Council Staff Side meeting held.
As a prelude to the National Council
meeting to be held tomorrow the 23.04.2014, a meeting of the Staff Side
took place at Dada Ghosh Bhawan. Com. Islam Ahmed, Leader, Staff Side,
presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary Staff Side,
welcomed all and explained about the purpose of the meeting. The meeting
made a brief review of the last NC meeting deliberations. Thereafter, a
detailed discussion took place on the agenda items for the NC meeting to
be held tomorrow.
by Management on formation of a subsidiary tower company.
A presentation was made by the
Management, to the union and associations, today the 21.04.2014, on the
formation of a subsidiary tower company, today the 21.04.2014. A good
number of unions and associations participated. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS and com.
Swapan Chakraborty, AGS participated on behalf of BSNLEU. In the
presentation, Management gave the following informations.
is having more than 60,000 towers. But it is unable to earn much revenue
from these towers.
earn more revenue from towers, Management has decided to form a
subsidiary tower company.
Company, KPMG, was engaged by BSNL for this purpose. KPMG had submitted
Board of Directors has already taken decision to form a subsidiary tower
company, which has been sent to government’s approval. It is before the
formation of the subsidiary company, a strategic partner will be
inducted who will bring in technical expertise as well as capital.
After listening to the presentation,
the unions and associations made the following observations.
was strongly protested that the BSNL Board had taken decision to form a
subsidiary tower company, without taking the unions and associations
formation of the tower company, the Management intends to induct a
strategic partner, by selling the shares of the subsidiary company to
that strategic partner. This is nothing but disinvestment, which
ultimately will lead to privatization of the tower company. The unions
and associations have expressed their strong protest for this.
The GM (SR) assured that the views of
the unions and associations would be taken to the notice of the top
on vacancy position in the grade of JAO/AAO as on 01.03.2014.<<click
order for revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2014.<<click
can audit accounts of private telecom companies-says Supreme Court.
In a landmark judgement, the Supreme
Court has stated that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)
can audit the accounts of private telecom companies, upholding the
judgement earlier given by the Delhi High Court, on the subject. The
Supreme Court has ordered that the CAG can audit the accounts books of
private companies, which are doing business, using national wealth or
natural resources, on a revenue sharing basis. The background of this
case is that, the private telecom companies pay license fee to the
government, based on their revenue collection. But it was found out that
the private telecom companies are under reporting their revenue, and are
cheating the government of it's due share of their revenue collection.
Hence, the government took the decision that the CAG would audit the
account books of private telecom companies. However, this was challenged
by the private telecom companies in the Delhi High Court, which
dismissed their petitions. Against the judgement of the Delhi High
Court, appeals were made in the Supreme Court.
The judgement of the Supreme Court is
crucial in the sense, that it may be made applicable in sectors like
coal, petroleum, natural gas, etc., where private companies are doing
business in the natural resources of the country, on a revenue sharing
to manage and maintain a Confidential Network of the government.
The government is putting in place, a
'Secured and Dedicated Communications Network' (SDCN), for confidential,
intra-departmental communications. Central Ministers, beauracrats and
top officials of India's security agencies will use this secured
network. The management and maintenance of this secured network is to be
handled by the MTNL. Government of India might have felt the compulsion
of putting in place such a secured and dedicated network, in view of the
fact that the United States is spying the communications of the top most
leaders of almost all the countries in the world.
India Conference to be held from 6th to
2014 at Kolkata.
Decision has already been taken to hold
the 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU at Kolkata. The 4 circle unions of West Bengal,
Kolkata, Telecom Factory (Kolkata) and Telecom Stores have accepted the
responsibly to host the Conference. The reception committee for
conducting the AIC has already been formed. The All India Centre meeting
which took place at New Delhi yesterday the 16-04-2014, has finalised
the dates for the AIC. It will be held from 6th to
on pending issues.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.
Saibal Sengupta, AGS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and
discussed about the various pending issues. Especially,
discussion took place on issues like removal of hardships in the
implementation of NEPP, implementation of E1 pay scale, giving
one time relaxation to officials who do not have 10th std.
qualification to appear Telecom Mechanic LDCE, rescinding of
Corporate Office letter withdrawing one additional increment
granted in lieu of Grade IV, granting full 3% additional
increment on promotion under NEPP even to officials who are in
stagnation, Srinagar Valley allowance were discussed. The union
representatives pressed for early settlement of these issues.
investors have pumped Rs.30,000/- crore into Indian share market
since 1stFebruary, 2014.
With the hope that the Narendra
Modi led BJP will form the next government at the Centre,
Foreign investors (FIIs) have pumped a staggering Rs.30,000/-
crore into Indian share market since 1st February,
2014. What is their expectation? Their expectation is that
Narendra Modi, after becoming Prime Minister, will put in place
such policies which will be helpful for them to loot the people
Court says that Child Care Leave can be availed continuously for
A woman employee having minor
children, can avail Child Care Leave (CCL) for a maximum period
of 2 years (730 days). Recently, the Kolkata High Court has
passed an order, stating that the rules do not permit a woman
employee to avail uninterrupted CCL for 730 days. However, now
the Supreme Court has set aside the order of the Kolkata High
Court and has held that a woman employee can avail uninterrupted
CCL for 730 days.
of the Congress and BJP candidates for Lok Sabha elections are
It is a known fact that the New
Liberal Policies being implemented by the Congress and BJP
parties are only helping the rich to become richer. As a result,
India is now having more number of billionaires than Japan,
France, Germany and Switzerland. From the nominations filed for
the Lok Sabha elections, it is seen that 86% of Congress Party
candidates and 83% of the BJP candidates are crorepatis. How can
we expect these crorepatis to work for the poor people of this
of Joint Committee to suggest Change in designation of major
Non-Executive Cadres will
be held on 24-04-2014.<<view
Office letter on revision of stipend payable to DR TTAs /
Sr.TOAs / TMs.
The Staff Side of the National
Council has taken up the item for revising the stipend payable
to DR TTAs / Sr.TOAs / TMs, for the forthcoming 30th National
Council meeting. Based on this, the Corporate Office has issued
clarification to the circles stating that stipend should be
revised based on Corporate Office letters dated 05th August,
2005 and 12th November,
2008. Accordingly, 70% of the minimum of the pay scale plus the
admissible IDA shall be the stipend payable to the trainees.<<view
Office guideline on handling cases, challenging the JTO RR.
The Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh,
vide it’s final order dated 30.01.2014, has rejected the
candidature of those who were provisionally allowed to appear
the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013, upholding the provisions of the
JTO RR 2001. Corporate Office has directed the circle heads to
utilise this judgement of the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh, in dealing
with cases filed in different courts, challenging the JTO RR
and Vodafone hike tariffs
Airtel and Vodafone have
secretly hiked tariffs of some of the plans. Airtel has
increased tariffs on some of its plans from 45 paise to 50 paise.
It's 28 day mobile Internet pack will hereafter be valid for
only 25 days. In this manner Vodafone has also modified some of
its plans. This tariff hike is expected to result in fare hike
by other operators also. Airtel and Vodafone command 52% market
free SIM cared to all employees.
BSNLEU has taken up issue with
the Management, demanding that Rs.200/- free SIM card should be
issued to the left out employees also, i.e., those staff who are
working in the indoor as well as in offices also. The issue is
also taken up by the Staff Side for the forth coming 30th
National Council meeting to be held on 23.04.2014. The Corporate
Office has called for certain details from the circles, in this
regard. All circle secretaries are requested to immediately
discuss the issue with the CGMs and arrange to send the inputs
to start a technical university which will offer engineering and
BSNL has initiated steps to
start a technical university, which will offer technical and
management courses. It also intends to offer courses on cyber
security. The Company will shortly approach the All India
Council for Technical Education (AICTE), as well as the
University Grants Commission (UGC) in this regard. BSNL is
having very big training institutes at Ghaziabad and at
Jabalpur. Apart from this, it is also having training institutes
at 16 other places. By utilising this vast infrastructure,
obviously the Company intends to moblise more resources.
Certainly, the initiative being by the Company is a step in the
right direction and we welcome it.
Council meeting rescheduled. It will be held on 23-04-2014.
The National Council meeting
has been notified to be held on 22-04-2014. The meeting is now
rescheduled, and will be held on 23-04-2014. All members of the
National Council are requested to make note of the change of
date, and are requested to reschedule their journey
Side meeting of the National Council will be held on 22-04-2014.
In view of the change in the
date of the meeting of the National Council, the date of the
meeting of the Staff Side also stands modified. The Staff Side
meeting will now take place on 22-04-2014. The time and venue
remains the same. National Council members are requested to make
note of this change.
Committee meeting will be held on 24-04-2014.
Notification has already been
issued by the Management to hold the meeting of the Designations
Committee on 23-04-2014. This meeting stands postponed and will
be held on 24-04-2014. Committee members are requested to make
note of this change in the date.
Presidential Order on payment of 78.2% IDA merger - Forum
resolves to raise the demand before the DoT.
The meeting of Forum of BSNL
Unions and Associations was held on 09-04-2014, reviewed the
issue of revision of pension to the retirees, based on 78.2% IDA
merger. It is learnt that the settlement of the issue is getting
delayed in view of the fact that the Department of Expenditure
has raised certain queries to the DoT, on it's proposal to
revise pension notionally from 01-01-2007 and payment from
10-06-2013. It is learnt that the Dept. of Expenditure has asked
the DoT, how pension could be fixed on notional basis. The
meeting of the Forum discussed the issue at length and came to
the conclusion that the Presidential Directive issued by the DoT
on 10-06-2014 is the root cause for all the problems, wherein it
is mentioned that fixation of 78.2% IDA merger would be done
notionally from 01-01-2007 and payment would be made only from
10-06-2013. Hence, the meeting unanimously decided to demand
the DoT, to modify it's Presidential Order issued on 10-06-2013,
to the effect that actual payment on 78.2% IDA merger will be
made from 01-01-2007 itself, both for the serving employees,
as well as for the pensioners. It is decided to seriously persue
this case with the DoT.
to go on struggle, for the revival of BSNL, is to be taken after
the formation of the new government at the centre - Forum
The Forum meeting, held
on 09-04-2014, reviewed the financial condition of BSNL, as well
as the demands raised in the memorandum submitted by the
Forum, for the revival of BSNL. Neither the government nor the
BSNL Management has taken any step so far in this regard. It was
strongly felt that going on struggles was unavoidable to
pressurise the government and the Management to take action on
the memorandum. However, in view of the on going elections to
the Lok Sabha, it is decided that decision to go on struggles
would be taken after formation of the new government at the
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