Leaders of the AUAB, Kerala circle, met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT today at Thiruvananthapuram. They submitted a memorandum to her, demanding financial support to BSNL, to rebuild it’s infrastructure devastated in the floods. They also demanded settlement of 3rd pay revision, pension revision, Pension Contribution on actual basic pay, allotment of 4G spectrum, and rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company. CGM, Kerala and other top officers of Kerala circle were also there in the meeting. The Secretary, DoT gave a patient hearing and assured to look into the issues.
A meeting of the AUAB is taking place today. This is, as per the decision taken in the last meeting of the AUAB, held on 02-08-2018. The meeting will mainly review the developments in the issues of Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, allotment of 4G spectrum, etc. It will also discuss about BSNL employees' contribution to Kerala.
CHQ has already informed about the discussion held with the CMD BSNL, on the long pending issues of the Non-Executives, such as promotion to E-1 pay scale for Non-Executives, downgradation of the Sr.TOAs from 7100-6550 scale, one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives and implementation of gratuity to the casual labourers. CHQ has also informed that, after discussion held with CMD BSNL, prompt actions were being taken by the various Branches of the Corporate Office, for the resolution of these long pending issues.
Today, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. S. Chellappa, AGS, met Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.), and enquired about the status of these issues. It was informed by the Sr.GM(Estt.) that Board Memos have already been sent on the issues of one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives and implementation of gratuity to the casual labourers, for the approval of the Board. As regards, promotion in E-1 pay scale to the Non-Executives, it was informed by the Sr.GM(Estt.)that, Board Memo is being prepared on this issue, to be sent for the approval of the Board of Directors. The meeting of the Board of Directors is taking place at the end of this month.
As regards the problem of downgradation of the Sr.TOAs from 7100 pay scale to 6550 pay scale, further discussion took place today between the BSNLEU representatives and the Sr.GM(Estt.). It was strongly demanded by the Union that the promotion given to the Sr.TOAs, under OTBP, before the implementation of the NEPP, should be treated as first promotion under NEPP, with a view to avert the downgradation. The Sr.GM(Estt.) responded positively. Further discussion in this connection will be taking place within the next few days. The Union representatives demanded that a settlement of this issue should also be sent for the approval of the forthcoming meeting of the Board of Directors.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. S. Chellappa, AGS, met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today, and demanded that the next meeting of the National Council meeting should be held in September, as has been assured by the Chairperson of the National Council. They also demanded that the date for this meeting should be finalised shortly. The GM(SR) assured to do the needful.
Since the Chairperson of the National Council has already committed to hold the next meeting of the National Council in September, which is being insisted by BSNLEU, all circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to immediately send items for the next National Council meeting.
The BSNLEU representatives who met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today, insisted for the prompt resolution of certain issues related to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which are already taken up by BSNLEU. They insisted the sending back of women employees, covered by the Child Care Leave, reduction of the 3 year tenure to 2 years, and also sending back of the employees who are retiring within one year. The GM(SR) replied that action is being taken on the 2nd and 3rd issues, while the views of the circle administrations of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been sought in respect of the first issue.
BSNLEU representatives met Ms. Smiti Chaudhury, GM(FP) today and discussed about the amendments already demanded by BSNLEU, in respect of the JAO Recruitment Rules. The GM(FP) replied that action is being taken to get the approval of the Board of Directors, for the proposed amendments.
The BSNLEU representatives, who met Shri Y.N. Singh, GM(BFCI), today, demanded immediate allotment of funds, as sought by West Bengal and Tamil Nadu circle administrations, for the payment of contract workers wages. The GM(BFCI) assured to take the needful action.
Rains and floods, that were not witnessed during the past 100 years, have devastated Kerala. Similar calamities are taking place in many parts of the world. Even a high school boy will tell that, this is happening due to Global Warming. However, S.Gurumurthy, an RSS ideologue and who is recently appointed as a Director of the Reserve Bank’s Board, has stated that Lord Ayyappa’s anger has caused the Kerala floods. The Supreme Court of India is hearing a petition, wherein the prayer is to allow women in the menstruating age group into the Sabarimala Temple. Judgment is yet to be delivered in this case. According to S.Gurumurthy, Lord Ayyappa does not want the women in the menstruating age group to enter his temple, and that he is angry because of the court case, and that is why floods are taking place in Kerala. On one side, the government raises the slogan of “beti bachao – beti padhao”. On the other side, people like S.Gurumurthy openly make statements discriminating women.
The unions and associations of BSNL are considering about extending their helping hand, to the flood-affected people of Kerala. Consensus has emerged to donate one day’s basic pay to the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. This will be communicated to the Management.
The Maharashtra circle union of BSNLEU has sent Rs.1 lakh, as it’s contribution to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. CHQ heartily congratulates the Maharashtra circle union.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of UP(West) circle was held at Ghaziabad today. The meeting is specially organised for the mobilisation to be made for the Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally, to be held at New Delhi on 05th September, 2018. Com. Ansar Ali, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone and addressed the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke at length about the anti-public sector and pro-private policies of the government. He urged upon the district secretaries to do the maximum mobilisation for the 5th September Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally. The General Secretary also explained about the current issues of wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company and progress in the issues of the Non-Executives. Com. S. Chellappa, AGS, was also present in the meeting. The meeting unanimously decided to mobilise not less than 800 comrades for the Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally.
Former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away yesterday. He was 93 years old, and had been under treatment in the AIIMS. Shri Vajpayee was the first non-congress Prime Minister to complete the full 5 year term in office. He was a powerful orator and an excellent poet. It was under his government that BSNL was created. Cutting across party affiliations, Shri Vajpayee maintained cordial relationship with all the political leaders. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the late leader, and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members.
BSNLEU has written letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 02.08.2018, drawing his attention to the non-transferring of assets to BSNL, and also the taking over of BSNL’s buildings and office spaces by the DoT. The PMO’s Office has responded to the letter of BSNLEU.
When the NDA government is claiming that, the Indian economy is very strong and healthy, disturbing news keeps coming that the Indian rupee keeps losing it's value fast against the US dollar. On 14th August, Indian rupee hit a new low to Rs.71.10. However, soon it settled at Rs.69.90. Again, today the rupee hit another new low of Rs.70.32 against the US dollar. The strength of the currency of any country, against the US dollar, is an important parameter to assess the strength of the economy of that country. For example, rich countries have to pay less in their currencies to buy one US dollar. Whereas, poor countries have to pay more in their currencies to buy one US dollar. After India became independent in 1947, the value of Indian rupee has steadily declined against the US dollar.
BSNLEU conveys it’s best wishes and warm greetings to all, on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day of India. This is a great moment for all Indians. On this occasion, let us not forget that freedom was achieved by our forefathers, only through their unity and single minded ness to achieve freedom. They set aside their differences that arose from their religion, language, region, etc. However, today, these are the factors that divide we Indians, and retard our progress. On this occasion, let us recollect the sacrifices made by our forefathers for achieving freedom, and rededicate ourselves to the task of nation building.
Shri Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha speaker, as well as one of the renowned lawyers of the country, passed away. He was 89 years old. Before becoming the Lok Sabha speaker, Shri Somnath Chatterjee served for long years as a member of the Lok Sabha. During this period, he had effectively raised his voice in the interest of the working class. He was also one of the renowned advocates of the country. BSNLEU thankfully remembers how Shri Somnath Chatarjee argued the court case in favour of getting recognition to Com. Moni Bose. After getting elected as the General Secretary in the E3 Union's Bhopal All India Conference, Com.Moni Bose was denied recognition by the DoT, on the plea that he was a dismissed employee. In the case filed by Com.Moni Bose, Shri Somnath Chatterjee appeared and effectively argued. As a result of this, the DoT was compelled to grant recognition to Com.Moni Bose, as the duly elected General Secretary of the E3 union. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Shri Somnath Chatterjee. The Union also conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members.
Chennai circle union of BSNLEU organised a very effective Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting today. The meeting, presided over by Com. E. Natarajan, Circle President, was held in the YMCA auditorium. Com. M. Kanniappan, Circle Secretary, delivered the introductory speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed this Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting. In his speech, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, gave a detailed account of the issues such as Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, Revival of BSNL, Settlement of the long pending issues of the Non-Executives, AUAB’s decision to launch the “BSNL at your door step” movement, etc. The audience gave a patient hearing to the speech of the General Secretary. The meeting is continuing after the lunch break.
K.K. Venugopal, the Attorney General of India, who is representing the Government of India in the Supreme Court, surprised every one yesterday, by openly expressing his disgust, at the failure of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi Governments, to take stern measures against mob violence. It is very important to note that Maharashtra and Rajasthan are ruled by the BJP governments, while the law and order in Delhi is being maintained by the Central Government. The Attorney General further said that no civilised country can tolerate mob violence. This remark was made by the Attorney General, before a Supreme Court Bench, consisting of Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India, and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud. The Bench is hearing a public interest litigation against mob violence. The Judges, on their part remarked that, in the name of religion, no group can be permitted to indulge in violence.
The State Bank of India has reported a net loss of Rs.4,876 crore for the first quarter of this financial year (for the period from April to June 2018). In the corresponding period of 2018, State Bank of India earned a net profit of Rs.2,006 crore. The reason behind the State Bank of India going into loss is bad loans. It is very important to note that during the period from April to June 2018, the State Bank of India has reported bad loans to the tune of Rs.26,249 crore. Most of these bad loans are related to the big corporates. It is not only the State Bank of India. Most of the government banks have gone into loss, because of these bad loans. Thus, public money, to the tune of lakhs of crores of rupees is being looted by the corporates. The government helps the corporates by writing off the bad loans of government banks.