The CHQ has decided to hold a meeting of the Central Secretariat of the Union. The meeting will be held on 15.06.2020, through video conferencing. Com.Animesh Mitra, President, will preside over the meeting. The notification for the meeting has been issued.
The CHQ of BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) regarding the problem of some officials who have gone out of their places of duty and are unable to join duty, due to the suspension of Air, Rail and all other modes of transport, under the lockdown. BSNLEU has requested the Management that, such of those officials who are unable to return to their places of duty, due to the imposition of the lock-down, should not be compelled to apply for their own leave. BSNLEU has demanded that the period of absence of the above mentioned category of officials, should be treated as “on duty”.
The Ministry of Finance, as well as the Ministry of Labour, have already issued instructions, stating that there should not be any denial of wages to the contract workers, on account of the Lockdown. Once again, the Ministry of Finance has reiterated this, vide it’s letter issued on 20-05-2020. So far as the BSNL Management is concerned, it is unfortunate that, all these instructions are falling on deaf ears. The BSNL Management has not paid wages to the contract workers almost for the past one year. BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding implementation of the Ministry of Finance instructions and also payment of wage arrears of the contract workers.
As a follow up to the telephonic discussion that the General Secretary had with the Director (HR) today, the CHQ has written the following letter to him, furnishing the details and demanding expeditious settlement of the issues.
It has come to the notice of the CHQ that a massive scam has taken place in the NOFN works carried out at Jorhat district of Assam circle. The accused in the scam, who was the GM of Jorhat has been allowed to retire and take full terminal benefits, even after alert has reportedly been issued to the CGM, Assam circle. Further, the Ex.GM, Jorhat has also been allowed to come to the office and to tamper the records and evidences, even after his retirement. CHQ has demanded expeditious action by the CMD BSNL in this scam.
Com.M.Shanmugam, MP (Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu), as well as the General Secretary of the LPF (Labour Progressive Federation) has written to the Prime Minister, seeking his intervention on the 4G tender issue. BSNLEU heartily thanks Com. M.Shanmugam, MP, for his intervention.
The BSNL Management has arbitrarily curtailed the medical facilities of the employees. The annual ceiling for the reimbursement of outdoor treatment, has been cut down from 23 days to 15 days. This curtailment of the medical facility is an injustice to the employees. On one side, the top officers are availing luxuries at the cost of the Company. On the other side, even the medical facility of the employees is being cut down. This cannot be allowed. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate restoration of the 23 days’ ceiling.
The JE LICE, under 50% quota, for the Recruitment Year 2017-18, which had been notified to be held on 07.04.2018, was postponed. In the 37th meeting of the National Council, held on 20.11.2018, it was decided to hold this exam as an “off-line” exam. However, ever since then, the Management is dilli-dallying, without issuing notification to hold this exam. BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR), communicating the resentment of the aspiring candidates and demanding to hold the exam without further delay.
Based on a frivolous complaint about the caste certificate, Management has not even paid provisional pension or leave encashment to Com.G.Srinivasa Rao, Khammam in Telangana Circle. BSNLEU, has written to the Sr.GM(Estt.), demanding immediate payment of provisional pension and leave encashment, pending settlement of the dispute on his caste certificate.
BSNLEU is continuously demanding relaxation to the qualifying marks of the JTO LICE, held under 50% quota, on 26-05-2019. The issue has been discussed many times with the Director (HR) and the CMD BSNL. BSNLEU has demanded that full marks should be given to all the 10 questions with multiple correct answers. Due to certain important developments like implementation of VRS etc., this issue has been relegated to the back burner. BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR) pointing out that, BSNL requires more hands in the JTO cadre in view of retirement of a large number of officers under VRS and also in view of the proposed induction of 4G technology in the Company.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate payment of salary for the month April, 2020. The Union has pointed out that, the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Finance, have given clear cut instruction that, even payment of contract workers should not be denied on account of the Lockdown, whereas in BSNL, even salary of regular employees is not being paid on time. BSNLEU has also pointed out that, payment of salary to the employees has become the last priority of the Management and has demanded that this mindset should be given up. BSNLEU has demanded immediate payment of the April salary.
As regards the outsourcing of CSCs, the UP(East) circle administration and the Azamgarh district administration have thrown the Corporate Office instruction to the winds. Glaring violation of the Corporate Office instruction, to fulfill hidden agenda, cannot be allowed. CHQ has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding his intervention.
The AUAB has already written a detailed letter, to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, seeking his intervention to remove the road-blocks being created to stall BSNL’s 4G equipment procurement. Further, today, the AUAB has written to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Communications, seeking a meeting to discuss this issue.
The Society dues deducted from the salaries of the employees, have not been remitted to the societies, by the BSNL Management, for the past one year. Besides, the society dues of VRS optees, as well as retirees on superannuation, are deducted from their Leave Encashment. However, this amount is also not remitted to the societies. Leave Encashment money is received by BSNL, from the LIC. Hence, it is unfair on the part of the BSNL Management to hold back this money also, without remitting it to the societies. BSNLEU has urged upon the CMD BSNL to immediately remit the society dues.
The TEPC (Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council), an association of the Indian Telecom Equipment Manufactures, has complained to the government that, BSNL has violated the "Make in India" policy, in the procurement of 4G equipments. In the 4G tender floated by BSNL on 20.03.2020, the BSNL is laid down the following two conditions.
Both these conditions are very much required to ensure the quality of 4G equipments and also their prompt supply. Based on the complaint of the TEPC, the Commerce Department and the DoT have objected to BSNL’s tender. The whole intention of the TEPC is to see BSNL does not start it’s 4G service. If BSNL does not launch it’s 4G service expeditiously, naturally it is the private companies like Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea which are going to get benefitted. So, we can understand whose hands are there behind the complaint of TEPC. Similar conspiracies have been hatched earlier also, to kill BSNL. Now, it has become the duty of the unions and associations of BSNL to ensure that BSNL gets 4G equipments from this tender. As a first step, the AUAB has written to the Prime Minister, seeking his intervention. If necessary, the AUAB has to take more serious steps to ensure that, BSNL gets 4G equipments.
BSNL employees can retain their quarters up to a period of 2 months, from the dates of their retirement, at the normal rate of Licence Fee. Thereafter, they have to pay double the Licence fee. Many of the officials who recently retired in BSNL are unable to vacate their quarters and take houses on rental, due to the restrictions imposed on account of the lock-down. Thus, they are under compulsion to retain their quarters and pay double the Licence Fee. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding as a onetime measure, to allow the officials to retain their quarters upto 6 months after their retirement, for the payment of normal Licence Fee.
The DPE has already approved payment of Dearness Relief to the BSNL pensioners @160.7%, w.e.f. 01.04.2020. However, the DoT has issued letter today, directing to pay Dearness Relief only at the rate as existed on 01.01.2020 (@157.3%) to those BSNL employees who retire in April,2020. This action of the DoT is arbitrary and violation of rules. BSNLEU has written a letter to Shri Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Telecom, today, demanding immediate withdrawal of this letter and payment of Dearness Relief @160.7% even to those who retire in April, 2020.
The Central Government has announced certain concessions for the payment of Income Tax. However, for availing this, the tax payer has to forego certain exemptions already being enjoyed by them. Hence the Corporate Office has called in the employees to opt their tax regime. The Corporate Office has issued this letter on 20-04-2020 and has directed the employees to submit their options by 28-04-2020. This time limit is very short, especially when the lockdown has been imposed. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Sr. GM (Taxation) demanding to extend the last date for submitting the options, at least by one month.
While carrying out their duties, BSNL employees are running into the high risk of contracting the Corona Virus infection. The DoT has already put in place, a scheme to pay a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the families of the employees who die in accidents, while on duty. BSNL is also covered by this scheme. The Department of Posts, which is also coming under the Ministry of Communications, has utilised this scheme, to announce a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to any one of it's employees, who happens to die due to the Corona Virus infection. BSNLEU has demanded that the BSNL Management should also take immediate steps to bring the BSNL employees under the coverage for payment of a compensation of Rs.10 lakh, in case any employee dies due to the Corona Virus infection.
किसी भी BSNL कर्मी की कोरोना वायरस के संक्रमण से मृत्यु होने की स्थिति में मैनेजमेंट रु 10 लाख क्षतिपूर्ति की घोषणा करे.... BSNLEU की मांग.
अपने कर्तव्य का निर्वहन करते हुए BSNL कर्मचारी कोरोना वायरस संक्रमण की भारी जोखिम उठा रहे हैं। DoT द्वारा, कार्य के दौरान कर्मचारी की दुर्घटना में मृत्यु होने पर कर्मचारी के परिवार को रु 10 लाख मुआवज़े के भुगतान की योजना लागू की गई है। BSNL भी इस योजना अंतर्गत आता है। डिपार्टमेंट ऑफ पोस्ट, जो संचार मंत्रालय के अधीन है, ने इस योजना का लाभ उठाते हुए, किसी भी कर्मचारी की कोरोना वायरस के संक्रमण की वजह से मृत्यु होने की स्थिति में रु 10 लाख क्षतिपूर्ति के रूप में दिए जाने की घोषणा की है। BSNLEU ने मांग की है कि BSNL मैनेजमेंट भी, BSNL कर्मचारी की कोरोना वायरस के संक्रमण की वजह से मृत्यु होने की स्थिति में रु 10 लाख क्षतिपूर्ति भुगतान योजना के दायरे में BSNL कर्मचारियों को भी लाने हेतु तत्काल कदम उठाएं।