A meeting is held today between the CMD BSNL and the Core Committee today. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, BSNLEU, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and Com.K.S. Kulkarni, AGS, NFTE, attended today’s meeting. In the meeting, the following information is given by the CMD BSNL.
Financial results of BSNL for 2016 - 17.
The CMD BSNL shared some information with regards to BSNL’s financial results for the year 2016 – 17, which are encouraging. Operating profit (EBIDTA) is estimated to be Rs.1,684 crore and the net loss of the Company is estimated at Rs.4,700 crore. The CMD BSNL also informed that according to the new valuation mechanism, the net worth of BSNL is valued at Rs.34,319 crore and that, the net asset worth of the Company is estimated at Rs.91,684 crore.
BSNL to roll-out 4G service on 31.01.2018.
The CMD BSNL informed that BSNL will announce the rolling-out of it’s 4G service on 31st January, 2018. He told that BSNL has demanded from the government, the allocation of 5MHz of 4G spectrum, in the 2100MHz bandwidth. The price of this 4G spectrum comes to Rs.16,000 crore. BSNL has demanded that 50% of this amount should be adjusted through capital infusion by the government, and the remaining 50% would be paid by BSNL in 10 equal instalments, said the CMD. He also told that the DoT is positive to the demand of BSNL, and that a final decision is expected to be taken soon. After allotment of 4G spectrum by the government, BSNL would install 10,000 BTSs for rolling-out 4G service.
Core Committee members raised serious issues with the CMD.
In today’s meeting the members of the Core Committee raised certain serious issues with the CMD BSNL. They told that the issues of non-settlement of 3rd Pay Revision and formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company with an IAS officer as it’s CMD are seriously agitating the minds of the employees. Cancellation of the free calling from landlines on Sundays, as well as change in the timing of the night free calling, acute shortage of equipments for providing FTTH connections, frequent and large scale damaging of BSNL’s cables were taken to the notice of the CMD.
A meeting of the representatives belonging to the Working Women's Coordination Committees of CITU, CCGEW, AIIEA, BSNLEU, BEFI and FMRAI was held today, at CITU’s office in New Delhi. BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee is represented by Com. Chandra Prabha Muchhal, member of the committee from Haryana. Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ) also attended the meeting. The meeting has held discussions on holding joint campaign on women’s issues. Other issues discussed include sexual harassment against women in work places and observing international women’s day on 08th March, 2018, to highlight women’s democratic rights. The meeting has also decided to plan a joint national campaign on violence against women, along with women’s organisations and other mass organisations.
All comrades are requested to kindly note that BSNLEU’s new website bsnleu.in alone will be available from 23.01.2018. The existing website bsnleuchq.com will be discontinued with effect from the above mentioned date.
The CHQ of BSNLEU wishes a very Happy Lohri / Makar Sankaranti / Pongal / Basant Panchami to all the comrades. Let these festivals bring peace, prosperity and harmony among the people.
In a totally unprecedented move, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court, revolted against the Chief Justice of India yesterday. Justice J. Chelemeswar, who is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, next to the Chief Justice, together with justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph conducted a press meet yesterday, to air their views. They accused that “cases of far-reaching importance to the nation” were being selectively given to junior judges, and that senior judges were being ignored. The one case that has made the four senior-most judges to revolt is, the one related to ‘the mysterious death of judge B.H.Loya’. The CBI special court judge, B.H.Loya, died under mysterious circumstances last year, and his family members had raised suspicion about his death. It is also very important to note that, at the time of his death, judge B.H.Loya was hearing the fake encounter pawn you case of “Sohrabuddin Sheikh”, in which the BJP President, Amit Shah is the main accused. Before conducting the press conference, the four judges approached the Chief Justice, and requested him to take corrective steps, which was not accepted. The Supreme Court is the guardian of the Constitution and democracy in our country. At a time when the democracy of the nation is under attack, it is worrying to note that, allegations have surfaced regarding the fairness and transparency of the Supreme Court.
The government is launching a series of attacks on BSNL and it's employees. Denial of Wage Revision, breaking BSNL by forming the Subsidiary Tower Company, reduction of the retirement age, etc., have to be stopped. We have to fight back with all our strength. The March to Sanchar Bhawan on 23-02-2018 should give the right message to the government. Hence, it should be organised with the widest possible mobilisation. CHQ calls upon each and every district union to send the maximum number of comrades for Sanchar Bhawan March. The number of comrades coming from each circle, should be intimated to the CHQ latest by 20.01.2018.
On the successful conclusion of the Himachal Pradesh circle conference, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Naresh Sharma, CGM, Himachal Pradesh, yesterday and introduced the new circle office bearers to the CGM. Com. Amarjeet Singh, Circle President, Com. K.C. Panwar, Circle Secretary, Com. A.S. Kaundal, Circle Treasurer, Com. Sukh Dev Sharma, Circle Vice President and Com. B.S. Thakar, Assistant Circle Secretary were introduced to the CGM. The CGM congratulated the newly elected office bearers. Shri Dorje, GM (HR), Himachal Pradesh was present in the meeting. The newly elected office bearers assured their fullest cooperation to the circle administration on the issue of improving services and revenue collection.
Due to the consistent efforts taken by BSNLEU, the Standing Committee of the National Council is getting reconstituted and the first meeting of the reconstituted Standing Committee is taking place on 24.01.2018. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Balbir Singh, President and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS are the Staff Side members of BSNLEU in the Standing Committee.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL had fixed 28-02-2018 as the date for March to Sanchar Bhawan. However, difficulties are expressed by comrades in the availability of train tickets, in view of Holi, which falls on 1st and 2nd March. In view of this, the Steering Committee, in consultation with all the unions and associations, has now fixed 23-02-2018 as the date for the March to Sanchar Bhawan. Inconvenience caused due to the change in date is regretted. Comrades are requested to book their tickets immediately, and to make the March to Sanchar Bhawan programme, a big success.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM(Restg.) today and enquired about the progress in releasing the revised minutes of the Designations Committee meeting, that was held on 26.09.2017. The GM (Restg.) expressed practical difficulties in issuing a revised minutes. Instead, he suggested that one more meeting of the Designations Committee could be conduced to resolve the issue. In that case, the meeting should be conducted without delay, urged the Union representatives, which was agreed to by the GM (Restg.).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, and expressed their unhappiness that, despite the repeated requests made by the Union, the circle administrations are not sending monthly district wise break-up figures for the CHQ quota, being remitted through NEFT. In this regard, they requested the GM (SR) that Corporate Office should once again give direction to the circle administrations to provide the CHQ with the monthly statement with the above mentioned figures. The GM (SR) assured to do the needful.
The two day Himachal Pradesh circle conference, which started yesterday, has got concluded successfully. At the end of the delegates session, election of office-bearers took place. General Secretary and other leaders of the CHQ, effectively intervened, and ensured unanimous election of office bearers. Com. Amarjit Singh (DS, Dharamshala) is elected as President. Com.K.C.Panwar(DS, Shimla) is elected as Circle Secretary. Com.A.S.Kaundal(DS, Hamirpur) is elected as Treasurer. The unanimous election of office bearers generated tremendous enthusiasm among all the delegates who attended the Conference. Last month, CHQ withdrew the recognition of the Himachal Pradesh circle union, since the circle secretary had not conducted the circle conference, for five year. This action was taken as per the decision of the Delhi CEC meeting. Thereafter, General Secretary issued the notification for the Conference, based on which, the circle conference has been concluded with tremendous success.
The responsibility of making the arrangements for conducting the Himachal Pradesh circle conference, fell squarely on the shoulders of the CHQ, after the de-recognition of our Himachal Pradesh circle union. In this regard, CHQ sought the help of the Himachal Pradesh State Committee of the CITU. Accepting our CHQ's request, CITU comrades had made excellent arrangements for holding the two day conference at Shimla. It is important to state that, the arrangements had been made with the least expenditure. All the delegates, who attended the circle conference, appreciated the excellent arrangements that had been made, in respect of conference hall, food, and staying arrangements. After the conference is over, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, together with the newly elected circle president, circle secretary, circle treasurer and other circle office bearers, visited the CITU State Committee Office at Shimla, and heartily thanked Com. Prem Gautam, State Secretary, Com. Jagat Ram, State President and Com. Vijender Mehra, for all the helps that they had extended, to make the conference a resounding success.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, VP (CHQ), met Shri Keshav Rao, GM (Trag. & Estt.), BSNL CO on 10.01.2018 and discussed the following items:-
The State Government of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state has declared “Makar Sankranti” as holiday on 15th January, 2018. Earlier, the Circle Heads of both the circles had notified “Makar Sankranti” as holiday on 14th January, 2018, in view of the recommendations of the Central Government Employees Co-ordination Committee. Since, the State Government have now decided to change of the date of the holiday of “Makar Sankranti” from 14th January, 2018 to 15th January, 2018, and the Central Government Employees Co-ordination Committee has also recommended to change of the date, the Circle Management forwarded the proposal to the BSNL CO for approval under clause 4 of the Corporate Office letter. The GM (Trg. & Estt.) assured to look into the matter.
The J&K circle has requested the CGM, NATFM, Hyderabad to arrange phase-I JAO training of the departmental candidates against LICE. Since, the CGM, NATFM has not allotted any seats to the circle, the union representatives requested the GM (Trg.) to intervene. The GM (Trg.) assured to take necessary steps in this regard.
The TSMs are governed by GPF rule and they were contributing their GPF in West Bengal circle before formation of BSNL and till introduction of ERP. The circle administration of West Bengal discontinued to recover GPF for TSMs, stating that no instructions are available with them after ERP introduction in the circle. The circle has forwarded the matter to BSNL CO for clarification. The union representatives request the GM (Estt.) to give necessary clarification immediately. The GM (Estt.) assured to look into the matter.
The two day circle conference of Himachal Pradesh circle, started at Shimla today. The Conference got kick-started with the hoisting of the Union flag by Com. Balbir Singh, President. Com.K.C.Panwar, district secretary, Shimla, welcomed every one. A presidium, consisting of Com.Balbir Singh, President and Com. R.S.Chauhan, Vice-President, presided over the Conference. Com.Prem Gautam, General Secretary, CITU, Himachal Pradesh, greeted the Conference. Members of the Presidium briefly addressed. Thereafter, Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the Conference and explained about various current issues. He fervently called upon the delegates to make the struggle of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL a total success, for the settlement of Wage Revision, rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, stopping the reduction of the retirement age from 60 to 58, etc. He also touched upon certain unhealthy trends in our union in Himachal Circle, and appealed for taking the necessary corrective steps. After lunch, the delegates session started, and is going on.
The Tamil Nadu circle union of BSNLEU took the unique initiative of organising a convention of the Directly Recruited JEs. It was held at Pondicherry on 07-01-2018. 100 DR JEs had given their commitment for attending the Convention. However, the lightning indefinite strike started by the State Bus Transport workers threw a very big problem. Virtually, the bus transport came to a standstill. Private bus operators were charging exorbitant rates from the passengers. It was under these circumstances that the Convention took place. Despite the odds, 49 DR JEs attended the Convention. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS & Circle President, presided over and addressed. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, and Com.A.Subramanian, district secretary, welcomed every one. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the Convention. He explained about the efforts taken by BSNLEU, to overcome the road blocks created by the Minister and the DoT, in the recruitment of 2,700 DR JEs. He also explained in detail, how BSNLEU settled many serious problems of the DR JEs( erstwhile DR TTAs) in the past, like reducing the qualifying service, from 10 years to 5 years, for appearing in the JTO exam, changing the designation from TTA to JE, ensuring opportunity to appear in the MT Exam, etc. Following the GS's speech, discussion by the DR JEs took place. Twelve DR JEs participated beautifully in the discussion, and put forth very valid views. Many of them expressed serious concerns, about the problems being faced, in improving the quality of service. General Secretary assured that the issues would be taken at the appropriate level, including the Board of Directors and the CMD BSNL. The Convention came to an end with the vote of thanks. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu circle union, for it's superb initiative.
The Satyagraha Programme will be conducted for five days from 30-01-2018. It should be organised at the All India, Circle and District levels. Separate instructions will be given by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, regarding how to conduct the programme. All Circle and District Secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to organise the programme massively, in coordination with the other constituents of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL.