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07-11-2017

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 06.11.2017: JF leaders met DIR(HR) and thanked her for the initiative taken for approving the Uniform Time Bound Promotion Policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) in the MC held on 02.11.2017 by amending EPP 2007 and BSNLMS RRs. Since it is a major policy change, BSNL Board approval will be taken, DIR(HR) informed. Fine tuning of the proposal can be done before going to the Board to make it more oriented towards company as well as employees. Initiative will be taken to convene the Board meeting at the earliest to approve the proposal. JF pleaded that this is only an amendment to the EPP/ existing RRs which is already approved by the Board and basic features of EPP and RRs like residency period, pay fixation etc not changed to have more financial implications on the company or DoT. Considering the huge unrest among the Executives due to delay in promotions, we requested to implement the policy at the earliest and issue promotion orders immediately. DIR(HR) assured to examine the matter.

On 3rd PRC, for the first time, DIR(HR) hinted that it is becoming a difficult issue. The issue of pension contribution on actual basic pay is still in DoT and some officers are not favour of that. DoT Finance is not agreeing for refund of about Rs 2000 Crores paid in excess so far from 2007 onwards but DoT Finance has taken a neutral stand for the future contribution which is helpful for BSNL. BSNL has shown this refund amount of Rs 2000 Cr as source of income for meeting the additional expenditure for 3rd PRC, which may not be refunded now.

Last week DoT convened a meeting to discuss the revival of BSNL. As per the DPE guidelines BSNL is an incipient sick CPSU. During discussion DoT suggested VRS/reduction of retirement age for the revival as proposed in the case of MTNL.

04-11-2017

Meeting with CMD, BSNL on 03.11.2017: JF leaders met CMD, BSNL and thanked him for approving the CPSU Hierarchy proposal by the MC on 02.11.2017 as assured to us, based on Khan Committee recommendations. We informed CMD that the Executives are eagerly waiting for its immediate implementation as all will get promotions w.e.f. 01.01.2017 itself. There is no need for sending it to BSNL Board as it is simply an amendment to the existing EPP approved by BSNL Board and DoT. MC of the BSNL Board is delegated all such powers. CMD assured to examine the matter. Since DIR(HR) was out of BSNLCO for some meeting, we could not meet her.

01-11-2017

Rcom and TTSL stopped their mobile services and large number of thier customers are trying to port-in to BSNL. But UPC code for port in is the problem faced by BSNL.

GS, Dy GS and AGS met CMD/BSNL and DIR(CM) /BSNL yesterday in this regard and held discussions. They elaborated the initiatives taken by the management and monitoring done by Director himself. This is a golden opportunity for BSNL to get maximum customers migrated to BSNL in a limited period of 15 days to one month, through MNP.

Make maximum efforts and activate all our members for the next 15 days to one month. Take all marketing efforts, special melas near to the RCom and TTSL outlets etc to get maximum customers.

a) BSNL increased the commission for retailers by Rs 20 for port in of RCom and TTSL customers.

b) RCom generated UPC code for all its customers and intimated them through SMS. This UPC can be used.

c) If the customer do not received UPC code, ITPC has developed one module to facilitate the port in.

d) BSNL is in continuous touch with TERM Cell for getting the UPC code.

All our CSC incharges, officers dealing with the franchises and retailers and all our activists and employees are requested to put their best efforts in this regard.

31-10-2017

GS met CMD BSNL on 30.10.2017 and held serious discussions regarding the meeting with the Hon MoSC on E2 and E3 pay scales, his immediate response regarding 3rd Pay Revision for BSNL employees and the continuing stalemate in promotions. On E2 and E3 scales, Assn demanded strong intervention at this crucial juncture when DoT and Hon Minister is going to take a final decision.

Regarding promotions, GS told that even after 17 years of formation of BSNL, BSNL could not become a full fledged PSU in terms of HR matters, promotions etc. BSNL is the only CPSU following post based promotions, based on availability of posts and seniority as followed in Govt departments. All other CPSUs are following Time Bound Functional promotions upto certain level without any link with availability of posts or seniority. So, the Executives in other CPSUs are getting uninterrupted promotions. Present post based promotions in BSNL will not give any relief to majority of the cadres due to shortage of vacancies. Association demanded uniform promotion policy to ensure equal promotional avenues to all the Executives in the equivalent grade in various wings, minimum upto AGM grade.

GS demanded strong initiatives from the management to end the stalemate in promotions in various cadres. CMD assured that management will take immediate actions to end the stalemate in promotions in various cadres.

CMD further informed that DoT has written to BSNL management, with the approval of Secretary/DoT, regarding the proposed amendments in SDE RR and JTO RR. These letters are based on the agenda item in the Board meeting held on 12.10.2017 in which these items are postponed to the next Board meeting on 24.10.2017. DoT directed BSNL not to withdraw the SDE RR amendment from the Board and made some objections to the amendments in JTO RR. In fact, the BSNL proposal to withdraw the amendments from the Board agenda was approved by the BSNL Board in its meeting held on 24.10.2017. BSNL proposed to withdraw the amendment from the Board as the power for RR amendments are already delegated to the MC of BSNL Board and the MC already approved the amendments in 2015 itself. The details are to be discussed further.  

We strongly protested against the highhandedness of DoT in every issue, directly interfering with the functioning of the Board.

30-10-2017

Meeting with Hon MoSC on E2 and E3 pay scales: JF leaders met Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon MoSC at his residence on 29.10.2017 on this issue.

Minister was of the impression that the meeting is for 3rd Pay Revision. In the beginning itself, Hon Minister expressed his frank opinion about 3rd PRC implementation: How I can go against the Cabinet decision? This statement of the Minister indicates how difficult the PRC implementation for the BSNL employees. Our earlier decision for the agitations made good impact and lead to BSNL Board recommendation for 3rd Pay Revision. This will strengthen our demand for 3rd Pay revision in the coming days.

On the issue of approval of standard pay scales of E2 and E3, JF leaders briefly explained the matter and reminded about the assurance in the earlier meeting on 03.06.2017. CMD BSNL written to DoT to reconsider the PO dated 28.03.2017 with lower pay scales of E1 and E2. This PO is against the BSNL recommendations. Thousands of Executives are demoted. DoT denying the genuine issue citing todays financial condition where as this is a residual issue of 2nd PRC due from 01.01.2007 and as per the balance sheet for 2007-08, the PBT was Rs 4451 Crores.

After discussion, Hon Minister assured positive actions on the BSNL proposal and informed that he will direct the Secretary for taking necessary actions.

28-10-2017

Meeting with Hon MoSC Shri Manoj Sinha on tomorrow (29.10.2017) morning regarding E2, E3 pay scale issue.

27-10-2017

Joint Forum Leaders met Hon Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on 26.10.2017 regarding Standard pay scale issue of E2 and E3. Hon Minister assured to intervene and agreed to discuss it with Hon MoSC, Shri Manoj Sinha.

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24-10-2017

BSNL Board meeting today at New Delhi:

GS and AGS met DIR(HR) today and discussed about todays main agenda in the Board meeting, 3rd Pay revision and 2% hike in Superannuation benefits. DIR(HR) confirmed that the discussions on both issues were positive and expecting positive outcome.

Later on, GS spoken to CMD BSNL also in this regard. CMD informed that discussions on both the issues were very positive and final outcome also will be positive. CMD further informed that he had briefed the Secretary, DoT regarding 3rd PRC and taken her into confidence before the discussion in the Board meeting. Secretary is very much convinced that Govt cannot stop the Board from discussing the proposal and taking a decision in the Board meeting.

For confirmation, we have to wait for the minutes of the meeting.

It will be a big step in the right direction. Our sincere gratitude to CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR), all the BSNL Board of Directors and the officers concerned for this very positive and significant breakthrough. Their hard work, commitment and laisoning finally yielded the desired result in the Board meeting.

SDE RR amendment was an agenda pending in the Board since Sept, 2015 to incorporate inter-se-seniority provision in the RR for the unfilled vacancies, ie from 2009-10 onwards.

19-10-2017

Meeting with DIR(HR): GS, President and AGS met Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 18.010.2017 and discussed the following issues:

a) Approval of E2, E3 pay scales: As reported earlier, DoT sent a very negative note to Ministers office on this issue justifying the PO issued on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 respectively. On knowing this, we sought the immediate intervention of CMD and DIR(HR) on this issue. DIR(HR) and CMD acted immediately on this issue. DIR(HR) informed that the matter has been discussed with the PS to the Minister and explained each and every point in the BSNL proposal and how PO issued by DoT is totally gainst the proposal of BSNL. With this input, the matter will be further discussed with the Hon Minister.

b) 3rd PRC implementation and 2% hike in superannuation benefits: DIR(HR) informed that the agenda was not discussed in the last Board meeting due to technical problems as some of the members could not get sufficient time to go through the proposal. The Remuneration Committee recommendations are positive on both the proposals. On completion of the formality of 7 days mandatory period after circulation of agenda and other technical problems, it is decided to discuss the agenda on 24.10.2017 and Board meeting scheduled accordingly. 

10-10-2017

Meeting with Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD/BSNL and Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR), BSNL on 09.10.2017.

JF leaders met CMD/BSNL and DIR(HR) on 09.10.2017 and held discussions on approval of E2 and E3 pay scales by DoT as recommended by BSNL. The note sent by DoT to the office of Hon Minister is negative, justifying their decision for lowering the pay scales. JF strongly demanded the urgent intervention of CMD and DIR(HR) to convince DoT to approve the BSNL proposal of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. If DoT is taking any precipitatory action, JF will be forced to prepone the agitation programms from 30.10.2017, JF informed CMD.

Both of them assured that they are taking necessary steps to convince the Ministers office and to get the BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 approved by the Hon Minister. 

05-10-2017

JF leaders were called by the concerned officers for discussion on the various issues raised in our letter dated 23.08.2017 and 14.09.2017 and we had a detailed discussion with the management on 04.10.2017.

a) Purchase of Cordless Phone: We reiterated our objection on purchase as BSNL will not be able to procure quality material and it will not help to retain the customers. Instead of this, BSNL should procure materials like dropwire and other materials to maintain the external plant, fault free. Focus should be on improving the external plant, instead of equipments at customer premises. For this, SSA heads should be enpowered to procure materials like jumper wire, UY connector, CT Boxes etc. Business Area concept taken away the powers of small SSA heads, TDMs or TDEs. First their financial powers are to be restored. Management agreed to consider our suggestions.

b) Free Call Diversion Facility from Land Phone to Mobile: Management welcomed our suggestions and assured early actions.

c) Empanelment of vendors and no procurement of modems: It is informed that management seriously considered this demand from us and decision is already taken:

i) for empanelment of vendors.

ii) to procure quality/branded modems only and if required, tender document will be amended/modified for that purpose.

We further stressed that purchase, if at all required should be restricted to branded items with additional features, 3G inbuilt data card etc with latest software. Management agreed to consider this points also.

d) Empanelment of EPBTs and incorporating memory and Information handling facility in EPBTs: After discussion management agreed for empanelment of vendors for EPBTs also. During new procurement and empanelment, the demand for EPBT with memory also will be considered positively.

04-10-2017

Today JF leaders met PGM(Pers) and other officers and discussed various HR issues which are pending at BSNL Board level.
1) 3rd PRC: It was informed that Board meeting is scheduled on 12-10-2017 and 3rd PRC will placed for approval.

2) Additional 2% superannuation benefit: Addition 2% SAB (making the total as 5%) will also discussed in Board meeting.

3) Notification of SDERR: JF Leaders again requested for notification of SDERR as the same has already been approved by MC and approval of MC is sufficient for amendment of RRs. It was informed that  based on the inputs submitted by us and the earlier discussion with DIR(HR), BSNL taken upo the matter with DoT to withdraw the proposal of SDE RR amendment from the purview of Board. Now DoT agreed to discuss this matter in the next Board meeting. If Board allows for withdrawal, then based on approval of MC, SDE RR amendment will be notified.
4. With regard to IR application at Hon Supreme Court, a meeting will be held with senior lawyer at the level of Director(HR) to ensure resolution of the issue.

30-09-2017

CMD BSNL held a meeting with the Core Committee of the Assns and Unions, ie. GS/SNEA, GS/BSNLEU, GS/NFTE and GS/AIBSNLEA on 29.09.2017 to discuss various developments in BSNL.

During the India Mobile Congress, held at New Delhi till yesterday, Reliance Jio promoter Mukesh Ambhani appreciated BSNL and CMD BSNL for the stiff competition offered by BSNL to Reliance Jio. Mukesh Ambhani has told CMD BSNL that BSNL is the only operator giving a tough competition to Reliance Jio. The entire Non-Executives and Executives share this credit together with the BSNL Management for their contribution through SWAS programme, CMD told.

Since IUC charges are slashed from 14 paise to 6 paise, more competitive tariffs and aggressive marketing is required. CMD informed that BSNL is shortly going to provide mobile connections, bundled with handsets having features of smartphone for Rs.2,200/- in collaboration with Micromax. In this scheme, called BharatOne, BSNL is planning to provide unlimited voice and data for Rs.97/- per month. Reliance Jio is providing handset and mobile connection at Rs.1,500/- with plan of Rs.150/- per month.

Due to implementation of GST, BSNL worst affected in the month of July, 2017 where the cash collection gone down by 67%.  BSNL forced to take Over Draft during July, 2017 for disbursing the salary. During this crisis period for last three months, the Finance wing done a commendable job to overcome the cash flow issue. The officers in BSNLCO and the Circle IFAs under the leadership of DIR(Fin) done a splendid job to overcome the problems and they deserves all the credit.  SNEA congratulates all the officers in Finance wing for their excellent performance at difficult time.

As reported earlier in the meeting with CMD, BSNL is planning to start 4G services in Kerala and Odisha circles by purchasing spectrum in the 2100 MHz. BSNL is exploring the possibility of 4G services in 2600 MHz (Wi-Max) spectrum as recently some technical breakthrough has happened to use this spectrum also for GSM services.

CMD asked our opinion on the Phase VIII expansion with 2G/3G/4G BTSs. All these new BTSs are 2G or 3G or 4G compatible. 2G BTSs are planned mainly for replacement of old Motorola/Nortel/Nokia BTSs without having data facility. 2G services are working in 700/1800 MHz and 3G services in 2100 MHz. So direct change over from 2G to 3G may create coverage problems unless large no of BTSs are added, CMD opined. 2G BTSs can be converted to 3G/4G BTSs later on also.

The 3rd PRC proposal with 15% fitment approved by the Management Committee has been sent to the DoT also for examining. It has to be approved by the BSNL Board. CMD informed that the recent meeting with Secretary, DoT, she was positive on 3rd PRC and she suggested to meet the Hon Minister together for this purposes. CMD mentioned that Hon MOSC also wants to implement 3rd PRC in BSNL.

On Tower subsidiary, we expressed our serious concerns and strong opposition against Tower Subsidiary formation. CMD also agreed that there are advantages and disadvantages and Unions and Assns has to take the stand after analyzing all aspects. Immediately it is beneficial for BSNL as long as it is a 100% Subsidiary of BSNL, CMD informed.  

30-09-2017

CMD BSNL held a meeting with the Core Committee of the Assns and Unions, ie. GS/SNEA, GS/BSNLEU, GS/NFTE and GS/AIBSNLEA on 29.09.2017 to discuss various developments in BSNL.

During the India Mobile Congress, held at New Delhi till yesterday, Reliance Jio promoter Mukesh Ambhani appreciated BSNL and CMD BSNL for the stiff competition offered by BSNL to Reliance Jio. Mukesh Ambhani has told CMD BSNL that BSNL is the only operator giving a tough competition to Reliance Jio. The entire Non-Executives and Executives share this credit together with the BSNL Management for their contribution through SWAS programme, CMD told.

Since IUC charges are slashed from 14 paise to 6 paise, more competitive tariffs and aggressive marketing is required. CMD informed that BSNL is shortly going to provide mobile connections, bundled with handsets having features of smartphone for Rs.2,200/- in collaboration with Micromax. In this scheme, called BharatOne, BSNL is planning to provide unlimited voice and data for Rs.97/- per month. Reliance Jio is providing handset and mobile connection at Rs.1,500/- with plan of Rs.150/- per month.

Due to implementation of GST, BSNL worst affected in the month of July, 2017 where the cash collection gone down by 67%.  BSNL forced to take Over Draft during July, 2017 for disbursing the salary. During this crisis period for last three months, the Finance wing done a commendable job to overcome the cash flow issue. The officers in BSNLCO and the Circle IFAs under the leadership of DIR(Fin) done a splendid job to overcome the problems and they deserves all the credit.  SNEA congratulates all the officers in Finance wing for their excellent performance at difficult time.

As reported earlier in the meeting with CMD, BSNL is planning to start 4G services in Kerala and Odisha circles by purchasing spectrum in the 2100 MHz. BSNL is exploring the possibility of 4G services in 2600 MHz (Wi-Max) spectrum as recently some technical breakthrough has happened to use this spectrum also for GSM services.

CMD asked our opinion on the Phase VIII expansion with 2G/3G/4G BTSs. All these new BTSs are 2G or 3G or 4G compatible. 2G BTSs are planned mainly for replacement of old Motorola/Nortel/Nokia BTSs without having data facility. 2G services are working in 700/1800 MHz and 3G services in 2100 MHz. So direct change over from 2G to 3G may create coverage problems unless large no of BTSs are added, CMD opined. 2G BTSs can be converted to 3G/4G BTSs later on also.

The 3rd PRC proposal with 15% fitment approved by the Management Committee has been sent to the DoT also for examining. It has to be approved by the BSNL Board. CMD informed that the recent meeting with Secretary, DoT, she was positive on 3rd PRC and she suggested to meet the Hon Minister together for this purposes. CMD mentioned that Hon MOSC also wants to implement 3rd PRC in BSNL.

On Tower subsidiary, we expressed our serious concerns and strong opposition agist Tower Subsidiary formation. CMD also agreed that there are advantages and disadvantages and Unions and Assns has to take the stand after analyzing all aspects. Immediately it is beneficial for BSNL as long as it is a 100% Subsidiary of BSNL, CMD informed.  

21-09-2017

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL:

JF leaders met Shri Anupam Shrivatsava, CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues.

a) 3rd PRC implementation: On behalf of all the Executives and BSNL employees we thanked CMD and all the Directors for approving the 3rd PRC proposal with full 15%. In earlier meetings with CMD and DIR(HR), we had taken up the issue of PRC with full 15% fitment and all the pensionary benefits including superannuation benefits. JF thanked CMD for agreeing to our demand with 15% fitment and the pensionary benefits in revised pay. JF could not meet DIR(HR) as she is out of station.

b) Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales: The file with regard to E2 and E3 reached the Ministers office. Few days back we met Shri Mahesh Girii, Hon MP and BJP National Secretary. He responded very positively and immediately spoken to the Ministers office. Later on he had spoken to the Hon Minister also. We will be meeting him again in few days to pursue further. CMD informed that he is in touch with Secretary and the Ministers office and will try to discuss the matter today when he is going to the MoSC office for some other purposes. DIR(HR) is also in touch with the PS to Hon MoSC in this regard.

13-09-2017

GS writes to DIR(HR) regarding the Editorial on tardy progress in HR issues and BSNL letter dated 07.08.2017: Candid admission of BSNL management that it could not address the critical HR issues of promotions, pay scales etc during last 30 months fully justifies the large scale resentment among the Executives and their outburst in the form of agitations --- We hope that BSNL management will concentrate on addressing the issues and regain the confidence of the Executives by addressing their issues rather than suppressing the voice of the Executives and the Assns representing them through repressive measures. SR section should facilitate the dialogue and resolution of issues instead of provoking the employees and creating industrial turbulence in the company. As explained earlier, the Executives expects much more from the present BSNL management, especially from DIR(HR) and CMD, BSNL. 

GS letter to DIR(HR)

12-09-2017

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 12.09.2017: GS, CHQ President and AGS met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Proposal for 3rd PRC implementation with full 15% fitment: We demanded that 3rd PRC proposal should be with full 15% fitment. The pensionary benefits (pension and Superannuation) are linked with fitment, so fitment cannot be less than 15%. It is learned that the internal committee is considering fitment with 0% and 5%, 10% in subsequent years which is not acceptable. We demanded that the committee also should recommend only 15% fitment. Reduction and varying fitment will lead to anomalies for the pensioners. CMD assured to consider our demand positively.

b) 4G spectrum: CMD informed that BSNL demanded spectrum in 700 spectrum band for 4G/5G services. Alternatively BSNL demanded another 5MHz spectrum for 4G services in 2100 band. BSNL requested spectrum free of cost or through adding Govt equity. In worst case BSNL is even ready for payment in installments. Govt so far not agreed to the proposal. Considering the performance and huge data traffic, there is a proposal to purchase 4G spectrum for Kerala and Odisha Circles. KRL Circle alone giving more than 1/3 of data traffic of entire BSNL. For Phase VIII expansion, PO issued to Nokia (L1, South and West Zones) and PO will be issued shortly to ZTE (L2, North and East Zones) with more than 40,000 new BTSs.

c) CPSU Hierarchy implementation and promotions in various cadre: The proposal for CPSU Hierarchy with time bound functional promotion upto AGM grade is moved for the administrative approval (the reporting done by some sections that the proposal is only upto SDE equivalent grade and AGM promotion is post based is not correct. This may be due to the fact that they do not know what the actual proposal is). Assn demanded that the bench marks should be as recommended by the Khan Committee. Since post based functional promotions are blocked due to reservation and seniority issues, this can be the only viable alternative. Further it will ensure promotions to all the cadres having shortage of vacancies like DE(T) and all  cadres of Civil/Elect/Arch/TF etc. Uniform promotional avenues can be achieved by this. The efforts for posts based promotions are to be continued till CPSU Hierarchy is implemented, Assn demanded.

d) Approval for E2 and E3 pay scales: CMD informed that again he had written a DO letter to Secretary, DoT for expeditious approval of the BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 scales. This is in addition to the persuasion in person with the Secretary. Still the file is with the Secretary where she is yet to take a final call on the matter.

Last week JF met Sri Mahesh Girri, Hon MP and BJP National President and sought his intervention once again to get the proposal approved. Last time, he has taken us to Hon MoSC for the meeting. He immediately spoke to the PS to Hon MoSC to get the details. He assured to meet the Hon Minister again.

e) JAO rect in E1 scale: Assn requested to review the decision to rect JAOs in E1 scale which will further damage the prospects of E2 scale. The actual requirements of various Circles can be worked out after HR plan finalization. We requested to keep the proposal pending till the E2 pay scale is approved by DoT. CMD agreed to examine the case.

12-09-2017

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 12.09.2017: GS, CHQ President and AGS met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Proposal for 3rd PRC implementation with full 15% fitment: We demanded that 3rd PRC proposal should be with full 15% fitment. The pensionary benefits (pension and Superannuation) are linked with fitment, so fitment cannot be less than 15%. It is learned that the internal committee is considering fitment with 0% and 5%, 10% in subsequent years which is not acceptable. We demanded that the committee also should recommend only 15% fitment. Reduction and varying fitment will lead to anomalies for the pensioners. CMD assured to consider our demand positively.

b) 4G spectrum: CMD informed that BSNL demanded spectrum in 700 spectrum band for 4G/5G services. Alternatively BSNL demanded another 5MHz spectrum for 4G services in 2100 band. BSNL proposed free spectrum or through adding Govt equity. In worst case BSNL is even ready for payment in installments. Govt so far not agreed to the proposal. Considering the performance and huge data traffic, there is a proposal to purchase 4G spectrum for Kerala and Odisha Circles. KRL Circle alone giving more than 1/3 of data traffic of entire BSNL. For Phase VIII expansion, PO issued to Nokia (L1, South and West Zones) and PO will be issued shortly to ZTE (L2, North and East Zones) with more than 40,000 new BTS.

c) CPSU Hierarchy implementation and promotions in various cadre: The proposal for CPSU Hierarchy with time bound functional promotion upto AGM grade is moved for the administrative approval (the reporting done by some sections that the proposal is only upto SDE grade and AGM promotion is post based is not correct. This may be due to the fact that they do not know what the actual proposal is). Assn demanded that the bench marks should be as recommended by the Khan Committee.

d) Approval for E2 and E3 pay scales: CMD informed that again he had written a DO letter to Secretary, DoT for expeditious approval of the BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 scales. This is in addition to the persuasion in person with the Secretary. Still the file is with the Secretary where she is yet to take a final call on the matter.

Last week JF met Sri Mahesh Girri, Hon MP and BJP National President and sought his intervention once again to get the proposal approved. Last time, he has taken us to Hon MoSC for the meeting. He immediately spoke to the PS to Hon MoSC to get the details. He assured to meet the Hon Minister again.

e) JAO rect in E1 scale: Assn requested to review the decision to rect JAOs in E1 scale which will further damage the prospects of E2 scale. The actual requirements of various Circles can be worked out after HR plan finalization. We requested to keep the proposal pending till the E2 pay scale is approved by DoT. CMD agreed to examine the case.

12-09-2017

Meeting with Sri N K Mehta, DIR(CFA & EB), BSNL on 12.09.2017: GS, CHQ President and AGS met DIR(CFA & EB), BSNL Board and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Review the proposal to purchase BB Modem. Instead of purchase, BSNL has to go for empanelment of vendors: Assn strongly objected the move for procurement of 7 lakhs new BB modems. The quality of the modems procured during last few years is very very poor leading to customer dissatisfaction and disconnection. Same vendor after black listing is supplying the modem in the new name. Modems are supplied without any additional features and Wireless range is very poor. Thousands and thousands of faulty modems are lying in the stores of various exchanges without repair or AMC. BSNL has to take the data before going for any new purchase, Assn demanded. Instead of purchase, BSNL has to go for empanelment of vendors which was very successfully implemented few years back. Purchase if at all required should be restricted to branded items with additional features and for the connections given to Govts depts, banks etc which are demanding modems, not to ordinary customers. When BSNL is not having sufficient fund, why we are going for purchase of such items. DIR informed that he himself is convinced on the poor quality of the modem and will take adequate care. The demand for empanelment will be considered positively. He asked to give our suggestions immediately.

b) Shortage of FTTH eqpts and OLTE: There is a huge demand for FTTH connections but shortage of OLTEs coming on the way. We have to take immediate actions to capture the market as Jio is moving very fast in this area. Assn demanded proactive steps in this regard.

c) Poor Maintenance and support by M/s Huwaei in NGN and other equipments: We are getting severe complaints from the field units regarding very poor support given by M/s Huwaei in NGN mtce as well as mtce of other equipments supplied by M/s Huwaei. In fact they are blackmailing BSNL. The AMC payments centrally made by NCNGN Circle should be reviewed immediately and it should be entrusted to respective Circles to ensure quality in the service. Further the maintenance of NGN equipments and the payments should be made over to the respective Circles for effective maintenance and NCNGN Circle can coordinate the mtce activities.

d) Non supply on NGN equipments by M/s Huwaei, strict actions to be initiated: In the previous tender, M/s Huwaei awarded the PO for certain Circles almost 2.5 years back. They had supplied hardly 1/3 equipments so far. The entire NGN project is getting delayed due to the poor performance of vendor. Surprisingly BSNL is not taking any action against the vendor for these serious lapses. It seems that the vendor is getting undue support from some officers and they are protecting the vendor for undue favours compromising the interest of BSNL, Assn told. Assn demanded tough action against the vendor which failed to supply the equipments for more than two years. The tender should be cancelled and LD has to be charged. We expect stern action from new DIR(CFA), Assn told.

27-08-2017

Meeting with CMD, BSNL on 24.08.2017: JF leaders had a meeting with the CMD on 24.08.2017 on various issues.

JF leaders raised the issue of continuing victimization by the management, that also when all the agitation programmes were deferred after discussions with the management on the assurance that management will take all out efforts for settling the issues. This is clear betrayal which we never witnessed in the history of trade unions, JF told CMD.

It was astonishing to hear from the CMD that he is unaware of the charge sheet issued to the GS of the Recognised Executives Association. We are beyond imagination to understand how DIR(HR) can issue charge sheet to any GS for issuing trade union notice for settlement of long pending issues, without consultation/concurrence of CMD and Head of the company.

We emphasized that if this is the fact, then it is a big cause of worry for all the Executives. Trade Union notice issued as BSNL management, DIR(HR) and the HR team could not settle any issues irrespective of repeated assurances. Instead of resolving the issues, management has started resorting to repressive measures, and head of the company is not even being consulted on such critical issue which has the potential to derail the entire company and its progress.

JF demanded that the charge sheet and all other vindictive actions against all the leaders should be withdrawn unconditionally.

17-08-2017

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL: JF leaders met CMD on 11.08.2017 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Approval of E2 and E3 Pay scales: CMD informed that Secretary, DoT asked certain clarification from the section how the pay scales were lowered, when intermediary pay scales are not allowed any other option left out other than E2 and E3? Further interaction with Secretary will take place after 28.08.17, on return from leave.

b) Expedite the promotions in various cadres which are under process: JF conveyed strong resentment over the delay in promotions in various cadres and requested CMD and management to take urgent steps to issue the promotion orders. Delay in promotions gives opportunities for others to stall the promotions. The promotion related work is in advanced stage and it can be completed in a couple of weeks, well ahead of the CPSU Hierarchy, JF demanded. CMD assured early actions.

c) Approval for 2% hike in the superannuation benefits: Even under severe financial constraints, management agreed for 2% hike, CMD informed. Before it is approved, the views of the stakeholders are to be known. JF requested CMD to approve the proposal at the earliest as any positive development will be welcomed by the employees. 2% hike will take the total contribution from 23% to 25%, out of 30%.   

d) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: As court cases are mounting in various cadres on seniority and reservation related issues, only option left for BSNL is to switch over to CPSU Cadre Hierarchy at the earliest, we informed. Since CPSU Cadre Hierarchy will give promotion to all the eligible candidates having the qualifying service, litigations on promotions will automatically end. Switching over to CPSU Hierarchy will give equal promotion avenues to all the cadres. It has to be processed in parallel. CMD assured earlier action and informed that concerned section will be giving a presentation on 17.08.2017 on the draft proposal. 

16-08-2017

Meeting with PGM(Pers) on 16.08.17: JF leaders met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on the DPC process. As per the information provided by the lawyer, judgment is awaited in JTO to SDE promotion case. However further delay is occurring, MA will be filed which may expedite the judgment, PGM informed. The MA filing delayed as indications received that Hon Court will not give the interim relief by vacating the say.

On SDE to DE promotion, the interim direction of the Hon SC on 11.08.17 to give DE promotion maintaining Quota and Rota as mentioned in the DoT reply may delay the promotions which were in the advanced stage. DoT in its reply submitted to Hon SC stated that Quota and Rota are envisaged in the statutory SDE RR and seniority was fixed correctly as per DoPT guidelines. The SC order may reopen the case for LDCE candidates, unfortunately lost their seniority, even vacancy year seniority. Management is taking legal opinion how to proceed about the SC orders since earlier SC judgment and the present interim orders are contradictory. We are pressing hard to get the promotions as there is no stay on promotions. Similarly in SDE(C) to EE(C) promotion case also, the recent court order against reservation will further delay the promotion to EE(C).

Since situations are worsening day by day, JF demanded to complete the promotions at the earliest.  

As a final solution for uniform promotions and the deadlock situations, we demanded that the CPSU Hierarchy also to be processed in parallel. It is moving forward and the presentation to CMD will be made today.  

Interim order of Hon SC dated 11.08.17

09-08-2017

Development on 3rd PRC implementation: CMD called a meeting of the GSs of major Assns and Unions to discuss about the DPE OM dated 03.08.2017 on 3rd PRC implementation.

At the outset CMD narrated the present status of BSNL on revenue front. After the demonetization effect, Jio entered into the market. Again GST hit the mobile business further. Mobile revenue has come down by 25% to 30%. This can be compensated by focusing on EB business only. This month cash flow problem is coming and BSNL may be forced to borrow money for paying the salary at the end of this month.

On pay revision, CMD informed that BSNL will not be covered in the normal situation. We have to get special permission from Govt. Hon Minister is in favour of pay revision but DoT stand is not favourable. We all have to work together for achieving this goal.

The paragraph in the DPE OM which states that:

No fitment or any other benefit of pay revision will be implemented in the CPSEs where the additional financial impact of the revised pay package is more than 40% of the average PBT of the last 3 financial years.

is the most dangerous clause which seals the benefits of 3rd PRC to BSNL in normal situation. Other clauses giving exemptions may not be applicable for BSNL. BSNL has to seek exemption from the affordability clause, that is the only viable option to get 3rd PRC. CMD informed that the expenditure for 3rd PRC with full 15% fitment will be around 2800 Cr per annum. Honestly telling, 3rd PRC implementation is a very difficult task.

CMD assured that the Management would continue to take all out efforts for pay revision and trying to get the support of Extl Board members also. He also requested that the employees should ensure that the financial position of the Company is improved.

Comrades, as we are honestly reported earlier, 3rd PRC implementation will be the toughest job, after the formation of BSNL in 2000. All preparations are to be made for a big show down with Govt for getting 3rd PRC. Otherwise BSNL also will be one among the CPSU where pay revision not implemented. Management is having its own limit, we have to understand. Positive stand of BSNL management will not be sufficient to get 3rd PRC. DoT and Govt stand and the cabinet decision on 3rd PRC will be the biggest challenge. We will be utilizing all other options before we are going for next phase of trade union actions. We have to maintain unity among all the sections of employees, it is a must. We will be meeting all the Hon MPs and prominent political leaders to mobilize political support also.

09-08-2017

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL: JF leaders met CMD, BSNL on 08.08.2017 and held discussions on the following issues.

1) Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2007 by DoT: JF expressed its strong resentment over the undue delay in resolving the issue eventhough DoT and BSNL management repeatedly assured positive action. On the firm assurance of DoT and BSNL management, JF postponed the agitation programmes for almost 3 months in order to resolve the issue. Now 3rd PRC order has come and we are not able to contain the resentment of all the Executives, especially the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2017, till recently. All are getting less pay, by thousands of rupees.

CMD told that he requires some more time to pursue with DoT and he is in regular touch with Secretary, DoT to settle the issue. Minister assured that lowering of pay scales will be reviewed and BSNL proposal will be considered. JF informed CMD that on his assurance, JF may consider to postpone the agitation for some more time but if it is not resolved by that time, we will be forced to start the agitation once again, in the near future.

2)  3rd PRC and the DPE OM dated 03.08.2017: We discussed the various options before us and the strategies to get 3rd PRC implemented in BSNL. CMD informed that, Hon Minister pleaded for pay revision for the BSNL employees in the Cabinet meeting. As per affordability clause, BSNL is out of the purview of 3rd PRC. However, we have to make all out efforts to convince DoT and Govt for relaxation/exemption for BSNL considering the social obligation, important role played by BSNL in tariff regulation, improvements in BSNL revenue, implementation of Govt projects by BSNL etc. The demonetization, entry of Jio and the implementation of GST put more stress on BSNL and revenue is going down which is a serious issue at this crucial time. We all have to ensure that our revenue is improving, otherwise it will become more difficult.

On fitment, we told CMD that full 15% fitment has to be extended as fitment is having long term impact on pensionary benefits (pension and superannuation benefits). There cannot be any compromise on this. Anything less than 15% fitment will have an adverse impact on pension revision also as DoT will try to link it.

3) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.01.2017: We requested CMD to spare some time to finalise the draft CPSU proposal prepared by Pers section so that it can be taken forward. It will give promotion to all categories of Executives. Now promotions are held up mainly due to reservation issue. The ongoing promotions will be completed by September and immediately after that, BSNL should be in a position to implement it. CPSU Hierarchy only can give uniform promotional avenues to all the streams which are suffering for years together. CMD assured to examine it by next week.

4) HR plan finalization: We requested CMD to finalize the HR plan at Corporate Office itself as all data is available here. If data has to be taken from field units, it will be delayed so much and approval of all the HR issues pending in the BSNL Board also will get delayed. CMD assured to discuss with DIR(HR).

09-08-2017

Meeting with PGM(Pers) on 08.08.2017: JF leaders met PGM(Pers) and held detailed discussions on the ongoing DPC related works. PGM informed that they are in constant touch with Kerala to get the updates on the court cases. Meanwhile all the preparatory work is getting completed for promotion to SDE, DE and EE(C ) cadres. Similarly promotions to AO and CAO also is in progress.

20-07-2017

Joint Forum of BSNL Executives Associations met Shri Amit Yadav, Jt Sec(A), DoT and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007:

Jt Sec(A) informed that the file is submitted to Secretary, DoT. As per the direction of Secretary, the matter will be further processed. Secretary, DoT given us a formal meeting next week, most probably on Monday or Tuesday to discuss this matter and the recent order on pay fixation under EPP.

b) 3rd PRC: Jt Sec(A) informed that yesterday Union Cabinet approved the 3rd PRC recommendations. Details are yet to be known. BSNL has to try for exemption of affordability clause with proper justification and it has to be approved as a special case. Then only BSNL will become eligible for pay revision, Jt Sec informed.

Yesterdays Cabinet decision established our belief that 3rd PRC will be implemented in BSNL only after a prolonged struggle. This was our past experience also. Our decision to start the agitation well in advance was the right decision and we have to gear up for the Strike on 27.07.2017 with all the strength. We all have to be united. Those who confused the Executives by propagating that Secretary is positive, Minister is positive and there is no need for agitation etc simply be fooled the Executives and other employees. In fact the draft cabinet note is still with Hon MoSC office without taking any decision.

16-07-2017

Joint Forum of BSNL Executives Associations vigorously pursued the HR issues with CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR), PS to MoSC, PGM(Pers), PGM(Estt) and GM(FP) during last one week. The following positive developments also happened in various issues. In addition to the CHQ leaders of JF, Com Laxman, President/AIGETOA was also available at HQ during this week.

a) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007:

BSNL proposal is not seriously processed by DoT so far. The matter is still at Director/Jt Secretary level. So JF leaders met PS to MoSC for expediting the approval. After discussion, PS assured that the matter will be discussed with Hon Minister and an opinion will be made. Thereafter necessary actions will be taken. We sincerely hope that DoT will review its decision and approve the BSNL proposal for E2 and E3 scales before 06th August as JF agitations on pay scales are postponed till 06.08.2017. 

b) Promotions in different cadres:

i) JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotion in both quotas: The gradation particulars of the JTOs upto 2005 rect year called by BSNLCO from the Circles. This is due to huge retirement of senior JTOs and large number of JTOs in the AIEL passed the LDCE for SDE(T) promotion. BSNLCO directed Kerala Circle to file an urgent MA for allowing BSNL to go ahead with DPC and promotions subject to the outcome of the court cases. Pers section of BSNLCO called the applicants of the case at Ernakulam for discussion during the month of May, on the initiative of JF. Mgt assured them that there are sufficient vacancies to promote all the eligible JTOs and to facilitate the DPC and promotion. Seniority fixation will be decided as per court decision. They responded very positively. Once court grants permission in the MA for conduction of DPC and issuing promotion orders, we will be able to go ahead with promotion orders immediately. JF is in touch with the applicants and have clarified the stand and the strong initiatives from management side in this regard.

Meanwhile an administrative decision shall be taken by the management to go ahead with promotions in light of the court judgments on reservation, Govt guidelines and the SLP filed in the Hon SC. This will be filed as an affidavit in the Hon Chandigarh HC before effecting promotions in all the cadres where judgment on reservation is involved. This will pave the way to promotions through LDCE/DPC which have been held up for so long.

ii) JAO to AO promotion: The proposal for administrative approval for conducting the DPC is processed, vacancy yearwise. More than 650 vacancies are there as on date. After the approval, ACRs will be collected and VC will be called.

iii) SDE to DE promotion: The roster preparation for 2014-15 and 2015-16 (as on 31.03.2016) almost completed. It will be sent to SCT Cell for approval. Simultaneously action will be initiated to call the VCs. Large number of missing ACR cases are there which is uploaded in the intranet and in our website. All CSs and SSA secretaries to pursue urgently and send the ACRs. The assessment report and soft copy also required urgently.

iv) AO to CAO promotion: Action is initiated for administrative approval. After that ACRs will be collected from CR section and VCs will be called.

v) SDE( C) to EE( C) promotion: Once BSNL mgt taken a decision on reservation issue based on the judgment and Govt orders, this promotion can be issued. DPC is already conducted. Only fresh VC required.

c) 30% Superannuation Benefits: After lot of persuasion, management moved a proposal for increasing the contribution by 2%. However, JF and the Unions & Associations are trying its level best to increase the contribution as per our demand. Earlier management proposed the increase in stages, starting with 1%. File is in EF section, discussion completed and expected the clearance by Monday. It is expected to be cleared by the MC of the BSNL Board in a month time.

d) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation: The draft proposal is examined by Legal Cell and returned to Pers Cell with their opinion. During discussions with management, it was decided to switch over to CPSU Hierarchy on completion of the ongoing DPCs which are in advanced stages. A presentation on CPSU Hierarchy will be given to the CMD in the last week of July. We demanded CPSU Hierarchy implementation w.e.f 01.01.2017, protecting all the ongoing promotions. We are trying to get it approved in the next Board meeting in Sept/October. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation will ensure that all the Executives are promoted to the next grade, upto AGM grade, in a time bound manner independent of the number of vacancies. 

e) Approval of HR plan: After lot of discussions, on 12.07.2017, Restg cell made a presentation of the draft HR plan to the MC of BSNL board. Since all the HR issues are pending in the Board due to non finalization of HR plan, we are strongly pursuing it so that HR plan also will be approved in the next Board meeting. E1+5 increments, SDE RR, CAO post diversion, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation, increase in Superannuation fund, E1A/E2A notionally from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/TF/PA/PS etc, 1st TBP etc will be approved by Board only after finalization of HR plan.

On approval of HR plan, posts in all the cadres will be drastically reduced due to large scale closure of landlines. So along with approval of HR plan, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy also to implemented, otherwise all the functional promotions will be stopped.

04-07-2017

Meeting with CMD: JF leaders met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following subject.

1) Reply to DoT for approval of E2, E3 pay scales: During discussion, CMD informed that all the points mentioned in the DoT letter is already considered by BSNL before sending the proposal. BSNL will be giving the reply accordingly.  

2) 3rd PRC: CMD informed that BSNL has reiterated the proposal of 15% fitment and the taken up with DoT. The information sought by DoT is already supplied. CMD told us to focus for more revenues in view of 3rd PRC. Project Vasundhara has become a big success. BSNL value will increase to more than 1 lakh Crores. Through Samudramandhan project, last year BSNL achieved 272 Cr and this year target is 300 Cr.

3) Transfer of Land and building at Chandigarh by CGM, PB Circle: We protested the action of CGMT, PB Circle in transferring the land and building at Chandigarh worth hundreds of Crores to TERM Cell. We demanded that it should be immediately withdrawn and transfer of land has to be done only by Corporate Office and CGMs should not be given any power.

4) Implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and Finalization HR plan: We requested to expedite the implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and finalization HR plan. HR plan finalization is very much required as all the HR issues are pending in BSNL Board for HR plan. Final round of discussion is required with CMD and DIR(HR) on CPSU Hierarchy before the minutes of the discussions are issued. Present post based functional promotion will give relief to some cadres where vacancies are available (till finalization of HR plan) but all other cadres will suffer till CPSU Hierarchy is implemented, we told CMD. So both promotions and CPSU Hierarchy implementation to be expedited. CMD assured that it will be discussed in the review meeting of HR vertical on 05.07.2017.

29-06-2017

Meeting with PGM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers): JF leaders met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on the progress in promotions to various cadres. Management is taking some policy decisions to overcome the reservation issue keeping the DoPT guidelines and Hon Court orders in mind. The application seeking permission to conduct the DPC will be filed in Hon EKM HC. Similarly finding way outs for SDE promotion in LDCE quota and related RR amendments also. Meantime roster preparation working is going on for SDE and DE promotions for the latest vacancy years also. We requested to call the VC for DE promotion for the available vacancies. DPC section is working to get all the missing ACRs but the progress is not good. CSs may focus on this.

Considering the reservation issue and seniority related issues, management is considering Adhoc promotion instead of Regular promotion. We told PGM(Pers) that Adhoc promotion is not having much difference from the present looking after arrangement or Offtg promotion. By Adhoc promotion, employees will not get any benefit. Their service will not be counted, seniority will not be fixed and even fixation benefit also will not come as all are working in higher pay scales. All will continue to lose the precious service for the next higher promotion. Next result will be out of Circle transfer on Adhoc promotion. So we categorically told them to work out regular promotions only. 

15-06-2017

Meeting on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy on 14.06.2017: The concluding meeting with PGM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy completed yesterday. The discussions were very positive and almost all the remaining issues could sort out. We could work out various methods to simplify the DPC works to get the promotions immediately on implementation of the policy. The draft proposal will be discussed with senior management shortly. This will be the only solution for addressing the huge stagnation in promotion to various cadres like SDE(T/C/E), DE(T), EE(C/E).

15-06-2017

Meeting with GM(FP) on 15.06.2017: GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(FP) and DGM(FP) and further discussed about the DPC from JAO to AO , AO to CAO and CAO to DGM. The roster for AO cadre is cleared by CLO. 

13-06-2017

Combined CS and CHQ office bearers meeting of Joint Forum at New Delhi on 17th and 18th June, 2017:

The following information may be furnished by the CSs:

a) VC status for JTO to SDE promotion under Seniority & LDCE quota.

b) SDE to DE promotion: Status of ACR to be sent to CS cell of BSNLCO. Details of the SDEs like HR number, staff number, Circle etc.

c) First TB promotion uniformly after 4 years: The data sought from the Circle by BSNLCO for processing the case (Number of Executives got it in 5 years, 6 years etc).

d) Subscription deduction from salary: The list of the members from the Circles (From the month of January onwards. Lists of members of MP, HR, WTP, MH, CHG and J&K Circles received).

12-06-2017

BSNL Board is meeting the Hon MoSC for appraising the need for 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL: The MC of the BSNL Board will be meeting the Hon MoSC on 16.06.2017, pleading for 3rd PRC implementation for the BSNL employees without the affordability condition. This has been informed by CMD and DIR(HR) to JF.  BSNL management is proposing to MOSC for 3rd PRC implementation and the fitment should be left to the Board for decision. CMD told that for 15% fitment, minimum 2500 Cr additional expenditure will come and we have to find ways to meet this additional expenditure by BSNL. Otherwise BSNL will not be able to pay. So, for the 3rd PRC benefits, the growth is to be accelerated in the coming days, for additional revenue. Today the data traffic crossed 900 TB, CMD informed.

12-06-2017

Meeting with CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) on 12.06.2017:

JF leaders had detailed discussion with CMD/BSNL and DIR(HR) on

a) the reply to be sent to the queries made by DoT on E2 and E3 pay scales proposal. After the discussion, a detailed reply has been sent to DoT for the approval of only the part I of the BSNL proposal dated 06.06.2016 for revision of E1A and E2A pay scales by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 which is part of 2nd PRC implementation. Part II of the proposal for upgradation of other scales will be taken up at the time of 3rd PRC.

b) 30% Superannuation benefit for BSNL directly recruited employees. During the previous discussions, management in principle agreed to consider our demand. Now the Unions and Associations also demanded the same in the recent trade union notice and we could muster their support in this regard. JF leaders strongly pleaded for increasing the present BSNL contribution from 23% to full 30%. Both CMD and DIR(HR) assured that management is positively considering the demand for increasing the contribution and asked the concerned section to work out the details. It is a very very positive development today.

c) Operation Vasundhara: CMD informed that the revaluation of of land assets work is progressing very well. We are having another 15 days, upto 30.06.2017 to complete the work. All of us to focus.

d) Revenue model of Wi-Fi hot spots: We shared our apprehension about this business model whether it will be economically viable. CMD informed that slowly revenue started coming and when the number of Hot spots reaches around 15000, we can go for aggressive marketing. Presently we don’t have the sufficient coverage and after improving the same only, we have to go for marketing.

e) Supply of FTTH equipments: We informed lot of demand is there for FTTH connections and FTTH eqpt shortage is there at different locations. CMD informed that only 20% of the capacity only utilized as of now. We clarified that where ever demand is there, there capacity shortage is thre.. In the new NGN tender, there is provision for FTTH ports also. Action may be taken to purchase more FTTH ports during the procurement of NGN eqpt, we demanded.

06-06-2017

BSNL Unions/Associations meeting with CMD BSNL on 05.06.2017:  BSNL Unions/ Associations leaders met CMD BSNL and discussed implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations with 15% fitment benefits, Pension revision, 30% Superannuation benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees and withdrawal of BSNL orders banning agitation Programme in BSNL premises and the vindictive actions taken against the office bearers. Convenor explained the apprehension of the employees and their huge expectation from the present management on 3rd PRC. Full 15% fitment is linked with pension revision also. We told the CMD BSNL that they were compelled to launch agitational programme, since the Committee of Secretaries, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, is proceeding with the finalisation of the Cabinet Note, without considering exemption to BSNL from the “Affordability Clause” of the 3rd PRC. They requested the CMD BSNL to strongly take up the issue with the DoT and DPE. 30% superannuation benefit is a pending issue of 2nd PRC and 3% in the initial offer is still pending, convenor told CMD. The recent order of BSNL banning all types of agitations citing a court order should be reviewed and all vindictive actions like wage cut, charge sheets, memos etc should be withdrawn.

CMD BSNL was also equally concerned about 3rd PRC and gone to the extent of telling us that if 3rd PRC is not implemented, he will be failing in his duty. If it is not implemented today then it will never be implemented in BSNL. On vindictive actions and restrictions imposed on trade union activities, he assured to discuss it with DIR(HR).  

01-06-2017

Meeting with CMD, BSNL: JF leaders met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 01.06.2017 and appraised him about the discussions with DIR(HR) on 31.05.2017 on various vindictive actions initiated by management. DIR(HR) assured to review/withdraw all such actions. We requested CMD also to withdraw all the vindictive actions and create a conducive atmosphere.

21-03-2017

Meeting with PGM(Estt): GS and President met PGM(Estt) and held discussions on the following issues.

a) Extension of E1A and E2A pay scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for the JTO/SDEs in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings, PA/PS cadres and other similar cadres: To bring parity in pay scales of the equivalent cadres in all the wings from 01.01.2000, we demanded notional pay of E1A and E2A. Vinay Sahi committee recommended the same. However BSNL Board rejected the recommendations in 2007. In 2013, JAOs given E1A scale based on Vth CPC. Now few cadres, JTO/SDEs in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings, PA/PS cadres and other similar cadres left out. If E1A and E2A scales extended, complete parity can be brought among all the cadres in BSNL. PGM(Estt) informed that the annual financial implication is huge and worked out to be Rs 19 Cr for pay alone and Rs 20 Cr for pension contribution, every year. Refixation has to be done for all, even for the retirees. Assn demanded that it can be implemented notionally, to bring parity in the pay scales among equivalent cadres. Even the JTOs and AEs(promotional post) were drawing same pay for few months, a serious anomaly.

b) Extending the benefit of qualifying service by counting the service from 01.01.2007 for the 30% Superannuation benefit: Since there is a condition of minimum qualifying service of 15 years stipulated by DPE, any unforeseen incident happen before 15 years will deprive all the benefits to the families including the contributions already made. So we pleaded to give the date of effect from 01.01.2007 itself. Even with minimum contribution, if the date of effect is changed from May, 2016 to 01.01.2007, the completed qualifying service will increase by 9 years and it will benefit all. PGM(Estt) responded positively and assured to work out the case which is a very positive development. This is an issue taken up by SNEA recently after the MV.

c) Consideration of relaxation for TTAs become JTOs for Rule 8 transfer: The issue has been discussed once again. Management agreed for relaxation as discussed earlier. For the TTAs become JTOs, they can apply for Rule 8 transfer after 1 year of service as JTO (4 year relaxation) in normal Circles and after 2 years of service as JTO (3 year relaxation) in tenure Circles. Orders will be issued shortly.

d) Regularization of remaining TTAs officiated sometime as JTOs but declined due to various reasons: Assn was pursuing this case for some time. Few such cases are reported from some Circles when report has called on our request. Since all the vacancies from 2013-14 to 2015-16 is being filled by LICE, regularization become a problem now. We requested to find some way out to make them JTOs utilizing the available vacancy. PGM(Estt) agreed to find some solution in this regard.

21-03-2017

Filing of SLP in Hon Supreme Court in JTO to SDE and SDE to DE promotion cases on reservation: Two SLPs on 1) SDE to DE promotion and 2) JTO to SDE promotion (seniority quota) vetted by BSNLCO and given it back to the lawyer for filing. The SLPs will be filed in a day or two. The SLP for the 3rd case of JTO to SDE promotion (LDCE) will be prepared by next week.

LICE from TTA to JTO(T) held in December, 2016: AGS and Joint Secretary met GM(Rect) and held discussions in this regard. The expert committee report is awaited to finalize the answer key. Assn requested to publish the result immediately, this month itself as the result is already delayed. Further the ongoing JTOs batches will complete the trg by April and if the results are announced, they can be send for trg immediately. GM(Rect) assured to take steps to publish the result by this month end.

18-03-2017

Accounting procedure is changing from GAP (General Accounting Principle) to IndAS (Indian Accounting Standards) from the financial year 2016-17 onwards.

CMD held a meeting of the Forum representatives today. GS/SNEA, GS/BSNLEU, GS/NFTE and GS/AIBSNLEA participated in the discussion. In the meeting, CMD gave a presentation about the new Accounting Standards, which has to be compulsorily followed by BSNL from the financial year 2016-17. As per the Govt. of India instructions, all the companies have to switch over to the new Accounting policy from 2016-17. Govt has given an opportunity to all the Companies to go for revaluation of the Assets in the first financial year, ie. 2016-17. Hereafter the asset accrued from the profit of the company only will be treated as asset. Accordingly, the assets accrued by BSNL, after 01.10.2000, through the revenue it generated from its core business alone will be taken for assessing its net worth. At the same time, the value of the total assets of the Company, like land and buildings, will also figure in the account.  CMD directed all the Circles to complete the re-valuation of BSNL land by 30th June 2017 (within three months). The 2016-17 balance sheet has to be prepared latest by 30th September, 2017. BSNL is planning to give the job to some consultants like KPMG for the valuation of around 100 -150 prime locations. Remaining valuation has to be done by Circle/SSAs through authorized valuer on payment of consultation charges. As per the book value, net worth of BSNL is is about Rs 45,000 Crores after reducing the losses during last few years.  BSNL is having thousands of plots of land having estimated worth of Rs 1.5 to 2.5 Lakh Crores as per todays market value.

In view of this all the available land in SSAs/Circles should be evaluated properly and nothing should be left unaccounted. To complete this job, CMD requested the support of all the Unions and Associations, so that the total lands of BSNL are identified and brought into the account for valuation. All the leaders present in the meeting assured that they would extend their fullest cooperation in this regard. 

SNEA requests all the Circle and SSA bodies to actively cooperate with the Circle and SSA administrations in identifying and bringing the entire landed property of BSNL into accounting and valuation.  

As per new Accounting principle, depreciation of BSNL will not figure as expenditure in the balance sheet which is a very positive aspect in view of 3rd PRC. BSNL is having more than 7000 Cr depreciation every year which makes the balance sheet into losses.  LD etc will not be treated as income. This year also BSNL come to EBITDA positive by this month even after the negative effect of demonetization and Reliance-Jios free offer.

18-03-2017

Roumours regarding the merger of BSNL and MTNL:

The leaders raised the issue during the discussion with CMD today. CMD replied that he was not informed about any development on this issue. The leaders firmly told the CMD BSNL that any merger of BSNL and MTNL can be accepted only if the following conditions are fulfilled by the government. 

 (1) The entire financial liability of MTNL, about Rs 19,400 Crores should be taken over by the Government and this burden should not be shifted on the shoulders of BSNL.

(2) The salary and pay scale structure of the employees of BSNL and MTNL should be one and the same and there should not be any discrimination in this count.

(3) MTNL is a listed in the share market. Hence, merger of MTNL with BSNL, will pave the way for disinvestment / privatisation in BSNL. Hence, the government should first de-list MTNL from the share market, as pre-condition for merger with BSNL. 

CMD assured that the views of the leaders would be given due consideration

16-03-2017

Positive developments on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:

The meetings with CMD and DIR(HR) on CPSU Hierarchy yesterday had very positive outcome. After discussion and on our continuous persuasion, it was agreed that CPSU Hierarchy implementation will be delinked from HR Plan finalization. The CPSU Hierarchy finalization was delayed as it is linked with finalization of HR Plan. Further DIR(HR) agreed that the presentation on the proposal will be done next week itself and she will dedicate one day exclusive for that.

HR Plan finalization will have huge implications if CPSU Hierarchy is not implemented by that time. In HR plan, number of posts will be drastically reduced considering the huge closure in land line connections. The present post sanction is based on 2004 working connections. For example, the number of SDE posts will come down from 25,000 to 18,000 as per HR plan. In that case 7,000 SDE vacancies will be reduced and resultant total SDE vacancies will be around 4000, putting a big question mark on SDE promotion itself. Same situation will be there in other wings also. So, CPSU Hierarchy has to be implemented at any cost immediately. Otherwise, the day HR Plan approved by BSNL Board, all vacancies in all the cadres will be drastically reduced making post based promotions a nightmare.

This is another reason, which others may not be understood, why SNEA is giving highest priority to CPSU Hierarchy. HR plan finalization is equally important as all other HR issues approval in the Board is depending on it.

10-03-2017

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL: Today Assn discussed the following issues with CMD: a) Approval of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A. The proposal is now moving to the Secretary, DoT. According to our information, AS(T) not agreed for upgradation of pay scales to E2 and E3. Final decision has to be taken by Secretary, DoT. Since new Secretary taken charge, Assn requested CMD for immediate interaction with him. Otherwise he may approve the proposal of AS(T) which will create turmoil in the company. CMD assured that he will discuss the issue with the new Secretary as and when he meets him. Such decisions may be taken normally by regular Secretaries, according to CMD.

b) Implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy upto AGM Grade: We explained the hurdle to make the AGM promotions time bound, where a decision has to be taken by DIR/CMD. The matter has been discussed between CMD and DIR(HR) on 08.03.17. Thousands of Executives are eligible for AGM promotion and we are focusing our demand that all the Executives completed 10 years of service as SDE equivalent grade shall be promoted as AGM. This is the area where negotiations are going on and management is not agreeing to our demand. CMD assured that the differences will be sorted out soon and further discussions required.

c) Increasing the number of DGM(T) posts from 1331 to 2500: During discussion, CMD responded positively to our demand and told that this issue can be discussed after finalization of CPSU Hierarchy.

d) Calculating the DR DGM posts and the vacant posts of Addl GMs looking after as GMs for the purpose of DGM vacancies: As of now proposal is moved for 388 DGM vacancies. We demanded that all the posts should be counted for the DPC purposes. CMD sought details about the case. We are trying our level best to get all the DGM vacancies filled up.

09-03-2017

Meeting with PGM(Estt): GS and Jt Sec met PGM(Estt) regarding revision of JTO vacancies in HR Circle. The proposal from HR Circle is yet to reach BSNL CO. We had given a copy of the vacancy calculation done by HR Circle as per the DoPT guidelines. PGM(Estt) assured to endorse the proposal of HR Circle. Declaration of results of HR Circle is delayed due to non finalization of the results... View Copy of the letter.

09-03-2017

Interaction with Smt Sujatha Rao, Ex IAS Officer and BSNL Board member (Independent): GS, President and Chairman had an interaction for more than 2 hours at New Delhi on 08.03.2017. As per her request we made a presentation to her about BSNL, social obligations, Govt support, growth related issues, HR issues etc. She was very keen to understand the issues in BSNL and assured all the support for BSNL.

She was a senior IAS officer and retired as Union Health Secretary.

07-03-2017

GS and CHQ President met Sri Prahald Singh, Member(Fin), DoT on 06.03.2017 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Approval of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A scales as recommended by BSNL: We reminded him about the long pendency of the matter in DoT for more than 9 months. Due to the delay, industrial unrest is growing in BSNL and Executives are very much agitated over the undue delay. Since the pay scales cannot be lowered, we requested to approve the next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3. Member(Fin) agreed to views and assured that DoT will take a decision soon.

b) Endorsing the Govt order enhancing the DCRG ceiling from 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs w.e.f 01.01.2016: After discussion Member(Fin) assured that the order will be endorsed soon. DoT is awaiting the clearance from DoPT.

Earlier GS and President met Sri S. K. Jain, DGG(Estt) and held discussions on the matter. DDG also informed that they are in constant touch with DoPT and DoPT will clear the file shortly. It will be a matter of few days.

03-03-2017

Meeting with DIR(HR): GS and CHQ President met Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 02.03.17 and held discussions on

a) Finalising CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: Since all the promotions are stalled due to litigations, there is an urgent need to finalise the proposal. DIR(HR) is also very keen to find a solution to the stalemate and assured to finalise it at the earliest.

Further the Man power plan is also to be finalized as all HR issues are stopped in the BSNL Board by the Board of Directors from DoT in the name of HR plan. In HR power plan, the number of posts will be reworked based on assets and number of connections. There will be a sharp cut in the number of vacancies, making the functional promotional avenues practically NILL. So before finalization of HR plan we have to switch over to CPSU Hierarchy.

b) DGM Promotions: The DGM promotions for all the vacancies are to be completed at the earliest so that promotion orders can be issued in March. Necessary approval may be given for that purpose. DIR(HR) agreed to complete the DPC at the earliest.

c) Sending response to DoT on 3rd PRC. Several rounds of discussions held with GM(SR) on the BSNL response to DoT. All the important aspects like affordability, three years performance and operational profits, pay revision with full 15% fitment, motivation to the employees to face the competition, pension contribution, huge retirement in the coming years etc are made part of the response. First time in the history of BSNL, we had seen that BSNL making a positive response with regard to pay revision.

01-03-2017

GS, President, CHQ Treasurer, AGS and Jt Sec met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on CPSU Hierarchy and DE to DGM promotions. On DGM promotions, only 250 VC received so far from Circles. All CSs may verify the VC status and Screening Committee report of their Circles.


CHQ Treasurer and AGS met PGM EW and discussed on our issues

01-03-2017

Meeting with PGM(Estt): GS and Jt Sec met PGM(Estt) on 28.02.2017 and discussed about the Rule-8 transfer of TTAs become JTOs through LICE. In fact all has to forgo the TTA service and has to wait for another 5 years to become eligible for applying Rule 8 transfer as JTO. We demanded maximum relaxation for them, counting the TTA stay also. PGM(Estt) responded positively and we will pursue the case further to issue guidelines in this regard.

Further we discussed distribution/posting of JEs and Executives among the non recruiting units especially transmission mtce regions on promotion/ direct rect. We demanded that guidelines to be issued to call for volunteers to be posted in high tech areas like mobile, ITPC, BBNW, NOC, Trans mtce etc.

Today GS, President, CHQ Treasurer and AGS met DGM(Estt) and further pursued the matter.

27-02-2017

GS, President and AGS met PGM(Pers) on 27.02.17 and held elaborate discussions on the contentious issues on implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy such as finalization of Man power plan, time bound promotions to AGM grade, Board approval etc. The discussions were very fruitful. Our submissions mainly focused on making AGM promotion also time bound and delinking CPSU Hierarchy from the Man power plan approval. 

23-02-2017

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL: GS, President and AGS met CMD BSNL on 23.02.17 and held discussions on a) approval of E2, E3 scales by DoT, b) Offtg pay protection and c) the news about the merger of MTNL and BSNL: On approval of E2, E3 pay scales, CMD informed that he reminded Secretary, DoT yesterday for the urgent need for approval. On MTNL and BSNL merger, CMD informed that he do not have any official information and as per his knowledge, there is no such proposal from PMO in this regard, rather these are proposal of MTNL management to DoT.

Meeting with Sri N. K. Mehta, DIR(EB): GS, President and AGS met DIR(EB) on 23.02.17 and held discussions on the huge reduction of posts in maintenance regions, project Circles etc in the Man power plan as recommended by Deloittee. The sanctioned posts are about 9000 but in the Man power plan only the working strength of 3300 is taken into account. Considering the huge requirement in transmission media mtce and the importance of Core network, all the posts are to be accounted as it is. DIR(EB) informed that he is not aware of the developments and he will take up the matter immediately with DIR(HR).

22-02-2017

GS, President and AGS met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on issuing offtg pay protection order, CPSU hierarchy and finalization of man power plan. PGM(Pers) informed that the orders for Offtg pay protection will be issued in few days. Since all HR issues approval in BSNL Board is related with HR plan, it will be expedited. In line with that CPSU Hierarchy also will be finalized as per Khan Committee recommendations.

GS and President met PGM(Estt) and held discussions on issuing guidelines on Rule 8 cases and the PCAT judgment on FR22(1)(a)(1) for officiating JTOs. The file regarding the guidelines for Rule 8 cases is submitted to DIR(HR) for approval. On the PCAT judgment, the judgment copy uploaded in the PCAT website and it will be endorsed to Circles for further actions.

11-02-2017

Developments on E2, E3 pay scales:

As per the letter from DoT, DIR(HR) and PGM(Estt) tried to make a presentation to AST and other officers of DoT on 10.02.2017. According to the informations, AST already made up his mind on the issue and not even bothered to listen to BSNL presentation. AST maintained his earlier stand that E1 and E2 pay scales to be given for the new recruits and for those recruited in E1A scale, additional increments will be given. Otherwise E1A and E2A pay scales will be approved by sending it to Union Cabinet.

DIR(HR) informed that AST opined that E1A and E2A pay scale is applicable only for those absorbed from DoT and for the BSNL recruits, E1 and E2 pay scales are applicable from 2000 onwards. BSNL done a mistake by new recruitment in E1A scale from 2001.

Finally the decision is going to be taken by Secretary, DoT and the CMDs say in this regard will be very crucial. The confusion created on the pay scales during the last two years given sufficient opportunity and time for DoT to take such a negative stand.

Now the Executives are in three stages, in E1 scale of Rs 16400, in E1+5 of Rs 19020, at Rs 22820 etc. AST and DoT is thinking about E1 scale of Rs 16400 only, not even E1+ 5 increments of Rs 19020 or E2 scale of Rs 20600.

Comrades, it is high time to maintain unity among all the Executives. We will not allow any force to demote the cadre. Our unity, unity among the Executives only can save the cadre from demotion to E1 and E2 scales. 

10-02-2017

Meeting with Sri R K Misra, Member(Services), Telecom Commission, DoT: GS and CHQ President met Members(S) on 09.02.2017 and held discussions on the following subjects:

a) Implementation of 3rd PRC report by Govt: Last week Cabinet Secretary called a meeting of all the secretaries of the Administrative Ministries to have discussion on the matter. Member(S) and Jt Sec(A) represented DoT on behalf of Secretary. The pension revision for BSNL and MTNL pensioners also discussed. Govt has given some time to the Administrative Ministries to give feedback on the report.

b) Circulating the order enhancing the Gratuity from 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs to the CCAs as per 7th CPC: Since DoT, Finance suggested to get the opinion of DoPT also, the matter referred to DoPT. The revised Gratuity ceiling of Rs 20 lakhs is applicable from 01.01.2016 for all the pensioners covered under CCS pension Rules, 1972. BSNL and MTNL pensioners also covered by the same rules. We requested to circulate the Govt order as done in 6th CPC implementation. Member(S) assured to speed up the process.

Meeting with PGM(Estt): GS and CHQ President met PGM(Estt) and DGM(Estt) on 09.02.2017 to discuss the final presentation to be made to DoT on implementation of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. The presentation will be at 04.00 PM on 10.02.2017.

On issuing guidelines on Rules 8 cases, as discussed with us, the proposal already moved to competent authority for approval.

08-02-2017

GS and CHQ President met PGM(Estt) and held discussions on the following issues:

a)        Presentation to DoT on 10.02.2017 regarding E2, E3 pay scales proposal: PGM(Estt) informed that the presentation will be made on 10.02.2017 proposing E1A to E2 and E2A to E3.

b)        Instructions on Rule 9 cases: Clarification will be issued in this regard as some Circles raised queries about the date of implementation of the recent guidelines. It is suggested by Estt wing that since there is no specific mention on date of implementation, it will be prospective only. The file moved to Restg wing and we further discussed it with GM(Restg). The clarification on date of implementation will be issued shortly by Restg Cell.

c)        TTA to JTO LICE results in Kerala circle: The speaking order will be issued with the approval of CMD. The proposal moved as desired by Kerala Circle and will be issued in few days. 

08-02-2017

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava,  CMD, BSNL on 07.02.2017:

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

a)  Presentation to DoT on 10.02.2017 regarding E2, E3 pay scales proposal:

On the pursuation of CMD with Secretary/ DoT and based the DO letter from CMD in this regard, DoT asked BSNL to give a detailed presentation on 10.02.2017 on the subject. We requested CMD that BSNL should make a detailed presentation to DoT giving details of 1) the intermediary pay scales like E1A, E2A, E2B, E3A, E3B, E7A, E7B, E7C, E8A, E9A etc introduced in other CPSUs like BHEL, NTPC, ONGC, Coal India, FCI etc during 1st PRC period, 2) Union cabinet decision and DPE order dtd 26.11.2008 and 02.04.2009 regarding 2nd PRC and standard pay scales, 3) status of intermediary pay scales in other CPSUs after 2nd PRC (all upgraded the intermediary pay scales to the next higher standard pay scales), 4) more than 70% of the Executives recruited after 01.01.2007 are BSNL direct recruits and DoT don’t have any financial implications etc. CMD informed that the presentation will include all such informations.

b)        CPSU Hierarchy implementation: We requested to finalise the CPSU Hierarchy as per Khan Committee recommendations. Now the proposal discussed with management and SNEA is under consideration of top management. It may be decided at the earliest.

c)        Finalization of HR plan: All the HR issues are pending for the last two years due to non-finalization of HR plan. The norms are to be finalized including the new businesses and then HR plan is to be finalized. Our letter dated 06.02.17 explains the areas which are not covered earlier.

d)        Increasing the number of DGM posts: Considering the huge stagnation in Telecom Engineering wing and so many DGM posts are occupied by ITS officers, we demanded to increase of DGM posts to 2500. Our letter dtd 06.02.2017 gives a picture about the present status.

04-02-2017

Meeting with PGM(Estt) and DGM(Estt) on Rule-8 transfer on 03.02.2017: GS and AGS met PGM(Estt) and discussed Rule-8 transfers and demanded to issue instructions to all CGMs to utilise the newly promoted JTOs as substitutes. Hundreds of Rule-8 cases are pending in various Circles, completed 8 to 10 years. Now JTOs are joining in various Circles through LICE. Utilizing them as substitutes, all the Rule-8 cases are to be settled. Some Circles taken good initiative in this regard. After the intervention of SNEA/KTK, CGM/KTK Circle agreed to consider 74 Rule -8 cases when 84 new JTOs are joining, giving a big relief. However CGMs of other Circles are lagging, especially Circles like TN. The plea that TTAs are becoming JTO and the number is not increasing is not acceptable as in other cadres like SDE, AO, DE, CAO etc, there is no outside recruitment. Transfers are considered as and when promotion is taking place.

We requested to issue instructions to all the Circles to consider all the Rule 8 cases as and when new JTOs are joining either on promotion or through direct rect. Further to review the cases on a quarterly basis on other occasions.

In continuation of the earlier discussions with DIR(HR) and GM(Restg), GS and CHQ president met GM(SR) on 03.02.2017 and discussed about the social security measures like Term Insurance and formation of Corpus fund. GM(SR) assured that the SNEA demand will be referred to GM(Restg) as per the direction of DIR(HR) for further processing the matter.

14-01-2017

TTA to JTO LICE result for Kerala Circle: GS met PGM(Pers) on 13.01.17 and discussed the declaration of result of the 2nd LICE for the remaining candidates of Kerala Circle which was pending due to court cases. GS requested to expedite to issue the speaking order as most of the LICE passed candidates already given representation in this regard. PGM(Estt) assured all possible decisions at the earliest.

12-01-2017

GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met Sri Ashuthosh Gupta, GM(Restg) and held discussion on issues related to the Social Security of BSNL recruited employees. We had some preliminary discussions on our proposal for Term Insurance and the second proposal for forming a Corpus fund. This discussion was in continuation of the discussions with DIR(HR) on this matter. It was decided to explore the possibility of both proposals to take care of the social security of the employees.

 

AGS met GM(Rect) and discussed the finalization of the JAO result based on the committee report. The matter is under process.

11-01-2017

Developments on E2, E3 pay scales: GS and AGS met CMD, BSNL today and held discussions on the issue. As assured to us, CMD written a DO letter to Secretary, DoT and personally handed over to Secretary today and held discussions to settle the issue of replacement of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 within DoT itself without sending it to Union Cabinet. GS further discussed increasing the DGM(T) posts by matching savings to address the huge stagnation in AGM grade.

The revised Board memo for approval of Trustee Board formation for managing 30% Superannuation Fund, made ready by CA section and will be approved in the next Board meeting scheduled for 31.01.2017. GS and President met GM(CA) and held discussions on the matter.

CPSU meeting continued today with PGM(Pers), GM(Restg) and Jt GM(Pers) with main focus on Time Bound promotion to AGM Grade without linking with availability of posts. Next meetings will be on 13.01.2017 and 16.01.2017 at 4 PM.

09-01-2017

Meeting with Sri Dev Kumar Chakrabarty, PGM(Pers): GS, CHQ President and AGS met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Expediting CPSU Hierarchy finalization: Since the discussions could not continue for two days, it was agreed to devote more time tomorrow and expedite the finalization of the proposal. The contentious issues of relaxation in qualifying service, seniority, RRs, TB promotion upto AGM grade, increasing the number of DGM posts etc are the outstanding issues to be sorted out.

b) 1st TBP after 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years as recommended by Khan Committee: Assn demanded the processing of the issue separately. It is another recommendation of the Khan Committee. PGM informed that now Pers section is busy dealing with our demands of Offtg pay protection and CPSU Hierarchy and once CPSU Hierarchy taken a shape, immediately this demand will be processed. However we requested to start its processing separately at the earliest.

c) Officiating Pay protection: PGM informed our demand is in principle accepted and the draft proposal for protection of the pay as per the existing provisions of FRSR and EPP will be discussed with the Assn this week before sending it to DIR(HR).

d) Explore the possibility of posting for the LDCE passed JTOs. Since the LDCE 2015 results declared long back, Assn requested to explore the possibility of postings at the earliest. The reservation issue may not come on the way and RR amendment issue can be considered later and now posting can be given by taking declaration that they will not claim seniority. After discussion, PGM assured to examine all the possibilities to expedite the postings.

e) Filing SLP against the Chandigarh CAT and HC judgments on reservation issues on SDE to DE promotion, JTO to SDE LDCE promotion and JTO to SDE seniority promotion. The appeal filed by BSNL in the Chandigarh HC also dismissed recently. BSNL is waiting for the judgment copy. All other formalities are completed and all the three SLPs in the Hon Supreme Court are almost ready to file.

f) Request transfers in the cadre SDEs and DEs. The remaining cases will be processed this week.

06-01-2017

GS and Jt Sec met CMD today again on E2, E3 pay scales issue. During discussion to resolve the issue, CMD assured us to write a DO letter to Secretary, DoT referring the discussion on approval for replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 so that DoT can process this portion alone.

Association will be pursuing the matter on a day to day basis.

CPSU cadre hierarchy meeting could not be held today as the officers are preoccupied in official meeting in DoT. Meeting will continue on Monday.

01-12-2016

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL on replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2, E3:

After meeting Jt Sec(A)/DoT on 30.11.2016, GS and AGS met CMD BSNL on the same issue and explained him about the developments in DoT where senior officers in DoT like Addl Secretary(T) recommended to refer the E1A and E2A scales to Union Cabinet or extend E1 and E2 pay scales for the fresh recruits (Same thing available in the note sheet uploaded earlier in our website which other Assns suppressed due to obvious reasons). The BSNL proposal complicated the whole issue as DoT is not accepting the proposal to upgrade all the pay scales citing huge financial implication and pension liability. Due to this the legitimate demand of E2, E3 from 01.01.2007 also getting rejected by DoT. Assn informed CMD that in that case Assn is going to launch agitation without any further notice as communicated on 28.11.16. Huge industrial unrest will happen and BSNL management will be squarely responsible. BSNL only can save the demand of E2 and E3 by delinking it from the upgradation of all other pay scales for the time being and get the E2, E3 approved before 3rd PRC. Remaining scales upgardation can be taken up during 3rd PRC implementation from 01.01.2017, after one month.

Finally CMD assured that BSNL will first get the E2, E3 scales approved before 3rd PRC and upgradation of remaining scales will be considered during 3rd PRC implementation. This is the best possible solution. 

01-12-2016

Meeting with Sri Amit Yadav, Jt Secretary(A) and Rajiv Shrivastava, Director(TPF), DoT on replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2, E3:

GS and AGS met JS(A) and had heated arguments on the proposed move of DoT to down grade the pay scales of JTO/JAO from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 or to send E1A and E2A proposal to Union cabinet for approval. Addl Secretary(T) has recommended for this and DoT is planning to communicate it to BSNL. Director(TPF) informed that since nodal cell of DoT is not recommending the proposal, DoT(Fin) is having no more role to play. The proposal is already turned down by DoT earlier also.

JS(A) told that DoT is of the view that due to the huge financial implication on DoT in terms of future pension liability and for BSNL in terms of pay and perks, BSNL proposal cannot be approved. For each employee, financial implications for 35 to 37 years of service are to be calculated and then the pension liability on DoT for another 15 years. This has not done by BSNL. If BSNL is competent to decide the pay scales by its own, it can do so. BSNL proposes the upgradation not only for two pay scales but for all the pay scales. BSNL is making huge loses and according to DoT, BSNL cannot afford such revision of pay scales in long term.

Assn countered the arguments of JS(A) one by one:

A) It is the Union Cabinet decision to implement standard pay scales as per of 2nd PRC recommendations. The cabinet decision has come as DPE order. Further DPE again communicated to DOT in 2014 that intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A cannot be approved and standard pay scales are to be implemented. So, the AS(T) proposal of sending E1A and E2A pay scales to Union Cabinet for approval devoid of merits. Even DPE will not give concurrence to such proposal.

B) The AS(T) suggestion that it can be treated as a pay anomaly and can be compensated by giving additional pay in E1 scale is not correct as the issue is of the revised pay scales of E1A and E2A after 2nd PRC. The revised standard pay scales are to be notified w.e.f 01.01.2007. It cannot be treated as a pay anomaly issue at all. 

C) The BSNL proposal cannot be dealt by 3rd PRC as suggested by DoT earlier. 3rd PRC deals with pay revision from 01.01.2017. The present case is revision of pay scales from 01.01.2007 as per 2nd PRC.

D) DoT cannot take unilateral decisions on pay scales. The pay scales are to be approved by Administrative Ministry as per the recommendations of BSNL only, this is the Cabinet decision.

E) DoT should allow BSNL management to run the company and decide the pay scales etc. On this JS(A) told that on operations matters, DoT will not interfere but on pay scales, Govt approval is mandatory as it is having financial implications on Govt and on the health of the CPSU. BSNL and MTNL are the two unique CPSUs where Govt pension is extended.

F) Almost 80% of the Executives recruited by BSNL after 01.01.2007 are not having pension, they are BSNL directly recruited employees. Remaining 20% is having only few years of service left and the financial implications for them is minimum. On this JS(A) commented that these facts are not mentioned in BSNL proposal.

G) According to BSNL, total financial implications per year from 2015-16 will be about Rs 46 Cr only. It is not a big amount which BSNL cannot afford. In earlier years, it will be much less. BSNL is ready to make the payment.

H) Even after implementation of E2 scale, the basic pay will be much less than that of the pay fixed for the Executives joined earlier. Minimum of E2 scales is Rs 20600 and pay fixed on pay revision on E1A scale is Rs 22820.

I) The demand from the Assn is the replacement of the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3. Part I of the BSNL proposal is the same. Upgradation of other pay scales is the proposal of BSNL. The justification and alternative to this 2nd part can be discussed with BSNL. Pay scales and five TB promotions are part of the terms and conditions of absorption. Any solution on the 2nd part without deviating from the basic principles of terms and conditions for absorption and EPP is acceptable for the Assn. 

J) In the name of upgradation of other pay scales, the basic issue of revision of pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 cannot be rejected. The cadres cannot be down grades and the existing pay scales cannot be downgraded.

Finally after lot of arguments, JA(A) agreed to hold a combined meeting of the Assn, BSNL and DoT officers after one week to find out a workable solution.

Comrades, THE FIGHT IS STILL ON ---. Atleast we could save the proposal for the time being. We should mount lot of pressure on BSNL management and DoT in the coming days, atleast to get the upgradation of the pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO to E2 and E3 and protect the cadres from demotion by down grading the pay scales to E1 and E2. 

GET READY FOR A BIG SHOWDOWN WITH DOT SHORTLY.

30-11-2016

During visit of Director (HR / Finance) Smt. Sujata Ray at Gujarat on 28th and 29th NOV 2016, CS/GUJ and Jt Sec(West) along with others met her goodself and discussed and suggested various HR issues, social security / replacement of GSLI by Term Insurance / welfare scheme and Interest of service related issues. They also submitted memorandum in this regard.

Click Here for  (1) Copy of Memorandum submitted to Hon’ble Director (HR / Finance) Smt. Sujata Ray.

(2) Response / Reaction given by Director (HR / Finance) on all the issues. >>>>> 

22-11-2016

Developments on standard pay scales: It is came to know that Addl Secretary, Telecom has returned the file back to Member(Fin) with some adverse comments even on replacement of E1A and E2A scales with E2 and E3. We are trying to ascertain the facts from DoT.

GS and AGS met Sri Anupam Shrivastava discussed various issues including his strong intervention for approval of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc and CPSU Cadre hierarchy.

GS requested to take up the HR issues pending before the Board like E1+5 increments, amendments to SDE RR and BSNLMS RR for CAO promotion to 75% etc in the Board meeting on 23.11.16. 

22-11-2016

Developments on standard pay scales: It is came to know that Addl Secretary, Telecom has returned the file back to Member(Fin) with some adverse comments even on replacement of E1A and E2A scales with E2 and E3. We are trying to ascertain the facts from DoT.

GS and AGS met Sri Anupam Shrivastava discussed various issues including his strong intervention for approval of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc and CPSU Cadre hierarchy.

GS requested to take up the HR issues pending before the Board like E1+5 increments, amendments to SDE RR and BSNLMS RR for CAO promotion to 75% etc in the Board meeting on 23.11.16. CMD assured to consider these issues depending on the HR committee suggestions.

17-11-2016

Appointment of JAO trainees on completion of training:

The Corporate Office has issued instructions to CGMs not to give posting orders to the JAO trainees after the completion of training on 18.11.2016. As per the direction of DIR(HR), GS, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(SR) and explained the issue in detail. DIR(HR) has to attend some meeting outside BSNLCO. Since the final results are published after considering all the discrepancies and training is already completed, Assn demanded that posting orders are to be issued immediately without delay. Further there are sufficient vacancies in almost all the Circles to accommodate more JAOs in case more candidates are passing the LICE. So there is no need to keep the appointment pending, Assn explained. We are interacting with GM(Rect) and GM(FP) also on this issue to find an immediate solution.

23-10-2016

GS, CHQ President and AGS met DIR(HR) on 21.10.2016 and held discussions regarding conduction of membership verification and frequent postponement without any valid reasons. DIR(HR) informed that some issue was developed due to bifurcation of AP Circle. Now all issues are sorted out and verification will be held as per schedule on 07.12.2016. DIR(HR) informed that CMD, DIR(HR) and entire management is committed to it as all the HR issues can be decided and resolved only after verification in consultation with the majority Association.

Assn explained the harassment and misbehavior of GM/ Mahububnagar/Telangana Circle and requested appropriate action against him. The Executives and employees are ill treated by the GM for the last two years and UF and Forum consisting of all unions represented to CGM in this regard. DIR(HR) assured positive action at the earliest.

Assn requested to expedite the SDE to DE and other promotions wherever stay is not there. 

21-10-2016

 GS, CHQ President, Chairman and AGS met Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD BSNL on 20.10.2016 and strongly protested against the repeated postponement of membership verification without any valid grounds. We reminded him about the assurances given by him and DIR(HR) few weeks back that verification will not be postponed. In the name of verification, all the issues remain unaddressed. This is going on since 2014. The status of CMD and top management is getting degraded in the eyes of the employees by some elements, we clearly told CMD. All our Executives are geared up for the first MVP and concentrating more and more in SWAS programme and increasing the revenues of BSNL, keeping the larger task of implementation of 3rd PRC.

CMD appealed not to precipitate the matter further and assured that there will not be any more postponement and verification will be held as per schedule on 07.12.16.

Comrades, those who are afraid to face membership verification will try their level best to derail the verification for continuing to enjoy the benefits without the support of Executives and membership. They are not only trying to derail the verification, in the process further delay the settlement of HR issues. They are deliberately doing this as they are not affected by pay scales or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. We have to expose them and defeat such negative elements through the ballot on 07.12.2016. We have to continue the campaign with same vigor fully utilizing the additional 3 weeks.

 

Assn further requested CMD for expediting JTO to SDE and SDE to DE promotion as there is no stay on promotion. There are about 2000 DE vacancies. JTOs and SDEs are retiring without promotion. Since there is no stay, management can go ahead with promotions as per DoPT rules giving reservation for SC/ST Executives by filing an appeal in the higher courts. SEWA BSNL General Secretary Com N D Ram also was with us while discussing this issue with CMD, BSNL.

21-10-2016

GS, CHQ President, Chairman and AGS met Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD BSNL on 20.10.2016 and strongly protested against the repeated postponement of membership verification without any valid grounds. We reminded him about the assurances given by him and DIR(HR) few weeks back that verification will not be postponed. In the name of verification, all the issues remain unaddressed. This is going on since 2014. The status of CMD and top management is getting degraded in the eyes of the employees by some elements, we clearly told CMD. All our Executives are geared up for the first MVP and concentrating more and more in SWAS programme and increasing the revenues of BSNL, keeping the larger task of implementation of 3rd PRC.

Comrades, those who are afraid to face membership verification will try their level best to derail the verification for continuing to enjoy the benefits without the support of Executives and membership. They are not only trying to derail the verification, in the process further delay the settlement of HR issues. They are deliberately doing this as they are not affected by pay scales or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. We have to expose them and defeat such negative elements through the ballot on 07.12.2016. We have to continue the campaign with same vigor fully utilizing the additional 3 weeks. 

21-10-2016

GS, CHQ President, Chairman and AGS met Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD BSNL on 20.10.2016 and strongly protested against the repeated postponement of membership verification without any valid grounds. We reminded him about the assurances given by him and DIR(HR) few weeks back that verification will not be postponed. In the name of verification, all the issues remain unaddressed. This is going on since 2014. The status of CMD and top management is getting degraded in the eyes of the employees by some elements, we clearly told CMD. All our Executives are geared up for the first MVP and concentrating more and more in SWAS programme and increasing the revenues of BSNL, keeping the larger task of implementation of 3rd PRC.

Comrades, those who are afraid to face membership verification will try their level best to derail the verification for continuing to enjoy the benefits without the support of Executives and membership. They are not only trying to derail the verification, in the process further delay the settlement of HR issues. They are deliberately doing this as they are not affected by pay scales or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. We have to expose them and defeat such negative elements through the ballot on 07.12.2016. 

14-10-2016

GS met GM(SR) Sri A M Gupta on 13.10.2016 and held discussions on conduction of membership verification. GM(SR) informed that SR section will be issuing the guidelines by tomorrow (14.10.2016) for the conduction of membership verification.

27-09-2016

GS, President and AGS met GM(Pers) on 26.09.2016 and held discussions on cancellation/modification of transfer orders issued from AP/KTK Circle to CTD on wrong long stay list. After discussion, GM(Pers) assured that the officers will not be releived and the orders will be corrected based on the revised list. For the revised list, GM Pers will speak to CGM/STR for sending the list to KTK/AP Circles.

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