BSNL’s pension contribution issue remains to be unsettled. Despite the assurance given by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoSC, on 24.02.2018, that the Government of India Rule will be made applicable in respect of BSNL, the issue remains unresolved. BSNLEU has written to Shri Piush Goyal, Finance Minister, drawing his attention to this issue, and demanding to take immediate decision for payment of pension contribution by BSNL, based on the actual basic pay, instead of maximum of the pay scale.
Kerala state is facing the fury of nature. It is being hit by torrential rains, which the state has never witnessed during the last 50 years.79 people have lost their lives so far. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has visited the state and has assessed the losses caused by the flood. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate action by the Management for extending relief to the employees.
Due to the continuous rains and floods in Kerala circle, BSNL’s cables, equipments and installations are severely damaged. To manage the power cut situation, diesel engines are being extensively used. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding allotment of sufficient funds to Kerala circle for repairing the damaged cables, equipments, etc., and also to procure sufficient diesel to keep the services running.
It is already two months since BSNLEU wrote to the Management, demanding to hold the JTO LICE, under 50% quota. The matter was discussed in detail with all the concerned officers in the Corporate Office. Still, the Management has not taken any decision on this issue. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR) demanding to hold the JTO LICE without further delay.
There are certain officials, who are issued with TSM status prior to 01.10.2000, and they are subsequently promoted directly as Telecom Mechanics. BSNLEU has been demanding that these officials should also be issued with Presidential Orders. However, the Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office has called for inputs from various circles, and only few circles have responded. The issue is lingering on for a very long time. BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR) demanding to immediately intervene on this issue.
BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) demanding to reduce the tenure from 3 years to 2 years, in respect of the officials transferred on bifurcation to Vijayawada. BSNLEU has also demanded that five woman officials, transferred on bifurcation to Vijayawada, should be immediately repatriated to Hyderabad, without insisting for any substitute.
BSNLEU has already opposed the Corporate Office letter No.BSNL/Admn.I/15-22/14 dated 13.07.2018, vide which the 50% ceiling for payment of medical allowance without voucher, to the retirees, has been reduced to 25%. BSNLEU has once again written letter to the Director (HR) demanding restoration of the 50% ceiling.
As per the MoU signed between the Secretary, DoT, and the CMD BSNL on 30th September, 1999, the assets of Department of Telecom Services (DTS) and the Department of Telecom Operations (DTO) are handed over to BSNL. However, the DoT is frequently issuing letters to BSNL, directing it to hand over it’s buildings and office premises. In this manner, a lot of BSNL’s buildings and office premises are already taken over by the DoT. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Secretary, DoT. Again BSNL has written to the Prime Minister now, seeking his intervention for stopping the DoT from violating the provisions of the MoU signed on 30.09.1999.
The All Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi yesterday, has decided that the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, will be held at New Delhi on 04.09.2018. All members of the Central Secretariat (CHQ office-bearers) are requested to book their journey tickets at the earliest. Notification for the meeting is issued today.
BSNLEU has already informed that an All India Young Workers Convention would be held at Bhopal on 09.09.2018. Due to certain unavoidable reasons, it is decided that the All India Young Workers Convention would be held on 30.09.2018. All circle and district unions are requested to make note of the change in date and act accordingly.
The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held yesterday has decided to conduct the next Central Executive Committee meeting on 22nd & 23rd October, 2018. The venue of the CEC meeting will be informed shortly. All circle secretaries and CHQ office-bearers are requested to make note of this.
Pension revision has become due for BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017. DoT stated in it’s letter no. 24-1/2018/SR dated 21.02.2018, that pension revision would be taken up only after the wage revision of the employees (subsequently this letter was withdrawn). In the meeting held with the Unions and Associations of BSNL on 24.02.2018, Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, assured that pension revision would be done for the BSNL retirees. However, no action has been initiated by the DoT till date, for revising the pension of BSNL retirees. Perhaps, the DoT is still holding on to it’s line of “pension revision only after pay revision”. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Prime Minister, demanding his intervention for the immediate settlement of pension revision to BSNL retirees.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, presented a detailed letter to the Director (HR), explaining the total non-implementation of Corporate Office orders with regards to implementation of minimum wage, social securities, etc., to the contract workers in UP (East) circle. The Director (HR) gave a patient hearing to the details explained by the Union, and assured that needful action would be taken.