After completing the J&K circle executive committee meeting and seminar at Srinagar, Com. P.Abhimanyu,GS, Com. Basheer Ahmed Khan,CS and Com.G.K.Dandroo, Organising Secretary (CHQ) left for Leh, by road. After crossing high mountains amidst heavy rains, the comrades reached Kargil at 20:00 hrs yesterday. Despite heavy delay, Com.Tashik Tundup, Branch Secretary, BSNLEU, Kargil, was waiting with the active comrades. The General Secretary addressed them, explaining about important issues, including Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company and the need to bring an early turn around of BSNL. The GS also enquired about the condition of the contract workers in Kargil.
Leh district in J&K circle is one place where all the strikes are being organised with 100% success. Further, BSNLEU is the only union existing in this district. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed a well attended meeting in Leh today, together with Com. Basheer Ahmed Khan, CS, J&K and Com. G.K.Dandroo, Organising Secretary (CHQ). Women employees and DR JEs attended in good number. Com. Sonam Chespal, district president, presided over. Com. Tsering Dorjay , district secretary welcomed everyone. Com. Stanzin Denex Gyanlpo, district vice president, presented the local problems. In his address, the General Secretary spoke in detail about the wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company and BSNL's revival issues.
CHQ is pursuing two important issues related to the officials who are granted with Temporary Status prior to 01-10-2000.
Both the cases were raised in the National Council, and the Management has agreed to resolve them. However, these cases are lying pending with the Corporate Office, since many of the CGMs have not provided the inputs, which have been called for. Hence CHQ calls upon the circle secretaries to immediately discuss these issues with their respective CGMs, and arrange to send the required inputs within two weeks. All circle secretaries are also requested to give intimation to the CHQ in this regard.
BSNLEU, Jammu & Kashmir circle union organised a lively and inspiring seminar, on the revival of BSNL, yesterday the 21-06-2018. Even though J&K is a small circle, BSNLEU circle union has taken serious efforts to organise a largely attended seminar. Incidentally, a bandh was observed in J&K yesterday. Inspite of this, the turnout of the employees in the seminar was very encouraging. Com. Krishan Lal, circle president, delivered the presidential address. Shri S.K.Batra, GM(HR), J&K circle and Shri M.G.Mufti, GMTD, Srinagar, addressed the seminar and shared the management's views. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressing the seminar explained the steps taken by the government to weaken BSNL, and the efforts taken by the united trade union movement of BSNL, for defending and strengthening BSNL. He also explained about the cut throat competition unleashed by Jio, and about the efforts being taken by the employees to salvage BSNL. Com.Basheer Ahmed Khan, CS, BSNLEU, spoke briefly on the J&K scenario. Com.Abdul Majid Malik, District President, Srinagar, proposed vote of thanks. This seminar will go a long way in motivating the J&K work force of BSNL, for bringing an early turn around for the Company.
The J&K circle union of BSNLEU is conducting it's executive committee meeting at Srinagar. Com. Kishan Lal, circle president, is presiding over the meeting. Com.Bashir Ahmed Khan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Report on activities was also placed before the house, by him. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and reported on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting. He also spoke in detail about the important issues of Wage Revision, need to fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company, other issues related to the revival of BSNL. Com.Gulam Kadhir Dandroo, Organising Secretary (CHQ) also addressed the meeting. Thereafter, discussion by executive committee members started.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the dates of the forthcoming All India Conference, to be held at Mysuru, have been changed. The new dates are 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th January, 2019. All comrades are requested to kindly make note of the change in dates. As usual, the pre-All India Conference CEC meeting will be held on 07th January, 2019. CEC members are requested to book their journey tickets accordingly.
As per the study of the French Tech Firm, Capgemini, the number of High Networth Individuals (HNI) in India has increased by 20% in the year 2017. An High Networth Individual is defined as the one who is having investable assets of over 1 million US Dollars. According to this report, the number of such Dollar Millionaires in India comes to 2.6 lakh people. Their asset worth is a whopping 1 trillion US Dollars! It is also worth mentioning here that, the International Rights Group, Oxfam, has reported that in India, 73% of the wealth created in 2017, has reached the hands of the top 1% of the population, whereas the bottom 67 crore Indians have got only 1% of this wealth. This is how the Narendra Modi government is serving the poor people of this country.
(Source: Times of India dated 20.06.2018)
Accusing that the United Nations Human Rights Council is biased against Israel, the US has left the Council. The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has also criticised that the UN Human Rights Council is a ‘cesspool of political bias’. The United Nations Human Rights Council is continuously criticising Israel for it’s forcible occupation of Palestine territories, and also for violation of human rights in those territories. By quitting the UN Human Rights Council, the real face of the US has been exposed. This has also strengthened the criticism that US is the worst violator of human rights. It may also be recollected that the US, under Donald Trump, has also left the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri Saurabh Tyagi, GM (Estt.) today and discussed the following outstanding issues.
This issue had already been discussed with the Director (HR) and the GM (Estt.) a number of times. However, settlement of this issue has already been rejected by the Management. Under these circumstances, suggestion has come to the CHQ, from some of the affected Sr. TOAs. They have stated that they are prepared to forego any arrears that will accrue, due to the settlement of this problem. The GM (Estt.) was requested to consider settlement of the problem, with this condition. He assured to look into.
This issue was also discussed with the Management a number of times, but was rejected. In today’s meeting, the GM (Estt.) was once again requested to consider the demand, to help the candidates of backward circles like Assam and the North East, where vacancies are existing, but qualified officials are not available. The GM (Estt.) agreed to revisit the issue.
From time to time, the government of India is issuing various modifications / guidelines to the Child Care Leave. But, these government orders are not being endorsed by BSNL promptly. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Management. In today’s meeting, with the GM (Estt.), BSNLEU once again raised the issue. After discussion the GM (Estt.) agreed to issue an instruction that all government orders on Child Care Leave, should be suo moto followed in BSNL.
The issue of BSNL’s buildings and office spaces being taken over by the DoT, is already taken up by BSNLEU, with the CMD BSNL. In continuation of this, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri H.C. Pant, Company Secretary today, and discussed the issue. The legal position on this issue was explained by the Company Secretary. Necessary inputs were also taken. BSNLEU will now take up this issue with the higher level of the government.
BSNLEU is vigorously pressurising the BSNL Management, to form the Joint Committee for Wage Negotiations. The issue is already discussed with the CMD BSNL and Director (HR). Further, this issue was raised in the recently held 36th meeting of the National Council also. Under these circumstances, the BSNLEU representatives who met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, once again insisted for early constitution of the Joint Committee. Finally, the GM (SR) assured that the Committee would be constituted, latest by next week.
BSNLEU has already urged upon the CMD BSNL to hold the Welfare Board meeting. However, so far, no notification has been issued for the meeting. The BSNLEU representatives who met Shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today, once again insisted to issue notification for the meeting. The GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful at the earliest.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed a largely attended contract workers meet at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu circle, yesterday the 17-06-2018. It was organised by the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contact Workers Union (TNTCWU). The General Secretary explained about the various issues related to the revival of BSNL, the government's game-plan to weaken BSNL and the role of the contract workers in strengthening the Company. He also dealt with the various problems of the contract workers, and the efforts being taken by BSNLEU and the BSNLCCWF to settle them. The meeting was also addressed by Com.Vinod Kumar, General Secretary, TNTCWU, Com.P. Palanisamy, AGS, BSNCCWF, Com. K.T.Sambandam, DS, BSNLEU, and many others.
CHQ is saddened to know that Com. Triveni Pandey, district secretary, BSNLEU, Saharsa, Bihar, has passed away on 13.06.2018. CHQ pays it’s respectful homage to com. Triveni Pandey. CHQ also conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the departed leader.
BSNLEU conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all, on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr. Let the festival bring peace and prosperity to all.
BSNLEU is trying it’s best to get justice to the candidates of the JE LICE. The issue was raised vociferously in the 36th meeting of the National Council, held on 12-06-2018. Thereafter, BSNLEU has submitted an expert opinion to the Management, provided by an academician, explaining how many of the questions are flawed. In continuation of this, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice-President(CHQ) met Ms. Samita Luthra, GM (Rect.) today and discussed the issue. The representatives emphatically demanded that the injustice can be done away with, only by granting relaxation, as demanded by the Union.
Senior journalist, Shujaat Bukhari, was gunned down by terrorists at Srinagar yesterday. Shri Bukhari was 49 years old, and was the editor-in-chief of the english daily, Rising Kashmir. This killing, which is an act of cowardice, has taken place even when the cease fire announced by the government was in force. BSNLEU strongly condemns this murder and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the family members of the slain journalist.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-president (CHQ) met Ms.Smithi Chowdhari GM (FP) today, and insisted for the early conducting of the JAO LICE. The representatives pointed out that the last JAO LICE was held in July, 2016, for the vacancies upto the period January, 2016. The GM(FP) accepted the demand and assured to do the needful.