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08-11-2019

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

1) Early launching of 4G services:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08-11-2019

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

08-11-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26-10-2019

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on 25.10.2019:

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

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

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

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

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

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

26-10-2019

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

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

26-10-2019

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

26-10-2019

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

27-09-2019

Progress in DGM(Adhoc) promotion:

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

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

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

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

21-09-2019

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

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

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

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

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

18-09-2019

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

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

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

10-09-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20-08-2019

Meeting at PMO on BSNL Revival Plan on 20.08.2019:

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

20-08-2019

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

14-08-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

14-08-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

24-07-2019

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

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

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

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

23-07-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

24-07-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-07-2019

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

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

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

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

10-07-2019

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

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

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

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

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

09-07-2019

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

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

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

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

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

04-07-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

25-06-2019

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

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

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

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

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

22-06-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

21-06-2019

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

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

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

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

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

19-06-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17-06-2019

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

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

08-05-2019

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

08-05-2019

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

07-05-2019

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

24-04-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24-04-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-04-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-04-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-04-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

08-04-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22-03-2019

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

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

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

08-03-2019

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

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

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

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

08-03-2019

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

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

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

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

27-02-2019

Meeting with DIR(HR) and CMD on 26.02.2019:

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

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

26-02-2019

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

22-02-2019

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

22-02-2019

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

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

22-02-2019

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

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

Memorandum submittedPhoto 1 Photo 2

11-02-2019

3 DAYS STRIKE FROM 18.02.2019 BY AUAB

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

Conduct combined meetings at Circle/SSA/Branch level.

11-02-2019

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

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

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

11-02-2019

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

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

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

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

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

11-02-2019

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

11-02-2019

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

05-02-2019

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

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

31-01-2019

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

24-01-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24-01-2019

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

15-01-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12-01-2019

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

3rd Pay Revision

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

 

4G spectrum to BSNL.

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

 

Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay.

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

 

Pension Revision.

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

 

Outstanding issues of 2nd PRC.

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

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

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

  

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

AUAB Circular

12-01-2019

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

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

10-01-2019

AUAB meeting with the Secretary, Telecom.

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

AUAB Circular

10-01-2019

AUAB meeting with the Secretary, Telecom.

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

10-01-2019

Implementation of Group Term Insurance:

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

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

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

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

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

10-01-2019

Project Ojas implementation

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

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

08-01-2019

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

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

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

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

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

29-12-2018

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

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

29-12-2018

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

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

26-12-2018

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

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

26-12-2018

Group Term Insurance (GTI):

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

Accepted upto 50 years: 14474.

Accepted above 50 years: 1320.

Not accepted upto 50 years: 6195.

Not accepted above 50 years: 8890.

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

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

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

19-12-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19-12-2018

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

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

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

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

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

19-12-2018

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

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

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

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

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

13-12-2018

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

12-12-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11-12-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03-11-2018

Meeting between the Secretary (Telecom) and the AUAB:

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

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

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

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

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

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

03-11-2018

Meeting between the Secretary (Telecom) and the AUAB:

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

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

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

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

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

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

02-11-2018

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

01-11-2018

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

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

01-11-2018

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

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

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

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

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

10-10-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05-10-2018

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

03-10-2018

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

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

29-09-2018

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

29-09-2018

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

29-09-2018

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

29-09-2018

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

26-09-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26-09-2018

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

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

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

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

21-09-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11-09-2018

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

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

11-09-2018

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

11-09-2018

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

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

03-09-2018

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

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

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

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01-09-2018

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

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

29-08-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

16-08-2018

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

16-08-2018

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

16-08-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

10-08-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09-08-2018

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

09-08-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

DoT in its letter stated that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09-08-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

DoT in its letter stated that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09-08-2018

Meeting with Shri Sourab Tyagi, GM(Estt): GS, AGS and Jt Sec(C) met GM(Estt) on 08.08.2018 and held discussions on various issues:

a) Approval of Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3 --- clarifications sought from DPE: Detailed discussions held with GM(Estt) on the subject based on the letter sent to DPE by DoT, point wise. Since wrong informations are given by DoT to DPE, BSNL has to strongly present the facts before the DPE so that DPE can take a correct stand. Normally DPE will not take a stand against the Administrative Ministry, unless and until it is warranted.

DoT in its letter stated that:

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

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

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

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

After discussion, GM(Estt) assured that they will meet the DPE officials and explain the issue in detail.

b) Fixation of Inter-se seniority of direct recs as per Ernakulam HC order. Estt section examined the case in detail and of the view that the method of fixation of inter-se seniority by trg centre marks has been quashed which has to be corrected. It is a serious issue as it will unsettle a settled issue, the method of fixation of inter-se seniority, the method followed by DoT and BSNL decades together. Estt section suggested to file a review petition in this regard at Ernakulam HC along with prayer for following rect year as simple date of appoint will affect the rect year also. Date of appointment of later rect year JTOs are earlier comparing to the previous rect year, in some cases.

AIGETOA and its activists filed series of cases at Chennai and Ernakulam from 2010 onwards with single agenda of blocking the SCF promotions with prayer for 1) 1:1 ratio between promote JTOs of 1995 and DR JTOs of 2001 batch, 2) date of joining as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority. Hon Court rejected both prayers and ordered something even they did not prayed. The court case filed by AIGETOA activists just to block the SCF promotion is backfiring now, affecting the promotion of all the JTOs.

The JTO to SDE promotion is abnormally getting delayed due to the court cases. We once again requested GM(Estt) to expedite the process and get the judgment modified by restoring the trg centre marks so that AIEL can be published and promotion orders can be issued at the earliest. 

08-08-2018

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers): GS, President and AGS met GM(Pers) on 07.08.2018 and held discussions on various issues:

a) Bringing total parity and uniformity in functional promotions in all the cadres. We demanded early actions for bringing parity in promotions for all the cadres which is already accepted by the management in principle. JAO 2012 batch is already promoted, parity for all other cadres required. There is a proposal to promote all the SDE/AO equivalent of 2009 batch as AGM. GM(Pers) informed that the demand for parity is accepted by management and management is trying to implement it in stages and now management is examining for parity upto 2004/2005 promotions.

For protecting the seniority among the equivalent cadres who are promoted in June 2018 and for which DPC work is going on like JTO to SDE, AO to CAO etc, we demanded for parity and their promotions on or before 01.07.2018 (for all the vacancies for which DPC work already initiated) by giving them promotions notionally from 29.06.2018. In all other cadres the promotions for all the existing vacancies issued by 30.06.2018. We requested to delink the 2003 and 2005 batch AO promotion from the 2008 and 2009 batches.

b) Expediting JTO to SDE promotion: GM(Pers) informed that management is very keen to promote all but unfortunately due to the Hon Ernakulam HC order, AIEL is not able to publish. In the case filed by AIGETOA activists, Hon HC set aside the AIEL based on trg centre marks for the direct rects and directed to prepare the AIEL based on date of appointment/promotion. It is against the principle followed by DoT and BSNL. The promotion is delayed by the court order, GM(Pers) informed us. The issue is referred to Estt section, the cadre controlling authority and based on their opinion further actions will be taken shortly. The senior management is also very much disturbed over the contempt petition filed against CMD and others and their personal appearance and management attention is diverted to that. We requested to take all the possible steps to expedite the promotions.

c) Revision of 206 seniority: The seniority revision as per Hon Supreme Court order is already approved and revised SDE seniority list of 1 to 5 will be circulated today, GM(P) informed us.

d) DE to DGM DPC: We requested to expedite the DPC work and creation of additional DGM posts to promote all the eligible AGMs  so that the court order against DGM promotion on catch up Rule can be overcome. As preparatory work, we requested to complete the DPC work for all and make the panel ready so that promotions can be given immediately on sanction of posts. In HR plan there is a proposal to increase the DGM posts. GM(P) assured to complete the DPC work and the proposal for increasing the posts based on HR plan will be considered.

e) Restoration of Soft tenure break:  Based on the decisions in the formal meeting with DIR(HR) on 17.05.2018, the proposal is already moved to DIR(HR) in May itself. It is pending in the office of DIR(HR) and will be pursued.

08-08-2018

GS and AGS met DGM(Estt) and held discussions on the reference from Pers section on the Ernakulam Court case related to inter-se seniority of JTOs. DGM(Estt) informed that section almost examined the judgments and of the firm opinion that it has to be challenged and trg centre marks is to be restored for avoiding future complications. The opinion will be communicated to Pers section in a couple of days.

27-07-2018

GS and AGS met CMD/BSNL on 26.07.18 and held further discussions on our demand for bringing parity and uniformity in promotions. In AGM equivalent grade, upto 2009 batch is to be promoted at par with the proposal from SEA section for the CAO promotion. Similarly, JAO 2012 batch is promoted, so all the equivalent cadres are to be brought to that level. The proposal of Pers section is upto 2009 batch (upto 2010) for all the cadres. CMD reassured that this demand is fully justified. He also informed that he directed DIR(HR) and HR wing to work out on those lines ensuring parity for all, in all the future promotions. Further we requested to speed up JTO to SDE and AO to CAO promotions. For JTO to SDE promotion, the Hon Ernakulam HC order on method of preparation of AIEL creating hurdles and delay. The contempt petition is to be decided and that created further delay, CMD informed us. CMD was very unhappy on the contempt petition. We requested to take immediate decisions to end the deadlock situation so that all the eligible Executives can get their promotion and can fully focus on the revival of the company. CMD informed that more than 12000 Executives got the promotion now and positive results are expected from this month itself.

24-07-2018

DIR(HR) invited SNEA on 23.07.2018 for discussions on HR issues. GS, President and AGS attended the meeting. GM(Pers), GM(SR) and Jt GM(pers) also present in the meeting:

1) Parity and uniform promotional avenues to all the equivalent cadres in different streams: DIR(HR) explained the efforts taken by the management to complete all the promotions which are feasible before the target date of 30.06.2018. JTO to SDE and AO to CAO promotions could not complete due to litigations. In all other cadres, 100% vacancies filled up. Further management is taking all efforts to give maximum promotions to the Executives. Some upgradation of posts also done to overcome the litigations. But it cannot be considered as a permanent solution as it is not viable. Large scale upgradations as demanded by the Assn is not possible. Upgradation affects the promotional avenues of the feeder cadres. We once again thanked DIR(HR) and BSNL management for the large number of promotions, about 12000, completed in record time. However we pointed out that the recent promotions widened the disparity in promotions among equivalent cadres, which management also acknowledged. Management assured to take care of this in future. We strongly demanded for the promotion of all the eligible Executives in Telecom, Civil, Electrical, CSS, PA/PS, TF, Arch etc wings to different grades and ensure parity in promotions.

DIR(HR) further informed that management is working out to notify Uniform Time Bound Promotion Policy w.e.f 01.07.2018 or an earlier date as per the Board approval. Now the formalities are getting completed. A committee has been constituted to examine whether the proposal has to go to DoT for approval prior to the notification. The committee recommended that there is no financial implications and as per the DoT guidelines and the opinion of Board members from DoT, the proposals having financial implications only to be send to DoT. Accordingly, the new policy need not send to DoT. Another committee is examining the reservation issue as per Govt guidelines. The committee is directed to submit the report immediately. In the new policy, provision is made for reservation at entry level and relaxation for bench marks in promotions. The promotion is time bound and not based on availability of posts and all the eligible Executives will be given promotion. Promotion is from one grade to the next grade or one scale to the next higher scale and not from one post to the next higher post. Based on Committee report, further actions will be taken immediately.

We reminded the management that thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion to Manager, Sr Manager, AGM and Jt DGM grades and we are having enormous pressure from the field units which we are finding difficult to sustain. We want promotion whatever be the way management deems fit with parity.

DIR(HR) reassured that management will take all the possible steps to give promotions to various grades at the earliest. Result also will be seen shortly.

2) The proposal for rpalcamnet of E1A and E2A scales for the post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs: We informed Mnagement that now DoT referred the matter agin to DPE. We requested to send some senior officers of BSNL to DPE to explain the whole issue to DPE so that DPE can take a decision based on facts. DoT suppressed the facts from DPE.

DIR(HR) assured to depute GM(Estt) to DPE and meet the concerned officers to explain the matter.

24-07-2018

Developments on Group Term Insurance (GTI): On 23.08.18, the committee meeting on GTI held. GS and President attended the meeting. The quote from LIC also received which the committee felt very high. The rate quoted by LIC for Rs 50 lakhs is:

3.2% for an assured number of 90% of the Executives and

3.8% for an assured number of 80% of the Executives.

The committee is of the view that the rate quoted by LIC is too high and the rate given by SBI Life is 1.88% which is more reasonable. Today SBI life is called for further negotiations

20-07-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL on 19.07.2018: GS, AGS and CS/MH met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

1. DoT decision to seek the guidance of DPE regarding replacement of E1A and E2A scales by E2, E3 scales w.e.f 01.01.2007.

As per the opinion of Dept of Expenditure, DoT referred the matter to DPE for guidance. However facts are suppressed by DoT in the letter to DPE. DoT informed DPE that E1 and E2 scales are approved by DoT on 28.03.2017 as E1 and E2 scales are the pay scales approved by DoT for the fresh BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards and E1A and E2A scales are not applicable for them. E1A and E2A scales are special dispensation for the DoT officers getting absorbed in BSNL, in order to facilitate the smooth absorption. BSNL wrongly implemented E1A and E2A scales for the BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards. In order to avoid the pay loss, revised E1A and E2A scales temporarily extended upto 28.03.2017 for the purpose of pay protection. So DoT decision is correct. However BSNL is not agreeing to the DoT order and requested for review the decision and approve E2 and E3 scales. But BSNL financial condition is very poor now to give upgraded pay scales of E2 and E3, DoT told DPE.

We requested CMD to depute some senior officers to DPE to explain the issue in detail as DoT has given wrong feed back to DPE to justify their action by notifying lower pay scales. The following facts are to be explained to DPE: 1) E1 and E2 scales were never implemented in BSNL, 2) BSNL did not recommended E1 and E2 scales, 3) DoT has to act on BSNL recommendation of E2 and E3 scales, 4) the affordability is to be decided based on PBT of 2007-08, not on current situation. CMD assured to speak to Secretary/DPE and Addl Secretary/DPE in this regard and depute some senior officers to DPE.

                           

2. Implementation of parity in promotion/uniform promotional avenues for all the Executives.

We once again congratulated CMD, DIR(HR) and the BSNL management for completing all the promotions before the target date of 30.06.2018. About 6000 Executives promoted on a single day, 29.06.2018 and the total promotions in BSNL will be a record, more than 12000 in one month time. CMD reciprocated by complementing the role of SNEA in completing the task in the shortest time. CMD told that he got full confidence after the meeting with SNEA on 20.06.2018 that the promotions can be completed by 30.06.2018. With that confidence, he cleared the proposal for promotions with specific direction in the file that all the promotions should be completed by 30.06.2018, CMD informed. For this CMD directed Pers Cell to do something out of Box as suggested by SNEA. This cutoff date was fixed as 30.06.2018 for implementing the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018 approved by the Board, CMD informed. CMD and DIR(HR) is committed to implement the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018, it is a BSNL Board decision, we cannot deviate from that, CMD informed. We fought within the Board for the approval, tooth and nail, CMD informed. The approval of CPSU Hierarchy given enough space to the management to give the promotions before 01.07.2018, otherwise such drastic decisions could not have taken, CMD informed.

While thanking CMD, DIR(HR), GM(Pers) and others, GS told that this impossible task was made possible by the team efforts of Management, Pers /BW/EW/Arch etc cell, the committed work force in DPC section which worked 48 hours day and night continuously to complete the target on 29.06.2018, the CHQ leaders of SNEA at Delhi and the CSs of various Circles who arranged the screening committee reports, VC and missing data etc to the DPC section to facilitate the DPC. CMD once again told that he is aware of the role played by SNEA and got the full information from down the level and with this confidence only, he assured to complete the DPCs by 30.06.2018.

CMD very much appreciated our demand for parity in promotions and assured us that he fully stands with this demand. The demand is very much justified, CMD informed us. We explained the huge disparity created by the recent promotions and resentment among the senior comrades. Telecom Enng side, the backbone of the company is demoralized, humiliated and deprived due promotions. The Executives in other streams also equally hurt. All are demanding parity at par with the Finance stream. 50% of the Executives expecting the promotions are not covered by the promotion orders. The future promotions of the remaining Executives become more uncertain. CMD told that full parity in post based promotions may not be 100% possible, 1 or 2 years difference may continue. We once again made our stand very clear that our demand is nothing less than parity in promotions in equivalent cadres in all the streams. We requested to clear the proposal for AO to CAO promotions and other proposal from various streams to bring full parity. CMD is non committal on this proposal but reassured that he stands for parity. Further we requested to consider the promotion of AOs of 2003 and 2005 batch who are unnecessarily made victims which he assured to discuss with DIR(HR) and do the needful. The JTO to SDE promotions going on is to be speeded up.

We requested the personal intervention of CMD to difuse the situation and take concrete decisions and necessary steps to promote the remaining Executives urgently to bring full parity and uniformity in promotions. CMD assured to discuss the matter with DIR(HR) also and take decision at the earliest, in a couple of days.

CMD pointed out the shortage in various Circles and all should agree to fill up the shortages before resorting to any further promotions. We suggested, filling up of all the existing vacancies in the Circles and remaining Executives can be considered for posting outside as per the shortage.

3. DGM(T) promotions in the vacant posts and increasing the DGM posts so that all the AGMs promoted in 2013/ 2014 and completed the qualifying service can be promoted. All of them completed more than 30 years of service. Now 650 to 700 DGM posts are vacant. If another 800 posts are increased temporarily till approval of HR plan, all can be promoted together. Already there is a proposal in the HR plan to increase the DGM posts. Due to the delay in approval of HR plan, AGMs are suffering. CMD assured to do the needful by discussing the options with DIR(HR). 

20-07-2018

GS and AGS met GM(FP) on 19.07.18 and requested to expedite the DPC for AO to CAO atleast for the 2003 and 2005 batches. She explained the stay on promotions but we suggested that giving promotion to 2003 and 2005 batches may not create problems and it should be considered separately.

20-07-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL on 19.07.2018: GS, AGS and CS/MH met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

1. DoT decision to seek the guidance of DPE regarding replacement of E1A and e2A scales by E2, E3 scales w.e.f 01.01.2007.

As per the opinion of Dept of Expenditure, DoT referred the matter to DPE for guidance. However facts are suppressed by DoT in the letter to DPE. DoT informed DPE that E1 and E2 scales are approved by DoT on 28.03.2017 as E1 and E2 scales are the pay scales approved by DoT for the fresh BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards and E1A and E2A scales are not applicable for them. E1A and E2A scales are special dispensation for the DoT officers getting absorbed in BSNL, in order to facilitate the smooth absorption. BSNL wrongly implemented E1A and E2A scales for the BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards. In order to avoid the pay loss, revised E1A and E2A scales temporarily extended upto 28.03.2017 for the purpose of pay protection. So DoT decision is correct. However BSNL is not agreeing to the DoT order and requested for review the decision and approve E2 and E3 scales. But BSNL financial condition is very poor now to give upgraded pay scales of E2 and E3, DoT told DPE.

We requested CMD to depute some senior officers to DPE to explain the issue in detail as DoT has given wrong feed back to DPE to justify their action by notifying lower pay scales. The following facts are to be explained to DPE: 1) E1 and E2 scales were never implemented in BSNL, 2) BSNL did not recommended E1 and E2 scales, 3) DoT has to act on BSNL recommendation of E2 and E3 scales, 4) the affordability is to be decided based on PBT of 2007-08, not on current situation. CMD assured to speak to Secretary/DPE and Addl Secretary/DPE in this regard and depute some senior officers to DPE.

2. Implementation of parity in promotion/uniform promotional avenues for all the Executives.

We once again congratulated CMD, DIR(HR) and the BSNL management for completing all the promotions before the target date of 30.06.2018. About 6000 Executives promoted on a single day, 29.06.2018 and the total promotions in BSNL will be a record, more than 12000 in one month time. CMD reciprocated by complementing the role of SNEA in completing the task in the shortest time. CMD told that he got full confidence after the meeting with SNEA on 20.06.2018 that the promotions can be completed by 30.06.2018. With that confidence, he cleared the proposal for promotions with specific direction in file that all the promotions should be completed by 30.06.2018, CMD informed. For this CMD directed Pers Cell to do something out of Box as suggested by SNEA. This cutoff date was fixed as 30.06.2018 for implementing the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018 approved by the Board, CMD informed. CMD and DIR(HR) is committed to implement the CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018, it is a BSNL Board decision, we cannot deviate from that, CMD informed. We fought within the Board for the approval tooth and nail, CMD informed. The approval of CPSU Hierarchy given enough space to give the promotions, otherwise such drastic decisions could not have taken, CMD informed.

While tahnking CMD, DIR(HR), GM(Pers) and others, GS told that this impossible task was made possible by the team efforts of Management, Pers /BW/EW/Arch etc cell, the committed work force in DPC section which worked 48 hours day and night continuously to complete the target on 29.06.2018, the CHQ leaders of SNEA at Delhi and the CSs of various Circles who arranged the screening committee reports, VC and missing data etc to the DPC section to facilitate the DPC. CMD once again told that he is aware of the role played by SNEA and got the full information from down the level and with this confidence only, he assured to complete the DPCs by 30.06.2018.

CMD very much appreciated our demand for parity in promotions and assured us that he fully support this demand. The demand is very much justified, CMD informed us. We explained the huge disparity created by the recent promotions and resentment among the senior comrades. Telecom Enng side, the backbone of the company is demoralized, humiliated and deprived due promotions. The Executives in other streams also equally hurt. All are demanding parity at par with Finance stream. CMD told that full parity in post based promotions may not be 100% possible, 1 or 2 years difference may continue. We once again made our stand very clear that our demand is nothing less than parity in promotions in equivalent cadres in all the streams. We requested to clear the proposal for AO to CAO promotions and other proposal from various streams to bring full parity. CMD is non committal on this proposal but reassured that he stands for parity. Further we requested to consider the promotion of AOs of 2003 and 2005 batch who are unnecessarily made victims which he assured to discuss with DIR(HR) and do the needful. The JTO to SDE promotions going on is to be speeded up.

We requested the personal intervention of CMD to difuse the situation and take concrete decisions and necessary steps to promote the remaining Executives urgently to bring full parity and uniformity in promotions. CMD assured to discuss the matter with DIR(HR) also and take decision at the earliest, in a couple of days.

CMD pointed out the shortage in various Circles and all should agree to fill up the shortages before resorting to any further promotions. We suggested, filling up of all the existing vacancies in the Circles and remaining Executives can be considered for posting outside as per the shortage.

3. DGM(T) promotions in the vacant posts and increasing the DGM posts so that all the AGMs promoted in 2013/ 2014 and completed the qualifying service can be promoted. All of them completed more than 30 years of service. Now 650 to 700 DGM posts are vacant. If another 800 posts are increased temporarily till approval of HR plan, all can be promoted together. Already there is a proposal in the HR plan to increase the DGM posts. Due to the delay in approval of HR plan, AGMs are suffering. CMD assured to do the needful by discussing the options with DIR(HR). 

20-07-2018

AGS along with CS/MH, CP/MP and ACS/MP met PGM (EW), GM(TF) and PGM (Arch) on 19.07.2018 and held discussion on various issues:

1) With PGM(EW), discussed left out cases of Promotion to SDE(E), discrepancies in Posting on Promotion to EE(E) etc. PGM(EW) responded positively and assured corrective measures shortly. 

2) Requested GM(TF) to send the proposal for upgradation of posts (SDEs and AGMs) sufficient enough for promoting the JTOs and SDEs immediately to Pers section so that all the upgradations can be taken up simultaneously by the BSNL Management. GM responded positively and assured to send by next Monday(23.7.2018).

3) PGM(Arch) informed that the proposals for upgradation of posts for promoting all the eligible JTOs (Arch) is being sent to Pers section.

19-07-2018

E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 for JTO/JAO equivalent cadres.

Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com V K Tomar, SG/NCOA met Shri Agrim Kaushal, Advisor/ DPE and Director/DPE on 18.07.2018 and held discussions regarding the DoT reference to DPE on E2 and E3 pay scales. Earlier Secretary/DPE directed us to meet the Advisor/DPE in this regard. We explained the background of the issue. BSNL recommended E2 and E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A, w.e.f 01.01.2007. Ignoring BSNL recommendation, DoT approved E1 and E2 scales by lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2.

DoT is of the view that E1 and E2 are the pay scales applicable for BSNL direct rects from 2001 onwards and E1A and E2A are special dispensation for those got absorbed from DoT into BSNL for facilitating smooth absorption. The decline in revenue and the recurring losses was the other reason for lowering the pay scales.

BSNL did not implemented the Presidential Order and requested DoT to reconsider the decision and approve E2 and E3 pay scales as recommended by BSNL. It is also informed to DoT that E1 and E2 pay scales are not recommended by BSNL. As per the affordability clause, BSNL made Rs 4451 Crores as PBT during 2007-08 and hence eligible for full pay revision benefits of 2nd PRC.

We demanded that suitable direction should be given to DoT to review the decision and notify the pay scales based on:

1) BSNL recommendation,

2) considering the affordability clause for the year 2007-08 and 

3) not allow DoT to lower the pay scales and downgrade the cadres.

The representation from SNEA is received by DPE. However the reference from DoT is yet to be received by DPE, it is informed.

Our demand for revised pay scales E2 and E3 will be applicable for all the JTO/JAOs recruited from 2007 onwards, including those recruited in the provisional pay scale of E1 and the future recruits. 

18-07-2018

AGS met GM Pers and requested for release of the left out cases of Promotions from SDE (T) to AGM(T). It was informed that approval of the promotion orders for around 120 SDEs given and orders will be issued by tomorrow.

13-07-2018

GS, President and AGS held discussions with GM(Pers) on 12.07.2018, in continuation of the discussion held on 11.07.2018 on the demand for complete parity in promotions in all the equivalent cadres in different wings. The parity in promotions is a policy matter approved by BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, so our demand is fully justified, GS told. Management cannot discriminate the cadres in the matter of promotions in the name of upgradation of posts. Because of management decision, some Assns are making malpropaganda that SNEA is against the promotion of some cadres. In fact SNEA demanded promotion for all the cadres, waiting for promotions for more years along with their juniors. In other words, we cannot accept the logic that JTOs of 1994 to 2010 SRD batch becomes junior to JAOs of 2012 batch who got promotion on 29.06.2018.  Similarly SDEs in various wings promoted in 1998 onwards cannot become juniors to others. It is for the management to find the solution to ensure that all are getting promotions simultaneously, SNEA told.

On CAO promotion, we requested to issue the promotion orders for the AOs upto 2005 batch as there is no hurdle in issuing promotion orders for them and vacancies are available. Except SDE(T) cadre (total about 6000, SCF about 4000) and few hundred CAO posts, all the vacancies in other cadres already filled up by 30.06.2018, GM informed. The upgradation was given to AO and DE cadre under compulsory situation to come out of the court cases. Further upgradation of posts in various cadres is not agreed by management so far. We requested to get the approval for all the proposals for upgradation.

The requirement of upgradation of posts for bringing parity in promotions among various wings in equivalent cadres also discussed in detail along with the status of promotions in different cadres.

 

 

Executives waiting for promotion from

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

2015

1999

1994

1996

1995

1996/2001

AO to CAO

SDE to DE

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

2003

2004

1998

2000

2001

13-07-2018

GS, President and AGS held discussions with GM(Pers) on 12.07.2018 , in continuation of the discussion held on 11.07.2018 on the demand for complete parity in promotions in all the equivalent cadres in different wings. The parity in promotions is a policy matter approved by BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. So our demand is fully justified. Management cannot discriminate the cadres in the matter of promotions in the name of upgradation of posts. Because of management decision, some Assns are making malpropaganda that SNEA is against the promotion of some sections. In fact SNEA demanded promotion for all the cadres, waiting for promotions for more years along with their juniors. In other words, we cannot accept the logic that JTOs of 1994 to 2010 SRD batch becomes junior to JAOs of 2012 batch got promotion on 29.06.2018.  Similarly SDEs in various wings promoted in 1998 onwards cannot become juniors to others. It is for the management to find the solution to ensure that all are getting promotions simultaneously.

On CAO promotion, we requested to issue the promotion orders for the AOs upto 2005 batch as there is no hurdle in issuing promotion orders for them and vacancies are available. Except SDE(T) cadre (total about 6000, SCF about 4000) and few hundred CAO posts, all the vacancies in other cadres already filled up by 30.06.2018, GM informed. The upgradation was given to AO and DE cadre under compulsory situation to come out of court cases. Further upgradation of posts in various cadres is not agreed by management so far. We requested to get the approval for all the proposals.

The requirement of upgradation of posts for bringing parity in promotions among various wings in equivalent cadres also discussed in detail along with the status of promotions in different cadres.

 

 

Executives waiting for promotion from

JAO to AO

JTO(T) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(Arch) to SDE

2015

1999

1994

1996

1995

1996/2001

AO to CAO

SDE to DE

SDE(C) to EE(C)

SDE(E) to EE(E)

SDE(TF) to AGM(TF)

 

2003

2004

1998

2000

2001

12-07-2018

GM(Pers) invited SNEA for further discussions on our demand for parity in promotions. GS, President and Jt Sec participated in the meeting. Jt GM(Pers) was also available.

On parity, GM(Pers) exactly want to know the details. We categorically told that JAO 2012 batch is already promoted by creating 1400 additional AO posts by upgradation by abolishing about 1800 JAO posts. Similarly all JTO(T/C/E/TF/Arch/) and equivalent cadres also should be given promotions. Similarly 1999 rect JAO promoted in 2009 as AO is proposed to be promoted as CAO by upgradation of posts. Since AO vacancies are not available JAO posts are upgrading to CAO posts. Similarly SDE(T/C/E/TF/Arch) and equivalent cadres also should be given promotions by upgradation of posts. There is no issue for promoting around 400 AOs of 2003 and 2005 batch as vacancy is there but management is not doing that. The earlier decision for upgradation of JAO posts to AO posts and SDE posts to DE posts done to overcome the court cases. Management is not taken any decision so far to create CAO posts as proposed. If that happens, other cases also will be considered. Now around 6000 SDE vacancies are their of which 4000 is for SCF promotion for which work is going on. But the method of fixation of inter-se-seniority issue has to be addressed first, GM(P) informed. For that, views of the cadre controlling authority, Estt section is sought. We demanded the approval of the proposal for upgradation to CAO posts as well as upgradation to AGM/EE equivalent posts in other streams at the earliest to bring parity. GM is of the opinion that strict parity may not be possible always. We categorically told that this is applicable when post based promotions are given in Govt deptsBSNL is a CPSU and in CPSUs post based promotion concept is not there. In CPSUs, the grades are linked with the pay scales, not with the posts. In Govt set up, grades are linked with the posts. While approving the CPSU cadre Hierarchy, the principle of Parity or Uniform promotional avenues for all the equivalent cadres in different wings already approved by BSNL Board. So management has no other option, it has to bring parity in promotions by any means, we demanded. GM Pers assured bring these facts to the notice of DIR(HR) for further action. We informed GM(Pers) that time is running out and the Executives are very much agitated over the discrimination and humiliation. While we are very much grateful to the management for promoting about 12000 Executives in record time, the present situation does not allow us to celebrate it.

10-07-2018

Meeting with DIR HR on 09.07.2018...

GS attended the meeting called by DIR HR in the presence of GM(SR) and GM(Pers). GS/BSNL EU and Shri Prahlad Rai was also present. Initially SNEA decided not to attend the meeting if Shri Prahlad Rai is invited. However, later we decided to meet Dir HR and make our points clear to the management instead of boycotting the meeting.

GS categorically told Dir HR that management is taking vindictive actions against office bearers of SNEA by charge sheeting the GS and transferring the CHQ President from BSNLCO to UP West Circle. At the same time management is patronaging Shri Prahlad Rai who retired long back and allowing for official meetings against the provisions of REA Rules. We protested against this biased attitude of the BSNL management, ie. Charge sheet and transfer to the Office bearers of the Recognised Assn for going for agitation for the standard pay scales for the JTO/JAOs and official meetings to a retired officer violating the provisions of REA Rules. AIBSNLEA has written to the management on 06.07.2018 that GS/ SNEA is charge sheeted and hence he cannot continue as GS. He should not be allowed to attend meetings! After lot of arguments, finally Dir HR agreed to revoke the transfer order of our beloved CHQ President. 

On parity in promotions, SNEA told management that recent promotions created hell of anomalies and more disparity in promotions among different cadres. Now 2012 JAO promoted by upgradation of posts where as 1994 rect JTO still continue as JTO in Civil wing, no upgradtion for them. It will create large number of court cases. We are trying to come out of court cases through a Uniform Promotion policy but now more and more court cases are going to come and the whole cadre is going to suffer in the future also. So far the court cases are for promotion to SDE/AO and AGM/CAO promotions, now it will spread to DGM promotions also. Management discriminated the cadres and humiliated the seniors who are working for years together. There is no sincere attempt to address the huge stagnation in different cadres either through implementation of Uniform promotion policy or by upgradation of posts except limited attempt in Telecom Engg side which is not at all sufficient. Eventhough more than 12,000 Executives got promotion in record time, we are not able to celebrate it due to the disparity and heartburn among the seniors who did not get the promotions where as some of their subordinates got promotion. GS demanded full parity in promotions in all the equivalent cadres, management has to find way out. DIR HR and OSD gone to the extent of telling that always Accounts wing is ahead and we cannot compare. GS strongly opposed this stand and categorically told that nothing less than parity in promotions is acceptable to SNEA. BSNL Board approved parity in promotions in the meeting held on 28.5.2018 and now BSNL has to bring parity by any means, GS told.

Regarding Shri Prahlad Rai attending the official meetings, SNEA made its stand very clear that REA Rules does not permit that and management already taken a decision in this regard. SNEA is nothing to do with the internal matters of others but retired personal cannot attend the official meetings. Dir HR requested to reconsider the decision in the best interest of BSNL as all together have to work for 3rd PRC implementation, pension contributions etc.  GS once again reiterated the Assn stand and categorically told that management cannot entertain retired officers and by that the meeting concluded.

Comrades, we are closely watching the developments. From the discussions it is not clear whether management is willing to bring parity or not and whether management is serious on this. So gear up for any type of agitation to bring parity in promotions, we cannot wait for long. This will only end the discrimination and humiliation to the Comrades in different wings. 

26-06-2018

On the firm assurance of DIR(HR), the CSs and CHQ Office bearers need not come to New Delhi on 28th. They may focus on the respective Circles.

21-06-2018

Management is trying to delay the notification of CPSU Hierarchy promotion and delay all the promotions to more than 25,000 Executives. The BSNL Board approved the proposal with effect from 28.05.2018.

GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD and held discussion regarding notification of CPSU Hierarchy proposal. CMD opined that it can be notified after the completion of ongoing promotions. We are shocked to hear this from our beloved CMD. According to our information some DPCs may take few months and if all the DPCs are to be held it will take years together. By the prospective date of approval by the Board, all the Executives already lost 1 ½ years.  Any delay in notification will delay the subsequent promotions also. Hardly 20% to 30% of the Executives eligible for promotion as per the new promotion policy only will be covered by the present DPC. Delaying the promotion for another 6 months, for the vast majority of the Executives, more than 70%, is not justified. Telecom Engg side is worstly affected and it will continue to suffer, we told. Even on SDE to DE promotion we suggested to give the promotion without DPC for all the SDEs in list 5,6,7 & 8 who are in E4 or E5 scale by 28th (just like CPSU promotion) as the seniority list is under dispute and giving promotion through either seniority route for limited vacancies may end up in another litigation. That litigation will continue even after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and the very purpose of CPSU Hierarchy implementation will be defeated. CMD was non committal on our proposal but asked us to discuss with DIR(HR). Finally CMD agreed to some extent to our demand and told that he will direct to complete all DPCs before 30th and notify CPSU Hierarchy before 1st July. 

Earlier in the meeting with GM(Pers) on CPSU Hierarchy notification and progress in the SDE to DE DPC, he indicated that he requires minimum 2 months to complete the DPC work and tentative schedule is middle of August. It is communicated to Dir(HR) and CMD in the evening.  From this we can understand the level of preparation for the DPC at BSNLCO. However we are trying our level best to get some tangible results.

We have to be very very vigilant for the next few days and be ready to go to any extent. All the negative elements will play all dirty politics to derail the notification of CPSU Hierarchy as almost all their members got promotion earlier and we have to be united like a rock.

This will be the lifeline for the career growth of Executives. This will be the unique opportunity to have uniform promotion policy and parity in promotions across all streams.

21-06-2018

Management is trying to delay the notification of CPSU Hierarchy promotion and delay all the promotions to more than 25,000 Executives. The BSNL Board approved the proposal with effect from 28.05.2018.

GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD and held discussion regarding notification of CPSU Hierarchy proposal. CMD opined that it can be notified after the completion of ongoing promotions. According to our information some DPCs may take few months and if all the DPCs are to be held it will take years together. By the prospective date of approval by the Board, all the Executives already lost 1 ½ years.  Any delay in notification will delay the subsequent promotions also. Hardly 20% to 30% of the Executives eligible for promotion as per the new promotion policy only will be covered by the present DPC. Delaying the promotion for another 6 months, for the vast majority of the Executives, more than 70%, is not justified. Telecom Engg side is worstly affected and it will continue to suffer, we told. Even on SDE to DE promotion we suggested to give the promotion without DPC for all the SDEs in list 5,6,7 & 8 who are in E4 or E5 scale by 28th (just like CPSU promotion) as the seniority list is under dispute and giving promotion through either seniority route for limited vacancies may end up in another litigation. That litigation will continue even after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and the very purpose of CPSU Hierarchy implementation will be defeated. CMD was non committal on our proposal but asked us to discuss with DIR(HR). Finally CMD agreed to some extent to our demand and told that he will direct to complete all DPCs before 30th and notify CPSU Hierarchy before 1st July. 

Earlier in the meeting with GM(Pers) on CPSU Hierarchy notification and progress in the SDE to DE DPC, he indicated that he requires minimum 2 months to complete the DPC work and tentative schedule is middle of August. It is communicated to Dir(HR) and CMD in the evening.  From this we can understand the level of preparation for the DPC at BSNLCO. However we are trying our level best to get some tangible results.

We have to be very very vigilant for the next few days and be ready to go to any extent. All the negative elements will play all dirty politics to derail the notification of CPSU Hierarchy as almost all their members got promotion earlier and we have to be united like a rock.

This will be the lifeline for the career growth of Executives. This will be the unique opportunity to have uniform promotion policy and parity in promotions across all streams.

21-06-2018

Management is trying to delay the notification of CPSU Hierarchy promotion and delay all the promotions to more than 25,000 Executives. The BSNL Board approved with effect from 28.05.2018. GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD and held discussion regarding notification of CPSU Hierarchy proposal. CMD opined that it can be notified after the completion of ongoing promotions. According to our information some DPCs may take few months and if all the DPCs are to be held it will take years together. By the prospective date of approval by the Board, all the Executives already lost 1 ½ years.  Any delay in notification will delay the subsequent promotions also. Hardly 20% to 30% of the Executives eligible for promotion as per the new promotion policy only will be covered by DPC now delaying the promotion for the vast majority of the Executives, more than 70% is not justified. Telecom Engg side is worstly affected and it will continue to suffer, we told. Even on SDE to DE promotion we suggested to give the promotion without DPC for all the SDEs in list 5,6,7 & 8 who are in E4 or E5 scale by 28th as the seniority list is under dispute and giving promotion through either route for limited vacancies may end up in another litigation. That litigation will continue even after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy and the very purpose of CPSU Hierarchy implementation will be defeated. CMD was non committal on our proposal but asked us to discuss with DIR(HR). Finally CMD agreed to some extent to our demand and told that he will direct to complete all DPCs before 30th and notify CPSU Hierarchy before 1st July. 

Earlier in the meeting with GM(Pers) on CPSU Hierarchy notification and progress in the SDE to DE DPC, he indicated that he requires minimum 2 months to complete the DPC work and tentative schedule is middle of August. It is communicated to Dir(HR) and CMD in the evening.  From this we can understand the level of preparation for the DPC at BSNLCO. However we are trying our level best to get some tangible results.

We have to be very very vigilant for the next few days and be ready to go to any extent. All the negative elements will play all dirty politics to derail the notification of CPSU Hierarchy as almost all their members got promotion earlier and we have to be united like a rock. This will be the lifeline for the career growth of Executives. This will be the unique opportunity to have uniform promotion policy and parity in promotions across all streams.

As decided in the CS and CHQ meeting, all CSs and CHQ office bearers should reach New Delhi by 27th or 28th morning itself and we have to be at New Delhi till BSNL notifies the proposal. The Kolkata/ Hyderabad/ Bhubaneswar CWC directions to implement CPSU Cadre Hierarchy at the earliest date put immense responsibility on our shoulders. 

21-06-2018

JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) all ACRs and VCs received for 34 vacancies. JTOs of 1996 rect year also under consideration. The final eligibility list will be published shortly. SDE(TF) to AGM(TF) proposal is in progress.

21-06-2018

AGS Com A.Chandra Sekhar met CGM(Arch) Shri. Gupta and discussed about promotions in the cadre of JTO(A) to AE(A)/SDE(A). 

18-06-2018

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) on 18.06.2018 and extended sincere gratitude for issuing JTO to SDE promotions for the vacancies of 2009-10 and 2010-11 bringing the SCF and LDCE at par. This was possible only due to the firm stand taken by DIR(HR) and the Pers section by correctly interpreting the Hon EKM HC order. Some sections even made false propaganda by telling the management and others that there is stay on promotions from CAT, EKM and tried to stop the promotions. Earlier they confused management and other Executives by stating that Hon HC given a 1:1 judgment. In fact it is a temporary measure, applicable only in case BSNL is issuing provisional promotions before finalization of AIEL.

Further discussions held on completing the DPCs and notification of the CPSU Hierarchy promotions which gives promotions to all the eligible Executives. We requested DIR(HR) to complete all the promotions in all the streams of Telecom, Finance, Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch etc by this month end as much possible and notify the CPSU Hierarchy by 28.06.2018 so that remaining Executives, including those retiring this month gets their eligible promotions. Executives already lost 1 and 1/2 years service, even for future promotions as BSNL Board approved the CPSU proposal prospectively. Further delay in its implementation will damage the Executives future career.

DIR(HR) assured to do the best possible for issuing the promotion orders immediately without delaying CPSU Hierarchy and she will review the progress with all the concerned GMs today itself.

All CSs and Office bearers are requested to send the APAR, VC etc latest by 22.06.18 for completing the formalities before 28.06.2018. 

18-06-2018

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) on 18.06.2018 and extended sincere gratitude for issuing JTO to SDE promotions for the vacancies of 2009-10 and 2010-11 bringing the SCF and LDCE at par. This was possible only due to the firm stand taken by DIR(HR) and the Pers section by correctly interpreting the Hon EKM HC order. Some sections even made false propaganda by telling the management and others that there is stay on promotions from CAT, EKM and tried to stop the promotions. Earlier they confused management and other Executives by stating that Hon HC given a 1:1 judgment. In fact it is a temporary measure, applicable only in case BSNL is issuing provisional promotions before finalization of AIEL.

Further discussions held on completing the DPCs and notification of the CPSU Hierarchy promotions which gives promotions to all the eligible Executives. We requested DIR(HR) to complete all the promotions in all the streams of Telecom, Finance, Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch etc by this month end as much possible and notify the CPSU Hierarchy by 28.06.2018 so that remaining Executives, including those retiring this month gets their eligible promotions. Executives already lost 1 and 1/2 years service, even for future promotions as BSNL Board approved the CPSU proposal prospectively. Further delay in its implementation will damage the Executives career.

DIR(HR) assured to do the best possible for issuing the promotion orders without delaying CPSU Hierarchy and she will review the situation with all the concerned GMs today itself.

11-06-2018

GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD and DIR(HR) on 11.06.2018 and requested them to issue the JTO to SDE promotion at the earliest. The promotion is held up due to litigations at Chennai and Kerala after March, 2011 promotions. Thousands of JTOs retired without promotion during the intervening period. Now the hurdles are cleared. Both of them assured prompt action.

Earlier GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(Pers), GM(Estt), Jt GM(Pers) and DGM(Estt) and held marathon discussions regarding the court judgment, its implementation and issuing promotion order as quickly as possible. One of the major contentious issue, whether supernumerary/excess promotion is from 1995 onwards or from 2001 onwards only, could sort out today itself by repeated meetings and a combined meeting of GM(Pers) and GM(Estt), the cadre controlling authority for JTO cadre. The seniority of the JTOs recruited prior to 2000 is intact as per the HC judgment. Since direct rect and supernumerary/excess promotion issue is from 2001, the seniority from 2001 rect year is to be revised as per HC order or the judgment has to be challenged.

The DPC work in other cadres also in progress. All CSs and activists requested to send the VC and APAR by hand before 20.06.2018 for completion of the DPC and issuing promotion orders. We are trying to issue the promotions as much possible within a couple of weeks before the notification of CPSU Hierarchy this month. We requested CMD and BSNL management to notify the policy effectively few days prior to 30.06.2018 so that the Executives retiring in this month also will get the benefit of promotion. On an average more than 200 Executives are retiring every month.

04-06-2018

Uniform Time Bound Functional promotion Policy, 2018 or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:

GS alongwith President and AGS met CMD and DIR(HR) on 04.06.2018 and once again thanked them for approving the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy proposal in the Board meeting held on 28.05.2018. GS personally thanked both of them for keeping the commitment given by them to the GS that they are committed to CPSU Hierarchy as mutually agreed upon and will ensure the Board approval without any change. GS reached HQ today, 04.06.18. It was only due to their timely intervention at various occasions, the policy could finalise, overcoming the major issues like bench marks, huge number of Executives at AGM equivalent grades in all streams, relaxation in qualifying service for the Executives in higher scales, date of effect etc.

GS interacted with the CMD, DIR(HR), DIR(EB), DIR(CM) and all the four external Board directors on 27.05.2018, one day prior to the Board meeting requesting them to approve the proposal in the Board meeting on 28.05.2018.

This is a direct result of membership verification and the first major HR issue settled by SNEA through negotiations over a period of two years, after becoming the only recognized Executives Association through membership verification. The commitment given by SNEA to all the Executives at the time of MV is getting fulfilled by this and thousands and thousands of Executives will get the time bound functional promotion.

By this policy three functional promotions are assured after every five years from Dy Manager(JTO/JAO equivalent) to Manager(SDE/AO equivalent) to Sr Manager(Sr SDE/Sr AO equivalent) to Asst General Manager (AGM/CAO/EE equivalent) without linking with availability of posts. Jt DGM(NF) designation is approved for the AGMs in E5/E6 scales and eligible for DGM promotion. At present JTOs with more than 20 years of service is waiting for the first promotion due to shortage of vacancies. Executives having more than 30-35 years of service got only one promotion.

It is a historic decision paving the way for smooth functional promotions on time bound basis in the future. Our demand for Uniform Time Bound Functional promotion for all the Executives and the firm resolution to bring parity in promotions among various wings finally got the approval of full BSNL Board. An impression and confusion was created by some sections in the minds of Extl Board directors and DoT directors that the new policy is needed as the promotions are blocked due to litigations and reservation issue. By our strong lobbying among these directors we could overcome this negative propaganda and convince them the need for uniform promotional avenues and parity in promotions for all the cadres as per the terms and conditions for absorption and as per the promotion policies prevailed in other CPSUs. Both DIR(HR) and CMD also strongly pleaded and fought for a Uniform promotion policy for all the Executives as practiced in other CPSUs. Both of them strongly pleaded till the last moment for getting the proposal approved for w.e.f 01.01.2017. However the Govt directors were very much against this, fearing litigations on that ground. If the court case was not filed at CAT EKM against the CPSU Hierarchy and the stay order was not passed on 20.12.2017, the BSNL Board meeting on 21.12.2017 might have approved the proposal w.e.f 01.01.2017 itself as the DoT Board member made objections on retrospective date was not attended that Board meeting. Evenif it is prospective, it could have from 01.01.2018. By filing this case nothing achieved but the promotion of thousands and thousands of Executives delayed by 1 ½ years and their subsequent promotions also. It needs introspection.

The policy will be notified once the Board meeting minutes are approved. It has to be implemented at the earliest, latest by 01.07.2018 as majority of the Executives will be getting promotion to Manager, Sr Manager, AGM and Jt DGM by this policy only and qualifying service for future promotions are linked with this.

Bench mark for the promotion in the new policy was one of the major challenges for us. Initially BSNL management was also insisting for atleast 3 very Good and 2 Good for JTO equivalent to SDE equivalent promotion which we could bring down to 5 Good through marathon negotiations. Further our request for following marks instead of grading also accepted by the management which will be further beneficial to the Executives (low grading in an year will be compensated with the better grading for another year).  

Further we had discussions with CMD and DIR(HR) regarding issuing promotion orders as much possible during the intervening period as CPSU Hierarchy will be implemented latest by 01.07.2018. Since the date of implementation of CPSU Hierarchy has become prospective and the major hurdle on promotions, the reservation issue is temporarily overcome by the interim order of Hon Supreme Court, we requested to issue the promotion orders as much possible. JTO to SDE promotion case judgment is expected tomorrow (05.06.18) which will pave the way for JTO to SDE promotion which is badly delayed for more than 6 years due to litigations. Management assured to complete the promotions as much feasible within this short period without giving any scope for future litigations after implementation of CPSU Hierarchy. JTO/JAO to SDE/AO promotions in all the streams are under consideration. On SDE to DE promotion also mgt is making all efforts to complete the DPCs by diverting the MT quota. Since the seniority list is under dispute, entire list no 6&7 has to be promoted in a single order for which more vacancies are required. Seniority will be as per the final order of Hon SC. Mgt is working some way out for this including upgradation of posts. On AO to CAO promotion, catchup rule is the major hurdle. Various options are under consideration. EE(C/E) and AGM(TF) promotions also under consideration.

Around 700 DGM(T) vacancies are available. Since 206 final judgment has come, we demanded for regular promotion to DGM(T) posts as per revised seniority.

We are trying our level best to issue maximum promotion orders in this month followed by promotion through CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018.

17-05-2018

As decided in the agenda meeting, the Committee on Group Term Insurance (GTI) held negotiations with LIC and SBI Life on Group Term Insurance (GTI) for all the BSNL Executives. GM(Restg), GM(SR), GM(CA) and GM(Estt) are the committee members. GS/SNEA also specially invited for the meeting. After the negotiations, Committee directed both LIC and SBI Life to rework on the rates and submit fresh quotes with all the attached conditions within 2 weeks.

17-05-2018

The formal agenda meeting with DIR(HR) held today, 17.05.2018 from 11.30 AM on the following agenda. GS, President, AGS, CS/BSNLCO and senior comrade Shri V K Yadav represented SNEA. GM(SR), GM(Pers), GM(Restg) and OSD to DIR(HR) were the other participants  in the discussion from official side:

1. Implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI) for all the BSNL Executives:

Decision: Negotiation with LIC and SBI Life on Group Term Insurance (GTI) for all the BSNL Executives will be held today itself.

2. Restoration of break in Circle Tenure on posting to soft tenure stations as provided in the Transfer policy Dated 09.05.2012:

Decision: Break in Circle Tenure will be restored.

3. Uniform First Time Bound promotion:

An anomaly created after the implementation of 2nd PRC where all the Executives are getting 1st TBP after 4-5 years after 01.01.2007 where as the seniors got it in 5 or 6 years in 2005 or 2006. All the 1993 to 2001 rect JTOs joined before 2003 are affected by this. The matter has been referred to Khan Committee and Khan Committee recommended 4-5 years instead of 4-6 years. However in order to remove the anomaly, we demanded the 1st TBP uniformly after 4 years.

Management was very much reluctant on this demand as EPP-2007 has to be amended with retrospective effect, after so many years for meeting the demand.

Decision: It will be examined and processed once CPSU Hierarchy is approved and the residency period is finalized by Board for future promotions. Further discussions will be held after the Board approval.

4. HR Integration:

There is no uniformity in deciding the policy matters like promotions, transfers etc at BSNCO/Circle/SSA level, among different wings. For promotions, vacancy year is not followed in certain wings, creating anomaly. All the request transfers after 3 years are at the company cost, as per the transfer policy. However some wings/circles are giving transfer after 2 years at company cost whereas some other wing/unit, transfer is not given on company cost even after three years. The differential treatment between different wings created large scale resentment among the Executives in different wings. For the purpose of uniform policy in the company, HR integration is to be implemented. Huge man power deployed for the same work among different wings can be spared and can be redeployed effectively.

Decision: It is agreed to follow uniform policy and best HR practices by all the wings. For its smooth implementation, a Committee will be formed to examine the various issues raised by the Assn to bring uniformity in the HR practices followed in BSNL.

5. Finalization of HR Plan.

Since CPSU Hierarchy proposal is finalised delinking the promotions from availability of posts, HR plan finalization is to be expedited. Due to non finalization of HR plan, some HR issues like E1+5 for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010 are not approving by the BSNL Board. Rect and Transfers can be made judiciously based on the actual assets. This will help deployment of staff in the potential areas.

Decision: The additional posts as pointed out by the Assn for trans mtce, FTTH, Leased ctts, Govt projects etc are reworked and soon it will be send to the MC for approval. Thereafter it has to be cleared by the HR Committee and then by the Board. HR Plan finalization will be expedited.

6. Increasing the number of Office bearers of the Executive Associations from 7/11 to 15 at SSA /Circle level and recognition to the body at Circle offices and Metro Dists at par with SSA level:

The number of office bearers at Circle/SSA level was 15 each before finalization of the Recognition Rules. In the new Recognition Rules, it reduced to 11 and 07 respectively which is to be reviewed. This is badly affecting the functioning of the Association at Circle/SSA level as it has to represent and accommodate all the Executives in different streams, wings including non recruiting Circles in the Circle/SSA body. The office bearer number is to be increased to 15.

The elected body at various Circle offices, Metro Dists, ITPC, BBNW, TF etc are to be treated at par with the SSA level body and necessary clarifications are to be issued.

Lot of resistance was there from the part of GM(SR) to increase the number of office bearers citing the recognition Rule provisions, cost to the company, these issues are already examined by a Committee etc. Finally DIR(HR) assured to revisit the issue with a positive mind.

Decision: The demand for increasing the number of office bearers to 15 will be re-examined and necessary amendments will be done in the Recognition Rules.

Recognition to the elected body at various Circle offices, Metro Dists, ITPC, BBNW, TF etc will be considered and necessary clarifications will be issued.

7. Office accommodation at Circle/SSA level:

Some of the Circle/SSAs are insisting for instructions from BSNLCO citing the instructions issued for accommodation to Recognised Unions and SEWA BSNL. SNEA is the Recognised Executives Assn and it should be given accommodation at Circle/SSAs. Instructions may be issued to all the Circles.

DIR(HR) was kind enough to consider the matter and of the firm opinion that Recognised Assn also should be given accommodation as others are already enjoying.

Decision: The matter will be decided shortly with a positive approach.

After the discussion on the agenda points the following issues also discussed:

Board approval for CPSU approval: DIR(HR) assured that the reply will be submitted to the Board as assured to the Assn without any change in date of effect or bench marks. The original proposal along with the reply will be send to company secretary today itself for making it as an agenda for the Board meeting on 28.05.2018. DIR(HR) is very much hopeful that this time the Board will approve the proposal.

Rule -8 cases of KTK Circle: We explained the stand taken by the new CGM where he is not ready to consider fresh Rule 8 cases against 211 new JTOs joined. Earlier 173 JTOs transferred when JTO posting through LICE/Offtg regularization taken place. This also done after lot of struggle by SNEA and by the intervention of DIR(HR). DIR(HR) assured to examine the matter.

After the formal agenda meeting, GS and AGS met GM(SR) and held further discussions on the matter. We explained the developments during last three years and how the JTOs are relieved after lot of struggle. The Rule 8 cases settled since 2016 is taken now and fresh cases are not considering when new direct rect JTOs are joining in the field. Against new JTOs fresh Rule 8 is to be considered and 191 Rule 8 cases are still pending.

17-05-2018

The formal meeting with DIR(HR) on the following agenda today at 11.30 AM:

1. Implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI) for all the BSNL Executives.

2. Restoration of break in Circle Tenure on posting to soft tenure stations as provided in the Transfer policy Dated 09.05.2012.

3. Uniform First Time Bound promotion.

4. HR Integration:

5. Finalization of HR Plan.

6. Increasing the number of Office bearers of the Executive Associations from 7/11 to 15 at SSA /Circle level and recognition to the body at Circle offices and Metro Dists at par with SSA level.

7. Office accommodation at Circle/SSA level. 

14-05-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL on 14.05.2018:

GS, President and AGS met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on various issues. On the follow up of HOCC meeting, Circle and SSA level meeting will be held shortly, CMD informed. The hiring of dark fibre from Assam to Siliguri also brought to his notice. The agreement with OIL will be over in June 2018 and it has to be renewed. It is learned that some private agencies, Mukund, is approaching BSNL offering lesser rates. But their fibre is laid along the NH just like BSNL cables and it also will be damaged just like BSNL OF cable. The existing hired cable is tapped at various places and if new cable is hired from other agencies, the same work has to be repeated once gain. For the reliability of the media, we have to continue with OIL and PGCIL cables, Assn told.

On Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy, CMD told that BSNL will stick on to the original proposal with date of effect as 01.01.2017. BSNL Board meeting is scheduled for 28.05.2018. Since JS has made some suggestions, the suggestions will be discussed in the Board meeting instead of circulation of file and various points will be explained in the Board meeting so that proposal will get cleared, CMD informed.

Meanwhile the promotions if any given during the intervening period should be w.e.f 01.01.2017, in line with CPSU proposal in order to avoid future anomalies and litigations, Assn told CMD. Seniors given promotion prospectively and juniors getting promotion w.e.f 01.01.2017 through CPSU Hierarchy will create anomalies. The promotions for limited numbers should not create hurdles for the smooth implementation of CPSU Hierarchy as thousands of Executives are waiting for promotion through CPSU Hierarchy, Assn told.

As per the instruction of DIR(HR), GS, President and AGS met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and held discussions on the various suggestions/objections of JS.

04-05-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 04.05.2018: GS and President met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues.

a) Implementation of Uniform Time Bound promotion (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy): Assn expressed its strong resentment in the delay on approval of the proposal. Hundreds of Executives due for promotion are retiring every month and the youngsters are losing their service for the future promotions. DIR(HR) informed that the response from the Jt Sec and BSNL Board member is expected by Tuesday. JS is on official tour and will be back on Monday. Based on the response further actions will be initiated.

We are waiting for the response from the JS and the further initiatives from the BSNL management. If there is any more delay tactics from DoT or BSNL, we will not hesitate to go for trade union actions in the near future. It is suspected that the strong stand taken by the Assns and Unions against Tower subsidiary formation is delaying the clearance from the JS, which cannot be accepted.

b) Uniform policy for considering request transfers, maintaining waiting list: Assn mentioned that the request transfers are not considered on uniform policy, some are considered on OWN cost and some on company cost which is arbitrary. As per policy all transfer after 3 years will be in the company cost evenif it is a request transfer. Due to financial condition it is not followed especially in Telecom Engg side whereas some cases are considered on company cost. Further waiting list is not maintained. DIR(HR) assured to maintain transparency and uniform procedure for considering request transfers. Further discussions will be held in the formal meetings.  

c) Early implementation of Hon SC judgments on Rule 206 seniority and 147 seniority: We requested to expedite both as finalization of seniority will pave the way for the promotion of the eligible candidates to DE/DGM grades. DIR(HR) informed that the committee formed for 147 seniority will examine the implementation part next week and a decision will be taken shortly on 147 seniority. Subsequently 206 seniority revision will be implemented.

d) Arbitrary Transfers in Civil wing of AP Circle and SDE(Electrical) transfers by PGM(EW): We explained the arbitrary transfer made by CE(Civil), AP Zone and the discussion with PGM(BW) in this regard. Similarly in Electrical wing also transfers are issued without any justification. DIR(HR) is very unhappy about the arbitrary transfers and assured to intervene.

The formal agenda meeting with DIR(HR) to discuss various HR issues is fixed for 16.05.2018.

24-04-2018

GS and President met CMD, BSNL and held discussions regarding approval of CPSU proposal. CMD informed that the date of implementation as 01.01.2017 is a decision taken by BSNL management for the interest of the company and its Executives and it has to be approved as proposed. CMD assured to intervene for getting the clearance for the proposal.

05-04-2018

GS writes to DIR(HR) for formal meeting to discuss the following important issues: Group Term Insurance, Uniform 1st TB promotion, HR integration, finalization of HR plan, restoration of Circle break in Soft tenure policy, change in the Recognition rules to make the number of office bearers as 15, office accommodation at Circle/SSA level etc. 

GS letter to DIR(HR)

03-04-2018

On CPSU Hierarchy proposal, GS met DIR(HR) today morning. DIR(HR) will be discussing it with Jt Sec, DoT today morning.

Development on E2, E3 scales:

Spoken to the concerned officers in Dept of Expenditure (DoE) regarding the advice sought by DoT on E2, E3 scales for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. It is informed that the file is submitted to the competent authority last week itself for replying the DoT queries. 

09-03-2018

Meeting with Member(Technology & Services), Telecom Commission.

GS and President met Shri Prabhash Singh, Member(T&S), Telecom Commission on 09.03.2018 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL with 15% fitment: We explained the meeting with the Hon Minister and the Secretary on the issue on 24.02.2018 in which Hon Minister directed DoT to take actions for the pension revision. The revision is due w.e.f 01.01.2017. Pension revision is not related with the affordability or paying capacity of BSNL. Union Cabinet already decided a fitment of 15% for the pay revision which will be applicable for the pensioners also. In 2007, Cabinet approved 30% fitment for the pay revision and the same was extended to the pensioners also. Accordingly we requested to move a Cabinet note separately for pension revision of the pensioners with 15% fitment, w.e.f 01.01.2017. Member(Services) assured to do the needful and told us to meet again in the first week of April for further discussions.

b) Support from Govt on BSNL Development related issues:

i) We expressed our serious concern that Govt is utilizing BSNL wherever other operators are not ready to execute the work like NOFN project. Other projects are going on tender basis where the tender conditions are favorable to other operators. In the phase II LWE project, tender eligibility conditions are made arbitrary, to keep BSNL out. The 4G operator as a precondition is to favour other operators, we pointed out. By this clause, BSNL will not be able to participate in the tender. 

ii) IT related work on nomination basis: Since BSNL is having huge expertise on IT related works with a strong network, DoT has to consider, giving IT related works to BSNL on nomination basis. ITPC is having more than 500 professionals and their services can be utilized for earning more money by taking up IT related activities of other Depts. BSNL is having more strength than the NIC. Member(T) acknowledged it and told us that he is fully aware of the strength of ITPC as Ex CGM/ITPC and their service can be effectively utilized for earning more revenue. BSNL has to come up with proposal and he is ready to support, he assured. 

07-03-2018

Developments on E2, E3 scales

Covenor/JF met Shri Pon Radhakrishnan, Hon Minister of State for Finance (MP from Nagergovil/TN) today, 07.03.2018 and sought his intervention for the comments/advice sought from Dept of Expenditure (DoE) by DoT on the subject. Initially OSD to Hon Minister has given an appointment. Since the Parliament adjourned in the morning without any transaction, Hon Minister was available in the office itself. On hearing the issue in detail, OSD himself taken the initiative to arrange an immediate meeting with the Minister which was not expected.

Hon Minister and the Addl PS present in the meeting sought the details and asked about the queries from DoT. After explaining the issue, Hon Minister directed the Addl PS to examine the matter in detail and take up with the concerned officers in DoE and follow up the matter. He assured that he will direct DoE to examine the matter at the earliest and give proper reply to the DoT.

We explained the issue in detail to the Addl PS and the indifferent stand taken by DoT now on the issue as follows:

i) E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for the BSNL rects after 01.10.2000 and E1A and E2A are not pay scales, it is a special dispensation for facilitating absorption for the officers of DoT. BSNL wrongly implemented E1A and E2A scales for the BSNL rects.

(We explained that DoT issued only one PO on 28.07.2003 with E1A, E2A, E3, E4 and E5 pay scales for all the Executives including the BSNL rects and there is no separate PO issued with E1 and E2 scales. E1 and E2 scales never implemented in BSNL. The JTO and SDE equivalent RRs are with E1A and E2A scales and rect taken place in that scale only. E1 and E2 are provisional pay scales now, till replacement scales of E1A and E2A are notified)

ii)  BSNL is making huge losses for the last four years.

(We explained that this is a 2nd PRC related issue, due from 01.01.2007. As per DPE guidelines, the PBT for the 2007-08 is to be taken into account for the implementation of 2nd PRC. During 2007-08, BSNL made Rs 4451 Cr profit. So BSNL satisfies the affordability clause and recommended E2 and E3 scales)

iii) The Presidential order is issued as per BSNL recommendations.

(We explained that BSNL never recommended E1 and E2 scales as E1 and E2 scales never operated in BSNL. Initially BSNL recommended replacement scales of E1A and E2A which was rejected by DoT and DPE directing BSNL to fit every Executive in the standard pay scales. Subsequently BSNL recommended E2 and E3 scales as replacement scales for E1A and E2A)

In complete disregard of BSNL recommendation and misinterpreting the DPE guidelines on affordability clause by taking the present financial condition, DoT issued the PO on 28.03.2017. Since BSNL management and Executives are not accepting the PO, DoT now sought the views of DoPT and DoE.

Convenor submitted a memorandum with all the relevant documents to the Hon Minister.

We are extremely grateful to Com Titus for arranging the meeting at Delhi with the OSD to Hon MOSF and then with the Hon Minister itself. This meeting was arranged on the continuous efforts taken by CHQ Treasurer, Com R Rajan for almost one month.

06-03-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL: GS, President and AGS met CMD/BSNL on 06.02.18 and held discussions on the follow up to be taken on various issues discussed with the Hon MOSC and DoT on 24.02.18 and assurances given. We thanked CMD for the intervention at the right time to arrange the meeting with Hon Minister. CMD is back at BSNLCO after attending the Mobile Congress at Barcelona, last week along with Hon Minister and Secretary/DoT.

06-03-2018

GS, President and AGS met GM(Pers) on 06.02.18 and held discussions regarding the reply to the Board members on various queries regarding CPSU Hierarchy. GM(Pers) informed that the draft reply is ready and it will be submitted after getting approval from DIR(HR) who is on official tour. DIR(HR) will be at HQ on Monday, 12.03.18.

27-02-2018

SNEA delegation led by Com. G. L. Jogi, Chairman/ SNEA, and consisting of Com. M. S. Adasul CS, SNEA/MH and other Circle leaders met Shri. Anant Geeteji, Hon Minister for Heavy Industries, at Mumbai on 22/02/2018 and very strongly pleaded for his kind intervention in getting relaxation in affordability clause for implementation of 3rd PRC from the Union Cabinet to enable implementation of 3rd PRC in all CPSUs regardless of their profits.

Leaders apprised Hon Minister about the great role played by CPSUs in strengthening Indian Economy and building a very formidable infrastructure in all critical sectors of development of Country. We updated him about the role of BSNL and how the BSNL has always given priority to provide services to customers regardless of loss and profit and hence affordability has no relevance for its grant of 3rd PRC for its workforce. Com G.L. Jogi emphatically told Hon Minister that only his very personal & kind intervention will help resolve the issue and pave the way for implementation of 3rd PRC in CPSUs including BSNL regardless of their profits/losses.

Hon Minister duly acknowledged the huge services rendered by CPSUs in growth and development of the Country in strategic and key sectors. He also informed that he is well aware about the contribution of BSNL in overall growth of India and also acknowledged that he is well familiar about the BSNL services being provided at the remote and odd places where profit is not possible and hence BSNL is different from others and assured to extend all possible support from Govt. Hon Minister reiterated strong resolve and keenness to intervene in the matter by moving a note for consideration and approval of the Union Cabinet to get the issue addressed comprehensively and to do whatever possible from his side in support of BSNL workforce on 3rd PRC issue as well as other issues.

SNEA delegation led by Com M. S. Adasul, CS, SNEA/MH, Com. Bharat Sonawane, CP, SNEA/MH and other Circle/SSA leaders met Shri. Manoj Sinhaji, Hon MoSC at Sangli on 23/02/2018 and requested his kind intervention on two prominent issues related to Executives and non-Executives working in BSNL i.e. grant of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment and early approval of Standard Pay Scales for BSNL Executives. Hon. MoSC assured that both the issues are under active consideration by DoT. He further added that he is aware about the unrest among the employees of BSNL and hence he has granted time for meeting to leaders of all Unions and Associations of BSNL tomorrow on 24/02/2018. He assured that all the issues raised by unions including these two prominent issues will be discussed with officers in DoT as well as union leaders and will be resolved in best possible manner. It was due to the personal intervention by Shri. Sanjay Kaka Patil, Hon. MP from Sangli Loksabha Constituency who has specially arranged the meeting for SNEA.

15-02-2018

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers) on 15.02.18: GS and President met GM(P) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Board approval for CPSU Hierarchy proposal: GM(P) informed that the queries from the Board members are yet to be received. BSNLCO is trying to contact the concerned Board members to get the queries so that it can be replied immediately and thereafter for the approval, the proposal can be moved through rotation.

b) Speedy implementation of Hon SC judgments on 206 seniority and consequential benefits to all the seniors: The proposal is already moved from Pers section few weeks back. Now the proposal is gone to the legal section for legal opinion. Based on the legal opinion, the proposal will be processed for early implementation. We requested for early implementation as DGM(Regular) promotion etc can be considered only after the finalization of the seniority list in DE cadre (after the revision of SDE seniority and subsequent changes in promotion to DE cadre).

c) Filing MA in Hon Chandigarh Court on DE to DGM(Adhoc) promotion: DGM(Adhoc) promotion is stayed by Hon CAT Chandigarh on reservation issue and catchup rule. The MA seeking permission for issuing promotion for the missing cases etc will be filed shortly. The draft MA is approved, GM(P) informed.

d) Approval of minutes of the review DPC for the 33 missing cases: After discussion, GM(P) assured early action.

e) Speedy implementation of Hon SC judgments on revision of seniority for the SDE(C) and consequential benefits to all the seniors: We explained the urgency in implementing the SC order and conducting the review DPC for EE promotion. There after they will be eligible for SE promotions also. Since the number is less, we requested to expedite the matter. GM(P) agreed to speed up the matter and explained that since all these matters involve legal issues, checking at various level involves, causing delay.

f) Promotion to SDE(T) based on the Hon SC order revising their JTO rect year. Since the review DPC is already over for the promotion to earlier vacancy year, it is requested to expedite the promotion order for the 06 cases where the SC given earlier rect years in JTO cadre. All of them are already working as SDEs.

06-02-2018

Meeting with Shri Amit Yadav, Jt Sec(A), DoT on 06.02.2018: GS, President and AGS met Jt Sec(A) and held discussions on different issues. Jt Sec(A) is nominated as the new BSNL Board member after Shri N Sivasailam become Special Secretary. We congratulated him for the new assignment.

1) Allotment of 4G spectrum for BSNL: We explained the urgency in allotting 4G spectrum and launching of 4G services by BSNL as other operators are already having 4G services. JS informed that things are now moving positively in DoT.

2) Pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL: We explained that the pension revision is no way linked with the pay revision for the serving employees as the pension is paid by the Govt from the Consolidated Fund of India. All are Govt pensioners retired from BSNL. Last time also pension revision for BSNL retirees was done through a Cabinet decision. The pension contribution is already paid by BSNL to the Govt(DoT). Affordability or BSNL profitability is no way connected with the payment of pension and pension revision. The fitment of 15% is already recommended by 3rd PRC and approved by Cabinet. We requested to delink it from pay revision and move a Cabinet proposal for pension revision. JS agreed to our points and assured that DoT will take positive steps to delink the pension revision from the pay revision and settle the issue of pension revision.

3) Status of 3rd Pay revision: For pay revision in BSNL, Govt has to seek Cabinet approval as a special case to get relaxation on affordability clause, JS informed. However there is no instruction from the higher authorities so far in this regard.  

4) Pension contribution: We explained the issue in detail. BSNL is pursuing this matter with DoT, DoE, DoPT etc. The response from DoE is very positive. The proposal sent to DoE was without the recommendation of the Internal Finance of DoT and now DoE sought the recommendation from Internal Finance of DoT. The issue is pending with Internal Finance of DoT. If Internal Finance of DoT is taking a positive stand, DoE will agree to the proposal. SNEA also taken up the issue with DoPT and DoPT informed us in April, 2014 that BSNL has to pay the pension contribution as per DoPT OM of 2009, on the actual basic pay. We requested to pursue the matter within DoT. JS informed that he is not dealing the matter, however he will use his office to support the BSNL proposal and speak to the concerned officers.

05-02-2018

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 05.02.18: GS and President met DIR(HR) and held discussions on E2/E3 pay scale status, CPSU Hierarchy approval, 3rd Pay revision, pension revision, pension contribution on actual basic pay etc.

Later GS, President and AGs met CGM(Legal), GM(Retg) and GM(SR) on the above issues and held discussions.   

03-02-2018

GS and President met GM(Fin-CFA) and GM(BB) on 02.02.18 and held further discussions on restoring night free calling and Sunday free call. Other operators especially R-Jio is coming with aggressive marketing strategies and withdrawal of existing facilities will be detrimental for BSNL, we informed. We demanded that the proposal may be put on hold and a committee may be formed to examine the proposal. Both of them responded positively and agreed that review is required. Since CMD and DIR(CFA) is out of station, immediate decision may not be possible, they  informed. 

01-02-2018

Meeting with Shri N K Mehta, DIR(CFA): Jt Forum leaders met DIR(CFA) on 31.01.2018 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Restoration of night free calling and Sunday free call facility from Landline: JF strongly pleaded for the restoration of night Free calling atleast from 9 PM to 6 AM and continuing Sunday Free calling. These are some good marketing initiatives which given the field staff to get more landline connections. When so many freebies are offered for mobile connection, landline customers which gives almost 50% revenue should not be neglected. All are loyal customers of BSNL for years together. BSNL should first retain them instead of looking for new connections. BSNL has to spend thousands of Rupees for a new connection and has to wait years together to get some revenue from it.  Before taking such a retrograde step which will accelerate the landline surrender/nonpayment disconnection, BSNL CO should have consulted the major Circles like KRL, MH, KTK etc to assess the impact, we suggested. Further we suggested to form a Committee consisting of few CGMs of major Circles and some officers of BSNLCO to review the decisions and put on hold the orders till that time. DIR(CFA) responded positively and assured positive action and review of the decision.   

b) Reintroduction of Annual plans: We pointed out that discontinuation of annual plan was another such retrograde decision taken by BSNL and we lost lakhs of connections. BSNL was getting advance money from the customers. After the surrender of lakhs of connections, we are looking for new connections with lesser plans. These type of decisions, making our field staff very tough to face the customers.

c) Procuring Gpon OLT and ONTs for FTTH connections. Huge demand is reported from various Circles for FTTH connections. Shortage of Gpon and ONTs is the main problem. R Jio is now focusing towards this segment of FTTH and BB business. We demanded urgent procurement/supply of OLTs and ONTs for providing maximum FTTH connections before R Jio is capturing the market. In the present NGN tender, there is a provision for FTTH where the ONT rates are very low. We requested to explore the possibility to procure more OLTs and ONTs through the existing tender itself instead of going for a new tender which will take lot of time.

01-02-2018

Meeting with new GM (Estt) on 31-01-18: GS, President, AGS and Jt Sec met the new GM(Estt) Shri Saurabh Tyagi and assured him all co-operation. Very sensitive issues like 3rd PRC, E2 and E3 scales, Pay loss issue of Rs 22820, E1A/E2A notionall from 01.10.2000 for C/E/Arch etc are dealt by Estt section  and it has to be addressed on priority, we requested. 

19-12-2017

4G services by BSNL: GS, President and AGS met CMD and DIR(CM) and held discussions regarding entering into 4G services by BSNL. A detail project report (DPR) is prepared by BSNL and will be discussed in the BSNL Board meeting tomorrow, 21.12.2017 (on 20.12.2017, meeting of the Audit committee of the Board is scheduled). Thereafter the DPR will be submitted to DoT for further necessary action. BSNL is strongly pursuing with DoT for 5 MHz 4G spectrum in 2100 band. It will be partially in the form of equity (50% through equity and 50% on installment payment basis.

07-11-2017

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

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

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

04-11-2017

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

01-11-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31-10-2017

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

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

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

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

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

30-10-2017

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

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

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

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

28-10-2017

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

27-10-2017

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

View Glimpse of Photos.

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 d