Holi is the festival of colours. Many colours come together and form a beautiful rainbow. Similarly, people of various regions, religions and languages come together to make this beautiful country called India. Maintaining and strengthening the unity of the people is the need of the hour. On this occasion of Holi festival, let us resolve to strengthen the unity and of the people. BSNLEU wishes all a very Happy and Colourful Holi.
Due to the tariff war unleashed by Reliance Jio, the smaller telecom companies are struggling for their survival. Bigger companies like Vodafone and Idea are merging together, whereas, smaller companies are left with no other option, but to close down their business. Aircel, which is having a debt of Rs.15,500 crore loan has applied for bankruptcy, to the National Company Law Tribunal, under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code, 2016. As a result of this, Aircel's 5,000 employees are going to be thrown out of job. This is a tragedy. At the same time, this is a slap on the face of those who keep arguing that private companies are very efficient in their management and the government companies are inefficient. Even under the present adverse condition, BSNL's performance is far better than most of the private telecom companies.
Vodafone Group CEO, Vittorio Colao, has stated that the Company has lost 80% of it's Indian business, due to the tariff war unleashed by a new operator (read Reliance Jio). Colao has stated that doing telecom business in India is like "fighting the competition with hands tied at the back". The Vodafone Chief has also severely criticised the role being played by the TRAI in regulating the competition in the telecom sector.
[Source : PTI dated 27-02-2018]
In the wake of leading private telecom companies like Airtel, Idea and Vodafone, complaining against the predatory pricing by Reliance Jio, the TRAI has issued definition for predatory pricing. This definition is given by making an amendment to the "Telecommunication Tariff order".
According to this, a tariff will be considered predatory, if in a “relevant market”, a telecom operator with over 30 per cent market share, offers services at a price which is below the average “variable cost”, with a view to reduce competition or eliminate the competitors in the “relevant market”, as per an amendment made by TRAI in the Telecommunication Tariff order.
Under the new rules, TRAI will impose financial disincentive of up to Rs 50 lakh per circle on operators if their service rates are found to be predatory in nature.
(Source : PTI dated 27-02-2018)
A delegation of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, met Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications at Sangli on 23.02.2018 and submitted the memorandum on burning issues of the employees and that of BSNL. The Hon’ble Minister told the delegation that the issues are being actively looked into by his Ministry and that positive decisions would be taken. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the All Unions and Associations of BSNL of Maharashtra circle and Sangli district.
The International Women’s Day falls on 08th March, 2018. The CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to observe the Day, by organising special meetings on that day. These meetings should be utilised to create awareness for fighting against the atrocities and crimes being committed against women and also to put an end the gender discrimination. The circle unions are requested to take the initiative in this regard. Reports and photos on the observation of International Women’s Day may be sent to the CHQ.
In the meeting held between the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL on 24.02.2018, break through has been made in almost all the issues, except in the matter of Subsidiary Tower Company. On this issue, the Hon’ble Minister was non-committal. This may be because, decision has been taken at the highest level of the government, to form the Subsidiary Tower Company. In the review meeting of AUAB, held immediately after the meeting with the Hon’ble MoS(C), this matter has been reviewed. In that meeting, it has been unanimously decided to continue with our efforts to get the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company rolled back.
Some of our comrades have drawn our attention to a veiled criticism, that has been made about the handling of the pension revision issue, by All Unions and Associations of BSNL, in the meeting held with the Hon’ble MoS(C) on 24.02.2018. All knows that the AUAB is fighting not only for the 1.85 lakh serving employees, but also for the 2 lakh BSNL retired employees. It was only through the two day strike conducted by the unions and associations of BSNL on 21st & 22nd April, 2015, that the 60% ceiling imposed by the government, on it’s limit to pay pension to BSNL retirees, was broken.
As regards revision of pension from 01.01.2017, DoT’s stand is that, pension revision would be done, only if wage revision is completed. This was conveyed in DoT’s letter no.24-1/2018/SR dated 21.02.2018 also. (On the eve of the meeting with the Hon’ble MoS(C), this letter was withdrawn). It is nothing but total denial of pension revision. However, due to the mighty struggles of the AUAB, the Hon’ble MoS(C) has now conceded the demand for pension revision.
Perhaps, this settlement has disturbed some, whose only contribution to the pensioners is, giving ‘lip-service’ and making ‘time-pass’, by criticising others. Settlement of pension revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017 is the immediate goal of AUAB. At the same time, the AUAB will also find a permanent solution to the pension revision issue, as it has solved the 60% ceiling issue. Hence, the ‘arm-chair critics’ need not get disturbed, and can take rest.
A meeting is held at the Sanchar Bhawan today the 24.02.2018, between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL. Together with the Minister, Secretary, DoT, Special Secretary, DoT, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, OSD to the Hon’ble Minister, DDG (Estt.), DoT, CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL were present. From the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, Com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com. Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS and Com. S.D. Sharma, GS, BSNL ATM, participated in the discussions. The representatives of the AUAB heartily thanked the Hon’ble Minister for taking out time to meet them. Detailed discussions took place on the memorandum submitted to the Hon’ble Minister, the details of which are as follows:-
The March to Sanchar Bhawan, conducted today, by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, became a tremendous success. Thousands of Non-Executives and Executives came from the nooks and corners of the country, and conducted a colourful March to Sanchar Bhawan. The March started from the BSNL Office at Eastern Court, went through Janpath, Tolstoy Marg and Parliament Street. It is estimated that more than 5,000 comrades participated in today’s March, which culminated near the Parliament Street police station. A meeting was held there, and leaders of All Unions and Associations of BSNL addressed the huge gathering. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. K. Jayprakash, GS, FNTO, Com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com. Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS and Com. S.D. Sharma, GS, BSNL ATM, addressed the meeting. It was also addressed by veteran leaders Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri and Com. G.L. Jogi. The leaders called on the employees to intensify the struggles, including the Work According to Rule, if the issues are not settled. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all those circle and district unions which took efforts to make the programme a grand success.
The thousands of BSNL employees who participated in the March to Sanchar Bhawan, were stopped near the Parliament Street Police Station. Barricades were placed by the police across the Parliament Street, to stop the participants. When comrades attempted to cross the barricades, the police pushed back our comrades. There where pushes and pulls from both sides, for some time. Finally, the leaders intervened. They negotiated with the police, who agreed to arrange a meeting between the Secretary, DoT, and the leaders of All Unions and Associations of BSNL. Thus, the situation was brought under control and untoward incidents were avoided.
At the end of today’s March to Sanchar Bhawan, a meeting took place between the Secretary, DoT and the leaders of All Unions and Associations of BSNL. From the AUAB, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. K. Jayprakash, GS, FNTO, Com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com. Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS and Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, participated. From the DoT side, Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, Shri Shivasailam, Special Secretary, DoT, Shri Amit Yadav, Joint Secretary, DoT and Shri Pawan Gupta, Director (PSU) participated. Detailed discussion took place on the issues of 3rd Pay Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, pension revision and reduction of the retirement age. The leaders effectively argued and demanded settlement of the issues. After detailed discussion, it is decided that further discussion would take place in the meeting to be held tomorrow between the leaders of AUAB and Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS(C) tomorrow.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL was taking continuous efforts to meet the Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, to ensure a negotiated settlement of the demands raised in the ongoing struggle. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, also took efforts for the holding of this meeting. Finally, the meeting between the leaders of AUAB and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications has been arranged, and the meeting is taking place at 12:30 hrs. tomorrow. This meeting will be utilised to effectively put across the demands of the AUAB to the Hon’ble Minister.
The March to Sanchar Bhawan held at New Delhi today was addressed and greeted by the Central Trade Union leaders at the Eastern Court, from where the March started. Com. Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary, CITU, Com. Vidyasagar Giri, Secretary, AITUC and Com. Zile Singh, Delhi State President of INTUC addressed the comrades and ensured the support and solidarity of the Central Trade Unions to the fighting BSNL employees.
CHQ of BSNLEU heartily welcomes all the comrades who are coming over to Delhi, to participate in the March to Sanchar Bhawan, to be held tomorrow the 23.02.2018. According to the information received from various circles, more than 2,000 members of BSNLEU are participating in this historic rally, from the states nearby to Delhi, and also from far away circles. Accommodation has been arranged to the comrades coming from far away circles, and the place where the accommodation is arranged to each circle is updated on the website, and also communicated to the circle secretaries. All comrades who have come from outside, are requested to kindly take care of their personal belongings as well as their health. The climate in Delhi is very pleasant now. In case, any assistance is required, comrades are requested to feel free to call the General Secretary, Dy. General Secretary and Com. T.A. Biju, Office Secretary.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL, has decided to invite the Central Trade Union leaders, to address the March to Sanchar Bhawan. Com. Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary, CITU, has kindly consented to address the rally, even though we approached him only in the 11th hour. We are very grateful to him. It is once again informed that the March to Sanchar Bhawan will start at 11:00 AM from the Eastern Court, Janpath. All comrades are requested to be present on time.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL, in it’s meeting held yesterday the 21.02.2018, has decided that the constituent unions and associations shall participate in the March to Sanchar Bhawan, with their respective flags and banners. Hence, comrades of BSNLEU are requested to participate in the rally with the banners and flags of BSNLEU.
Open Signal, a mobile analytics company, has reported that the 4G download speed in India is the slowest among the 88 countries of the world, where 4G service is being provided. The Government of India is making big noises about Digital India. However, it is a matter of shame to know that even countries like Pakistan, Algeria, Kazakhstan and Tunisia are providing faster download speed than India. The mobile customers of Singapore get the fastest download speed on 4G at 44 mbps, followed by Netherlands at 42 mbps and Norway 41 mbps. But, on an average, the 4G speed in India, has been measured as 6 mbps. It is also reported that, the actual speed can be much lower.
[Curtesy: Times of India dated 22.02.2018]
The nation is still not able to understand how the Punjab National Bank is looted by the Indian corporates, to the tune of Rs.11,500 crores. The loot has been done in a very systematic manner. The looters have comfortably escaped out of India. More shockingly, Nirav Modi, the brain behind this great looting has even taken a group photo with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Davos. After having done all these, now the Indian corporates have demanded that the Public Sector banks should be privatised. Adi Godrej, of the Godrej group, has stated that private banks are better managed and big scams do not take place there. Hence, Public Sector banks should be privatised. The tragedy is that, the government facilitates looting of Public Sector banks, by the corporates. After doing this, the same corporates demand that the Public Sector banks should be privatised, since they are inefficient. The claim of Adi Goderj is totally wrong. The world has not forgotten that the great world economic crisis that started in 2008, was created only by the bankruptcy of the great multinational banks of America, belonging to the private sector.
In the meeting held with Ms.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, yesterday, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, urged upon her to immediately issue the necessary clearance to the BSNL Management, for starting negotiations for Wage Revision of the Non-Executives. The GS, BSNLEU, pointed out to the Secretary,DoT, that the DPE, in it's guidelines issued for the Wage Revision of the Non-Executives, has not laid down the condition of "Affordability". Further, he also brought to the notice of the Secretary, DoT, that the BSNL Management has already written to the DoT, seeking to issue clearance, for starting negotiations for Wage Revision of the Non-Executives, and that the DoT has not responded to it so far. The Secretary, DoT, assured to look into it, and to do the needful.