BSNLEU has been raising the demand that, the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Council should take place periodically. This issue was raised in the last National Council meeting also. As per the communication held between the Secretary & leader of the Staff Side and the GM(SR), 08.08.2018 has been identified as the date for the next meeting of the Standing Committee.
The ICICI bank, which has been projected as a model of the new generation banks, has gone into loss. The bank has reported a loss of Rs.120 crore for the first quarter of 2018, ie., for the period from April to June, 2018. ICICI bank has earned a profit of Rs.2,049 crore for the same period in 2017. This is the first time that ICICI bank has gone into loss since 2002.
The Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, has posted a net loss of Rs.940.4 crore, from it’s India business, for the first quarter of June, 2018, ie., from April to June, 2018. It’s first quarter profit in 2017 was Rs.834.9 crore. However, Airtel has been able to post an over all net profit of Rs.97.3 crore, due to the gains that it has made from it’s Africa business.
The CHQ has already requested the circle unions to send district wise quota particulars, for the years 2016 and 2017. These quota particulars are essential for the allotment of delegates for the forthcoming All India Conference. Most of the circles have so far not sent these quota particulars. CHQ has written to such of the circle unions, to send the district wise quota particulars, latest by 16.08.2018.
The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of UP (East) circle is being held at Lucknow today. Com.D.N. Tripati, Circle President, is presiding over. Com. R.K. Mishra, Circle Secretary, welcomed every one. Com. Prem Nath Rai, General Secretary, CITU, Uttar Pradesh, inaugurated the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, apprised the house about the latest developments on the issues of wage revision, pension revision, allotment of 4G spectrum, pension contribution and also about the issues related to the revival of BSNL. The General Secretary exposed the anti-poor and pro-rich economic policies of the government and called upon the house to mobilise maximum number of comrades, from UP (East) circle, for the 5th September, Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally. Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President (CHQ), greeted the meeting. Com. R.K. Mishra, CS, presented the report on activities and serious discussions were made by the Executive Committee members.
On 23.07.2018, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), and invited her attention to the non-implementation of the Corporate Office orders, in respect of contract workers in UP (circle). The Director (HR) has taken the complaint very seriously. When the GS and CS, UP(East) met the CGM, UP(East) today, it was reported by the latter that, two officers of the Corporate Office are in UP(East) presently, and are making inspection in various SSAs, with regards to the implementation of Corporate Office orders. BSNLEU heartily thanks the Director (HR) for taking prompt action on the complaint.
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.