There is inordinate delay in the payment of the medical bills of the serving and retired BSNL employees. The medical bills of the retired employees is not paid from April, 2019 onwards, which means there is a delay of two and half years. The medical bills of the serving employees is not paid from April, 2020. There is one and half years delay in respect of the serving employees. This issue has been raised a number of times with the CMD BSNL. Every time, the strained financial condition of the Company is being shown as the reason for the non-payment of the bills. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL today, demanding immediate payment of all the pending medical bills.
All are aware that, BSNLEU raised the demand for the implementation of a Health Insurance Scheme to the willing BSNL employees. The BSNL Management also took speedy action and signed an MoU with the New India Assurance, for the implementation of Health Insurance Scheme for the willing employees. More than 17,000 employees opted for the Scheme. The Management told that, the Health Insurance would be implemented from 01.09.2021. However, the same has not happened. We learn that, the Corporate Office of the New India Assurance has not approved the MoU signed between BSNL and the Regional Unit of the New India Assurance. BSNLEU is repeatedly taking up the issue with the Director (HR) for the early implementation of the Health Insurance Scheme. Today, once again BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) to take necessary steps for the early implementation of the Health Insurance Scheme.
टीएमएस-TSM जिन्हें सीधे दूरसंचार तकनीशियन-Telecom Technician के रूप में पदोन्नत किया गया है उन्हें प्रेसिडेंशियल ओर्डर-Presidential Order से वंचित रखा गया है । बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU ने एक बार फिर निदेशक (एचआर)-Director (HR)को पत्र लिखा है।
बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU लगातार लगभग ४०० टीएसएम-TSM लिए प्रेसिडेंशियल ओर्डर जारी करवाने की कोशिश कर रहा है जिन्हें सीधे दूरसंचार तकनीशियनों-Telecom Technician के रूप में पदोन्नत किया गया था । काफी देरी के बाद फाइल डीओटी-DOT को भेजी गई थी । हालांकि, डीओटी-DOT ने फाइल बिना कोई कार्रवाई किये बीएसएनएल-BSNL को लौटा दी है । प्रभावित कर्मचारी सेवानिवृत्त हो रहे हैं। बीएसएनएलयू-BSNLEU ने निदेशक (एचआर) बीएसएनएल- Direcotr (HR), BSNL को पत्र लिखकर इस मुद्दे को एक बार फिर से डीओटी-DOT के उच्चतम स्तर के साथ उठाने का अनुरोध किया है।
BSNLEU and the AUAB are continuously pressing upon the BSNL Management, to resume the negotiations for the Wage Revision of the Non-Executives. The Chairman of the Wage Negotiation Committee, Shir H.C. Pant, has already retired from service. Similarly, some members of the Management Side, as well as the Staff Side, have also retired / gone on VRS. Hence, the Wage Negotiation Committee has to be reconstituted. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding immediate reconstitution of the Wage Negotiation Committee.
BSNLEU is continuously trying to get Presidential Orders issued for around 400 TSMs who had directly been promoted as Telecom Technicians. After much delay, the file was sent to the DoT. However, the DoT has returned the file to BSNL, without applying it’s mind properly. The affected employees are retiring. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) BSNL, requesting to take up this issue once again with the highest level of the DoT.
In the case filed by BSNLEU, on 17.02.2021, the Hon’ble Kerala High Court ordered that IDA increase, w.e.f. 01.10.2020, should be paid to the Non-Executives of BSNL. On 02.08.2021 the DPE released the details of IDA increase, w.e.f. 01.10.2020. On 03.08.2021 itself, BSNLEU wrote to the CMD BSNL, demanding to immediately pay the IDA arrears to the Non-Executives. However, it took more than two months for the CMD BSNL to approve the file for the payment of IDA arrears. Still, no one knows when the actual payment will be made. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL today, demanding to immediately take steps for the payment of IDA arrears.
BSNL has introduced a “Career Progression Policy” on 01.05.2008, for the Sports Personnel working in BSNL. According to this Policy, outstanding sports personnel in international and national level tournaments are to be given with promotions. The Policy says that, names of the eligible sports persons should be called for every year and the same should be sent to the Corporate Office with recommendations. However, practically, the Corporate Office has held up the promotions of the eligible sports personnel. BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Management to implement the Career Progression Policy. Once again, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL yesterday, demanding prompt action on this matter.
A large number of employees have been subjected to “pick and choose” transfers in Ludhiana SSA, within a few months. No norms has been adopted in these transfer and postings. Members of BSNLEU and women employees are being targeted by the GMTD, Ludhiana. The matter has been taken to the notice of the CGM, Punjab circle. However, he has not intervened. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) yesterday, and has requested his intervention.
BSNLEU has already written to the BSNL Management about the anti-BSNLEU activities of the GMTD, Ludhiana. On 28.08.2021, the District Secretary, BSNLEU, has written to the GMTD, Ludhiana, seeking time for discussing important staff issues. The list of items to be discussed in the meeting, has also been submitted to the GMTD, Ludhiana. However, wilfully the GMTD, Ludhiana, is not permitting BSNLEU to meet him. This matter has already been taken to the notice of the CGM, Punjab circle. However, the CGM has not intervened. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) yesterday, seeking his intervention to resolve this deadlock.
The BSNL Staff Welfare Board and the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board are not functioning at the Corporate Office level. The tenure of both these Boards had expired in March, 2020. Hence, the Sports and Cultural activities in BSNL have come to a standstill. The non-functioning of the Staff Welfare Board at the Corporate Office level is affecting the welfare activities at the circle level. BSNLEU has already written two letters to the CMD BSNL, demanding to re-constitute both these Boards. But so far, no action has been taken. Hence, BSNLEU has written one more letter to the CMD BSNL today, demanding to immediately reconstitute the BSNL Staff Welfare Board and the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board.
The AUAB of Leh district, has raised the issue that, due to the frequent disruptions in the Srinagar – Leh OFC route, the mobile, landline, FTTH and Leased Circuit customers of BSNL are suffering in this mountainous region. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (CFA), BSNL and has given alternative suggestions for giving good quality of service to the customers in Leh SSA.
Deduction is being made from the salaries of employees towards repayment of bank loan and interest. However, these deductions are not being remitted to the banks on time. As a result, banks levy penal interest on employees. Thus, employees are being harassed, for no fault of theirs. Time and again, BSNLEU has taken up this issue with the CMD BSNL. However, bank authorities continue to impose penal interest on employees, towards default in the remittance of bank dues. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to immediately pay the penal interest, so that employees are not harassed by the bank authorities.
All are aware that, BSNLEU filed a case in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court against the freezing of IDA for the Non-Executive employees. The court ordered that IDA should be paid to the employees. Thereafter, it is going to be two months, since the DPE announced the IDA increase from 01.10.2020. However, the BSNL Management has so far not paid the IDA arrears to the employees. The matter has already been discussed with the CMD BSNL, and the Director (HR). BSNLEU has already written two letters on this issue. Once again, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL yesterday, demanding immediate payment of the IDA arrears.
It is already 17th of September, 2021. However, salary for the month of August, 2021, is not yet disbursed. Only on 14th September, 2021, the Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF has organised countrywide protest demonstrations and one of the important demands of the programme was immediate disbursement of salary. But the Management continues to be insensitive to the sufferings of the employees. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL today, demanding immediate disbursement of the September salary and also payment of salary on the due date of every month.
In the All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Mysuru, decision was taken to increase the monthly subscription of BSNLEU from Rs.45/- to Rs.70/-. However, the CHQ of the Union had decided to keep this decision pending. After implementation of VRS, the membership of the Union has decreased by almost 50% and the receipt of subscription money has also decreased by 50%. As a result, the Circle and District unions are finding it extremely difficult to implement the various calls being given by the CHQ of BSNLEU, as well as by the AUAB. This issue was discussed in the CEC meeting held at Hyderabad and it was unanimously decided to implement the decision of the All India Conference to increase the monthly subscription of BSNLEU, from Rs.45/- to Rs.70/-. The Corporate Office has issued letter today, to increase the monthly subscription. BSNLEU is taking up each and every problem of the employees and is fighting to defend their interests. Hence, it is the duty of all the members of BSNLEU to extend their fullest cooperation and support in implementing the decision of increasing the Union subscription.
The BSNL Management has formed a Committee to review the “Cluster Based Outsourcing System”. The Management has done this, only due to the pressure from unions and associations. However, the Management wants only to do some ‘eye-wash review’. BSNLEU has been called to present it’s views on the matter yesterday the 08-09-2021. Shri Rahul Patel, GM (NWP-CFA) and other officers were present. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.Anand Kumar Singh, AGS, gave a detailed presentation of the views of BSNLEU. They submitted a three page letter, giving details of how BSNL is being looted by the contractors, without doing much work. BSNLEU has demanded the scrapping of the “Cluster Based Outsourcing System” and to do the works by engaging workers through the Labour Contract System. BSNLEU’s letter is enclosed.
The Corporate Office has issued letter on 27.08.2021, imposing severe restrictions on temporary transfers. This will seriously affect the young employees, who are posted in far away circles at the time of their initial appointment. Till recently, the Director (HR) was empowered to sanction temporary transfers for genuine cases. However, hereafter employees can get Temporary Transfers only on two grounds. One ground is for the employee to join with husband / wife. The other is medical grounds. Under medical grounds, employees can get temporary transfer only in cases of serious ailments like cancer, kidney failure, etc. The employee will not get a temporary transfer even if his / her parents get heart attack. Further, in the case of accidents, temporary transfer will be granted only if the official sustains disability. And even in such cases, the certificate has to be issued by the CMO of the government hospital. Till recently, officials were getting temporary transfers up to 5 years. However, hereafter, temporary transfers will be granted only up to 2 years. The Management is not able to pay salary to the employees on the due date. Medical bills of the employees are pending for the past many years. Most of the employees are suffering from stagnation. The Management is not taking any action to redress such genuine grievances of the employees. However, Management wants to deny whatever little concessions the employees are getting presently. The BSNL Management wants to convert the employees into slaves. This should not be allowed. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, expressing it’s strong objections. All the unions and associations should come forward to oppose this arbitrary action of the Management.
All are aware that, BSNLEU filed a case in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, against the freezing of IDA for the Non-Executives in BSNL. The Hon’ble Court gave order that the IDA freezing is not applicable for the Non-Executives of BSNL. Now, the DPE has announced the percentage of IDA increase, that has taken place w.e.f. 01.10.2020, 01.01.2021 and 01.04.2021. BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Management to pay the IDA arrears to the Non-Executives without delay. However, so far, Management has not paid the arrears. Hence, once again BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to immediately pay the IDA arrears to the Non-Executives of BSNL.
As regards, disbursement of July, 2021 salary, the Corporate Office sent funds to the circles on 16.08.2021 itself. Salary disbursement was made to the employees on 17.08.2021. However, in Kerala circle, it was delayed and salary was credited to the accounts of the employees only today afternoon. It is also brought to the notice of the CHQ that, this sort of problem has taken place in June and July, 2021 also. Hence, CHQ has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to take up the issue with the Union Bank of India for redressal of the problem.