BSNLEU is demanding certain amendments to the Recruitment Rules of JAO cadre. These amendments are demanded, with the view to remove certain hardships being faced by the Non-Executives, in appearing the JAO LICE. However, the Management has not taken any action on this issue so far. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR), demanding to incorporate the amendments to the JAO RR without further delay.
It is already 17th of June today. However, the salary for the month of May, 2021 has not been disbursed to the employees. BSNLEU is religiously writing letters to the Management every month, demanding payment of salary on the due date. However, the Management continues to neglect the sufferings of the employees due to the non-payment of the salary. Today, BSNLEU has once again written a letter to the CMD BSNL, demanding disbursement of May, 2021 salary without further delay and also disbursement of the June, 2021 salary on the due date. BSNLEU has also cautioned that, the Management alone shall be held responsible for agitation by the employees for the non-disbursement of salary on the due date.
A good number of DR JEs have applied for transfer under Rule 8, to their home circles. They have already completed 5 years of service. However, their transfers are not being considered. BSNLEU under took the exercise of finding out the number of such DR JEs, who have applied and waiting for the transfer. We have received information of 56 DR JEs. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue as an agenda item for the forthcoming Formal Meeting, to be held with the Director (HR). In addition to that, today, BSNLEU has written letter to the Director (HR), enclosing the list of DR JEs who are waiting for the transfer.
The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held on 09.06.2021, reviewed the functioning of the National / Circle / Local councils. It was disturbing to note that, in most of the circles, the Circle and Local council meetings have not been held after the last Membership Verification, held in September, 2019. The non-holding of these meetings have resulted in the non-settlement of staff grievances. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic situation, council meetings can very well be conducted through video conferencing. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), requesting him to issue necessary instruction to the Circle and SSA Heads for immediately holding the council meetings.
As a part of the consolidation of Business Area, Narsinghpur SSA is being brought under Sagar BA. Comparatively Jabalpur BA and Hoshangabad BA are nearer to Narsinghpur SSA. The employees desire that Narsinghpur SSA should be brought under either Jablapur BA or Hoshangabad BA. BSNLEU has taken up this issue and has written to the Director (HR).
Two candidates of Punjab circle, who appeared in the JAO LICE held in 2016, have been declared successful in the review of the results of the SC/ST candidates. The CGM, Punjab had already written to the CGM/NATFM, Hyderabad, for the allotment of two seats for these candidates in JAO Phase-I Training. However, they are not sent for the training so far. BSNLEU has taken up this issue and has written to the Director (HR), demanding the early commencement of the JAO training of these candidates.
BSNLEU has already taken up the issue of the DR JEs, who are posted in the remote areas of NE-II circle and who are not getting intra-circle transfer as per the transfer policy already implemented in NE-II circle. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue and written to the Director (HR). Now, this matter is now taken up as an agenda item for the Formal Meeting to be held with the Director (HR) on 17th / 18th / 19th June, 2021.
The tenure of the BSNL Staff Welfare Board and BSNL Sports and Cultural Board, formed at the Corporate Office level, has already expired in March, 2020 itself. Thereafter, these Boards are not reconstituted. These two Boards govern the welfare, as well as the sports and cultural activities of the employees throughout the country. BSNLEU has already written a letter to the CMD BSNL on 17.08.2020, demanding immediate reconstitution of these two Boards. However, no action has been taken so far in this regard. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to reconstitute these Boards without further delay.
The DoP&T has issued letter, laying down guidelines as to how the period of hospitalisation / period of quarntine, etc., are to be treated, in respect of the government employees. These guidelines are very much applicable to the BSNL employees also. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Sr.GM(Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office, requesting to endorse the letter to the field units, so that the same can be availed by BSNL employees.
BSNLEU has long been demanding that the JE LICE should be conducted only as an Offline Exam. This is because, the TTs, ATTs, etc., who will be appearing in the JE LICE, are not familiar with computer operations. But, the Recruitment Branch of the Corporate Office wants to hold the JE LICE as an Online Exam. Hence, BSNLEU has submitted this as an additional item, for discussion in the forthcoming Formal Meeting with the Director (HR).
All know that NE-II circle is having remote and far-flung regions. Hence, the JEs posted in NE-II circle, are entitled for transfer to the other SSAs of the circle, on completion of two years. The CGM, NE-II, after discussion with the Union, has issued guidelines in this regard. However, the JEs posted in the far-flung areas of NE-II circle, are not getting transfer to other SSAs, even after completion of their tenure. Many letters written by the circle union of BSNLEU, NEII circle, have fallen in deaf years. Hence, the CHQ has taken up this issue and has written to the Director (HR), demanding his immediate intervention.
The CHQ of BSNLEU has received reports that, some contract workers and casual labourers, who have put in more than 20 years of service for the growth of BSNL, have died due to COVID-19. These workers were the sole breadwinner of their families. The death of these workers have put their families in a great financial turmoil. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding that the Company should provide financial assistance to the families of these workers on humanitarian grounds.
It is already one and half years, since the VRS is implemented and around 80,000 employees are sent home. However, the BSNL Management has still not completed it's calculation (Restructuring), to find out how many employees are required in each cadre, to run the Company. As a result, holding of the various LICEs is greatly delayed, which is jeopardising the career progression of the Non-Executives. It is needless to sate that the BSNL Management is in a deep slumber. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to take action for holding the LICEs.
It is already three months, since the Hon’ble Kerala High Court gave the judgement on payment of IDA to the Non-Executives of BSNL. BSNL Management has referred the matter to the DoT and is keeping silence. BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, stating that the Management cannot wash off it’s hands from the responsibility of implementing the Court order.
It is horrifying to note that, the valuable lives of BSNL employees are being taken away by COVID-19, at an alarming rate. So far, 170 employees have lost their lives. However, it is horrifying to note that, 135 employees have died in the past 30 days alone. BSNLEU has already written to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Communications on 02-03-2021 itself, demanding to treat BSNL employees as "Frontline Workers" and vaccinating them on a priority basis. Today, once again BSNLEU has written to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, requesting to take immediate steps for vaccinating BSNL employees on a priority basis.
Many comrades have approached the CHQ with the request to arrange an Health Insurance Policy. In this connection, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, giving the following suggestions :-
The above stated arrangements will certainly enable the employees to get the Health Insurance Policy at reasonable premium amounts.
BSNLEU has already demanded that one dependent from the families of the BSNL employees, who had died due to COVID-19, should be provided with Compassionate Ground Appointments. This has also emerged as the unanimous view of the unions and associations, which participated in the meeting called on by the Management on 06.05.2021. Under these circumstances, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (Income Tax) has issued letter for providing Compassionate Ground Appointments to the families of the Covid victims. In view of this, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, reiterating it's demand that Compassionate Ground Appointment should be provided to the families of the Covid victims.
Despite BSNLEU continuously pressing hard on the Management for the disbursement of salary on the due date, salary for the month of April, 2021 is not yet disbursed. Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the major festivals in our country, is falling on 14th of this month. Apart from causing much financial hardship to the employees, non-disbursement of salary will hurt the sentiments of the employees since it will deprive them of the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, strongly demanding that, the salary should be disbursed latest by tomorrow.