In the last National Council meeting, held on 20.11.2018, Com.P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, demanded that the JE LICE should be conducted as an “offline” exam. He raised the above issue in his initial remarks. He cited the poor results of the last JE LICE, held on 28.01.2018, wherein only 111 candidates, out of the total 1,800 candidates who appeared in the exam, got qualified. He pointed out that most of the candidates who appear the JE LICE are from the line staff, who did not possess any working knowledge in computer. He also demanded that all Non-Executive to Non-Executive exams should be conducted as “offline” exam. Further, he suggested that, a full-fledged computer training should be imparted to the qualified candidates, so as to make them fully fit to handle the computer-related jobs. The Director (HR) who is also the Chairman of the National Council, appreciated that the suggestions and assured that, the issue would be revisited. In continuation of this, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), reiterating it’s demand that JE LICE should be conducted as an “offline” exam.
The AUAB has already expressed it's strong opposition to the proposal of the BSNL Management, made secretly to the DoT, to reduce the retirement age of the BSNL employees from 60 years to 58 years. In continuation of this, the AUAB has written to the CMD BSNL, cautioning that the AUAB would be forced to go on struggles, if the BSNL Management tries to violate the decision of the Government of India, as well as the assurance of the Hon'ble MoS(C) on the matter.
The Sanchar Soft server at Trichy crashed nearly a week ago, resulting in distruption of BSNL's SIM sales, MNP, etc. The matter was promptly taken to the notice of the CMD BSNL. Now, we are reported that the Sanchar Soft has started functioning partially. BSNLEU has again written to the CMD BSNL to ensure early and total restoration of the Sanchar Soft.
Talks were held between the CMD BSNL and the AUAB on 02-12-2018. Assurance was given by the CMD BSNL that the Pension Contribution by BSNL Management, in respect of the Directly Recruited BSNL employees, would be increased by 3% by March, 2019 and the remaining portion would be increased in the next instalment. However, no Record of discussion has been issued by the Corporate Office, for this assurance, despite repeated reminders to the CMD BSNL. Hence the AUAB has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to issue the Record of discussion without further delay.
In the meeting held between the Hon’ble MoS(C) and the DoT on 03.12.2018, it was assured that an Institutional Mechanism would be put in place, for periodical interaction between the AUAB and the DoT. The AUAB has written to the Secretary, Telecom, demanding constitution of this mechanism at the earliest. The AUAB has also demanded that the said Institutional Mechanism should be headed by the Additional Secretary, Telecom and not by a junior ranking officer of the DoT.
The AUAB has already protested the unlawful detention of two BSNL officers, for more than 5 hours on 04.12.2018, by the Jharkhand police. This violation of human right has been committed at the behest of the Chief Minister of Jharkhand. The AUAB has written to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, with copy to the Hon’ble Home Minister, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, etc., demanding appropriate and expeditious action on the perpetrators of this crime.