The off-net call facility (limited to Rs.50/-) that has been extended on an experimental basis, lapsed months ago. BSNLEU has consistently been urging the Management to re-introduce the off-net call facility. The Corporate Office has been delaying taking a decision, under the pretext of getting inputs from circles. However, due to the consistent pressure exerted by BSNLEU, finally the Corporate Office has issued order today, extending off-net call facility (limited to Rs.50/-) in Rs.200/- SIM.
May be a week ago, a letter, said to have been written by the PMO, to the DoT, calling for report on the implementation of the Niti Aayog's recommendations on BSNL and ITI, started doing rounds on whatsapp and email. In the letter, Niti Aayog's recommendation is mentioned as CLOSURE / TRANSFER TO STATES, etc. BSNLEU did not react on it, because we wanted to verify whether the letter is genuine or faked. Through our sources, we enquired and have confirmed that the letter is genuine. This letter only shows the underground conspiracy being hatched out to close down / privatise BSNL. It may be remembered that in July last year, reports leaked out regarding the Niti Aayog's plan to do Strategic Sale in BSNL. Against this, BSNLEU and Forum conducted protest demonstrations throughout the country. Immediately, Niti Aayog issued a press statement, saying that it has no plan to start strategic sale in BSNL. But, it is proved that underground conspiracy is going on to finish off BSNL. BSNLEU will consult with all unions and associations on this issue, and will take appropriate action.
After order was issued for change of designations of the four main cadres, viz., RM, TM, Sr.TOA and TTA, BSNLEU has been continuously demanding that the designations of the remaining cadres of the Non-Executives should also be changed. However, Management took much time to reconstitute the Committee. Now, a meeting of the reconstituted Committee has been scheduled to be held on 13th January, 2017. BSNLEU will take all out efforts to find new designations to the left out Non-Executive cadres.