BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Corporate Management for the granting of special increments and promotions to the outstanding sports personnel, based on the recommendations of the concerned circle administrations. Without approving these cases, the BSNL Corporate Office is taking steps to frame a new Career Progression Scheme for BSNL’s sports personnel. While not considering the recommendations made by the circle administrations, the Corporate Office has sanctioned special increments only to three officials worked / working in the Corporate Office. This is sheer favouritism and smacks of a scam. Hence, BSNLEU has written letter to the CMD BSNL today, demanding immediately to approve all the recommendations made by the circle administrations and also to look into irregularities in this connection. BSNLEU has also demanded that any new Career Progression Scheme, should be finalised only after taking into account the views of the Recognised Trade Unions.
BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Management for the allotment of sufficient vacancies for the JTO LICE to be held on 07.08.2022. The Corporate Office has today issued a letter to the General Secretary, BSNLEU, in reply to the letter written by BSNLEU on 27.04.2022. In that letter, the Management has stated that, 4,687 JTO to SDE promotions have been effected in 2021. Naturally, 4687 JTO posts have become vacant by way of these JTO to SDE promotions. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to utilise all these 4687 JTO posts for the JTO LICE to be held on 07-08-2022.
The BSNL Staff Welfare Board, as well as the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board, are totally not functioning for the past many years. The period of both these Boards expired in March 2020. Ever since then, BSNLEU is writing letters to the CMD BSNL, demanding the reconstitution of both the Boards, as well as the holding the meetings of the Boards. Due to the repeated representations of BSNLEU, the Sports and Cultural Board was reconstituted on 29-11-2021. The BSNL Staff Welfare Board was reconstituted on 01-12-2021. However, the meetings of these Boards are not being held. Due to the non-holding of the meetings of these Boards, the welfare activities of the BSNL employees, as well as the interests of the sports personnel are being completely ignored by the Management. Hence BSNLEU has once again written letter to the CMD BSNL today, demanding to immediately hold meetings of both these Boards.
BSNLEU is continuously demanding that the JOA, SOA, AOS and OS, posted in the E-Office should be issued with password. The issue is already discussed with the Director (HR) in the meeting held on 24.03.2021. The Director (HR) had assured to issue passwords to 25% of the JOA, SOA, AOS and OS, posted in the E-Office. However, this assurance is not implemented. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written letter to the Director (HR) today. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.John Verghese, Dy. General Secretary, met Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) and discussed the issue. The Director (HR) has assured to look into it.
In it’s letters being issued by the Restructuring Branch of the Corporate Office, the term “Merger of SSAs” is being used the place of the term “Consolidation of Business Areas”. BSNLEU is continuously writing to the Management and insisting that, “Consolidation of Business Areas” and the “Merger of SSAs” are not one and the same. Hence, the term Merger of SSAs should not be used as a substitute to the term “Consolidation of Business Areas”. This is because, if “Consolidation of Business Areas”is accepted as Merger of SSAs, then it will give scope for the Management to transfer the Non-Executives out of the SSAs. This will be a very big danger for the Non-Executives. Today, BSNLEU has written one more letter to the Director (HR) on this issue. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.John Verghese, Dy. General Secretary, met Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) today and discussed this issue. The Director (HR) immediately instructed the GM (Restg.) not to use the term Merger of SSAs in the place of Consolidation of Business Areas.
BSNLEU has already demanded a new Promotion Policy for the Non-Executives. Once again, BSNLEU has written letter to the CMD BSNL today, demanding to implement a new Promotion Policy for the Non-Executives. BSNLEU has cited the following reasons for demanding a new Promotion Policy for the Non-Executives.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and Com.John Verghese, Dy.GS, discussed this issue with the Director (HR) in detail today and strongly demanded to implement a new Promotion Policy to the Non-Executives.
In the case of employees who were recruited immediately before and after formation of BSNL, initially GPF was implemented by the Management. However, subsequently, Management changed it’s policy and forced the employees to join the EPF. Not only that, employee contribution of the EPF, for the past period, was also recovered from the employee’s salary. This is a total violation of the EPF and MP Act 1952. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to review this case and to refund the amount deducted from the employee’s salary.
The MoUs signed by BSNL, with the Canara Bank and the Union Bank of India had already expired. Due to the non-renewal of the MoUs, the employees are not getting various loans from the Canara Bank and the Union Bank of India. BSNLEU had already written letters to the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) and had already discussed the issue with them. However, the MoUs have not been renewed and the employees continue to suffer. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL today with the request to make intervention urgently.
BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL today on the issue of JTO LICE to be held on 07.08.2022. In accordance with the discussion held with the CMD BSNL yesterday, BSNLEU has emphasised the need to immediately take action for conducting the examination with another 1,072 JTO posts that have been vacated in 2021, consequent to the JTO to SDE promotion.
The BSNL management has issued notification to hold the JTO LICE on 07-08-2022. However, there are no vacancies in 11 circles and only a few vacancies are there in 9 more circles. The same is going to be the fate in respect of the forthcoming JE LICE, JAO LICE, TT LICE, etc. The JTO to SDE promotions have been implemented, taking into consideration the posts that existed prior to 31-01-2020. Hence, BSNLEU has given call to organise lunch our demonstrations on 26-04-2022, demanding to hold the JTO LICE to be held on 07-08-2022, with the posts that existed up to 31-01-2020 and also to hold all the forthcoming LICEs of the Non-Executives, including the JE LICE, JAO LICE and the TT LICE with the posts that existed up to 31-01-2020. All the circle and district unions are requested to mobilise maximum number of employees and make the programme success.
In the case filed by BSNLEU, the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala has ordered that IDA increase w.e.f. 01.10.2020 should be paid to the Non-Executives of BSNL. However, this order has not been implemented so far. BSNLEU has been pressurising the CMD BSNL to pay the IDA arrears. Now, it is learnt that, the DoT has directed the BSNL Management that the IDA increase from 01.10.2020 to 30.06.2021 should not be paid to the Non-Executives. In view of this, BSNLEU has written to Shri V.V. Suresh, Advocate, in Hon’ble Kerala High Court, to proceed with legal action for the implementation of the Hon’ble Court order.
The Corporate Office issued notification yesterday, to hold the next JTO LICE on 07.08.2022. However, there are no vacancies in 11 circles, viz., Assam, Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, UP (East), UP (West), Jharkhand, West Bengal, NE-I, J&K and NTR. Further, in 9 more circles, viz., Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, NE-II, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Chennai Telephones and Uttarakhand, only a few number of vacancies are available. This has caused anguish and agony amongst the DR JEs. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL today, demanding to review the number of vacancies, taking into consideration the JTO posts that existed prior to 31.01.2020, as has been done in the case of JTO to SDE promotion.
The CHQ has received complaints from circles, about the difficulties being faced by the employees, in submitting option for the Group Medical Insurance policy. It is reported that, there is no provision for altering or editing the option submitted. There is also no option to top up. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM(Admin.), BSNL CO., to take the needful action.
The BSNL Management had earlier banned Compassionate Ground Appointments (CGA) up to 31.03.2022. Again, this ban has been extended indefinitely by the BSNL Board. BSNLEU is continuously demanding that this ban on CGA should be lifted. Today, once again BSNLEU has written letter to the CMD BSNL, stating that it is the duty of the BSNL Management to provide CGA to the families of nearly 230 employees who had died due to Covid-19 and also other employees who had died in accidents, while on duty. BSNLEU has strongly demanded that the ban on CGA should be lifted.
It is a pathetic situation in BSNL that, the Non-Executives are languishing without getting transfer under Para 8 of the BSNL Transfer Policy, even after completion of the requisite period of service in their recruiting units. Importantly, the DR JEs have become victims of the faulty Restructuring of Manpower, put in place by the BSNL Board. The requests for transfer under Rule 8 are being denied in the guise of shortage of Manpower. BSNLEU has already written letters to the Director (HR) and the CMD BSNL. But, all have fallen on deaf ears and no action has been taken. Hence, once again, BSNLEU has written a serious letter to the CMD BSNL today on this issue.
BSNL‘s services in Leh district are being seriously affected, due to the frequent outages of the Srinagar-Leh OFC. BSNLEU he is repeatedly taking up this issue with the BSNL management. This issue was seriously raised by the General Secretary, BSNLEU, in the meeting held on 27-10-2021, between the CMD BSNL and the AUAB. It was replied in that meeting that, BSNL would take OFC from the Power Grid Corporation Ltd., on lease basis, to resolve this issue. However no action has been taken by the BSNL management so far. CHQ of BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL today, requesting to find an immediate solution to this problem.
It is already one year and four months, since the Hon’ble Kerala High Court ordered the CMD BSNL to pay the IDA increase to the Non-Executives of BSNL. Thereafter, BSNLEU is continuously writing letters to the CMD BSNL, demanding payment of the IDA arrears. However, the CMD BSNL has not so far implemented the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court. Hence, today Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, has written letter to Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD BSNL, wherein BSNLEU has told “Pay the IDA arrears within two weeks or face contempt of court proceeding”. BSNLEU will file contempt of court petition against Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, if the IDA arrears is not paid within two weeks.
The Central Government and PSU employees posted in the Kashmir Valley are being granted with special concessions / incentives. These special concessions / incentives are being extended once in two years. It was last extended up to 31.07.2021. Thereafter, the DoP&T has not extended the grant. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU has written to the Secretary, DoP&T, today, requesting to grant the extension without further delay.
MTNL’s debt is Rs.26,000/- crore. It is paying interest of Rs.2,100/- crore. MTNL’s income is only Rs.1,300/- crore. Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL & MTNL, has told that MTNL is in the ICU and any day it can be declared dead. [Business Line dt. 21-03-2022] Shri P.K. Purwar is the CMD MTNL also. When such is the condition of MTNL, the government is taking speedy measures to merge BSNL, MTNL and BBNL. The merger of MTNL with BSNL will do irreparable damage to the financial revival of BSNL. Hence, BSNLEU has written to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, to drop the merger of BSNL and MTNL. Alternatively, BSNLEU has demanded that, the entire debt of MTNL should be taken over by the government. Together with that, the government should also provide financial assistance for the restoration of the landline and mobile networks of MTNL.
On 27.10.2021, BSNL Corporate Office issued letter for the payment of IDA arrears, which became due to the Non-Executives w.e.f. 01.10.2020, 01.01.2021 and 01.04.2021. It is already 5 months since the letter was issued. However, payment of arrears has not been made to the Non-Executives till today. BSNLEU is repeatedly writing to the CMD BSNL, demanding prompt payment of the IDA arrears. Once again, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL today, insisting for the immediate payment of the arrears.