Severe criticism and protest have come against the action of the Jammu & Kashmir government (which is under the governor’s rule) for appointing Aseem Sawhney, advocate, as the Additional Advocate General of the State. This is because, Aseem Sawhney had appeared as the lawyer of the accused persons earlier, in the gang rape and murder of the 8 year old Asifa Bano at Kathua. It may be remembered that two BJP Ministers had also participated in the rally, supporting the criminals who committed the rape and murder of Asifa Bano.
A meeting of BSNLEU’s members of the Wage Revision Committee is held at New Delhi today. Elaborate discussions took place with regards to the construction of the new pay scales. The main aspect of the discussions is to avoid the stagnation problem. The proposals finalised in today’s meeting will be placed for discussion in the meeting of the Wage Revision Committee members of BSNLEU and NFTE, to be held on 03.08.2018. Finalising the new pay scales is one of the important tasks of the Joint Committee on Wage Revision. BSNLEU is taking all out efforts to complete this task at the earliest.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire BSNL employees, their unions and associations. Yes comrades. We are nearing the achievement of the impossible. 3rd Pay Revision Committee said that BSNL employees are not eligible for Wage Revision w.e.f 01-01-2017. The Union Cabinet also approved it. The DoT issued letter on 21-02-2018, stating that BSNL employees are not eligible for Wage Revision and it's pensioners are not eligible for Pension Revision. Still, our consistent struggles, efforts and wise strategies have started giving results. The one day strike on 27-07-2017, two days strike on 12th & 13th December, 2017, the massive March to Sanchar Bhawan on 23-02-2018, submission of memorandums to around 200 MPs, and numerous other struggles have made the Wage Revision of BSNL employees a reality today. Yes comrades, the negotiations for the settlement of Wage Revision of the Non-Executives is starting today. Still we have a long way to go to complete the Wage Revision. Still, the commencement of the Wage Revision itself is a great achievement. We have done it. Our unity and united struggles have made it possible. Congratulations to all.
The first meeting of the Joint Committee for negotiating wage settlement of the Non-Executives was held in a cordial atmosphere today. Shri H.C. Pant, CGM (Legal), Chairman of the Joint Committee, presided over the meeting. Other Management Side members of the Joint Committee who participated in today’s meeting are Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.), Ms. Smiti Chaudhary, GM(EF), Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) and Shri A.K. Sinha, DGM(SR). The following comrades participated from the Staff Side.
BSNLEU NFTE BSNL
(1) Com. Balbir Singh, President (1) Com. Islam Ahmed, President
(2) Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS (2) Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS
(3) Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS (3) Com. K.S. Seshadri, Dy.GS
(4) Com. Asokababu, Vice President
(5) Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President
At the outset, Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), welcomed everyone to the meeting. The Staff Side members expressed their thanks to the Management, for expeditiously convening the first meeting of the Joint Committee. They also ensured their fullest cooperation for the finalisation of the wage settlement, within the shortest possible time.
Thereafter, the Management Side explained in detail about the provisions contained in the guidelines issued by the DPE, vide it’s letter dated 24.11.2017, with regards to the wage revision of the Non-Executives. In this connection, the Staff Side sought a clarification. In para (vi) of the DPE guidelines, it is advised by the DPE that, the CPSEs could adopt graded DA nutralisation and / or graded fitment, to avoid conflict of pay scales between the Executives and Non-Executives. The Management Side replied that necessary clarification in this regard would be obtained from the DPE.
The Staff Side suggested to the Management Side that, meetings should be conducted in quick succession, so that the agreement on wage revision could be signed by 31st August, 2018. The Management Side responded positively and assured it’s fullest cooperation in this regard.
It is decided that the next meeting of the Joint Committee for negotiating wage settlement will be held at 15:30 hrs. on 09.08.2018. The item of construction of the new pay scales will be taken up in that meeting.
After completion of today’s Joint Committee meeting, the Staff Side members of the Committee, met and discussed about the strategy to be adopted, for finalising the wage settlement within the shortest possible time. It was unanimously decided that, both the Recognised Unions should work in close coordination to finalise the wage settlement within the shortest possible time, and with the maximum benefits to the employees. The various aspects connected with the construction of the new pay scales are discussed in this meeting. It is decided that, both the Recognised Unions should hand over a joint proposal to the Management, on the new pay scales, in the next meeting of the Joint Committee, to be held on 09.08.2018. To finalise this proposal, a meeting of the Staff Side members will be held at 10:00 AM on 03.08.2018, at NFTE’s office.
The AUAB has already called on the BSNL employees, to organise a 3 day Relay Hunger Strike on 24th, 25th & 26th July, 2018, demanding immediate implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, in the meeting held on 24.02.2018. This issue was discussed in the meeting held between the leaders of BSNLEU and NFTE today. It was decided to powerfully organise this 3 day Relay Hunger Strike at the BSNL Corporate Office, by making maximum mobilisation.
As has already been intimated, the AUAB is organising a 3 day Relay Hunger Strike on 24th, 25th & 26th July, 2018. This country wide programme is being organised, demanding immediate implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, to the AUAB leaders on 24.02.2018, with regards to 3rd Pay Revision, Pension Revision, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and Pension Contribution by BSNL as per government rule. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to take the initiative to organise this programme in the most successful manner. Since this is a 3 day programme, sufficient efforts should be taken, in coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB, to muster sufficient strength on all the 3 days of the Relay Hunger Strike.
Inflation at wholesale level has reached a 4 year high. This is according to the official data released by the government last Monday. The real upward push in the wholesale inflation has taken place in the crude petroleum and natural gas segments. It is interesting to note that, internationally, the price of crude oil fell steeply, after the present government came to power in May, 2015. However, in India, the price of petrol and diesel kept on rising due to the frequent and huge taxes imposed by the government on petrol and diesel.
[Courtesy: The Hindu dt. 17-07-2018]
BSNLEU is glad to inform that the negotiation for Wage Revision of the Non-Executives is starting on 20.07.2018. Initially, the Management has issued notification for only an exploratory meeting to be held on 20.07.2018, since the Joint Committee for wage negotiation has not been constituted. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the issue with Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today. The GM (SR) informed that, notification for the constitution of the Joint Committee is under issue. As such, the full-fledged meeting of the Joint Committee on wage negotiation will be held on 20.07.2018. All members of the Joint Committee, representing BSNLEU, are requested to kindly attend the meeting without fail.
The BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee(BSNL WWCC) conducted it’s Tamil Nadu circle conference inspiringly at Pondicherry yesterday the 15-07-2018. The Conference Hall was named after Com.Jyotsana Mokashi, Member of the All India BSNL WWCC from Maharashtra, who passed away recently. Com.V.Bhagyalakshmi, All India Joint Convenor, hoisted BSNLEU flag amidst thundering slogans. Com. Vatsala of the Reception Committee, welcomed all. The house stood in a minute’s silence, paying homage to the departed leaders. Com.U.Vasuki, All India Vice-President of All India Democratic Women’s Association(AIDWA), inaugurated the Conference, narrating the atrocities being committed against women in India, the retrograde New-Liberal policies that worsen the condition, and the need to organise working women to fight against these menace. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed and explained about the issues of the women employees of BSNL, as well as on the status of important issues such as, Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, Allotment of 4G spectrum, viability of BSNL and contract workers. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS & CP, TN, Com.Bhagyalakshmi, All India Joint Convenor of BSNL WWCC, Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary,BSNLEU and Com.Vinodh, circle secretary, BSNL CCWF greeted the Conference. A very lively debate by delegates, ensued. Finally, Com.P.Indira, summed up the discussions.Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, replied to the All India level issues. Totally, 165 delegates attended this Conference. A 17 member state committee, with Com.Berlin Alice Mary, as the Convenor, was elected. The Conference came to a conclusion with inspiring slogans. CHQ heartily congratulates the BSNL WWCC, Tamil Nadu, for the successful conference.
The CHQ of BSNLEU is extremely sorry to inform that Shri Aparesh Mitra, father of Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-President(CHQ), passed away yesterday morning at a Kolkata hospital. He was 82 years old and was unwell for some time, and was being given treatment in a hospital. CHQ pays it’s homage to Shri Aparesh Mitra. CHQ also conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to Com.Animesh Mitra, and all the members of his family.
The Circle Executive Committee Meeting of BSNLEU, Maharashtra Circle, was held at Panjim on 14th and 15th July, 2018. Com Appa Saheb Gagre, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com. Nagesh Nalawade, Circle Secretary, presented report on activities and Com.Ganesh Hinge, Circle Treasure presented report on accounts. Com.M.K.Dave,AGS, attended this meeting,as per the decision of the Agartala CEC meeting. He, together with Com.John Verghese, AGS, addressed the house about the BSNLEU activities during the recent days and efforts for wage revision, ongoing struggles, financial status of BSNL,etc., were explained. Serious discussion by circle executive committee members took place thereafter. Participation in the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally on 05-09-2018 at New Delhi and Young Workers Convention at Bhopal were discussed and decision is taken for effective participation. Com. Yusuf Husain, General Secretary, Maharashtra BSNL Contract Workers Union, addressed the house. Excellent arrangements were made by BSNLEU, Goa District Union Comrades. CWC Meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Com Appa Saheb Gagre.
According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mukesh Ambani has become Asia’s richest man. He has toppled China’s Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group. The total net worth of Mukesh Ambani stands at $44.3 billion and the total net worth of Jack ma stands at $40 billion. In this year alone, Mukesh Ambani’s net worth,has increased by $4 billion. While India has Asia’s richest man, the country also has world’s largest number of poor people. This is the result of the Neo-Liberal policies, being implemented in India from 1991 onwards. The rich becomes the richer and the poor becomes poorer.
The AUAB has given call for agitational programme, demanding implementation of the assurances given by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24-02-2018. The AUAB is continuously trying to meet the Hon’ble MoS(C) in this connection. However, this meeting has not materialised so far. Now, the Monsoon Session of the Parliament is starting on 17-07-2018. AUAB is taking hectic efforts to have the meeting during this session of the Parliament, to ensure that his assurances are implemented expeditiously.
Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Jharkhand circle, was held on 14th July 2018 at Ranchi. The meeting was presided over by com Bashishtha Narayan, circle president. Com Naresh Lal, Circle Secretary, presented Secretary's Report and other important issues before the meeting. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, while inaugurating the meeting, explained in detail about call given by the AUAB, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) on wage revision, pension revision, pension contributions on actual basis and allotment of 4G spectrum. He also explained about AUAB’s call for the movement “BSNL at your door step". A very lively discussion was held on organisational matters. Later on, Dy.GS replied questions raised by the delegates. The meeting decided to participate in the 5th September Kishan- Shramik rally at Delhi.
It is a moment of pride for India, when Hima Das, won gold for the country, in the on going Junior World Athletic championships. 18 year old Hima, won gold in the 400 metres race, clocking 51.46 seconds. This the first time that an Indian woman won gold medal in the track event of the IAAF World Under 20 Athletic Championships. She has brought glory to our country. BSNLEU heartily congratulates Hima Das.
Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, NE I Circle, was held on 10th July, at Shillong. It was presided over by com D.A.Shylla, Circle President. Com Shivjee Roy,CS,NE I Circle, initiated the discussions. Com Gopal Das, CS, AIBDPA also addressed the meeting. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS attended the meeting and explained in detail about the background in which the AUAB has taken decision for agitational programme, for the implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C).He also explained about the decision of the AUAB, to launch the movement called “BSNL AT YOUR DOORSTEPS” for gearing up the sales and marketing activities of BSNL, with a view to boost the cash flow of the Company. The meeting discussed in detail and decided to participate in the “Worker-Kisan Sangarsh Rally, to be held at New Delhi on 5th September 2018 and also in the young workers convention to be held at Bhopal on 9th September 2018.
In a major development, the government of India gave it’s approval yesterday for “Net Neutrality”. Under the principle of Net Neutrality, every Internet user must have equal access to all lawful online content, at the “same cost and speed”. The necessity for the government to announce this Net Neutrality arose because, some time back, the private operators attempted to start a system, in which those who pay extra money alone will be getting access to all the internet sites at assured speed, and others will be having only limited access and slower speed. The Telecom Secretary, Ms.Aruna Sundararajan announced yesterday that, this policy comes into effect immediately, and any violation of rules would attract severe penalties.
India has become the 6th largest economy in the world now, based on the country’s performance in 2017. India’s GDP was 2.59 trillion US dollars in 2017. Thus, India pushed back France to the 7th place, whose GDP was 2.58 trillion US dollars in 2017. It is also expected that India will soon overtake Britain, which is having a GDP of 2.62 trillion US dollars. All these news make every Indian to feel proud. At the same time it also pains to note that India is a country, with the largest number of poor people in the world.
It is a matter of pride for every one of us that, the BSNL has launched the country’s first Internet Telephony Service yesterday. It was inaugurated by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications at New Delhi. According to this facility, a customer, using BSNL’s mobile app called “Wings”, can dial any number in India, using internet service or Wifi of any telecom operator. To avail this service, the customer has to pay an annual fee of Rs.1,099. The Hon’ble MoS(C) appreciated the BSNL for enabling a customer, to make calls without a SIM. He also appreciated BSNL for increasing it’s market share, in the present competitive environment.