Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Saurabh Tyagi, GM (Estt.) today, and discussed the following issues. Shri Sheo Sankar Prasad, DGM and Shri A.K. Sing, DGM were present in the discussion.
(1) Stopping illegal recovery of the arrears of employees’ contribution of EPF.
This issue relates to the employees who are recruited prior to 01.10.2000 and appointed after 01.10.2000. Initially GPF was implemented for them and subsequently they were shifted to EPF scheme. Management has started recovering the arrears of the employee contribution of EPF, from the date of their appointment. BSNLEU objected to this, since it is against the Act. This issue was discussed in the 35th meeting of the National Council. However, it is still lingering on. The issue was discussed in detail in today’s meeting. The Management Side explained about the action taken in the case of Madhya Pradesh circle, where the Act is partially implemented. The GS demanded total implementation of the Act in MP circle. They also reported that no information is available with regards to Telangana circle. The GS, BSNLEU, assured to give the details regarding Telangana circle.
The Management Side informed that the necessary inputs have already been sent to the DoT, for the implementation BSNL’s proposal, to settle the anomalies issue. BSNLEU will further pursue the case with the DoT.
(3) Group ‘B’ status to Senior Accountants.
Management Side informed that the Establishment Branch has already recommended the granting of Rs. 7830 pay scale (equivalent to 5500 pay scale) to the EF Branch. Further action in this regard would be taken by the EF Branch, it was told. However, it was also informed that the Corporate Office would take a final decision on this issue, only after the court stay is vacated.
(4) TT LDCE – one time relaxation to the 10th std. qualification.
BSNLEU has long been demanding that a one time relaxation should be given for appearing the TT LDCE, to those officials who are not possessing 10th std. qualification. From today’s discussion, it is understood that Management is reluctant to accept our demand. The issue will be further discussed with the Director (HR).
(5) Settlement of downgradation of Sr.TOA cadre from 7100 to 6550.
This issue was discussed very elaborately today. The GM (Estt.) told that they were very sympathetic to the affected employees. At the same time, they opined that to settle this issue, the NEPP scheme needed to be modified, for which the approval of BSNL Board was needed, and the same was not possible in the present circumstances. However, the GS, BSNLEU, urged upon them to take this issue for the approval of the BSNL Board to settle the grievances of the affected employees.