Com.R.S.Chauhan, Vice-President (CHQ), is retiring from service on superannuation tomorrow the 31-05-2018. A function was organised by the NTR circle union today, in the CTO sabhagarh, Eastern Court, to felicitate Com.R.S Chauhan. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, former GS, Com.Balbir Singh, President, Com. K.G.Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice-president (CHQ) attended the function and felicitated Com.R.S.Chauhan. A shawl and memento were presented to him, on behalf of the CHQ.
Condolence meeting for Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee
is being organised at Kolkata on 1st June, 2018.
A condolence meeting is being organised at Kolkata, for Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee. West Bengal, Kolkata Telephons, Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores circles are jointly organising this meeting which will take place at 01:00 pm on 1st June, 2018, at Telecom Factory, Kolkata. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and other Leaders are addressing this meeting.
The All India Convention of Public Sector employees will be held at New Delhi Tomorrow. The Convention will start at 01.00 pm. The venue of the Convention Ghalib Institute, Opp. Matha Sundari College, ITO. Arrangements for staying / freshening-up, are made in Garhwal Bhawan, (Near Jandewalan Metro Station) for those comrades coming from outstations.
As regards outsourcing of the Customer Service Centres, a meeting between Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and shri A.K. Jain, CGM, NC NGN, was held today. This meeting is in continuation of the earlier meeting, wherein the Union opposed the outsourcing of the CSCs. Thereafter, the issue was discussed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Agartala, wherein it was decided to reject the Management’s move for outsourcing. In today’s meeting Com. P. Ahimanyu, GS, firmly conveyed to the CGM NC NGN that the outsourcing of CSCs is not acceptable and requested to drop the move.
Palestinians are waging prolonged struggles against the aggression of Israel. Hundreds of Palestinians are being killed by Israeli armed forces. The US, the so called “champion of human rights”, is completely supporting Israel, in violation of all the resolutions passed by the United Nations. In this back drop, Palestinians have organised a novel protest in front of the European Parliament, at Brussels. 4,500 pairs of shoes are placed before the European Parliament. Each pair of shoes symbolises one Palestinian Killed by the Israeli forces.
The acute shortage in equipments, for providing FTTH connections, is being raised by our comrades time and again. BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL in this regard, and has discussed also. Today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, raised this issue with shri A.K. Jain, CGM NC NGN. He replied that the BSNL Management has already taken action to overcome short supply of equipments. He told 1.7 lakh FTTH connections were provided in 2017-18 and Management has fixed 36 lakh as the target for 2018-19. The ARPU of FTTH is Rs.1,600, which is a significant amount. For providing 36 lakh FTTH connections, Management has taken many steps. For example, action is being taken for the procurement of OLT and ONT equipments, by the CGMs, without tenders, based on the rates prescribed in GEM portal. Further, for the last mile, cable operators are being roped in. All circle and district unions are requested to take all steps, to ensure that the target of giving 36 lakh FTTH lines are achieved in 2018-19.
BSNLEU, Punjab circle union, organised a very effective convention of the young workers yesterday, the 27-05-2018. Punjabi Bhawan at Ludhiana was the venue. This convention was organised as per the decision of the Agartala CEC meeting. 96 young workers participated in this convention, from all the districts of Punjab circle. Apart from them, many senior leaders also participated in it. Com. A.K.Verma, circle vice-president, presided over the convention. Com.Balbir Singh, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and delivered the introductory speech. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the convention and elaborately spoke on the issues of the young workers, especially the DR JEs. He explained about the anti-BSNL policies of the successive governments, and the united struggles organised to save BSNL, as well as to make it financially viable. Thereafter, representatives of the young workers spoke on the problems being faced by them, especially transfer related. Later on, the General Secretary and the Circle Secretary, replied to the queries raised by them. The convention concluded with a very confident note.
As per the decision taken in the last meeting of the Joint Committee on change of designations, the next meeting of the Committee will be held on 31.05.2018. Management had issued notification for this meeting.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice- President (CHQ) met shri Saurab Tyagi, GM (Estt.) today, and reviewed the status of certain important pending issues. The details are as follows:-
The Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office is the nodal branch in the matter of Wage Revision. The Union enquired about the status of formation of the joint committee for negotiating wage settlement. The GM (Estt.) replied that file in this regard has already been moved to the CMD BSNL. Further, he wished to know about the procedure adopted for revision of wages w.e.f. 01.01.2007. The Union representatives shared their experiences with him. They also solicited the best co-operation of the Establishment Branch for the forthcoming wage revision, which he assured.
The GM (Estt.) replied that inputs are still awaited and requested the Union to help in getting the inputs from left out circles.
For this issue also the GM (Estt.) replied that the cases could not be forwarded to the DoT, for the issuing of POs, since inputs are yet to be received from some circles.
Regarding the above two items, the Union demanded the names of those circles which have not sent the requisite information, so that action could be taken through the circle unions, for making the CGMs to send the inputs to the Corporate Office. The GM (Estt.) accepted this proposal.
As regards the case of com. Omprakash Jaiswal OS, CGM office, Hyderabad, the GM (Estt.) stated that the Corporate Office has not received any representation. The Union assured that the related papers would be handed over soon.
This case has already been rejected by the GM (Estt.) in the earlier discussion. In today’s meeting, the Union informed that some of the affected officials have expressed their willingness to forego any arrears, that will become accrued on account of settlement of this issue. The Union asked why can’t such cases be considered, when the Company need not spend any money. The GM (Estt.) once again replied that to settle this issue, approval of the BSNL’s Board of Directors, as well as the DoT is required, which is not possible.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice- President (CHQ) met Shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today and discussed about the Management’s proposal to curtail the existing medical facilities. The Union strongly demanded that the Corporate Office should immediately issue letter, to extend the payment of cash without voucher to the retired employees beyond the initial 6 month period. The GM (Admn.) agreed to look into it. The Union also demanded that the ceiling for outdoor treatment should be restored from 23 days to the earlier limit of 25 days. The GM (Admn.) replied that this issue needs to be discussed with the top management.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) has been consistently telling that, the whole idea of the government to form BSNL’s Subsidiary Tower Company, is to privatise it. Soon after the Subsidiary Tower Company is made operational, disinvestment will start through inducting a strategic partner. Thereafter, it will not take long time for the government to privatise the Subsidiary Tower Company. But, still there are some people in BSNL, who do not believe this. What is going to happen in MTNL should serve as an eye opener to such people. Media reports say that, the NITI Aayog has already recommended to the government that, MTNL’s towers should be hived off to a separate company and there after it should be privatised. It is now proved beyond doubt that, the struggle of the AUAB against the Subsidiary Tower Company is 100% justified.
Today’s Times of India has reported the decision of the NITI Aayog about privatising MTNL’s tower business. We reproduce the same hereunder:-
“The panel (read NITI Aayog), headed by economist Rajiv Kumar has also recommended that government should begin selling assets in MTNL, once a top state-run company, which is now the third-biggest loss maker behind BSNL and Air India. The proposal is to hive off the telecom PSU’s towers into a separate company and sell off the entity. An outright stake sale has not been proposed, given the large real estate holdings.”
The NITI Aayog has recommended disinvestment / privatisation of 11 Public Sector Companies including BHEL, MTNL, Ashok Hotel, etc. Media reports also say that, the NITI Aayog is considering disinvestment through the strategic sale route, of 50 Public Sector companies. As regards BSNL, today’s Times of India says as follows:-
“Surprisingly, NITI Aayog has not given any roadmap for BSNL, that reported loss of around Rs. 4,800 crore in 2016-17.”
Since the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL are continuously conducting militant struggles against disinvestment / privatisation of BSNL, under the leadership of the AUAB, the NITI Aayog is reluctant to touch BSNL. However, if our struggles stop, then the day of BSNL’s privatisation will also come. Hence comrades, let us mobilise each and every Non-Executive and Executive of BSNL, in to the struggles called on by the AUAB.
It is already informed through the CHQ circular and the website that, an All India Convention of Central Public Sector Workers is being held at New Delhi on 30.05.2018. This convention is going to take important decision with regards to the vital issues of wage revision and disinvestment / privatisation in Public Sector. CHQ has already allotted quota to various circle unions for mobilising delegates to this convention. It is intimated that the convention will be held from 13:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. on 30.05.2018. Venue of the convention is Ghalib Institute, opposite to Mata Sundri College, ITO. All comrades are requested to reach the venue on time.
Today’s Times of India has reported that a Muslim man from Gopalganj district, Bihar, broke his roza (fasting) to save the life of an 8 year old Hindu boy. The boy, Punit by name, is suffering from Thalassemia for the past 7 years. He needs blood transfusion once in every 15 days. So far, friends and relatives of the boy’s family were donating blood. On last Tuesday, Punit suddenly experienced a drop in his haemoglobin level and required immediate blood transfusion. There was no one to donate A +ve blood to him. Alam Jawed, is a clerk working in the District Education Office, who is a member of the District Blood Donors’ team, with A +ve blood group. When Punit’s father approached Alam Jawed for blood donation, he willingly came forward to donate his blood. For this, he had to break his roza (fasting). “Believing in religion is one thing, but humanity is a bigger thing”, said Alam Jawed after donating blood. At a time when some people are becoming mad in the name of religion, and killing each other, there are good hearted people like Alam Jawed, who consider that humanity is bigger than religion.
Petrol and diesel prices have increased for the 11th day in a row. In many cities the petrol price has crossed Rs.80/-. For example, in Mumbai the price is Rs.85.65, in Kolkata Rs.80.47, in Chennai Rs.80.80, in Hyderabad it is Rs.82.45 and so on. Taxes are a major component in the prices of petrol and diesel. Even when the price of crude oil was very low, during the past few years, the government looted the people by levying taxes to the tune of lakhs of crores of rupees. Now, when the crude oil price has started increasing in the international market, there is no other go for the government, but to immediately cut down the taxes to give relief to the common man.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) is consistently conducting struggles, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company. The question of taking recourse to legal action, against the Subsidiary Tower Company, was discussed in the meetings of the AUAB. Finally, in the meeting held on 08.05.2018, after threadbare discussion, the AUAB decided to file a case in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. Due to certain tactical reasons, it was decided that the case shall be filed in the name of the Executive Associations, and that all the constituents of the AUAB shall extend financial support. Accordingly, the case has been filed, and it came up for hearing today in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. The Hon’ble Court admitted the case, and it also stated that the operation of the Subsidiary Tower Company shall be subject to the out come of this case. The next hearing of the case will take place on 25.09.2018.
Based on the notice issued today, by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, for organising walk-out and rallies on 28-05-2018, the CMD BSNL invited the leaders of the AUAB for talks. The talks started at 16:30 hrs. and lasted for almost two hours. In the meeting, the CMD BSNL informed the AUAB leaders that the item of Subsidiary Tower Company is not there in the agenda for the BSNL Board meeting to be held at Hyderabad on 28-05-2018. He also made an appeal to withdraw the struggle. Thereafter, a meeting of the AUAB was held. In view of the information given by the CMD BSNL, the meeting unanimously decided to defer the call for organising walk-out and rallies on 28-05-2018.
Comrades of BSNLEU, MP Circle participated in programme organised under umbrella organisation of more than 100 organisations JEJAA. A big number of workers, social activists, artists, women comrades, students, peasants, trade unionists, LIC, Bank, BSNL employees etc from more than 50 organisations gathered at Neelam Park, Bhopal on 23.5.2018. An appreciable number of BSNLEU Comrades from Bhopal and adjoining SSAs participated in the "Pol Khol Halla Bol" agitataion. Representing BSNLEU, Com. Prakash Sharma, Circle Secretary, MP Circle addressed the gathering & attacked vehemently on the pro rich, pro corporate & anti workers and anti PSU policies of the Government. All Speakers, many of them women leaders, expressed their anger on unemployment, sky rocketing prices of petrol-diesel & essential commodities, increasing unrest amongst youths, peasants, attacks on women, scholars, social activists etc. CITU State level leaders Com. Badal Saroj, Com. Pramod Pradhan, Com. Sandhya Shaili, led the agitation. Before concluding, the meeting condemned incidence of death of innocents in police firing at Tutikorin in Tamil Nadu who were demanding the poisonous copper smelter plant of Vedanta. Respectful homage paid to them by observing two minutes silence.