn requested that BSNL has to take actions to ensure that the issue is decided by the Hon SC at the earliest. The case is listed for 11.12.2015.

5.       DGM Promotion: Assn requested to expedite the same. Since all the DEs are completed 4 years of service, they are eligible for DGM Regular promotion also. Actions may be taken for regular promotions also. Mgt informed that actions are already initiated to fill up all the vacancies, around 750 and for regular promotion if additional ACRs are required, it will be collected also.

6.       Court case on BSNLMS RR clarifications for Civil/Electrical wings. The case is already heard and judgment is reserved.

7.       Notional pay w.e.f 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect etc wings. The issue is still under examination with Estt section.

8.       Amendment in Transfer policy. The proposal to amend the transfer policy to consider the combined stay of all Executives in a Territorial Circle comprising of the recruiting and non-recruiting Circles is approved by the Management Committee. This policy will be implemented from next quarter from January, 2016.

23-11-2015

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 23.11.2015: CMD BSNL invited core committee members of the Forum to explain the performance and balance sheet of BSNL for the last financial year, 2014-15. The salient features are:

Last year, BSNL recorded operational profit of 672 Crores. Previous year loss was 691 Crores.

Top line revenue increased by 4.16%, highest during last 5 years.

Even in CFA segment, revenue from services increased more than 1%.

As per the new norms for calculation of depreciation applicable from 2014-15 onwards, the depreciation increased considerably and hence the total loss as per balance sheet increased from 6900 Cr to 8600 Cr. If the old depreciation method was used, the loss would have been less by 1500 Cr.

On future expansion plan, CMD explained that major MPLS expansion in EB segment is finalized and equipment will be available in 4 to 6 months.

In GSM front, add on order is already placed for replacing the Phase I, II and III eqpts and Nortel and Nokia eqpts of Phase IV. For western zone separate tender will be floated. More investment will be made on Wi-Fi hotspots.

CMD appealed to all the employees to work together taking these positive developments and the collective movement stated yielding results. Circles are started lot of marketing initiatives. Bihar Circle is conducting road shows. In TN Circle, Assns and Unions are sponsoring some SSAs having very poor performance and improved a lot.

23-11-2015

Meeting with Addl Secretary, DPE on the NCOA demand for immediate constitution of 3rd PRC at 15.30 Hrs of 23.11.2015.

NCOA served notice for demonstration at DPE office on 26.11.2015 protesting against the abnormal delay in constitution of 3rd PRC and demanding immediate action.

17-11-2015

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS alongwith CHQ President and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) and held discussions on the following issues. Jt DGM also present in the meeting.

a)         Finalization of committee meeting on Officiating pay fixation and withdrawal of the clarifications: GS explained that this issue was discussed so many times and the committee is expected to submit the report by 31.08.2015 as per schedule. However the report is not finalized so far and thousands of Executives are affected and facing recovery. Last meeting was held on 15.09.2015 in which GS also explained the case in detail to the Committee. GM informed that the committee will try to meet this week itself, most probably on friday.

b)        Extending similar benefits to Later JTO and Sr SDE as extended to AAO and Sr AO grades: BSNLCO issued clarifications recently treating AAO and Sr AO as functional promotions and extending the benefit of first TBP under EPP after 4 years. However similar benefits are not extended to similar grades like Lateral JTO and Sr SDE. Earlier the demand for treating Lateral JTO, AAO, Sr SDE and Sr AO was taken up by the associations but it was turned down by quoting the provisions of post based promotions under EPP and hierarchy followed in DoT/BSNL. The decision of management to extend the benefit to AAO and Sr AO grades is a very positive decision but similar benefits are to be extended to the equivalent grades of Lateral JTO and Sr SDE also. Management tried to justify the discrimination but Assn categorically told that it has to be extended to all the similarly placed cadres in all the wings to have uniform promotional avenue.

c)         Expediting the JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam: The necessary informations are provided to Kerala Circle and the counter reply will be filed this week. BSNLCO is in touch with the concerned officers for early hearing of the case.

d)        Court cases at Chandigargh restraining promotions with reservation without satisfying the conditions on Nagaraju case—JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotions: GM informed that Attorney General of India (AG) given its opinion and based on the opinion, BSNL will be filing the reply in the Hon CAT shortly. BSNL is trying to vacate the stay on promotions.

e)        DE to DGM(Adhoc) promotions: Since another year ACR is required for the promotions and DPC after November, Assn requested to issue the DGM(Adhoc) promotions at the earliest before this month end. GM(P) assured that management is very keen to issue the promotion orders at the earliest considering the huge vacancies in the field units. DGM(Regular) promotion can be processed only after the final decision from the Hon SC on the expert committee report on 206.

f)         Implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy in BSNL: As Pers section is the nodal wing dealing with EPP, RRs, seniority etc, it has to play an important role in its implementation. The promotions which are blocked due to various reasons can be streamlined only by this mechanism, Assn pointed out.

g)         Notional pay fixation of E1A and E2A scale for Civil/Elect etc wings w.e.f 01.10.2000 to have uniform promotional avenues: The proposal is under examination in Estt wing, GM(P) informed.

h)        Declaring Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur etc of J&K Circle, 1.5 year tenure instead of 2 year as proposed by the Circle: GM Pers informed that some proposal of changes in the transfer policy is under the consideration of the management. Along with the proposal, this issue also under consideration. Assn requested for a positive decision in this regard. GM(P) assured that the issue will be addressed positively.

i)         Correction in the long standing transfers from ITPC: GS pointed out that the transfer orders issued by BSNLCO were based on the wrong longstanding list submitted by the ITPC. Later on, ITPC corrected the longstay list and accordingly the transfer orders are to be modified. Further the transfer should be made point to point as done for other Circles. After discussion, it was agreed to examine the case based on the revised list.

j)         Counting of MTNL stay for the purpose of counting the stay in MH Circle etc: Assn explained that the clarification issued by the BSNLCO is contrary to the stand taken by BSNL so far and it is against the transfer policy also. It will create problems for other units at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai etc. Hence it needs to be corrected and Assn already taken up the matter. It is decided to further discuss the issue.

13-11-2015

GS alongwith CHQ President and Jt Sec met Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 13.11.2015.

Director(HR) had a detailed discussions on the various recommendations of the Joint Committee on CPSU cadre hierarchy, E2, E3 pay scales etc and the various points mentioned in the dissent note from some committee members. We further suggested to process the CPSU cadre hierarchy by the Pers section, the nodal wing which deals with the EPP, BSNLMS RR, seniority issues etc instead of Restg Cell. Since all the promotions are stayed by the Hon CAT, Chandigargh on the basis of a Supreme Court judgment, it is very important to speed up the processing to find a way out for giving promotions to the eligible Executives. After discussions, DIR(HR) assured that the recommendations will be processed at the earliest.

09-11-2015

Meeting with GM(Estt): GS Com K Sebastin met Smt Madhu Arora, GM(Estt) on 09.11.2015 and held discussions on processing of the recommendations of the Joint Committee on E2, E3 pay scales. GM(Estt) informed that the copy of the recommendations received by Estt section few days back only and it will be processed soon after discussing the matter with DIR(HR) this week itself. GS requested to process the recommendations urgently and get the feedback from Pers Cell regarding the changes to be incorporated in the EPP and various RRs.

 

Meeting with GM(Rest): GS Com K Sebastin met Sri A K Gupta, GM(Rest) on 09.11.2015 and held discussions on processing of the recommendations of the Joint Committee on CPSU cadre hierarchy, first TBP promotion after 5 years etc. GM(Rest) informed that the recommendations are not processed by the restg cell so far as it was busy in some other important works. GS informed the urgency in processing the recommendations as all the promotions are stayed by various courts. GS shared the concern whether the recommendations are to be processed by Restg cell or the Pers Cell as the Pers cell is the nodal section and cadre controlling authority. Further discussions will be held after few days.

09-11-2015

Meeting with CMD, BSNL: CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi and Jt Sec Com Arvind Dahiya met Sri Anupam shrivastava, CMD BSNL on 03.11.2015 and discussed follow up actions on the Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scales, CPSU cadre hierarchy etc. Assn pointed out that the committee was submitted the report in four months time but even one month after the submission of the recommendations by the Committee, the recommendations are not started processing by the management. Assn requested CMD to personally monitor the progress, otherwise there will be attempts to scuttle the recommendations in the name of dissent note by some members. CMD assured that he will personally ensure the implementations of the recommendations.

20-10-2015

Core Committee meeting with the CMD BSNL on developmental activities: 

Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, met the members of the Core Committee of the Forum on 15.10.2015, to discuss about developmental activities. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener/Forum, Com. Chandeswar Singh, President/Forum, Com. K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com. Prahalad Rai, GS/AIBSNLEA participated in the meeting. Senior officers of the CFA and Mobile wings were also present. The revenue from mobile services has grown by 3.49% during the period from April to September this year and that revenue from Enterprise business has grown by 25 %. The overall revenue has grown by 1.5%. The growth in landlines was also - 0.3% and very soon this will also become positive, said the CMD. He further stated that in the month of September alone we have added 1 lakh mobile connections through MNP. During previous months, it was about 30,000 each. However, he stated that mobile additions have decreased now, compared to the month of July and requested the Forum to take steps to motivate the employees in the marketing front. Major concern is eastern zone, where no improvement is happening. Situation is worse in WB and Kolkata TD Circles where the revenue figure is -14% and -9%. CMD further stated that our revenue needs to be increased at least by Rs.5,000 crores to offset the expenditure on wage revision alone from 01.01.2017. The leaders pointed out that acute shortage of cable, drop wire, 5 pair cable, etc. is still prevailing at the field level, which requires to be solved immediately to provide fault free service. The CMD assured that these items will be supplied immediately especially dropwire as per requirement to increase the and once again requested the Forum representatives to step up marketing activities. On the large scale complaint about the recent BB modem, CMD asked to bring few faulty modems for testing at BSNLCO. It will be arranged shortly.

15-10-2015

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS, Chairman and AGS Com Chimaya Sahoo met GM(Pers) and discussed a) DPC work in different cadres, b) filing proper reply in the Hon PCAT in the court case on revised seniority list no 6 & 7 highlighting the factual positions and RR provisions, c) considering transfer requests in SDE and DE cadres, d) cancellation of transfer orders from ITPC and other Circles on wrong long stay etc.

14-10-2015

GS, CHQ President and Chairman had a meeting with Sr GM(SR), Addl GM(SR) on 13.10.2015 on the membership verification and other related issues. Detailed discussions held on the amendments to be incorporated in the Recognition rules to strengthen the majority Executive Association to avoid multiplicity and deduction of subscription from salary pending verification. This meeting was arranged in continuation of the meeting with DIR(HR) on 08.10.2015.

14-10-2015

GS, CHQ President and Chairman had a meeting with Sr GM(SR), Addl GM(SR) on 13.10.2015 on the membership verification and other related issues. Detailed discussions held on the amendments to be incorporated in the Recognition rules to strengthen the majority Executive Association to avoid multiplicity and deduction of subscription from salary pending verification. 

08-10-2015

Agenda meeting with DIR(HR) on 08.10.2015 at 05.00 PM on the following issues:

1.  30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees.

2.  Promotions in different cadres and finalization of new seniority lists as per para 206 and LDCE: JTO to SDE promotion, SDE to DE promotion, issues related to DGM promotion, finalization of syllabus for LDCE to SDE(TF).

3.  Issues related to Membership verification among Executive Assns: a) making changes in the new Recognition Rules, b) deduction of subscription from the salary and c) restoration of trade union facilities.

4.  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) annual increment @ 3% of current basic pay.

07-10-2015

Congratulations: Chairman, Joint Committee submitted the recommendations of the Joint Committee on a) E2, E3 pay scales, b) CPSU cadre hierarchy and c) First TB promotion uniformly after 4 years w.e.f 01.10.2000 to CMD, BSNL today:

 

GS Com K. Sebastin and Chairman/SNEA Com G. L. Jogi met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following subject:

A.       Further actions on the recommendations of the Joint Committee: GS thanked CMD for the reconstitution of the Committee and monitoring the progress also. GS requested expeditious actions on the recommendations of the Jt Committee.

On our apprehension about the dissent note by the committee members from official side, CMD assured that management is committed to resolve the issues and the dissent note will not come on the way. CMD informed that the report has been already marked to DIR(HR) for further actions.

 

The Joint Committee recommended:

i)         Replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007.

ii)        Implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy or TB functional promotion from JTO/JAO àSDE/AO à Sr SDE/Sr AO à DE/CAO/EE without linking with existing seniority and availability of posts with a residency period of 5 years for each promotion.

iii)       Maximum residency period for first TB promotion is recommended to reduce from 6 years to 5 years w.e.f 01.10.2000.  

 

The committee has been reconstituted after SNEA agitation in April-May, 2015 with Sri Mohammed Ashraf Khan as the Chairman. This decision has been taken in the meeting between SNEA and CMD, DIR(HR) and ED(Fin) on 06.05.2015 during the agitation. CMD assured in the meeting that the committee will conclude the recommendations by 15.08.2015 by regular meetings, atleast once in a fortnight. The earlier committee formed on 28.02.2012 was defunct for more than 3 years which compelled SNEA to launch trade union actions in February, 2014 and in April-May, 2015. After the reconstitution, SNEA followed up the issues on a day to day basis which resulted in the final recommendations within four and half months. Before that SNEA pursued the pay scale issue in DoT and DPE and got the proposal of E1A and e2A rejected by DPE.

Comrades, we have to be very vigilant and in full organizational preparedness to ensure that the recommendations are implemented in totality without any change. As some negative forces are working to see that no cadre issue is getting resolved for the absorbed/directly recruited Executives, we have to keep ourselves prepared for any organizational actions in short notice to see that the recommendations are getting implemented in minimum possible time.

 

B.       Popularising and effective marketing of new Broad band schemes with 2 Mbps speed.

C.       New business avenue by imparting training – advantage of recent tour to Kenya to attend the Afro-Asia submit.

07-10-2015

Meeting with the Secretary DoT: Core Committee members of the Forum met Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT today. Com. K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener/Forum, Com. Chandeswar Singh, President/Forum and Com. Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSNLEA participated. The Forum representatives expressed their concerns to the Secretary, DoT, with regards to the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. They also conveyed their dissatisfaction to the inordinate delay in the settlement of 78.2% IDA merger to the pensioners. The representatives also requested the Secretary, DoT to take expeditious steps to implement the assurance given to the Forum, in the meeting held on 01.05.2015, in respect of the next round of pension revision to the BSNL retirees. The Secretary, DoT assured to do the needful.

07-10-2015

Meeting with the new Additional Secretary of DoT. The Core Committee members of the Forum met Shri N. Sivasailam, Additional Secretary, DoT today. Since the Additional Secretary is also a director of the BSNL Board, the Core Committee members discussed a number of issues connected with the viability of BSNL and solicited his fullest cooperation for strengthening the Company. The Additional Secretary responded very positively. He expressed his desire that BSNL should become the no.1 telecom operator in the country and assured his fullest cooperation for it. We drew his attention to the fact that the post of Director (Finance), BSNL, is lying vacant for a very long time, which is adversely affecting the functioning of the Company.

07-10-2015

GS and President met GM(Pers) on 07.10.2015 and held discussions on a) promotion from i) JTO to SDE – filing of reply, ii) SDE to DE and iii) DE to DGM, b) committee on officiating pay fixation, c) modification of tenure transfer orders from ITPC, d) reduction of tenure of Rajouri etc in J&K Circle etc. The draft reply has been send to Kerala Circle on 05.10.2015 for filing the counter reply in JTO to SDE case. Further discussions will continue tomorrow.

01-10-2015

Meeting with GM(Estt): GS, President and Com Wankhede met GM(Estt) on 29.09.2015 and held discussions on the following subjects:

a)         Filing reply in the Hon Kerala High Court in JTO to SDE case. The various points raised by the BSNL lawyer discussed. The reply will be sent in a couple of days to Kerala Circle by Pers section so that counter reply can be filed by next week. Some details will be collected from KTK Circle.

Notification of JTO RR and recruitment to JTO cadre: During discussion, GM(Estt) informed that the minutes of the last Board meeting is awaited. The RR will be notified immediately after that. Once RR is notified, action may be initiated to regularize the officiating JTOs and filling the remaining vacancies through LICE, Assn demanded. GM(Estt) assured that further discussions will be held once the RR is notified.

18-09-2015

Congratulations to all:

Amendments to SDE RR 2002 was approved in the last Board meeting on 28.08.2015 and the amended RR provisions will be notified soon. In the amendments, the seniority issue is addressed by defining the seniority in the ratio 2:1, vacancy year wise.

 

JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam: While drafting the counter reply, BSNL lawyer sought some more data and clarifications from BSNLCO. BSNLCO is in the process of replying to the queries to Kerala Circle for filing proper reply and Assn is pursuing the matter. The case will be further heard after filing the reply by BSNL. 

18-09-2015

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS Com K Sebastin, President Com A A Khan

and Jt Sec Com A Dahiya met GM(Pers) and discussed the following issues: a) Declaring Rajouri, Poonch etc as 1.5 year tenure as recommended by CGM/J&K, b) Officiating committee meeting, c) modification of transfers from ITPC, d) relieving of Executives from tenure Circles especially NE II, Assam etc.

18-09-2015

Sri MSS Rao approached Hon CAT, Ernakulam yesterday praying for staying the transfer order. Hon CAT didn’t given any interim stay yesterday and posted the matter for today. Today after hearing BSNL lawyer, Hon CAT declined to grand any interim stay and posted the matter to 16.10.2015. 

16-09-2015

Congratulations to the valiant comrades of Kerala Circle

Sri M S S Rao, the self proclaimed CGM, Kerala Transferred.

Sri L. Anantharam posted as CGM, Kerala.

Sri M S S Rao has been placed under Compulsory Wait with HQ at Trivandrum.

Congratulations to all the right thinking employees of Kerala Circle for supporting the struggle.

CHQ congratulate all the SNEA, BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF comrades throughout the country for their active support.

We thank CMD/BSNL, DIR(CFA), DIR(HR) and the whole BSNL Board for taking prompt action in protecting the interest of BSNL and Kerala Circle and regaining the prestige of BSNLCO.

Transfer order

14-09-2015

GS writes to CMD, BSNL communicating the new CHQ office bearers unanimously elected in the AIC held at Jaipur from 05th to 08th September, 2015.

In addition to the elected 15 office bearers, AIC unanimously nominated Com M. Sudha, AO, BSNLCO as Advisor(Finance and Accounts).

List of new office bearers

10-09-2015

XXIX All India Conference of SNEA(I) at Jaipur, Rajasthan was inaugurated by Ms Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR), BSNL Board on 05th Sept, 2015. Sri Mohammed Ashraf Khan, Executive Director(NB) and Sri R. K. Mishra, CGMT, Rajasthan Circle also addressed the conference. The First day conference was held at Tagore NRI International School Auditorium, Jaipur.

Assn brought to the notice of DIR(HR) the important HR issues to be resolved as early as possible to motivate the Executives. When BSNL management is trying to revive the company, motivation of the employees, especially the Executives is most important, Assn pointed out. Among the pending issues, standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc, implementation of Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy, 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees, first TBP uniformly after 4 years w.e.f 01.10.2000 to address the anomaly in first TBP, pay anomalies (Pay protection/fixation of officiating promotion, senior drawing less pay than juniors, Antedating of increment etc) are the major ones. The promotion in various cadres held up due to court cases. These issues are to be resolved in a time bound manner, Assn requested.

DIR(HR) given a motivating address to the 1,200 delegates assembled in the auditorium. She outlined her vision on HR policies, HR plan, transfer policy, promotions, recruitment and above all the keen interest in resolving the long pending HR issues. She admitted that the HR issues were neglected in the past. DIR(HR) assured the house that whatever the positive recommendations made by the Joint Committee, it will be implemented in true spirit. Special rect in JTO cadre will be done for shortage Circles.

Sri Mohammed Ashraf Khan, Executive Director(NB) in his address explained how the Joint Committee is trying to address the HR issues of the Executives. In the Jt Committee, SNEA has given valuable inputs which helped the committee to conclude the recommendations on two important issues, standard pay scales and CPSU cadre hierarchy, he said. Sri R. K. Mishra, CGMT, Rajasthan Circle also addressed the AIC. He explained the need for a transparent policy doing justice to all the employees which will motivate all of them.

29-08-2015

Meeting with Sri V. Umashankar, Jt Secretary/DoT and DIR(PSU): GS met JS(T) and DIR(PSU) and held discussions on the following issues: Sending proposal to DPE to include Pension revision as terms of reference of the 3rd PRC. As assured to the Forum in the meeting on 01.05.2015 with Secretary/DoT and others, the proposal is initiated by PSU-I section. After approval of the same by JS(T) on 27.08.2015, the proposal sends to Esst section. The proposal will be processed through Member(S), Member (F) and then with the approval of Secretary, DoT it will be sent to DPE.

78.2% IDA fitment for the pensioners: DoE sought some clarifications from DoT on the proposal to waive the 60:40 formula for the BSNL pensioners. DoT authorities informed us that DoT is planning to send the proposal to cabinet incorporating the reply to the issues raised by DoE. In that case the reply will not be send to DoE again and the cabinet memo will be send to the Cabinet secretariat with the DoT reply.

20-08-2015

Meeting with CMD, BSNL: GS and CHQ President met CMD and discussed about the ongoing agitation in Kerala and possible solutions to end agitation and bringing normalcy in Kerala Circle. This was in continuation to the discussions held on 07.08.2015 by the GS with CMD and DIR(CFA) by which settlement reached in Kerala. CMD categorically informed us that the new CGMT has to resolve all the issues and CMD and BSNL Mgt had taken a conscious decision to have a new leadership to Kerala Circle, to take all employees together and BSNLCO will extend all the support to him in the coming days.

 

Yesterday GS met Sri N. K. Gupta, DIR(CFA) who is deputed to Kerala Circle by the CMD to resolve the issues and explained to him about the issues in Kerala and possible solutions to end the stalemate. 

20-08-2015

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS and both AGSs met GM(Pers) and discussed about the expert committee meeting on 206 seniority.

19-08-2015

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS and both AGSs met GM(Pers) and discussed the following issues:

a)        Promotion to SDE cadre: The court case and stay on promotions under 67% quota with reservation at Hon Chandigarh CAT is coming on 25.08.2015. Hon CAT, Chandigarh stayed the JTO to SDE promotion under 67% seniority quota on 21.07.2015 with reservation without implementing the Hon Supreme Court order on Nagaraju case where Hon court directed to certify there is backwardness as well as shortage before providing reservations in promotions. Similar stay order is issued for JTO to SDE LDCE promotion, JAO to AO promotion, AO to CAO promotion etc.   

b) DGM/DE cadres. The preparatory work is going on. The VC called for DGM promotion for 480 vacancies. Assn requested to issue the promotion for about 75 SDEs remaining in list no 5 with the available VCs. Orders are expected by this month end.

19-08-2015

Meeting with Sr GM(SR): GS and both AGSs met Sr GM(SR) and discussed the following issues:

a)  Committee meeting on Officiating pay fixation on promotion: Assn explained the issue in detail with the relevant rules under FRSR by which the pay has been fixed earlier. The clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010 are contrary to the FRSR provisions and EPP order dated 18.01.2007, Assn told. The Hon SC judgement on this issue also produced.

b) Restoring trade union facilities: Sr GM(SR) informed that DIR(HR) seized off the matter and spoken to CGMT, KTK to expedite the case so that verification can be completed. Since it is a Board decision, any change has to be done only with the approval of Board. However the temporary restoration of facilities will be discussed with DIR(HR).

19-08-2015

Meeting with Sr GM(SR): GS and both AGSs met sr GM(SR) and disussed the following issues:

a)  Committee meeting on Officiating pay fixation on promotion: Assn explained the issue in detail with the relevant rules under FRSR by which the pay has been fixed earlier. The clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010 are contrary to the FRSR provisions and EPP order dated 18.01.2007, Assn told. The Hon SC judgement on this issue also produced.

b)  Restoring trade union facilities: Sr GM(SR) informed that DIR(HR) seized off the matter and spoken to CGMT, KTK to expedite the case so that verification can be completed. Since it is a Board decision, any change has to be done only with the approval of Board. However the temporary restoration of facilities will be discussed with DIR(HR).

18-08-2015

Forum meeting with CMD BSNL on formation of separate subsidiary Tower Company: Forum had a detail meeting with CMD BSNL on 13-08-2015 on the cabinet decision to form a separate subsidiary Tower Company. Mgt appraised during discussions that formation of subsidiary company is one way beneficial to improve the accounts of BSNL as huge amount shown as depreciation of tower assets will be shifted to the subsidiary company which is much needed in view of forthcoming pay revision in year 2017. In case of any strategic sale or joint vwenture or disinvestment, BSNL will lose the management control. BSNL Board should have full control on appointment of board, employees and the operation of the Subsidiary Company. Employees will be deputed from BSNL and their benefits will be governed by the BSNL policies. BSNL board must be given full authority. The constituents of Inter-ministerial group is not yet clear.

After the meeting with CMD, forum has conducted its own meeting and decided to have a detail meeting with DOT Secretary to know the detail of cabinet note then it will be decided for intensifying the struggle. The cabinet decision is based on the recommendations of the consultant. In its recommendation consultant recommended for a joint venture. Reliance-Jio and others may be waiting for this. It will be the first step towards disintegration of BSNL. Forum will be taking some tough decisions in this regard in the next meeting on 31st August after getting details.

12-08-2015

Antedating of increment to address pay anomaly:

GM(Estt) called a meeting of SNEA(I) and AIBSNLEA to discuss this issue. GS and AGS Com Dahiya attended the meeting. AIBSNLEA represented by GS and others. Assn presented the case and categorically told management that the order dated 14.06.2010 will not address the issue rather it creates more pay loss to the seniors after stepping up. The seniors will get less pay from the date of natural increment than what he was getting prior to stepping up. Further the increment will be drawn after 23 to 13 months instead of 12 months after the stepping up.

Our suggestion to implement uniform increment date as in the case of Central Govt employees or antedating of increment as per order dated 23.09.2009 or retain the DNI after stepping up of pay are the only options available. Management has to settle the issue once for all by any one of these option.

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).