The three day Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started at Agartala, the capital of Tripura, today. The NE1 circle union and the Tripura district union have made excellent arrangements for the meeting. The meeting started with Flag hoisting. The National Flag was hoisted by Com.Balbir Singh, President. The Union Red Flag was hoisted by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Floral tributes were paid in the martyr’s column. A brief, but impressive cultural programme marked the beginning of the CEC meeting. Com.Balbir Singh, President, is presiding over. Com.Mitun Ranjan Bhowmik,Chairman, Reception Committee, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, welcomed everyone, on behalf of the CHQ, and briefly spoke on the importance of the CEC meeting. Com.K.Hemalata, President, CITU, delivered the inaugural address and spoke elaborately on the anti-worker and pro-rich policies of the government. She praised BSNLEU for it’s role in the fight against the anti-BSNL policies of the government. Com.V.A.N Namboodiri, founder General Secretary of BSNLEU spoke and greeted the meeting. Shri Ashish Pathak, GM, Tripura also greeted the meeting. Finally, Com.Shankar Bhardan, Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee, proposed vote of thanks. After the lunch break, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, presented the report on activities. Thereafter, deliberation by CEC members started and is going on.
The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU starts at Agartala tomorrow. The meeting is being inaugurated by Com.K.Hemalata, President, CITU. Wage Revision, fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company issues will be key issues to be discussed in this CEC meeting. Besides, the meeting will also make a mid-term review of the functioning of the Union. Venue of the CEC meeting is Shaheed Bhagat Singh Yuva Awas, Kehjurbagan, Agartala.
Diesel price is increased to a record high in our country. The reason cited is, the increase in the price of crude oil in the international market. Diesel price in Delhi presently is Rs.64.58 per litre and the price of petrol is Rs.73.73 per litre. The price of crude oil in the international market is only $70 per barrel at present. It may be recollected that crude oil was sold at $100 per barrel some years ago. Even in those days diesel price was not so high in India. The real fact of the matter is that, government of India is minting money, by raising taxes on petrol and diesel, citing the slight price rise of crude oil in the international market. This is nothing but looting the working masses of this country, for showering benefits to the corporates.
Com. Barmeshwar Singh, elder brother of Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, passed away at Patna today. He had been unwell for quite some time. Com. Barmeshwar Singh retired as a TTA from BSNL in 2009. He was former CHQ Assistant Treasurer of E3 union. BSNLEU pays homage to Com.Barmeshwar Singh, and conveys heartfelt condolences to Com.Chandeswar Singh and his family.
The government boasts that India is the fastest growing economy in the world. But, what is the use? Unemployment problem continues to plague the nation. How acute is the unemployment problem in our country, is brought out by the fact that, 2.8 crore persons have applied for appearing in the online exam for 90, 000 jobs in the Indian Railways. Out of this, 62,907 are the posts of gangmen, switchmen, trackmen, cabinmen, welder,helpers and porters. Today is the last day for applying. So, the number of applicants is likely to increase.
[ source: Times of India dt.31-03-2018]
The United States has conducted many wars in the West Asia. It includes it’s notorious invasions on Iraq, Afghanistan and the ongoing aggression in Syria. The entire West Asia is devastated by these aggressions of the US. Tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed. After committing all these atrocities, the US President, Donald Trump now says that, the West Asian wars have costed the US, 7 trillion dollars. Even now, the US is worried only about its monetary loss, and not about the loss of precious human lives.
It is a very sad development that, after 65 years of it’s nationalisation, the Air India is all set to be privatised. The government has finalised the terms and conditions for it’s privatisation. Accordingly, 76% shares of Air India, Air India-Express and Air India-SATS will be sold to the potential buyer. The buyer has to take over Rs.24,576 crore of Air India’s total debt of Rs.50,000 crore and the entire Rs.8,816 crore of current liabilities. The Air India is having 11,214 permanent employees ; 7,486 casual workers and 2,913 contract workers. According to the road-map of the government the successful bidder will be chosen in the month of September, 2018.
[Source: Times of India dated 29.03.2018]
As it has been already announced, Vodafone, India’s second biggest telecom company and Idea India’s third biggest mobile company are getting merged. According to the information given by Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, the Idea – Vodafone merger is in the final stages of approval. After merger, the merged entity will become the biggest telecom company of India with 42% customer market share (410 million customers) and with 37% of revenue market share.
Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, has informed that, India wants to take a lead position in introducing the 5G technology. She told media persons that a high level committee on 5G, which includes global experts, industry experts, IITs and IISC is already on the job, and that it has covered considerable ground. The committee would also look into the spectrum policy, pilot programme, etc. said the Secretary, DoT.
[Source: The Hindu dated 28.03.2018]
B.N. Singh, the notorious ITS officer who got involved in huge corruptions and who also victimised BSNLEU’s Jamshedpur district secretary, Com. Ram Naresh Prasad, by imposing the punishment of compulsory retirement, has finally landed in jail. A Jamshedpur court has given him the punishment of 6 months in jail and Rs.10,000/- fine, for maligning the character of the widow of a deceased employee. Shri Anil Kumar, Telecom Mechanic, Jamshedpur, died in October, 2015. His wife, applied for extension of time for vacating the quarters in which the deceased employee was living. However, B.N. Singh rejected her request. While doing so, the arrogant B.N. Singh recorded on the file that, the wife of the deceased employee “is a characterless woman”. Insulted by the remark made by B.N. Singh on record, the widow of the deceased employee approached the court for justice. The court has rightly given the punishment of 6 months in jail to the rogue officer. Together with him, another retired DE, by name Marshal Topno, is also sentenced to 6 months in jail and Rs.10,000/- fine. BSNLEU heartily thanks the court for giving justice to the wife of the deceased employee and sending the rogue officer to the right place.
Kudos to the Tamil Nadu circle. In the month of March,2018, alone, the Tamil Nadu BSNL has activated more than 10 lakh SIMs. Tamil Nadu BSNL has did a marvellous job of catching a good number of customers from Aircel, which has become bankrupt recently. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Management, officers and the employees of Tamil Nadu BSNL.
According to our sources, the IDA is likely to increase by 0.3% w.e.f. 01/04/2018. This increase, with the already existing IDA of 126.9%, will take the IDA payable to the employees, from 01.04.2018 to 127.2%.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today, and discussed about the proposal made by the SR Branch of the BSNL Corporate Office, to hold the next Membership Verification, under the Check Off System. The GS told that the Check Off System is prone to manoeuvrings and malpractices, and will create undesirable atmosphere in BSNL. He strongly demanded that the next Membership Verification also should be conducted under the secret ballot system only. The GS also handed over the letter written to her on the subject. The Director (HR) gave a patient hearing to the views of the GS and assured that BSNLEU’s views would be looked into.
In today’s meeting with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, expressed his concern about the BSNL Management’s trend of curtailing the existing facilities of the employees, with a view to reduce the expenditure of the Company. The GS told the Director (HR) that, the Director (Finance) should call a meeting with all the unions and associations to find out the ways and means of curtail the wasteful expenditure. The GS expressed the hope that such a meeting will really bring out valuable suggestions to reduce the expenditure. The Director (HR) appreciated the suggestion of the GS and directed Shri Yashwanth Nath Singh, GM (BFCI) to take the initiative to organise such a meeting.
BSNLEU has demanded Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today that, the latest batch of the Non-Executives, who have been ordered transfers under bifurcation from Hyderabad to Vijayawada, should not be relieved till 31st May, 2018. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, urged upon the Director (HR) to consider this demand, in view of the fact that many of these employees are having certain serious problems such as examinations of their children, etc. The Director (HR) took a sympathetic view of the demand, and assured to look into it.
BSNL is in the midst of a serious financial problem. To overcome this, the Management is curtailing the existing facilities of the employees. As a matter of fact, a lot of wasteful expenditures are taking place at the All India, circle and district levels. These wasteful expenditures have got to be weeded out, so as to strengthen the financial condition of the Company. BSNLEU is taking the initiative on this account also. Soon a meeting will be held between the Director (Finance) and the unions and associations. Hence, CHQ calls upon our CEC members, district secretaries and all the interested comrades, to take out some time to find out what are all the wasteful expenditures that are taking place around us. CHQ requests the comrades to inform about such wasteful expenditures on the e-mail ID email@example.com, through letters and through Whatsapp to the General Secretary.
As per the call of the AUAB, powerful demonstration was conducted today, in front of the Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi, demanding rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, and also against the appointment of Shri Amit Yadav as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Slogans were also raised, condemning the government for trying to break BSNL into pieces, with the sole aim of favouring Reliance Jio. All the comrades were taken into custody by the police and were kept in the Parliament street police station. Subsequently, all the comrades were allowed to go, after collecting the details of the General Secretaries.
The demonstration that was held in front of Sanchar Bhawan today, is significant in many ways. This is the first time that a demonstration is held in front of the Sanchar Bhawan, by the unions and associations of BSNL, in the 18 years’ existence of BSNL. Since the Sanchar Bhawan is housing the Ministry of Communications, police does not give permission to conduct any agitational programme there. Even for today’s demonstration, the police informed us that demonstrations are banned in the vicinity of the Sanchar Bhawan, and hence no one would be allowed to demonstrate there. However, the unions and associations of BSNL decided to conduct the demonstration today at any cost, even by running into the risk of getting arrested. Around 12:45 hrs., the police locked all the gates of BSNL Corporate Office, to stop the employees of the Corporate Office from joining the demonstration. Similarly, a large number of riot policemen were deployed in front of the Sanchar Bhawan. Inspite of these road-blocks, more than 150 comrades gathered in front of the Sanchar Bhawan. Thundering slogans were raised, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, and also cautioning the government not to break BSNL, to favour Reliance Jio. All the 150 comrades were crammed into the waiting buses by the police, and were taken to the Parliament Street Police Station. Towards the evening, all the comrades were let off from the police station. CHQ heartily congratulates the UP (West) and Haryana circle unions of BSNLEU, for sending our comrades to participate in today’s demonstration.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL has given call to conduct lunch hour demonstrations tomorrow the 27.03.2018, against the decision of the government to form BSNL’s Subsidiary Tower Company, and also against the decision of the DoT, to appoint Shri Amit Yadav, IAS, as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Circle and district secretaries are requested to make maximum mobilisations, in coordination with the other constituents of AUAB, and make the programme successful. Memorandum (copy available on website) should also be submitted to the Chief General Managers and the State Governors. Photos and reports of the programme should be e-mailed on firstname.lastname@example.org.