127 people have been killed in the thunderstorms that lashed Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other North Indian states, on Wednesday night. Hundreds of people are injured and thousands have lost their homes. Such strong winds and rain are unusual. BSNLEU pays homage to the innocent people, who have lost their lives. The concerned state governments should provide immediate relief to the affected people.
BSNLEU conducted Call Attention Day throughout the country today. Lunch Hour demonstrations were conducted by employees, wearing black badges. Slogans were raised, demanding immediate action by the BSNL Management, to stop indiscriminate outsourcing of BSNL’s works, curtailment of wasteful expenditures, to stop curtailment of existing medical facilities, to stop retrenchment of contract workers and demanding fresh recruitment in the cadre of Sr.TOA. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the circle and district unions for effectively organising the programme.
As per the decision of the Agartala CEC meeting, Call Attention Day is observed in Eastern Court today the 3rd May. It was organised by the Circle Union, BSNLEU, NTR. The meeting was presided over by com R.S.Chouhan,Vice-president of CHQ and Circle Secretary, NTR. The meeting is addressed by com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com Animesh Mitra, Vice-president, CHQ. Both of them explained in details on the demands of the programme. A good number of serving and retired employees participated in the programme.
The Executive Committee meeting of MP Circle was held at Indore on 02.05.2018, which was presided over by Com.B.S. Raghuwanshi, Circle President. After offering floral tributes at martyr's column meeting started. Com Prakash Sharma, CS, welcomed all and also presented detailed report on activities comprising mid term review of the struggles and other activities organised in the Circle. Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President (CHQ), spoke at length on the current issues viz., wage revision, subsidiary tower company, pension revision etc. He also elaborated on decisions taken in Agartala CEC. District Secretaries and CEC members participated in the deliberations. CEC unanimously resolved to implement Agartala CEC decisions, to observe Call Attention Day on 03.05.2018 and to organise street corner meetings between 7th to 11th, May, 2018, instant as per AUAB call. Decision was taken to form women's coordination committee in June, 2018. It was also decided to hold District & Branch conference, wherever overdue, by 31.07.2018. Resolutions were passed condemning atrocities on women, to give minimum support price to farmers and to stop outsourcing. Proceedings were conducted by Com. Hemant Dubey, GS, Reception Committee.
Com.M. Mani, Telecom Technician and Branch Secretary of BSNLEU, posted at Coimbatore airport, retired on 30.04.2018 from service. He was working as TT in the Coimbatore Airport for last twelve years. During his service, Com.M.Mani provided exemplary service to the airport. The quality of service, provided by Com.M.Mani can be understood from the fact that, 110 BSNL connections are working in the Coimbatore airport, while only two connections of the private operators are working there, and that too as standby connections. On the day of his retirement, Com.Mani is honoured by the Airports Authority of India, with a shield. In the Tamil Nadu circle executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Coimbatore on 28th and 29th April, 2018, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, felicitated Com.M.Mani. BSNLEU is proud of comrades like M.Mani.
On 02.09.2017, a gruesome road accident took place in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu circle, when a BSNL team was proceeding to restore a fault. Com.M.Jeeva, DR JE and Com.T.Gajendran, contract worker, were killed on the spot. The Executives and Non-Executives of Dharmapuri district formed a Relief Committee, to collect relief to the comrades killed in the road accident. The Relief Committee consisted of the GM,BSNL, Dharmapuri, and all the unions and associations. The Relief Committee did an excellent job and raised a little more than Rs. 15 lakh from Tamil Nadu circle. Com.Jeeva, DR JE is survived by his parents and a sister, who are employed. Com.T.Gajendran, contract worker, is survived by his aged parents, wife and two children. His wife was conceived for the third time at the time of his death. Considering the financial background o& both the diseased comrades, the Relief Committee decided to donate Rs.9,95,000/ to the family of Com. T.Gajendran, Contract Labourer and Rs.5,55,000/ to the family of Com M.Jeeva. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the members of the Relief Committee, for doing this excellent job.
BSNLEU has called on to observe a Call Attention Day tomorrow the 03-05-2018, by conducting lunch hour demonstrations, wearing black badges. Circle and District unions are requested to organise the programme effectively, by mobilising maximum number of employees. The demands for the programme are already uploaded on the CHQ website. Reports and photos may please be sent to the CHQ through email.
BSNLEU has given the call to observe Call Attention Day on 03-05-2018. Lunch hour demonstrations have to be conducted on that day, by wearing black badges. Wearing Demands badges, with black ribbons, will be very effective to observe the Call Attention Day. A model badge, printed by Karnataka Circle, is given here. Similar badges with demands printed there on, and with black ribbons, may be arranged in all places, to observe the Call Attention Day. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to mobilise maximum number of employees in the demonstrations and make the call successful.
On the occasion of May Day, BSNLEU salutes the May Day martyrs. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to all the comrades who had laid down their lives, in the struggle against exploitation. Capitalist and imperialist forces are intensifying their exploitation of the working masses. "Fixed Term Employment", by the Narendra Modi government, is the latest of such offensives against the Indian working class. While conveying it's revolutionary May Day greetings to all the comrades, BSNLEU reaffirms that it will continue to remain in the forefront of all struggles against exploitation.
The Circle executive committee meeting of Chennai Telephones was held on 27-04-2018 at BSNLEU office at Flower bazaar exchange. Com.E Natarajan, Circle president, presided. Com.M.Kanniappan, Circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.M.Vijayakumar, All India Organising Secretary, inaugurated the committee and spoke on important organisational matters and also on Agarthala CEC decisions. Com. Narasimhan, Circle secretary, AIBDPA, spoke on the occasion. The meeting decided to successfully implement the Call attention Day on 03.05.2018 and also AUAB programmes. It was decided to conduct street corner meetings and Moni Bose Memorial Lecture. Regarding Young workers convention, the CEC decided to explore the possibility of conducting convention.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of Chhattisgarh circle was held at Raipur on 28.04.2018. Com.S.H.Dani, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Com.R.S.Bhatt, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone and placed the report on activities. Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President(CHQ), addressed the meeting and spoke on important current issues, such as wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, revival of BSNL, etc. He also explained in detail on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting. The house was also addressed by Com. R.P. Atmapoojya, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA. After detailed deliberations by the executive committee members, important decisions are taken to strengthen the Organisation, and also to effectively implement the calls of the AUAB and BSNLEU.
The circle executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, West Bengal circle was held on 30th April 2018, in K.G.Bose Smriti Bhawan at Kolkata. The meeting was presided over by com Nazesh Nouroz, Circle President. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS of West Bengal circle and vice president of CHQ presented the draft report on activities. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, in his inaugural address, reported on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting. He also addressed the house on important issues such as the subsidiary tower company, wage revision, fight against neo liberal policies, communal harmony, etc. The meeting was also addressed by Com.Om Prakash Singh, Organising Secretary(CHQ) and Com.Biplab Das, Convenor, Coordination Committee. After detailed discussion, decisions were taken to successfully implement the Call Attention Day on 03-05-2018 and Street Corner meetings from 7th to 11th May, 2018.
The Circle Executive Committee Meeting of Gujarat was held at Mehsana, on 29th April, 2018. Com. Deepak. H. Trivedi Presided over. Com.D.K.Bakutra presented the report on activities and also on the implementation of decisions of AIC and the CEC meetings in Gujarat Circle. Com.Balbir Singh, President, addressed the meeting and reported on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting. He also spoke on the issues of Subsidiary Tower Company, wage revision and other struggles conducted by the AUAB. Com. M.K Dave, Assistant General Secretary also addressed the meeting and spoke on the current issues. The Circle Executive Committee meeting decided to conduct young workers Convention and to form the All India Working Women's Coordination Committee in the Month of May, 2018. Com.H.D. Rana, ADS, Mehsana, gave vote of thanks.
The circle executive committee meeting of Telecom Factory was held at Mumbai on 26.04.2018. Com.Naikwade, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Com. Sunil Chaudhary, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone and placed the report on activities. Com.John Verghese, (AGS), addressed the meeting and spoke on important current issues, such as wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, revival of BSNL, etc. He also explained in detail on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting and about conducting street corner meetings and creating public awareness about the ill effects of creating subsidiary tower company and killing of PSU's by the present Government.
The executive committee meeting of Karnataka circle was held at Bengaluru on 30-04-2018. Com.M.C.Balakrishna, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary welcomed everyone. The report on activities, which included a midterm review, was also presented by him. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and reported on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting. The GS also spoke on the important current issues, viz., wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, Call Attention Day to be observed on 03-05-2018, Street Corner Meetings to be conducted from 07th to 11th May,2018, etc. Com.H.V.Sudharshan, Organising Secretary(CHQ) also addressed the meeting. After detailed deliberations by the Committee members, decisions were taken to implement the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting.
India is a great nation. Many great persons have born in this country, who are called mahaans. They tried to find the reason for the sufferings of the people, and also tried to find solution to it. This is how religions are born. Gautam Buddha is one such mahaan. His preachings are being followed not only in India, but in many eastern countries. Incidentally, Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death - all have taken place on a full moon day. This is the significance of Buddha Poornima. It must be recollected on this day, that the important preaching of Buddha is Ahimsa. The most important aspect of Ahimsa is Non-violence and loving fellow men. At a time when hatred is being spread in the name of God and religion in our country, the teachings of Buddha assumes great importance. BSNLEU conveys it's best wishes and warm greetings to all, on the occasion of Buddha Poornima.
With extreme sadness, CHQ wishes to inform that Com.Sisir Battacharji, veteran leader of the Indian P&T trade union movement, passed away in a Kolkata hospital this evening. He was 95 years old, and had been unwell for some time. BSNLEU leaders of West Bengal and Kolkata circles were with him, when the leader breathed his last. It is pertinent to mention that Com. Sisir Bhattacharji had worked shoulder to shoulder with Com.K.G.Bose and other stalwarts. He had immensely contributed not only to the telecom trade union movement, but to the P& T trade union movement as well. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader. It conveys it's heartfelt condolences to the family members and relatives of Com.Sisir Bhattacharji. Branches are requested to fly the Union Flag on half-mast for three days, as a mark of respect to the leader.