As per the call of the AUAB, powerful demonstration was conducted today, in front of the Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi, demanding rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, and also against the appointment of Shri Amit Yadav as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Slogans were also raised, condemning the government for trying to break BSNL into pieces, with the sole aim of favouring Reliance Jio. All the comrades were taken into custody by the police and were kept in the Parliament street police station. Subsequently, all the comrades were allowed to go, after collecting the details of the General Secretaries.
The demonstration that was held in front of Sanchar Bhawan today, is significant in many ways. This is the first time that a demonstration is held in front of the Sanchar Bhawan, by the unions and associations of BSNL, in the 18 years’ existence of BSNL. Since the Sanchar Bhawan is housing the Ministry of Communications, police does not give permission to conduct any agitational programme there. Even for today’s demonstration, the police informed us that demonstrations are banned in the vicinity of the Sanchar Bhawan, and hence no one would be allowed to demonstrate there. However, the unions and associations of BSNL decided to conduct the demonstration today at any cost, even by running into the risk of getting arrested. Around 12:45 hrs., the police locked all the gates of BSNL Corporate Office, to stop the employees of the Corporate Office from joining the demonstration. Similarly, a large number of riot policemen were deployed in front of the Sanchar Bhawan. Inspite of these road-blocks, more than 150 comrades gathered in front of the Sanchar Bhawan. Thundering slogans were raised, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, and also cautioning the government not to break BSNL, to favour Reliance Jio. All the 150 comrades were crammed into the waiting buses by the police, and were taken to the Parliament Street Police Station. Towards the evening, all the comrades were let off from the police station. CHQ heartily congratulates the UP (West) and Haryana circle unions of BSNLEU, for sending our comrades to participate in today’s demonstration.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL has given call to conduct lunch hour demonstrations tomorrow the 27.03.2018, against the decision of the government to form BSNL’s Subsidiary Tower Company, and also against the decision of the DoT, to appoint Shri Amit Yadav, IAS, as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Circle and district secretaries are requested to make maximum mobilisations, in coordination with the other constituents of AUAB, and make the programme successful. Memorandum (copy available on website) should also be submitted to the Chief General Managers and the State Governors. Photos and reports of the programme should be e-mailed on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As per the decision, the All Unions and Associations of BSNL is organising a powerful lunch hour demonstration in front of the Sanchar Bhawan tomorrow. As per the Cabinet decision, Subsidiary Tower Company will come under the control of the Board of Directors of BSNL. As such, the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company should be appointed only by the BSNL’s Board of Directors. However, the DoT, in a high-handed manner, has appointed an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, without even informing the Board of Directors of BSNL. This it self clearly shows that, the Subsidiary Tower Company will not come under the control of BSNL. The whole game plan of the government is, to snatch the entire mobile towers of BSNL, in the guise of forming a separate tower company. Hence, opposing the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company, and also opposing the high-handed action of the DoT, of appointing an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, the AUAB will be organising a powerful lunch hour demonstration in front of the Sanchar Bhawan tomorrow.
The 36th meeting of the National Council will be held on 16th April, 2018. All National Council members of BSNLEU are requested to kindly make note of this, and to attend the meeting without fail.
The SR Branch of the Corporate Office has started giving unwarranted instructions to BSNLEU. A few months back, BSNLEU requested it’s circle unions to give advertisements to the souvenir, to be released by the CITU, on the occasion of the inauguration of it’s Trade Union School at Delhi. At that time, the SR Branch gave instruction to BSNLEU that, advertisements should not be collected from customers, as per the CDA Rules. This was a totally unwarranted advice from the SR Branch, because the CHQ of BSNLEU only requested it’s circle unions to give the advertisements, and did not direct to collect advertisements from any customer. Now, a few days back, the SR Branch has again instructed BSNLEU not to criticise the government’s policies on it’s website. BSNLEU has the right to criticise the government’s policies which affect the working class. The SR Branch has no business to object this. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), today, in the presence of Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), and raised his strong objection to the unwarranted instructions being given to BSNLEU, by the SR Branch. All concerned should understand that BSNLEU does not survive on the oxygen supplied by the Management or government. It continues to remain as the biggest trade union of BSNL for the past 14 years, because of the unwavering support being extended by the ordinary workers of BSNL.
The CHQ of BSNLEU is extremely shocked and pained to hear that Com. Kallappa, District Secretary of the Contract Workers Union, Bidar, Karnataka, died in an accident that took place today morning. He was a very active and dedicated functionary of the Contract Workers Union. A few years back, Com. Kallappa was retrenched from work. Due to the efforts taken by the CHQ of BSNLEU, he was taken back. He attended the Mahapadav, held at Delhi from 09th to 11th November, 2017. At that time another contract worker from Bidar, Mustafa by name, died due to heart attack. Com. Kallappa remained at Delhi for the next two days, and helped the CHQs of BSNLEU and the BSNLCCWF, for getting the post-mortem and other formalities completed. In the death of Com. Kallappa, the contract workers union has lost a dedicated comrade. BSNLEU pays homage to Com. Kallappa and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members.
This is the day in 1931, freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sikhdev and Rajguru, attained martyrdom. They were hanged to death by the British imperialists, for demanding freedom for India. Bhagat Singh, who remains as the source of inspiration to tens of thousands of youngsters even today, wanted to form a Socialist government in India. While paying our respectful homage to these three martyrs, let us resolve to accomplish their unfulfilled ambitions.
A meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL(AUAB) is held yesterday the 22nd March,2018, in FNTO's office. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SEWA BSNL, BSNLMS, BSNLOA participated. The meeting reviewed the developments that had taken place after the meeting with the Hon'ble MoS(C) that was held on 24th February,2018. It is observed that the government is moving fast to operationalise the Subsidiary Tower Company from the 1st of April, 2018, totally ignoring the strong opposition from the entire employees of BSNL. In view of this, the meeting decided to launch agitational programme to stop the same. Decision is taken to conduct "lunch hour demonstrations" on 27th March,2018, in front of Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi, as well as at circle and SSA head quarters, throughout the country. A memorandum, opposing the Subsidiary Tower Company will be submitted to the Hon'ble MoS(C) at Sanchar Bhawan. Same memorandum will be submitted to the respective CGMs and the state governors, to be forwarded to the MoS(C). CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to successfully implement the call.
Neglecting the stiff opposition of the entire employees of BSNL, the DoT / Government is moving fast to make the Subsidiary Tower Company operational from the 1st of April, 2018. We oppose the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company because, it will be the end of road to BSNL. Having failed to weaken BSNL through various means, the government is finally trying to kill BSNL by taking away it’s near 70,000 mobile towers. BSNL’s mobile towers are it’s life-line. If the mobile towers are taken away, BSNL will certainly become a skeleton. The IAS officer, who has been appointed by the DoT as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, will definitely not come under the control of BSNL’s Board of Directors. Thus, formation of Subsidiary Tower Company is a day-light robbery, being done by the government, to steal BSNL’s mobile towers. If the Subsidiary Tower Company is formed, soon BSNL will become a scrap. Hence, CHQ calls upon the entire circle and district unions to massively mobilise the employees for the demonstration to be held on 27.03.2018, in consultation with the other constituents of AUAB. Negligence, lethargy and complacence on the part of our circle and district unions on this matter will not be permitted. Photos and report of the programme should be sent immediately to the CHQ, only through CHQ e-mail ID - email@example.com. Comrades are requested not to send the photos on Whatsapp to the General Secretary.
BSNLEU, the mighty organisation of the BSNL employees, has completed 17 years of it's existence, and enters into the 18th year today. On this Foundation of BSNLEU, the CHQ conveys it's revolutionary greetings to all the comrades. Especially, the CHQ heartily thanks all our senior comrades, who have contributed tremendously, for the strengthening of the movement in the past. On this occasion, the CHQ calls upon all the leaders and cadres, to come forward to strengthen the Union, organisationally, as well as ideologically.
Workers unity zindabad!
Com Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com Ramesh Chand(Org.Secy) met Ms Samita Luthra,GM(Rectt) today and didcuss the following issues.
The union representatives apprised the GM(Rectt.) about the wrong answer keys, multiple correct answers, out of syllabus questions and also questions of high standards in the 50% JE LICE that held on 28.01.2018. They informed that the matter has already been brought to the notice of the Dir(HR) with supporting documents for necessary actions. Therefore, it is requested to take immediate corrective measures to give full marks to those questions after review and to declare the result at the earliest.
The GM (Rectt.) informed that they have received the letter of the union with documents and an expert committee has already been setup to review it. It is also assured that the final result will be released shortly.
It is informed by the GM(Rectt.) that the Architect wing of corporate office has given their requisition for the said but it has yet to come from Civil Wing. The union representatives request the GM to take personal initiative to get requisition from civil wing and to conduct the exam without further loss of time. The GM (Rectt.) assured to look into the matter.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Karnataka, was held at Bangalore today. The programme started with the hoisting of Union flag by Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. Sweets were distributed to all, on account of the Foundation Day of BSNLEU. Com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, welcomed every one. Com.M.C.Balakrishna, circle president, presided over. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting. In his speech, the General Secretary explained about the present status of the important issues of wage revision, pension revision, allotment of 4G spectrum, pension contribution, etc. He further made a detailed analysis of the economic policies being pursued by the government, which results in the accumulation of wealth in the hands of corporates, and pauperisation of the working masses. He also cautioned about the efforts being taken to divide the working class on communal lines. Com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, presented report on activities, based on which deliberations were made by the members. The meeting unanimously resolved to request the All India Union to permit Karnataka circle to host the next All India Conference.
The Standing Committee on Information Technology has told the government to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL and MTNL at the earliest. The Committee has told in it’s report that allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and MTNL will help them to compete and survive in the market. The Committee is of the strong view that BSNL and MTNL will lose their data market, if they are not allotted 4G spectrum soon. However, the flip-side of the report is that, it has also told the government to consider the voluntary retirement scheme submitted by both the PSUs.
[Source: ET Telecom dated 14.03.2018]
Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, has told the media that BSNL is preparing for it’s pan-India level launch of 4G services. He told that, contracts have been given to Nokia and ZTE for setting up it’s 4G networks, and that BSNL would start the service by the end of the first quarter of the next financial year (June, 2018). The government is likely to infuse Rs.7,000 crore in the form of capital, while BSNL will make investment to the tune of Rs.5,500 crore, said the CMD BSNL.
[Source: ET Telecom dated 19.03.2018]
Shri R.K. Mittal, Director (CM), BSNL, has told the media that BSNL has added 12 lakh new customers in the second week of March, 2018. Out of this 12 lakh, 4 lakh users have come through Mobile Number Portability. To encourage the new subscribers, BSNL has launched “Welcome Offer” for new prepaid customers with free data and unlimited talk time. This offer will continue till 31st March, 2018.
[Source: ET Telecom dated 15.03.2018]
The External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj informed the Rajya Sabha yesterday that, the 39 Indian labourers abducted by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq four years ago, were all killed. She told that, the DNA test had confirmed their identities. All these 39 labourers belong to poor families. BSNLEU expresses it’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the labourers and demands that the Government of India should give relief to them.
Many of us feel proud to say, “I am in Facebook”. But, it is shocking to know that our personal data, shared with the Facebook, is being illegally utilised, to benefit influential persons. The channel 4 News of Britain has exposed on Monday that, the information of 50 million Facebook users has been accessed by a company called Cambridge Analytica. This company has used this information dishonestly, with a view to help influential persons to fight elections. One such candidate helped by Cambridge Analytica, is Donald Trump, the US President. It is said that Cambridge Analytica has made interventions in 200 elections across the world, including in Argentina, the Czech Republic, India, Kenya and Nigeria.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Agartala from 3rd to 5th April, 2018. The NE-I circle is making all out efforts to make the meeting successful. As per our earlier decision, only circle secretaries and central office-bearers will be permitted to attend this meeting. Hence, those who are not CEC members, are requested not to come to this meeting.