Yesterday’s judgement of the CBI special court, acquitting all the accused, is contrary to the findings of a Supreme Court Bench. The Supreme Court Bench consisting of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice A.K. Ganguly, in their order dated 02nd February, 2012, have stated the following with regards to the 2G scam.
“the exercise undertaken by the officers of the department of telecom between September 2007 and March 2008, under the leadership of the then minister of communications and information technology, was wholly arbitrary, capricious and contrary to public interest apart from being violative of the doctrine of equality.”
“…. the material produced before the court shows that the minister of communications and information technology wanted to favour some companies at the cost of the public exchequer.”
“….the then communications minister was “very much conscious of the fact that the secretary, finance, had objected to the allocation of 2G spectrum at the rate fixed in 2001, but did not consult the finance minister or the office of the finance ministry.”
“….the manner in which the exercise for grant of LoIs to the applicants was conducted on January 10, 2008, leaves no room for doubt that everything was stage managed to favour those who were able to know in advance the change in the implementation of the first come first served policy.”
[Courtesy: Times of India 22.12.2017]
The meeting of the Joint Committee on change of designations of the left out cadres was held on 26.09.2017. However, the minutes of this meeting is not yet released. The Management has inserted in this minutes, certain issues which are not at all discussed in the meeting. This tantamounts to manipulation. BSNLEU has protested this unfair practice and has demanded to release the corrected draft minutes. So far the Management has not corrected the draft minutes. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), seeking her intervention to resolve the matter.
BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), seeking a formal meeting to discuss certain issues. These issues include those already discussed in the National Council meeting, on which action is not taken, and other issues are those which are already discussed many times with the Corporate Management.
The SR Branch of the Corporate Office has sought the view of BSNLEU, with regards to the discontinuation of separate local council for the Civil & Electrical Wing staff. BSNLEU has written to the GM (SR), stating that a review need not be made at this point of time, but can be discussed on the eve of the next Membership Verification.
This issue was discussed in the 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11.05.2017. However, no decision was taken in view of the appeal, said to have been filed in the Hon’ble High Court. BSNLEU is in receipt of DoT orders, wherein clear cut direction is given by the DoT for implementation of pay scale and for according of Group ‘B’ status to the Senior Accountants. Letter is written to the Director (HR) for early implementation of the DoT orders.
In the 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11.05.2017, the Staff Side demanded that illegal recovery should not be made from the employees on account of EPF contribution arrears. A direction was given by the Chairperson that the provisions of the EPF Act should be implemented in this regard. However, even after 7 months, Corporate Office has not taken any decision. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) for implementation of the decision.
As per the orders of DoP&T, 200 point roster is to be implemented in recruitments, for implementation of SC/ST reservation. But this being denied in UP (East) circle for the JE LICE to be conducted on 28.01.2018. Some other wrong methodology is being adopted by UP(East) circle administration, which affects the interest of SCs and STs. BSNLEU has taken up this issue with Corporate Office, demanding it’s intervention for the implementation of 200 point roster in the JE LICE to be conducted in UP (East) circle.
JAO LICE was held on 17.07.2016. This exam was held belatedly in J&K circle. 14 candidates emerged successful in this exam. However, still they are not deputed for training. The NATFM says that it cannot start a training batch with only 14 candidates. BSNLEU has written to the GM (Trng.), urging upon him to take expeditious action to solve this problem.
On receiving the letter from BSNL CO, rejecting the demand of BSNLEU to conduct the JE LICE as an off line exam, BSNLEU has once again written to the Corporate Office, justifying it’s demand for an off line exam for the JE LICE.
Management has prepared the draft minutes of the meeting of the Joint Committee on Change of Designations of the Non-Executives, that was held on 26.09.2017. In that minutes, it is stated that the duties and responsibilities of the Non-Executives can be changed after change of designations. It is also mentioned in the draft minutes that this was mutually agreed to by, both the Management and Staff Side. Such a discussion has not at all taken place in the Joint Committee meeting, and the Staff Side has not agreed for any change in duties and responsibilities, after change of designations. BSNLEU has written to the GM (Restg.) protesting against this unfair practice of the Management Side.