A question has been raised in the Lok Sabha on 07.02.2018, with regards to the outsourcing the maintenance of BSNL’s towers. While replying to this question, Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS(C), had replied that BSNL had floated tender to outsource the maintenance of 26,287 towers. In this reply, the Hon’ble Minster had also stated that the employees’ union has not opposed this outsourcing. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today, and discussed this issue. The representatives questioned how reply was given in the Lok Sabha that, the outsourcing of maintenance of towers was not opposed by employees’ union, when this issue was not at all discussed by the Management with the unions and associations. The CMD BSNL replied that BSNL floated this tender 3 years ago, on which some private agencies have filed case in the Supreme Court. Since the case is still pending in the Court, this outsourcing has not yet been approved by either BSNL’s Management Committee or Board of Directors, and as such, the issue was not discussed by the Management with the unions and associations. When the General Secretary pointed out that the ambiguity in this reply should have been avoided, the CMD BSNL agreed with him.
The Steering Committee of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, in their request letter dated 10.01.2018, had sought a meeting with Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS(C). Serious efforts are being made by the Steering Committee, to discuss the burning issues with him. Under these circumstances, the meeting that was expected to be held with the Hon’ble MoS(C) yesterday did not materialise.
Airtel, India’s biggest telecom service provider, is also having a very big loan amount. As on December, 31, 2017, Airtel’s consolidated debt is Rs.91,714 crores. Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), which is a major stake holder in Airtel, is intending to invest another Rs.2,649 crore in Airtel. With this, Singtel’s stake in Airtel will reach 48.9%.
[Source: Times of India dated 06.02.2018]
It is worrisome to note that communal clashes are increasing day by day. In 2017, totally 822 communal clashes have taken place in which 111 people were killed and 2,384 people were injured. In 2016, 703 communal clashes had taken place in which 86 people were killed and 2,321 people were injured. In 2017, the highest number of communal riots have taken place in Uttar Pradesh. 195 communal riots have taken place there, in which 44 people were killed and 542 were injured. This information was given by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, in a written reply, in the Lok Sabha yesterday.
[Source: Times of India dated 07.02.2018]
A meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL was held yesterday the 06.02.2018. Com. Prahlad Rai, presided over. General Secretaries / representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BTEU, SEWA BSNL, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, TEPU and BSNL OA attended. The 5 day Satyagraha programme was reviewed and the meeting expressed it’s satisfaction over the success of the programme. The meeting also decided to massively organise the March to Sanchar Bhawan programme on 23.02.2018. Quota is fixed for each union and association. BSNLEU has assured to mobilise not less than 1,500 comrades.
CHQ has already called upon the circle unions to make maximum mobilisation of comrades for the March to Sanchar Bhawan programme, to be held on 23.02.2018. So far, only a few circles have informed about the number of comrades participating in the programme. CHQ requests all the circle unions to take immediate steps for mobilising the comrades for the programme. The number of comrades coming from each circle may also be informed to the CHQ immediately.
As per the call of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, the employees of BSNL are observing ‘Work According to Rule’ from 30.01.2018. This struggle was reviewed in the meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held yesterday the 06.02.2018, as well as in the Steering Committee meeting held today. After detailed discussion, it has been decided to observe Non-cooperation to NOFN and other government projects. This decision is taken in view of the fact that the DoT and the government have denied justice to BSNL employees in the matter of 3rd Pay Revision, pension revision to BSNL retirees, forming the Subsidiary Tower Company, etc. Entire Non-Executives and Executives are requested to strictly observe this Non-cooperation, in addition to implementing the ‘Work According to Rule’ call. The All Unions and Associations of BSNL is writing to the Secretary, DoT and to the CMD BSNL, about the struggle of Non-cooperation to NOFN and other government projects.
As a part of the ongoing ‘Work According to Rule’ programme, Non-Executives and Executives are requested to perform their duties strictly according to rules. Non-Executives and Executives are directed not to participate in any marketing activity like, mela or road-show, other than those employees who are posted in the marketing section.
As a part of intensifying the ‘Work According to Rule’ programme, it has been decided to conduct protest demonstrations on every Wednesday. Circle and district secretaries are requested to effectively conduct these demonstrations, by coordinating with other constituents of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL. Efforts should be taken to mobilise maximum number of employees in these demonstrations.
The “All Unions and Associations of BSNL” are meeting Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications at 5:00 PM tomorrow. Wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, rolling back of the retirement age from 60 to 58 and revision of pension issues will be discussed prominently.
A meeting of the “All Unions and Associations of BSNL” has been scheduled to be held at 3:30 PM tomorrow. However, this meeting has been postponed, in view of the meeting to be held with the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications at 5:00 PM tomorrow.
The meeting of the Designations Committee has been scheduled to be held at 11:00 AM tomorrow. However, Corporate Office has intimated that the meeting is postponed due to administrative reasons.
As a part of the ongoing 9th circle conference of BSNLEU, an impressive Open Session was conducted in the Town Hall, Ernakulam, yesterday the 02-02-2018. Com.A.V.Kuriakose, circle president, presided over. Com.Mohanan, circle secretary, welcomed every one. The main speaker of the Open Session was Com.M.V.Govindan Master, Chief Editor of the Deshabimani, who spoke elaborately on the economic policies being pursued by the successive governments at the Centre. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the session and exposed the anti-BSNL policies of the Modi government, spoke on the need to maintain BSNL as a vibrant and strong Public Sector Company, to serve the common people of this country. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, former General Secretary of BSNLEU and many others spoke in the session.
DIR(HR) called all Unions and Associations for the discussions on 02.02.2018 regarding the ongoing agitations. GS / CHQ office bearers of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, FNTO, BSNLMS, SEWA, BSNLOA etc was present in the meeting. GM(SR) also present in the meeting.
We expressed our serious concern that the Govt is not taking any steps to resolve the issues of lakhs of employees. The Unions and Assns will intensify the agitations in the coming days. On 23rd Feb, huge Sanchar Bhavan (DoT) March is planned in which thousands of comrades from all over India will be participating. The formation of Tower Subsidiary has to be rolled back, 3rd PRC to be implemented with 15% fitment, Pension revision and outstanding issues of 2nd PRC are to be settled etc are the major demands.
DIR(HR) informed that due to the competition and market condition, revenue is coming down and the financial condition of the company is not good. Any impact on the services will further affect the revenue which in turn will affect all.
Union/Assn leaders explained that on earlier occasions, management arranged the meetings with the Secretary/DoT or the Hon Minister as the case may be and through discussions, issues are settled. However, such initiatives are not found nowadays, during agitations.
DIR(HR) personally tried for the meeting by contacting MoSC office. Finally DIR(HR) assured to make possible efforts for meeting at DoT once CMD returns on Monday. All Unions and Associations will be meeting on 06.02.2018.
Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications, informed the Parliament yesterday that BSNL will roll out it’s 4G service this year. The Minister has told the Parliament that BSNL has submitted a DPR (Detailed Project Report) to the DoT in this regard. The BSNL has demanded allotment 5MHz spectrum in the 2100 MHz band from the government, for providing 4G service."BSNL has sought from the DoT Rs. 6,652 crore as equity infusion out of total spectrum cost of Rs.13,885 crore. BSNL will pay the balance Rs.7,233 crore of spectrum cost in ten annual instalments from its internal accruals," Shri Sinha said in a written statement to the Rajya Sabha. BSNL has also planned to install 10,000 mobile BTSs in all its telecom circles.
(Source : PTI - Feb 2, 2018, 06.24PM)
In Vijayawada SSA, Andhra Pradesh, no regular GMTD was posted for long time. The GMTD, Guntur SSA was given additional charge of GMTD, Vijayawada. Both the BSNLEU and SNEA circle union demanded to the CGM, Andhra Pradesh to give regular posting of GMTD, Vijayawada. Since it is the State Capital of Andhra Pradesh and one person from Guntur cannot manage such a big district. The CHQ of both BSNLEU and SNEA demanded to the Corporate Management to give regular posting of GMTD, Vijayawada. One posting order was issued 3 days before, by the Corporate Office for the post of GMTD, Vijayawada. But the CGM, AP circle was trying not to get posting of the regular GMTD at Vijayawada and wanted to continue with the arrangement of GMTD, Guntur to get additional charge for Vijayawada. Both the circle union objected to this, hence requested the CHQ to take up the issue with Corporate Management. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and Com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA met Director (HR), Ms. Sujata T. Ray on 2nd February and urged to intervene. The Director (HR) after hearing both, has expressed that the Corporate Office order should be implemented. Later on, both the representatives met GM (Pers.) and demanded for implementation of the Corporate Office order. The GM (Pers.) assured to take necessary action in this regard.
BSNL employees from Uttarakhand could not get their salary for the month of January, 2018, till 2nd February, due to Punjab National Bank problem. The circle union, BSNLEU of Uttarakhand met CGM and GM (F) of Uttarakhand on 1st February, 2018 and it has been confirmed by the Punjab National Bank authority, Dehradun, that due to technical problems in upgradation of systems in the Bank, the salary of BSNL employees could not be transferred to their accounts. Further, it may take some more time to transfer the salary to the accounts. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the matter with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (Finance) and requested to ensure payment of salary to the employees. The Director (HR) instructed the GM (BFCI) to settle the problem without any loss of time.
The 5 day Satyagraha agitation, by the Non-Executives and Executives has come to an end today. The struggle has been organised throughout the country in a very dedicated manner. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire employees, as well as the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, for ensuring the Ghandian struggle a resounding success. It is regrettable to note that, despite the best efforts taken by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, neither the DoT, nor the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, have bothered to call the representatives for talks. This is deplorable too. Hence, now, the employees are left with no other option, but to implement the Work According to Rule (WAR) powerfully. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to maintain close coordination with other unions and associations, for the successful implementation of the Work According to Rule (WAR).
As regards the Wage Revision of the Non-Executives, both the Management and the Recognised Unions have to sign an agreement, after holding negotiations. In view of this, both the Recognised Unions are pressing the Management hard to start the wage negotiations without further delay. However, Management maintains that the wage negotiations cannot be started without the DoT issuing a clearance for it. This issue was once again discussed in the recently held Standing Committee meeting. In this connection, the Corporate Office has written to the General Secretaries of both the Recognised Unions of the Non-Executives, giving a status on the matter.