Heavy rains are lashing out the Kerala circle for the past many days. This has resulted in heavy landslides, as well as severe damages to the networks of BSNL. The entire officers and employees of BSNL, Kerala circle, have shown exemplary devotion in restoring BSNL’s services. This is being widely appreciated by the media. In this connection, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to rush the requisite funds to Kerala circle, for carrying out the repairing works of the cables and equipments.
BSNLEU is continuously writing letters to the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR), raising various important grievances of the employees. However, due to the lock-downs and the subsequent restrictions imposed in the movement of the citizens, the CHQ is unable to meet the top officers of the BSNL Management, to discuss those issues. Hence, the CHQ has requested the Director (HR) to arrange an online Formal Meeting to BSNLEU, to discuss certain important staff issues.
8th Membership Verification was held in September, 2019. Based on the results, the National Council was reconstituted in March 2020. However, no meeting of the National Council could be conducted till date, due to the lock-down and other restrictions. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding to hold the National Council meeting online. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri A.M.Gupta, Sr.GM(SR), BSNL CO., today and discussed the issue. The Sr.GM(SR) agreed to look into the demand and to take the necessary action.
As per the BSNL MRS, the employees and retirees of BSNL are entitled for cashless treatment from the empanelled hospitals. However, due to the non-payment of the bills of the empanelled hospitals for a pretty long time, by the BSNL Management, these hospitals are denying cashless treatment to the employees and retirees. This is creating a crisis to the employees, especially those who get infected with COVID-19, in the course of discharging their official duties. Hence, BSNLEU has demanded that the BSNL Management should immediately make at least a part payment of the outstanding bills of the empanelled hospitals and should negotiate with them, to ensure cashless treatment for the employees and retirees.
Based on the memorandum submitted to him by the AUAB, Com.M. Shanmugam, Rajya Sabha member, as well as the General Secretary of LPF, which is one of the Central Trade Unions, has written to the Prime Minister, demanding prompt action for the launching of BSNL’s 4G service, as well as implementation of the assurances given in the Revival Package. Most importantly, Com.M.Shanmugam, MP, has insisted in his letter to the Prime Minister that, BSNL’s surplus lands should be sold only at market price, through a trustworthy and transparent process. BSNLEU expresses it’s sincere gratitude to Com.M. Shanmugam, MP, for his prompt action.
BSNLEU is taking continuous steps to settle the case of lesser fixation of pension, of some retired Sr.TOAs of Maharashtra circle. This problem has arisen due to the wrong interpretation of rules, related to the OTBP promotions of the Sr.TOA, given some 15 years ago.
Recently, the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare has given a guideline that, the correctness of past emoluments, related to a period earlier than a maximum of 24 months, should not be looked into. Based on these guidelines of the DoP&PW, BSNLEU has once again written to the Member (Finance), DoT, demanding an early settlement of the case.
There are officials, who went to their native places / far away places and were not able to return to the places of their duty, due to the lock-down. BSNLEU has already written to the Director (HR), BSNL, demanding that the period of absence of such officials should be treated as on duty. The DoP&T has now issued guidelines for the regularisation of the period of absence in the above mentioned cases. BSNLEU has written to the Sr.GM(Estt.), BSNL C.O., demanding that the DoP&T letter should be endorsed to the field units.
CHQ has come to know that, theft of transmission equipments have taken place from Dholewala Telephone Exchange, Ludhiana, Punjab. The GM, Ludhiana has not taken any noteworthy action, to bring the culprits to the book. Further, the CGM, Ludhiana, has threatened Com. Avatar Singh Jhande, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Ludhiana, that action would be taken against him, if his complaint is proved to be false. The joke is that, such a threatening has been issued to the District Secretary, BSNLEU, even before any enquiry is conducted. Hence, the CHQ has written a complaint to the Chief Vigilance Officer, BSNL, demanding a thorough enquiry.
BSNLEU is persistently taking efforts to provide relief to the candidates who have narrowly failed in the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019. BSNLEU is demanding either to grant full marks to the questions with multiple correct answers, or to grant relaxation. The issue was once again discussed with the Director (HR) by the General Secretary day before yesterday. In continuation of that discussion, BSNLEU has written this letter, urging upon the Director (HR) to take expeditious steps.
Some of the officials who had gone to their native places or to some other distant places, were held up due to the lock-down and were not able to return to their places of duty. BSNLEU has already demanded that, this period should be treated as on duty. Yesterday, this issue was discussed with the Director (HR), by the General Secretary. In continuation of that discussion, BSNLEU has written a reminder to the Director (HR), requesting for his emergent intervention.
The CGM, AP circle, has referred two cases of Compassionate Ground Appointments, to the BSNL Corporate Office. Both the cases pertain prior to 01.04.2018, i.e., the date from which Compassionate Ground Appointments have been kept under abeyance for 3 years. BSNLEU has written to the Sr.GM(Estt.), Corporate Office, requesting for the early approval of the cases.
The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, has already upgraded the combined Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation into a ‘Y’ class city, for the purpose of payment of HRA, w.e.f. 01st March, 2020. The DoT has also endorsed the aforementioned letter, vide it’s letter dated 15.05.2020. In view of this, BSNLEU has written to the Sr.GM(Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office, demanding to endorse the letter of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure to the CGM, UP(West), so that the employees of the Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation area will start getting ‘Y’ class city HRA.
The BSNL Management had been giving a cash gift of Rs.3,001/-, to each and every retiring employee. However, this cash gift has been withdrawn through an order issued by the Corporate Office on 08.01.2020. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL demanding that the practice of offering cash gift of Rs.3,001/-, to the retiring employees should be restored.
A section of the Sr.TOAs who are promoted from 5700-160-8100 pay scale to 7100-200-10100 pay scale, under the One Time Bond Promotion (OTBP Scheme), are suffering loss in pension, due to the wrong interpretation of the CCA, Maharashtra. BSNLEU has already met Shi P.K. Sinha, Member (Finance), DoT, on 12.02.2020 and has explained that, this problem had arisen only in Maharashtra circle and in no other circle. BSNLEU has requested the Member (Finance) to intervene in this matter and to render justice to the affected employees. Thereafter, BSNLEU wrote another letter on 13.03.2020 to the Member (Finance) on this matter. Since, the affected employees continue to suffer, BSNLEU has once again written to the Member (Finance), soliciting his immediate intervention.
The JTO Phase-I training of the candidates who are held up at ALTTC, Ghaziabad, has already started on 08.06.2020. As regards the remaining 116 candidates, the BSNL Corporate Office has issued a letter on 22.06.2020, stating that they would be imparted with online training. However, no modified letter has been issued by the CGM, ALTTC, for the online training of the candidates. This is creating unnecessary anxiety and confusion among the candidates. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding the issuance of early order for starting online training to the remaining candidates.
BSNLEU has been continuously demanding that, payment of salary should be made on the due date. Struggles, viz., demonstration on 21.05.2020 and dharna on 26.06.2020, have already been organised. However, again, the June salary has not been made on the due date. Hence, BSNLEU has written a letter to the CMD BSNL, giving a stern message that, industrial peace in BSNL will be disturbed, if the Management continues to shirk it's responsibility of paying the salary on the due date.
BSNL Contract workers have not been paid wages for the past one year. 12 contract workers have committed suicide due to this. Now, Management is massively retrenching the contract workers, through outsourcing. The repeated demands raised by BSNLEU and BSNL CCWF, demanding payment of the wage arrears and also against outsourcing have not yielded any result. Under these circumstances, the Contract workers of West Bengal and Kolkata circles have gone on strike. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to solve the problem by making payment of the wage arrears and also reviewing the decision to outsource works.
The Corporate Office has already issued a letter, stating that the Medical Cards issued to the BSNL retirees, under BSNL MRS, is valid upto 30.06.2020 or till further order. However, this is not properly understood in many circles and the retired employees are being pressurised to fill up forms, for the revalidation of their Medical Cards beyond 30.06.2020. It is reported from many circles that, hardships are being faced in filling up the forms, on account of the the restrictions imposed in movements. In view of this, BSNLEU has written to the GM(Admn.), BSNL CO., demanding to extend the validation of the Medical Cards of the BSNL retired employees upto 30.09.2020.