The AUAB is trying to have a meeting with the Secretary, Telecom, to find out the status of the implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, in the meeting held on 24.02.2018. However, so far no meeting has been granted to the AUAB, by the Secretary, Telecom. In today’s meeting, the representatives of BSNLEU urged upon the CMD BSNL to use his good office for arranging a meeting between the AUAB and the Secretary, Telecom. Representatives of BSNLEU pointed out to the CMD BSNL that, in the past also, the CMDs of BSNL have played crucial role in arranging meetings between the Unions and Associations of BSNL and the Secretary, Telecom. The CMD BSNL accepted this demand and assured that expeditious action would be taken in this regard.
In the meeting held between the AUAB and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, on 24.02.2018, it was assured by the latter that, a Cabinet Note would be prepared for the consideration of the Cabinet, seeking exemption for the BSNL employees, from the affordability clause of the 3rd PRC. However, the Cabinet Note has not yet been prepared by the DoT, even after the lapse of 5 months. Under these circumstances, the AUAB has organised demonstrations and 3 day relay hunger strike last month throughout the country. A meeting between the Hon’ble MoS (C) and the AUAB was also held on 01.08.2018. In this backdrop, it is reliably learnt that, the DoT is now on the job of preparing the Cabinet Note.
BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL, demanding re-engagement of the contract workers, who were recently retrenched as per the directive of the BSNL Corporate Office. The Union has suggested that on re-engagement, these contract workers can be redeployed in the sales and marketing area. The Union has also suggested that this will be a win-win situation both for the retrenched contract workers and the Company. BSNLEU has discussed this issue with the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR). In today’s meeting held with the CMD BSNL, the representatives of BSNLEU enquired about the status of this issue. The CMD BSNL informed that the suggestion of the Union is being looked into, and that a decision in this regard would be taken soon.
The Delhi High Court has set aside the increase in minimum wage, from Rs.9,500/- per month to Rs.13,500/- per month, done by the Delhi State Government. There are large number of industries in and around Delhi, employing tens of thousands of workers. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, has expressed his serious concern that, the decision of the Delhi High Court to nullify the wage increase done by the Delhi State Government, will seriously affect the interests of the workers.
[Source: Times of India, 06.08.2018]
Following the Kathua, Unao and Chennai rape incidents, another heart-rending episode involving the rape of minor children has come to the fore. 34 helpless minor girls, aged between 7 and 17, housed in a shelter at Muzaffarpur, Bihar, have been subjected to rape, over a long period. Most of them are speech-impaired children. It is reported that these children’s are given sedatives with dinner, and then raped in the night. Prime accused of this case, Brajesh Thakur, who is running the home, is said to be close to the politicians. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has unearthed this crime. The episode of innocent children getting subjected to rape continues unabated. When so much noise is being made in this country to protect cows, who is there to protect these daughters of mother India.
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.