BSNLEU has sought a formal meeting with the Director (HR), to discuss the following issues:-
BSNLEU is continuously urging upon the Corporate Office, to hold the 37th meeting of the National Council. The SR Branch of the Corporate Office had contacted to the Leader and Secretary of the Staff Side some days back and had asked whether 20th November, 2018, was convenient for them for holding the 37th meeting of the National Council. Both the Leader and the Secretary had agreed for the date. However, no notification has been issued so far. Hence, Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, has written to the Director (HR) for the early issuing of the notification.
GPF advance / withdrawal is not paid to the employees this month. BSNLEU has already drawn the attention of Director (Finance), as well as the GM (BFCI). Further, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding action on this issue. GS, BSNLEU, has also drawn the personal attention of the CMD BSNL on this matter.
Payment of GPF has not been made by the DoT, in Gujarat and Haryana circles. This is because, on the GPF contribution already deducted from the salaries of the employees, has not been remitted to the DoT. BSNLEU has already drawn the attention of the Director (HR & Finance) to this issue. However, problem remains unresolved. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR & Finance), demanding to resolve the issue without further delay.
Due to the efforts taken by BSNLEU, the TSMs who are regularised on or after 01.10.2000, have been issued with Presidential Orders, and thereby they have been made eligible for government pension. However, some officials, who were issued with Temporary Status prior to 01.10.2000, subsequently became Telecom Mechanics, without getting regularised as RMs. They have not been issued with Presidential Orders. This issue was taken up in the National Council and the Management assured to forward the cases to the DoT, for the issuing of Presidential Orders. However, even after the lapse of 3 years, these cases have not been forwarded to the DoT, due to non-receipt of details of such officials from circles. Last week, the General Secretary discussed the issue with the Sr.GM(Estt.) In continuation of that, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding his intervention for the settlement of this issue without any further delay.
The AUAB has served notice today, to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL for organising press conferences, dharnas and rallies, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018.
Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, the Management has issued letter, granting relaxation to the minimum qualifying marks of the candidates who appeared in the JE LICE, held on 28-01-2018. Vide BSNL Corporate Office letter no.7-2/2017-Rectt. dated 31.08.2018, Management relaxed the minimum qualifying marks for General and OBC candidates from 30% to 20%. For SC candidates, the marks were relaxed from 20% to 15% . However, in the case of ST candidates, the Management did not grant any relaxation. As per the DoT letter no.22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.92, the results of the ST candidates, who have secured at least 15% marks in each paper are to be reviewed. In effect, the Management has not given any relaxation to the ST candidates. This tantamounts to a discrimination. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to grant a lesser qualifying marks to the ST candidates who appeared in the JE LICE, held on 28-01-2018.
BSNLEU has already demanded the Management to implement the court judgement, regarding promotion under NEPP, to the TSMs regularised on or after 01.10.2000. It is BSNLEU’s demand that the TSMs regularised on or after 01.10.2000 should be treated as DoT recruitees, since they have already been issued with Presidential Orders, by the DoT. Hence, according to the NEPP, the first promotion should be given to them on completion of 4 years. But the BSNL Management is treating them as BSNL recruitees, and is granting first promotion on completion of 8 years. It is already 3 years since the court order has come in favour of the employees. But the Corporate Office has not implemented the same, on the plea that the requisite inputs have not come from the circles. For how many more years the affected employees have to wait? Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, seeking his intervention to break the deadlock.
BSNLEU, vide it’s letter dated 23.05.2018, has already demanded that the results of the failed SC/ST candidates, who appeared in the JE LICE held on 28.01.2018, should be reviewed. The Corporate Office, vide letter no.9-2/2016-Rectt. dated 28.08.2017, has laid down the rule that, the results of the SC candidates who have secured at least 20% marks and ST candidates who have secured at least 15% marks, in each paper, should be reviewed. Further, no minimum aggregate mark has been prescribed in this letter. BSNLEU has once again written to the GM (Rectt.) today that, based on the above mentioned letter of the Corporate Office, the results of the failed SC/ST candidates should be reviewed without further delay.
The National Council is the highest forum where the grievances of more than one lakh Non-Executives are discussed. However, it is a matter of serious concern that, the Corporate Office does not care to hold this meeting. The Corporate Office will think about holding the National Council meeting, only after completing it’s all other works / meetings. As per Corporate Office’s own order, the National Council meeting should take place once in three months. However, due to it’s “Don’t Care Mindset”, only two meetings of the National Council have taken place during the last 29 months. If the rule of the Corporate Office is violated by the CGMs and GMs, we can complain the matter to the Corporate Office. But, if the Corporate Office itself violates it’s own order, then with whom we can make the complaint.
BSNLEU had strongly opposed the holding of the JE LICE as an online exam. BSNLEU had already made it very clear to the Management that all internal examinations, for promotion from Non-Executive cadre to Non-Executive cadre, should be conducted as ‘off-line’ exams only. Despite this, the Management conducted an online JE LICE on 28.01.2018. The results are there for all of us to see. Out of the 1,800 candidates who appeared in that exam, only 111 candidates got qualified. This extremely poor results was due to the online exam. Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, the Management reviewed the results, by granting relaxation marks. However, without learning any lesson from the experience of holding JE LICE as an online exam, the Management has once again notified to hold the JE LICE as an online exam. The BSNL Management argues that, the JE is the highest Non-Executive cadre, and hence the candidates who appear for the JE LICE should compulsorily possess computer knowledge. We have already told the Management that most of the candidates appearing for the JE LICE are Telecom Technicians, whose day to day duties are not connected with computer operations. We have also told the Management that, the successful JE LICE candidates will certainly acquire knowledge in computer operations, if the requisite training is given to them. But, our reasonings have fallen on deaf ears, and once again Management wanted to hold the JE LICE as an online exam. Hence, BSNLEU has written a strong letter to the CMD BSNL, requesting to make necessary intervention to settle this issue.