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08-10-2020

All Circles should convene the Circle Executive Committee meeting, complete cooption to vacant posts before the CWC meeting and discuss the important CWC agenda points in the CEC meeting. 

25-09-2020

Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of SNEA will held on 17th and 18th October, 2020 (online).

Organizational matters:

1. Review of 2nd Membership Verification.

2. Strategies to implement the Non post based Time Bound Functional promotion upto AGM equivalent Grades for all wings w.e.f. 01.07.2018 and the Ongoing Restructuring process in BSNL.

3. Launching of 4G services and BSNL Revival.

4. Issued faced on Outsourcing of CFA, OFC and CSC work.

5. Reorganization of Circle/SSA bodies post VRS.

6. Other important HR issues.

7. SDE seniority list issues.

Circle Executive Committee (CEC) meeting should be convened by all the Circles before the CWC meeting and the view of the Circle to be presented to the CWC on all the above important issues. Cooption to the Circle OBs posts and CWC members (as per the present membership) to be completed before CWC.

Similarly all the SSA bodies also to be revamped where ever Conference is due or OBs taken VRS/retired. 

05-09-2020

Shri Amit Gupta, veteran leader and Ex CS/JTOA, passed away. He expired on 04.09.2020 due to heart attack. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pay to the Almighty God to rest the soul in Peace.

He was in the forefront of the struggle during 1984-87 for Pay Scale upgradation from 1400-2300 scale to 1640-2900 scale and 1990 struggle for Lateral Advancement scheme (time bound financial upgradtion) after 12 years.

04-08-2020

Twitter campaign on 05.08.2020 postponed to 10.08.2020.

Concentrate on opening new Twitter account and follow SNEA on @sneachq

01-08-2020

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No: 9, Vote for Unity

Your support will make us more strong, from 13000 plus to 15000 plus, crossing 51% votes in 2nd MV.

Give us 51% vote, SNEA assure you to address pay loss

Manifesto demand: 4). We seek your support for:

i) E1+5 for post 2010 rects JTO/JAOs, including SRD JTOs, JAOs and GATE JTOs as an interim measure till E2 scale is approved.

ii) Resolving pay loss issue for LICE/SRD/GATE JTOs and DR/LICE JAOs after addressing the pay loss issue for those recruited in E1A scale with 9850/- basic, legally and organizationally.

Post 2010 rect JTOs and JAOs are the worst sufferers in terms of their pay. Even the SRD/GATE JTOs, DR JAOs and many LICE JTOs did not get the benefit of E1+5 increments. The incoming LICE JTOs case also the same.

The LICE JTOs and JAOs who recruited as TTA (JE) during 2007 to 2010 (before 2nd PRC implementation on 07.05.2010) are equally suffering like 2007/2008 rect JTOs. SNEA CHQ is well aware of the issue. In the Committee meetings held in 2017 regarding the pay loss issue of post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs, this issue also deliberated by the Committee members. While the pay loss issue is deliberated further, naturally the LICE JTO/JAOs pay loss as TTA will be taken up by SNEA, deliberated and resolved. For this purpose, SNEA added pay loss for LICE JTOs as agenda in the Manifesto.

We should not forget the fact that even on stiff opposition from one Assn, SNEA could amend the JTO RR and reduced the Qualifying service from 10 years to 7 years and then to 5 years. This initiative of SNEA facilitated mass recruitment of JTOs and JAOs in 2016, about 10,000 through JTO LICEs for 3 vacancy years and one JAO LICE in 2016. This is the commitment of SNEA towards the JTOs and JAOs.

Ultimately, this benefit has to be extended to all the SRD/DR/GATE JTOs and JAOs also, one by one starting with those recruited in 2007, 2008, 2010 etc.

SNEA is determined to resolve the pay loss issue organizationally and legally. But for this, we require the unqualified support of all the JTOs and JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

20-07-2020

Com Rajendra S Kolapkar, Asst  General Secretary, SNEA joined at BSNL Corporate Office.

Mob: 09422701300, email: rkolapkar@yahoo.com

18-07-2020

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

Your support will make us cross 51%:

A strong and vibrant SNEA only can resolve YOUR issues.

One Association formed at the behest of ITS lobby in 2005 is trying to divide the Executives into different category. They are trying to divide the Executives in the name of DR, BR, absorbee, promote, LDCE, LICE, Engg Graduate, non-Graduate for vote bank politics. By this they are destabilising BSNL and compromising the interest of all Executives.

The Executives should analyse what is the truth behind their propaganda and DIVIDE AND RULE POLICY.

Is there any difference in SERVICE CONDITIONS between the BSNL absorbed employees and BSNL directly recruited employees, which can be removed by any Association or even by the Management. Is the only difference in pension payment is creation of any Executive or any Associations. Is it not a fact, even in Government service, there is no Government pension scheme for those joined Government service after 01.04.2004? Have you ever hear separate Associations or Unions in government service or PSUs for those having government pension and those have PF pension.

Otherwise why they are making it as an issue during the MV, vote bank politics? And create hatred among the Executives and vitiate working atmosphere. Is it going to address the problems of the Executives? In that case there would not be any problem for the employees working in other PSUs or Govt Depts.

If the Executives are divided, who is benefitted? Management/ Govt OR the employees?

All the service Rules in BSNL are one and the same for all Executives, BSNL direct Rects as well as BSNL absorbee.

See the chat!

No

Issue

Status

1

Pay and pay scales

Same for both

2

Increments

Same for both

3

Fitment method

Same for both

4

IDA

Same for both

5

Promotion policy and RRs

Same for both

6

Executive Promotion policy

Same for both

7

Rect Rules

Same for both

8

Transfer policy

Same for both

9

Disciplinary/Conduct Rules

Same for both

10

Leave Rules

Same for both

11

Gratuity

Same for both

12

Medical facility

Same for both

13

Reservation

Same for both

14

Leave encashment

Same for both

15

Allowances

Same for both

16

LTC

Same for both

17

TA/DA

Same for both

18

Telephone facility

Same for both

 

Pension

Different *

* Pension: Pension for the BSNL absorbed employees got after lot of struggle in DoT and it was an offer before formation of BSNL. Govt pension for the Central Govt employees also stopped. For the Central Govt employees recruited after 01.04.2004, there is no Govt pension. They have only New Pension Scheme (NPS).

Pensionary benefits differs from organization to organization. The Govt pension for the absorbed employees given the opportunity to struggle for the remaining BSNL direct rect employees to get Superannuation Fund formed, even when BSNL was loss making. BSNL is the only loss making CPSU, Superannuation Fund formed. Even in MTNL it is not there! It is due to the combined struggle of AUAB. While BSNL is making pension contribution for absorbed employees on monthly basis varying from 04% to 23% of maximum of the pay scales, BSNL is paying EPF contribution to BSNL direct recruits monthly @ 12% plus Superannuation Fund of 05% of Basic + IDA.

Now, BSNL Executives has to decide who is misguiding you, who is dividing the Executives and compelling them to fight against each other.

Management is watching all these game, enjoying and depriving legitimate pay, promotion, SAB etc.

Still you want to play in the hands of those people and massacre you?

DECISION IS YOURS

Take wise decision at right opportunity. Yes, it is on 18.08.2020.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED  WE FALL

17-07-2020

GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR):

Kindly make arrangements to get cashless treatment for Covid 19 patients, atleast one or two Hospitals in each City/Dist/Taluk places to mitigate the hardships of the employees. Empanelled hospitals are stopped cashless treatment due to huge outstanding dues. For this tie-up may be done with Hospitals at Circle /SSA level.  

GS letter to Director(HR)

17-07-2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

Continuing neglect of Maintenance Regions in terms of man power, money and material resulting into deterioration of quality of our prestigious Transmission network. Services are seriously affected and subscribers are complaining severely about low speed. BSNL losing Crores of rupees revenue due to outage of transmission media.

Urgent measures are to be taken by the management

1. BSNL has to allot atleast 5 Crores each to STR and NTR and 4 Crores each to WTR and ETR per month for the urgent maintenance of transmission network, in addition to normal fund allotment.

2. Sufficient Executives are to be posted to the Maintenance Regions on urgent basis wherever acute shortage is there after the VRS.

3. Special fund may be allotted for maintenance of Transmission systems by Circles.

GS letter to CMD

14-07-2020

2nd Membership Verification:

List of (09) eligible Executives Associations circulated. BBOA and TSOA are not participating.

List of eligible Associations

12-07-2020

In one message spread by AIGETOA activists, they quoted even DIR(HR) and telling that JTO to SDE promotion is coming shortly, if SNEA is not opposing. We had enquired about authenticity of this message from DIR(HR) itself, yesterday.

DIR(HR) informed GS that all these are false and used by someone for election gains.

From this word of DIR(HR), it is clear how they are cheating the Executive by telling lies, just for election gains.

12-07-2020

Last few days we observed that AIGETOA activists are spreading mal-propaganda against SNEA through the social media that SNEA is stopping promotion. Otherwise everything is ready and all promotions will come before MV, according to them.

Stopping promotions, staying promotions, staying LDCE etc are not the culture of SNEA. It is the culture and agenda of AIGETOA for the last 13 years, from LDCE 2007 onwards. They stopped the DPC half way in 2018, stopping the JTO to SDE promotion for 1999, 2001 to 2008 batches. Earlier they stayed the DPC after 2011, upto 2018.

This is the false propaganda by them just to stop the backlash from the JTOs on their sinister efforts to stop the JTO to SDE promotion by filing contempt petition in the Hon CAT/EKM against the CMD and the judgment obtained from HC to prepare the JTO eligibility list based on Date of Joining instead of Training Centre marks. They lost the case for 1:1 seniority and quashed the present JTO eligibility list based on Training Centre marks, stopping all SDE promotions. DoJ is against BSNL policy and so BSNL filed Review petition.

They know very well that no DPC will take place due to their case and propagating that management is ready and SNEA is stopping. This is the election propaganda. The whole world knows that it is the sinister designs of AIGETOA to STOP the 2001 to 2008 batches promotion from 2018 and that made them to file the contempt petition against CMD and opposing the Review petition filed by BSNL.

Even today SNEA welcome and work for even a single promotion in any cadre as done in May-June, 2018 and earlier. Yes, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f.01.07.2018 is our ultimate objective and we are working overtime for its implementation. But in between if we are getting any opportunity for any post based promotion, we will work for that from JTO to SDE or SDE to DE or AO to CAO or in any cadre, for the available vacancies, in parallel. That is the declared stand of SNEA. Mgt is not ready for any DPC/promotion for the available vacancies due to reservation issue and the seniority /contempt case filed by AIGETOA. As informed earlier, Mgt is taking legal opinion on preparation of the eligibility list of JTOs. Eligibility list preparation and reservation are two issues blocking JTO to SDE promotion.

 

JTO to SDE promotion is held up from 2018 due to seniority and contempt case filed by AIGETOA. SDE to DE promotion is held up from 2018 due to reservation issue and contempt case filed at Chandigarh. AO to CAO promotion is held up from 2018 due to reservation issue and case filed at Chandigarh. Even the promotion order for the missing cases of 2018 DPC in JTO to SDE, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotion could not issue so far due to reservation issue and contempt case.

After restructuring, the number of posts will come down by about 50%. So future promotion will be possible only through CPSU CH and we do not want to drift our focus from CPSU CH implementation w.e.f. 01.07.2018 itself.

12-07-2020

SNEA responded very positively to the various points raised by SEWA BSNL in their letter dated 08.07.2020. SNEA is committed to safeguard the Constitutional Rights of SC/ST. 

In CPSU CH also SNEA stand is that the Reservation Polices of the Govt is to be followed and the Board also approved the same. The guidance received from DoT/DoPT/DPE on this matter will be applicable for BSNL w.e.f. 01.07.2018.

SEWA letterSNEA response

12-07-2020

Last few days we observed that AIGETOA activists are spreading mal-propaganda against SNEA through the social media that SNEA is stopping promotion. Otherwise everything is ready and all promotions will come before MV, according to them.

Stopping promotions, staying promotions, staying LDCE etc are not the culture of SNEA. It is the culture and agenda of AIGETOA for the last 13 years, from LDCE 2007 onwards. They stopped the DPC half way in 2018, stopping the JTO to SDE promotion for 1999, 2001 to 2008 batches. Earlier they stayed the DPC after 2011, upto 2018.

This is the false propaganda by them just to stop the backlash from the JTOs on their sinister efforts to stop the JTO to SDE promotion by filing contempt petition in the Hon CAT/EKM against the CMD and the judgment obtained from HC to prepare the JTO eligibility list based on Date of Joining instead of Training Centre marks. They lost the case for 1:1 seniority and quashed the present JTO eligibility list based on Training Centre marks, stopping all SDE promotions. DoJ is against BSNL policy and so BSNL filed Review petition.

They know very well that no DPC will take place due to their case and propagating that management is ready and SNEA is stopping. This is the election propaganda. The whole world knows that it is the sinister designs of AIGETOA to STOP the 2001 to 2008 batches promotion from 2018 and that made them to file the contempt petition against CMD and opposing the Review petition filed by BSNL.

Even today SNEA welcome and work for even a single promotion in any cadre as done in May-June, 2018 and earlier. Yes, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f.01.07.2018 is our ultimate objective and we are working overtime for its implementation. But in between if we are getting any opportunity for any post based promotion, we will work for that from JTO to SDE or SDE to DE or AO to CAO or in any cadre, for the available vacancies, in parallel. That is the declared stand of SNEA. Mgt is not ready for any DPC/promotion for the available vacancies due to reservation issue and the seniority /contempt case filed by AIGETOA.

JTO to SDE promotion is held up from 2018 due to seniority and contempt case filed by AIGETOA. SDE to DE promotion is held up from 2018 due to reservation issue and contempt case filed at Chandigarh. AO to CAO promotion is held up from 2018 due to reservation issue and case filed at Chandigarh. Even the promotion order for the missing cases of 2018 DPC in JTO to SDE, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotion could not issue so far due to reservation issue and contempt case.

After restructuring, the number of posts will come down by about 50%. So future promotion will be possible only through CPSU CH and we do not want to drift our focus from CPSU CH implementation w.e.f. 01.07.2018 itself.

24-06-2020

Window for change of membership opened from 16.06.2020 to 15.07.2020:

It is a mini Membership Verification:

Lot of mal-propaganda and misleading messages are going on in the social media just to confuse the Executives especially the young comrades.

SNEA never believes in dividing the Executives as DR or Promotee or LICE or LDCE or Absorbee or BSNL direct recruit. SNEA is proud to represent all the Executives, Seniors as well as Juniors, Absorbee & BSNL direct recruits, DoT & BSNL rect, SCF & LDCE, DR & LICE.

SNEA believes in UNITY OF EXECUTIVES, NOT DIVISION.

SNEA is proud to represent Executives from all the streams, Telecom/Finance/Civil/Electrical/Arch/TF/PA/PS/OL/CSS and treat them at par.

All Circle/SSA/Branch Office bearers, activists and members are to interact with each and every Executive immediately, explaining the achievement / breakthrough / progress/ status of the issues taken up by SNEA as listed below:

1. Protected BSNL from the threat of closure. Protected the job of thousands and thousands of employees. We succeeded in it by the approval of the Revival plan by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.19 with a) 4G spectrum and 18% GST free of cost, b) No financial implication for BSNL on VRS, c) Land monetization for loan repayment and development, d) Rs 8,500 Crore bond for Restructuring of loan and e) Before BSNL & MTNL merger, contentious issues will be addressed giving opportunity to settle E2 and E3 pay scales.

2. Tower Subsidiary formation: SNEA was in the forefront of all agitations against Tower Subsidiary formation. Organizationally and legally fighting against it.

3. Restructuring, review of sanctioned posts based on Assets: Given continuous feed back to the management when Restructuring started in 2014. Got non-post based promotion policy approved by Board in order to ensure that restructuring and resultant post reduction does not affect the promotion. Opposing deduction in posts and demanding Review of Post sanction, based on assets.

4. Pension Contribution: Pursuing with DoT, DoPT and Dept of Expenditure for pension contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scales.

5. Project Vasundhara: BSNL initiated Project Vasundhara for revaluation of the Land assets. Revaluation done for 12,000 plots. The book value was only Rs 907.98 Cr and after revaluation, the value became 75,925.37 Crores.

6. FTTH policy: FTTH through Franchise model become very successful in BSNL. SNEA gave lot of inputs from time to time to the management. Triple Play services launched with the initiative of our activists.

7. Outsourcing of CFA and OFC work: Provided continuous feedback received from the Circles on Outsourcing of CFA and OFC work to the management. The shortcoming in the tender pointed out.

8. NGN tender, MPLS expansion, Phase VII add on and Phase VIII.4 GSM tender.

9. BSNL recommended standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc in 2016. After the MV, we could focus on E2 and E3 alone by modifying the proposal limited to E2 and E3 in the initial stage.  Lowering of pay scales to E1 and E2 and demotion of the cadres stopped. Financial crisis is the main obstacle. We are putting all the efforts for approval of E2 and E3 pay scales before BSNL and MTNL merger.

10. During this period, 14,082 Executives got promotion, filling all the vacancies in all cadres. Approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy on 28.05.18 made it possible. But SDE(T) promotion could not take place for all vacancies due to the court cases at Chennai and Ernakulam. 5237 JTOs promoted as SDE in 2018.

11. Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy approved by Board. It will ensure Promotion after every 5 years, upto AGM Grade, irrespective of vacancy. Implementation from 01.07.2018 will ensure parity and smooth career progression for youngsters. Delay in promotions will be compensated by i) date of effect from 01.07.2018 and ii) relaxation in qualifying service for further promotion to AGM Grade.

12. Superannuation Fund created in BSNL, may be the only loss making PSU. Pension for the absorbed employees given a strong ground for us to demand social security for the remaining employees. After becoming Recognised Assn, we could achieve another hike @2% of the emoluments w.e.f. 01.04.2017 and the orders are issued on 08.01.2018. CMD offered another hike by March, 2019 but it did not materialise due to financial crunch. Post VRS, we are pursuing for further enhancement based on the reduced wage bill and improving financial position.

13. BSNL Board recommended 3rd PRC with 15% fitment for the Executives. BSNL is the only loss making PSU, recommended Pay Revision seeking relaxation on affordability clause. We could convince the BSNL Board which include 4 external experts and 2 DoT members.

14. EPF full Pension: EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500 was a milestone for the BSNL employees and the biggest achievement of SNEA in 2005. Earlier BSNL was making the contribution limited to 12% of Rs 6500 only. Through NCOA, SNEA and its members becoming direct party in the Hon Supreme Court in the pending SLPs on EPF full Pension case.

15. Group Term Insurance (GTI) for the BSNL Executives from March, 2019 with a premium of Rs 9440/- for coverage of Rs 50 lakhs for all Executives up to 50 Years. A major relief for the young comrades.

16. Pay loss of Rs 22820/- for post 2007 rects: Management is not agreeing to our demand. We initiated legal action on this demand for 2007 & 2008 rects. We demanded continuing with the pre-revised scale of Rs 9850/ till the issue resolved.

17. E1+5 increment ensured for all the post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs: It is approved by DoT. Implementation of E1+5 increment for post 2008 rects pending as it is linked with E1 and E2 scale notification.

18. Facilitated Rect of thousands of JTO/JAOs in Dept/DR quota by clearing various hurdles. JTO LICE made almost current.

19. Maximum Rule 8 cases settled during this period by utilising LICE and GATE JTOs as substitues. Got relaxation in qualifying service for LICE JTO/JAO in Rule 8 Transfers (4 years relaxation for tenure Circles and 3 years for non-tenure Circles).

20. External MT stopped. Examination for internal MT conducted for the career progression of young Executives who can become GM /CGM/ Board Director etc in future.

21. Giving relief to thousands of Executives Officiated earlier, orders issued on 28.02.2017 protecting the officiating pay. Thousands of Executives were facing one or two increments reduction in their pay and recovery of lakhs of rupees.

22. Protection of Additional increment on functional promotion: We got favourable judgment against the DoT order rescinding the additional increment on functional promotion as per EPP.

23. Amendments in SDE RR notified on 08.05.2018, effectively from 28.08.2015. Rota and Quota rule restored in SDE seniority from 28.08.2015, which was lost due to Hon. Supreme Court Order for those passed the LDCE under 1996 and 2002 SDE RRs.

24. FR22(1)(a)(i) fixation for Officiating JTOs giving big relief.

25. E1A and E2A pay scales for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS from 01.10.2000: We could convince the management and proposal got approved by the MC of the Board. However DoT objecting it in the Board. Matter is pending with Board.

26. Addressing Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs passed LDCE 2007.

27. e-APAAR got it introduced in BSNL on 03.02.2017 in ERP module for the year 2016-17 for streamlining DPC related work. e-DPC also introduced, successfully done for DGM(T) promotion.

20-06-2020

Dear SSA/Circle Secretaries:

It is observed that when members are shifting from SSA/Circle on transfer, their Assn membership and subscription details are not getting transferred to the new units in the system.

The particulars of the members undergone transfer during last 3 years may be verified with the records and if the deduction is not happening, new form may be collected and submitted by 15.07.2020.

04-06-2020

Settlement of Group Term Insurance (GTI) cases in favour of nominees:

Another initiative of SNEA giving relief to many families:

LIC settled three (3) cases, Ushahri. M (201265), Rajesh Nautiyal (9970431) and Amarpal Singh (9982501) in favour of nominees.

Another 5 cases of Ramkrishna Ahirwar (MP), Unnikrishnan P(KRL), Udayshankar M (KRL), Radhey Shyam Gupta (UPW) and Harish Chander (PB) are under process and will be settled shortly.

Kindly speak to their family members and find out whether the claim amount is credited into their bank account.

15-05-2020

SNEA, Karnataka Circle setting example ----

SNEA/KTK Circle collected Rs 7.34 lakhs for the starving contract workers and supplying Food Grain Kits:

Due to non-payment of wages for 12 to 15 months, the contract workers are starving. Poor contract workers still having faith and hope in BSNL and they are still working with BSNL. Whatever the service being extended to customers and attending of transmission faults is only through these workers. Though they are starving but still working with BSNL even in the situation of COVID 19 hardship. SNEA/KTK continuously taking this issue with management for release of their wages but management not able to pay their long pending dues.

SNEA/KTK is sympathetic about the starving contract workers and thought of supporting them financially by raising the donation from its own working and retired members. Accordingly CS/SNEA, Karnataka appealed to all members, got very good response. Now collection has reached to the tune of Rs 7.34 lakhs and members are still continued to pay for the noble cause from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000/. SNEA/KTK is thankful to all the donors for supporting this noble cause.

BSNLEU also raising donations. The amount collected is started distributed among about 1670 contract workers who are working in BSNL Karnataka in the form of Food grain kits, jointly by SNEA and BSNLEU wherever possible.

Congratulations to SNEA/KTK and all supporters---

Other Circles like Punjab also making lot of humanitarian activities for the contract labours.

11-05-2020

We express our sincere gratitude for the timely help extended for the treatment of Com Sandeep Rathi, JTO. CS/Telangana informed that through the generous contribution from all of you, they could get sufficient fund by this time (Rs 8, 43,525).

So there is no need for any more contribution for that purpose. If at all there is any requirement, it will be informed. Once again thanks to one and all for the generous contribution, SNEA members, BSNL employees, pensioners etc who contributed and encouraged others. 

10-05-2020

Appeal

Com Sandeep Rathi, JTO, Nizamabad, Telangana Circle met an accident and undergoing treatment at Hyderabad. His family requires immediate financial assistance. Generously contribute to the following account for his treatment.  

Mamidi Prabhakar,

AC No: 09821070010265

IFSC code: HDFC0000982

Google Pay No: 9440000163

Phone Pay: 9440000163

23-03-2020

CWC meeting postponed....

Considering the prevailing situation in the country, it is decided to postpone the proposed CWC meeting at Agra.

The new dates will be announced when situation improve and safe travel and meeting is possible.

11-03-2020

SNEA Bhavan, New Delhi booking started from today after the maintenance work.

01-03-2020

Editorial

BSNL started its new journey on 01.02.2020.

We should join hands at these crucial hours.

On 01st February, 2020, BSNL started its new journey, the new innings with less than 50% employees. 78,569 employees took VRS on 31.01.2020 in addition to the superannuation retirees and the remaining BSNL employees are only 70,671. It was the biggest challenge for BSNL, after its formation in 2000 to maintain the services without interruption. Many locations become vacuum on 01.02.2020, finding no one to take care of the telephone exchanges, transmission systems, CSCs etc. The outsourcing tender for landline maintenance, Optical Fibre maintenance and Mobile infra was yet to take shape. Labours are unwilling to work due to no-payment of wages. Even the management was clueless how to manage the situation. 

Showing its inherent strength of performing at adverse situations, our comrades at various places taken the challenges and started managing the affairs. Within three weeks time, things come under control in majority of the Circles. This could happen only when one owns the system, taking the ownership of the company and exactly that had by the employees. There are no words to congratulate our comrades who had taken extraordinary pain and shown the courage to take decisions at their level, during these hours of crisis.

Success of BSNL in the post VRS scenario mainly depends up on the success of the outsourcing tenders for Landline, OFC and Mobile Infra maintenance and the deployment of manpower. Our involvement in the tendering process will have a telling effect on its success also. The rate for Landline maintenance tender is very good and the rates for Mobile Infra and OFC maintenance are reasonably good. Success of the outsourcing model depends up on the performance of the contractor or the successful bidder. We have to take initiative to ensure that good contractors are participating in the tender. They have to be encouraged, explaining the attractive rates offered to them. At the same time, we should ensure that the saving through man power reduction is not drained out in the name of outsourcing. The tendency of corruption at any level should not be tolerated and it has to be plugged at the beginning itself.

BSNL revival cannot be possible without increasing the revenue and finding new sources for revenue generation. In that respect, launching of 4G services will have huge impact. This will strengthen the hands of the remaining employees and inject confidence among them for better performance. More focus is to be given on FTTH which is growing exponentially. The revenue sharing model with is becoming a success story for BSNL. The open policy for IPTV services will open more competition among the MSO/LCOs and competition is to be encouraged at each location.   

Finally, motivation of the workforce in the changed scenario is more important for taking up further challenges and for better performance. In this aspect lot of initiative is required from management side. Now the role of Executives changed drastically after the mass Voluntary Retirement of non-Executives. The higher management and Personal section in particular has to find ways to motivate the Executives by issuing timely promotions. Sitting on promotions after approval of the promotion policy in the Board is not at all a good sign for any management. Foreseeing the negative impact due to litigations on reservation and seniority, we evolved the non-post based promotion policy free from vacancy, seniority and reservation related issues. Further this promotion is not having any financial implications on impact on the company but still management is lagging behind.

BSNL cannot ignore the significance of Landline sector which provides the landline, Broadband, Leased circuits, MPLS circuits, ILL etc. In the telecom melt down going on, when BSNL mobile revenue has slumped from Rs 11,000 Crores to just Rs 5,000 Crores, it is the landline sector with its steady revenue only cushioned the impact and saved BSNL to a great extent. Other operators suffered more because they are depending only on mobile services. Comparing to mobile sector, the investment in landline sector is meagre. The best performing Circle, Kerala, could generate huge revenue and hundreds of Crores of profit only because they could preserve the landline sector with more than 14 lakhs landline connections and 5 lakhs Broadband connections as on today also. 

01-03-2020

Editorial

BSNL started its new journey on 01.02.2020.

We should join hands at these crucial hours.

On 01st February, 2020, BSNL started its new journey, the new innings with less than 50% employees. 78,569 employees took VRS on 31.01.2020 in addition to the superannuation retirees and the remaining BSNL employees are only 70,671. It was the biggest challenge for BSNL, after its formation in 2000 to maintain the services without interruption. Many locations become vacuum on 01.02.2020, finding no one to take care of the telephone exchanges, transmission systems, CSCs etc. The outsourcing tender for landline maintenance, Optical Fibre maintenance and Mobile infra was yet to take shape. Labours are unwilling to work due to no-payment of wages. Even the management was clueless how to manage the situation. Even the management was clueless how to manage the situation.

Showing its inherent strength of performing at adverse situations, our comrades at various places taken the challenges and started managing the affairs. Within three weeks time, things come under control in majority of the Circles. This could happen only when one owns the system, taking the ownership of the company. There are no words to congratulate our comrades who had taken extraordinary pain and shown the courage to take decisions at their level, during these hours of crisis.

Success of BSNL in the post VRS scenario mainly depends up on the success of the outsourcing tenders for Landline, OFC and Mobile Infra maintenance. Our involvement in the tendering process will have a telling effect on its success also. The rate for Landline maintenance tender is very good and the rates for Mobile Infra and OFC maintenance are reasonably good. Success of the outsourcing model depends up on the performance of the contractor or the successful bidder. We have to take initiative to ensure that good contractors are participating in the tender. They have to be encouraged, explaining the attractive rates offered to them. At the same time, we should ensure that the saving through man power reduction is not drained out in the name of outsourcing. The tendency of corruption at any level should not be tolerated and it has to be plugged at the beginning itself.

BSNL revival cannot be possible without increasing the revenue and finding new sources for revenue generation. In that respect, launching of 4G services will have huge impact. This will strengthen the hands of the remaining employees and inject confidence among them for better performance. More focus is to be given on FTTH which is growing exponentially. The revenue sharing model with is becoming a success story for BSNL. The open policy for IPTV services will open more competition among the MSO/LCOs and competition is to be encouraged at each location.   

Finally, motivation of the workforce in the changed scenario is more important for taking up further challenges and for better performance. In this aspect lot of initiative is required from management side. Now the role of Executives changed drastically after the mass Voluntary Retirement of non-Executives. The higher management and Personal section in particular has to find ways to motivate the Executives by issuing timely promotions. Sitting on promotions after approval of the promotion policy in the Board is not at all a good sign for any management. Foreseeing the negative impact due to litigations on reservation and seniority, we evolved the non-post based promotion policy free from vacancy, seniority and reservation related issues. Further this promotion is not having any financial implications on impact on the company but still management is lagging behind.

BSNL cannot ignore the significance of Landline sector which provides the landline, Broadband, Leased circuits, MPLS circuits, ILL etc. In the telecom melt down going on, when BSNL mobile revenue has slumped from Rs 11,000 Crores to just Rs 5,000 Crores, it is the landline sector with its steady revenue only cushioned the impact and saved BSNL to a great extent. Other operators suffered more because they are depending only on mobile services. Comparing to mobile sector, the investment in landline sector is meagre. The best performing Circle, Kerala, could generate huge revenue and hundreds of Crores of profit only because they could preserve the landline sector with more than 14 lakhs landline connections and 5 lakhs Broadband connections as on today also. 

31-01-2020

President and GS boycotted the official retirement function at BSNLCO campus today morning in protest against the insensitive attitude of BSNL management towards the VRS optees. 
Protest letter to CMD

31-01-2020

Editorial

Stalwarts of many struggles leaving BSNL today.

Yes, it was the toughest decision in your life, to part with BSNL and SNEA before normal superannuation.

No one needs to be told about the reasons that coerced thousands and thousands of Telecom employees to opt for so called dubiously glossy VRS mechanism. Complete and unprecedented demoralization that was set in through carefully calibrated means like nonpayment of salaries for months, nonpayment of electricity bills, badly delayed payments to labors and vendors, making working so miserable for the employees in the field units, the uncertainty prevailing in Telecom Industry, unprofessional management, other insurmountable obstacles that were deliberately created by the Government, creating such a psychological trauma and sense of insecurity amongst the employees by the BSNL management, the insensitivities and total lack of human touch on the part of the Government simply because it wants to finally disinvest and sell BSNL, made majority of people to take the tough decision to opt for VRS even though it was painful.

Most of them, who entered the Department with great ambitions and high hopes were compelled to leave the entities sorrowfully and sadly when the most productive and most earning years of their service would have been before them. It is not the sugar-coated VRS Scheme that attracted them for retirement, it is the ruthless policies of the Government and the top Management with an eager intent to kill the Companies for ulterior motives forced their exit from the Companies, they had assiduously built up, with their sweat.

SNEA and the BSNL employees recognise your contribution for the company as well as for the Association and your active participation and sacrifices during the struggles by JETA/JTOA/TEOA/SNEA for the cadre issues and for BSNL revival. SNEA recognizes your contribution for many years in many struggles, prominent among them are the 1986 struggle for higher pay scales; 1990 joint struggle with TESA for Time Bound Promotion -- first in the history of any Govt Department; pay scale upgradation and Group B Gazetted status in 1996 through V CPC; struggle in 2002 for the Terms and Condition before absorption in BSNL; absorption related issues; EPF contribution without the ceiling of Rs 6500; 2005 struggle for EPP; struggle against the Mobile tender cancellation in 2007; struggle for BSNLMS RR; clearing hurdles on Promotions in different cadres; ITS absorption; GSM Tenders and BSNL expansion related issues; BWA spectrum refund; Income Tax refund; struggle for non-post based promotions and Parity in promotions; standard pay scales of E2 & E3 etc; 30% Superannuation Benefits; 3rd Pay Revision; Pension revision etc etc.

You are with us during the most difficult time of the company and the Association, i.e. when Govt was planning to close down our beloved company, BSNL. But with lot of sacrifices, we did not allow the closure of BSNL. Rather we unitedly forced the Govt to approve the best Revival package for BSNL. Comrades, before you all leave, you made it happen that the Revival package having the real potential for BSNL Revival is approved by the Govt, for the future of the colleagues left over. You are all my strength during that struggle and turbulent period. In the future also, please be with us, continue with us and guide us in every possible manner.

CHQ is making all the efforts to make your parting with BSNL very smooth.

Comrades, we initiated the formation of Sanchar Nigam Pensioners Welfare Association (SNPWA) as a platform for our retiring comrades for their association with SNEA in the future also for the struggle for Pension Revision and BSNL related issues. Take the lead in strengthening SNPWA in the future.

On behalf of SNEA Central Head Quarters, I once again sincerely thank all of you for your commitment, dedication and the contribution for SNEA as well as BSNL. I wish you all the best. All the best to your family members also who supported you, each and every moment. Let Almighty shower all the blessings on all of you.

At the same time, I appreciate and congratulate all the comrades who decided to stay back and continue in BSNL for charting out the success story of BSNL and making it yet again a very robust, agile, versatile, challenging and formidable Telecom operator by taking the struggles to its logical conclusion.

31-01-2020

Stalwarts of many struggles leaving BSNL today.

Yes, it was the toughest decision in your life, to part with BSNL and SNEA before normal superannuation.

No one needs to be told about the reasons that coerced thousands and thousands of Telecom employees to opt for so called dubiously glossy VRS mechanism. Complete and unprecedented demoralization that was set in through carefully calibrated means like nonpayment of salaries for months, nonpayment of electricity bills, badly delayed payments to labors and vendors, making working so miserable for the employees in the field units, the uncertainty prevailing in Telecom Industry, unprofessional management, other insurmountable obstacles that were deliberately created by the Government, creating such a psychological trauma and sense of insecurity amongst the employees by the BSNL management, the insensitivities and total lack of human touch on the part of the Government simply because it wants to finally disinvest and sell BSNL, made majority of people to take the tough decision to opt for VRS even though it was painful.

Most of them, who entered the Department with great ambitions and high hopes were compelled to leave the entities sorrowfully and sadly when the most productive and most earning years of their service would have been before them. It is not the sugar-coated VRS Scheme that attracted them for retirement, it is the ruthless policies of the Government and the top Management with an eager intent to kill the Companies for ulterior motives forced their exit from the Companies, they had assiduously built up, with their sweat.

SNEA and the BSNL employees recognise your contribution for the company as well as for the Association and your active participation and sacrifices during the struggles by JETA/JTOA/TEOA/SNEA for the cadre issues and for BSNL revival. SNEA recognizes your contribution for many years in many struggles, prominent among them are the 1986 struggle for higher pay scales; 1990 joint struggle with TESA for Time Bound Promotion -- first in the history of any Govt Department; pay scale upgradation and Group B Gazetted status in 1996 through V CPC; struggle in 2002 for the Terms and Condition before absorption in BSNL; absorption related issues; EPF contribution without the ceiling of Rs 6500; 2005 struggle for EPP; struggle against the Mobile tender cancellation in 2007; struggle for BSNLMS RR; clearing hurdles on Promotions in different cadres; ITS absorption; GSM Tenders and BSNL expansion related issues; BWA spectrum refund; Income Tax refund; struggle for non-post based promotions and Parity in promotions; standard pay scales of E2 & E3 etc; 30% Superannuation Benefits; 3rd Pay Revision; Pension revision etc etc.

You are with us during the most difficult time of the company and the Association, i.e. when Govt was planning to close down our beloved company, BSNL. But with lot of sacrifices, we did not allow the closure of BSNL. Rather we unitedly forced the Govt to approve the best Revival package for BSNL. Comrades, before you all leave, you made it happen that the Revival package having the real potential for BSNL Revival is approved by the Govt, for the future of the colleagues left over. You are all my strength during that struggle and turbulent period. In the future also, please be with us, continue with us and guide us in every possible manner.

CHQ is making all the efforts to make your parting with BSNL very smooth.

Comrades, we initiated the formation of Sanchar Nigam Pensioners Welfare Association (SNPWA) as a platform for our retiring comrades for their association with SNEA in the future also for the struggle for Pension Revision and BSNL related issues. Take the lead in strengthening SNPWA in the future.

On behalf of SNEA Central Head Quarters, I once again sincerely thank all of you for your commitment, dedication and the contribution for SNEA as well as BSNL. I wish you all the best. All the best to your family members also who supported you, each and every moment. Let Almighty shower all the blessings on all of you.

At the same time, I appreciate and congratulate all the comrades who decided to stay back and continue in BSNL for charting out the success story of BSNL and making it yet again a very robust, agile, versatile, challenging and formidable Telecom operator by taking the struggles to its logical conclusion.

08-01-2020

SNEA extends solidarity and moral support to the General Strike by the Central Trade Unions on 08.01.2020 against Privatization of Public Sector and other demands

19-12-2019

SANCHAR NIGAM PENSIONERS WELFARE ASSOCIATION  (SNPWA) launched its website www.snpwachq.com

SANCHAR NIGAM PENSIONERS WELFARE ASSOCIATION  (SNPWA) formed as a platform for all retirees from BSNL/MTNL/DOT. This Association takes its roots from Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association (SNEA), which has a proud heritage of fights and struggles on all fronts for protection of the privileges of its members.

The Bangalore CWC of SNEA felt the need for a Pensioners Association mainly to concentrate on Pension Revision for the BSNL/MTNL Pensioners delinking it from Pay Revision, for supporting the BSNL/MTNL employees in their struggle for Revival of BSNL/MTNL and contributing towards the Revival of BSNL/MTNL in every possible manner.

This will give an excellent platform for all the retirees from BSNL/MTNL and those going for VRS on 31.01.2020.

Veteran Leader Com G. L. Jogi, who lead JTO(A) and SNEA for years together as GS will lead the new Pensioners Association, SNPWA as its founder General Secretary. 

03-12-2019

Some fake news is spreading through the social media that GS/SNEA and GS/AIBSNLEA opted for VRS.

I decided not to opt for VRS and continue to work for the Revival of BSNL in all possible manner.

GS/AIBSNLEA also not opted for VRS.

I am very much confident that BSNL will flourish in the coming days.

Sebastin. K, GS/SNEA.

03-12-2019

Just few hours left for a right decision:

The rumour spread by many quarters about BSNL Revival is unfounded. Surprisingly this rumour is spread mainly by the group, not eligible for VRS! If BSNL is not there, what is their fate?

Comrades, now Govt is very serious on Revival of BSNL. This is clear from the Govt decision on the Revival package: Govt taken the financial burden on its shoulders instead of burdening BSNL.

i) Govt funding for VRS instead of BSNL.

ii) Entire 4G spectrum cost and GST borne by the Govt.

iii) Financial support in terms of 15000 Cr Bond with sovereign guarantee.

iv) Permission for land monetization for 38,000 Cr to clear the loan as well as the expenditure for future expansion.

v) 5G spectrum in the future, free of cost as that of 4G.

vi) There is good trend in the Telecom market, tariff is increasing.

vii) There will be accountability and it will start from the top, clear message from the Minister.

Struggle by AUAB given a new life to BSNL in the form of Revival package. With so many struggles and sacrifices during last few years in the form of wage cut, memo, charge sheets, action under 17A, the AUAB compelled the Govt to approve the Revival package. If the struggle and persuasion was not there by the AUAB, by this time, we would have seen the natural death of our company, which many forces anticipating. The critics should understand this reality.

Those participated and spearheaded the struggle, the sincere and good workers should remain with BSNL and continue to play an active role in the Revival of our beloved company and set example for others and to motivate the good workers to stay with BSNL. All along our struggle was for the Revival of BSNL. 

01-12-2019

Just two more days left for your final decision:

The panic on transfers, work load etc should not become a reason for taking VRS. Rumours about age reduction and 33 years service already clarified by the Minister in the Parliament. Once a robust outsourcing model is set in motion, it will be easier than today’s situation to supervise the work. Only challenge is to derive a successful outsourcing mechanism. The pending bills may be able to clear in few months once the loan is approved /bond is released.

Better career prospects in terms of promotion, 3rd PRC and a better work culture in BSNL are expected in the coming days.

The leaders should remain with BSNL and continue to play an active role in Revival of our beloved company and set example for others and to motivate the good workers to stay with BSNL. For the good workers, there is no reason to leave BSNL.

The fake news circulated in social media quoting meeting with CMD/BSNL is another handiwork of the same disgruntled elements who never bothered about BSNL and its future.  

27-10-2019

Editorial

Congratulations to all BSNL Employees

BSNL Revival Package approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019, overruling Finance Ministry objections. Another milestone for the Trade Unions in BSNL and the biggest achievement of AUAB. The continuous struggle and persuasion by AUAB and the employees finally yielded results. The assurances given to AUAB two years back materialised now.

Finally the demand of AUAB for free allotment of 4G spectrum, land monetization for meeting the OPEX and CAPEX, financial assistance for BSNL are approved by the Union Cabinet. AUAB demand of taking the Ex-Gratia payment burden by the Govt also accepted finally. This has not happened as a routine one, but with lot of sacrifices. It is materialised by several agitations/ parliament march/strikes by the Unions and Associations, sincere efforts by the employees with salary cuts, charge sheets to the leaders, maintaining the network by the field staff with their own money, literally begging electricity authorities for non-disconnection of power supply, meeting all the MPs and political leaders by CHQ/Circle/SSA leaders seeking their support, convincing the media the real challenges faced by BSNL and its strategic importance, the real strength and assets of BSNL etc etc. Some right thinking media persons finally started supporting the demand for revival of BSNL, effectively countering the paid news in some print and electronic media.

SNEA was in the forefront of all the agitations and countering the false/negative propaganda against BSNL by the vested interests. SNEA effectively countered the false propaganda with facts and figures which got tremendous media attention and public support. The campaign through social media, spearheaded by SNEA also got tremendous support from the public and mounted pressure on the Govt.

We are extremely grateful to the Hon Prime Minister, Hon Home Minister who headed the crucial GoM, Hon Communication Minister and the entire Union Cabinet for approving the Revival package. Principal Secretary to the PM, former MoSC, former and present Secretaries(T), former and present CMDs and Board of Directors played very important role in formulating the Revival package in BSNL favour. CMD and BSNL Management played its role as a facilitator. They pursued sincerely at all level, day and night, no doubt. But the big question is who could change the mindset of the political bosses at the highest level from closure of BSNL to Revival of BSNL? The answer is very simple, the employees, the trade unions, the public and the media.

The credit for the Revival package goes to the employees and SNEA salute them. Historically, the trade Unions in BSNL struggle for the company and become a role model to other CPSUs. Hats off to AUAB.


Promotion is our right, not charity:

“With a view to motivate the Executives in BSNL for achieving excellence in performance and higher productivity, resulting into improved quality of service, customer satisfaction and greater revenues for the company, Executives in BSNL will be allowed upgradation to the next higher IDA pay scale on a time bound basis, varying between 4 to 6 years, as may be prescribed for each Scale and other attendant conditions, up to the IDA pay scale of JAG Selection Grade, beyond which it will be depend upon availability of post and their suitability and selection for promotion, which will be uniformly evaluated in the various streams of discipline”.

This is the promotion avenue defined in the terms and condition for absorption in BSNL by which Executives in BSNL are absorbed or recruited. BSNL promises a non-post based, time bound functional promotions upto the IDA pay scale of JAG Selection Grade between 4 to 6 years with parity/uniformity in promotions among different streams/wings without discrimination.

Then what is the ground reality? Instead of time bound functional promotion, BSNL followed post based promotion as done in DoT as it suits the management. After 19 years of BSNL formation, no uniformity in promotion rather the disparity widened, a JTO(Arch) recruited by DoT in 1988 is still continuing as a JTO but a JAO recruited and joined in 2013 got promotion as AO in 2018 itself! Officers deputed from DoT to BSNL gets designation change but its own Executives deprived even a designation change even after the Board approval.

Thousands and thousands of JTO and SDE equivalent cadres, completed 5 to 30 years of service are waiting for their promotion. Majority among them are young JTOs and SDEs, the future of BSNL, having long career ahead. All of them are eligible for promotion w.e.f 01.07.2018 itself. According to BSNL, this is not having any financial implications. By VRS and restructuring, their career will be choked if the promotions are not delinked from posts as done in other CPSUs. There is no post based promotion concept in any CPSU other than BSNL. According to the management itself, in all CPSUs, promotions are on Time Bound basis upto certain scales. Management is trying to send home atleast 4,000 Executives in JTO and SDE equivalent cadres through VRS, completed upto 30 years of service, even without a single promotion in their career.

Our struggle is for the Revival of BSNL. Revival is possible only with a motivated workforce. Promotion is having huge impact in the career growth of each Executive. What they are missing today cannot be restored in future. They will miss it forever and the future promotions also. Our demand is implementation of BSNL Board decision for uniform time bound functional promotion to all the Executives w.e.f. the due date of 01.07.2018. After the big promotion list in June 2018, management is practically silent on further promotions except showing the lolly pop of post based promotions from a prospective date when promotions are due from 01.07.2018 as per the policy approved by the BSNL Board! For the last 16 months, keeping all confused in that, without any outcome and it may continue till restructuring.

BSNL Revival plan is approved by the Govt on 23.10.2019. Drastic post reduction and restructuring is part of the proposal. Nothing can be done after its implementation evenif BSNL want to do something. Only solution is the switch over to the new non-post based Time Bound Functional promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board, before VRS and restructuring. It is a compulsion to switch over to the new promotion policy which assures timely promotions upto AGM Grade with Parity and Uniformity. We should demand that Promotion is our right, not charity.

27-10-2019

SNEA condemn the speech by Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL on 25.10.2019:

The language, tone and tenor of the speech is highly objectionable. BSNL become sick mainly due to the wrong procurement policy, corruption, bad policies, bad management decisions, Govt interference etc and not because of the employees alone. Now also large number of connections are closing due to unscientific labour and vehicle cut, non payment of electricity charges etc.

CMD forgot the fact that the BSNL Revival package is approved by the Govt due to the sustained struggle by the same BSNL employees. Hon Minister in the Cabinet briefing clearly stated that VRS is purely voluntarily, then how CMD can compel the employees to take VRS? It is really humiliation for the employees who maintain the network by paying thousands of rupees from their pocket. We want to know how many senior officers of BSNL contributed from their pocket to maintain the network? Senior management has to become more professional to steer the company. Leaders should motivate and lead the employees from the front.

27-10-2019

SNEA condemn the speech by Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL on 25.10.2019:

The language, tone and tenor of the speech is highly objectionable. BSNL become sick mainly due to the wrong procurement policy, corruption, bad policies, bad management decisions, Govt interference etc and not because of the employees alone. Now also large number of connections are closing due to unscientific labour and vehicle cut, non payment of electricity charges etc.

CMD forgot the fact that the BSNL Revival package is approved by the Govt due to the sustained struggle by the same BSNL employees. Hon Minister in the Cabinet briefing clearly stated that VRS is purely voluntarily, then how CMD can compel the employees to take VRS? It is really humiliation for the employees who maintain the network by paying thousands of rupees from their pocket. We want to know how many senior officers of BSNL, GMs, CGMs, Directors and the CMD contributed from their pocket to maintain the network? Senior management has to become more professional to steer the company.

27-10-2019

26-10-2019

The booking at SNEA Bhavan from 03.11.2019 onwards is cancelled due to the Hunger fast from 04.11.2019 onwards. 

26-10-2019

The booking at SNEA Bhavan from 03.11.2019 onwards is cancelled due to the Hunger fast from 04.11.2019 onwards. 

15-10-2019

Congratulations !!!

Shri Arvind Vadnerkar has taken charges as new Director(HR), BSNL Board on 14.10.2019 evening. He will hold the post till 30.09.2023, i.e. the date of his superannuation.

SNEA wishes him all the success. We extend our wholehearted support to all his efforts to motivate BSNL Executives by resolving their complex HR issues which remain unattended for long time.

14-10-2019

Seminar by “PEOPLE FIRST” MOVEMENT

A seminar was organised by eminent personalities on “People First” Consultation at Indian Social Institute, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 12th and 13th October, 2019. GS was invited to the panel representing CPSUs and for presenting the challenges faced by the CPSUs. GS participated in the panel discussions on both days. The theme of the seminar was “Power to the People”, “Prosperity to the People” and “Participation by the People”.

28-09-2019

Editorial

Government and the Finance Ministry is sure about the Revival of all sectors except BSNL. Govt is ready to doll out any amount, lakhs of Crores of rupees to Corporates but not to BSNL. GoM recommendation is implemented for them within days by the same Finance Ministry. Who can make the Political leadership and the babus in Finance Ministry to understand? It will be the employees of BSNL and the public.

The day to day developments on BSNL Revival Plan is making one thing clear to all. Government is not at all serious on Revival of BSNL. As we suspected, publicly the Govt pretends that it is for the revival of BSNL but practically doing nothing in that respect, except marathon discussions (except few who are very sincerely working for that). Internally all Ministries are opposing the BSNL Revival Plan. But officially not announcing it, making BSNL financially sick every day. It can be presumed that Govt is waiting for the natural death of BSNL. Denial of 4G spectrum to BSNL, predatory pricing of Reliance-Jio with the tacit support of the Regulator and the Govt, non-issuing letter of comfort for the last two years to facilitate BSNL for availing bank loans, no financial support from the Govt the owner of the company, non payment of outstanding dues from DoT, non filling of BSNL Director Board posts, sidelining HR issues to demoralise and create unrest among the employees etc are examples how systematically Government made BSNL sick over a period of time.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by none other than Hon’ble Home Minister Shri. Amit Shah cleared the BSNL Revival package. Finance Minister herself was a member of the GoM. After the GoM recommendation, three Secretaries in Finance Ministry are opposing the Revival Plan recommended by the GoM? Even they are gone to the extent of making their opinion public that BSNL should be closed down? Their opposition is mainly on two important proposals that is really having the potential to revive BSNL, ie. 1) Formation of SPV for taking over the bank loans of BSNL for making it a debt free company and 2) Financial assistance from the Govt for maintaining the loss making 17,000 Rural Exchanges. Surprisingly these two important proposals were accepted by the Group of Ministers. Is it can happen without the knowledge and support of the political bosses? Same Finance Ministry is implementing the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the same Home Minister Shri. Amit Shah within days and announcing bailout packages, revival packages and stimulus to various sectors worth lakhs of crores of rupees, almost every week! Is it not a game plan? Who is more powerful than the Hon Home Minister? Is the Government decisions on BSNL Revival Package is influenced by the same forces responsible for predatory pricing?

Unfortunately the BSNL management is also moving direction less during this critical hours. It seems that BSNL management left everything to DoT and the Govt. They forget the fact that the company has to be run by them and they are the leaders to lead the employees from the front. Some of the recent decisions of the management, some may be at the behest of DoT are pulling down BSNL, connections getting surrendered, revenue decreasing, network getting deteriorated, no expansion to improve the business and revenue etc etc. Management almost disconnected from the Employees. The Director (Fin) is not even accessible for the CGMs, leave others! This is the time we, the employees need strong leadership and guidance.

In the given situation, the entire responsibility of BSNL revival is on the shoulders of BSNL employees, especially the Executives (as top management does not belong to BSNL). But without 4G, money for OPEX and CAPEX nothing is possible. These are in the hands of the Government. The Govt and even the management are trying to put the entire blame on BSNL employees and wash off their hands.

On BSNL Revival front our strategy should be two fold. On one side we have to intensify our struggle with public support to compel the Government to commit for the Revival of BSNL. For this BSNL employees may have to go for a prolonged struggle, which BSNL never witnessed so far. On the other hand all out efforts from the employees are required for the revival of BSNL. We have to come out of the comfort zone first and embrace the reality. We do not have any other option to protect our job. Our company entered into such a phase to go for a big attempt to revive BSNL. If Govt and management is not owning the company, the employees have to take the lead for its revival. Last 9 months efforts by limited number of employees ensured BSNL services are not deteriorated much. That proved that if all the employees are joining hands, nobody can stop BSNL from giving better services and retaining the customers. For the sake of the company and our own job, we may have to defy the management and the Govt, if their decisions are not in the best interest of the company. We will go for capital expenditure where returns are assured. The direction to seek permission from BSNLCO for each and every Capital expenditure is not feasible in an organization like BSNL and anyone familiar with BSNL functioning will not issue such dictates. Time is running out. Day by day network quality is deteriorating due to poor maintenance and liability is mounting. It is time for all the employees to come out openly to SAVE BSNL atleast for the sake of our job security. Finally, NO BLAME GAME is going to help you and protect your job, don’t forget that.

28-09-2019

Editorial

Government and the Finance Ministry is sure about the Revival of all sectors except BSNL. Govt is ready to doll out any amount, lakhs of Crores of rupees to Corporates but not to BSNL. GoM recommendation is implemented for them within days by the same Finance Ministry. Who can make the Political leadership and the babus in Finance Ministry to understand? It will be the employees of BSNL and the public.

The day to day developments on BSNL Revival Plan is making one thing clear to all. Government is not at all serious on Revival of BSNL. As we suspected, publicly the Govt pretends that it is for the revival of BSNL but practically doing nothing in that respect, except marathon discussions (except few who are very sincerely working for that). Internally all Ministries are opposing the BSNL Revival Plan. But officially not announcing it, making BSNL financially sick every day. It can be presumed that Govt is waiting for the natural death of BSNL. Denial of 4G spectrum to BSNL, predatory pricing of Reliance-Jio with the tacit support of the Regulator and the Govt, non-issuing letter of comfort for the last two years to facilitate BSNL for availing bank loans, no financial support from the Govt the owner of the company, non payment of outstanding dues from DoT, non filling of BSNL Director Board posts, sidelining HR issues to demoralise and create unrest among the employees etc are examples how systematically Government made BSNL sick over a period of time.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by none other than Hon’ble Home Minister Shri. Amit Shah cleared the BSNL Revival package. Finance Minister herself was a member of the GoM. After the GoM recommendation, three Secretaries in Finance Ministry are opposing the Revival Plan recommended by the GoM? Even they are gone to the extent of making their opinion public that BSNL should be closed down? Their opposition is mainly on two important proposals that is really having the potential to revive BSNL, ie. 1) Formation of SPV for taking over the bank loans of BSNL for making it a debt free company and 2) Financial assistance from the Govt for maintaining the loss making 17,000 Rural Exchanges. Surprisingly these two important proposals were accepted by the Group of Ministers. Is it can happen without the knowledge and support of the political bosses? Same Finance Ministry is implementing the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the same Home Minister Shri. Amit Shah within days and announcing bailout packages, revival packages and stimulus to various sectors worth lakhs of crores of rupees, almost every week! Is it not a game plan? Who is more powerful than the Hon Home Minister? Is the Government decisions on BSNL Revival Package is influenced by the same forces responsible for predatory pricing?

Unfortunately the BSNL management is also moving direction less during this critical hours. It seems that BSNL management left everything to DoT and the Govt. They forget the fact that the company has to be run by them and they are the leaders to lead the employees from the front. Some of the recent decisions of the management, some may be at the behest of DoT are pulling down BSNL, connections getting surrendered, revenue decreasing, network getting deteriorated, no expansion to improve the business and revenue etc etc. Management almost disconnected from the Employees. The Director (Fin) is not even accessible for the CGMs, leave others! This is the time we, the employees need strong leadership and guidance.

In the given situation, the entire responsibility of BSNL revival is on the shoulders of BSNL employees, especially the Executives (as top management does not belong to BSNL). But without 4G, money for OPEX and CAPEX nothing is possible. These are in the hands of the Government. The Govt and even the management are trying to put the entire blame on BSNL employees and wash off their hands.

On BSNL Revival front our strategy should be two fold. On one side we have to intensify our struggle with public support to compel the Government to commit for the Revival of BSNL. For this BSNL employees may have to go for a prolonged struggle, which BSNL never witnessed so far. On the other hand all out efforts from the employees are required for the revival of BSNL. We have to come out of the comfort zone first and embrace the reality. We do not have any other option to protect our job. Our company entered into such a phase to go for a big attempt to revive BSNL. If Govt and management is not owning the company, the employees have to take the lead for its revival. Last 9 months efforts by limited number of employees ensured BSNL services are not deteriorated much. That proved that if all the employees are joining hands, nobody can stop BSNL from giving better services and retaining the customers. For the sake of the company and our own job, we may have to defy the management and the Govt, if their decisions are not in the best interest of the company. We will go for capital expenditure where returns are assured. The direction to seek permission from BSNL for each and every Capital expenditure is not feasible in an organization like BSNL and anyone familiar with BSNL functioning will not issue such dictates. Time is running out. Day by day network quality is deteriorating due to poor maintenance and liability is mounting. It is time for all the employees to come out openly to SAVE BSNL atleast for the sake of our job security. Finally, NO BLAME GAME is going to help you and protect your job, don’t forget that.

19-09-2019

8th Membership verification among Non Executives:

The membership verification held on 16.09.2019. BSNLEU secured the number one position with 43.44% (48,127 votes) and NFTE(BSNL) got number two position with 35.32% (39,132 votes). Both will continue as recognised unions of BSNL. Congratulations to the leaders and activists of BSNLEU and NFTE(BSNL).

BTEU(BSNL) secured 4.36% (4,829 votes) and NUBSNLW(FNTO) secured 3.86 (4,275 votes).

Total votes polled is 1,02,968 (92.95%) and total number of voters is 1,10,782.

06-09-2019

The Executives retired from BSNL decided to form a Pensioners Welfare Association. Com G L Jogi and Com S L Reddy, former GS and President of SNEA taking the lead in this regard. The CWC discussed the matter and decided to extend solidarity and support to the new initiative. 

The new Pensioners Welfare Association leaders declared that their focus will be on i) Pension Revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL and ii) support all the struggles for the revival of BSNL.

31-08-2019

The Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of SNEA was held at Bangalore on 29-31, August, 2019. All the Circles, except NE II Circle attended the CEC. Details will be updated ....

Agenda discussed during the CWC meeting

11-08-2019

CWC meeting on 29-30, August, 2019:

In the coming CWC meeting, important decisions are to be taken about the Associations formal stand on restructuring of BSNL, proposal for reduction of retirement age to 58 and pension revision. These proposals are not coming as a package along with 3rd PRC and pension revision. Similarly, the strategies for next MV also to be discussed.

Those Circles not hold the CEC meeting recently and discussed these issues has to conduct the CEC meeting compulsorily to know the views of the membership. CSs have to submit the views of the CEC in the CWC meeting to take an appropriate decision, reflecting the opinion of the membership.

06-08-2019

MTNL employees March to Sanchar Bhavan (DoT) on 05.08.2019: Follow up programs of Dharna on 06-08, August and Relay Hunger Strike on 20-24 August to press the demands.

MTNL MS affiliated to BMS, the Trade Union arm of the ruling party BJP, MTNL Kamgar Sangh (Shri Arvind Sawant, Hon Heavy Industries Minister is its President) and MEA spearheading the agitation against the Govt.

Forum of MTNL Unions and Associations conducted a massive March to Sanchar Bhavan demanding 1) Payment of Salary for June & July, 2019, 2) 3rd PRC/Wage revision, 3) Pension Revision and 4) Revival of MTNL as per the proposal submitted by them. About 6,000 employees from Delhi participated. Hundreds of employees of MTNL Mumbai demonstrated infront of ED/MTNL, Mumbai. Instead of March which will be stopped by the police, employees reached Sanchar Bhavan in different routes and almost blocked Sanchar Bhavan for 2 hours. Traffic jam was for almost two hours in the otherwise busy Asoka Road where Sanchar Bhavan situated. According to the Forum, VRS will be attractive only with the 3rd PRC.

MTNL Executives Association (MEA), MTNL MS (Recognised Union of MTNL Delhi) and MTNL Kamgar Sangh (Recognised Union of MTNL Mumbai) given the call for agitation.

The leaders of the groups of few hundred employees of BSNL who are making tall claims about the proximity to the Govt for the settlement of the issues and misguiding the Executives & Non Executives should open their eyes. They should understand that BMS General Secretary Shri Brijesh Upadhaya and the General Secretary of MTNL MS, the Recognised Union of MTNL Delhi is spearheading the agitation in MTNL against the Govt and forced to go on agitation. It is an eye opener for all.

06-08-2019

MTNL employees March to Sanchar Bhavan (DoT) on 05.09.2019: Follow up programs of Dharna from 06-08, August and Relay Hunger Strike from 20-24 August to press the demands.

MTNL MS affiliated to BMS, the Trade Union arm of the ruling party BJP, MTNL Kamagar Sangh (Shri Aravind Sawant, Hon Heavy Industries Minister is its President) and MEA spearheading the agitation against the Govt.

Forum of MTNL Unions and Associations conducted a massive March to Sanchar Bhavan demanding 1) Payment of Salary for June & July, 2019, 2) 3rd PRC/Wage revision, 3) Pension Revision and 4) Revival of MTNL as per the proposal submitted by them. About 4000 employees from Delhi participated. Instead of March which will be stopped by the police, employees reached Sanchar Bhavan in different routes and almost blocked Sanchar Bhavan for 2 hours. Traffic jam was for almost two hours in the otherwise busy Asoka Road where Sanchar Bhavan situated. According to the Forum, VRS will be attractive only with the 3rd PRC.

MTNL Executives Association (MEA), MTNL MS (Recognised Union of MTNL Delhi) and MTNL Kamagar Sangh (Recognised Union of MTNL Mumbai) given the call for agitation.

The leaders of the groups of few hundred employees of BSNL who are making tall claims about the proximity to the Govt for the settlement of the issues and misguiding the Executives & Non Executives should open their eyes. They should understand that BMS General Secretary Shri Brijesh Upadhaya and the General Secretary of MTNL MS, the Recognised Union of MTNL Delhi is spearheading the agitation in MTNL against the Govt and forced to go on agitation. It is an eye opener for all.

31-07-2019

Editorial

 

BSNL Revival Plan should be aimed at Revival of BSNL in real sense.

It should not be aimed at closure and handing over the huge public assets into private hands.

The much talked about BSNL Revival Plan is on the final stage. The BSNL Revival Plan consists of allotment of 4G spectrum through 100% capital infusion, formation of SPV to take over the bank loan of BSNL in lieu of land parcels, allowing land monetization for meeting the expenditure, merger of BSNL and MTNL, subsidy for rural Exchanges, restructuring of BSNL through VRS followed by retirement age reduction to 58 etc. Hurdles created by vested interest in DoT and various Ministries are sorted out by a determined and committed Secretary/DoT with the full backing of the new Telecom Minister. It was an uphill task for the Secretary/DoT and two or three Associates as majority of the Officers in DoT itself was against the Revival of BSNL especially allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. Govt did not allow BSNL to participate in the auction for 4G spectrum on the plea that participation of Govt PSUs in the auction will alter the level playing field and on a later stage, blocked BSNL from getting 4G spectrum citing Supreme Court judgment, ordered allocation of natural resources only through auction.

As part of Revival, BSNL management is talking about excess staff but surprisingly, so far they could not work out the exact number of excess staff or the minimum number of staff required for the smooth functioning of the organization, eventhough the restructuring started in 2014 on the recommendation of the consultant M/s Deolittee. Initially we are hearing about a figure of about 35,000, later on it gone upto 70,000. Recently one top Govt functionary suggested a magic figure of 35,000 employees to run BSNL! But a lay man could understand that with such vast network covering nook and corner of the country, BSNL cannot run with 35,000 employees.

What alarming us and any responsible Trade Union is the perception created by the Govt, management and the paid media among the public that the employee cost is the main reason for BSNL losses. By this propaganda, Govt and management trying to favour other operators and covering up their failures on policy front. The move to reduce the staff may a strategy to downsize the manpower and make it convenient for the takeover by any private hands, may be Reliance Jio? Govt is not appointing regular Board of Directors. Is it an attempt to keep the functional Board of Directors under check, not to take decisions against the Govt priorities as the previous Board done? Is it a strategy to get the Govt decisions and priorities approved through the Board? If it so, it is not a good news for BSNL, its employees and the public. If Revival of BSNL with ulterior motives to reduce the bargaining power of employees and then implement the Govt agenda to hand over the company with huge assets to private entity is not in the interest of the employees or the company. It is against the interest of the nation also. Management also not coming out openly, in a transparent manner. Are they simply supporting and implementing Govt agenda? Are they helpless or not disclosing the facts, it will be known only later. The employees are to be more cautious in the coming days about a possible bigger conspiracy. 

31-07-2019

Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting will be held at Bangalore on 29th and 30th August, 2019. We expect BSNL Revival Plan will take some concrete shape by that time.

Accommodation will be available from 28th evening to 31st morning. The venue is in the Airport Road. Make reservations accordingly. Separate notice issued in addition to this. 

No observers will be allowed for the CWC meeting.

26-07-2019

Huge Outstanding dues to the tune of about 6000 Crores is there and in Enterprises segment alone, it is about Rs 2800 Crores: Special efforts may be taken to collect the outstanding dues urgently from the customers. This amount will help us to overcome the present financial crisis to a great extent. The CSs, SSA Secs and activists may coordinate with all concerned.

26-07-2019

Condolence Message

Our beloved lion of Punjab, veteran Comrade, Inderjeet Singh, who left for heavenly abode this morning, was cornerstone of strength, vision and pragmatism of SNEA. In him, SNEA found a versatile, fearless and uncompromising Comrade who was ever ready to pay any price to strengthen SNEA and see it prospering. We drew tremendous inspiration and boundless strength from him from time to time. 

Simple, unassuming and unprejudiced, beloved Inderjeet Singh, along with our great godfather of SNEA, Rao Sir, lent huge and incredible strength to SNEA. The role of both these greatest of great visionaries and stalwarts in cementing unity in SNEA and taking it to its pristine glory is unmatched, unparalleled and truly historical in Trade Union parlance. 

The yeoman service that both these veterans rendered towards strengthening SNEA and in uplifting the cadres of JTO onwards shall be truly written in golden letters in the epics of SNEA and posterity will always hold them in highest esteem. Our sincere and profound heartfelt condolences to the family members of Com Inderjeet Singh, and, in particular to the Comrades of SNEA throughout the whole Country on this tragic and irreparable loss to SNEA.

26-07-2019

Veteran leader Com Inderjit Singh expired today morning. He was hospitalised on 24.07.2019 due to heart attack and was in ventilator. Com Inderjit Singh was our strong face in North India, particularly Punjab Circle and served the Association in various capacities as CHQ Vice President, Joint Secretary etc.


We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May the departed soul rest in Peace. 

01-07-2019

Message of Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL to BSNL employees on his retirement on superannuation....

"It certainly is very emotional moment of my life when I bid adieu to my BSNL family, which is so close to my heart.

Today, I am sure with combined energy, zeal and support of all of you, BSNL shall not only endure the current challenges but emerge more stronger and resilient.

Let us continue to "Be the Best".. 

Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL

01-07-2019

Editorial:

The top management which given a new direction to BSNL is leaving. BSNL will ever remember their contributions.

BSNL will be in the hands of a new team with many challenges: immediate capital infusion, restructuring of the organization and to make real, honest, unrelenting and serious efforts to ensure massive revenue generation. We wish them good luck.

The team of Shri Anupm Shrivastava, present CMD and the Ex Board of Directors Shri N. K. Gupta, Shri R K Mittal, Shri N K Mehta and Smt Sujata T Ray were instrumental in bringing BSNL back into revival path. They were very successful in that, till the entry of Reliance Jio by making BSNL operational profit for 3 consecutive years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Even after that, even with a hostile DoT which is not willing to provide any assistance to BSNL, BSNL could sustain till today to a great extend. Comparing to other operators, BSNL market share and revenue, continues to be better.

It may be recollected that they were taken charge almost in a similar situation as on today, losses increased every year, cash flow issue, all the tenders were failing, all the expansion plans in mobile, transmission etc failing and EB business shrinking due to non expansion of MPLS / MLLN network.

The following decision taken by that team of Directors really changed BSNL:

a) Massive expansion in the mobile network, MPLS network, transmission network, deployment of NGN etc.

b) Getting refund of about 15,000 crores from DoT to BSNL in the form of excess payment of Income Tax and BWA spectrum refund between 2015-2018.

c) Competitive Tariffs and market intervention to compete with other operators.

d) Night free calls.

e) Free roaming.

f) Revaluation of the assets and making BSNL, a company having more than 1 lakh Crores asset.

g) Visibility in the electronic/ print media and the market.

h) The experiment of providing 4G services with 3G spectrum.

However the major initiatives taken in the HR front, E2/E3 pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation and 3rd PRC etc, did not succeed at all. Only on Superannuation benefits, management could succeed by extending 5% contribution. BSNL Executives will never forget the record number of promotion orders, more than 13,000, issued in June, 2018 even by upgradation of thousand of posts. Management miserably failed in bringing HR reforms and restructuring of the organization which played a very important role in making BSNL an incipient sick company. Somehow the management could not understand the huge significance and role of the huge work force in the organization.

For the new team of top management the challenges are many. First of all to make DoT sensitive towards BSNL. With the new Telecom Minister, it may become easier. Infusion of working capital for BSNL is the major challenge. The immediate requirement as on today is Rs 6000 Cr to meet the expenditure on OPEX and CAPEX. BSNL cannot wait for the implementation of the revival plan as it may take minimum 6 months to generate revenue for BSNL.

Secondly the massive HR reforms required in BSNL. This is an organization having huge work force and its role and importance in the revival of BSNL should be recognised first. The redeployment of the employees, according to the business requirements cannot be delayed further. The mistakes of earlier management should not be repeated by the new team of management.

Finally to get the best out of the employees, they have to be highly motivated. Their contribution towards revival of BSNL is to be recognised first. Employees commitment, dedication and readiness to take the challenges in the field units by coming out of the office rooms, voluntarily working few extra hours, every day, mean business.

The top Management should not delay the initiatives in this regard. We wish them all the success. 

20-06-2019

My sincere gratitude to one and all:

Finally all the charges levelled in the charge sheet served to Com K. Sebastin, General Secretary, SNEA on 18.08.2017 is dropped by the disciplinary authority. The orders, dropping all the charges is served to the General Secretary, today evening.

The charge sheet was issued under major penalty for serving notice for Trade Union activities to settle the HR issues like E2, E3 pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy, 30% SAB etc. Finally management accepted the right to protest by the Association and dropped all the charges as pursued by the Assn.

We wholeheartedly appreciate the initiative taken by Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL, Smt Sujata T Ray, Ex DIR(HR), PGM(Pers), GM(SR) and others for settling the matter, recognising the spirit of Trade Union and the rights of TUs and Associations. Before her retirement, DIR(HR), the disciplinary authority had taken the decision to drop all the charges and the formal order is served today.

Com B G Patel, CS/GUJ and Com Rakesh Mehta, VP were at HQ for days together for pursuing the matter along with President and both AGSs at HQ. Besides, there were host of Comrades like Com George Varghese and others who had shown great concern and taken initiative.

I am extremely grateful to all our Office bearers at different levels, CSs and all our members who stood with me and supported me during this period by following all the organizational calls given by CHQ inspite of the charge sheet and criminal charges faced by the GS. I extend my gratitude to all other Trade Union/Assn leaders for their sincere support.

General Secretary.

10-04-2019

Association will take a call on VRS proposal once details are available. We have to examine whether it is linked with 3rd Pay Revision and Pension Revision or not, how funding is going to be done and which way it is going to benefit BSNL. We have to examine whether it is beneficial to the employees as well as the company. As a matter of principle, SNEA is not in favour of any kind of retrenchment including VRS.

30-03-2019

How the Govt, TRAI and Niti Aayog systematically made BSNL an incipient sick CPSU

Editorial

30-03-2019

Editorial – March 2019

Systemic and meticulously calibrated decimation of the strategic PSU, BSNL, by the Government, covertly and overtly aided and abetted by the regulator TRAI, Digital Commission, and coveted National policy framing body - the Niti Aayog.

All tacitly colluded to ensure that R-Jio somehow becomes the monarch of precious Data at the cost of allowing Telecom Sector to perish and adversely impact the health of the PSBs.

BSNL took birth on 01.10.2000 as a matter of policy compulsion, consequent upon opening up of telecom sector to the private capital as a sequel to implementation of National Telecom policy promulgated in 1995. Since birth of BSNL, successive Governments used it as a milking cow to meet social obligations of the Telecom Policy in an extraordinary manner, meeting the fundamental and envisaged objective of National Telecom policy set out in 1988 by the first Telecom Commission of the Country - Affordable Telecom Services of Universal Quality. In meeting this ordained Telecom Policy objective of the Government, BSNL never looked back while incurring incredibly huge losses.

While BSNL was forced to provide telecom services in the remotest inaccessible areas of the Country, the concrete policy commitments that were made by the Government to support BSNL to provide services in these highly unremunerative and loss making areas systematically and gradually started getting eroded. Access Deficit Charge(ADC) and USO Fund Subsidy were arbitrarily stopped, IUC charges were drastically slashed, private operators were allowed to change over from fixed license fee to revenue sharing etc etc. Govt. did not allow BSNL to start mobile services till 2002, giving strategic market advantage to early movers like Airtel. All these policy breaches by the Govt. adversely and irreversibly hit the revenues of BSNL, and jeopardized the growth of the incumbent operator.  Even though BSNLs entry in highly potential mobile segment was delayed by more than two years, BSNL came very close to the then leading mobile service provider, Airtel, in terms of mobile market share in the year 2006, when the then Telecom Minister directly interfered in the mobile tender process and, at the behest of vested interest equipment manufacturers, canceled 45.5 million mobile tender that was finalized in a highly transparent manner. Even thereafter, the story of destabilizing BSNL continued unabated when BSNL was not permitted to procure mobile equipment from Chinese vendors who become the successful bidder in the tendering process, for 3 years, citing flimsy and non -existent security considerations while freely allowing private operators to procure equipment from same Chinese vendors. This is how politicians and Ministers, all together lined up to finish BSNL and allow private operators to flourish.    

Against all these severe policy impediments, BSNL employees and the management worked in cohesion in an exemplary manner for revival of BSNL, in the year 2013-14, when the company almost faced similar financial crisis that it is confronted with today.  Concerted efforts by the Trade Unions and Associations in BSNL by launching various innovative initiatives like Customer delight years, Service With A Smile program, BSNL At Your Doorstep etc to improve the quality of service, sales, marketing etc. produced spectacular results and BSNL witnessed a remarkable and unprecedented upward growth trajectory, resulting in considerably closing its losses in an incredible manner from 2014-15 onwards.  

These cohesive and committed efforts of the Management and the workers which produced tangible results forced Prime Minister to declare at the Red Fort that BSNL is on recovery path and has started making profits. Also Minister Of Communications repeatedly assured in the Parliament and the employees of BSNL that Govt. is committed to support BSNL. But these shallow declarations and commitments of the PM and the MOC ran completely counterproductive and contrary to what has been visible on the ground - well planned and systematic extinction of BSNL to create enough space for vested interests to grow, flourish and capture fertile telecom market. It was just unbelievable to find PM crossing all the limits of propriety and officialdom by taking up the mantle of promoting the launch of R-Jio, virtually acting as its brand ambassador. Public posturing by the Govt. regarding revival of BSNL is fully and publicly unmasked after witnessing how policy has been tweaked and brazenly breached to ensure that Reliance-Jio makes forays into fertile telecom market.

Following chronological sequence of events clearly establishes the nexus of top policy makers of Telecom in the Government with the well identified vested interests to enable them to grow by hook or by crook, and also leaves no one in any doubt whatsoever about diabolical intentions of the Govt. to consign this great telecom company of the Country to flames.

1.     Premeditated appointment of Shri R S Sharma as TRAI Chairman to allow R-Jio to blossom and capture telecom market:  

Handpicked appointment of Shri R S Sharma as Chairman/TRAI and his subsequent extension for another two years has facilitated the Govt. to accomplish what it wanted – unhindered and unquestioned growth of R-Jio and decimation of telecom market, particularly BSNL. The way he allowed predatory pricing indulged in by R-Jio to continue unabatedly raises very big questions about his professional integrity and establishes that he fulfilled the agenda for which he was roped in. The way he changed the definition of “Strategic Market Player” and thus paved the way for R-Jio to illegitimately capture telecom market also establishes his loyalty to his political masters. The decisions that TRAI has taken under R S Sharma’s infamous leadership not only decimated telecom sector in the country but also jeopardized growth of PSBs whose good public money of nearly 6.10 lakh crores got converted into NPAs because private operators explicitly warned the Government about their inability to service the loans of PSBs because of the so called deadly effects of predatory pricing on their revenues. 

2.     Shifting of Telecom Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad just before the launch of R-Jio as Telecom Minister who openly supported BSNL: Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad as Telecom Minister openly supported BSNL at every level. Just before the launch of Reliance –Jio, he was divested from the charge of Telecom Minister and a very junior Minister of State was given just additional charge of Telecom.

3. Sacking of Shri J S Deepak, Secretary DoT, for his vehement opposition towards predatory pricing by Reliance-Jio and the stand of TRAI on predatory pricing and other crucial issues:

An honest officer having highest professional integrity and concern for the Telecom Industry, strongly opposed the predatory pricing of Reliance-Jio and the stand of TRAI, justifying the predatory pricing. Smt Arundhathi Bhattacharya, the then SBI Chairman was the first to signal the alarm bells, mentioning the stress in Telecom Industry, growing NPAs and urgent need for corrective measures. As Chairman Telecom Commission, Shri J S Deepak took stand to protect the industry and urged upon Chairman, TRAI to stop the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio because of its deadly consequences to the whole Telecom Industry. The result of his tough stand against predatory pricing was that he was unceremoniously removed from the position of Chairman/TC.

4. Niti Aayog recommendation to Close down BSNL and MTNL:

The sole objective of Niti Aayog is to garner as many resources as possible through sale of PSUs and BSNL is not an exception. The highest policy making body that ought to be fully engrossed in formulating a comprehensive road map for growth of vital sectors of Indian economy is preoccupied by such ticklish and parochial issues. Revival of BSNL is not even their agenda, rather their eyes are on the money going to get on disinvestment or sale of BSNL once BSNL become sick!

5.     Non allotment of 4G spectrum:

Non allocation of 4G spectrum is a very calculated and motivated move of the Govt. aimed at allowing R-Jio to capture fertile data market in the Country. All the operators, except BSNL launched 4G services two and half years back and captured the market. BSNL already lost the edge in competition. For 4G spectrum, in consultation with DoT, a detailed Project Report was approved by BSNL Board and submitted to DoT in December, 2017. Anticipating 4G spectrum, BSNL spent hundreds of Crores of rupees and procured the 4G equipments but dumped in store. Other operators are working towards 5G whereas BSNL is not even allotted 4G spectrum by the Govt, the 100% owner of BSNL. Without 4G services, how BSNL can compete with other operators in the market? If it would be the case of a private operator, whether the Minister and the bureaucracy in DoT would have had the courage to delay the proposal like this?  

6.     Non-filling of Director (Fin) and other Director posts of BSNL for years together.

This is a clear indication of Govt’s step motherly treatment for BSNL. This created policy paralysis and delayed decision making in BSNL which in turn resulted in negative growth. DIR(Fin) post is vacant since December, 2013 and DIR(HR) was given additional charge. Net result is that neither the responsibility of DIR(HR), nor the responsibility of DIR(Fin) is being    met by the same person. DIR(CM) post is vacant since July 2018. DIR(EB) and DIR(HR) are retiring during March and April, 2019. For the revival of BSNL, just one Director will be there in BSNL from May, 2019 onwards instead of five!

7.     Govt projects NOFN, NFS, LWE etc allotted to BSNL without much returns, forcing BSNL to bleed.

BSNL attention is diverted from the core Telecom business to these Govt projects as the Hon Minister and Secretary DoT is constantly and directly, monitoring the progress. In none of such meetings, they reviewed the performance of BSNL in the respective Circles. CGMs are more concerned about the Govt projects at the cost of BSNL services. BSNL resources are largely diverted for these projects including manpower, stores, vehicle, resources etc. In return, BSNL is getting paltry amount for implementation of these projects. For NFS Project, implementation charge was originally 7.5% (Rs 930 Cr) of the project cost of 13,334 Crores. When Project was revised double to Rs 24,664 Cr, implementation charge was frozen to same 930 crores, now just half (about 3.75%). Implementation cost should have been revised to 1850 crores from 930 crores but Govt compelled BSNL to complete the project without any hike in the implementation charges. The Govt projects gives an impression to the public that the entire public money goes to BSNL as grant or financial assistance but the fact is just the reverse. The statement made by our Hon Minister is also on the same lines, giving an impression that all this money is given to BSNL as financial assistance by the Govt.  DoT compelled BSNL to act as a vendor for implementing the Govt projects, instead of focusing as a Telecom Service provider.

8.     Tower Subsidiary formation:

The Govts decision to form Tower Subsidiary Company is another move to weaken BSNL by taking away the BSNL assets and potential revenue earning wing of BSNL. It is part of a larger conspiracy to disintegrate BSNL into smaller entities like Optical Fibre Corporation, Land asset monetization etc etc and ultimately sell out BSNL and retrench the employees.

9.     Charging of excess Pension Contribution. Non refund of i) excess Pension Contribution of Rs 2100 Cr and ii) penal interest on BWA spectrum refund (Rs 2360 Cr) and iii) other amount due for BSNL:

DoT is deliberately taking the pension contribution on the maximum of the pay scales irrespective of DoP&T order against that. The penal interest for delay in refund of BWA spectrum charges after its refund also is a huge amount. All together, total amount comes to around 6,000 Cr which is not paid by DoT to BSNL and is starving BSNL.

10.   Non-granting of permission for Bank loan etc. BSNL is the only operator given real challenge to Reliance Jio.

DoT is deliberately not allowing BSNL to expand and maintain the network by capital infusion or by availing bank loans as done by other operators. Lakhs of Crores of loan is availed by Private Operators to expand their network. Upto 2017-18, total bank loan for Telecom sector is more than 6.1 lakh Cores in which BSNL share is just 11,500 Crores, less than 2%! Huge investment is required in Transmission network, mobile network and EB segment to compete with other operators. Without new Technology, BSNL cannot compete with others. DoT is creating industrial unrest and making BSNL sick intentionally to help other operators.

11.   Commercial utilization of the land atleast to Govt/PSUs.

All the business proposals from BSNL are negated by DoT. Proposals delayed are proposal denied and BSNL lost the opportunity. BSNL submitted a land management policy in July, 2018 to DoT for the effective utilization of its land assets and its monetization. BSNL is having about 800 Cr businesses in its hand already and has the potential to generate another 4000 Cr to 5000 Cr revenue from this proposal alone. However DoT is not approving the proposal which is having such a huge potential.

12.   IMG bailout of private operators:

The Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) formed by the Govt to bail out the private operators handed out huge concessions to them. The IMG made the recommendations in record time and Union Cabinet approved the recommendations even without assessing the losses which the exchequer will incur. As policy concessions having thousands of Cores implications, Govt extended the repayment period from 10 years to 16 years, Penal interest slashed from 14% to 10% and license fee etc slashed from 7.5% of AGR to 4.5 %.  At the same time Govt is not giving any support to its own PSU, BSNL, let alone concessions! No 4G spectrum, no permission for bank loan, no permission for land and asset monetization, not filing crucial Director posts etc.

13.   Non implementation of 3rd Pay Revision and pension revision not done to create industrial unrest in the company:

Entire Telecom sector is under stress, BSNL which is operating in uneconomical areas cannot be an exception. BSNL employees are not responsible for the present financial condition. BSNL employees are eligible for pay revision as in the case of Govt /Bank/insurance etc employees. On the 3rd Pay revision for the CPSUs, it is very relevant to mention that 7th CPC report is implemented for all the Central Govt employees without considering profitability or affordability. There are very sound, irrefutable, legitimate and justified reasons for the Govt. to treat BSNL on a different footing and exempt it from the affordability clause. In the case of BSNL, manpower cost should not be linked with profitability or affordability. Almost 70% of BSNL employees (1.34 lakh out of 1.71 lakh) are Govt employees absorbed from DoT into BSNL. After BSNL formation, BSNL has paid about 1.8 lakh Crores as salary to its employees from its own resources, without Govt support and saved that much money for the Govt exchequer. If BSNL was not formed, the entire financial burden of pay and pay revision would have had to be borne by the Govt. Now the employees are treated as liability by the Govt. But the same employees, with an additional one lakh, made Rs 10,183 Crores profit during the year 2004-05! It is not the employee cost, the revenue has come down drastically, mainly due to the Govt policies and mismanagement, that is the fact. Had the revenue increased proportionately, this crisis would not have reached.

BSNL pensioners are Govt pensioners under Rule 37A, governed by the same CCS Pension Rules, 1972 where the pension is paid by the Govt. The pension revision for the Central Govt Pensioners made as on 01.01.2016, creating an anomaly with BSNL pensioners. Last pension revision for BSNL pensioners done through a Cabinet decision, setting a precedence. BSNL viability or affordability is not applicable for the pensioners.

Govt. is deliberately denying Pay Revision and Pension Revision to create industrial unrest in the company and thereby facilitating growth of other operators.

14.   All new businesses are given to the Reliance –Jio:

It is a known fact that Govt machinery is misused in favour of Reliance Jio. The services to Railways, Banks, Airports etc where BSNL service was provided earlier is moved to Reliance Jio. All these cannot happen without the knowledge of the Govt and BSNL is the victim.  

15. Settlement of left out issues of 2nd PRC.

Non settlement of issues like E2/E3 pay scales, 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL rects are clear indications where the industrial unrest and demoralization of the employees is being intentionally created with ulterior motives of destabilizing and completely jeopardizing the growth of the Company.

Comrades, this kind of gravest ever crisis that the Govt. has created only with sinister motives to promote R Jio and that threatens to tear the company into pieces has to be met with never before seen kind of determination, commitment and conviction to hit and fight back. This is not the time where this and that has to be analyzed and reckoned. This is the time when we have to rise above all considerations of this and that. This is the time when like a rock we have to stand and withstand this endangering hurricane. When our bread and butter and the livelihood of our families are endangered, we have just nothing to be scared of or loose. Human endeavour, commitment and determination has created miracles and when our very existence is gets perished, the only way out is to fearlessly, ruthlessly and courageously wage a war and the present situation is nothing but a war like situation. And if that means taking the war to the doorsteps of the PM, we have to take it. There is no other option. Just get ready for waging that war which is going to be protracted and deadly. It does not matter what happens to us because we are already sunk deep into waters, whether we get killed or emerge victorious. We have no other choice. 

30-03-2019

Editorial – March 2019

Systemic and meticulously calibrated decimation of the strategic PSU, BSNL, by the Government, covertly and overtly aided and abetted by the regulator TRAI, Digital Commission, and coveted National policy framing body - the Niti Aayog.

All tacitly colluded to ensure that R-Jio somehow becomes the monarch of precious Data at the cost of allowing Telecom Sector to perish and adversely impact the health of the PSBs.

BSNL took birth on 01.10.2000 as a matter of policy compulsion, consequent upon opening up of telecom sector to the private capital as a sequel to implementation of National Telecom policy promulgated in 1995. Since birth of BSNL, successive Governments used it as a milking cow to meet social obligations of the Telecom Policy in an extraordinary manner, meeting the fundamental and envisaged objective of National Telecom policy set out in 1988 by the first Telecom Commission of the Country - Affordable Telecom Services of Universal Quality. In meeting this ordained Telecom Policy objective of the Government, BSNL never looked back while incurring incredibly huge losses.

While BSNL was forced to provide telecom services in the remotest inaccessible areas of the Country, the concrete policy commitments that were made by the Government to support BSNL to provide services in these highly unremunerative and loss making areas systematically and gradually started getting eroded. Access Deficit Charge(ADC) and USO Fund Subsidy were arbitrarily stopped, IUC charges were drastically slashed, private operators were allowed to change over from fixed license fee to revenue sharing etc etc. Govt. did not allow BSNL to start mobile services till 2002, giving strategic market advantage to early movers like Airtel. All these policy breaches by the Govt. adversely and irreversibly hit the revenues of BSNL, and jeopardized the growth of the incumbent operator.  Even though BSNLs entry in highly potential mobile segment was delayed by more than two years, BSNL came very close to the then leading mobile service provider, Airtel, in terms of mobile market share in the year 2006, when the then Telecom Minister directly interfered in the mobile tender process and, at the behest of vested interest equipment manufacturers, canceled 45.5 million mobile tender that was finalized in a highly transparent manner. Even thereafter, the story of destabilizing BSNL continued unabated when BSNL was not permitted to procure mobile equipment from Chinese vendors who become the successful bidder in the tendering process, for 3 years, citing flimsy and non -existent security considerations while freely allowing private operators to procure equipment from same Chinese vendors. This is how politicians and Ministers, all together lined up to finish BSNL and allow private operators to flourish.    

Against all these severe policy impediments, BSNL employees and the management worked in cohesion in an exemplary manner for revival of BSNL, in the year 2013-14, when the company almost faced similar financial crisis that it is confronted with today.  Concerted efforts by the Trade Unions and Associations in BSNL by launching various innovative initiatives like Customer delight years, Service With A Smile program, BSNL At Your Doorstep etc to improve the quality of service, sales, marketing etc. produced spectacular results and BSNL witnessed a remarkable and unprecedented upward growth trajectory, resulting in considerably closing its losses in an incredible manner from 2014-15 onwards.  

These cohesive and committed efforts of the Management and the workers which produced tangible results forced Prime Minister to declare at the Red Fort that BSNL is on recovery path and has started making profits. Also Minister Of Communications repeatedly assured in the Parliament and the employees of BSNL that Govt. is committed to support BSNL. But these shallow declarations and commitments of the PM and the MOC ran completely counterproductive and contrary to what has been visible on the ground - well planned and systematic extinction of BSNL to create enough space for vested interests to grow, flourish and capture fertile telecom market. It was just unbelievable to find PM crossing all the limits of propriety and officialdom by taking up the mantle of promoting the launch of R-Jio, virtually acting as its brand ambassador. Public posturing by the Govt. regarding revival of BSNL is fully and publicly unmasked after witnessing how policy has been tweaked and brazenly breached to ensure that Reliance-Jio makes forays into fertile telecom market.

Following chronological sequence of events clearly establishes the nexus of top policy makers of Telecom in the Government with the well identified vested interests to enable them to grow by hook or by crook, and also leaves no one in any doubt whatsoever about diabolical intentions of the Govt. to consign this great telecom company of the Country to flames.

1.     Premeditated appointment of Shri R S Sharma as TRAI Chairman to allow R-Jio to blossom and capture telecom market:  

Handpicked appointment of Shri R S Sharma as Chairman/TRAI and his subsequent extension for another two years has facilitated the Govt. to accomplish what it wanted – unhindered and unquestioned growth of R-Jio and decimation of telecom market, particularly BSNL. The way he allowed predatory pricing indulged in by R-Jio to continue unabatedly raises very big questions about his professional integrity and establishes that he fulfilled the agenda for which he was roped in. The way he changed the definition of “Strategic Market Player” and thus paved the way for R-Jio to illegitimately capture telecom market also establishes his loyalty to his political masters. The decisions that TRAI has taken under R S Sharma’s infamous leadership not only decimated telecom sector in the country but also jeopardized growth of PSBs whose good public money of nearly 6.10 lakh crores got converted into NPAs because private operators explicitly warned the Government about their inability to service the loans of PSBs because of the so called deadly effects of predatory pricing on their revenues. 

2.     Shifting of Telecom Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad just before the launch of R-Jio as Telecom Minister who openly supported BSNL: Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad as Telecom Minister openly supported BSNL at every level. Just before the launch of Reliance –Jio, he was divested from the charge of Telecom Minister and a very junior Minister of State was given just additional charge of Telecom.

3. Sacking of Shri J S Deepak, Secretary DoT, for his vehement opposition towards predatory pricing by Reliance-Jio and the stand of TRAI on predatory pricing and other crucial issues:

An honest officer having highest professional integrity and concern for the Telecom Industry, strongly opposed the predatory pricing of Reliance-Jio and the stand of TRAI, justifying the predatory pricing. Smt Arundhathi Bhattacharya, the then SBI Chairman was the first to signal the alarm bells, mentioning the stress in Telecom Industry, growing NPAs and urgent need for corrective measures. As Chairman Telecom Commission, Shri J S Deepak took stand to protect the industry and urged upon Chairman, TRAI to stop the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio because of its deadly consequences to the whole Telecom Industry. The result of his tough stand against predatory pricing was that he was unceremoniously removed from the position of Chairman/TC.

4. Niti Aayog recommendation to Close down BSNL and MTNL:

The sole objective of Niti Aayog is to garner as many resources as possible through sale of PSUs and BSNL is not an exception. The highest policy making body that ought to be fully engrossed in formulating a comprehensive road map for growth of vital sectors of Indian economy is preoccupied by such ticklish and parochial issues. Revival of BSNL is not even their agenda, rather their eyes are on the money going to get on disinvestment or sale of BSNL once BSNL become sick!

5.     Non allotment of 4G spectrum:

Non allocation of 4G spectrum is a very calculated and motivated move of the Govt. aimed at allowing R-Jio to capture fertile data market in the Country. All the operators, except BSNL launched 4G services two and half years back and captured the market. BSNL already lost the edge in competition. For 4G spectrum, in consultation with DoT, a detailed Project Report was approved by BSNL Board and submitted to DoT in December, 2017. Anticipating 4G spectrum, BSNL spent hundreds of Crores of rupees and procured the 4G equipments but dumped in store. Other operators are working towards 5G whereas BSNL is not even allotted 4G spectrum by the Govt, the 100% owner of BSNL. Without 4G services, how BSNL can compete with other operators in the market? If it would be the case of a private operator, whether the Minister and the bureaucracy in DoT would have had the courage to delay the proposal like this?  

6.     Non-filling of Director (Fin) and other Director posts of BSNL for years together.

This is a clear indication of Govt’s step motherly treatment for BSNL. This created policy paralysis and delayed decision making in BSNL which in turn resulted in negative growth. DIR(Fin) post is vacant since December, 2013 and DIR(HR) was given additional charge. Net result is that neither the responsibility of DIR(HR), nor the responsibility of DIR(Fin) is being    met by the same person. DIR(CM) post is vacant since July 2018. DIR(EB) and DIR(HR) are retiring during March and April, 2019. For the revival of BSNL, just one Director will be there in BSNL from May, 2019 onwards instead of five!

7.     Govt projects NOFN, NFS, LWE etc allotted to BSNL without much returns, forcing BSNL to bleed.

BSNL attention is diverted from the core Telecom business to these Govt projects as the Hon Minister and Secretary DoT is constantly and directly, monitoring the progress. In none of such meetings, they reviewed the performance of BSNL in the respective Circles. CGMs are more concerned about the Govt projects at the cost of BSNL services. BSNL resources are largely diverted for these projects including manpower, stores, vehicle, resources etc. In return, BSNL is getting paltry amount for implementation of these projects. For NFS Project, implementation charge was originally 7.5% (Rs 930 Cr) of the project cost of 13,334 Crores. When Project was revised double to Rs 24,664 Cr, implementation charge was frozen to same 930 crores, now just half (about 3.75%). Implementation cost should have been revised to 1850 crores from 930 crores but Govt compelled BSNL to complete the project without any hike in the implementation charges. The Govt projects gives an impression to the public that the entire public money goes to BSNL as grant or financial assistance but the fact is just the reverse. The statement made by our Hon Minister is also on the same lines, giving an impression that all this money is given to BSNL as financial assistance by the Govt.  DoT compelled BSNL to act as a vendor for implementing the Govt projects, instead of focusing as a Telecom Service provider.

8.     Tower Subsidiary formation:

The Govts decision to form Tower Subsidiary Company is another move to weaken BSNL by taking away the BSNL assets and potential revenue earning wing of BSNL. It is part of a larger conspiracy to disintegrate BSNL into smaller entities like Optical Fibre Corporation, Land asset monetization etc etc and ultimately sell out BSNL and retrench the employees.

9.     Charging of excess Pension Contribution. Non refund of i) excess Pension Contribution of Rs 2100 Cr and ii) penal interest on BWA spectrum refund (Rs 2360 Cr) and iii) other amount due for BSNL:

DoT is deliberately taking the pension contribution on the maximum of the pay scales irrespective of DoP&T order against that. The penal interest for delay in refund of BWA spectrum charges after its refund also is a huge amount. All together, total amount comes to around 6,000 Cr which is not paid by DoT to BSNL and is starving BSNL.

10.   Non-granting of permission for Bank loan etc. BSNL is the only operator given real challenge to Reliance Jio.

DoT is deliberately not allowing BSNL to expand and maintain the network by capital infusion or by availing bank loans as done by other operators. Lakhs of Crores of loan is availed by Private Operators to expand their network. Upto 2017-18, total bank loan for Telecom sector is more than 6.1 lakh Cores in which BSNL share is just 11,500 Crores, less than 2%! Huge investment is required in Transmission network, mobile network and EB segment to compete with other operators. Without new Technology, BSNL cannot compete with others. DoT is creating industrial unrest and making BSNL sick intentionally to help other operators.

11.   Commercial utilization of the land atleast to Govt/PSUs.

All the business proposals from BSNL are negated by DoT. Proposals delayed are proposal denied and BSNL lost the opportunity. BSNL submitted a land management policy in July, 2018 to DoT for the effective utilization of its land assets and its monetization. BSNL is having about 800 Cr businesses in its hand already and has the potential to generate another 4000 Cr to 5000 Cr revenue from this proposal alone. However DoT is not approving the proposal which is having such a huge potential.

12.   IMG bailout of private operators:

The Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) formed by the Govt to bail out the private operators handed out huge concessions to them. The IMG made the recommendations in record time and Union Cabinet approved the recommendations even without assessing the losses which the exchequer will incur. As policy concessions having thousands of Cores implications, Govt extended the repayment period from 10 years to 16 years, Penal interest slashed from 14% to 10% and license fee etc slashed from 7.5% of AGR to 4.5 %.  At the same time Govt is not giving any support to its own PSU, BSNL, let alone concessions! No 4G spectrum, no permission for bank loan, no permission for land and asset monetization, not filing crucial Director posts etc.

13.   Non implementation of 3rd Pay Revision and pension revision not done to create industrial unrest in the company:

Entire Telecom sector is under stress, BSNL which is operating in uneconomical areas cannot be an exception. BSNL employees are not responsible for the present financial condition. BSNL employees are eligible for pay revision as in the case of Govt /Bank/insurance etc employees. On the 3rd Pay revision for the CPSUs, it is very relevant to mention that 7th CPC report is implemented for all the Central Govt employees without considering profitability or affordability. There are very sound, irrefutable, legitimate and justified reasons for the Govt. to treat BSNL on a different footing and exempt it from the affordability clause. In the case of BSNL, manpower cost should not be linked with profitability or affordability. Almost 70% of BSNL employees (1.34 lakh out of 1.71 lakh) are Govt employees absorbed from DoT into BSNL. After BSNL formation, BSNL has paid about 1.8 lakh Crores as salary to its employees from its own resources, without Govt support and saved that much money for the Govt exchequer. If BSNL was not formed, the entire financial burden of pay and pay revision would have had to be borne by the Govt. Now the employees are treated as liability by the Govt. But the same employees, with an additional one lakh, made Rs 10,183 Crores profit during the year 2004-05! It is not the employee cost, the revenue has come down drastically, mainly due to the Govt policies and mismanagement, that is the fact. Had the revenue increased proportionately, this crisis would not have reached.

BSNL pensioners are Govt pensioners under Rule 37A, governed by the same CCS Pension Rules, 1972 where the pension is paid by the Govt. The pension revision for the Central Govt Pensioners made as on 01.01.2016, creating an anomaly with BSNL pensioners. Last pension revision for BSNL pensioners done through a Cabinet decision, setting a precedence. BSNL viability or affordability is not applicable for the pensioners.

Govt. is deliberately denying Pay Revision and Pension Revision to create industrial unrest in the company and thereby facilitating growth of other operators.

14.   All new businesses are given to the Reliance –Jio:

It is a known fact that Govt machinery is misused in favour of Reliance Jio. The services to Railways, Banks, Airports etc where BSNL service was provided earlier is moved to Reliance Jio. All these cannot happen without the knowledge of the Govt and BSNL is the victim.  

15. Settlement of left out issues of 2nd PRC.

Non settlement of issues like E2/E3 pay scales, 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL rects are clear indications where the industrial unrest and demoralization of the employees is being intentionally created with ulterior motives of destabilizing and completely jeopardizing the growth of the Company.

Comrades, this kind of gravest ever crisis that the Govt. has created only with sinister motives to promote R Jio and that threatens to tear the company into pieces has to be met with never before seen kind of determination, commitment and conviction to hit and fight back. This is not the time where this and that has to be analyzed and reckoned. This is the time when we have to rise above all considerations of this and that. This is the time when like a rock we have to stand and withstand this endangering hurricane. When our bread and butter and the livelihood of our families are endangered, we have just nothing to be scared of or loose. Human endeavour, commitment and determination has created miracles and when our very existence is gets perished, the only way out is to fearlessly, ruthlessly and courageously wage a war and the present situation is nothing but a war like situation. And if that means taking the war to the doorsteps of the PM, we have to take it. There is no other option. Just get ready for waging that war which is going to be protracted and deadly. It does not matter what happens to us because we are already sunk deep into waters, whether we get killed or emerge victorious. We have no other choice. 

26-03-2019

Urgent Attention of CSs, SSA and Branch Secretaries:

It is observed that the subscription amount deducted for 1943 members are less than Rs 100/-. In some cases, Rs 10/- or Rs 50/- or Rs 70/- or Rs 80/- is deducted by certain DDOs by mistake. The DDOs may be approached immediately and necessary correction is to be done in the system to deduct Rs 100/- from January, 2019 onwards and Rs 70/- earlier to that. The details of such Executives are attached.

List of members subscription deducted less

19-02-2019

Second day strike --- All the employees are requested to give the strike report to the authorities positively. The official data of participation in the strike is equally important as this figure will communicate the real resentment of BSNL employees, to the Govt. The CSs and SSA Secs to monitor the strike report sent to BSNLCO.

Those who are not participating in the strike should ponder over which side they are. In this hour of crisis, whether they are with BSNL or not? Can’t they make a small sacrifice for the company? Our participation is a small sacrifice for BSNL, for its existence, which had given everything to us. This strike and employees protest is for the survival of BSNL. Our agitation will put the revival of BSNL as priority agenda of the Govt. 

19-02-2019

Second day strike --- All the employees are requested to give the strike report to the authorities positively. The official data of participation in the strike is equally important as this figure will communicate the real resentment of BSNL employees to the Govt. The CSs and SSA Secs to monitor the strike report sent to BSNLCO.

Those who are not participating in the strike should ponder over which side they are. In this hour of crisis, whether they are with BSNL or not? Can’t they make a small sacrifice for the company? Our participation is a small sacrifice for BSNL, for its existence, which had given everything to us. This strike and employees protest is for the survival of BSNL. Our agitation will put the revival of BSNL as priority agenda of the Govt. 

15-02-2019

ALL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF BSNL (AUAB)

Dear Comrades,

All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB), for the last few years, pursuing the issues related to the growth of BSNL as well as the common HR issues of the BSNL employees. The DoT is putting all the hurdles in the revival of BSNL and settlement of the issues, inspite of the fact that, at the time of formation of BSNL, Govt declared that the financial viability of BSNL will be fully taken care of, better career prospects for the employees and guarantees Pensionary benefits to all. The Govt is so indifferent towards BSNL, even on growth related issues. Govt is creating innumerable hurdles, on each and every proposal of BSNL, practically interfering with the day to day affairs of the company. This lethargic attitude of the Govt compelled the employees to launch various Trade Union Programs, including strike.

In the meeting between AUAB and the Hon Minster of State for Communications held on 24.02.2018 and 03.12.2018, the Hon Minster was assured to settle the issues in a time bound manner. Especially on 3rd PRC, he assured to take it to Cabinet for relaxing the affordability clause and on 4G spectrum, he assured that will be allotted without any delay. Again, the abnormal delays on implementation of these assurances lead to the Indefinite Strike call from 03.12.2018. In this meeting also Hon Minister had given specific and categorically assures about the settlement of the issues and delinking of Pension Revision from Pay Revision. 

In the discussions with Additional Secretary (Telecom) [AS(T)], on 30.01.2019, DoT made an offer of 5% fitment for 3rd PRC and requested AUAB to accept it considering the present financial crisis. Further AS(T) said that in that case, pay revision also will be placed for the approval of the Digital Commission meeting, to be held on 05.02.2019 along with the 4G spectrum allotment, vacant land management policy and restructuring of BSNL and thereafter it would be taken for the approval of the Cabinet in February itself. On Pension Revision, DoT gone back from the assurance given by the Hon Minister to delink it from Pay revision and clearly taken a position that it can be done only after pay revision and with the same fitment offered for pay revision and 15% fitment is ruled out. The AUAB rejected the 5% fitment as it is very low and could not accept it. In the earlier meeting with AS(T), 0% fitment was offered by the DoT side. Thereafter, the AS(T) suggested that the AUAB representatives could discuss the issue with the CMD/BSNL and could come back to him within a day or two. In the very next day meeting, AS(T) told that even 5% fitment is difficult to consider and it is not able to consider in the DC meeting on 05.02.2019. AUAB is firm on our demand for 15% fitment, delinking of pension revision with 15% fitment and time bound approval by Digital Commission and the Cabinet.

Non-allotment of 4G spectrum, non approval of land monetization proposal submitted by BSNL in May, 2018, pension contribution on maximum of pay scales, denial of permission to avail bank loans for expansion of network, non filling of BSNL Director posts etc are deliberate attempt of the Govt to destabilize BSNL. The Niti Aayog and Finance Ministry is vehemently opposing any proposal for revival of BSNL like 4G spectrum allotment. The non settlement of HR issues like 3rd PRC is also part of the same game plan to create industrial unrest in the company and further weaken BSNL to facilitate other operators. Even Pension Revision is denied by the Govt. In this background AUAB decided to resume the agitational promgramms to settle the issues immediately prior to the notification of General Elections.

1. Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment.

At the time of formation of BSNL, as per the recommendations of Group of Ministers, Govt declared that it will ensure the financial viability of BSNL, better career prospects for the employees and payment of pension by the Govt. BSNL is a unique PSU where majority of the employees are recruited by Govt and absorbed in BSNL. BSNL could not make profit due to the wrong policies of the Govt. Last 3 years, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, BSNL performed in an outstanding manner and increased the operational profit, year after year till the entry of Reliance Jio. Govt and TRAI allowed policy violations and predatory pricing by Reliance Jio, which crippled the industry even though BSNL could withstand in comparison to private operators in an exceptional manner. All other operators, despite massive decline in their revenues, including R-Jio, are able to stay in the market only with the support of public financial institutions. BSNLs decline is due to the Govt, not by the employees. So there is no justification in denying the Pay Revision to BSNL employees. The Hon Minster was assured the AUAB on 24.02.2018 and 03.02.2018 that, for the relaxation of affordability clause for the 3rd Pay Revision of BSNL employees, relaxation of affordability clause will be sought from the Cabinet. However, the DoT, which is responsible for preparing the Cabinet Note, is dragging its feet and deliberately delaying the approval.

2. Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, as per the proposals submitted by the BSNL Management.

In the meeting held on 24.02.2018, the Hon Minster was kind enough to state that, 4G spectrum would be allotted to BSNL, as per the proposals submitted by BSNL in December, 2017. However, even after the lapse of one year, the assurances given by the Hon Minster are not implemented. Abnormal delay in the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL is adversely affecting the financial revival of the Company. Niti Aayog and Finance Ministry, which dolled out huge concessions to bail out the private operators are opposing 4G spectrum allotment to BSNL.

3. Implement assurance of the Hon Minister for delinking pension revision from pay revision. Revise pension of BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

The BSNL retirees, who are absorbed from the DoT, are eligible for pension revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017. Both the BSNL retirees, as well as the Central Government retirees, are covered by the same rules, viz., the CCS Pension Rules 1972. Rule 37A has inserted for providing Government pension on IDA scales from the consolidated fund of India for the CPSU employees absorbed from Govt service by counting the combined service. While the Central Government pensioners have already got their pension revision, the BSNL pensioners are left high and dry. The DoT, which is responsible for the settlement of the pension revision of the BSNL retirees, has not taken any action in that direction. Pension revision is no way linked with the pay revision as the entire pension contribution was paid by BSNL. Even for BSNL Pensioners, DoT suggested less fitment than 15%, equivalent to Pay revision, citing the affordability of BSNL where as Pension is to be paid by the Govt.

4. Payment of pension contribution by BSNL as per the Government rule.

The Pension Contribution is to be calculated based on the actual basic pay, instead of maximum of the pay scales as per DoPT order dated 19.11.2009, under the provisions of FR 116. However, the DoT is collecting Pension Contribution from BSNL, based on the maximum of the pay scale of each BSNL employee, since 01.01.2007. In the meeting held on 24.02.2018, the Hon Minster was kind enough to direct the Secretary (T), that only the Government of India Rule should be made applicable to BSNL, in the matter of pension contribution. The DoT has so far not implemented the direction given by the Hon Minster. Settlement of this issue is having huge impact on the 3rd Pay Revision.

5. Settlement of the left out issues of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee.

CMD, BSNL given an assurance of 3% hike in the Superannuation benefits by March, 2019. 

However on the E2 and E3 Pay scale, no progress is there irrespective of clear direction by the Hon Minister in the meeting held on 03.12.2018.

6.    a) Approval for BSNLs Land Management Policy without any delay.

b) Expeditiously complete the mutation and the process of transferring of all assets to BSNL.

BSNL is having huge vacant land at prime locations scattered in 15,000 land parcels. The fair value itself is more than 1 lakh Crore. For the effective monetization of the vacant land by proposing to lease out to PSUs, Banks etc, BSNL submitted the Land Management Policy in May, 2018 for the approval of DoT. Huge amount, 1000 Cr to 5000 Cr is expected from this business itself. However, DoT is not taking any action on this proposal having huge potential.

7.    (a) Ensure financial viability of BSNL, as per the decision taken by the Group of

       Ministers, at the time of formation of BSNL.

(b) Issue letter of comfort for BSNLs proposals for taking bank loans.

(c) Expeditiously fill up all vacant post of BSNL Board of Directors.

At the time of formation of BSNL, Govt declared that the financial viability of BSNL will be fully taken care of. On the other hand, DoT is involved in paralyzing the growth of BSNL, policy makers in other crucial wings of the Government like Niti Aayog are colluding and conspiring to destabilize BSNL. All other private operators were adequately compensated to the tune of thousands of crores through unbelievable policy concessions, BSNL is even denied Letter of Comfort for availing Bank Loans, that also continuously for two years, 2017-18 and 2018-19. DoT, intentionally not allowing BSNL to avail Bank loans for expanding the network or to meet the urgent operational requirements. As per the data shared by the Govt in the Parliament recently, Reliance –Jio which entered into Telecom market just in Sept, 2016, Bharati Airtel, Vodafone Idea, RCom etc having a market liability of 6 lakhs Crores, even crossing the ceiling set by RBI for Telecom sector where as BSNL is having just 11,500 Crores. This whole amount from private operators is going to become NPAs. The details are shown below:

Borrowings (in Crores)

BSNL

Reliance Jio

Bharati Airtel

Idea

2017-18

9,352

48,455

62,536

56,963

Total Loan

11,500

87,425

1,60,300

1,38,300

Private operators are indiscriminately extended financial assistance by the financial institutions, whereas BSNL is being deliberately forced to starve and eventually die by the policy makers at the highest levels of the Government. Non filling of key Director Board positions like Director (Finance) for the last 5 years etc are to be read together, clearly establishing the Govt role in weakening BSNL.

8. Scrap BSNLs outsourcing for the operation and maintenance of its mobile towers.

The BSNL Management has planned to outsource the maintenance of BSNLs towers for exorbitant rates, for which huge amount have to be paid annually. At the beginning itself, the AUAB has opposed this. But, the BSNL Management is going ahead with the agenda. Absolutely there is no need for the Company to spend such a huge amount, more importantly at a time when it is facing a serious financial crisis.

Comrades, the strike from 18.02.2019 onwards has to send loud and clear message to the Government as well as the Telecom Policy makers at the highest level, that the employees are fully determined to expose and defeat sinister policies of the Government to weaken, destabilize and finally privatize BSNL and that we are ready to fearlessly tread miles and miles to safeguard our beloved company from disintegration.

02-02-2019

Editorial

It is the question of Survival now.

Gripped by worst ever crisis that is induced and stage managed by the policy makers at the highest echelons of the Government, BSNL’s growth hits rock bottom, raising looming existential crisis. Time apt and high enough to reconcile to and get engaged into enforce sweeping, tough and radical reforms in terms of drastic restructuring, weeding out the non-performing, going ahead with fatally delayed and ruthless extensive redeployment, paving the way for the  best amongst us to lead, downright pruning the heavy weight, modelling the Company on emerging business scenarios to induce competitive resilience, waging a ruthless war against corruption and finally, last but not the least and the most significant and critical one, engaging in a sustained and fearless struggle to defeat well calibrated and sinister moves and devilish designs of the political masters to Privatize our beloved company. And the mightiest challenge for Trade Unions is to speak just in single   breath, regardless of compulsions and sectarian considerations, to wage the war in total unison to save the organization from collapsing.

When Organizations are hit by worst ever crisis that threatens to shake their foundations and tear apart their very existence, for whatever reasons, as is the case for BSNL at the moment, Trade Unions have to respond honestly, fearlessly and very boldly, eschewing the hitherto deeply embedded notions of protective conservatism. This approach of accepting and embracing bold reforms to save organizations from total collapse, undoubtedly invites the wrath of the majority, for obvious reasons, but then that should not deter one from moving forward in the direction of saving the organization from getting sunk deep down where nothing is visible, even the remnants of the organization. This does not surely mean saying good bye to our fundamental responsibility and commitment to protect the basic rights of the work force by making it vulnerable to exploitation and deprivation. It means readying the entire workforce to say goodbye to established dogmas and move forward boldly, instead, in the direction of embracing radical pragmatism to stave off the impending disaster.

To begin with, we need to grasp some elementary facts. The financial position of the Company, today, has reached a stage where the revenues generated are quite insufficient to meet our wage bill, let alone incurring expenditure on growth. The electricity payments, labour payments, vendor payments etc are delayed for months together. The expansion works and future growth plans are virtually stalled. Non-maintenance of the network due to shortage of funds is further deteriorating the services which is resulting in continuing decline in revenues. How long this can continue in a gigantic organization like BSNL is the question naturally haunting everyone and where we are headed towards, if this continues?

Undoubtedly, policy makers at the highest political level allowed Reliance-Jio to indulge in worst ever witnessed predatory pricing that has left Telecom sector crippled, and, even though BSNL could withstand in comparison to private operators in an exceptional manner, yet the havoc it wrecked on BSNL is crippling its growth. Looking at the predatory pricing let loose by the Govt and closely analysing its impact in destabilizing Telecom sector, one cannot escape concluding the dubious intentions of the Government are to finish BSNL. All other private operators were adequately compensated to the tune of lakhs of crores through unbelievable policy concessions, BSNL is blatantly denied even letter of comfort for availing bank loans, that also continuously for two years, 2017-18 and 2018-19, non allotment of 4G spectrum for more than two years for launching 4G services to compete with the other operators, non filling of key Director Board positions like Director (Finance) for the last 5 years etc are to be read together, clearly establishing the Govt role in weakening BSNL. All other operators, despite massive decline in their revenues, including R-Jio, are able to stay in the market only with the support of public financial institutions. With a liability of more than 5 lakh crores towards PSBs, even crossing the ceiling imposed by RBI, private operators are freely and indiscriminately extended financial assistance by the financial institutions, whereas BSNL, with negligible market liability of just 15,000 cores, is being deliberately forced to starve and eventually die by the policy makers at the highest levels of the Government. Not only is DoT involved in paralyzing growth of BSNL, policy makers in other crucial wings of the Government like Niti Aayog are colluding and conspiring to consign BSNL to flames. The developments in the last few years give clear indication that DoT and the political class is trying its level best to paralyse BSNL. This may be the hidden agenda of the Govt, to weaken BSNL, destabilize it, declare it sick and not revivable and go for privatization.

Within the Organization, it is a deadly and disappointing scenario; staleness, complete inertia, desolateness, deserted picture prevailing all-around. This is what happens when the primary stakeholders, instead of facilitating and acting as enablers of reforms, become impediments. Otherwise, how is it that company today faces worst kind of mid level leadership crisis? And this level of leadership is key to the growth of the Company. This time we ought to have had at least a thousand best from amongst us occupying crucial decision making positions. Top Management has had never any interest but we too lacked vision and created huge hurdles in putting in place a sound and talented pool of people leading us and driving the growth of the Company. And the more we delay in filling up this deadly leadership vacuum we are only accelerating the demise of the Company. Extensive and rapid redeployment, cutting down the fat of the Company, weeding out non performers and moving forward performers, regardless of the obsolete seniority concept, to make the Company resilient to respond to emerging challenges that are going to get intense as the day passes are some of the big bang reforms to be pushed through as quickly as possible. It is not the time to play to the galleries simply to get their applause. I know this is not going to go down well with many of us but as the custodian of this organization entrusted with the huge task of safeguarding the interests of the Organization and the people, this is how I perceive the whole scenario unfolding in coming days, unless we respond in a big way and decisively, and thus, from the highly valued and credible desk of General Secretary, I don’t hesitate very frankly sharing all this with you all.  

Taking a close look at revenues in general, profits from a few Circles is not going to help, and, with that BSNL cannot survive, and this is time when we are talking about the very survival, not even revival. Drastic business decisions are to be taken to close down the loss making businesses, without any fear or other considerations. CGM and GM posts have to be filled by high end performers, who generate revenue for BSNL, keeping seniority aside. And this is going to be really tough because of huge resistance that we are definitely going to counter from ITS. Nonetheless, we have to get it enforced, and once this is successfully implemented at the top level, it will be very easy to percolate it down the level. Implementation of this crucial decision will be a game changer since it will be a stepping stone towards transformation of BSNL from a redundant and counterproductive seniority based concept led Management to a performance and growth driven Management, paving the way for transforming the very landscape of the Company.

And finally multiple Associations and Trade Unions pulling strings in different directions have to realize and understand that time has come for them to forge a never seen before kind of unity to sail the company to the safe shores from deep sunken waters. Highest level of maturity and great amount of exercise of restraint is the need of the hour. Time and situation demands that Trade Unions get fully involved in generating such signals of unity and building an ominous environment of united struggle that sends shivers down the spine of the bureaucracy in DOT and the policy makers at the highest level. This is from where the Trade Unions will have to pick up the thread from and move forward. A very serious, mindboggling, soul searching, honest and threadbare introspection is the need of the hour to sink the differences and immediately get down to what would really and truly be a do or die struggle. And every Trade Union is committed to ensure this is accomplished under all circumstances. It is high time for all of us to come out of petty interests, focus on larger goal and fully devote ourselves for the survival. No excuses, whatsoever. All negative and counterproductive forces and sections, working against the BSNL interest or not bothered about the growth of BSNL are to be identified and sidelined. 

To begin with, complete success of the rally at New Delhi on 04.02.2019 from the platform of NCOA, AIPOC and AIBOC and the strike from 18.02.2019 from the platform of AUAB assume huge significance so as to send loud and clear message to the Government that we are fully prepared and geared up to pay any price to safeguard CPSEs in general and BSNL in particular from being annihilated. And to the Telecom Policy makers at the highest level, the message to be conveyed is that we are fully determined to expose and defeat sinister policies of the Government to weaken, destabilize and finally privatize BSNL and that we are ready to fearlessly tread miles and miles in the most turbulent circumstances and virulent situations to safeguard our beloved company from disintegration.

01-02-2019

Two welfare claims received by CHQ against the nominees of Late Com Davinder Kalra, PB Circle and late Com Asisha Kumar Mohanty, OD Circle settled in favour of the nominees for Rs 1,00,000 each. All the welfare claims received at CHQ is settled.

23-01-2019

GS writes to Smt Sujata T Ray, Director (HR & Fin): Abnormal delay in settlement of Gratuity amount of Late Manoj John, JTO, HR No: 200700093, Alappuzha SSA, Kerala Circle by BSNL. Even after 9 months of his sad demise, the Gratuity amount has not been released by BSNL. The Gratuity amount due is Rs 8,88,804/-SNEA Kerala Circle has contributed an amount of 21 lakhs through our members as financial assistance, though a very meagre amount considering the overall expense which the family had to bear towards his treatment which amounts to more than 50 lakhs.

GS letter to DIR(HR)

14-01-2019

Join SNEA, Strengthen SNEA and Strengthen Executives Unity to settle the pending issues of BSNL Executives:

Strengthen SNEA for the Revival of BSNL.

Strengthen AUAB by joining SNEA, one of strong constituent of AUAB to settle 30% Superannuation benefits and 3rd PRC.

Strengthen SNEA to settle E2, E3 pay scales. The court cases at Chandigarh and the contempt petition lead to hurriedly notifying lower pay scales of E1 and E2 by DoT. SNEA is committed to reverse the DoT decision and working for that.

Strengthen SNEA for the promotions in all the cadres, parity in promotions, uniform promotion avenues and for Time Bound Functional promotion for all.

The court cases complicated and delaying the promotions, SNEA is trying to remove the hurdles one by one.

Strengthen SNEA for your Social Security and implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI).

Strengthen SNEA for the settlement of other issues, through continuous persuasion.

All SSA/Branch/Circle Secretaries and office bearers are requested to ensure enrolment of maximum membership. Till tomorrow, 15.01.2019, new members and changes in membership can be done.

11-01-2019

Implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI):

Today the GTI meeting held with LIC and the draft Policy is finalised after corrections. The policy document will be finalised by Monday and it will be signed by next week. GS and President participated in the meeting. 30 days grace period allowed for the payment of premium on renewal. There will not be any medical. The age group of 50 years is defined for 50 years, 5 months and 29 days. For all types of death, 100% coverage provided.

Considering the demands from various corners for re-negotiation of the coverage and premium for the age group above 50, it is negotiated for 20 lakhs with quarterly payment of the premium. This has been accepted by LIC without any hike in the premium. A separate option will be called from those above 50 years.

This initiative is taken by SNEA immediately after the MV mainly for the BSNL direct rects who don’t have the social security on the event of any unforeseen incidents.

06-01-2019

SNEA extends solidarity and support to the General Strike by Central Trade Unions on 08-09, January, 2019.

Demanding:

No disinvestment/strategic sale of CPSUs,

Strict enforcement of labour laws,

Minimum wages/pension etc.

02-01-2019

Lot of malpropaganda is going on in the social media against SNEA, with malafide intentions. They are creating unrest in the organization by dividing the Executives, conveniently in the name of BSNL Rects and BSNL Absorbees, Promotees and Direct rects etc. It is observed that on each and every issue, they are trying to divide the Executives which will be detrimental for the cadre as well the company, which is passing through a tough time. This tendency, we are not seen even among the non Executives.

It is also heard that in the name of innumerable court cases, huge fund collection is also going on. They are filing Court cases and creating road block on every issue and putting the blame on SNEA.

All these efforts and propaganda is to create unrest among the ordinary Executives who are unaware of the facts and developments at BSNLCO, other than the fictitious WhatsApp messages.

In order to educate our members and other Executives, the following facts are explained for the information of all. Carefully analyse it before you take final decision which side you belongs, are you stand for Unity or not?

 

What SNEA did for BSNL Direct Recruits ----

1. When BSNL proposed higher pay scale for absorbed officers and less pay scale (E1) for BSNL recruits during BSNL formation, it was outrightly rejected and continue the same stand now.

2. EPF contribution made 12% of Basic + IDA, without the ceiling of Rs 6500/-. Initially it was a fixed amount, 12% of 6500/-

3. Stood as a front runner and leader in all BSNL viability related issues: ITS Repartition, Copper cable unbundling, stoppage of ADC, GSM tender cancellation, BWA Spectrum refund, Tower Subsidiary Company, BSNL & MTNL merger, Pension contribution, USO Fund, Income tax refund, 4G spectrum allotment, AMC issues, Equipment Procurement etc. All are related to BSNL financial viability which is the most crucial issue for BSNL recruits.

4. LDCE Exam for JTO to SDE promotion was made objective and made it very transparent ensuring promotion of more than 5000 DR JTOs recruited after 2000 upto 2005 while JTOs of 1995 was waiting for promotion. In 2007 LDCE, one Association approached several courts for staying the LDCE but SNEA ensured that LDCE is held in which about 900 JTOs of 2001 batch got promoted. They forced to change the stand in subsequent LDCEs.

5. SDE to DE promotion which was only 50%, increased to 75% enabling better promotion chances for youngsters.

6. In spite MT recruitment rule, did not allow MT so far.

7. SAB got implemented for 5% and got assurance for another 3% before 31st March, 2019 and continuing its efforts for the full 30%.

8. E2, E3 pay scale got approved by BSNL Board and did not allow endorsing the DOT notification, lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2.

9. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy worked out and got approved by BSNL Board which will give permanent solution to all promotion related issues, ensuring Time Bound Functional promotion up to AGM grade in 15 years which is not happening even in 30 years now.

10. Because of SNEA, all Executives in all streams and cadre is having a hope for promotion in BSNL, with parity, inspite of its poor financial position.

11. Most attractive offer from LIC for GTI, ensuring Rs. 50 lakhs coverage.

12. Have clear road map towards achieving 22820 once E2 and E3 is approved by granting additional increments.

13. While JTOs of 1999 is yet to be promoted today, all JTOs upto 2012 are able to visualise their promotion as reality immediately or in immediate future, in this year itself.

14. The existing JTO to SDE list for which we are making untiring efforts, 80% are BSNL directly recruited JTOs only. 

15. EPP assured time bound promotions for all Executives, all BRs benefitted comparing to DoT rects. 4 year benefit in first TBP got for almost all.

16. SNEA always works for the justice and safeguard our field level Executives, irrespective of Association affiliation, in the interest of BSNL.

17. Pay Revision of 2005 Batch which were divided in two groups (joined prior to 01/01/2007 and post 01/01/2007). As special cases pleaded by SNEA and finally resolved.

Comrades, SNEA is an Association which believes in democracy. We believe in the Indian culture UNITY IN DIVERSITY. Irrespective of Caste, Creed, Batch, Group, Region, Religion, Language, Section, we respects each and every one and work for the welfare of all the Executives in BSNL.

STRUGGLE IS NOT ONE DAY JOB, IT IS A CONTINUOUS PROCESS

What SNEA did for BSNL Direct Recruits

31-12-2018

Editorial

Bidding goodbye to year 2018, the year of promotions, which witnessed promotions of unprecedented scale and some path breaking career breakthroughs due to sustained and untiring efforts of this great Association SNEA, coming year is going to be truly challenging in terms of taking unfinished crucial tasks like 3rd PRC implementation, Time Bound Functional Promotions, Standard Pay Scales, Superannuation Benefits to their logical conclusion.

And the coming year is going to be testing time in real terms in deciding whether we survive as an entity to be reckoned in the Telecom sector. SNEA has to give out its very best and strain its each nerve to emerge as an enabling, powerful and key force in building momentum and environment for a yet not witnessed struggle in BSNL. Greatest of great challenges for trade unions, in general, and SNEA, in particular, is the very existence of our beloved company and at stake and in peril are the bread and butter of thousands and thousands of our comrades and their kin.

The year just eclipsed, 2018, witnessed major and spectacular career breakthroughs, notably functional promotions of unseen add unheard magnitude, about 13,500 Executives in various streams, approval of BSNL Board for Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Board approval for 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment for the BSNL Executives, Group Term Insurance (GTI), amendments in SDE RRs, FR22(1)(a)(i) without the restriction of FR-35 for the Officiating JTOs,  restoration of additional increment on post based promotion, besides other achievements.

It stands to our credit that, perhaps, for the first time, promotions have been made for more than 13,500 Executives in a single year, covering all the cadres in different streams, upto DGM level, ie. JTO(T/C/E/TF/Arch) to SDE(T/C/E/TF/Arch), JAO to AO, SDE(T/TF) To AGM(T/TF), SDE(C/E) To EE(C/E), AO to CAO, CAO to DGM(Fin) and DE(TF) to DGM(TF). History of all sorts, that would require herculean efforts to match in future, was scripted and a great milestone was accomplished. Almost all the vacancies, as on 30.06.2018 in all the cadres, except SDE(T) that also in very advanced stage for more than 4600 vacancies, are filled up through DPCs. The promotions in all these cadres were held up due to litigations, mainly on seniority and reservation issues, for years together. Many had to wait for 15 to 28 years to see the day, while  others, lower the rung, were fortunate enough to get the same just at the start of eligibility. The Management and SNEA at all levels exhibited tremendous coordination to complete the DPC work in shortest time, something unimaginable or just impossible. The litigations which blocked DE and AO promotions materialized due to upgradation of posts, thus opening the doors for promotion to thousands of SDE/JAOs. Earlier such upgradations were witnessed in 1990-91, to overcome acute stagnation in the JTO cadre and in 1993-94 to avert reversion of already promoted SDEs. But these upgradations took place in golden era of DOT when financial implications were not much of an issue.   

In striking contrast, recent upgradations, first time in BSNL and that too when the Company is seized by severe and mounting financial crisis, were only possible since the Management had reconciled to implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy where availability of posts loses its relevance and becomes redundant, and it was only on this premise that upgradation of posts became a reality. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy was the building block of upgradation and thousands and thousands of promotions and undoubtedly the result of culmination of finalization of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy because of brainstorming, painstaking and protracted efforts of SNEA. Today, the bouts of promotion owes much to SNEA since the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy on 28.05.2018 and the subsequent intense pressure mounted by  SNEA for its holistic implementation w.e.f 01.07.2018 which created insurmountable pressure on the Management and thus triggered wave of upgradations, paving the way for massive promotions in record time to clear the existing backlog to a great extent and thus bring about some semblance in functional promotions in various streams before 01.07.2018, the due date for roll out of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.

Another major achievement is finalization of Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, bringing complete Parity and Uniformity in promotions by merging the two different paths of promotions into a single entity. In real terms, it was just an herculean task to carve out a mechanism so as to free thousands and thousands of our comrades from vexed clutches of seniority and availability of posts due to which they have had been languishing for years to get their legitimate functional promotions. Carving out a mechanism of career growth that is delinked from seniority and availability of posts required great vision, threadbare analysis at every step, at every level, unwavering focus and determination and all this was demonstrated by us in an exemplary manner by addressing and sorting out the most intricate issues in a strenuous manner. And while working out this mechanism, we succeeded in ensuring that our existing time bound promotions remain intact and unaffected. At every stage of the discussion, we were bogged down by one complex issue or the other but our commitment and perseverance to reach the final goal post finally delivered spectacular and incredible results when we finally succeeded in formulating the mechanism, called CPSE Cadre Hierarchy, to completely unclog the decades prevailing bottlenecks in our career growth. This brain child of SNEA conceptualized by it ever since our absorption in BSNL stands approved by the BSNL/Board and is waiting its full implementation.

On 3rd Pay revision, overcoming the affordability clause stipulated by DPE guidelines, SNEA negotiated for full 15% fitment with BSNL management. Compromising fitment means, compromising on everything, next pay revision for the youngsters, less pension and pension revision with lower fitment, less contributions to 30% Superannuation fund, allowances etc. Finally, management agreed to our demand and, with Board approval, BSNL recommended 3rd Pay Revision with full 15% fitment. The implementation of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment is vital for the revival of BSNL as the employees will be highly motivated and its holistic implementation will be the biggest challenge before us in the context of the present financial condition of the company.

During 2018, SNEA initiated the novel idea of bring in Group Term Insurance (GTI) to secure the future of thousands of Executives and their families. SNEA pursued it with management, LIC and SBI Life for the Executives, with an annual premium of Rs 1.6 per thousand plus GST for 50 lakhs uniform coverage for the age group of 18 to 50 years. The GTI scheme will be implemented from 01.02.2019.

Notification of amendments in SDE(T) RR defining method of fixation of seniority, FR22(1)(a)(i) without the restriction of FR-35 for the Officiating JTOs and restoration of additional increment on post based promotion are other major issues we could settle during 2018, giving big relief to thousands of Executives.

Everyone knows and understands that these could not have been achieved without the total, unqualified and active support of all the Circles and our activists.

Other major issues at hand awaiting resolution are further follow up on 3rd Pay revision, already worked out E2/E3 standard pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation, 30% superannuation benefits, first TBP uniformly after 4 years, Pay loss of post 2007 rects and E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000. Contribution towards 30% superannuation benefits is progressing in the right direction by the assurance that it will be enhanced by another 3% during 2018-19.

Even though the Board approved the new promotion policy on 28.05.2018, we are still making all out efforts to get it notified w.e.f. 01.07.2018. The real and everlasting benefits of this policy will be realized by all in its entirety only after its implementation takes place. It is not a simple promotion policy, it will be the biggest ever career growth related reform that BSNL is going to witness after its formation which can have the huge potential to accelerate the growth of the company through uninterrupted career growth of its Executives that will eventually  harness their energies optimally and help keep them well oiled, stimulated and motivated.

Finally, Comrades, coming to the ever deadliest challenge staring us at our faces -    the challenge of the very existence of the Company and hence the fundamental question of our existence. Have we ever so far encountered such a threatening situation which is ripping us apart rapidly? If our answer is no, then the first response to this emerging deadly situation from us is to acknowledge and recognize that it has   not only developed but is fast escalating. If we do not recognize and acknowledge existence of this precarious situation at this stage, then we have lost the battle already. If we acknowledge and recognize, then we have to get on our toes and indulge ruthlessly in a do or die situation. That means unleashing a struggle hitherto never witnessed in BSNL. Struggle on three fronts - to take on the Govt. ruthlessly, fearlessly to adequately compensate BSNL the way other operators have been, to take on the Management to force it to introduce immediately potential revenue generation plans like FTTH on a wide spread scale, very quick percolation of FTTH is going to be the game changer, to revamp and strengthen transmission network and address pending HR issues, and the last, but not the least, is to unleash struggle within ourselves to isolate non doers and send them home so as to bring about much desired and abnormally delayed crucial transformational changes within us to provide quality services and this is going to be the key towards revival. The struggle on all the three fronts is going to be a mountainous and arduous task, full of insurmountable impediments but we have no choice. The choice is either to plunge in real do or die struggle or perish. We have to decide and we cannot delay taking that ever crucial and decisive call.     

Comrades, such bold dreams do not come on a platter. We will have to accomplish our dreams brick by brick, stone by stone, and that unquestionably means hard work, sweat and even bloodshed. I know you are ready for it. Let us go hand in hand, struggle shoulder to shoulder till we reach the shores of our dream. Yes, Finally, leaders, activists, and dearest Comrades, we bank only on your complete and unqualified involvement, your undivided commitment, your never-say-die spirit, your unmitigated energy, your full-throated support and all these blended together will surely pull and see us successfully through the present gravest of grave crisis that we are confronted with and also enable us accomplishing our agenda of 2019.  

11-12-2018

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03-12-2018

RTI reply on SAB contribution: EPF-12%, Gratuity-4.8%, PRMB-3.3%, Pension-5%.

RTI Reply

25-11-2018

SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES’ ASSOCIATION

XXX ALL INDIA CONFERENCE

LUDHIANA, 28th – 30th November, 2018


OPEN SESSION

29th November, 2018, 03 PM

Dr Manmohan Singh Auditorium

Punjab Agricultural University

02-11-2018

Editorial

Ensuing AIC’s unwavering and singleminded focus has to be towards bringing BSNL out of the very deep waters it is in. Company is heading towards what surely is an irretrievable and irreversible phase since its formation. Company can sail to the safe shores only through concerted and focussed efforts of the Management and Employees. Management has an onerous task to maintain industrial tranquillity by addressing fundamental HR issues to keep HRs motivated and completely involved in crucial revival struggle of accelerating growth momentum and revenue generation.    

Management has to fully understand that resolution of key issues of 3rd PRC, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation, standard pay scales of E2 and E3, Pension Revision, full 30% superannuation benefits etc. alone can create an environment where unified struggle between Management and Trade Unions will have some meaning and will produce tangible results.

Ensuing AIC at Ludhiana is being held at a time when the entire Telecom Industry is in complete chaos and is confronted with existential crisis. The entire Industry is gripped by severe, unprecedented and unrelenting financial stress set off due to illegitimate predatory pricing that Telecom Regulator and the Govt. freely allowed R-Jio to indulge in. And this anti-competitive market activity that R-Jio was permitted to indulge in has shaken the very foundation of the entire Telecom Industry to such an extent where the very existence of other private Telecom giants, who were and continue to be the sweet hearts of the Government, is threatened. Despite huge and sustained support, to the extent of lakhs of crores, in the form of incredible and overnight policy concessions and other measures that these so called giants got and continue to get from the Govt. to offset the impact on their revenues due to huge market destabilization and turbulence that predatory pricing of R-Jio was permitted to create, even these giants have reported a decline in their revenues, ranging from 50 to 60%.

In sharp and glaring contrast, our beloved Company which got and continues to get mere brickbats from the policy makers and the Government, exhibited tremendous resilience and withstood market turbulence in an exemplary manner and this is clearly reflected and established by relative comparison of dip in our revenues vis–a-vis so called giants of Telecom Industry. It is a matter of great pride for all of us that, despite being trampled over and every attempt made by the policy makers and the Govt., to wipe out BSNL from the Telecom Market, BSNL could maintain the market share, that is the silver line. Despite continuing denial of 4G spectrum, which has crippled the growth of BSNL, our market share is intact.      

This slide down has had inevitably its impact on resolution of some key and fundamental HR issues notably, implementation of 3rd PRC in its totality, a key enabler towards revival of the Company. Looking at very important specific cadre related issues, implementation of significant CPSU Cadre Hierarchy mechanism already approved by the Board, resolution of standard pay scales of E2/E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, Pension revision, 30% Superannuation benefit etc etc are no less important, and, in that context, timing of our ensuing AIC is just apt to hammer out a comprehensive Organizational strategy and plan of action to ensure these crucial issues reach their logical conclusion without further delay.

During the intervening time, however, we have covered many milestones; some difficult and some seemingly impossible. Amongst them, some of the issues that we have had been struggling with and relentlessly pursuing for 10 to 15 years, since 2002, are refund of BWA spectrum/Income Tax/USOF refund of about 13,500 Crores, ERP implementation, Expansion in Core network, Phase VII plus and Phase VIII.4 GSM expansion, NGN implementation, membership verification, Uniform Time Bound functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, historic promotions in different cadres for about 13,500 Executives, Board approval for 3rd PRC with 15% fitment, BSNL approval for standard pay scales of E2 and E3, 5% contribution towards 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees, Offtg pay protection, rect to JTO/JAO cadres in Dept/DR quota and regularization of Offtg JTOs, Group Term Insurance (GTI), amendments in RRs, FR22(1)(a)(i) for Offtg JTOs, Additional increment on post based promotion etc.

Comrades, having achieved some insurmountable tasks, we are left with many more. Our unfinished and top priority agenda is to force the Govt. to  allocate 4G spectrum to enable BSNL to launch 4G services without further delay whatsoever, 3rd PRC implementation with full 15% fitment, implementation of CPSU hierarchy, standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, Pension revision, remaining 5% contribution towards 30% Superannuation benefit, pension contribution on actual basic pay, First TB promotion uniformly after 4 years, Pay loss issue for post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs, notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings & PA/PS, increasing the number of DGM(T) posts by 800 etc.

Given the past history of Trade Unions of BSNL, their resolution and commitment to confront, strive, struggle and succeed in overcoming most difficult situations, from time to time, bringing back BSNL back to glory, the present challenge, by any stretch of imagination IS NOT GOING TO BE AN IMPOSSIBLE ONE. However, in scripting this historic struggle and successfully taking it where it has to reach, SNEA has to be, inevitably and unquestionably, at the centre stage of the entire activity, right from the abinitio to the ultimate stage. We have a very unique and distinguished history in leading such difficult struggles, which at the beginning look seemingly impossible, and this is precisely the time to recall all our past strengths and resolution and take on the present threatening situation, with no looking back till we reach our destination since there is just no scope to look back. Looking back simply means missing the bus that would lead us nowhere.

Our fundamentals are pretty strong - massive infrastructure that we have, our expertise, our talent and huge manpower are our great inherent strengths on which we have to consolidate and build up. Our dedication, hard work, toughness to cross the river by hook or crook, come what may, is eventually going to decide where we shall be landing in. We have come out with “SWAS” programme and “BSNL at Your Doorstep” to focus on revival and accelerate the growth. This is not sufficient. BSNL services are better in many ways and we have to fully capitalise on these existing strengths.

If we miss the 3rd PRC now, we are missing it forever; we should not forget that crucial fact. In that situation, the psychological trauma that will be inflicted on us and de-motivation, demoralisation, and industrial unrest that will eventually erupt are going to create havoc on us as well as going to take the Company to a stage where its retrievable for sure will be impossible.

Management, on its part, has to understand and acknowledge how crucial it is not to disturb industrial equilibrium at this crucial hour when Employees and the Management have to move hand in hand and struggle shoulder to shoulder to come out of the deep morass that the Company is in. Management has to completely shed its parochial approach, that is visible of late, of coming down on Trade Unions at the very drop of the hat. That unprofessional and outdated approach is not going to lead anyone anywhere, neither the Company nor the Management or the Employees. Persisting with an obsolete/counterproductive attitude would be simply disastrous. Management has to be highly sensitive, responsive and receptive towards the aspirations of the HRs. That is how and where the HRs gives out their very best even going to the extent of shedding their blood to uplift the Organization. That is the mantra and it will go a long way in strengthening the trust between the Management and the Employees and bridging the widening gap that is so critical to successfully overcome the present deadly situation which is surely going to get deadlier by the day unless arrested.

Yes, these are the formidable challenges that need to be addressed holistically in the ensuing AIC through threadbare discussions and resolutions. At the core of the agenda has to be nothing but revival of BSNL. Of course, the situation warrants and calls for close, unrelenting and concerted approach between the Trade Unions and BSNL management. Unison and cohesiveness of an extraordinary type between the two is just the need of the hour, and to forge such cohesiveness, everyone has the responsibility to sit together and hammer out a comprehensive strategy, both long and short term, to tide over the emerging deadly situation. Choice is ours, whether we want very small and insignificant favours from the Management, and for that narrow perspective  we stay divided, or like a rock we all stand together, unshaken, unruffled and unmoved  and collectively struggle to safeguard the future of more than 1.8 lakh employees and their families and, of course, our beloved Company. Otherwise everything will perish in the ongoing turbulence in the industry. Massive reforms and restructuring is inevitable. And for that we should emerge as the strongest and unified force in this AIC with firm resolutions. Last, but not the least, is that this AIC should bring us more united than ever before. With that in mind, we should be treading towards Ludhiana.

31-10-2018

Editorial

Ensuing AIC’s unwavering and singleminded focus has to be towards bringing BSNL out of the very deep waters it is in. Company is heading towards what surely is an irretrievable and irreversible phase since its formation. Company can sail to the safe shores only through concerted and focussed efforts of the Management and Employees. Management has an onerous task to maintain industrial tranquillity by addressing fundamental HR issues to keep HRs motivated and completely involved in crucial revival struggle of accelerating growth momentum and revenue generation.    

Management has to fully understand that resolution of key issues of 3rd PRC, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation, standard pay scales of E2 and E3, Pension Revision, full 30% superannuation benefits etc. alone can create an environment where unified struggle between Management and Trade Unions will have some meaning and will produce tangible results.

Ensuing AIC at Ludhiana is being held at a time when the entire Telecom Industry is in complete chaos and is confronted with existential crisis. The entire Industry is gripped by severe, unprecedented and unrelenting financial stress set off due to illegitimate predatory pricing that Telecom Regulator and the Govt. freely allowed R-Jio to indulge in. And this anti-competitive market activity that R-Jio was permitted to indulge in has shaken the very foundation of the entire Telecom Industry to such an extent where the very existence of other private Telecom giants, who were and continue to be the sweet hearts of the Government, is threatened. Despite huge and sustained support, to the extent of lakhs of crores, in the form of incredible and overnight policy concessions and other measures that these so called giants got and continue to get from the Govt. to offset the impact on their revenues due to huge market destabilization and turbulence that predatory pricing of R-Jio was permitted to create, even these giants have reported a decline in their revenues, ranging from 50 to 60%.

In sharp and glaring contrast, our beloved Company which got and continues to get mere brickbats from the policy makers and the Government, exhibited tremendous resilience and withstood market turbulence in an exemplary manner and this is clearly reflected and established by relative comparison of dip in our revenues vis–a-vis so called giants of Telecom Industry. It is a matter of great pride for all of us that, despite being trampled over and every attempt made by the policy makers and the Govt., to wipe out BSNL from the Telecom Market, BSNL could maintain the market share, that is the silver line. Despite continuing denial of 4G spectrum, which has crippled the growth of BSNL, our market share is intact.      

This slide down has had inevitably its impact on resolution of some key and fundamental HR issues notably, implementation of 3rd PRC in its totality, a key enabler towards revival of the Company. Looking at very important specific cadre related issues, implementation of significant CPSU Cadre Hierarchy mechanism already approved by the Board, resolution of standard pay scales of E2/E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, Pension revision, 30% Superannuation benefit etc etc are no less important, and, in that context, timing of our ensuing AIC is just apt to hammer out a comprehensive Organizational strategy and plan of action to ensure these crucial issues reach their logical conclusion without further delay.

During the intervening time, however, we have covered many milestones; some difficult and some seemingly impossible. Amongst them, some of the issues that we have had been struggling with and relentlessly pursuing for 10 to 15 years, since 2002, are refund of BWA spectrum/Income Tax/USOF refund of about 13,500 Crores, ERP implementation, Expansion in Core network, Phase VII plus and Phase VIII.4 GSM expansion, NGN implementation, membership verification, Uniform Time Bound functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, historic promotions in different cadres for about 13,500 Executives, Board approval for 3rd PRC with 15% fitment, BSNL approval for standard pay scales of E2 and E3, 5% contribution towards 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees, Offtg pay protection, rect to JTO/JAO cadres in Dept/DR quota and regularization of Offtg JTOs, Group Term Insurance (GTI), amendments in RRs, FR22(1)(a)(i) for Offtg JTOs, Additional increment on post based promotion etc.

Comrades, having achieved some insurmountable tasks, we are left with many more. Our unfinished and top priority agenda is to force the Govt. to  allocate 4G spectrum to enable BSNL to launch 4G services without further delay whatsoever, 3rd PRC implementation with full 15% fitment, implementation of CPSU hierarchy, standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, Pension revision, remaining 5% contribution towards 30% Superannuation benefit, pension contribution on actual basic pay, First TB promotion uniformly after 4 years, Pay loss issue for post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs, notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings & PA/PS, increasing the number of DGM(T) posts by 800 etc.

Given the past history of Trade Unions of BSNL, their resolution and commitment to confront, strive, struggle and succeed in overcoming most difficult situations, from time to time, bringing back BSNL back to glory, the present challenge, by any stretch of imagination IS NOT GOING TO BE AN IMPOSSIBLE ONE. However, in scripting this historic struggle and successfully taking it where it has to reach, SNEA has to be, inevitably and unquestionably, at the centre stage of the entire activity, right from the abinitio to the ultimate stage. We have a very unique and distinguished history in leading such difficult struggles, which at the beginning look seemingly impossible, and this is precisely the time to recall all our past strengths and resolution and take on the present threatening situation, with no looking back till we reach our destination since there is just no scope to look back. Looking back simply means missing the bus that would lead us nowhere.

Our fundamentals are pretty strong - massive infrastructure that we have, our expertise, our talent and huge manpower are our great inherent strengths on which we have to consolidate and build up. Our dedication, hard work, toughness to cross the river by hook or crook, come what may, is eventually going to decide where we shall be landing in. We have come out with “SWAS” programme and “BSNL at Your Doorstep” to focus on revival and accelerate the growth. This is not sufficient. BSNL services are better in many ways and we have to fully capitalise on these existing strengths.

If we miss the 3rd PRC now, we are missing it forever; we should not forget that crucial fact. In that situation, the psychological trauma that will be inflicted on us and de-motivation, demoralisation, and industrial unrest that will eventually erupt are going to create havoc on us as well as going to take the Company to a stage where its retrievable for sure will be impossible.

Management, on its part, has to understand and acknowledge how crucial it is not to disturb industrial equilibrium at this crucial hour when Employees and the Management have to move hand in hand and struggle shoulder to shoulder to come out of the deep morass that the Company is in. Management has to completely shed its parochial approach, that is visible of late, of coming down on Trade Unions at the very drop of the hat. That unprofessional and outdated approach is not going to lead anyone   anywhere, neither the Company nor the Management or the Employees. Persisting with an obsolete/counterproductive attitude would be simply disastrous. Management has to be highly sensitive, responsive and receptive towards the aspirations of the HRs. That is how and where the HRs gives out their very best even going to the extent of shedding their blood to uplift the Organization. That is the mantra and it will go a long way in strengthening the trust between the Management and the Employees and bridging the widening gap that is so critical to successfully overcome the present deadly situation which is surely going to get deadlier by the day unless arrested.

Yes, these are the formidable challenges that need to be addressed holistically in the ensuing AIC through threadbare discussions and resolutions. At the core of the agenda has to be nothing but revival of BSNL. Of course, the situation warrants and calls for close, unrelenting and concerted approach between the Trade Unions and BSNL management. Unison and cohesiveness of an extraordinary type between the two is just the need of the hour, and to forge such cohesiveness, everyone has the responsibility to sit together and hammer out a comprehensive strategy, both long and short term, to tide over the emerging deadly situation. Choice is ours, whether we want very small and insignificant favours from the Management, and for that narrow perspective  we stay divided, or like a rock we all stand together, unshaken, unruffled and unmoved  and collectively struggle to safeguard the future of more than 1.8 lakh employees and their families and, of course, our beloved Company. Otherwise everything will perish in the ongoing turbulence in the industry. Massive reforms and restructuring is inevitable. And for that we should emerge as the strongest and unified force in this AIC with firm resolutions. Last, but not the least, is that this AIC should bring us more united than ever before. With that in mind, we should be treading towards Ludhiana.

17-10-2018

As reported yesterday, BSNLCO issued Clarification on the body at Circle offices (Recruiting Circle): The elected body at recruiting Circle offices will be recognized as SSA level body. 

BSNLCO clarification

15-10-2018

View Corporate Office Orders:
Clarification on reimbursement of expenditure incurred on day care procedures.
Clarification on dependency of Parents of BSNL employees under BSNLMRS.

12-10-2018

All India Conference at Ludhiana, Punjab, from 28th to 30th November, 2018.

The delegate election should be done by the remaining Branches/Divisions/Districts/SSAs immediately by convening the General Body meetings, after notifying it. The number of delegates should be elected as per the provisions of the constitution. [One(01) delegate for every 30 members or part thereof being not less than 20, subject to a minimum of one per Branch/Division/District/SSA]. CHQ Office Bearers, CSs and CWC members shall be ex-officio delegates, in addition to the eligible delegates.

Considering the huge expenditure, the delegate fee is retained as Rs 1,250 per delegate, as in the last AIC. Host Circle made all the arrangements for the delegates. Observers are not allowed. Due to constraints, the host Circle made accommodation arrangements only to the eligible delegates. Host Circle requested that the observers if any reaching the AIC venue should make their own arrangements for the Accommodation. 

30-09-2018

Editorial

BSNL AT YOUR DOOR STEP

yet another innovative and timely joint initiative to bolster sagging growth.                                                

“I NEVER GIVE UP”— An Ever Exuberant and Exhilarating Ms MARY COM, pride of the Nation

“After Customer Delight Year” and “Service With A Smile”, initiatives that have produced expected results, another innovative initiative to arrest fast slipping ground of BSNL and thus bolster its sapping growth, “BSNL AT YOUR DOOR STEP” has been yet again undertaken jointly by the Trade Unions and the Management. This latest joint endeavour is not aimed at Revival but significantly and critically about “survival of BSNL”. This slogan assumes highest and unavoidable significance in the context of the hard prevailing reality that BSNL is witnessing and is confronted with - fast depleting revenues and operational expenditure day by day far outweighing the revenues that the Company is currently generating. With the gap between the expenditure and the revenue generation burgeoning, with the passage of every day, the fundamental and inescapable question that arises and haunts everyone is “Are we going to survive or going to be consigned to flames?”

This new, and what one expects should be potential initiative of All Unions and Associations in BSNL(AUAB), in coordination with BSNL Management, was inaugurated by none other than ever exuberant and spirited national hero, MS MARY COM, renowned national sportsperson and brand ambassador of BSNL, who has brought unparalleled pride to the Nation through her exemplary and unmatched determination. Her extraordinary determination and commitment symbolizes and demonstrates how the most arduous paths can be traversed to reach the goal post. Her undaunted spirit and relentless fight against all the adversities must motivate one and all in the Company to give out their very best to swim through the most turbulent waters in order to reach the safe shores.

In this context, the message conveyed by the National Hero in the inaugural session is really mind blogging and apt: “I NEVER GIVE UP”, during the fight in the boxing competition. This is the apt message for us all, not for revival but for the Survival of our beloved Company which undoubtedly and unquestionably is in dire straits.

Reaching safe shores as quickly as possible will be decisive and key to our getting most crucial and badly awaited 3rd PRC implemented in its entirety. And reducing the deadly gap between the expenditure and revenues is the only mantra to get 3rd PRC in its totality.             

Today, the entire Telecom Industry is under severe stress, especially after the entry of Reliance –Jio and its indiscriminate indulgence in predatory pricing. Several operators wound up their services or were compelled to merge and consolidate after catastrophic situation created by the predatory pricing of R-Jio. After consolidation and merger, now only three operators remain in the fray, in addition to BSNL. With the tariffs for voice and data services getting drastically reduced, each and every operator is compelled to offer competitive tariffs. BSNL is the only operator to offer stiff resistance and formidable challenge to R-Jio amidst highly illegitimate market practice of predatory pricing nakedly indulged in by R Jio and blatantly overlooked by policy enforcer, DOT, as well as TRAI.

By embracing the slogan, “BSNL AT YOUR DOOR STEP”, the employees of BSNL made a conscious commitment to reach out to the customers as well as the prospective customers in the shortest time. Even some Circles like AP started actions in advance, SSA/area wise and have started showing excellent results.

Comparing to the services offered by any other operator, BSNL service is better on many counts, this is precisely the message we are trying to disseminate among the public. Variety of services offered by BSNL, competitive tariffs offered by BSNL, customer interface, transparency in billing etc are our strong points appealing to the public. BSNL will be the first choice for any customer if we are able to assure prompt service as required by the customers. We have to retain our customers at any cost, rather improve the customer base. It is for our survival and for the revival of BSNL. This is the motto behind the call of AUAB, “BSNL AT YOUR DOOR STEP”.  

Against the backdrop of our successful and timely   strategy to commence our agitational programs from 24.09.2018 that resulted in putting issues back on trap,   the programs of organizational actions had to deferred.

The call for agitation programs from 24.09.2018 became inevitable since resolution of our long pending and legitimate issues were relegated to the background after issuing of incredible promotion orders for about 13000 Executives exclusively because of insurmountable and intense pressure that was built on BSNL Management only and only because of this Associations untiring efforts to work out an extraordinary mechanism of Time Bound Functional Promotion for whose implementation we are continuing our struggle. Promotion of 13000 Executives is a direct and inevitable outcome of CPSU CH, otherwise it would have simply been a dream - history created in true sense. This is a hard reality that no one can ever refuse to understand, recognize and finally acknowledge.

Obviously the pressure on the management came down after the promotions. Further, the litigations that followed the promotions, which we are anticipated, made management more complacent. Having got about 13000 Executives promoted, naturally we continued and are strenuously continuing our untiring efforts to take CPSU CH, which assures sustainable, uninterrupted and comprehensive career growth to thousands of left out Executives as well as future Executives to its logical conclusion, notwithstanding serious obstacles created by vested interests to defeat its implementation. That is where struggle became precisely necessary and unavoidable. Besides non resolution of other issues like E2/E3 pay scales, further actions on first TB promotion, E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rects, E1A/E2A for the JTO/JAO/PA/PS etc from 01.10.2000, increase in the number of DGM posts etc. mounted enormous pressure on us to act very fast, compelling us to go in for agitation programs. Also continuous and repeated attempts of the management to attack the Associations and Trade Unions added fire to the prevailing situation. It is to convey to the management in unequivocal terms that SNEA belongs to different creed; it cannot be bogged down by any such intimidatory actions. That have the strength and resilience to on any such challenge and this we have amply and adequately demonstrated in the past on several occasions, whether related to victimization of office bearers by NCSC or Kerala struggle or victimization of GS and President of SNEA by way of charge sheet/transfer, etc.  

The agitation finally compelled the management to come to terms and back to business. Instead of threats, they came to the negotiation table for fruitful discussions to find ways to resolve the issues. The seriousness that Management has exhibited towards notification and implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, initiative for settling the JTO to SDE promotion cases at Ernakulam and DGM promotion case at Chandigarh, response on E2/E3 scales, E1+5 increments, first TBP etc are some of the visible signs. However, we have to remain ever vigilant and fully prepared to resume our deferred organizational programs of actions once we find even remote signs of Management retracting on its concrete commitments to resolve the issues in a reasonable time frame. This is where we have to have extraordinary organizational preparedness to respond to any eventuality at a very short notice.  

07-09-2018

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Deduction of Rs 200/- per member to meet the expenses of the All India Conference.  Requested to issue suitable instructions to deduct the amount from the salary of SNEA members in the month of October, 2018.
GS letter to CMD

07-09-2018

QR Code Mobile Application for CGHS Beneficiaries reg - Directorate of CGHS instruction reg.

01-09-2018

Editorial:

Big bang, sweeping and radical Reforms and Restructuring can only save the Company from complete meltdown which otherwise appears inevitable and a writing on the wall. Trade Unions have a fundamental and inescapable responsibility to drive and force out inertia ridden and visionless management out of the cobweb it is in. If Trade unions don’t act swiftly, posterity will never forgive them for plunging the Company in deep and irreversible turmoil that will surely herald the beginning of its demise.   

The way things are taking shape in BSNL, one cannot but recall with great agony the beginning of the demise of our sister organization MTNL which is all but gone. The symptoms of the beginning of decay of MTNL are identical to what one is witnessing in BSNL presently. Completely truncated Board, full of inertia, sluggishness, artificiality, politics, unconnected and unconcerned about the way Company is fast drifting – all these were clearly visible when MTNL started decaying and these signs distinctly visible in BSNL today. Thus the big and fundamental question that has started very rightly haunting us is that are we heading towards bankruptcy and anarchy that was clearly visible at the initial stages of decay of MTNL? Anyone very closely monitoring the developments and the way things are shaping in BSNL will not even for a minute hesitate to acknowledge that, yes, we are surely going the way MTNL started its downside journey and eventually reached present situation where its revival is virtually ruled out.

BSNL Management is not able to optimize the manpower and get the best out of the available manpower, why? Landline business is sliding and new potential business opportunities are opening up in the areas of FTTH, Leased Circuits, bandwidth sale, Fibre business etc. Unfortunately sufficient manpower is not being deployed in these new and highly potential areas because of very poor and visionless HR policies of the Company. Even today, we are continuing with our post justifications based on the landline connections, without even a review since 2004 and we are not allotting the justified and badly needed manpower in the new areas of business which has the potential to fetch huge revenues. We introduced CDR, ERP, new technology switches etc but could not reduce the manpower in these areas and deploy them in highly potential new areas. That is how HR machinery has been functioning, devoid of pragmatism.

The role, reporting mechanism and hierarchy of the employees is exactly the same that has been in vogue since DoT era. Even after 18 years, BSNL management did not introduce even elementary reforms to give it shape of a commercial company. Even in DOT, periodical restructuring of the cadres was undergoing to keep pace with the technological changes of 80’s and 90’s. BSNL is started paying heavy price for this inertia and lack of vision on the part of an unprofessional Management.

Other sectors like Banking sector, Insurance sector etc. have taken on   competition head on through massive reforms and revolutionary measures. Pragmatic and radical approach of the Management in these sectors ushered in a situation where the entire attitude of the employees got radically transformed and they aligned with the vision and strategy of the company. Net result of these efforts is that they emerged successful in the toughest competition and are performing much better than their competitors. The employees remain the same, but management taken initiative and introduced reforms to meet the challenges and motivated the employees to give out their very best in the most challenging situations resulting in these key sectors regaining their pristine glory. 

Similar reforms, initiatives and restructuring are completely missing in BSNL. It appointed different consultants paying hundreds of Crores, but without any result whatsoever. Consultants might have met the agenda of the Govt and the management but even remotely not the requirement of the company. The introduction of the obsolete Business Area concept by making the TDMs and TDEs powerless is the classical example of all this. Instead of decentralizing the powers and decision making, now the decision making process is centralized by the retrograde BA concept.

Trade Unions have to respond immediately to the emerging threatening situation by forcing the Management to shed its weight and take immediate radical reforms and business decisions to arrest the fast decay that the Company is witnessing and which has an inherent potential to plunge the company into an irreversible and deadly situation from where it would be next impossible to retrieve. Posterity will never forgive Trade Unions if they don’t respond immediately and in a defiant manner. 

30-08-2018

The Circle Conference of West Bengal Circle will be held at  Kolkatta  on 31-08-2018 and 01-09-2018.
The Circle Conference of CTD (Calcutta Telephone District) will be held at Kolkatta on 31-08-2018 and 01-09-2018.
GS, President, AGS Com.P.P.Rao and  Jt Secretary (East) are  attending the Conferences.

29-08-2018

Committee meeting on Group Term Insurance (GTI)

A meeting of the Committee on GTI held on 28.08.2018 in which SBI Life given their final premium quote of Rs 1.42 per thousand for a coverage of 50 lakhs for the age group 18-50. No medical is required for them except a self declaration. For the age group above 50, premium will be Rs 6.98. Medical is compulsory for them GST will be additional.

From our side we demanded further reduction of premium. It is decide to finalise it by next week and the next meeting is scheduled for next week.

22-08-2018

Dear Comrades,

The next All India Conference(AIC) will be held at Ludhiana, Punjab, from 28th to 30th November, 2018 (Dr Manmohan Singh, Auditorium,  Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana). The Pre-AIC, CWC Meeting will be held on 27.11.2018.

Circles/SSAs/Branches not having held their respective Conferences within time frame stipulated in the constitution must hold their conferences immediately to be eligible to attend AIC.  

The delegate election should be done by the Branches/Divisions/Districts/SSAs immediately by convening the General Body meetings after notifying it, so that reservations can be done by the delegates. The number of delegates should be elected as per the provisions of the constitution (01 delegate for every 30 members or part thereof being not less than 20, subject to a minimum of one per Branch/Division/District/SSA. CHQ Office bearers, CSs and CWC members shall be ex-officio delegates). All the trains to Jammu and Amritsar will pass through Ludhiana. From Chandigarh/ Ambala Cantonment/ New Delhi, lot of conveyance is available.

For the delegates, accommodation will be available from 27.11.2018 A/N to 01.12.2018 F/N. For the CWC members, accommodation will be available from 26.11.2018 A/N to 01.12.2018 F/N. 

Considering the huge expenditure, the delegate fee is retained as Rs 1,250 per delegate, as in the last AIC. Observers are not allowed.

22-08-2018


Dear Comrades,

The next All India Conference(AIC) will be held at Ludhiana, Punjab, from 28th to 30th November, 2018 (Dr Manmohan Singh, Auditorium,  Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana). The Pre-AIC, CWC Meeting will be held on 27.11.2018.

The delegate election should be done by the Branches/Divisions/Districts/SSAs immediately by convening the General Body meetings after notifying it, so that reservations can be done by the delegates. The number of delegates should be elected as per the provisions of the constitution (01 delegate for every 30 members or part thereof being not less than 20, subject to a minimum of one per Branch/Division/District/SSA. CHQ Office bearers, CSs and CWC members shall be ex-officio delegates). All the trains to Jammu and Amritsar will pass through Ludhiana. From Chandigarh/ Ambala Cantonment/ New Delhi, lot of conveyance is available.

For the delegates, accommodation will be available from 27.11.2018 A/N to 01.12.2018 F/N. For the CWC members, accommodation will be available from 26.11.2018 A/N to 01.12.2018 F/N.  

Considering the huge expenditure, the delegate fee is fixed as Rs 1,000 per delegate. Observers are not allowed.

22-08-2018

Let us extend a helping hand to the people of Kerala:

SNEA Kerala Circle has taken initiative for flood relief works. Those who are interested to donate the money, they can contribute to the following account of SNEA, Kerala.

Name of A/C: SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION.

A/C No: 204101010005031.

Bank: VIJAYA BANK, TRIVANDRUM MAIN BRANCH.

IFSC Code: VIJB0002041.

In two days Rs 1,75,000 received as donation.

All our members are requested to donate generously to the noble cause, even it be a small amount.

22-08-2018

Dear Comrades,

The next All India Conference(AIC) will be held at Ludhiana, Punjab, from 28th to 30th November, 2018 (Dr Manmohan Singh, Auditorium,  Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana). The Pre-AIC, CWC Meeting will be held on 27.11.2018.

The delegate election should be done by the Branches/Divisions/Districts/SSAs immediately by convening the General Body meetings after notifying it, so that reservations can be done by the delegates. The number of delegates should be elected as per the provisions of the constitution (01 delegate for every 30 members or part thereof being not less than 20, subject to a minimum of one per Branch/Division/District/SSA. CHQ Office bearers, CSs and CWC members shall be ex-officio delegates). All the trains to Jammu and Amritsar will pass through Ludhiana. From Chandigarh/ Ambala Cantonment/ New Delhi, lot of conveyance is available.

For the delegates, accommodation will be available from 27.11.2018 A/N to 01.12.2018 F/N. For the CWC members, accommodation will be available from 26.11.2018 A/N to 01.12.2018 F/N.  

Considering the huge expenditure, the delegate fee is fixed as Rs 1,000 per delegate. Observers are not allowed.

22-08-2018

As a fight for Justice, Rewari SSA, Haryana Circle Comrades held demonstration against Sh.Lokesh Gupta, Ex GMTD who has recently relieved from Rewari and joined BBNL, Jaipur. Comrades are fighting against his wrongful act as he reviewed APAR of some of Executives and entered adverse comments intentionally. All comrades decided to expose all wrong practices of Ex. GMTD during his tenure. All comrades made a commitment to continue this fight against administrative corruption till they get logical conclusion and result. Congratulations to them.
Demonstration at Rewari

31-07-2018

Editorial

The BSNL Board decision for Parity and Uniform Functional promotion avenues in all the streams is to reach its logical conclusion. One of impossible tasks made possible by the excellent team work by BSNL management and the Association. 10,676 Executives promoted in a month, the first direct impact of CPSU Hierarchy which given the management the flexibility to upgrade posts. Another 18,500 Executives are waiting for promotion to different grades.

It was really impossible or simply we cannot imagine to complete the DPC for all the vacancies in all the cadres in all the streams, except SDE(T) and CAO, within a record time of 10 days and issue the promotion orders for 10,676 Executives on 29.06.2018, one day before the target date of 30.06.2018. It was an excellent team work by BSNL management and the Association to accomplish the uphill task. We demonstrated it earlier on 15.06.2018, by issuing JTO to SDE promotion orders in just one week. This established that BSNL management and the trade unions together can do wonders. This success story is to be replicated in the field units also.

Having said that, the next phase to bring parity and uniformity in the promotional avenues for the Executives of various streams is not an easy task. Management started wavering as in the case of E2 and E3 pay scales and vested interests are playing into the gallery for obvious reasons. It is our sole responsibility as the Recognised Executives Association to ensure that the demand for parity in promotion is not a onetime measure and not chocking the promotional avenue for the Executives in future. We want to make it very clear to the BSNL management and to our members that this is possible for the future only by delinking the promotions from availability of posts.

The classic example of standard pay scale proposal is infront of us. When we raised the limited demand of E2 and E3 scales replacing the intermediary pay scale of E1A and E2A, vested interests tried to sabotage it by raising the demand of cascading effect. Management also played its role in this regard. Ultimately even E2 and E3 scales not settled so far, leave the cascading effect and upgradation of other scales. If E2 and E3 scales had settled earlier, now we could have tried for the upgradation of remaining scales along with the 3rd PRC.

Our demand for parity and uniformity in promotions should not become a non starter because it will end the future career growth of our Executives. The HR plan is to be finalised sooner or later, which will take away the existing promotional avenues. When the total number of sanctioned post is reviewed based on the actual assets, the total number of posts will be drastically reduced. Today the sanctioned post is based on the assets during the year 2004. Even the recent promotions may become excess and there will be supernumerary SDE/AO/DE/EEs also in the future. The HR plan and review of posts based on the current assets is stopped by us for the last 4 years, since 2014, pending finalization of Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy. 

SNEA had shown the courage to demand parity in all the promotions in equivalent cadres. Naturally some section of Executives as well as the management becomes suspicious as they felt that it is against their interest. But our genuine demand was for equal treatment, no more discrimination and humiliation. It is not a mere demand, we meant business. SNEA will wholeheartedly welcome any initiative by management to give more promotions, without discrimination. We earnestly request the management to take immediate steps to bring parity in promotions by whatever the method it deems fit.

The Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy is to be implemented w.e.f 01.07.2018 for the rest of the Executives to get promotion to Manager, Sr Manager, AGM and Jt DGM grades and for ensuring continuous promotional avenues in the future also. In the absence of the new Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy, the Executives cannot imagine a promotion in the near future.

Management is not coming out openly, what they are going to do. It seems that they are very much happy with the promotions already taken place. As usual, some vested interests also supporting this behind the curtains. We cannot wait for long. Our demand for parity and uniform promotional avenues for all the Executives in different streams and to give promotion to all the eligible Executives, numbering about 18,500 to Manager, Sr Manger, AGM and Jt DGM grades is to be materialized without anymore delay. We have to make all organizational preparedness to launch organizational programs at short notice, latest by middle of August if management fails to maintain its assurances given to us time and again. The proposal for upgradation of posts and notification of Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion policy is the two issues which we cannot wait for long time. Let us gear up for achieving that goal. 

22-07-2018

Retirement - Com.S.B.Nagavi

Com S B Nagavi, Circle President, SNEA, Karnataka Circle retired on superannuation on 30th June 2018 after completing 40 years of successful and outstanding service in DOT  and BSNL. One day before his retirement, on 29.06.2018, he got promotion as AGM by the efforts of SNEA.

A grand felicitation was arranged at CGMT Office auditorium on 30th June 2018, with huge gathering. Com C D Naik, DGM was also felicitated on his superannuation retirement. Com K Sebastin, GS and Com G L Jogi/ Chairman, CGMT Shri R Mani, PGM/BGTD, Com P K Shukla/AGS, Com Pandurang Nayak/Jt Sec (South),  Com A K Trivedi, CS/UPE Circle, all GMs of CO and GM MS(O)/BGTD graced the occasion. Office bearers of BSNLEU, NFTE(BSNL), SEWA, AIBSNLEA, BASE(I), FNTO were also graced the function and felicitated Com Nagavi.

Along with official responsibilities he also took the social responsibilities through trade union movements, leading the Associations from the front. He has worked for the Trade Union and Association at various capacities like DS, CWC member, CS and CP.

During the first EMV, Com Nagavi, spearheading the campaign, toured all the Dists in Karnataka Circle to ensure a massive victory and thereafter increasing the membership to more than 1800 in the Circle.  His contributions and dedication for the Association and for the Executive cadre are highly appreciable. He is not only an inspiring leader for SNEA but an icon for Karnataka. He was instrumental in the vertical expansion of SNEA Bhavan, Bangalore from ground floor to another two  floors.

He started his carrier as a clerk in Gadag SDOT office in 1978. He could get elevated from clerk onwards to TA, JTO, SDE and AGM. He is recognized by several appreciation letters in his services including the Sanchar Seva Padak in 2003. He will continue to serve the Association. 

Citation of Com S B NagaviGlimpse of Photos

22-07-2018

Retirement - Com.K.P.Naidu

Com K P Naidu, CWC Member and Ex CS, Chhattisgarh Circle retired on superannuation on 30.06.2018. He was the first Circle Secretary of CG Circle after the bifurcation of MP Circle into MP and CHG, from 2002 to 2006 and 2008 to 2013, Circle Treasurer from 2013 to 2016 and CWC member from 2016. He laid the foundation for the SNEA, CHG Circle. He got promotion as SDE on 15.06.2018, just before retirement by the efforts of SNEA.

22-07-2018

Com K P Naidu, CWC Member and Ex CS, Chhattisgarh Circle retired on superannuation on 31.07.2018. He was the first Circle Secretary of CG Circle after the bifurcation of MP Circle into MP and CHG, from 2002 to 2006 and 2008 to 2013, Circle Treasurer from 2013 to 2016 and CWC member from 2016. He laid the foundation for the SNEA, CHG Circle. He got promotion as SDE on 15.06.2018, just before retirement by the efforts of SNEA. 

22-07-2018

Com K P Naidu, CWC Member and Ex CS, Chhattisgarh Circle retired on superannuation on 31.07.2018. He was the first Circle Secretary of CG Circle after the bifurcation of MP Circle into MP and CHG, from 2002 to 2006 and 2008 to 2013, Circle Treasurer from 2013 to 2016 and CWC member from 2016. He laid the foundation for the SNEA, CHG Circle. He got promotion as SDE on 15.06.2018, just before retirement by the efforts of SNEA. 

11-07-2018

AUAB Demo - 11.Jul.2018

Demo conducted by AUAB at Circles & SSAs on 11-07-18 demanding implementation of the assurances given by Hon MoC on 24-02-18 to the representatives of AUAB.

[Glimpse of Photos]

12-05-2018

View Glimpses of photos of Massive public Campaign on 09-05-18 to 11-05-18 and LHD on 11-05-18 demanding Roll back of Tower subsidiary company and early allotment of 4G Spectrum to BSNL. 

27-02-2018

Editorial

Unprecedented rage and fury of thousands and thousands of workers shook perverse bureaucracy and produced extraordinary, magnificent and very meaningful results so far. Need to remain in a state of complete organizational preparedness to take the struggle to its logical end.

Obdurate bureaucracy in DOT, hell bent upon massacring Human Resources in the Company with a sinister design to eventually consign the most prestigious and strategic Telecom institution of the Nation to ashes, finally got the much needed message from BSNL workers in very loud and clear terms and the message is that in case you continue to trample over the legitimate rights of the workers and, in the process, disintegrate and dismantle the Company, you will have to face deadly wrath and fury of the entire workforce and that your diabolical designs shall be fully exposed and defeated. And our ongoing struggle, which was fully ignored by perverse bureaucracy in the initial stages, and picked up momentum, as struggle progressed, sent shock waves down the spine of BABUS in Sanchar   Bhavan. Enthusiasm and determination of thousands and thousands of workers having come from every nook and corner of the Country to strike hard was simply unprecedented, unseen before conveyed in no uncertain terms to powers that we are ready to shed each drop of our blood to safeguard our legitimate rights and also our beloved Company.

Magnitude of the enormity of the rage of workers was so huge that it virtually shook the entire Sanchar Bhavan, forcing bureaucracy to come out of its shell and embrace the ground realities. And the ground reality is that no one has been successful in suppressing the voice of the workers, and, if anyone crosses the limit of suppressing this voice, he has to face very deadly consequences of crossing the limits. That is precisely what happened when we started our struggle for resolution of our just and legitimate issues. Bureaucracy in DOT did not take any cognizance of our legitimate struggle, completely ignoring the justness and legitimacy of the issues involved in the struggle. This sheer indifference and callousness of the bureaucracy strengthened the resolution and commitment of the workers to take struggle to its logical conclusion. And the mammoth surge of solidarity and unity of workers that we witnessed on 23rd was the direct outcome of the neglect of our struggle by the bureaucracy.

However, it was only this abject neglect of the struggle and callousness of the bureaucracy that injected tremendous enthusiasm and momentum and accelerated the struggle. The final result was that MOSC was coerced to effectively intervene to diffuse an escalating situation that would otherwise have gone out of hands and it was timely benign intervention of MOSC that helped to diffuse, at least for some time, a highly volatile situation.

Comrades, while intervention of MOSC was quite positive and very encouraging on the major issues of wage revision, pension revision, pension contribution on actual basic, resolution of pending issues of 2nd PRC, allocation of 4G spectrum, he was completely evasive and non committal about roll back of subsidiary tower company for very understandable and obvious reasons. While we appreciate the compulsions of MOSC in being non committal on the crucial issue of abandoning the decision of creation of subsidiary tower company, it never means that we are going to compromise on the crucial issue of allowing fragmentation of our beloved company under any circumstances and any situation whatsoever. Allowing creation of subsidiary tower company will herald death of BSNL since it will pave the way for further and unending fragmentation in the form of creation optical fibre subsidiary, land asset subsidiary and it is going to be an unending process till vested interests and policy makers ensure total privatization and demise of this mammoth and strategic company of the Nation.

While we gratefully acknowledge benign and decisive timely intervention of MOC in sternly directing bureaucracy to immediately work towards resolution of our wage revision, pension revision, allocation of 4G spectrum, pension contribution on actual basic and resolution of pending issues of 2nd PRC, we cannot remain silent on the issue of forcing the Govt. to reverse its decision to create subsidiary tower company. We shall have to gear up to ensure that this deadly decision of creating subsidiary tower company is reversed by the Govt. And this is not going to be an easy task unless we get ready to shed our blood to save company from getting disintegrated and eventually sold to vested interests. Let us clearly understand the deadly inherent dangers associated with allowing potential revenue earning asset of the company being hived off. This will definitely spell doom for the company and will lead to its demise slowly but surely.

Also, while MOSC has given clear cut directions to the concerned officers to seriously work towards resolution of our HR issues, notoriety and age old skill of bureaucracy in sabotaging resolution of issues by misleading MOSC on flimsy and non - existent grounds cannot be undermined. Thus the need of the hour is to gear up fully and maintain highest organizational preparedness to defeat the likely conspiracy of the bureaucracy in delaying and negating resolution of the issues. The momentum that the struggle has picked up has not only to be maintained but has to be further intensified because it is not only the resolution of HR issues that has to be ensured but more significantly folding back of the tower company. Disintegration of the company cannot be allowed to be permitted come what may.

Thus, Comrades, central leadership of the Association dispassionately appeals and urges upon base level membership throughout the country not to be complacent under any circumstances because any kind of complacency on our part will lead to a very dangerous situation where there is danger of resolution of our HR issues getting jeopardized, besides company getting dismantled. Highest level of organizational preparation to respond to any eventuality at a very short notice is thus called upon. We are confident that the outrage and fury unleashed by us in our Sanchar Bhavan March will not only be maintained but considerably scaled up. That will definitely and undoubtedly lead to taking our struggle to its logical conclusion.         

28-02-2018

Editorial

Unprecedented rage and fury of thousands and thousands of workers shook perverse bureaucracy and produced extraordinary, magnificent and very meaningful results so far. Need to remain in a state of complete organizational preparedness to take the struggle to its logical end.

Obdurate bureaucracy in DOT, hell bent upon massacring Human Resources in the Company with a sinister design to eventually consign the most prestigious and strategic Telecom institution of the Nation to ashes, finally got the much needed message from BSNL workers in very loud and clear terms and the message is that in case you continue to trample over the legitimate rights of the workers and, in the process, disintegrate and dismantle the Company, you will have to face deadly wrath and fury of the entire workforce and that your diabolical designs shall be fully exposed and defeated. And our ongoing struggle, which was fully ignored by perverse bureaucracy in the initial stages, and picked up momentum, as struggle progressed, sent shock waves down the spine of BABUS in Sanchar   Bhavan. Enthusiasm and determination of thousands and thousands of workers having come from every nook and corner of the Country to strike hard was simply unprecedented, unseen before conveyed in no uncertain terms to powers that we are ready to shed each drop of our blood to safeguard our legitimate rights and also our beloved Company.

Magnitude of the enormity of the rage of workers was so huge that it virtually shook the entire Sanchar Bhavan, forcing bureaucracy to come out of its shell and embrace the ground realities. And the ground reality is that no one has been successful in suppressing the voice of the workers, and, if anyone crosses the limit of suppressing this voice, he has to face very deadly consequences of crossing the limits. That is precisely what happened when we started our struggle for resolution of our just and legitimate issues. Bureaucracy in DOT did not take any cognizance of our legitimate struggle, completely ignoring the justness and legitimacy of the issues involved in the struggle. This sheer indifference and callousness of the bureaucracy strengthened the resolution and commitment of the workers to take struggle to its logical conclusion. And the mammoth surge of solidarity and unity of workers that we witnessed on 23rd was the direct outcome of the neglect of our struggle by the bureaucracy.

However, it was only this abject neglect of the struggle and callousness of the bureaucracy that injected tremendous enthusiasm and momentum and accelerated the struggle. The final result was that MOSC was coerced to effectively intervene to diffuse an escalating situation that would otherwise have gone out of hands and it was timely benign intervention of MOSC that helped to diffuse, at least for some time, a highly volatile situation.

Comrades, while intervention of MOSC was quite positive and very encouraging on the major issues of wage revision, pension revision, pension contribution on actual basic, resolution of pending issues of 2nd PRC, allocation of 4G spectrum, he was completely evasive and non committal about roll back of subsidiary tower company for very understandable and obvious reasons. While we appreciate the compulsions of MOSC in being non committal on the crucial issue of abandoning the decision of creation of subsidiary tower company, it never means that we are going to compromise on the crucial issue of allowing fragmentation of our beloved company under any circumstances and any situation whatsoever. Allowing creation of subsidiary tower company will herald death of BSNL since it will pave the way for further and unending fragmentation in the form of creation optical fibre subsidiary, land asset subsidiary and it is going to be an unending process till vested interests and policy makers ensure total privatization and demise of this mammoth and strategic company of the Nation.

While we gratefully acknowledge benign and decisive timely intervention of MOC in sternly directing bureaucracy to immediately work towards resolution of our wage revision, pension revision, allocation of 4G spectrum, pension contribution on actual basic and resolution of pending issues of 2nd PRC, we cannot remain silent on the issue of forcing the Govt. to reverse its decision to create subsidiary tower company. We shall have to gear up to ensure that this deadly decision of creating subsidiary tower company is reversed by the Govt. And this is not going to be an easy task unless we get ready to shed our blood to save company from getting disintegrated and eventually sold to vested interests. Let us clearly understand the deadly inherent dangers associated with allowing potential revenue earning asset of the company being hived off. This will definitely spell doom for the company and will lead to its demise slowly but surely.

Also, while MOSC has given clear cut directions to the concerned officers to seriously work towards resolution of our HR issues, notoriety and age old skill of bureaucracy in sabotaging resolution of issues by misleading MOSC on flimsy and non - existent grounds cannot be undermined. Thus the need of the hour is to gear up fully and maintain highest organizational preparedness to defeat the likely conspiracy of the bureaucracy in delaying and negating resolution of the issues. The momentum that the struggle has picked up has not only to be maintained but has to be further intensified because it is not only the resolution of HR issues that has to be ensured but more significantly folding back of the tower company. Disintegration of the company cannot be allowed to be permitted come what may.

Thus, Comrades, central leadership of the Association dispassionately appeals and urges upon base level membership throughout the country not to be complacent under any circumstances because any kind of complacency on our part will lead to a very dangerous situation where there is danger of resolution of our HR issues getting jeopardized, besides company getting dismantled. Highest level of organizational preparation to respond to any eventuality at a very short notice is thus called upon. We are confident that the outrage and fury unleashed by us in our Sanchar Bhavan March will not only be maintained but considerably scaled up. That will definitely and undoubtedly lead to taking our struggle to its logical conclusion.                 

06-02-2018

View Corporate Office Orders:

01-01-2018

Editorial:

BSNL is in operational profit for the 3rd consecutive Financial year. BSNL weathered unprecedented turbulence and instability created in the telecom sector because of Govt’s profound desperation to allow R-Jio to capture Telecom market under any circumstances in a spectacular way. Despite all the odds and unprecedented impact on telecom market, BSNL has done a commendable job and is continuing its upward growth trajectory which needs to be accelerated. Govt. has just no legitimacy to deny implementation of 3rd Pay Revision in its totality. Struggle has got to be intensified and taken to its logical end. 

Despite naked violations of guidelines of TRAI or policy provisions of DOT that R-Jio was permitted to perpetrate by policy enforcers, BSNL, during last three financial years, recorded remarkable operational profit under fierce competition and very hostile and adverse market conditions. In 2016-17, entry of R- Jio and its illegitimate market capturing through acknowledged predatory pricing and demonetisation shook and crippled the entire telecom industry, including those who were considered leaders of telecom market having taken capital from PSBs to the tune of lakhs of crores, BSNL emerged as toughest competitor to R-Jio and continued its journey steadfastly and uninterruptedly which reflects inherent strengths of BSNL. It is not that Trade unions of BSNL or its workers are crying that R Jio, to what extent it nakedly violates established guidelines of TRAI and policies of Govt., but an acknowledged (by government and business community) person in Telecom Market in India, Sunil Mittal, recently said “Telecos wrote off up to $ 50 Billion due to R Jio- the write off is largely due to jio—the pricing—in my opinion, in Europe or US, this would have been stopped. It would have been seen as predatory”.

As per the balance sheet approved by the AGM of BSNL held on 21.12.2017 for the year 2016-17, the total revenue is 31,533.44 Crores, revenue from operations is 28,403.73 Crores, operational profit is 1,682 Crores and the net loss is 4793 Crores. The asset value increased from 44,000 Crores to 1.15 lakh Crores after revaluation of the land assets in the new accounting system – incredible continuing journey.

The entry of Jio, demonetization and GST created huge ripples in the Telecom Industry and for BSNL too. The tariffs have come down to level which is not even sufficient to meet day to day operational costs. Timely strategies, marketing initiatives and the prompt decisions taken by the BSNL management could help sustain the market share of BSNL, rather BSNL increased its   market share. In the present situation, BSNL’s strategy is to maintain the market share which we are able to achieve and sustain. Kudos to the BSNL management and its vibrant work force for its spectacular achievement so far in this direction, particularly when it has negligible market liability in comparison to the so called heavy weights in telecom sector who owe thousands of Crores of rupees to financial institutions as liability. This in itself is greatest of great strengths of BSNL. Against this backdrop, it is completely misleading and fallacious to conclude that BSNL is incipient sick.

However, time is just apt for BSNL to go for massive investments in emerging potential business segments. First priority is to launch 4G services on pan India basis so as to capture the most potential business opportunity in telecom - the big and all round DATA. BSNL will be out of reckoning in the telecom sector if it does not start 4G services immediately. At any cost BSNL has to get the 4G spectrum allotted and start the services without any delay. The Core equipments are 4G compatible and the BTSs in the new Phase VIII tender are also 4G compatible. Only shortcoming is the non availability of 4G spectrum. BSNL missed the VOICE BUS between 2008 and 2012 as Govt did not allow it to procure mobile equipments when mobile growth was at its peak. Similarly, BSNL should not and cannot miss the big DATA BUS also if Govt does   not allocate 4G spectrum to it. BSNL cannot compete with the private operators in the highly competitive market without even having 4G services- just impossible.

Secondly, BSNL has to reconsider its policies towards implementation of Govt projects. BSNL is the only Telecom operator meeting the social obligations of the Govt. For accomplishing the Govt objectives, BSNL is implementing all the Govt projects like NOFN (BharatNet), LWE project, NFS project etc without much compensation, instead incurring huge losses. The entire management focus is towards these Govt projects as Minister and DoT is constantly monitoring the progress of these projects. Huge manpower is diverted for these projects but the returns are paltry. BSNL management’s full attention is diverted to these projects from the core Telecom business of its own. CGMs and SSA heads are concentrating on Govt projects rather than giving adequate impetus to growth of its services. In fact, BSNL is deviating from the Core Telecom Business and acting as a big vendor for the implementation of Govt projects. If this is allowed to continue, BSNL also may become another ITI in the coming days, we are afraid. Earlier, M/s ITI also deviated from the core business of manufacturing and worked as a vendor for supplying equipments, laying cables etc.

However, continuing to narrow down our losses and maintaining an upward growth trajectory momentum and with negligible market liability, we have all the justification and legitimacy in the world to get our 3rd PRC in its totality. But then our inertia ridden bureaucracy in DOT is unlikely to move unless adequate organizational pressure is further mounted and our ongoing struggle is intensified. We have to understand the kind of impact that our struggle has to generate- to force the MOC to plead before the Union Cabinet that BSNL employees have full legitimacy and righteousness to get 3rd PRC in its totality. But this calls for intense and protracted struggle to be taken to its logical conclusion so as to deliver the end results.    

01-12-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:
Declaration of 3rd Merit list of DRJE held on 25-09-2016 to 29-09-2017 reg.    View List
LICE for promotion  to  the  cadre  of JAO  under 40% Quota - Utilisation of resultant vacancies reg 01-12-17
Correction of Name-Seniority No-STaff No of executives in SDEs (T) Seniority list-reg.
Tenure transfer orders of SDEs (Telecom) - I.
Tenure transfer orders of SDEs (Telecom) - II.
Tenure transfer orders of SDE (Telecom) - III.
Tenure transfer orders of  SDEs (Telecom) - IV.

23-11-2017

3rd PAY REVISION WITH 15% FITMENT.

MARCH TO DPE OFFICE ON 27.11.2017

by the Executives in all PSUs under the banner of NCOA.

March will start at 13.30 Hrs from SCOPE building, CGO Complex, near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

All our activists from BSNLCO and Delhi Circles to participate. Maximum activists from neighbouring Circles HR, UP(W), PB and RAJ also to participate.

21-11-2017

Family Pension Eligibility of Widowed and Divorced Daughter –  DoP & PW Clarification..
Simplification of Pension Procedure - Instructions of DoP & PW.

21-11-2017

View Corporate Office orders:

20-11-2017

Congratulations 


Joint Secretary, SNEA CHQ Com Arvind Pal Dahiya has won Bronze Medal in 20 Kilometers Race Walk in 17th All India BSNL Athletics Tournament held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 15th to 17th November, 2017.

Photo

10-11-2017

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09-11-2017

AIPCOC, Kolkata Convention is scheduled to be held on 09/11/2017 at 4 pm at Indian Institute of Engineers, 8, Gokhale Road, Kolkata-700020. Landmark-opp-Rabindra Sadan; Metro Station-Rabindra Station. Bus Stop-Rabindrasadan or Exide / Rabindrasadan.  

30-10-2017

Editorial

BSNL Management acts in the most decisive and pragmatic manner in getting 3rd PRC recommendations through in BSNL Board. Long and arduous journey of struggle ahead to get the   decision of the Board approved from DOT. Ball in our court to ensure this critical issue reaches its logical conclusion. We convey   profound gratitude of our rank and file, red salute and huge applause to our beloved CMD and DIR(HR) for this bold decision.

The vision and far sightedness of some trade unions in launching struggle more than two months before, demanding full implementation of 3rd PRC has produced desired results in terms of prompting BSNL Management to give very serious and dispassionate consideration for getting 3rd PRC report approved by the BSNL Board. The impact that our struggle have had can be easily understood from the fact that while good number of cash rich CPSUs, barring a few, fully meeting the eligibility conditions laid down by the Union Cabinet for full implementation of 3rd PRC report are yet to decide, BSNL has gone way ahead of them in getting the decision approved. This surely is the result of the desired impact that our struggle created on BSNL Management for deciding the issue swiftly. And finally what created required momentum and accelerated the decision is the timely decision of all Unions and Associations of BSNL to come under single banner and struggle for Pay Revision. This undoubtedly was the turning point.

The initiatives taken by CMD and DIR(HR), as custodians of the Company, in this regard are laudable and incredible and speak volumes and volumes about their commitment and capacity and how they overcame serious and insurmountable obstacles in finally pushing through the decision in the BSNL Board. It was a commendable effort on their part and, to say the least, they acted and decided in a truly professional manner, keeping in mind paramount importance of continuing the upward growth trajectory of the Company. This decision will surely go a long long way in catapulting and propelling the growth momentum that company has been witnessing during the last three years and positioning  it once again in telecom market as a leading market player. This is bound and inevitable to occur and time is surely not far off when the Company is bound to be out of the red zone and this decision unquestionably stimulates and accelerates that situation. 

The ground work and opinion building done by CMD and DIR(HR) in impressing upon Secretary/DOT and Hon MOSC and convincing them that implementation of 3rd PRC as quickly as possible will play a very big and crucial role in turning around BSNL because of the unprecedented motivational impact it will have on the employees is simply something not seen before. Their efforts have been exemplary and unparalleled. Towering stewardship of our beloved CMD and DIR(HR) in giving an entirely new direction and focus towards the growth of the Company and injecting life in it has been unmatched and superb. 

However, having reached this crucial stage, the stage is now all set for a very big and prolonged crusade to overcome the serious obstacles that are bound to be created in DOT by some vested interests in the bureaucracy who are all but determined to see that this historic and critical decision of BSNL Board is defeated. These negative forces will try their level best to defeat the decision of the BSNL Board on the grounds of affordability and will never acknowledge that BSNL is remarkably on a fast and incredible recovery path and is closing in its losses rapidly. They will refuse to understand the deadly consequences that non implementation of 3rd PRC will have on overall future of BSNL since they have absolutely no commitment and affinity as far as continued growth of BSNL is concerned.

The decision the BSNL Board undoubtedly paves the way for our struggle to get it approved from DOT in totality. The decision strengthens the justification and legitimacy of our struggle to get it implemented in totality and as quickly as possible.   

The coming together of BSNL Unions and Associations has so far desired results but we have a long and arduous journey of struggle ahead in isolating, exposing and finally defeating perverse elements in the bureaucracy who will leave no stone unturned in denying us 3rd PRC. This struggle is undoubtedly going to be a formidable and prolonged one for obvious reasons. Serious and imminent organizational preparations should commence immediately to ensure that our crucial issue reaches its logical destination. The ensuing Organizational programs should be a spectacular success in that context and should convey in no uncertain terms to negative and perverse forces in DOT that we are just determined and committed to go to any extent to get our legitimate 3rd PRC implemented not to meet our personal aspirations but to fundamentally safeguard and strengthen the very existence and future of our beloved Company since Human Resources will be key and central to full revival of BSNL and their morale and motivation needs to be maintained at optimum levels. Without full participation and involvement of Human Resources with optimum levels of enthusiasm and motivation, BSNL will perish which we are determined to defeat under all circumstances. 

29-10-2017

Joint Forum Leaders met Hon MoC Shri Manoj Sinhaji on 29.10.2017 regarding E2 - E3 pay scale issue.


Memorandum submitted by JF to the Hon MoSC

25-10-2017

Joint Forum Leaders met Hon Union Cabinet Minister and former BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari today regarding Standard pay scale issue of E2 and E3...Click to View Photos.


Hon.  Minister of Transport and Shipping assured to intervene and further directed his PS to speak to Hon MoSC  Shri Manoj Sinha directly and see that issue is resolved.

View Copy of the Memorundum

19-10-2017

All the welfare claims settled on 18.10.2017:

20 welfare claims were settled for Rs 1 lakh each in favour of the nominees, for a total amount of Rs 20 lakhs. The cheques for Rs 1 lakh each in favour of the nominees were sent to the Circle Secretaries.

Earlier 11 welfare claims were settled on 15.04.2017, 06 welfare claims settled on 19.06.2017, 03 welfare claims settled on 03.07.2017 and 01 welfare claim settled on 19.07.2017.

After the membership verification, total 41 welfare claims were settled Rs 1 lakh each in favour of the nominees, for a total amount of Rs 41 lakhs.

List of welfare claims settled on 18.10.2017

13-10-2017

Next Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting will be held at Bhubaneswar, Odisha on 15th and 16th December, 2017. Accommodation will be available from 14th A/N to 17th morning. CHQ office bearers to reach by 14th evening itself. Make reservations accordingly. Notice will be issued separately.

06-10-2017

GS writes to GM(SR) regarding enrollment of new members who are not the member of any Association and their subscription deduction from salary.

GS letter to GM(SR)

03-10-2017

All Unions and Associations are meeting today at 11 am to discuss the strategies and agitation programs on 3rd PRC and Tower subsidiary company.

02-10-2017

Editorial

Rock like unity and extraordinary organizational preparedness is just the need of the hour to successfully face unprecedented emerging challenges that potentially threaten to tear apart our Beloved Company and jeopardize our career growth. Emerging challenges on all fronts are of incredibly threatening magnitude, calling for never before witnessed united and cohesive response.

Strenuous and untiring efforts to find tangible results towards resolution of HR issues whose resolution has become a daunting and herculean task, in view of unimaginable complexity assumed by them because of numerous reasons, many of which well beyond the control of this Association as well as Joint Forum, are painstakingly under way. Most of these HR issues, like E2 and E3 scales, Time bound functional promotion (CPSU Hierarchy), E1A and E2A for Civil/Electrical etc, 1st TBP etc etc., have been awaiting resolution over considerable period of time, some even lingering on from 10 to 15 years. Inordinate delay in resolution of these have made them terribly complex and this explains why resolution of these issues is taking time and is likely to take some more time.  Because of the nature of the complexities involved, management and the Association are finding it extremely difficult to come out of the existing gridlock which at times appears to be virtually insurmountable.

Nonetheless, extreme intricacy associated with resolution of these issues, has not and is not going to undermine in any way the confidence of the Joint Forum leadership and dilute its determination to come out of the impasse as quickly as possible. We all are undoubtedly and unquestionably passing through the most turbulent times ever witnessed by this Association, and this, itself, calls for a very resolute, unrelenting and unwavering unified response from each one of us, response never seen before. Comrades, I personally feel that this is the most challenging and testing time for us all, particularly the Central Leadership of the Joint Forum, and thus make an impassioned appeal to the rank and file of this Association to close in their ranks and lend exemplary support in all ways to enable the leadership to sail through the rough waters to the shores and I have just not an iota of doubt about the strength and conviction of our Comrades to fight back valiantly.

Even though Membership Verification has given us an advantage to discuss and sort the issues independently with the management, but the Management has not been able to capitalize on huge advantage of ending the multiplicity of Associations because of its indecisiveness, complete lack of focus and getting distracted towards letting loose repressive measures, that have never helped in restoring industrial peace, rather than single-mindedly focussing towards resolution of issues. Management must recognize and realize, as quickly as possible, and this is going to be in the interests of the Company, that repressive measures are not going to yield any results. Management cannot browbeat us in any way whatsoever through such counterproductive measures. This message is loud and clear. They can try even harsher repressive measures but that is not going to help at all. Such draconian measures give us added strength, confidence and conviction towards our journey to secure justice. So, let us completely ignore such reprehensible measures and continue out crusade towards justice.

When persistent, honest and painstaking persuasion fails to make management see reason and make any impact on it, it compels the leadership of the representative Association, even though it is highly reluctant to take recourse to such actions but nonetheless has greatest responsibility because of the mandate it got to get the issues resolved, to launch protest actions which is its legitimate right and cannot be suppressed or snatched away by any kind of repressive measures. We were thus forced to take recourse to protest actions, and these actions set the ball rolling which was otherwise holed up. Today, we find very definite and perceptible movement towards resolution of our issues because of industrial actions that we were coerced to resort to and which have had their desired impact. The momentum that has been generated by our struggle and the sense of urgency that is clearly visible now to address the issues is inescapable.  

The Management, sensing the urgency, started seriously working on issues, especially finding some workable solutions to the prolonged deadlock in our functional career growth. Brainstorming and mindboggling exercise is underway to expeditiously put in place a robust and time tested mechanism for our functional career growth, the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Our strenuous and honest efforts to get post based promotions also did not yield expected results because of continuing legal stalemate. The only plausible and comprehensive solution lies in introducing CPSU Hierarchy as quickly as possible and this is also not going to be an easy task given complex nitty gritties relating to the mechanism to be sorted out. The huge expectations of our membership and the complexities involved in working out a uniform promotion policy for all the wings/streams, the contradictions between batches/cadres/wings etc taking more time to finalise the policy. We sincerely hope, believe and trust that the management will find breakthrough in this direction as quickly as possible and not force us yet again to restart our deferred programs of organizational actions. Even though CMD and DIR(HR) stand firmly committed to roll out this badly delayed mechanism as quickly as possible, yet we have to keep our fingers crossed and maintain highest level of organizational preparedness to face any eventuality at a very short notice. Extraordinary solidarity and unity is just the need of the hour.

  

There are then issues, to say the least, of even greater paramount significance to be got implemented like 3rd PRC in totality and then there are other core issues of highest significance like safeguarding the existing composite structure of BSNL by defeating the sinister move of the Government to disintegrate the company by giving birth to so called subsidiary companies in the name of this and that. Such larger issues having serious ramifications need a united struggle of the entire work force. These fundamental and core issues relating to viability and continued growth of BSNL and our future as well need protracted united struggles of biggest dimensions since policy decision of the Govt has to be reversed and this calls for rock like unity and extraordinary level of organizational preparedness. Never before have been the challenges so daunting and threats to existence of BSNL so deadly.

Remember, “When the going gets tough, the tough ones get going”. 

28-09-2017

Editorial

Rock like unity and extraordinary organizational preparedness is just the need of the hour to successfully face unprecedented emerging challenges that potentially threaten to tear apart our Beloved Company and jeopardize our career growth. Emerging challenges on all fronts are of incredibly threatening magnitude, calling for never before witnessed united and cohesive response.

Strenuous and untiring efforts to find tangible results towards resolution of HR issues whose resolution has become a daunting and herculean task, in view of unimaginable complexity assumed by them because of numerous reasons, many of which well beyond the control of this Association as well as Joint Forum, are painstakingly under way. Most of these HR issues, like E2 and E3 scales, Time bound functional promotion (CPSU Hierarchy), E1A and E2A for Civil/Electrical etc, 1st TBP etc etc., have been awaiting resolution over considerable period of time, some even lingering on from 10 to 15 years. Inordinate delay in resolution of these have made them terribly complex and this explains why resolution of these issues is taking time and is likely to take some more time.  Because of the nature of the complexities involved, management and the Association are finding it extremely difficult to come out of the existing gridlock which at times appears to be virtually insurmountable.

Nonetheless, extreme intricacy associated with resolution of these issues, has not and is not going to undermine in any way the confidence of the Joint Forum leadership and dilute its determination to come out of the impasse as quickly as possible. We all are undoubtedly and unquestionably passing through the most turbulent times ever witnessed by this Association, and this, itself, calls for a very resolute, unrelenting and unwavering unified response from each one of us, response never seen before. Comrades, I personally feel that this is the most challenging and testing time for us all, particularly the Central Leadership of the Joint Forum, and thus make an impassioned appeal to the rank and file of this Association to close in their ranks and lend exemplary support in all ways to enable the leadership to sail through the rough waters to the shores and I have just not an iota of doubt about the strength and conviction of our Comrades to fight back valiantly.

Even though Membership Verification has given us an advantage to discuss and sort the issues independently with the management, but the Management has not been able to capitalize on huge advantage of ending the multiplicity of Associations because of its indecisiveness, complete lack of focus and getting distracted towards letting loose repressive measures, that have never helped in restoring industrial peace, rather than single-mindedly focussing towards resolution of issues. Management must recognize and realize, as quickly as possible, and this is going to be in the interests of the Company, that repressive measures are not going to yield any results. Management cannot browbeat us in any way whatsoever through such counterproductive measures. This message is loud and clear. They can try even harsher repressive measures but that is not going to help at all. Such draconian measures give us added strength, confidence and conviction towards our journey to secure justice. So, let us completely ignore such reprehensible measures and continue out crusade towards justice.

When persistent, honest and painstaking persuasion fails to make management see reason and make any impact on it, it compels the leadership of the representative Association, even though it is highly reluctant to take recourse to such actions but nonetheless has greatest responsibility because of the mandate it got to get the issues resolved, to launch protest actions which is its legitimate right and cannot be suppressed or snatched away by any kind of repressive measures. We were thus forced to take recourse to protest actions, and these actions set the ball rolling which was otherwise holed up. Today, we find very definite and perceptible movement towards resolution of our issues because of industrial actions that we were coerced to resort to and which have had their desired impact. The momentum that has been generated by our struggle and the sense of urgency that is clearly visible now to address the issues is inescapable.  

The Management, sensing the urgency, started seriously working on issues, especially finding some workable solutions to the prolonged deadlock in our functional career growth. Brainstorming and mindboggling exercise is underway to expeditiously put in place a robust and time tested mechanism for our functional career growth, the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Our strenuous and honest efforts to get post based promotions also did not yield expected results because of continuing legal stalemate. The only plausible and comprehensive solution lies in introducing CPSU Hierarchy as quickly as possible and this is also not going to be an easy task given complex nitty gritties relating to the mechanism to be sorted out. The huge expectations of our membership and the complexities involved in working out a uniform promotion policy for all the wings/streams, the contradictions between batches/cadres/wings etc taking more time to finalise the policy. We sincerely hope, believe and trust that the management will find breakthrough in this direction as quickly as possible and not force us yet again to restart our deferred programs of organizational actions. Even though CMD and DIR(HR) stand firmly committed to roll out this badly delayed mechanism as quickly as possible, yet we have to keep our fingers crossed and maintain highest level of organizational preparedness to face any eventuality at a very short notice. Extraordinary solidarity and unity is just the need of the hour.

  

There are then issues, to say the least, of even greater paramount significance to be got implemented like 3rd PRC in totality and then there are other core issues of highest significance like safeguarding the existing composite structure of BSNL by defeating the sinister move of the Government to disintegrate the company by giving birth to so called subsidiary companies in the name of this and that. Such larger issues having serious ramifications need a united struggle of the entire work force. These fundamental and core issues relating to viability and continued growth of BSNL and our future as well need protracted united struggles of biggest dimensions since policy decision of the Govt has to be reversed and this calls for rock like unity and extraordinary level of organizational preparedness. Never before have been the challenges so daunting and threats to existence of BSNL so deadly.

Remember, “When the going gets tough, the tough ones get going”. 

18-09-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:

15-09-2017

View glimpse of photos of Massive Lunch Hour demonstration on 15.09.2017 held by all Unions and Associations in protest against Tower Subsidiary Formation.

04-09-2017

GS writes to GM SR regarding

30-08-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:

28-08-2017

View glimpse of photos of Lunch hour Demonstration held  by Joint Forum on 28-08-2017 by Assam, AP, CTD, KRL, KTK, MH, and RJ circles  against the vindictive actions by BSNL management against Trade union leaders.

27-08-2017

Editorial

Poignant and beseeching message for BSNL Management, particularly for DIR(HR) and the HR wing, from Indra Nooyi, CEO, Pepsi Co– You need to appeal not only to your employees heads, but to their hearts. Is BSNL management even remotely anywhere near to it - sadly no, not at all.

Apt time for DIR(HR) and HR wing to undertake deep and serious introspection to analyze and assess its own dismal, ailing and crumbling Performance on critical HR issues as well as on maintaining industrial tranquillity in the company.

In a gigantic and strategic public company like BSNL, effective and optimum utilization and motivation of powerful and talented HR segment decides everything, its growth and how it grapples with intense emerging competitiveness in telecom sector. Are the CEO and top management of the Company even remotely connected with and aware of this hard reality? No, not at all. The way industrial peace and tranquillity is being disturbed and HR being treated as garbage, it is abundantly clear that Management is hell bent upon creating chaotic conditions to take the company to point of no return where it is completely out of reckoning in the telecom sector.    

Against the backdrop of continuous exhortations of CMD that he stands committed to getting 3rd PRC implemented, his inability or deliberately ignoring unwarranted and condemnable actions of DIR(HR) and HR wing in victimizing those who are raising their voice legitimately against disgusting, dismal and extremely poor performance of HR wing, and thus contributing to creating turbulent conditions of industrial unrest in the Company raise very big and fundamental questions about his sincerity in implementing 3rd PRC. Never has, since formation of BSNL, the performance of HR wing been as abjectly poor and disgusting as it has been during the last more than two years.  

The Management, instead of getting involved in resolution of issues, has been finding excuse after excuse for the last more than three years to justify its abject failure to address any of the issues. Not only this, Management goes to the extent of resorting to repressive measures to silence those who raise their legitimate voice of protest over its continuing pathetic failure to address even a single issue, unmindful of the fact that such repressive measures are bound to boomerang and have deadly long term consequences for the growth of the Company and that popular and legitimate protests cannot be ever silenced by such draconian measures.

How is it possible that the BSNL management and DIR(HR) could not settle even a single issue during last two years - regarding pay scales, promotions, CPSU Hierarchy, first TBP,  E1+5 increment for post 2010 recruits, E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch and the Rs. 22820 pay anomaly issue, among others. 

Instead of getting intolerant and hostile towards launching of peaceful protest actions, management should get down to a very deep and serious mode of self introspection as to why this is happening and what is at the root of it and how to address it. That is what HR management is all about. But then one has to be a real professional to think and act in those terms. HR management is not about primitive and obsolete ways of arm twisting. It did not work then and now it is an outdated mode of containing dissent of HR. Resorting to obsolete coercive measures adversely speaks about very poor and outdated HR functioning.

Has the management tried to ponder as to why huge and unacceptable discrimination continues to exist in career prospects amongst different cadres? In some cadres, promotions are taking place just after 5 years whereas in other equivalent cadres promotions are not taking place even after 20 years? Is this HR management? Despite no stay existing on promotions in most of the cadres, no promotions are taking place for the last more than two years. As regards simple issue of introducing tested mechanism of CPSU cadre hierarchy, where only change of designation has to be brought about, nothing has been done over the last two years despite Khan committee submitting its recommendations more than two years before. This is sheer apathy. Pay of the Executives recruited after 01.01.2007 is fixed at three different stages; at Rs. 16,400, Rs. 19,020 and Rs. 22,820. Is there any solution in sight? E1+5 increments for the post 2010 recruits, SDE RR etc are pending in the Board since 2014. E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect etc and 2% hike in the Superannuation benefit issue has also reached the Board, but Board will not approve it since HR plan is not finalised. HR plan could not be finalised in four years time? Before preparing the HR plan, has any work study been done?

CMD of the company, being head of the Organization, cannot feign ignorance and be a silent spectator towards such serious developments that threaten to tear apart the fabric of the Company. He has to take entire HR wing to severe task for its abject dismal performance, its dereliction of responsibilities and total failure to deliver on any front whatsoever, and finally for creating severe industrial turbulence that is bound to reverse the clock and decelerate and jeopardize the growth of the Company.

As custodian and leader of the Company, CMD has to take that final crucial call of what he wants, whether he wants industrial peace, and for that quick resolution of issues is critical and that is so crucial for continued growth of the Company and meeting his oft repeated commitment of implementing 3rd PRC or he wants industrial unrest that is bound to tear apart the Company. If he is keen to accomplish former, as would any leader of the Company be, and for which we have extended unqualified and total support, he has to come down heavily on HR wing for its unpardonable failures and for creating conditions of industrial unrest. His immediate task is to restore order in the organization and rebuilt mutual trust and confidence that existed.

As far as we are concerned, we are not going to be coaxed by such repressive measures come what may. We are not that stuff. If anyone has any misgivings about our integrity and fearlessness to fight for resolution of our just and legitimate issues, he/she needs to correct that perception and come to grips with reality. And the reality is that we are committed to continued growth of our beloved Company but not at great cost of neglecting our HR issues. Our impassioned appeal to our beloved Comrades thus is to make extensive and serious preparations for an all out and decisive struggle commencing from 18th Sept. No more of false assurances now.   

22-08-2017

The United Forum of Bank Unions has called for one day All India strike on today, 22.08.2017 to protest against the Government move for bank consolidation and privatisation. The UFBU is an umbrella body of nine unions, including All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW).

SNEA extends solidarity and support to the All India strike by Bank employees.

21-08-2017

Some misleading reporting had seen in the website of AIBSNLEA regarding the presentation made by PGM Pers on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, quoting DIR (HR) and PGM Pers.
After MV, SNEA negotiated with management for Time bound functional promotion from JTO to SDE, SDE to Sr SDE, Sr SDE to AGM equivalent grades as per Khan Committee recommendation. It is confirmed from the management also, that the presentation was done as per the discussion with the recognized Assn, SNEA for TB promotion up to AGM equivalent grades.
Frustrated over this positive development, AIBSNLEA might have reported misleading information quoting the management similar to the game they played in the case of E2, E3 pay scales.
We demanded management to take appropriate action on such misleading reporting maligning SNEA and BSNL management.

17-08-2017

View Corporate office orders:

07-08-2017

07-08-2017

NCOA NEC Meeting at Chennai on 06-08-2017
View Glimpse of Photos

07-08-2017

25-07-2017

JF leaders met PGM (Estt) today and held discussion on Superannuation benefits. It was informed that proposal for increasing the Superannuation Benefit  by another 2 percent i.e. 3 percent to 5 percent has been sent to Director HR after concurrence from EF section. After that the  proposal shall be presented to Management Committee of BSNL Board, shortly.

24-07-2017

Press statement on the one day strike on 27.07.2017, being organised by the officers and workers of BSNL.

24-07-2017


19-07-2017

BSNL Sports and Cultural Board meeting was held on 14.07.2017 at BSNL CO,New Delhi. In absence of CMD BSNL, Director (HR) presided over the meeting. Com. Arvind Pal Dahiya , represented SNEA in this meeting. Decisions of the meeting are as under:- 
1) Recruitments under sports quota (ratio of men and women 60: 40) will be put on fast track. 
2) Recruitment will be done for National meets. Promotion and increment pending will be processed on fast track. 
3) All India event total 8. 
4) In AIBSNL tournament, rates of breakfast and lunch revised to 75 and Rs.125. 
5) Kit money enhanced to AIBSNL meet Rs.3,000/- and for PSU Rs.4,000/. 
6) Honorarium for circle treasurer increased to Rs.4,000/-. 
7) Corporate sports fund increased to 2.5 Crs. Refreshment allowance increased to Rs.300/-.

14-07-2017

Last date for submission of membership form for salary deduction is 15.07.2017. As per guidelines, the change in membership can be submitted latest by 15.07.2017. All SSA Secretaries are requested to submit the forms in time and monitor the progress. Approach all the non members of JF and convince them to join SNEA, the only Recognized Association and strengthen the Unity movement. For details visit the updates on 11.07.2017

13-07-2017

View Glimpse  of  Photos of  HUNGER  STRIKE held on 13-07-2017 by Unions  and Associations at BSNL CO,  Circle and SSA HQs........Click to View.

13-07-2017

Revised seniority list in the grade  of  AE (Civil) published  by  Dept. of Telecom ass per the directions of Hon PB CAT, New Delhi -  Objections to be intimated within 30 days......View letter copy.  

13-07-2017

View Glimpse  of  Photos of  HUNGER  STRIKE held on 13-07-2017 by Unions  and Associations  at BSNL CO,  Circle and SSA HQs....Click to View.

12-07-2017

HUNGER STRIKE ON 13-07-2017 by Unions and Associations at BSNLCO,  Circle and SSA HQs.

All CSs / DSs /  BSs  /  CHQ  and  Circle  OBs  /  Activists / Members  are requested to participate en masse   and make it a grand success.


13-07-2017

Joint Forum leaders met the PS to the Hon MoSC on 12-07-17 and held discussion on standard pay scales and 3rd PRC. Since BSNL already submitted the reply, the proposal to be processed at the earliest, we demanded. Instead of seeking clarification, we requested to call a combined meeting of DOT and BSNL by Hon Minister to settle the issue. All the post 2007 recruitment Executives are getting less pay for years together. This issue has to be settled before 3rd PRC, we demanded. PS informed that the JF letter dated 03.7.17 is marked to him by the Minister and he will do the needful after making the opinion with Minister. On 3rd PRC, PS informed that the draft cabinet note and BSNL proposal is with him and will be discussing with Minister. We demanded positive action on this issue as the future of all the employees and BSNL revival is linked with it.

12-07-2017

HUNGER STRIKE ON 13-07-2017 by Unions and Associations at BSNLCO,  Circle and SSA HQs.

All CSs / DSs /  BSs  /  CHQ  and  Circle  OBs  /  Activists / Members  are requested to participate en masse   and make it a grand success.

11-07-2017

Last date for submission of membership form for salary deduction is 15.07.2017. As per guidelines, the change in membership can be submitted latest by 15.07.2017. All SSA Secretaries are requested to submit the forms in time and monitor the progress. Approach all the non members (of JF) and convince them to join SNEA, the only Recognized Association and strengthen the Unity movement.

All the Executives are to assess the activities of SNEA and the JF to resolve the burning HR issues of standard pay scales, progress in promotions in various cadres in the adverse conditions, 30% superannuation benefit in which the proposal to hike the quantum already moved, E1A/E2A scales for Civil/Elect/Arc/TF/PA/PS approved by MC of BSNL Board, 1st TBP process initiated, DR-DGM RR agreed to scrap, MT Rect not initiated etc. Side by side SNEA is working on CPSU Hierarchy implementation w.e.f 01.01.2017 protecting the interest of all the sections and finalization of HR plan. 3rd PRC is priority agenda on which we already stated agitation programmes.

Divided mandate in the membership verification given opportunity to the authorities to divide the Executives and play havoc with their future. This is another opportunity for the Executives to strengthen the Recognised Association and the Unity movement of JF. It is high time to all Non members of SNEA and JF to recognize who is working against standard pay scales of E2 and E3, CPSU Hierarchy etc etc.

Those who are not having the courage and strength to participate even in demonstrations can get 3rd PRC implemented? Before the non members get an opportunity in next December, decision on 3rd PRC and other HR issues will be decided. It is high time to strengthen SNEA.

11-07-2017

HUNGER STRIKE ON 13-07-2017 by Unions and Associations at BSNLCO,  Circle and SSA HQs.

Demanding

(i) Settle wage revision and pension revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

(ii) Settle superannuation benefits to the Directly Recruited employees.

(iii) Unconditionally withdraw the Corporate Office letter dated 08.05.2017, banning all trade union activities in BSNL and vindictive actions.

All CSs / DSs / BSs / CHQ and Circle OBs / Activists / Members are requested to participate en masse and make it a grand success. 

10-07-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:
Reporting and Reviewing structure for Executives of Architecture wing in BSNL- Amendment reg.
Adhoc DGM promotion - Revision reg.
Message of Director HR.
Preparation of Success plan and its approval by Board reg.

05-07-2017

Plintron to partner BSNL for VNO services in India....View Media report.

30-06-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:
DE transfer order reg.
Withdrawal of all support and Co-operation extended to BSNL management from 01-07-17 - SR section letter.

26-06-2017


25-06-2017


On 24-06-17 Com.B.G.Patel, CS, Gujarat and Com.Rakesh Mehta, JS (West) / CHQ  met Hon MoSC Shri Manoj Sinhaji at Ahmedabad during his visit to Gujarat. They apprised Hon MoSC about the long pending issue of E2-E3 Standard pay Scales, 3rd PRC implementation & other issues such as  giving opportunity to BSNL in Digit india Program of Govt. Of India for specific Rural & urban Wi-Fi Project. Hon MoSC responded positively and concerned about our Cadre issues & also about  the growth of BSNL. Further he advised to take all out steps on our side to provide QoS to our esteemed customers, there by to increase the overall Revenue of BSNL.  View Glimpse of Photos.

24-06-2017


A meeting of the Officers Organisation in Public Sector Banks, Public Sector Enterprises and Central Government (Banking Sector, Telecom Sector, Power Sector, Oil Sector, Coal Sector, Natural gases, Defence Sector, Insurance Sector, Railways and Central Govt Gazetted Officers Organisations) met at Bangalore on 20th June 2017.

22-06-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:
Social Security Scheme for the families of BSNL Employees entirely to be funded by them on pay roll - Suggestions reg.
Preparatory work for promotion to AGM / DE (T) on Adhoc / Regular basis - Missing APAR  View List.
Recruitment of GE JTO post from Open market through Gate 2017 - Corrigendum on result reg 
Promotion to the grade of SDE Telecom under Competitive quota- Case of Working SDEs reg.
Composition of CPC for the forthcoming CPCs from 01-07-2017 to 30-06-18
Promotion to the grade of SDE Telecom under Competitive quota- Case of Working SDEs reg.
SDE Tenure Transfer order.

17-06-2017

07-06-2017

Notice for agitational programme for various demands served by Unions and Associations of BSNL to Secretary / DoT and CMD..... View Copy of the Notice.

06-06-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:

01-06-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:

31-05-2017



Shri N K Gupta, DIR(CFA) completed his tenure as DIR(CFA) today,31.05.2017. He is well known for taking very quick decisions on key projects. During his period, CFA section regained the glory and recognition once again. He will be remembered for CDR implementation, ERP implementation and NGN roll out in addition to several other initiatives.
He was instrumental in resolving the issues in Kerala Circle during the agitation. His firm stand on Kerala Circle issues helped a lot to resolve all the issues to our satisfaction.
He is having one more month to retire from service.

31-05-2017


Joint Forum leaders met Shri Nitin Gadkariji, Hon Union Cabinet Minister for Road Transport and Shipping on 31.05.2017 and sought his support and intervention in resolving the issue of demotion of Executives to lower pay scales ignoring the recommendations of BSNL.
He assured us his intervention to resolve the matter. He directed his PS to draft a letter to Hon MOSC Sri Manoj Sinhaji in this regard. Immediately our memorandum forward to Hon MoSC for further necessary action clearly stating that “injustice to large number of officers of BSNL by their demotion to lower pay scales, neglecting the recommendations of BSNL Board”.

31-05-2017

Joint Forum leaders met Dr. Subhash Bhamareji, Hon Union Minister of State for Defence on 30.05.2017 and sought his support and intervention in resolving the issue of demotion of Executives to lower pay scales against the recommendations of BSNL.
He personally spoken to Hon MOSC Sri Manoj Sinhaji and requested to resolve the issue at the earliest. Our memorandum also forward to Hon MoSC for further necessary action.

31-05-2017

Joint Forum leaders met Shri Mahesh Girri, Hon MP and BJP National General Secretary on 24.05.2017 and sought his support and intervention in resolving the issue of demotion of Executives to lower pay scales against the recommendations of BSNL.
He immediately spoken to the PS to Hon MoSC and asked to resolve the issue. Later on he had personally spoken to Hon MOSC Sri Manoj Sinhaji and requested to resolve the issue at the earliest.

29-05-2017

GS writes to CMD regarding the Strong protest against the repressive measures and vindictive actions against the Executives and attack on the Trade Union rights and also regarding the Massive two days Dharna on 01.06.2017 and 02.06.2017 by Joint Forum of BSNL Executives Associations in protest against the repressive measures..... View Copy of the letter.

29-05-2017

Joint meeting of CSs and CHQ Office bearers of the Joint Forum will be conducted on 17th and 18th June, 2017 at Delhi. Reservations may be done accordingly.

25-05-2017

GS writes to CMD regarding granting of facilities to some Association in blatant violation of the ground rules finalized by the management for holding of membership verification and in utter contempt of the valued opinion that it received from top law officer of G.O.I – Management bound to lose its credibility in that case....View Copy of the letter.

SNEA urge upon the management to abandon the populist policy of appeasement since such measures only erode the credibility of the management and show it in a very poor light. Such appeasing measures, ignoring and overriding settled rules, only reflect weakness of the management and adversely impedes its strengths. We are quite confident that the management will not undermine its defined ground rules and also the considered opinion of ASG by extending facilities to the support Association in gross contravention of its own ground rules as well as valued opinion that it received from top law officer of the G.O.I. on the issue.  

24-05-2017

GS writes to Director HR regarding Change of designation of Executives as the first step of implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.... View Copy of the letter.

22-05-2017

Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rule from 29.05.2017.
The agitation programs deferred till 28.05.2017 will restart on 29.05.2017 as there are not much improvement in DoT on the standard pay scale issues. The DO letter from CMD/BSNL is just processed but still pending with Jt Sec(A)/DoT for more than one week. Officers in DoT is not serious to correct the mistake even though BSNL management has taken a positive stand on E2 and E3 scales.  

Similarly for the issues pertaining to BSNL, not much progress has been made except for some movement of files and lining up the action plan on the issues. So we have to resume the agitation programs from where we left.

Unfortunately some Assn is playing very negative role in this regard simply ignoring the larger interest of the cadre. This has exposed them and given everybody the answer to the question why they backed out from the agitation under the banner of JF. Their stand will really help the AS(T) and other officers in DoT who are working overtime to demote the cadres to E1 and E2. Approach each and every Executive and explain the negative campaign by the Assn against E2 and E3. Hurdles are being created in the resolutions of Pay, Promotion and Pension issues by engaging and demoralizing the officers dealing with issues in baseless allegations. All this is being done just with the intent of derailing the settlement of issues. However, ignoring such mindset, let us all concentrate on the program right now and make each executive of BSNL to join the agitation from 29.05.2017. It is our responsibility to convince the members of other Assn, especially thousands of JAOs, AOs etc who are facing demotion and make them to join the agitation.
Comrades, through very tough agitation only we can reverse the DoT decision and resolve the burning HR issues. Make all preparations by conducting emergency combined general body meeting of the JF at Branch/SSA level in the remaining few days and gear up for the Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work according to Rule from 29.05.2017.

Combined Executive Committee meeting at SSA/Circle level also should be convened at the earliest, even during the agitation for making the agitation programmes successful.

09-05-2017

JOINT FORUM OF BSNL  EXECUTIVES, MP CIRCLE MET Hon. MoC Shri. MANOJ SINHAJI  at INDORE on 09-05-2017 AND SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM.

Discussions were held on
  • Replacement of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales E2 and E3 for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO and equivalent in different wings respectively. 
  • Full 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees. 
  • Full favour to BSNL with regard to affordability clause in 3rd PRC consideration.
CMD, CGM NCNGN Shri. Anil Jain and CGM MP Dr GC Pandey were present.
JF was represented by CS Com. Dutta Majumdar,AGS Com.Manish Samadhiya, ACS Com.Sumit Saxena, DS IND Com.SK Joshi, DS GMTD Bhopal Com. Pankaj Sahai, CEC Member Com.Neeraj Tiwari DT IND SC Malviya from SNEA. CS Com.Shiv Pathak, CT Com.Devendra Saini, DS Bhopal Com. Pankaj Watti from AIGETOA. 

08-05-2017

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07-05-2017

08-05-2017 to 28-05-2017
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05-05-2017

View Glimpse of Photos of Relay hunger strike by Joint Forum on 05-05-2017 (Day-5).

03-05-2017

BSNL Management today invited SNEA alone for discussion on various HR issues. However JF has declined to meet individually. JF insisted management that the discussion should be held with JF which served the notice. 

03-05-2017

Indefinite Day long Relay Hunger strike at BSNL HQ and Circle HQs (Third Day): 

SSAs should join the Relay Hunger strike at Circle HQs in rotation to make the programme successful. Each and every Executive should voluntarily come forward to participate in the Hunger Strike.

02-05-2017

View Glimpse of Photos of Relay hunger strike by Joint Forum on 02-05-2017 (Day-2)

01-05-2017

View Glimpse of Photos of Relay hunger strike by Joint Forum on 01-05-2017 (Day-1)

26-04-2017

View Glimpses of Photos of Relay hunger strike on 26-04-2017 (Day - 2).

26-04-2017

View Glimpses of Photos of Relay hunger strike on 25-04-2017 (Day - 1):

06-04-2017

Meeting of the Associations held today. All Associations will support and join the agitation programs on 11th April 2017 and then 25th to 28th April 2017 as per our notice by giving support letter. On 1st May onwards intensified programs on Joint notice on E2, E3 scales. On other issues, charter of demands will be given and if not settled in a time bound manner, agitation programs will be starting on that issues also. Details will follow.

06-04-2017

Meeting of the Associations held today. All Associations will support and join the agitation programs on 11th April 2017 and then 25th to 28th April 2017 as per our notice by giving support letter. On 1st May onwards intensified programs on Joint notice on E2, E3 scales. On other issues, charter of demands will be given and if not settled in a time bound manner, agitation programs will be starting on that issues also. Details will follow.

05-04-2017

SNEA strongly protests the decision of the management to declare the DGM DR result instead of scrapping the examination. Such actions will further demoralise thousands of Executives who are waiting for their promotion for years together......GS writes to CMD - View copy of the letter.

05-04-2017

Recognition of Executives’ Associations Rules, 2014 notified on 06.01.2014 - GS writes to CMD regarding the suggestions pertains to various clauses / conditions for necessary amendments regarding.... View Copy of the letter.   

03-04-2017

Call Attention Day on 05-04-17 by Unions and Associations - View Badge.

02-04-2017

GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding immediate implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.01.2017 by replacing the Executive Promotion policy (EPP) comprising financial upgradation and functional promotions -- huge resentment among the Executives..... View letter copy.

31-03-2017


Lunch Hour demonstration on 31.03.2017 at BSNLCO, Circle HQ, SSA HQs and all important stations.

Protest against the demotion of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres by lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 by DoT. 

Join the struggle to protect the pay, protect the pay scales and the status of the cadres.

30-03-2017

Protest against the demotion of the cadres of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres by lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 by DoT. Hold Lunch Hour demonstration on 31.03.2017 at BSNLCO, Circle HQ, SSA HQs and all important stations.

23-03-2017

University of Hyderabad (UoH) and National Academy of Telecom Finance and Management (NATFM), an apex level training institute of BSNL,  jointly offer Post Graduate Diploma in Telecom Technology & Management  ( PGDTTM ) Course through distance mode for the year 2017 for one year. Last date for submission of application is 31-03-2017View Details.  View Prospectus.  View Brochure  View Media Report.

20-03-2017

View Corporate office orders:
Grant of Child Adoption Leave to female BSNL employees and extention of the facility of Paternity Leave to adoptive fathers reg.    View DoP & T orders.

20-03-2017

Remaining Subscription salary deduction forms to be submitted immediately. If any difficulty in accepting forms by any Circle / SSA may be brought to the knowledge of CHQ.

The list of Executives with SSA/Unit details (Schedule of accounts) are to be mailed to the CHQ as well as Circle by all the Circle offices as per the instructions contained in the letter issued by SR Cell. However CHQ received the mail from MH, MP, HR and WTP Circles only so far. More over more than Six circles have deducted the amount in the month of January 2017 and not remitted in CHQ account. There is also discrepancies in the amount deducted and amount remitted by some circles.

All CSs may take up these issues with the CGMs to make it sure that the mail with all the particulars is sending to CHQ and Circles every month and also the deducted amount to be remitted in the same month. The mail for January and February may be pursued for the remaining Circles. The list is required for clearing the Circle, SSA and Branch quota by the CHQ Treasurer and for the purpose of settling the welfare claims in the future.

18-03-2017

Subscription deduction from salary: 

Remaining forms to be submitted immediately. The list of Executives with SSA/Unit details (Schedule of accounts) are to be mailed to the CHQ as well as Circle by all the Circle offices as per the instructions contained in the letter issued by SR Cell. However CHQ received the mail from MH, MP, HR and WTP Circles only so far. More over morethan Six circles have deducted the amount in the month of January 2017 and not remitted in CHQ account. There is also discrepancies in the amount deducted and amount remitted by some circles.

All CSs may take up these issues with the CGMs to make it sure that the mail with all the particulars is sending to CHQ and Circles every month and also the deducted amount to be remitted in the same month. The mail for January and February may be pursued for the remaining Circles. The list is required for clearing the Circle, SSA and Branch quota by the CHQ Treasurer and for the purpose of settling the welfare claims in the future.

The deduction list has to be verified every month by the Circle/SSA Secretaries to ensure that deduction is happening for all the members. Some discrepancies are observed in January and February.  No deduction from Meghalaya & Mizoram SSAs of NE I, Nagaland and Arunachal of NE II etc. The deduction of subscription by Karimnagar (Telangana), Katihar (Bihar), CHG Circle office, Gurgaon(HR), Gwalior(MP), Ropar (PB), Nodal Centre(EZBC)/Kolkata,  CHTD Circle Office and WTP/Nagpur Units found some mistakes. It may be taken up with them immediately and corrected.

17-03-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:

15-03-2017

GS, President and Jt Sec met PGM(Estt) on 15.03.2017 and discussed regarding the clarifications sought by different Circles on JTO vacancy calculation: We informed that several Circles calculated the vacancies without following the DoPT guidelines. After Punjab now, HR, KRL and J&K Circles also sought clarifications. We requested to issue a common direction to all the Circles with some example how to calculate the vacancies. PGM(Estt) agreed and assured to issue the directions today itself.

11-03-2017

Fifth Circle Conference of SNEA, Odisha Circle is being held on 11-03-2017 and 12-03-2017 at Seminar Hall, RTTC, Bhubaneswar.

09-03-2017

Raj Bhawan/Collectorate/DM Office March:  Show of strength by BSNL Non-Executives and Executives.

Reports received from various Circles about the excellent rallies conducted throughout the country today. According to the call given by the Unions and Associations in BSNL, thousands of the Non-Executives and Executives, marched to the Raj Bhawans, collectorates and DM offices throughout the country. Banners and placards were displayed, demanding the Government not to resort to strategic sale / disinvestment in BSNL, not to form Subsidiary Tower Company, to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL and not to favour the Reliance Jio.

SNEA CHQ wholeheartedly congratulate all the employees who have participated in the rallies and shown their commitment to safeguard our beloved company.

09-03-2017

GS writes to CMD regarding the advise of the SR section  (View Copy of the letter) wherein a direction has been issued to the Recognised Unions as well as the Recognised Association not to form any type of Forum or joint struggle on any issue. The Circular and its contents are provocative, uncalled for and undermines the contribution of the BSNL Employees, the Unions and the Associations in protecting the interest of the company for the last 16 years.  It is also a direct attack on the Trade Union rights of the Unions and Associations. SNEA while registering its strongest protest, it demands that the circular should be withdrawn immediately to have conducive working atmosphere in the company.... View Copy of the letter.

09-03-2017

GS writes to CMD regarding the advise of the SR section (View Copy of the letter) wherein a direction has been issued to the Recognised Unions as well as the Recognised Association not to form any type of Forum or joint struggle on any issue. The Circular and its contents are provocative, uncalled for and undermines the contribution of the BSNL Employees, the Unions and the Associations in protecting the interest of the company for the last 16 years.  It is also a direct attack on the Trade Union rights of the Unions and Associations. SNEA while registering its strongest protest, it demands that the circular should be withdrawn immediately to have conducive working atmosphere in the company.... View Copy of the letter.

09-03-2017

GS requests CMD to fill up all the DGM vacancies including the vacant DR DGM posts and Addl GMs taken charge as GMs ..... View Copy of the letter.

09-03-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:
Night calling facility in RE DoT number reg.
DE inter circle transfer - retention reg.
DE inter circle transfer - Retention request reg.
DE inter circle transfer - Modification reg.
Deployment of DR JEs selected during Sep 2016 between Recruiting and Non recruiting circle reg.

08-03-2017

08-03-2017

March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / DM Office on 9th March, 2017 -- Make extensive preparations:


Demands:

a) Opposing Niti Ayogs proposal for Closure and transfer of BSNL assets to State Govts.

b) Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

c) Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.

d) Opposing favours being extended to Reliance Jio.

View Copy of the Memorandum to be submitted.

07-03-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:

06-03-2017

Attention CSs / DSs / BSs:
Fax message and email to be send by all Circle / SSA / Division / Branch Secretaries to Secretary, DoT on 07.03.2017 (Tomorrow) with copy to Hon MoS and CMD.

02-03-2017

GS writes to Dir HR regarding expeditious actions to implement CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as all the functional promotions in all the streams, Telecom Engg, Finance, Civil, Electrical, TF etc are stalled due to litigation on Reservation issue... View copy of the letter.

28-02-2017

March to Raj Bhawan and Collectorate / DM office on 09.03.2017 by all the Unions and Associations in BSNL.

23-02-2017

View Corporate Office orders:
Procedure for maintaining waiting list for transfer under Rule -8 reg. 
Guidelines for filling of e-APAR through ERP reg.
DGM promotion on adhoc basis and refusal there of reg - Instructions.
SDE inter circle transfer order.
DE inter circle transfer order.
SDE tenure transfer order.
DE transfer order - cancellation and retention order.
SDE Civil transfer order reg.
DE transfer order cancellation.

22-02-2017

Keynote address presented  by  GS, SNEA in the open session of CWC meeting held on 13-02-2017 at Indira Priyadharshini Auditorium, Hyderabad.

22-02-2017

Open session in connection with the CWC meeting at Hyderabad from 13-15 February, 2017

An excellent open session was held on 13.02.2017 A/N at Indira Priyadharshini Auditorium, Hyderabad. More than 600 comrades from Hyderabad and nearby SSAs participated in the open session. It was a moment of celebration for SNEA after the victory in the membership verification among the Executives Assns. Our CMD and senior management also joined with us in the celebration.

Com AA Khan, CHQ president presided over the meeting. Com K Sebastin, GS presented the keynote address. Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL was the Chief Guest. Sri R. K. Mishra, Director/ Institute of Public Enterprises, Com G L Jogi/ Chairman, Com V K Tomar, All India President/NCOA, Sri L Ananthram/CGMT, Telangana Circle, veteran leader Com S L Reddy, Sri A M Gupta, GM(SR)/BSNLCO, Sri K. Ramchand, PGM/HTD, Sri CSN Murthy/PGM, Sri Durga Prasad/PGM and other senior officers attended the open session.

GS presented the keynote address giving a critical analysis of some of the issues which requires urgent attention of the BSNL management  like a) Proposal for Closure and Transfer of Assets of BSNL to States, b) Tower subsidiary formation, c) Mutation of land and monetization of the land asset, d) Infra sharing, e) move for centralized payments to vendors, f) Transmission media related issues, g) BB and FTTH through Franchisees/ cable TV operators, h) Deployment of Accounts personal in CSCs, i) Deployment of more Executives from offices and indoor duties to revenue earning field units. Critical HR issues are a) implementation of Standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A, b) implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, c) 3rd PRC implementation, d) Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees, e) finalization of Man power plan and f) other issues like first TBP, pay parity of Rs 22820 for post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs, E1A and E2 scales for Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS/TF w.e.f 01.01.2000 etc.

Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL given an excellent address motivating the entire employees. CMD congratulated SNEA for the victory in the membership verification which has given more responsibility to SNEA. CMD told that management knew SNEA will become the number one Association in the MV. While congratulating the Unions and Association for the SWAS initiative, CMD told that it has given a new direction to BSNL and accelerated the growth. The recent initiative of the BSNL Unions and Associations for One Hour Extra Work during the last quarter of the most crucial financial year is also appreciated by CMD. Management discusses all the issues and new initiatives with the Unions and Associations before its implementation. CMD informed that 3rd PRC implementation is his top most agenda. On standard pay scales, CMD categorically assured that E2, E3 scales will be implemented and he is in touch with Secretary, DoT in this regard. CPSU cadre Hierarchy implementation will be expedited. Other HR issues also will be settled at the earliest.

Sri R K Mishra, Director/IPE and management expert given the address highlighting the challenges and the priority areas BSNL should focus. He was involved in several Union Govt projects and a Govt nominee on several committees. He was a member of the search committee for the CEOs of CPSUs. BSNL has to tie up with global telecom companies to meet the challenges from other operators. BSNL has to go for big initiatives and restructure the business to meet the challenges.

Com G L Jogi, Chairman SNEA highlighted the HR issues and warned management that the Executives cannot be motivated unless and until it addresses the legitimate HR issues without any further delay.  

Com V K Tomar, All India President/NCOA, Sri L Ananthram/CGMT, Telangana Circle and Sri A M Gupta, GM(SR)/BSNLCO addressed the open session.

The open session concluded with vote of thanks by Com M S Adasul, Dy GS.

06-02-2017

GS writes to Director HR regarding the Developments in Hoshiarpur SSA in Punjab Circle – Acts of DS/AIBSNLEA are nothing but a pre planned, thoughtful and deliberate provocation to our SNEA Hoshiarpur branch who are peace loving. This biased attitude of the concerned officer was brought to the knowledge of SSA and Circle administration including the CGMT/Punjab Circle by SNEA  but there was no improvement in the attitude. request to take appropriate action ... View Copy of the letter.

06-02-2017

View Corporate Office Instructions:
Guidelines for settlement of claim for compensation on accidents applicable to Dot and PSUs under its control reg.
Property tax is the responsibility of the owner of the property ( Infra structure provider) reg.

31-01-2017

GS writes to Director HR regarding  the decision of the management to extend  trade union benefits to AIGETOA against the provisions of Recognition Rules, 2014. Strongly protesting and demands urgent review   in conformity with the Recognition Rules ... View copy of the letter.

13-01-2017

Notification of CWC to be held at Hyderabad on 13th, 14th and 15th February 2017 .... View Notification copy.

04-12-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

ONE PSU, ONE ASSOCIATION

My Vote for struggle against corruption and protect our members fighting against corruption.

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Struggle in Kerala was the crusade against an officer facing corruption charges. When SNEA launched agitation, AIBSNLEA openly supported the corrupt officer. They tried to sabotage the agitation of SNEA and declared Sri M S S Rao is an honest officer. More than 1300 members given dies-non, so many suspended, so many charge sheeted, so many transferred. In the second spell BSNLEU also joined the crusade and their members also victimised by suspension, transfer, charge sheets etc.

But we continued our struggle for more than one and half years till we achieve our goal of proving the corruption charges against Sri M S S Rao and shifting him from sensitive post.

Finally he shifted from CGM post to a post occupied by a DGM (demotion by 2 stages), Principal RTTC, TVM. Two major composite charge sheets on corruption charges served on him. Pension not settled.

SNEA and BSNLEU protected each and every one of their member. All dies-non withdrawn, all charge sheets withdrawn, all suspensions revoked.

We protected each and every member of SNEA and BSNLEU who fought against corruption.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

03-12-2016

Campaigning at peak in all the Circles. Door to door campaign going on well in all the SSAs by different core groups. Very very encouraging reports are coming from major Circles and Metros taking the MV campaign into new heights and dimension. Consolidate in the remaining 4 days.

Large numbers of Executives are coming forward to support SNEA.

Unexpected support is coming from the Accounts wing as large number of them are complaining that their issues like increasing the quota from 50% to 75% as done in the case of Engg wing by SNEA is not taken up by their Assn. AIBSNLEA simply neglecting their issues like BSNLMS RR amendment, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy etc. Similarly JAO batches of 2010, 2013 and 2015 are coming out openly due to the suicidal stand taken by AIBSNLEA on standard pay scales, resulting the threat of demotion to E1 scales and pay loss of thousands of rupees.

After verification, only the recognized Assn will negotiate the issues of Accounts wing also with the management.

03-12-2016

GS and Com Manoj Singh, GS/AITEEA had discussed the pay parity issue of 2007 and 2008 batches. GS/AITEEA sought the support of SNEA in this regard. This is an agenda already taken up by SNEA and part of Manifesto also and GS assured all possible steps to resolve the issue. SNEA then written to the BSNL management on 29.11.2016 itself to refer this issue to a Committee as requested by GS/AITEEA. 

02-12-2016

Com R K Upadhay, GS of SNESMA (Ex servicemen) met GS and held discussions on their issues. Com R K Upadhay extended full support to SNEA in the coming membership verification. GS assured that all their genuine issues will be taken up and pursued with management in the coming days.

Com Allauddin Ahmed, Dist Secretary/AIBSNLEA, Bongaigaon SSA, Assam Circle joined SNEA on 30.11.16. Warm welcome to him into SNEA family.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

02-12-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

ONE PSU, ONE ASSOCIATION

My Vote for constitution of 3rd PRC and implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL.

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION 

Every unpolled vote renders the cadre weak. And every vote for a weak Association is a vote against the bargaining strength of the Representative Association and it will strengthen the management.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

02-12-2016

All Executives gathered in line,

Saying SNEA is Mine, SNEA is Mine.

Let us get united to Make BSNL Fine.

Work hard to build the lost Shine.

To be on cloud Nine, My Vote for Sl No 9.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

02-12-2016

Com Pawan Meena, Ex General Secretary/SNATTA joined SNEA.

Com Satnam Singh, Dist Secretary/AIBSNLEA, Dist Treasurer/AIBSNLEA of Chandigarh SSA and more than 20 members joined SNEA at Chandigarh, Punjab Circle.

Warm welcome to all of them to SNEA family.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

01-12-2016

Com G. Satheesh, SDE and Ex Circle Vice President of AIGETOA, AP and founder Dist Secretary of AIGETOA, Hyderabad SSA joined SNEA few weeks back. He is very actively participating in the membership verification campaign in Hyderabad. Com Satheesh come forward for campaigning for SNEA appreciating the stand taken by SNEA on all the crucial HR issues which requires immediate attention and BSNL growth related issues. This is another motivation to other young comrades. He can be contacted on 09490134660.

29-11-2016

Comrades, only 7 working days left for the verification. This is the time to focus on door to door campaign. Try to meet each and every Executive as many times possible and seek their support, blessings and valuable votes for maximum majority which decides the bargaining power of the recognised Association. Maximum majority, minimum 60% should be our target in the coming days. Form small teams and meet the Executives even at their residence as done by some SSAs. Don’t miss the Executives working in small and isolated units like Term Cell, Civil/Elect/Arch wings, NOFN, NFS project, project and maintenance regions, INSP/QA circle, Training centres, NCNGN, ITPC, BBNW, rural and far flung areas etc.

29-11-2016

GS, CHQ President and Joint Secretary (Central) will be addressing the General Body meeting at AMBALA, Haryana Circle today.
Chairman and VP will be addressing the General Body meeting at Jhunjhunu on 29.11.2016 and SriGanganagar on 30-11-2016 in Rajasthan Circle.
CHQ President will be addressing the General Body meeting at BIKANER on 01-12-2016, JODHPUR on 02-12-2016, UDAIPUR on 03-12-2016 and KOTA on 04-12-2016 in Rajasthan Circle.
CHQ Treasurer will be addressing meeting at Dharmapuri in TN Circle on 02-12-2016.
GS and Chairman will be addressing the General Body meeting at KOLKATA on 05-12-2016.

22-11-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

My Vote for Financial Viability of BSNL

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

22-11-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

Attention of CSs/SSA Secretaries:

Core Committees of three to four comrades may be formed. They may be given the charge of 15 to 20 Executives. In major stations/exchanges, floor wise core teams may be made.

Core teams are to ensure that all Executives are casting their vote on 07.12.2016.

Polling agents are to be nominated by the SSA/Dist Secretaries for each polling booth.  Polling agents should be familiar with all the Executives of the polling booth.

Each and every Executive is to be well informed about the Sl No (9), Name of the Association (SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION), polling booth, polling date(07.12.2016) and polling time (09.00 AM to 05.00 PM). In major stations where more than one polling booth is available, every Executive should be informed in which polling booth they are having the vote. 

22-11-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

Attention of CSs/SSA Secretaries:

Core Committees of three to four comrades may be formed. They may be given the responsibility of 15 to 20 Executives. In major stations/exchanges, floor wise core teams may be made.

Core teams are to ensure that all Executives are casting their vote on 07.12.2016.

Polling agents are to be nominated by the SSA/Dist Secretaries for each polling booth.  Polling agents should be familiar with all the Executives of the polling booth.

Each and every Executive is to be well informed about the polling booth, polling date and polling time (09.00 AM to 05.00 PM). In major stations where more than one polling booth is available, every Executive should be informed in which polling booth they are having the vote. 

22-11-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

Chairman will be addressing the General Body meetings in KTK Circle at Mysore (22.11.16 A/N), Madikeri (23-11-16), Mangalore (24-11-16), Shimoga (25-11-16), Banglore (Civil / Elect. / Arch. in the morning at SNEA Bhavan, Bangalore on 26-11-16 and BGTD in the A/N on 26-11-16).

GS will be addressing General Body meetings at Silchar, Assam on 23rd and Imphal, NE II on 24th November, 2016. 

CHQ President will be addressing the General body meetings in MP Circle from 23rd to 26th November, 2016. 

22-11-2016

A thought for Unity, A Vote for SNEA

Vote for No. 9. SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

 

As part of membership verification, GS addressed four special general body meetings at Hyderabad itself on 18th and 19th November, 2016. The huge participation and enthusiasm shown by the comrades of Hyderabad given new dimensions to the campaign in Telangana and AP to get 60% vote with the support of all the Executives, demonstrating the unity among the Executives and their eager to settle all the HR issues, especially promotion, Superannuation benefits, pay scales, 3rd PRC etc. CHQ Advisor Com Sudha, CS Com A Viswanath also addressed and other Circle office bearers participated. Newly promoted JAOs from HYD specially met GS during the meeting and thanked for the support and active role played by SNEA for JAO posting. All of them declared that they are joining SNEA and will vote for SNEA.

Chairman addressed the special General body meeting at Rohtak, HR on 19.11.2016 along with Jt Sec and CS/HR Com Surender Singh.

The E2, E3 stand pay scales are delaying due to the stand taken by some Assns. DoT is not agreeing for cascading effect as demanded by some Assns as precondition for E2, E3. The basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are under threat of demotion from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. No other cadre in BSNL is facing such a threat. The upgradation of all the existing scales comes only after this. So, SNEA strongly feels that stopping the demotion of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres as the most important issue before 3rd PRC and pursues accordingly. Once E2, E3 pay scales are implemented, the pay parity (Rs 22820 fixation) issue will be pursued. So all the JTO/JAOs should be united to get E2, E3 pay scales and pay parity and give an image of unity before the management. E2, E3 pay scales settlement will lead to E2, E3, -- E7 in the immediate future.

SNEA will struggle for the social security of all the BSNL direct rect employees. We are having excellent relations with BSNLEU and NFTE and with their active support, we will achieve full 30%. We missed the opportunity in 2015 to start with 6%. Term Insurance or Corpus Fund formation will be pursued strongly to support the family of the employees in case of untimely death.

Since all the promotions are stayed due to various court cases, CPSU cadre hierarchy will be implemented at the earliest. By that all seniority related issues can be resolved. Since all seniority lists and RRs except JTO/JAO RRs will be scrapped, all litigations will end on its implementation. Efforts are taken to address all seniority disputes like 5, 6, 7, 8 etc in CPSU Hierarchy. SNEA will ensure that the JTOs lost their service by delay in the promotion due to court cases will be compensated with suitable relaxation in qualifying service in CPSU Hierarchy to bring them at par with others who promoted earlier. It is the time to strengthen the hands of SNEA for early implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.

In the meantime court cases will be strongly pursued. All efforts are being taken to list the case at Ernakulam this month itself. Even if after winning the case at EKM, the recent judgment from Hon CAT, Chandigarh will be a big obstacle on conduction of DPC and promotion in all the cadres, JTO to SDE (SCF and LDCE), SDE to DE/EE etc. BSNL is shortly filing appeal against the CAT judgment in higher courts to enable promotions.  

First TBP, Officiating pay fixation and protection of pay, notional pay of E1A, E2A w.e.f 01.10.2000 etc are other important issues.

The 3rd PRC implementation is the biggest challenge before all of us. 

All the issues requires sustained struggle with commitment and dedication. Such struggles can be done only by SNEA, that is the history. SNEA is having the strength and will power for making successful struggles in case negotiations fail. For that purposes, all Executives should be united and should strengthen the hands of SNEA. The majority of the recognized Assn will decide the future of all the Executives and it is the time to strengthen SNEA with your valuable votes. The very purpose of membership verification is to strengthen the majority recognized Assn and give maximum bargaining power to it. A strong SNEA will ensure a strong BSNL. 

STRENGTHEN SNEA, STRENGTHEN BSNL.

18-11-2016

GS writes to Director HR regarding posting of JAOs on completion of the training on 18-11-16, to review the decision urgently  and render justice to all the successful candidates by issuing  posting order to all of them ... View Copy of the letter.

15-11-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

Postal ballot is liberally allowed. All the Executives working beyond 20 KMs and on ML can opt for postal ballot. The Executives working in NE Circles, A&N, J&K, Lakshadweep, HP, Uttarakhand Circles, except at the polling stations can avail this facility. The Executives working in sensitive areas within 20 KM can also opt for postal ballot. All such Executives are to be identified and postal ballots are to be arranged in liaison with SSA Head and Asst Returning Officer (ARO).

The postal ballots are to be dispatched by 17.11.2016. All CSs and SSA Secretaries may focus on postal ballot for the next few days.

08-11-2016

On 7.11.2016, AGS on behalf of GS attended the National Seminar organised by Central Vigilance Commission at VIGYAN BHAVAN, New Delhi on the occasion of Vigilance Awareness Week. The seminar has two sessions.

Session I- Public Participation in Promoting Integrity and Eradicating Corruption.

Session II – Public Procurement.

The Valedictory Function was addressed by Hon Prime Minister of India Shri NARENDRA MODI JI.

It is a unique opportunity for SNEA as CVC has extended invitation to only two Associations MTNLEA & SNEA to the seminar.

08-11-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

Membership verification - the ultimate solution to all pending issues

Membership verification - the door to the Unity of all Executives

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES’ ASSOCIATION

 GS Com K Sebastin, Chairman Com G L Jogi and CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan completed membership verification campaign in Kerala Circle by addressing the General body meeting at Trivandrum on (01.11.2016) and CEC meeting and General body meeting at Ernakulam on (02.11.2016). CP Com George Varghese, CS Com Santhosh Kumar, CT Com Premkumar and other office bearers addressed the meeting.

CHQ President Com A A Khan addressed membership verification campaign in Karnataka Circle by addressing the General body meetings at BBNW, Banglore (01.11.2016), Shimoga (02.11.2016), Chickmangalur (03.11.2016 F/N), Hassan (03.11.2016 A/N) and Kolar (04.11.2016). CS Com S B Nagavi and Com M H Gombi addressed the meetings.

GS Com K Sebastin and AGS Com A Chandrasekhar addressed membership verification campaign in AP and Telangana Circles by addressing the General body meetings at Warrangal (17.10.2016 F/N), Khammam(17.10.2016 A/N), Guntur(18.10.2016 F/N), West Godavari (18.10.2016 A/N), Vijayanagaram(19.10.2016 F/N) and Visakhapatanam(19.10.2016 A/N). CP Com Umamaheswar Rao, CS Com A. Viswanath and other office bearers addressed the meetings.

GS Com K Sebastin addressed membership verification campaign in Assam Circle by addressing the General body meetings at Dibrugargh(25.10.2016 A/N), Jorhat(26.10.2016 F/N), Nagoan & Dispur(26.10.2016 A/N) and Guwahati (27.10.2016). CP Com I H Mandal, CS Com Arijith Roy and CWC member Com H P Dutta addressed the meetings.

All the meetings were big success with huge participation and enthusiasm.

All CHQ leaders focused mainly the revival and further growth of BSNL during this financial year for facilitating 3rd PRC implementation. This year balance sheet is having huge significance for 3rd PRC implementation. We have to take extra efforts to increase the revenue by adding more and more connections/stopping closure. Best customer care, improving the quality of service and marketing will lead to growth. Forum and mgt together implementing SWAS programme which is a great success. This years extra efforts and hard work will ensure 3rd PRC and benefits will be there for next 10 years time.

SNEA played a leading role in the constitution of 3rd PRC by organizing various agitational programmes in the banner of NCOA. Govt was almost decided not to constitute 3rd PRC as 2nd PRC recommendations itself was not implemented in several CPSUs. Govt was planning to leave it to concerned CPSU and Administrative Ministry. Our vigil and agitation at right time resulted in the constitution of 3rd PRC. NCOA and SNEA given an excellent presentation before 3rd PRC. We demanded delinking pay revision and superannuation benefits from the affordability or profitability of the CPSU. Again SNEA ensured that BSNL mgt also supporting our demands in the presentation given by them to 3rd PRC.

Membership verification is absolutely required for settling the major HR issues. Mgt is waiting for the outcome of the verification to start discussion. The majority of the recognized Assn will decide its bargaining power and Recognition is for the next three years. During this 3 years all the major HR issues of the Executives will be decided like 3rd PRC, standard pay scales, quantum of superannuation benefits, CPSU Hierarchy, first TBP, notional pay of E1A and E2A, pay anomalies etc etc. So need of the hour is to strengthen the recognized Assn with maximum votes and majority and give maximum bargaining power before the management. A very strong Assn with future vision and commitment, having very good majority and bargaining power only can settle the complex HR issues of BSNL. Ultimately verification should lead to unity of all the Executives.

Membership campaign picked up momentum in various Circles after the tour of CHQ leaders. Circles are started door to door campaign by forming several core groups at main buildings, offices, stations division wise. Core group members are meeting all the executives irrespective of membership and making them to understand the importance of this verification and electing a recognized Assn with maximum votes for maximum bargaining power.

Superannuation benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees: The social security of the BSNL directly recruited employees are our serious concern since beginning. Initially only EPF, Gratuity and medical facilities are available. For Gratuity, separate fund is formed with LIC and same amount will be given for all employees. Medical facility is common for all employees.

First major issue was EPF contribution without the ceiling. Till 2005, EPF contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- irrespective of emoluments (12% of Rs 6500, with the ceiling limit). SNEA demanded EPF contribution without ceiling, ie 12% of the actual emoluments (Basic + IDA). Through continuous pursuation SNEA got it implemented and orders issued on 12.08.2005, with retrospective effect and all the arrears credited into the individual accounts with penal interest.

After 2nd PRC, DPE guidelines stipulated 30% contribution. Forum of BSNL Unions/Assns taken a leading role in resolving the issue by the agitation in 2012. Further we pursued at various levels. In 2013, then CMD offered 4% and again in 2015 in our AIC at Jaipur, CMD offered 6%. Unfortunately we could not grab the opportunity either in 2013 or 2015 due to lack of unanimity. Finally mgt decided for just 3% in 2016, taking few into confidence. Lack of vision, experience and immaturity in handling such sensitive issues cost heavily and we really missed the bus. Otherwise we could have started with 4% in 2014, increased to 6% in 2015 and now could have pursued for further enhancement.

However this is a big breakthrough as BSNL is the only loss making CPSU in the country where this scheme got implemented.

Social security of the employees and their families in case of death occurs untimely is a real concern for us. We are pursuing with management to create a Corpus Fund to give relief of about Rs 20 -30 lakhs in such cases. Simultaneously we are working out to change GSLIS to a Term Insurance Scheme to get better benefits of about Rs 25 lakhs.

The E2, E3 pay scales demand and CPSU cadre Hierarchy is alive today due to the continuous struggle and vigil of our Association. Mgt almost decided E1 and E2 scales replacing E1A and E2A scales. Our struggle and pursuation in DoT and DPE (when other Assns kept a studied silence and even not bothered to pursue in DoT/DPE) resulted in the rejection of E1A and E2A scales (third time) was the first turning point. If E1A and E2A was approved, the demand of E2 and E3 would have no relavance after that. Second one and major breakthrough was the reconstitution of the redundant Joint Committee by our struggle in May 2015. The reconstituted Joint Committee submitted positive recommendations within 4 months time whereas the earlier Committee could not do anything for 3 years, from 2012 to 2015.

CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: Our demand for immediate first promotion, relaxation for the second promotion, uniform date of promotion and pay fixation, designation change etc is accepted by the management in principle. Major challenge is to make AGM promotion also timebound, delinking from seniority and availability of posts so that all the court cases can be resolved once for all. List no 6 & 7 seniority issue will be totally addressed in the CPSU Hierarchy. The following issues will be taken care while implementing it: a) For the existing Executives in higher pay scales, continuation of financial upgradation after 5 years.

Revised pay scales of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres, ie replacement scales for E1A and E2A scales are not notified by DoT after 2nd PRC. The pay scales for all other cadres, ie E3, E4, E5 and E6 are notified and presidential orders are issued by DoT. JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres are facing demotion to E1 and E2 scales. Other cadres and scales are not having this problem. This is the difference between JTO/JAO, SDE/AO pay scales and other pay scales. Our first and foremost responsibility is to protect the JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres from demotion to E1 and E2 scales. If we succeed in getting E2 and E3 settled now, it will be a natural process to get upto E7 later on. We have to struggle to see that E2 and E3 pay scale is settling immediately, before 3rd PRC.

This Assn struggled for decades together to get the cadres uplifted by upgrading the pay scales thrice, in 1987, in 1996 and during absorption in 2002. So, we will not tolerate any demotion of the cadre from E1A to E1 or E2A to E2. This will give the benefit of standard pay scales of E2 to 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 batch recruited JTO/JAOs as we assured to them.

Meanwhile as an interim measure, E1+5 increment was been given to 2007 and 2008 batches to compensate the pay loss. However, E1+5 increments are not implemented for SRD JTOs and JTO/JAOs recruited since 2010. This proposal is pending before the BSNL Board for more than one and half years. The Govt directors are not at all positive and clearing the proposal citing HR plan. We are strongly pursuing the same.

Again the pay anomaly/pay loss is to be addressed and our demand of pay fixation at Rs 22820 has to be pursued after the approval of E2 and E3 scales. Along with this the pay loss issue of TTAs become JTOs as Deptl outsider also can be addressed.

First TB promotion after 4-5 years instead of 4-6 years: This is a demand of SNEA alone and by the agitation, it was referred to the Joint Committee reconstituted on 07.05.2015.

Issues related to Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS etc: After the formation of SNEA, we started taking up of issues related to these cadres also. We could resolve many of their issues like a) counting residency period from 01.10.2000 for the purpose of TB promotion, b) 1st and 2nd ACPs, c) accounts examination and b) transparency in all areas. JTO to SDE promotions could complete for all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 fir civil and for electrical, it is under process. SDE(E) to EE(E) promotions issued recently overcoming all the hurdles. However promotion to EE(C ) could not issue eventhough all formalities are completed due to the intervention of some negative elements. We will overcome this hurdle also.

One major outstanding issue is notional pay of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.10.2000 which we are pursuing for long time. For the first time, during our agitation in May, 2016, management given an assurance to settle this issue favourably. Now we are pursuing this demand as a discrimination of pay scales for the entry cadres and parity in pay scales.

Offtg pay protection: Pay protection and recovery of pay is a serious issue, Assn is pursuing for years together. Finally mgt agreed to reconsider the wrong clarifications and withdraw/modify them. We are pursuing the same.

Rule 8 transfer cases: Assn was pursing this issue for the last one year to have a permanent solution. For arranging the substitutes, three LICEs from TTA to JTO planned this year itself and already two LICEs conducted. Rule 8 cases from most of the Circles will be settled by this. For the remaining Circles having huge waiting list, for arranging substitutes, maximum allotment made in the direct rect quota to the Circles having large no of waiting lists. By this, for the remaining Circles, Assn ensuring that all the Rule 8 cases will be settled before 2017 end by the JTO direct rect.

Regularization of officiating JTOs and FR 22(1)(a)(1) pay fixation case and protection of officiating pay: Assn was pursuing the regularization since 2005 by amending the JTO RRs. Finally we could succeed it in 2015 as we proposed. The confusion created by some sections actually delayed their regularization for so many years and spoiled the career of thousands of Offtg JTOs as hundreds of them retired even without becoming a JTO and others lost 7 to 8 years of service and even one Time Bound promotion. This is the result of the false hope given by some Assns. The FR22(1)(a)(1) pay fixation case to extend similar benefit is in the PCAT and it is listed for 10.11.2016. The officiating pay protection is another issue for them which has to be pursued vigorously. Once offtg pay protection issue is resolved, it will be easy to resolve this issue also.

05-11-2016

Social Security Scheme for the families of BSNL Employees who dies untimely. In order to secure the future of the family members in case of any untoward incident to the employees, suggestions are made. Entirely to be funded by BSNL Employee on pay roll.......GS writes to CMD - View Copy of the letter.

04-11-2016

Editorial

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Vote for SNEA, Vote for Executives Unity

Your Vote is precious; poll your vote in favour of

 No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES’ ASSOCIATION

The membership verification among the Executives Associations in BSNL will finally be held on 07.12.2016. Presently there are 11 Associations representing the Executives in BSNL and 10 of them are taking part in the membership verification process. In other CPSUs, there is only one Association representing all the Executives. Multiplicity of the Executives’ Associations with sectional demands currently poses a real threat to the resolution of the genuine cadre interests of the Executives in BSNL. Such diverse demands and views aids and abets the policy of the Management to linger on and on, on all the real issues of the Executives putting them at a heavy disadvantage. And this is what we have been facing for some time now, despite all efforts to put up a joint show in the banner of the UF.  

In DoT setup we had only one cadre Association the JTOA, representing all the JTOs. The wonders, which the JTOA has been able to work out through various struggles remain wonders, cherished and fondly sung by everyone in the know of things. Yes, history was written by our predecessors in indelible golden alphabets. The JTO pay scales were upgraded three times, first in 1986, again in 1996 and the third time during the absorption in BSNL from E1 to E1A pay scale, all through hard fought struggles. The JTO cadre was elevated from Group C to Group B gazette cadre by V CPC in 1996 as a result of which we could all be absorbed as Executives in BSNL. Else, JTO and all equivalent cadres would only be absorbed and remained as Non-Executives in BSNL. Upgradation of the pay scales of the SDE cadre was nothing but a direct consequence of the upgradation of the pay scales of JTO cadre in 1996.

After the formation of BSNL, when the absorption process of the Executives was mooted, the TEOA could and would decide the terms and conditions for absorption, even if it required the strongest of agitations paralyzing the Telecom Services in the country. The TEOA ensured that all the Executives are absorbed in BSNL, in a dignified manner with defined terms and conditions, namely a) pay scales, b) promotion policy and c) fitment formula before absorption. Through the agitation we also ensured that the E1A, E2A, --- E6 pay scales, 5 Time Bound Promotions etc are uniformly applicable for the BSNL absorbed as well as recruited Executives turning the tables on an adamant Management which insisted that the absorbed Executives would be given E1A scale while the recruits in BSNL would only have E1 Scales. We never could compromise on the cadre interests even though fresh recruits at that time just become part of our Association, it was a clever ploy by the Management to keep the JTO cadre split. It takes great vision and unselfish motives to undermine the devious designs of the Management. And history proves that only the JTOA and the SNEA has the resolve, strength, vision and commitment to take the fold undivided. Temporary gains at the cost of our kith, we consider is an unpardonable betrayal.

The quantum of majority that the recognized Association gains will also decide its bargaining power. The majority Association will negotiate for all the Executives without confining its bargaining power for its members alone. The benefits worked out through such negotiations would be extended to all. As already it is the SNEA which has the credentials and history to bargain for the benefit of all without limiting it to the interests of its members alone. Therefore no Executive can discount his responsibility to exercise his franchise to increase the majority of the highest voted Association and strengthen its bargaining power, particularly at this crucial juncture when a large number of issues is on the verge of finalization. The recognition of the representative association is for the next three years. The 3rd PRC, Standard pay scales for the basic cadres, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy replacing the existing post based promotions delinking from seniority and availability of posts, first TB Promotion between 4 to 5 years, notional pay of E1A and E2A from 1-10-2000 for civil/elect/arch/PA/PS etc. are some of the highest priority HR issues to be finalized sooner than later. During the last few years, multiplicity of the Associations and the sectional demands played havoc with the interests of the cadre. All the Executives have been victims and sufferers of this unwanted phenomenon.

On 07.12.2016, each Executive in BSNL gets his opportunity to end this multiplicity and decide his own destiny. Continuation of several Associations with sectional interests for another three years will be suicidal for the cadre and for the entire executive community. The single, best and very strong majority Association with vision, commitment and dedication only can negotiate and decide the complex HR issues of BSNL.

This verification should ultimately lead to the unity of all the Executives in BSNL, catering to the interests of each Executive. One Association with clear vision of the future road map for the cadre and the BSNL is the need of the hour. Ensure that each and every Executive makes the wisest to determine his future and the future of the cadre.

Remember every unpolled vote renders the cadre weak. And every vote for a weak Association is a vote against the bargaining strength of the Representative Association. Go along and vote the best. Vote for Unity. Vote for highest bargaining strength for the Executives.

Our motto shall be ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

28-10-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016

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Vote for SNEA, Vote for Executives Unity

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan and Chairman Com G L Jogi will be addressing the Zonal General body meetings in Kerala and Tamil Nadu Circles in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

Trivandrum: 01.11.2016(A/N), Ernakulam: 02.11.2016(A/N).

Madurai: 03.11.2016(A/N), Trichy: 04.11.2016(A/N).

Coimbatore: 05.11.2016(F/N).

CHQ President Com A A Khan and Jt Sec(S) Com Pandurang Nayak will be addressing the General body meetings from 02.11.2016 to 04.11.2016 at Shimoga, Chickmangalur, Hassan and Kolar in Karnataka Circle.

GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan and AGS Com A Chandrasekhar will be addressing the General body meetings in Tamil Nadu and Chennai TD Circles.

Coimbatore:05.11.16

Chennai Civil/Elect wing (TN): 07.11.2016(F/N), Chennai Circle office (TN): 07.11.2016(A/N).

Chennai TD: 08.11.2016(F/N), Chennai TD: 08.11.2016(A/N).

Chairman Com G L Jogi and Jt Sec(C) Com Arvind Dahiya will be addressing the General body meeting of Gurgaon SSA on 07.11.2016 and Rohtak SSA on 08.11.2016 in Haryana Circle.

28-10-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

Vote for SNEA, Vote for Executives Unity

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan and Chairman Com G L Jogi will be addressing the Zonal General body meetings in Kerala and Tamil Nadu Circles in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

Trivandrum: 01.11.2016(A/N), Ernakulam: 02.11.2016(A/N).

Madurai: 03.11.2016(A/N), Trichy: 04.11.2016(A/N).

Coimbatore: 05.11.2016(F/N).

GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan and AGS Com A Chandrasekhar will be addressing the General body meetings in Tamil Nadu and Chennai TD Circles.

Chennai Civil/Elect wing(TN): 07.11.2016(F/N), Chennai Circle office(TN): 07.11.2016(A/N).

Chennai TD:08.11.2016(F/N), Chennai TD:08.11.2016(A/N).

Chairman Com G L Jogi and Jt Sec(C ) Com Arvind Dahiya will be addressing the General body meeting of Gurgaon SSA on 07.11.2016 and Rohtak SSA on 08.11.2016 in Haryana Circle. 

25-10-2016

View Corporate Office orders:
First MVP-BSNL Corporate Office has requested Chief Labour Commissioner (C) to provide observers -reg.
Extension of CGHS facilities to the retired BSNL MTNL employees - Clarification reg.

23-10-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016

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Vote for SNEA, Vote for Executives Unity

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

GS Com K Sebastin will be addressing the General body meetings in Assam Circle in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

Dibrugargh: 25.10.2016(F/N), Jorhat: 25.10.2016(A/N).

Tezpur:26.10.2016(F/N), Nagaon:26.10.2016(A/N).

Guwahati: 27.10.2016(F/N).

21-10-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016

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Vote for SNEA, Vote for Executives Unity

ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Chairman Com G L Jogi will be addressing the General body meeting at Ambala (HR) on 21.10.2016 in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

CHQ President Com A A Khan and Chairman Com G L Jogi and Jt Sec(N) Com Jaswir Singh will be addressing the General body meetings at Chandigargh(PB) on 22.10.2016 and Bhatinda (PB) on 23.10.2016 in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

Membership campaign in MH Circle: Dy GS Com M S Adasul and Circle leaders addressing the General body meetings at Nanded  on 20.10.2016(F/N), Parbhani on 20.10.2016(A/N), Beed on 21.10.2016, Jalna on 22.10.2016(F/N) and Aurangabad on  22.10.2016(A/N) in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

CHQ President Com A A Khan will be addressing the General body meetings in Up West and Bihar Circles in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

Bareily(UP West): 24.10.2016, Patna(BR): 26.10.2016.

Bhagalpur(BR):27.10.2016(F/N), Katihar(BR):27.10.2016(A/N).

Chapra(BR): 28.10.2016(F/N), Hajipur(BR): 28.10.2016(A/N). 

21-10-2016

Membership verification on 07.12.2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

Vote for SNEA, Vote for Executives Unity

ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Chairman Com G L Jogi will be addressing the General body meeting at Ambala (HR) on 21.10.2016 in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

CHQ President Com A A Khan and Chairman Com G L Jogi and Jt Sec(N) Com Jaswir Singh will be addressing the General body meetings at Chandigargh(PB) on 22.10.2016 and Bhatinda (PB) on 23.10.2016 in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

Membership campaign in MH Circle: Dy GS Com M S Adasul and Circle leaders addressing the General body meetings at Nanded  on 20.10.2016(F/N), Parbhani on 20.10.2016(A/N), Beed on 21.10.2016, Jalna on 22.10.2016(F/N) and Aurangabad on  22.10.2016(A/N) in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

CHQ President Com A A Khan will be addressing the General body meetings in Up West and Bihar Circles in connection with membership verification to be held on 07.12.2016.

Bareily(UP West): 24.10.2016,     Patna(BR): 26.10.2016.

Bhagalpur(BR): 27.10.2016(F/N),  Katihar(BR): 27.10.2016(A/N).

Chapra(BR): 28.10.2016(F/N),      Hajipur(BR): 28.10.2016(A/N).

18-10-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
First Membership Verification for Executives: Extension of dates of conduct of election (07-12-2016) and declaration of results (09-12-2016) reg.
Looking after arrangement by executives availing higher pay scales - Clarification regarding Official Facilities.
DPC under seniority quota-Furnishing current status of left out JTOs w. r.t AIEL Circulated on 20-02-15 - CG Circle reg..
SDE Inter Circle transfer order.

18-10-2016

Membership verification on 16.11.2016

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Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION

Procedure for conduction of Membership Verification for recognition of Majority representative Association of Executives in BSNL issused.

Postal ballot allowed liberally facilitating voting by all the Executives. Executives working beyond 20 KMs (or even less, working in sensitive posts like trans mtce, on touring jobs, switches etc) and Executives on maternity leave can opt for postal ballot.

All CS/SSA Secretaries, office bearers and activists are requested to identify the Executives working in distant places and required postal ballot facility and get their application approved by SSA Heads for postal ballot well in advance, ie before 20 days (before 26.10.2016). Individual application for postal ballots are to be submitted.

14-10-2016

Membership verification among Executives Associations:
SR section circulated the sample ballot paper for the membership verification to be held on 16.11.2016. Circles are directed to print the ballot paper in black and white (30% more than the required number). 
There will not be any symbol for the Associations. 
Name of Sanchar Nigam Execuitves Association is at Sl No. 9. Assns are asked to submit any corrections latest by 18.10.16 and final ballot paper will be published on 19.10.2016.
Sample ballot paper for membership verification

10-10-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:

Appeal by Director HR reg.
DE Own cost transfer - reg.
DE tenure transfer - Retention reg.

08-10-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
Grant of PLI to BSNL Employees for the year 2014-2015.
Payment of revised IDA at revised rates with effect from 01-10-16 reg.
Preparatory work for AGM regular promotion - Screening committee report reg.
LICE for promotion from Gr C to JTO under 50 perc quotq for vacancy year 2013-14 - Declaration of result for AP circle reg.
BSNL ONLINE EXAMINATION QUERIES PROFORMA reg.  Annexure -I Annexure - II.
CAO regular to DGM adhoc promotion reg.
SDE Tenure transfer order - reg.
DE Tenure transfer order - Modification reg.
DE Inter circle transfer order - reg.
DE own cost transfer order - reg.
DE Tenure transfer order - reg.
SDE Tenure transfer order - reg.
Transfer and Posting in the grade of CAO reg.

07-10-2016

On our continuous persuasion and timely initiation by the Finance wing of BSNLCO especially Shri Sunil Kumar GM FP,  NATFM has given the schedule for training of JAOs in various RTTCs throughout India. We sincerely thank the Finance wing and all the concerned Officers involved in this process. We wish all the JAOs to complete the training successfully.

03-10-2016

GS and AGS met CMD and GS, Chairman and AGS met DIR(HR) on 30.09.2016 and discussed about 1) Withdrawal of wrong clarification issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010 regarding pay fixation and protection of pay on officiating promotion and b) Conduction of membership verification.

Both CMD and DIR(HR) assured that the orders will be modified / withdrawn shortly. DIR(HR) further informed that necessary instructions are already given to GM (Pers) in this matter.

On membership verification, both of them informed that verification process is in the advanced stage and all arrangements are made. Detailed instructions regarding conduction of membership verification will be issued to the Circles in a couple of days.

30-09-2016

Congratulations to SNEA MP, Circle.

SHRI RAJA PARIXIT, SDE WTP JABALPUR AND SH.AMIT MALVIA, JTO BALAGHAT BOTH BSNL DIRECT RECRUITS, EXPIRED AT VERY YOUNG AGE RECENTLY.

SEEING TO THE PATHETIC CONDITION, ALL EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATIONS IN MP DECIDED TO CONTRIBUTE Rs.100/- EACH EXECUTIVE FOR EACH FAMILY. 1732 EXECUTIVES CONTRIBUTION COME TO Rs.1, 73,200/- FOR EACH FAMILY.  NON RECRUITING UNITS ALSO WILL BE JOINING. CGM AND IFA MP CIRCLE IMMEDIATELY AGREED TO DEDUCT THE SAME FROM SALARY. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO SNEA/MP AND ALL CONCERNED FOR THE GREAT INITIATIVE. 

30-09-2016

29-09-2016

View Corporate office orders:

20-09-2016

View Corporate office orders:
Preparatory work for Promotion from SDE Electrical to EE Electrical reg.
DE Request transfer order reg.
SDE Inter circle Transfer order reg.
Clarification regarding Writing APAR.
SDE promotion order under LDCE - One case.

15-09-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:

12-09-2016

View Corporate Office orders:

Guidelines regarding recovery of wrongful - Excess  payment  made to the employees of BSNL reg.

FAQ - Periodical Review of Employees to  maintain  Efficacy  and  Probity And Premature   Retirement  under  Rule 55 ii b of BSNL CDA   Rules.

Retention of Quarters beyond the permissible limits - requests regarding.

 

12-09-2016

GS will be on organizational tour from 13.09.2016 to 17.09.2016 and 20.09.2016 to 25.09.2016 in AP, Kerala and Gujarat. 
CHQ President will be on organizational tour from 13.09.2016 to 17.09.2016 and 19.09.2016 to 25.09.2016 in UP(West), Karnataka and Gujarat.
CSs may contact AGS Com Padmanabha Rao for urgent CHQ related issues.

10-09-2016

CEC meeting of Jharkhand Circle at Ranchi and SSA General Body meetings at Ranchi and Jamshedpur in connection with membership verification. Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

SNEA Jharkhand Circle conducted the CEC meeting at RTTC Auditorium, Ranchi on 04.09.2016. All the SSAs attended the CEC meeting. CP Com Ranjan Ram and CS Com Pankaj Das mobilised the gathering. CEC cum General Body meeting was held at Ranchi in connection with preparations for membership verification. A 2007 rect JTO is the new DS of Ranchi SSA. Com Rakesh Kumar nominated as CWC member.An open session was conducted on SWAS programme. On 03.09.2016, General Body meeting held at Jamshedpur, JKD. DS Com N K Singh and DP Com Vinod Kumar initiated the meeting. DSs of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA also attended the meeting at Jamshedpur.

General Secretary addressed both the meetings at Jamshedpur and Ranchi, explaining the developments at CHQ level. The successful implementation of SWAS programme in JKD Circle is highly appreciable. GS congratulated each and every employee of Jharkhand and the management for their enthusiasm in implementing it under adverse conditions. SWAS programme focuses on the quality of service, sales, marketing etc. If quality improves, automatically customer base increases and additional revenue generates. BSNL management taken series of initiatives like Night Free call, free roaming, free call diversion etc to attract the customers. The tendering processes, procurement etc streamlined and availability of materials improved. Employees also responded very positively. Customer Delight year and SWAS programme changed the mindset of large number of employees and they got a new direction. Last two years, BSNL shown significant improvements in the revenue and BSNL recording operational profits. This year, 2016-17 performance is very crucial for all the employees because 3rd PRC implementation is fully depends on that. It is a real challenge before every employee to ensure that maximum contribution is coming from their side in the coming days to accelerate the growth, customer base, quality of service and ultimately revenue generation. More and more focus is required on enterprises business segments, leased ccts, MPLS ccts, broadband and FTTH connections etc which will generate maximum revenue. This year performance is going to decide our future for the next 10 years, till 2027. Just for 20% hike in our salary, BSNL requires minimum 3,000 Crores additional amount, ie minimum 10% revenue has to increase comparing to previous year.

On 3rd PRC, SNEA took the lead in constitution of 3rd PRC by launching agitation under NCOA. In fact SNEA was the only Assn participated in the agitation. SNEA and NCOA together gave a detailed presentation before the 3rd PRC which was appreciated very much by the PRC. Our entire focus was to delink the pay revision from the profits and affordability. Similarly on superannuation benefits to the BSNL directly recruited employees, being a social security measure, SNEA and NCOA pleaded for compulsory contribution from the CPSU without giving any flexibility to the CPSUs. SNEA was in constant touch with BSNL management and ensured that most of our suggestions are supported and incorporated in the presentation to be given by BSNL mgt to 3rd PRC.

On Superannuation benefits, all efforts are to continue to get minimum 6% contribution from BSNL as offered by CMD, BSNL in our AIC held at Jaipur in last September. Eventhough earlier offer was come for 4% and 6% from mgt side, there was no unanimity among the Assns and Unions, some are insisting for 12%. But unfortunately they didn’t opposed 3%! Now the proposal for administrative approval with 3% contribution is in DoT, we are pursuing it on a daily basis to start with. Once separate fund is formed, we will focus on enhancing the contribution.

On promotions, almost all the promotions in various streams are stayed by different courts on different grounds. In Ernakulam HC, all efforts are being taken to hear the case on merit on out of turn, bypassing the case seniority. We are successful in that by engaging a Sr lawyer from Hon SC, New Delhi. Now the case is part heard and remaining part will be heard on 22nd and 23rd Sept. The LDCE promotion, SDE to DE promotion, JAO to AO and AO to CAO promotions are held up in Chandigarh. Efforts are being made to hear the case on merit at the earliest.

The only viable alternative to this deadlock situation in promotions are implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy. CPSU Hierarchy is the implementation of the agreement reached between TEAO(now SNEA) and BSNL in 2002 agitation in true spirit where it was agreed that Time Bound Functional promotion without linking with the posts will be provided upto Selection Grade DGM between 4 to 6 years. Till that date only two financial upgradations (one from JTO and another from SDE) were available, that also after 12 years. In CPSU Hierarchy, promotions are delinked from seniority and availability of posts. Since the Joint Committee was almost defunct, SNEA alone started agitations since February, 2014 demanding CPSU Hierarchy and standard pay scales of E2, E3. Finally we succeeded through agitation in 2015 when CMD agreed to reconstitute the Joint Committee. The demand of first TB promotion after 4 years instead of 6 years also made a terms of reference of the same committee, another breakthrough. We could get very positive recommendations from the Jt Committee on all the three issues in very short time. After the recommendations, last several months, we are working for 1) one time relaxation for immediate promotion to the next higher grade for the Executives working in higher scales, 2) relaxation for qualifying service for further promotions, 3) uniform date of promotion and pay fixation, 4) change of designation, 5) increasing the number of DGM posts etc. The draft proposal addresses large number of concerns and mgt accepted most of our above mentioned demands. Our major issue pending is to make the AGM promotions also time bound, without linking with availability of posts and financial upgradations to E5 and E6 scales should be after 5 years instead of 7 years. SNEA is committed to ensure a uniform promotion policy for all the Executives.

On standard pay scales, we are fully committed to see that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. SNEA through continuous struggles upgraded the pay scales of JTO cadre thrice, first in 1987, second in 1996 and third during absorption in BSNL. The status also got upgraded from Group C to Group B Gazetted and then to an Executive. Then it has extended to all similar cadres like JAO, JTO(C/E) etc. Our struggle since 2014 was to get the standard pay scales of E2, E3 as replacement scales for the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. E1A and E2A are the two pay scales, DoT didn’t approved in 2009. By pursuing in DoT and DPE, SNEA ensured that proposal of E1A and E2A scales are rejected by DoT and DPE in July, 2014 giving momentum to our struggle for E2 and E3. In the Joint committee we struggled to see that positive recommendations are coming, eventhough dissent note was given by some members. Our agenda is to get E2, E3 scale now, before 3rd PRC so that we should not miss the benefits of 3rd PRC. This will give deserved benefits to thousands and thousands of JTO/JAOs recruited in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and future recruits. The pay parity demand is to be pursued after that. Once E2, E3 is settled, it will be easy to settle E2 to E7. Our priority is to see that JTO/JAO, SDE/AO cadres are not demoted, rest will follow.

Membership verification should lead to unity among the Executives. It is a golden opportunity to revive BSNL, meet all the Executives and explain the contribution of this Association in various struggles to protect the interest of the Executives as well as the interest of BSNL. On disinvestment, copper cable unbundling, ADC, 45.5 million tender cancellation, ITS issue, BWA spectrum refund, 3G roaming, GSM tender cancellation, tower subsidiary formation, MTNL&BSNL merger, SNEA was in the forefront of all the struggles. This is an Assn fighting for your rights. Join this Association and strengthen it. Strengthen the hands of SNEA which all along struggling to Strengthen BSNL. Appeal to all the Executives is that join this fighting brigade, strengthen it to protect your rights, to protect our company. Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

08-09-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
Holding of LICE for promotion of Group C employees to the grade of JTO (Telecom.) for the vacancy year 2015 -16. Date of LICE is 11.12.2016.   

View Model Examination Notice      View Examination Centres.
DPC under seniority quota - Furnishing current Vig status of left out JTOs in AIEL - ETP ETR NTP NTR 
DPC under seniority quota - Furnishing current Vig status of JTOs whose names are not available in AIEL - PB Circle .
Change of date of holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha -Bakrid reg.
SDE tenure transfer - Own cost transfer.
SDE tenure transfer - Cancellation order.

02-09-2016

Fact about Reliance JIO Voice calls as free:
The voice calls on Reliance JIO network will be sent in the form of data and thus calling and called party of voice calls will be charged. In our case only calling party pays.

02-09-2016

View Corporate Office orders:
Direct relieving of STS officers on Posting or Transfer by Corporate office reg
Posting of JAOs on probation under DR quota consequent on completion of training reg.
Post based Roster in the grade of SDE / AE Arch.

02-09-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

The following Circles arranged General Body and CEC meetings in connection with Membership verifications and CHQ leaders attending the meetings during September, 2016:

Jharkhand Circle: 03.09.2016: General Body at Jamshedpur. 04.09.2016:  CEC and General Body at Ranchi.

Uttarakhand Circle: 08.09.2016: CEC and General Body at Dehradun.

Haryana Circle: Faridabad SSA (09.09.2016)

Chattisgargh Circle: General Body meetings at Bilaspur (09th) and Durg (10th).

AP Circle: 13th to 17th September: General Body meetings at Telengana and Railseema areas. Karim Nagar & Nizamabad (13th), Khammam & Nalgonda (14th), Mahaboobnagar & Kurnool (15th), Anantapur & Kadapa (16th) and Tirupti(17th).

UP(East) Circle: 13th to 16th September: General Body meetings at Allahabad (13th), Kanpur (14th), Urai (15th) and Jhansi(16th).

UP(West) Circle: 14th to 17th September: General Body meetings at Bareily, Muzaffarnagar, Saranpur, Bijnor and Moradabad (13th to 16th). CEC meeting of UP(W) and General Body at Gaziabad (17th).

Kerala Circle: 20th to 23rd September: General Body meetings at Kanhangad & Kannur (20th), Malappuram & Kozhikode (21st), Palakkad & Trichur (22nd), Pathanamthitta & Kollam (23rd).

Karnataka circle: 19th to 23rd (Belgaum, Hubli, Bellary, Bidar, Bijapur, Raichur, Dhavangare, Gulbarga).

Gujarat Circle: CEC meeting on 24th and Ahmedabad SSA Conf (25th).

01-09-2016

Editorial

Decisive struggle is inevitable to defeat counterproductive moves of bureaucracy in DOT to destabilize BSNL by creating industrial unrest at critical stage of revival. Struggle to conclusively address critical issues, having reached a very crucial stage of resolution, a) Standard pay scales of E2 and E3, b) Superannuation benefits and c) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Depth of commitment and involvement in the struggle will decide how fast and in which way we reach our destination. 

Rejection of the proposal to extend standard pay scales of E2, E3, --- E7 by DoT, citing huge financial implications, prompted and paved the way for United Forum of BSNL Executives Associations, comprising of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA, to launch imminent organizational actions. This decision of the DoT brings to surface and exposes the ulterior designs that bureaucracy, particularly DoT Finance, had been nurturing for the last couple of years regarding demotion of strategic cadres of JTO and SDE. However for CAT to come out of the bag also a struggle was required, thus clearly setting the stage for a very crucial, prolonged and head-on struggle to defeat diabolical thinking of thick skinned bureaucracy. And we all know what it takes to permeate the thick skin of bureaucracy.  

Let us understand very grave implications of this retrograde decision- it clearly jeopardizes   our justified demand of getting standard pay scales corresponding to existing scales of E2 to E7 from the 3rd PRC. This retrograde thinking of bureaucracy is clearly evident from its decision to refer the proposal to DPE, simply to preempt our move to plead before 3rd PRC our legitimate demand of getting scales equivalent to existing standard scales of E2 to E7.

For a moment, bureaucracy did not just bother to weigh the incredible recognition that the cadre of JTO earned from National productivity council, IIM Bangalore and 5th CPC. Two incredibly monstrous jumps that the cadre got- one, in 1987 when the Union Cabinet decided to upgrade its pay scale to 1640-2900, and the other one, when 5th CPC, conferred yet another unprecedented distinction on it by upgrading it from Group C to Group B Gazetted along with 6500-10500 scale. This devilish thinking of dumping the cadres of JTO/SDE has to be buried deep down to a level from where it just cannot rise again. And let us understand that getting standard scales of E2 and E3, places us on solid track of getting further elevation E4 to E7 from 3rd PRC and that too no one can stop us from getting. Resolute and deep rooted conviction will inevitably take us to our defined destination.      

Striving to accomplish social security in terms of Superannuation benefits for our Comrades remains yet another formidable challenge for us and this social security has to be accomplished in absolute terms in the long term. Immediately, we have to move towards bridging the huge gap that exists as of now between what we are eligible for and what we are getting. DoT has just no business to obstruct bridging this gap and this struggle has to convey this fact in clear terms to DoT.   

We have been working tirelessly over last couple of years to replace our existing obsolete functional career growth mechanism by a robust and viable one. While this mechanism entails delinking functional promotion from seniority and availability of posts, our immediate formidable challenge is to ensure time bound functional promotion up to AGM level. We will have to strain our nerves to reach, in the first instance, up to AGM level so that senior Comrades get immediate relief whereas younger generation also simultaneously moves up. In this process, number of connected issues, some of them quite complex, are to be sorted out. Last few months we are working tirelessly to see that our suggestions on a) immediate promotion, b) relaxation in the qualifying service, c) change of designations, d) uniform date of promotion and date of increment, e) decentralization of DPCs etc are accepted by the management. The draft proposal addresses most of our concerns and the biggest breakthrough is the proposal for immediate promotion because it gives promotion to thousands and thousands of JTOs as SDEs and SDEs as Sr SDEs/DEs.

Finally coming together of Executives on a common platform, to unleash what is surely going to yet another historical struggle in itself is a huge breakthrough. This struggle will generate fire and shake perverse thinking, thick skinned and vested interest in DoT which is hell bent upon derailing the revival mode that BSNL has entered into after strenuous efforts. This struggle is therefore going to expose and defeat larger and well planned conspiracy of bureaucracy, having no stake or interest in a robust BSNL, to destabilize BSNL.

31-08-2016

Initial response of UF comprising of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA  to the draft proposal on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. If the proposal is implemented all the SDEs completed 10 years of service will be promoted as AGM and all efforts are made to ensure that all the SDEs in list no 6 & 7 are promoted together in a single lot ending all the disputes.

31-08-2016

31-08-2016

Solidarity and support to the General Strike on 02.09.2016 by the Central Trade Unions.

Central Trade Unions decided for one day strike on 02.09.2016 with various demands including No disinvestment of CPSEs, minimum wages, strict enforcement of labour laws and no amendment to labour laws, no merger of banks etc. All the issues are so serious and having direct impact on BSNL when Govt very seriously thinking about strategic sale.

SNEA decided to extend solidarity and support to the strike by joining the demonstration or holding separate demonstrations wherever possible.

30-08-2016

Superannuation benefits to BSNL Direct Recruits:
In continuation of our agenda meeting with Secretary DOT on 19-08-2016, GS, CHQ President and Chairman met senior officers of DOT today to further pursue the proposal on Superannuation benefits . In the meeting held on 19-08-2016, Secretary DOT assured us that the proposal will be approved soon. Member Finance, Telecom Commission now cleared the proposal, crossing the major hurdle. The orders are expected in a couple of days.

Replacement of E1A & E2A pay scales with standard pay scales of E2 & E3: 
Today GS, CHQ President and Chairman met the concerned officers in DOT and given further input to the issue. They assured that the inputs will be incorporated in the proposal.

United Forum comprising of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA is on agitation to settle the issues.


30-08-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
Qualification for LICE for promotion to JTO T as per schedule column - 7 of JTO RR 2014 - Instructions 
Post based Roster in the grade of EE Civil as on 31-03-2016 reg
Providing substitutes for Tenure stations under Non territorial Circles reg.
Transfer and posting in the grade of SDE Civil reg.

26-08-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
Provisional Seniority list in the grade of STS (CAO) Regular working in BSNL as on 10-06-16.  View List
Extension of benefit of TBP Pay scale upgradation under the Promotion Policy to Non Executives granted executive scales under the erstwhile ACP scheme -reg.
Direct relieving of DGM Fin and CAOs by Corporate Office – reg .
Transfer and postings in the grade of SDE Telecom - Retention reg.
.

25-08-2016

View Glimpses of Photos of Lunch hour Demonstration held on 23-08-2016 at SSA / Circle head Quarters:

24-08-2016

Circle Conference of BSNL Corporate Office held on 23.08.2016. Details will be uploaded.

19-08-2016

Congratulations Comrades, 
Today GS, CHQ President, Chairman and AGS had a detailed meeting with Secretary, DoT on various HR issues. On Superannuation benefits we convinced Secretary about the urgency to clear the proposal send by BSNL as more than 33000 employees are not having any social security. Immediately Secretary directed the concerned officers to clear the proposal and assured that DOT approval will be communicated to BSNL shortly. 

13-08-2016

Corporate office issued letter regarding - Final list of Associations willing and eligible to participate in the membership verification and finalization/ supply of electoral rolls to the authorized representatives of participating Associations.
Click here to view letter.

11-08-2016

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11-08-2016

11-08-2016

11-08-2016

View Corporate Office orders:

09-08-2016

Permitting some Associations to participate in the ensuing membership verification in complete disregard and violation of elementary eligibility conditions – immediate kind intervention solicited to get revised list of   Associations legitimately eligible to participate issued....GS writes to CMD.    View Letter copy.

01-08-2016

Move for strategic sale / Disinvestment of BSNL / MTNL

MASS DEMONSTRATION ON 03.08.2016 at BSNLHQ, Circle/ SSA HQs

Forum of BSNL Unions/Assns and MTNL Unions / Assn decided to strongly oppose any move for strategic sale / disinvestment of BSNL or MTNL. Make extensive preparations—stop the Govt from the move at the beginning itself.

Participate in en mass and make it a grand success.

31-07-2016

Move for strategic sale / Disinvestment of BSNL / MTNL

MASS DEMONSTRATION ON 03.08.2016 at BSNLHQ, Circle / SSA HQs

Forum of BSNL Unions/Assns and MTNL Unions/Assn decided to strongly oppose any move for strategic sale/disinvestment of BSNL or MTNL. Make extensive preparations—stop the Govt from the move at the beginning itself.

United Forum letter to Secretary, DoT on Mass Demonstration on 03.08.2016

31-07-2016

Editorial

Niti Aayog – Very thinking of strategic sale in BSNL a preposterous proposition – Aayog has to get fully apprised of the ground realities that led to decline of BSNLs growth. Augmentation of BSNL at this critical juncture, when there are visible signs of consolidation of growth and massive closing down of losses, through capital infusion and other measures will strengthen the Govt. with a powerful institution to safeguard national security, force private operators to comply with policy provisions and defeat their concerted attempts of cartelization and help maintain competitive tariffs.

Nothing can be more ill conceived, ill timed and counterproductive than the very thinking in the highest policy planning body of the Country, NITI AAYOG, to dilute the equity of BSNL at a time when the Company, for the first time since the year 2008 has started showing very definite, visible and perceptible signs of positive growth trajectory and is very fast bridging the massive losses that it incurred during the preceding years. This is apt and high time when the policy making body, after taking a very close and hard look of how things have started shaping and building up of late in BSNL in terms of revenue generation, growth of mobile services, narrowing down of losses, expansion of services in rural areas etc. should have suggested very concrete measures to the Govt. to help the Company further bolster its growth so as to finally jump in the profitable zone which is just well within the reach of the Company. Getting into the profitable domain is just at arm’s length as of now and this is where the policy makers are making serious judgmental error by sending wrong signals for no reason.

Policy makers, it is extremely important, need to get apprised of some fundamental ground realities and facts that have unfolded in the Telecom sector during the last two decades. Primarily, policy makers need to factor in the unprecedented and unparalleled role that BSNL has played in terms of taking Telecom services to the remotest parts of the Country at highly subsidized rates, thereby fulfilling the National Telecom Policy Agenda of the Govt. to provide affordable Telecom Services of universal quality. In meeting this objective of National Telecom Policy, spelt out in 1988 when Telecom commission was constituted, BSNL bled and continues to bleed by investing more than Rs 20,000 crores with virtually no returns. And BSNL continues to meet this social obligation of policy, with recurring losses. It is not only pertinent but quite significant to mention that Private operators have had just no contribution in this herculean effort of building massive country wide telecom infrastructure. Instead, they exploited and continue to exploit this infrastructure without any investments. They never met the policy provisions that tasked them to provide telecom services in rural areas.

Massive reserves that the Company had were consigned to flames by politicians, bureaucrats, in nexus with corrupt officers in BSNL and vested interests. When we were running neck to neck vis-a-vis Airtel in terms of market share in the wireless segment in the year 2007, we were left crippled because of cancellation of 45.5 million lines of procurement of GSM equipment by the then Minister. That was where we started bleeding and this is just the tip of an iceberg.  NITI AAYOG needs to dig out all that led to rapid deterioration of BSNL and it will arrive at inescapable conclusion that political interference, bureaucratic red tape, complete lack of autonomy, breach of policy violations by private operators at the cost of BSNL, meeting social obligations of telecom policies of the Govt. etc etc. led to fast sliding of BSNL.

Against all these heavy odds, when the Company is weathering the storm in a determined and extraordinary manner, showing great signs of resilience and visible upward growth trajectory, bridging losses incredibly and remarkably inching forward steadily but surely towards full recovery, the very thinking in the NITI AAYOG even remotely to dilute the equity of the Govt. in the Company in one way or the other only deflects the management and the employees from the path they have been together relentlessly traversing during the last more than a year towards taking the Company to its pristine glory. NITI AAYOG headed by worldwide renowned economist, Arvind Panigrahiya, will have to go quite deep into what has ailed the Company and more significantly will have to recognize the fast recovery that it is heading towards of late. Not only will the NITI AAYOG have to abandon these preposterous and counterproductive propositions of equity dilution but it will have to aggressively and proactively come out with measured strategy and plan of action that help further fortify and accelerate the recovery process that has already set in and is gathering momentum by the day. Capital infusion, akin to banking sector, clubbed with other dynamic and versatile policy intervention will surely take the Company completely out of the deep waters that it go sunk into about five years before and from where it is gradually coming to the surface.

Trade unions and the management, understanding the huge strategic significance of revival of the Company, have been facing the huge challenges together and working in tandem admirably, producing tangible results. Govt. should fully grasp the prevailing situation in BSNL in its totality and not do anything that upsets the balance of delicate apple cart between the management and the employees by forcing the employees to go on to the streets and thus completely derail them from the recovery track that the company is traversing on. The Govt. and the policy makers, on the contrary, should be seen as cementing this relationship because joint endeavor alone can pull through the Company completely out of the woods and facilitate and enable it to enter the much awaited and cherished profit domain that it has been desperately longing for to enter.

 

Role of SNEA vis-a-vis NCOA vis-a-vis 3rd PRC.

SNEA has to be at the centre stage to get the tough decisions taken by NCOA in its NEC meet held at Mysuru on 16th July with regard to smooth and timely implementation of recommendations of 3rd PRC. NCOA has decided to force the Govt. to delink wage revision from affordability, besides taking series of other important decisions on various aspects which are reproduced elsewhere. We have to be in the driver’s seat to get these decisions implemented and that unquestionably and undoubtedly will need a prolonged and sustained struggle. Let us start making very serious and extensive organizational preparations at the grass root level so that we are fully successful in playing pivotal and strategic role to get a very positive report from 3rd PRC that largely meets our reasonable expectations.

 

Replacement of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 and Approval of Superannuation benefit to BSNL Direct recruits --- imminent struggle awaits us, start gearing up fully to force the bureaucracy to decide.

Pay scale demand howsoever legitimate it may be has never and will never be realized without a very tough and determined struggle, requiring committed involvement of   each and every comrade. Bureaucracy does not bend but has to be forced to bend. Replacement of non standard scales of E1A and E2A before 3rd PRC is just crucial to our upward movement from E4 to E7. Getting E1A and E2A prior to 3rd PRC will be a stepping stone and this vital breakthrough will surely set the stage for our movement from E4 to E7. Moving from E4 to E7 would be a natural corollary of getting E2 and E3 scales for non standard scales of E1A and E2A. Similarly the BSNL proposal on Superannuation benefits also.

There is strong resistance from bureaucracy in DOT for very obvious reasons and defeating this resistance is  not going to be an easy task unless we get very tough and determined to hit and hit hard and that too very soon. Thus realizing the greatest importance of settling this unresolved issue let us lose no time in making very elaborate organizational preparations to force the bureaucracy to decide and decide quickly. Let us be on our toes and not look back, recalling our huge strengths.

22-07-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
Guidelines for considering the requests of BSNL Employees for deputation to Outside organisations reg.
SDE Inter Circle transfer order - Retention order - Cancellation order. 
AGM tenure transfer order.
SDE tenure transfer.
Preparatory excercise for promotion to SDE TF under SQ - Circulation of AIEL reg.

20-07-2016

Appeal and advisory to BSNL Officers and Executives by Director HR. 

06-07-2016

Circle Secretaries and CHQ office-bearers meeting at New Delhi on 09.07.2016 (9.30 am) in connection with membership verification.

Accommodation will be available for the CSs at the venue on 08th and 09th and for the CHQ office bearers at SNEA Bhavan.

Venue: Hotel KYRON, 15A/45, Saraswati Marg, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, 110005. The venue is about 400 meters from Karol Bagh Metro station.

01-07-2016

Editorial (Part I)

Biggest battle on hand - getting terms of reference of 3rd PRC amended to delink wage revision from profitability and ensuring pension revision as part of the terms of reference -– vested interest bureaucracy will have to be shaken from its mighty citadels to incorporate this fundamental and realistic amendment. SNEA will have to be yet again the marshalling force in NCOA to lead this formidable struggle. 

While NCOA, and within NCOA, SNEA, was instrumental and undoubtedly and decisively key force, in forcing the Government to constitute 3rd PRC for CPSU wage revision. In so far as terms of reference of the 3rd PRC are concerned, it really makes no sense unless a basic and realistic amendment in the terms of reference of the wage committee to delink the wage revision from profitability of CPSU is incorporated in the terms of reference of the wage committee. SNEA from the platform of NCOA started the onerous task of forcing the bureaucracy to get 3rd PRC constituted more than two years before and since then has been struggling against all the odds to get the wage committee constituted and never drifted in its focus and commitment till finally Government decided to constitute it.

However, without fundamental amendment in the terms of reference to delink wage revision from profitability, wage committee and its recommendations are going to be merely ornamental and cosmetic since more than 80% of the CPSUs would be out of purview of wage revision in that case. Yes, timely intervention of NCOA and spectacular unity exhibited by the affiliates of NCOA defeated the initial diabolical thinking in the Government to disintegrate and create ripples in the unity of Executives of CPSUs by delaying the constitution of wage committee in order to give complete freedom and flexibility to the respective managements of CPSUs to decide and finalize wage revision. Yes, NCOA defeated this sinister move of the Government forcing the Government to legitimately constitute 3rd PRC. This undoubtedly has been a landmark breakthrough for NCOA, particularly SNEA.

Without NCOA taking a very tough and unrelenting organizational stand and adopting a well drafted strategy, bureaucracy would have succeeded in its ulterior motives of dividing the unity of Executives of CPSUs by deciding to allow respective CPSUs to decide their own yardstick for wage revision. And if left unchecked and allowed to succeed, such a preposterous move would have wrecked havoc and fragmented the unity of Executives and CPSUs too. This further would have facilitated the Government to execute its long cherished dirty designs of disinvesting and eventually selling these behemoths of Indian economy and symbols of National sovereignty.        

Having accomplished this breathtaking breakthrough, we have even more challenging and arduous task at our hand- forcing the bureaucracy to treat CPSUs at par with Central Government employees and adopt the same yardstick in so far as fitment criterion is concerned. Viewing developments in a hard and realistic perspective, one cannot escape inferring and concluding that contribution of CPSUs towards strengthening Indian economy and in building basic infrastructure blocks of growth of Nation building has not been only spectacular but really unparalleled. Massive political corruption, strong nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and the mafia has wrecked havoc on these bedrocks of Nations growth and economy. Be it Coal, Power, Telecom, Civil aviation, Heavy industries etc. etc, massive corruption has undermined growth of CPSUs and hence there is just no rationale, strength and legitimacy in linking our wage revision to profitability. Doing this is just illegitimate and that is where our job lies - in exposing and publicly propagating vigorously and vociferously what is generally known to the Indian public by now. Not an easy job but yes given the fact that today Indian public is generally aware of how these strategic units of Country’s growth have been systematically degenerated and decayed by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, our job is not all too difficult.

Similarly, the pension revision for the BSNL absorbed employees didn’t find place in the terms of reference of the Pay Revision Committee eventhough DoT was specifically demanded for it. The pension revision has to be automatic as in the case of Govt employees, delinking it from the pay revision of the serving employees. This amendment also to be incorporated in the terms of reference of the 3rd Pay Revision Committee.

Thus Comrades, our real struggle to force the Government to immediately revisit the terms of reference finalized by it and incorporate basic and rational amendment to delink wage revision from profitability and pension revision for the BSNL absorbed employees now starts and we have to get tough to such an extent that we have to ensure that 3rd PRC does not commence even elementary deliberations unless this fundamental amendment is incorporated. It is only after we succeed in forcing the Government to introduce this critical amendment that the deliberations and submitting of memoranda etc. etc. to 3rd PRC will have meaning and objectivity. Otherwise, deliberations and submitting of memoranda is going to be a lame duck affair, completely devoid of any relevance and objectivity.

This is undoubtedly going to be the most daunting struggle since bureaucracy needs to be shaken in order to look at the entire gamut of issues relating to CPSUs in a pragmatic and realistic manner and the hard reality is that CPSUs wage revision has to be analogous to 7th CPC in terms of not linking wage revision of CPSUs to profitability like 7th CPC. They cannot close their eyes to the realities that have jeopardized growth of CPSUs and if they close, we will have to force open their eyes to peep at hard ground realities. That is where the role and struggle from the platform of NCOA assumes greatest significance and even greater and critical will be the role of SNEA in marshalling the struggle and taking it to its logical conclusion of delinking wage revision from profitability.

30-06-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:

28-06-2016

We deeply mourn the sad demise of Com V. Mukundan, Ex Circle President, Karnataka Circle, who expired today afternoon at Mysuru. We lost a Trade Union leader and a great fighter against corruption. He was the CP for two terms. His qualities lead the trade union movement in Mysuru and Karnataka to great heights. We pray to the almighty to give strength to his family members. May his soul rest in peace.

28-06-2016

We deeply mourn the sad demise of Com V. Mukundan, Ex Circle President, Karnataka Circle, who expired today afternoon at Mysuru. We lost a Trade Union leader and a great fighter against corruption. We pray to the almighty to give strength to his family members. May his soul rest in peace.

29-06-2016

We deeply mourn the sad demise of Com V. Mukundan, Ex Circle President, Karnataka Circle, who expired today afternoon at Mysuru. We lost a Trade Union leader and a great fighter against corruption. We pray to the almighty to give strength to his family members. May his soul rest in peace.

23-06-2016

1st Membership verification:

The last date of submission of application and date of verification etc postponed. Revised dates:

Last date of submission of application    : 22.07.2016

Conduction of elections                     : 16.11.2016

Counting of votes and declaration of results: 18.11.2016

However there will be no change in the CS/CHQ office bearers meeting at New Delhi on 09.07.2016


Membership verification campaign

CEC of Kerala Circle at Ernakulum on 24-25, June, 2016

CEC of Rajasthan Circle at Jaipur on 02.07.2016

CEC of MP Circle at Itarsi on 03-04, July, 2016

CEC of Bihar Circle at Patna on 04.07.2016

CEC of Assam Circle at Guwahati on 05.07.2016

BSNLCO Circle meeting at New Delhi on 11.07.2016

CEC of Haryana Circle at Karnal on 12.07.2016

CEC of AP Circle at Hyderabad on 24.07.2016

CEC of WB Circle at Kolkata on 13.08.2016

Revised schedule

20-06-2016

1st Membership Verification:

SNEA submitted the application for the participation in the 1st membership verification of majority Executives Association in BSNL on 17.06.2016.

All Circle/SSA/Division/Branches to start preparations. Circle and SSA Executive Committees to meet and formulate strategies by forming core groups at local level before the CS/CHQ meeting at New Delhi.

CSs and SSA Secretaries to discuss with CGM/SSA heads to allot maximum number of polling stations for the convenience of the Executives. We have to insist atleast one polling booth for each Division (DE wise).

14-06-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
Provisional Seniority list in the grade of STS - CAO Regular working in BSNL as on 10-06-16 - reg    View List.
Regular Promotion to the grade of SDE Civil under SCF quota - Calling for VC - Reminder .
DGM Adhoc promotion - Modification - Retention order.
Adhoc DGM promorion order - One case reg.
JTO to SDE promotion under LDCE quota - One case reg .
DE transfer order - Retention reg.
DE transfer order - Cancellation reg.

09-06-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:

08-06-2016

One Day Dharna demanding Constitution of 3rd PRC:
Make extensive preparations for the Dharna on 22.06.2016 infront of DPE office, New Delhi and Circle / SSA HQs. All our members should participate in the Dharna to make it a grand success. Executives from all the CPSUs will be joining the Dharna. We have to create tremendous pressure on the Govt to  constitute 3rd PRC. The proposal is with the PMO since October but Govt is not taking decision on this important matter. This is a do or die situation for the Executives as our entire future depending on 3rd PRC.

08-06-2016

Congratulations!
Posting order on promotion to the grade of Sub Divisional Engineer (Elect) against 33% LDCE quota....View Order Copy.

07-06-2016

GS writes to ED (NB) to Consider the requests of JTO(E) while posting on Promotion as SDE (E)... View Copy of the letter. 

07-06-2016

View Corporate office orders:

03-06-2016

Last week, 30% superannuation benefits proposal send to DOT for approval. Meanwhile the proposal for forming trust and contribution on actual basis etc. send to CA section yesterday for taking further action. 

02-06-2016

GS writes to Director HR requesting to permit AP Circle to withdraw the case at Hon HC, there by to implement the Hon CAT judgment and expert committee recommendations which is line with BSNLCO guidelines for the TTA to JTO LICE held in 2013....View Copy of the letter.

02-06-2016

Accolades - valiant Comrades of SNEA- blend of restrained Organizational actions coupled with profound concern for growth of the company puts HR issues on track. Extraordinary preparedness called for to get issues conclusively implemented.

Make extensive, strategic and wholehearted preparations to emerge thumbs up and with flying colours from ensuing membership verification- leave just no stone unturned- start gearing up right now to face this formidable challenge too.

In BSNL, HR issues have remained unaddressed mainly due to two reasons, one because of the inaction and complete lack of vision and professionalism on the part of the management to conceptualize and executive innovative HR career growth roadmap consistent with the emerging intense challenges in the sector and,   secondly and more significantly, because of myopic and sectarian views from different sections from amongst the Associations. In this situation, management relishes passing on the buck and it becomes easy for them to bury the issues deeper into the ground. That is precisely what has had been jeopardizing the issues and affecting adversely and irreparably our career advancement for quite some time now.  

Against the backdrop of this, we were just constrained to do what we have had been desisting to do for last four years in the larger interests of the growth of the Company since linked to growth of the Company is our getting eligible for 3rd PRC which otherwise would be a nightmare for us. Overwhelming and spontaneous response from our Comrades to one day Dharna, even though at short notice, prompted the management to engage us in very serious and meaningful discussions for resolution of the long pending issues. The replacement scales of E2 and E3 for the non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A is the most critical issue in view of the 3rd PRC and the large number of young Executives that are affected by this.

Even though E2, E3, -----, E7 is our ultimate goal, strategically we decided to focus on Khan Committee recommendations, limiting to E2 and E3, and protecting the basic feature of five TB promotions envisaged in and underlying our EPP in the first phase followed by E4, E5 to E7. We shall have to strain to ensure that E2 and E3 get nod of BSNL Board and DoT before 3rd PRC constitution. It is not going to be a smooth sailing given the fact that, even though one year have elapsed, E1+5 is yet to get nod of BSNL Board for the remaining batches.

CPSU cadre Hierarchy is the only viable alternative to the present deadlock in promotions due to litigations. Our agitation compelled management to seriously work on that along with the recommendations on 1st TBP after 4-5 years. Another important milestone of this brief struggle is the settlement on pay fixation during officiating promotion and pay protection. Management compelled to agree for withdrawal/correction in the wrong clarifications issued. Another breakthrough is breaking the deadlock on notional pay of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2000 for the Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres. On superannuation benefit, management reiterated its commitment to review the contribution of 3%.

          With a view to put an end to the huge uncertainty arising out of very diverse and irrational views expressed by various groups, management decided to accelerate membership verification by acting and deciding very swiftly to issue the amended rules so as to end the existing legal deadlock arising out of discriminatory provisions in the previous notification. We have had been advocating same course of action for a pretty long time.

          Assurances are mere assurances till they get implemented and for their implementation struggle is inevitable. So let us exhibit extraordinary organizational preparedness at the grass root levels to be ready for struggle for full implementation of the assurances and also defeating divisive and opportunistic forces that are hell bent upon to derail the process of settlement of issues by whipping up populist sentiments and playing to the gallery. Populism and playing to the gallery has never worked in trade union struggles. Holding on to hard ground realities has always yielded tangible and everlasting results.

We should simultaneously start strenuously working on coming out with flying colours and thumbs up from the ensuing membership verification. It will surely be a litmus test for our organizational capacity and our commitment and determination to face successfully challenges howsoever formidable they are. That is our history and we have to repeat history with impeccable precision. Our unity, commitment and organizational alertness and preparedness on these issues will drive us to the destination. Let us remain on our tenterhooks to succeed under all circumstances by isolating and defeating counterproductive forces that have raised their heads by merging as the frontline advocate of the Executives in BSNL.

28-05-2016

Membership verification:

CSs and CHQ office bearers meeting will be held at New Delhi on 09.07.2016 to decide the strategies for membership verification. Make reservations accordingly. Meanwhile collect all the data from Circles.

All Circles to gear up for membership verification. Hold Circle Executive Committee meetings inviting all the division/branch secretaries also to the CECs. Try to hold the CEC in consultation with CHQ so that GS or any other CHQ office bearers can attend the CEC. 

23-05-2016

Today  GS  and  Chairman  Com G. L. Jogi is addressing the General  Body  meeting at  ASMAN  MAHAL  AUDITORIUM, Hyderabad at 04.00PM.

 

GS will address  the  General Body  meetings  at  Banglore on 24.05.2016 (Tuesday) and Kolar on 25.05.2016 (Wednesday).

22-05-2016

We wish the candidates all success, who are all appearing in the TTA to JTO LICE being conducted today.

19-05-2016

GS and Chairman Com G. L. Jogi will be addressing the General Body meeting at Hyderabad on 23.05.2016(Monday).

GS will be addressing the General Body meetings at Vijayawada on 22.05.2016(Sunday), Banglore on 24.05.2016(Tuesday) and Kolar on 25.05.2016(Wednesday).

13-05-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
DPC under senlority quota-Furnlshlng currenl status of lett oul JTOs reg. 
AO Request transfer and re-allotment order.
SDE TF Inter Circle Transfer order. 
Temporary Diversion of SDE Civil post reg.
DE Transfer order.

06-05-2016

View Corporate Office Orders:
Direct Recruitment of JTOs (Telecom.) from Open Market for the year 2015 - 2016 -reg
Direct Recruitment of TTAs from Open Market for the year 2015-reg.

06-05-2016

BSNL Board meeting:
It is understood that the Board meeting held on 05.5.2016 approved 30% superannuation benefits to BSNL direct rects with initial contribution of 3% from BSNL. Now it has to be approved by DOT, the administrative ministry. We will continue our struggle to increase the contribution to 6% as assured to SNEA. Amendment to SDE RR clarifying the method of seniority fixation in the ratio 2:1,  E1+5 increment to the remaining batches of JTO/JAO etc and some more HR issues also discussed and will be treated as approved after some more clarification. 
Congratulations to all. Sincere gratitude to CMD, DIR HR, GM Pers and GM Estt for the major breakthrough.

04-05-2016

View Corporate Office letters:
Appeal to GS, SNEA. 
SDE TF RR 2002 Amendment - Allowing Chemist cadre to appear for promotion to SDE TF cadre under 33% LDCE quota.
SDE Inter Circle Transfer order - Cancellation.
SDE tenure Transfer order.
SDE Inter Circle Transfer order.
SDE tenure Transfer order.
SDE Inter Circle Transfer order.

01-05-2016

What compelled us to go for direct actions in a short notice:

The meeting with DIR(HR) on 26.04.2016 on implementation of Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scale was fruitful as management as well as all the three Associations shown keenness to settle the issues strictly as per the recommendations of the Joint Committee. Management continue to maintain its firm stand that there is no question of cascading effect from E3 to E4 (Sr SDE to E4), E4 to E5 etc as all those pay scales are standard pay scales already approved by DoT and there is no justification for changing them. Right from the beginning, at the time of constitution of the Joint Committee in 2012 itself, management made it clear that it will consider only change in the non standard pay scales of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 without any change in the other pay scales and made the terms of reference of the committee strictly to that extent. So Joint Committee also restricted its recommendation from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3. Chairman of the committee made it very clear in the deliberations also and recorded in the minutes of the last meeting on 09.07.2015, that SDE and Sr SDE will remain in the same pay scale of E3. Further, to ensure pay fixation benefit of one increment on promotion from SDE to Sr SDE equivalent grade in the same scale of E3, the Jt Committee recommended (2ndpart of 1st recommendation) to make necessary changes in the EPP.

So anybody, now raising the demand of E3 to E4, E4 to E5 etc, after becoming party to the Joint Committee recommendations is really trying to derail the settlement or delay it till 3rd PRC so that the demand will be buried once for all. They have to understand that they are not working in the interest of the cadre rather they are indirectly supporting the management stand to demote the JTO/JAO, SDE/AO cadres to E1 and E2 scales. Their stand suits the management also as mgt have tried their level best to finalise the pay scales in the form of E1+5 and E2 scales. They are playing with the future of the cadre and the JTO/JAOs recruited/Promoted after 01.01.2007, i.e. in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and future recruits.

The real issue which SNEA is agitating for years together is the finalization of standard pay scales for the JTO/JAOs recruited/Promoted after 01.01.2007, in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 etc. Vast majority of them are members of SNEA, having full faith that this Assn alone can resolve their issues and do justice to the cadre by uplifting the cadre as being done in 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2007, 2009 etc.  

The other two recommendations, CPSU cadre Hierarchy and 1st TBP are based on the implementation of E2, E3 scales. So delay in implementation of E2, E3 scales naturally delays the implementation of the other two recommendations and that is precisely happening now. Somebody advocating to abolish Sr SDE equivalent grade means, they are derailing the 2nd & 3rd recommendations  also, i.e implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy and uniform 1st TBP.

They are indirectly demanding to abolish Sr SDE grade from 01.01.2007 which is opposed by all as it will have serious implications like:

1.  All the executives will lose one promotion and the no of promotions will be reduced to four instead of five. Is it an achievement to reduce the number of promotions? Only SNEA struggled in 2002 to get five assured promotions and made it part of the terms and conditions of absorption and EPP.

2.  Thousands of seniors in E4 scale from 01.10.2009 (more than 7500) got DE/CAO promotions between 01.10.2009 and 01.10.2014 and they will lose one additional increment got on promotion in the same E4 scale as all of them will be shifted to E5 scale on 01.10.2009 itself.

3. As all of them will reach E6 scale on 01.10.2014 itself instead of 01.10.2019 as per their new demand, they will lose another increment due on promotion to E6 scale on 01.10.2019 as per the existing policy. So all of them will lose two increments in their career! Is it our friends want to implement? Seniors as well as Juniors will lose one promotion and minimum one fixation benefit! Whether our friends are aware of this fact that all the Executives are losing two fixations when they are making a demand to abolish Sr SDE grade?

4.  Otherwise juniors (JTOs on 01.10.2000) become SDEs in 2004 will reach E4 scale in 2008 and all the seniors (SDE/AOs on 01.10.2000) will reach E4 scale on 01.10.2009!

5. These are some of the examples. So many similar anomalies, batch wise and cadre wise will be cropped up which will be known afterwards.

When management shown its readiness to implement Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scales in the combined meeting on 26.04.16 and also assured us in the meeting on 21.04.16 to increase the 30% superannuation benefit from 3% after working out the actual medical expenditure, conduction of membership verification, settlement of offtg pay protection issue, re-examining the notional pay scales for Civil/Elect etc, the sudden development on 27.04.2016 raises serious doubts about their intensions whether they want to derail the issues once again as happened earlier. The pay scale issue was delaying mainly due to the confusion and contradicting stands taken by some sections for the last four months since December. Similarly other two recommendations of the Joint Committee also delayed only because of the same reason.

Our serious doubt is that they are deliberately trying to delay the settlement of pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy, 30% superannuation etc in order to cover up the demand on MT rect by making them repeatedly an agenda, every time, whenever there is a movement on MT Rect.

This time we cannot take any risk, no more delay tactics as 3rd PRC is fast approaching, no promotions in any cadre due to litigations and CPSU Hierarchy implementation is the only solution. So the only option left for us, is to start organizational actions to defeat this sinister move of some sections, may be in tacit understanding with the management.

So in the coming days truth will come out, who is playing, some section of the Executives with vested interest or the management? If the management is sincere in its approach, they will come out quickly with the resolution of the issues as repeatedly assuring to us and avoid industrial unrest and our agitation will strengthen their hands. In that case the game plan of others will be exposed in front of all the Executives. If management is really playing with the help of some vested interest, then this is high time for all of us to go all out on agitation and settle all the issues and teach a lesson to all those working against the larger cadre interest.

29-04-2016

Editorial

Growth of the Company just critical to our inching closer to  ensuing pay revision - seen in that context, significance of success of SWAS, Service With A Smile, and other business initiatives need deeper and greater thrust, with unwavering  commitment, focus and emphasis.

Initiatives like SWAS have to be a permanent feature of our continuing endeavour and have become inevitable and imperative so as to script a new history in turning around our Beloved Company and taking it to new heights of glory.

With an eye on the next wage revision and, on the larger and most critical issue of  revival of BSNL, Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, after first 100 days of astounding success of SWAS, has naturally decided to extend the initiative for the full financial year for reasons that are quite obvious. In fact, we have to get fully tuned to making such initiatives as permanent feature of our mindset in order to bring the Company completely out of the Red Zone that it is in and is struggling to wriggle out the imbroglio that it is in for the last about eight years. That is the biggest and most critical challenge for us, besides, of course, taking us closer to our realizing and accomplishing that big dream of ensuing wage revision.

 

Undoubtedly, the more we are tiding over the losses towards the end of this financial year, more we inch forward to our realizing that big breakthrough of wage revision. That is, of course close, known to all of us. More important than that is also the fact that the Company has to be debt free as quickly as possible so as to occupy a very prestigious position amongst the service providers in the telecom sector.  Thus, keeping in mind that financial performance of 2016-17 is going to be quite decisive, Forum decided to extend SWAS for the full year, with greater thrust and a very strong focus and emphasis for its complete success.


Financial year that just ended saw significant improvement in the revenues and coming down of net losses considerably. Almost all the Circles registered increase in the revenues and slight decrease in the expenditure also. This is a very encouraging and positive trend which has to be further consolidated. As part of ongoing SWAS, large number of SSAs and Circles initiated various marketing strategies and what is extremely significant is that, with the available resources, performance and quality of service improved, resulting in high revenue generation.


Success of very small and incremental steps leads to reaching greater heights. Even increase in our per day revenue by about 10 crores will create history of all sorts, since our pay day revenue is about 80 crores and this would mean about 8% revenue increase which by all standards would be path breaking and revolutionary in turning around the Company. Not only will our getting next wage revision dream become a reality but one of the greatest and formidable challenge before us of turning around our beloved Company will the accomplished and that will be an unprecedented history of all sorts that trade unions in BSNL will script.

 

Promotion of 683 DGMs- yet another career growth milestone achieved, rather decades and decades old dream turned into a reality through enduring and sustained efforts of this mighty Association. This breakthrough puts us in a highly strategic and decisive position in the middle level management. It is our responsibility now to deliver in an exemplary manner and thus fully live up to the trust that the top management has reposed in us in terms of setting up very high standards of deliverance and performance. This big dream has to lead to our occupying positions of SAG and top management of the Company shortly and our performance as DGS will be deciding factor to that.