It has already been announced that the 9th All India Conference of BSNLEU is being conducted at Mysuru, Karnataka circle. The Karnataka circle union has formed the Reception Committee for conducting the All India Conference. The office-bearers of the Reception Committee are as follows:-
President : Com. M.C. Balakrishna
Working President : Com. H.V. Sudharshan
General Secretary : Com. C.K. Gundanna
Treasurer : Com. J.V. Keshav
It has also been decided that all the Karnataka circle office-bearers and district secretaries of Karnataka circle union of BSNLEU, shall be the members of the Reception Committee.
BSNL, vide it’s letter no.16-4/2018/CB(P) dated 18.06.2018, communicated it’s decision to the field units to defer the dates of salary payment of the employees. BSNLEU strongly protested this, and conveyed it’s resentment to the CMD BSNL, vide it’s letter no. BSNLEU/ 401 (PAY) dated 25.06.2018. In that letter, BSNLEU has demanded that first the BSNL Management should implement austerity measures for the top officers and should also take prompt action to curtail wasteful expenditures, instead of deferring dates of the salary payment. BSNLEU has also expressed it’s protest for deferring the dates of the salary payment, without any discussion with the Recognised Unions. Consequently, the date of the salary payment was also not deferred in June, 2018. The date of the salary payment of July, 2018, was not deferred and the employees have got their salary yesterday, ie., on the last working day of July, 2018. We hope that in future also the Management will not venture to defer the date of the salary payment.
A meeting of the AUAB is being held at 16:00 hrs. tomorrow the 02nd August, 2018, at BSNL MS office. The meeting will review the agitational programme recently conducted by the AUAB, as well as the meeting held with the Minister today.
A meeting of the members of BSNLEU and NFTE, of the Joint Committee for Negotiating Wage Settlement of the Non-Executives, will be held at 10:00 hrs. on 03.08.2018, in Room No.706 of the BSNL Corporate Office. This meeting will discuss and finalise the unified approach of the Staff Side, to be adopted in the Joint Committee meeting to be held on 09.08.2018.
BSNLEU has been demanding relaxation to be given to the candidates who appeared in the JE LICE, held on 28.01.2018. This demand was raised because, only 111 candidates got qualified in the exam, out of the total 1,800 candidates appeared in it. It is also relevant to state that the number of total vacancies is 9,185. Because of online exam and high standard of the questions, only very few candidates passed the exam. Hence, BSNLEU is seriously trying to get relaxation, at par with the relaxation given to the candidates of the DR TTA of 2008 exam. This issue was seriously taken up in BSNLEU’s meeting with CMD BSNL, held on 10.07.2018. The CMD BSNL assured that appropriate action would be taken. This issue was discussed with Ms. Samita Luthra, GM (Rectt.), by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. S. Chellappa, AGS, today. The GM(Rectt.) replied that the demand of BSNLEU for giving relaxation is being seriously looked into by the Management, and that a decision on the issue would be taken soon. BSNLEU will continue to persue this issue.
Shri R.S. Sharma, TRAI chairman has become a laughing stock, in the matter of Aadhaar safety. It is very important to note that R.S. Sharma was the former chairman of the UIDAI, which is the body incharge of Aadhaar. A hue and cry is already going on in the country, with regards to the safety of the data of the citizens, contained in Aadhaar. Complaints are being raised for quite some time that, there is no safety for the data of the citizens contained in Aadhaar. In response to this complaint, R.S. Sharma, TRAI chairman, disclosed his Aadhaar card number on his Twitter account. He challenged any one to do any harm to him, using his Aadhaar number. Within no time, all his personal data, contained in Aadhaar started appearing in the public. This data included his phone number, address, pan card details, voter ID number, WhatsApp profile photo, etc. Further, to humiliate R.S. Sharma, some one deposited Rs.1/- into his bank account. What more is required to prove that the data of the citizens, contained in the Aadhaar is not safe at all.
The DoT has given it’s final approval for the merger of Vodafone India Ltd. with Idea Cellular. The name of the new company will be Vodafone Idea Ltd. This will be the largest Indian Telecom Company, in terms of number of subscribers and quantum of revenue. Both the company’s have paid Rs.7,268 crore, in cash and in bank guarantee, to the government, for this merger.
BSNLEU has been raising the demand that, the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Council should take place periodically. This issue was raised in the last National Council meeting also. As per the communication held between the Secretary & leader of the Staff Side and the GM(SR), 08.08.2018 has been identified as the date for the next meeting of the Standing Committee.
The ICICI bank, which has been projected as a model of the new generation banks, has gone into loss. The bank has reported a loss of Rs.120 crore for the first quarter of 2018, ie., for the period from April to June, 2018. ICICI bank has earned a profit of Rs.2,049 crore for the same period in 2017. This is the first time that ICICI bank has gone into loss since 2002.
The Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, has posted a net loss of Rs.940.4 crore, from it’s India business, for the first quarter of June, 2018, ie., from April to June, 2018. It’s first quarter profit in 2017 was Rs.834.9 crore. However, Airtel has been able to post an over all net profit of Rs.97.3 crore, due to the gains that it has made from it’s Africa business.
The CHQ has already requested the circle unions to send district wise quota particulars, for the years 2016 and 2017. These quota particulars are essential for the allotment of delegates for the forthcoming All India Conference. Most of the circles have so far not sent these quota particulars. CHQ has written to such of the circle unions, to send the district wise quota particulars, latest by 16.08.2018.
The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of UP (East) circle is being held at Lucknow today. Com.D.N. Tripati, Circle President, is presiding over. Com. R.K. Mishra, Circle Secretary, welcomed every one. Com. Prem Nath Rai, General Secretary, CITU, Uttar Pradesh, inaugurated the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, apprised the house about the latest developments on the issues of wage revision, pension revision, allotment of 4G spectrum, pension contribution and also about the issues related to the revival of BSNL. The General Secretary exposed the anti-poor and pro-rich economic policies of the government and called upon the house to mobilise maximum number of comrades, from UP (East) circle, for the 5th September, Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally. Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President (CHQ), greeted the meeting. Com. R.K. Mishra, CS, presented the report on activities and serious discussions were made by the Executive Committee members.
On 23.07.2018, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), and invited her attention to the non-implementation of the Corporate Office orders, in respect of contract workers in UP (circle). The Director (HR) has taken the complaint very seriously. When the GS and CS, UP(East) met the CGM, UP(East) today, it was reported by the latter that, two officers of the Corporate Office are in UP(East) presently, and are making inspection in various SSAs, with regards to the implementation of Corporate Office orders. BSNLEU heartily thanks the Director (HR) for taking prompt action on the complaint.