Compelling the government to roll back the Subsidiary Tower Company is the priority task of the trade union movement of BSNL. To achieve this, the All Unions and Associations of BSNL has called on the BSNL employees to organise massive dharnas throughout the country on 12-04-2018. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB, and to mobilise maximum number of Non-Executives and Executives in the dharnas.
Architect of the Indian Constitution, as well as a great social crusader, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar’s birth anniversary falls on 14th April, 2018. This day is already being observed by our comrades in many parts of the country. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Agartala recently, has called upon all the circle and district branches to observe this year’s Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Jayanti in a befitting manner. The occasion should be utilised to high light Dr.B.R.Ambedkar’s contributions to the nation and also the need to uphold the secular character of our nation. Reports and photos may be sent by email to the CHQ.
The 36th meeting of the National Council has been scheduled to be held on 16.04.2018. Notification for this meeting has already been issued. Recently, we have informed that Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, lost his elder brother. On account of this, he has informed the Management that he was not in a position to attend the meeting on 16.04.2018. In view of this, the meeting is getting postponed.
The CEC meeting held at Agartala, noted with serious concern that, the BSNL Management is on an outsourcing spree. Each and every work, including those works which can be done by our employees, are being outsourced. May be “some quarters” are getting benefitted out of these outsourcings. It is an undeniable fact that huge money of the Company is going into the drain, due to these outsourcings. This has got to be stopped. So far as the Non-Executive cadres are concerned, Direct Recruitment is being made only in the JE cadre. But, no recruitment is being made in the cadre of Sr.TOA, even though acute shortage is there, due to large scale retirements. Hence, the Company has to go in for direct recruitment in the cadre of Sr.TOA. A lot of wasteful expenditures are severely affecting the finance of the Company. BSNLEU has already drawn the attention of the CMD BSNL, as well as the Director(Finance) on this count. We learn that recently, four officers from the Corporate Office, have visited Sri Lanka, in connection with a cricket match. This only shows that the top Management is in no mood to curtail wasteful expenditures. Instead, the Management tries to curtail the existing medical facilities of the employees, in the name of overcoming the financial crisis. The Agartala CEC meeting has decided to give a detailed note to the Management, demanding the curtailment of these wasteful expenditures. The Corporate Office has recently given an instruction to the CGMs to substantially reduce the number of the contract workers. Immediately, this may result in some savings. But, in the long run, this will seriously affect the quality of our services, since the contract workers are largely engaged for maintenance works. In view of the foregoing, the Agartala CEC meeting has decided to conduct a “Call Attention Day” on 03.05.2018. Lunch hour demonstrations will be conducted throughout the country on that day, by wearing black badges. The following are the demands for the “Call Attention Day”.
All circle and district unions are requested to take all out efforts to conduct the programme effectively.
The 16th All India Conference of the All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF) is being held at Chennai since yesterday. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, has been invited to address the Inaugural Session of this Conference yesterday. Since the General Secretary was in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU yesterday, he greeted the AISGEF Conference today. The General Secretary called on the State Government employees to join shoulder to shoulder with the working class of India, to fight against the pro-rich policies of the government, and also to strengthen communal harmony in the country.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Agartala, has made serious deliberations on various important issues, and has taken decisions. All the Circle and District Unions are requested to implement these decisions, within the time frame, as set by the CEC meeting.
The three day CEC meeting of BSNLEU, being held at Agartala, came to a successful conclusion today. The meeting carried out elaborate discussion on all the crucial issues being faced by BSNL and it’s employees. In addition, a mid-term review of all the decisions taken in the last All India Conference, as well as in the Tiruvananthapuram and New Delhi CEC meetings was done. At the end of the three day discussions, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, summed up the discussions. The meeting has taken various important decisions, which will be updated on the website soon.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is continuing in Agartala for the second day today. CEC members are deliberating on the report on activities submitted by the General Secretary.
In today’s CEC meeting at Agartala, Com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, Karnataka, offered to host the next All India Conference of BSNLEU at Mysuru. The house unanimously accepted the proposal of the Karnataka circle union. The CEC meeting also unanimously resolved that the next All India Conference shall be held in the month of February, 2019. CHQ heartily congratulates the Karnataka circle union for their proposal.
The three day Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started at Agartala, the capital of Tripura, today. The NE1 circle union and the Tripura district union have made excellent arrangements for the meeting. The meeting started with Flag hoisting. The National Flag was hoisted by Com.Balbir Singh, President. The Union Red Flag was hoisted by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Floral tributes were paid in the martyr’s column. A brief, but impressive cultural programme marked the beginning of the CEC meeting. Com.Balbir Singh, President, is presiding over. Com.Mitun Ranjan Bhowmik,Chairman, Reception Committee, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, welcomed everyone, on behalf of the CHQ, and briefly spoke on the importance of the CEC meeting. Com.K.Hemalata, President, CITU, delivered the inaugural address and spoke elaborately on the anti-worker and pro-rich policies of the government. She praised BSNLEU for it’s role in the fight against the anti-BSNL policies of the government. Com.V.A.N Namboodiri, founder General Secretary of BSNLEU spoke and greeted the meeting. Shri Ashish Pathak, GM, Tripura also greeted the meeting. Finally, Com.Shankar Bhardan, Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee, proposed vote of thanks. After the lunch break, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, presented the report on activities. Thereafter, deliberation by CEC members started and is going on.
The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU starts at Agartala tomorrow. The meeting is being inaugurated by Com.K.Hemalata, President, CITU. Wage Revision, fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company issues will be key issues to be discussed in this CEC meeting. Besides, the meeting will also make a mid-term review of the functioning of the Union. Venue of the CEC meeting is Shaheed Bhagat Singh Yuva Awas, Kehjurbagan, Agartala.
Diesel price is increased to a record high in our country. The reason cited is, the increase in the price of crude oil in the international market. Diesel price in Delhi presently is Rs.64.58 per litre and the price of petrol is Rs.73.73 per litre. The price of crude oil in the international market is only $70 per barrel at present. It may be recollected that crude oil was sold at $100 per barrel some years ago. Even in those days diesel price was not so high in India. The real fact of the matter is that, government of India is minting money, by raising taxes on petrol and diesel, citing the slight price rise of crude oil in the international market. This is nothing but looting the working masses of this country, for showering benefits to the corporates.
Com. Barmeshwar Singh, elder brother of Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, passed away at Patna today. He had been unwell for quite some time. Com. Barmeshwar Singh retired as a TTA from BSNL in 2009. He was former CHQ Assistant Treasurer of E3 union. BSNLEU pays homage to Com.Barmeshwar Singh, and conveys heartfelt condolences to Com.Chandeswar Singh and his family.
The government boasts that India is the fastest growing economy in the world. But, what is the use? Unemployment problem continues to plague the nation. How acute is the unemployment problem in our country, is brought out by the fact that, 2.8 crore persons have applied for appearing in the online exam for 90, 000 jobs in the Indian Railways. Out of this, 62,907 are the posts of gangmen, switchmen, trackmen, cabinmen, welder,helpers and porters. Today is the last day for applying. So, the number of applicants is likely to increase.
[ source: Times of India dt.31-03-2018]
The United States has conducted many wars in the West Asia. It includes it’s notorious invasions on Iraq, Afghanistan and the ongoing aggression in Syria. The entire West Asia is devastated by these aggressions of the US. Tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed. After committing all these atrocities, the US President, Donald Trump now says that, the West Asian wars have costed the US, 7 trillion dollars. Even now, the US is worried only about its monetary loss, and not about the loss of precious human lives.
It is a very sad development that, after 65 years of it’s nationalisation, the Air India is all set to be privatised. The government has finalised the terms and conditions for it’s privatisation. Accordingly, 76% shares of Air India, Air India-Express and Air India-SATS will be sold to the potential buyer. The buyer has to take over Rs.24,576 crore of Air India’s total debt of Rs.50,000 crore and the entire Rs.8,816 crore of current liabilities. The Air India is having 11,214 permanent employees ; 7,486 casual workers and 2,913 contract workers. According to the road-map of the government the successful bidder will be chosen in the month of September, 2018.
[Source: Times of India dated 29.03.2018]
As it has been already announced, Vodafone, India’s second biggest telecom company and Idea India’s third biggest mobile company are getting merged. According to the information given by Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, the Idea – Vodafone merger is in the final stages of approval. After merger, the merged entity will become the biggest telecom company of India with 42% customer market share (410 million customers) and with 37% of revenue market share.
Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, has informed that, India wants to take a lead position in introducing the 5G technology. She told media persons that a high level committee on 5G, which includes global experts, industry experts, IITs and IISC is already on the job, and that it has covered considerable ground. The committee would also look into the spectrum policy, pilot programme, etc. said the Secretary, DoT.
[Source: The Hindu dated 28.03.2018]
B.N. Singh, the notorious ITS officer who got involved in huge corruptions and who also victimised BSNLEU’s Jamshedpur district secretary, Com. Ram Naresh Prasad, by imposing the punishment of compulsory retirement, has finally landed in jail. A Jamshedpur court has given him the punishment of 6 months in jail and Rs.10,000/- fine, for maligning the character of the widow of a deceased employee. Shri Anil Kumar, Telecom Mechanic, Jamshedpur, died in October, 2015. His wife, applied for extension of time for vacating the quarters in which the deceased employee was living. However, B.N. Singh rejected her request. While doing so, the arrogant B.N. Singh recorded on the file that, the wife of the deceased employee “is a characterless woman”. Insulted by the remark made by B.N. Singh on record, the widow of the deceased employee approached the court for justice. The court has rightly given the punishment of 6 months in jail to the rogue officer. Together with him, another retired DE, by name Marshal Topno, is also sentenced to 6 months in jail and Rs.10,000/- fine. BSNLEU heartily thanks the court for giving justice to the wife of the deceased employee and sending the rogue officer to the right place.
Kudos to the Tamil Nadu circle. In the month of March,2018, alone, the Tamil Nadu BSNL has activated more than 10 lakh SIMs. Tamil Nadu BSNL has did a marvellous job of catching a good number of customers from Aircel, which has become bankrupt recently. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Management, officers and the employees of Tamil Nadu BSNL.