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 - firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday moved the Delhi high court against the acquittal of ex-telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum case. Last December, a special CBI court had let off all key accused in the money laundering case filed by the ED, which comes under the gamut of the Rs 30,000 crore 2G spectrum allocation case. Special CBI judge O P Saini had cleared the 19 accused, including Raja and Kanimozhi, of all charges, stating that the prosecution had "miserably failed" to prove its charges. Others who were acquitted in the case are former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) -- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair.
[Source: The Times of India dated 19.03.2018]
The MoU with Union Bank of India has already expired. BSNLEU has already taken up this item with the Corporate Office, demanding early renewal of the MoU. However, the same is not done, as a result of which our employees are not able to get loan from Union Bank of India. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, telephonically discussed this item with Shri Yashwanth Nath Singh, GM (BFCI), today, and insisted for early renewal of the MoU. The GM (BFCI) assured to do the needful.
In it’s latest India Development update, the World Bank has stated that GST in India is the highest in the world. The World Bank has described the GST as a key reform of the government. It has also appreciated the GST Council, for it’s smooth functioning. At the same time, the World Bank has compared the GST implemented in India, with the GST implemented in 115 other countries, and has said that the tax rates in the Indian GST system is one of the highest in the world. It has also stated that the 28% slab was the second highest in the world.
[source: Times of India dt. 19-03-2018]
Only recently the bank scam involving Nirav Modi, shook the country. Now, another bank scam, running into Rs.4,000 crores, has been unearthed by the Mumbai police. This scam came to the fore when the private sector Axis bank approached the police, complaining that one ‘Parekh Alluminex Ltd. had cheated it to the tune of Rs.125 crores. Soon the police found out that the Axis bank is only part of a group of 20 banks, which are cheated to the tune of Rs.4,000 crores, using letters of credit. The police have arrested three directors of Parekh Alluminex Ltd.
[courtesy : Times of India dt. 19-03-2018]
BSNLEU conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all the comrades on the occasion of Chitra Sukladi, Gudi Padava, Ugadi and Cheti Chand. Let the New Year bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all the people.