Three children of a family, all aged below 10 years, have starved to death in India’s capital. The shocking revelation came when post mortem was conducted on the three siblings, brought dead to hospital on last Tuesday. Doctors declared that the cause of the death was starvation. They also ruled out any foul play. The mother of the children is mentally unstable. The father has gone out, and has not returned for the past few days. The net result is that the children have starved to death. These starvation deaths are not an isolated case. Such starvation deaths continue to take place in many parts of the country. All these happen when the government claims that India is the fastest growing economy in the world. Further, India is also producing the largest number of billionaires, and Mukesh Ambani has become the richest Asian. All should understand that the economic policies being followed by the government are basically pro-rich and anti- poor.
The 3 day Relay Hunger Strike, called on by the AUAB, demanding implementation of the assurances of the Hon’ble MoS(C), came to a successful conclusion today. In all the circles, the Non-Executives and Executives have participated in the 3 day Relay Hunger Strike with a great amount of zeal and enthusiasm. The employees have told the DoT in no uncertain terms that, the government cannot keep on testing the patience of the employees any more. BSNLEU heartily thanks and congratulates all the circle and district unions of BSNLEU, as well as the other constituents of AUAB, for successfully organising the 3 day Relay Hunger Strike programme.
The 3 day relay hunger strike, organised at the BSNL Corporate Office, has turned out to be an extraordinarily successful programme. Apart from the employees of NTR and Corporate Office, comrades of BSNLEU from UP(West) and Haryana circle participated in large numbers on all the 3 days of the Relay Hunger Strike. Especially, the large number of comrades came and participated in the hunger strike today, from both the circles, despite rains. BSNLEU places on record, it’s hearty thanks to the comrades of UP (West) circle and the Haryana circle, for making the 3 day Relay Hunger Strike at the Corporate Office a great success.
BSNLEU pays it’s homage to Shri V.K. Mahuli, DGM (looking after as the GM), Bijapur, Karnataka circle, who passed away while addressing the 3 day Relay Hunger Strike at Bijapur on 24.07.2018. All along, Shri V.K. Mahuli had been a staunch participant and supporter of the agitational programme, called on by the Unions and Associations. Accordingly, he addressed the first day hunger strike at Bijapur on 24.07.2018. After addressing the hunger strike, Shri V.K. Mahuli, collapsed at the venue of the agitation itself. Soon after getting the sad news of Shri V.K. Mahuli’s death, the leaders and participants of the first day Relay Hunger Strike at the BSNL Corporate Office, paid their respectful homage to him, by observing a minute’s silence.
In a judgement, which is having far reaching consequences, the Supreme Court of India has upheld the right of the citizens to protest. The Apex Court has stated in it’s judgement that the right to protest is recognised as a fundamental right under the Constitution. Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan has further stated that, protests strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs where individuals and groups are able to express dissent and grievances, expose the flaws in governance and demand accountability from state authorities as powerful entities.
Recently BSNL has started it’s internet telephony service. Customers, by using BSNL’s app ‘Wings’, can make unlimited calls by paying an annual fee of Rs.1,099/- and by using internet service or wi-fi of any telecom operator. This service was launched on 11th July, by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communication. It is great to hear that within two weeks BSNL has received 4,000 bookings, for the new service. CHQ requests all the comrades to make effective campaign to make the public aware of BSNL’s Net Telephony service.
[Source: ET – 25.07.2018]
As per the news and photos being received from various parts of the country, we can understand that the second day of the Relay Hunger Strike is being observed throughout the country, with more response from the employees, who are massively participating in the hunger strike. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the participants as well as the circle and district level AUAB’s, for the success of the second day programme.
A massive gathering marked the beginning of the 3 day Relay Hunger Strike at BSNL Corporate Office, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications. Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, presided over the hunger strike. It was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, BSNLEU, Com.Chandeswar Singh,GS, NFTE BSNL, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com. Sheshadri, Dy.GS, NFTE BSNL, Com.Sivakumar, President, AIBSNLEA, Com.Rajamouli, Treasurer, NFTE BSNL, Com. Samad, Dy.GS, TEPU and Com.Rashid Khan, AGS, TEPU addressed the Relay Hunger Strike.
As per reports being received from the circles, the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL have responded in a spirited manner, to the call of the AUAB for conducting the 3 day Hunger Strike, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon'ble MoS (C), on the issues of Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Allotment of 4G spectrum and calculation of the Pension Contribution on the actual basic pay. CHQ calls on the circle and district unions to carry out the call effectively, for the remaining 2 days also.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) has called on the BSNL employees to organise a powerful 3 day Relay Hunger Strike, starting from tomorrow. The circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to organise the Relay Hunger Strike effectively, with massive participation of the employee, by making necessary coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB. Report and photos of the programme may be sent to the CHQ on email@example.com. Demands of the programme are as follows:-
BSNL will be allotted 4G spectrum, as per the terms and conditions submitted to the government, by the BSNL Management.
The General Secretary and Dy.General Secretary, who met the Director (HR) today, drew her attention to the ongoing agitational programme in Kerala circle. The representatives pointed out that the key issues of the struggle are related to improvement of the quality of BSNL’s services in Kerala circle. The representatives regretted that the Union has to launch agitation for the improvement of BSNL’s services. They also drew the attention of the Director (HR) to another important issue of the struggle, viz., re-engagement of the retrenched contract workers. It was pointed out that the retrenched contract workers could be re-engaged in a gainful manner, both for the Company, as well as for the workers. BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL on this issue. The Director (HR) assured that needful action would be taken on this issue.
The General Secretary and Dy.General Secretary, who met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today, urged upon him for the early conducting of the Standing Committee meeting. The representatives pointed out that it is already more than a month since the 36th meeting of the National Council was held, and told him a review of the implementation of the decisions taken in the meeting has become due. The GM (SR) assured that the meeting would be conducted early.
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.