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Com NageshKumar Nalawade,Circle Secretary, A -15, Motiram Park, Kothrud, Pune 411 038

Com. A. G. Gagare
Circle President
Com. Nagesh Nalawade
Circle Secretary


[22.04.2014]National 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.


[21.04.2014]Presentation 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.


(i)    BSNL is having more than 60,000 towers. But it is unable to earn much revenue from these towers.


(ii)   To earn more revenue from towers, Management has decided to form a subsidiary tower company.


(iii)  Consultant Company, KPMG, was engaged by BSNL for this purpose. KPMG had submitted it’s report.


(iv)  BSNL’s 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 GoM now.


(v)  After 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.


(i)   It was strongly protested that the BSNL Board had taken decision to form a subsidiary tower company, without taking the unions and associations into confidence.


(ii)   After 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 Management.


[21.04.2014]Corporate Office letter on vacancy position in the grade of JAO/AAO as on 01.03.2014.<<click here>>


[21.04.2014]Corporate Office issues order for revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2014.<<click here>>


[19.04.2014]CAG 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 basis. 


[19.04.2014]MTNL 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.


[17.04.2014]All India Conference to be held from 6th to 9th November, 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 9th November, 2014.


Discussion 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.


[17.04.2014]Foreign 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 of India. 


[17.04.2014]Supreme Court says that Child Care Leave can be availed continuously for 2 years. 

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. 


[17.04.2014]Most of the Congress and BJP candidates for Lok Sabha elections are crorepatis. 

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 country?


[17.04.2014]Meeting of Joint Committee to suggest Change in designation of major Non-Executive Cadres will be held on 24-04-2014.<<view letter>>

[16.04.2014]Corporate 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 letter>>  


[16.04.2014]Corporate 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 2001. <<view letter>>


[15.04.2014]Airtel 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 share.

[16.04.2014]Rs.200/- 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 without delay.<<view letter>>


[15.04.2014]BSNL to start a technical university which will offer engineering and management courses.

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.


[15.04.2014]National 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 accordingly. <<click here>>

[15.04.2014]Staff 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.

[15.04.2014]Designations 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.


[11.04.2014]Modify 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. 


[11.04.2014]Decision to go on struggle, for the revival of BSNL, is to be taken after the formation of the new government at the centre - Forum meeting decides.

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 centre.

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Bases on the amendment made in Ludhiana (Punjab) AIC, to enhance the monthly union subscription from Rs 20/- to Rs.30/-. Corporate Office has issued order to implement the same from the Salary for the month of June 2013. The Subscription of Rs.30/- is to be allotted in the following manner.

CHQ Union : 10/-
Circle Union : 8/-
Dist. Union : 7/-
Bran h Union : 5/-

Circle Secretary,MH.