The BJP government, which is taking all out efforts to kill the public sector, has now taken decision to induct 10 of it’s party people, as the independent directors on the boards of top public sector companies. The NDA’s Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), has taken decision to this effect.
These include, party’s Delhi unit Vice President Shazia Ilmi; Gujarat IT cell convenor Rajika Kacheria; minority face of the BJP in Gujarat Asifa Khan; former BJP MLA candidate from Odisha Surama Padhy and former Bihar MLC Kiran Ghai Sinha.
They are to be inducted as independent directors of Navaratna PSUs that include Engineers India Ltd (EIL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and the National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO).
[Source: The Indian Express dated 27.01.2017]
While all other private operators have started 4G service, BSNL has not yet started the same. This is the age of data, and BSNL cannot sustain in the market without providing 4G service. For providing 4G service, spectrum is required. BSNL has requested the government to allot 700 MHz spectrum for this purpose. BSNLEU, in it’s 8th All India Conference held recently, has demanded that the government should allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, free of cost.
A meeting of the all unions and associations will be held at 3 pm on 06.02.2017. The venue of the meeting will be BSNL MS office. The next course of action on the Subsidiary Tower Company and also issues like PMO office letter on BSNL, facing challenges from Reliance Jio, and BSNL’s 4G service will be discussed in this meeting.
During the past two days, 15 army personnel, including one officer, have been killed in avalanche, that have taken place in Gurez and Sonmarg areas of Kashmir. Heavy snow fall and storm are retarding the rescue operations. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the killed army personnel and offers condolences to their families and friends.
A largely attended convention is organised at Ernakulam today, which is addressed by the General Secretary. Comrades from nearby SSAs like Aleppey, Kottayam, Palakkad and Malappuram also attended this convention. Com.A.V.Kuriakose, circle president, presided over the convention. Com.P.S.Peethambaran, district president, Ernakulam, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention. In his speech, the General Secretary, spoke in detail, about the international and national developments and on the decisions taken in the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com.M.Vijayakumar, Organising Secretary(CHQ) translated the General Secretary's speech into Malayalam. Com.S.Pratap Kumar, AGS, com.N.Guruprasad, CS, AIBDPA and Com.V.Bhagyalakshmi, Convenor, Kerala circle Mahila Committee, addressed the convention. Com.K.V.Premkumar, district secretary, Ernakulam, thanked everyone. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala circle union and Ernakulam district union for organising a very effective convention.
An impressive convention is conducted in the CGM Office premises, Thiruvananthapuram, today. The purpose of the convention is to explain the decisions of the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union, and also to celebrate the victory of the struggle, conducted by the BSNLEU and SNEA comrades of Kerala circle, against the corrupt and arrogant M.S.S. Rao, the then CGM of Kerala circle. The convention was presided over by Com. A.V. Kuriakose, Circle President. Com. K. Mohanan, CS, welcomed everyone and delivered the introductory speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention, congratulating the Kerala comrades for their heroic struggle against the tyranny of M.S.S. Rao, and demanding justice to the Casual and Contract Workers. He also explained in detail, the decisions of the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com. M. Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, com. S. Pratap Kumar, AGS, com. George Verghese, Circle President, SNEA, com. P.K. Muraleedharan, CS, P-III, com. Muraleedharan Nair, former AGS, com. Somasekaran Nair, CS, BSNLCCWF and com.Jacob Thomas, circle president, P-lll also addressed the seminar. A large number of comrades from the CGM office and Trivandrum district attended the convention. Finally, com. K. Mohanan, CS, proposed the vote of thanks.
Six leaders, who were suspended, charge-sheeted and transferred to far off places in Kerala circle, by the corrupt and arrogant M.S.S.Rao, at the time of the Kerala struggle, are honoured by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, in the convention held at Tiruvanantapuram today. Despite severe victimisations, these comrades remained in the fore front and led the struggle.
In view of the All India Conference, General Secretary could not give dates to hold circle conferences, in respect of the circles where it has become due. Now that the All India Conference is already over, circle conferences must be conducted in those circles. CHQ requests the concerned circle secretaries to do the needful in this regard.
In the name of Consolidation of Business Areas, Management is bringing minor SSAs under the control of adjacent major SSAs. In this process, employees, especially the Non-Executives encounter many problems. BSNLEU has demanded that the process of Consolidation of Business Areas should be stopped, pending discussion. All unions and associations of Khammam SSA in Telangana SSA have conducted a massive dharna, opposing this SSA being brought under Warangal SSA. CHQ heartily congratulates the Khammam comrades.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claims that because of the bold steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian economy has become the fastest growing economy in the world. Whereas, the former Finance Minister, P.Chidambaram claims that, Indian economy started competing with the developed countries, only after the Neo Liberal Economic policies were introduced in 1991, by the Congress government, led by P.V.Narasimmha Rao and Dr.Manmohan Singh. However, the trade union movement keeps on saying that, whether the government is run by the Congress Party or the BJP Party, the Neo Liberal Economic Policies being implemented by both these parties, have only helped the rich to become super rich, while the poor have become miserably poorer. Yesterday's Times of India report proves what Arun Jaitley and P.Chidambaram say is wrong, and what the trade unions say is correct.
As per the report published in the Times of India yesterday, the richest 1% Indians have 58% of the total wealth of India. Just 57 billionaires in India, have the wealth equivalent to the bottom 70% of Indians. Not only this, only 8 billionaires of the world, are having 50% of the world's total wealth with them. This is because, all the capitalist countries of the world are following the same Neo Liberal Economic Policies, being dictated by the World Bank and the IMF. Trade unions also say that Capitalism cannot solve the problems of mankind, and Socialism is the only alternative.
In a bid to meet competition from private telecom operators, BSNL launched mobile TV service called 'Ditto TV' and also limited 'Fixed Mobile Telephony' yesterday. FMT is an app that virtually turns mobiles into cordless phone working in sync with landlines within home premises.
BSNL has made a tie-up with the Tata Communications, for providing unlimited data, through Wi-Fi hotspots to it’s customers while on international roaming. With this tie-up, BSNL’s customers can get access to 44 million Wi-Fi hotspots in various countries world over. This facility will be provided by BSNL at fixed tariff, priced at Rs.999/- for three days, Rs.1,599/- for 15 days and Rs.1,999/- for 30 days. BSNL is the first mobile operator in India to provide such a facility to the customers going abroad. Tata Communications has a global network of submarine cable and provides connectivity to more than 240 countries.
CHQ is getting enquiries from various quarters, with regards to the Direct Recruitment of JTOs in BSNL. Till recently, BSNL was conducting examinations for the Direct Recruitment of JTOs. However, decision has been taken by the BSNL Management, to make the Direct Recruitment of JTOs through the GATE Examination. This is the method being presently followed by various Public Sector Undertakings, for the recruitment of their Engineers. Hence, those who aspire to become JTOs in BSNL, through the Direct Recruitment, have to appear the GATE Examination. BSNL is likely to start it’s registration for the Direct Recruitment of JTOs, through the GATE Examination, shortly.
Demonetisation has brought sufferings to millions of people. Unorganised workers have lost their jobs massively. Those who continue with their jobs do not get their wages. Agriculturalists have suffered in a big way. But, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister continue to make tall claims about the benefits to the economy, brought by demonetisation. Now, news has started coming, how badly the economy is hit. Today’s Economic Times has reported that sales of automobiles have fallen 18.66% in the month of December. In this, sales of two wheelers got reduced by 22.04% and sales of three wheelers have got reduced by 36.23%. The paper reports that this is the steepest fall since 2000 in the automobile industry. The paper has also reported that home sales has got reduced by 23% during the period from July to December, 2016. Only Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to say why the nation is made to suffer so much due to demonetisation?
Nearly 97% of the demonetised Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes are deposited with banks, as on 31st December, 2016. Rs.15.44 lakh crore, representing 86% of all currency notes were declared invalid on November 8th. Out of these banned notes, Rs.14.97 currency notes are returned to the banks. Only 3% banned notes are not returned to the banks. This almost tallies with the estimation of economic experts that only 3% of black money is kept in the form of cash. This only shows that demonetisation of Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes has helped very little in abolishing black money.
[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]
The Supreme Court has stayed the sale of it’s 2G spectrum by Aircel. This company is presently owned by Malaysian business tycoon, T. Ananda Krishnan. A Delhi trial court is already hearing the accusation that, Dayanidhi Maran favoured T. Ananda Krishnan to take over Aircel from it’s promoter C. Sivasankaran. In return, T. Ananda Krishnan had invested Rs.600/- crore in the TV channel owned by Dayanidhi Maran’s family.
[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]
India’s economic growth, for the year ending March 31st, 2017, is set to fall. As per estimates, the GDP growth rate will be 7.1%. This figure remained at 7.6% in the last year. Despite loud noises made by the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister about the economic performance of the government, growth of the industrial and service sectors have fallen sizeably.
[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]
Each and every conference of BSNLEU turns out to be a milestone. However, the 8th All India Conference held at Chennai will be considered as the best conference. It is because of the quality of the debate conducted by the delegates, and the involvement with which the delegates and observers participated in the conference. The house remained jam-packed till the last minute of the last day of the conference.
The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, which started at Chennai on 31st December,2016, got concluded jubilantly yesterday. Important issues like struggles to stop the Subsidiary Tower Company, settlement of wage revision, settlement of the Non-Executives' issues, etc., are deeply discussed by the Conference, and valuable guidance has been given to the CHQ. Com. Balbir Singh, com. P.Abhimanyu and com.Swapan Chakraborty are re-elected as President, General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary, respectively. Com.Gakul Borah(Assam), is elected as the new Treasurer. At 19:00 hrs, the Conference got concluded in an upbeat mood, amidst thunderous slogans.