The 16th All India Conference of CITU, the vanguard of the Indian working class, started this morning at Chennai. Com.K.Hemalata, President, CITU, hoisted the red flag of CITU, amidst thunderous slogans. The Inaugural Session of the Conference started immediately thereafter. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU and Com.A.Soundararajan, Chairman of the Reception Committee, welcomed. Com.Michael, President of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), Com.Amarjit Kaur, General Secretary of AITUC and many other leaders of the Central Trade Unions addressed the session and greeted. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS,BSNLEU, is attending this Conference as a fraternal delegate. The Conference will come to a conclusion, with a massive rally on 27-01-2020. BSNLEU conveys it’s revolutionary greetings to this Conference of the CITU.
Private telecom companies, including Airtel and Vodafone Idea, have petitioned in the Supreme Court of India, to permit them to pay their dues of Rs. 1.47 lakh crore, in "easy instalments". These private companies have to pay this huge amount to the DoT, by way of Licence fee and spectrum charge arrears, AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue), on account of the a judgment of the Supreme Court, making changes in the calculation of AGR. The last day for payment of this amount is 23-01-2020. The Chief Justice of India directed that their prayer would be heard by the same bench which delivered judgment on the AGR issue.
The Oxfam International has released it’s report on 20th January, 2020, in the sideline of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. This time the title of the report was “Time to Care”.
The report stated “Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people.”
It further mentioned that India’s richest 1% hold more than four times the wealth held by 953 million people who make up for the bottom 70% of the country’s population. Regarding India, Oxfam further said that the combined total wealth of 63 Indian billionaires i.e., Mukesh Ambani, Azim Premji, Sunil Mittal etc., is higher than the total Union Budget of India for the fiscal year 2018-19 which was at Rs.24,42,200 crore.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, met Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD BSNL, yesterday and discussed about the issue of retaining the head quarters of the CGM Core Network Tx-South at Chennai itself. Shri B.L.Varshney, Director (EB), was also present during this discussion. The GS, BSNLEU, delivered the letter written to the CMD BSNL on this matter and explained fully as to why the head quarters of the CGM Core Network Tx-South should be retained at Chennai itself. The CMD BSNL gave a patient hearing and assured that the demand of BSNLEU would be looked into, for needful action.
A meeting was held between BSNLEU and Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), to discuss the results of the JTO LICE. Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr.GM (Estt.), Ms. Samita Luthra, GM (Rectt.) and Shri A.K. Sinha, DGM (SR) were also present from the Management side . Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU. In addition to this, Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, SNATTA, Com.Vikram Kumar, District President, BSNLEU, Amirtsar and Com.Maharishi, SNATTA, Gujarat, were also present.
Poor results of the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019.
The Union Side pointed out that, the results of the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019, were extremely poor, since only 14.95% of the candidates appeared in the exam had qualified. It was pointed out to the Director (HR) that, the standard of the questions was very high. In addition to that, there were 10 questions with multiple correct answers and 22 out of syllabus questions. The Union Representatives strongly pleaded that the results should be reviewed, by granting full marks to the 10 questions with multiple correct answers or by granting grace marks. The Director (HR) fully heard the presentation of the Union Side with rapt attention and stated that the demand of the Union would be looked into sympathetically and needful decision would be taken.
Finding solution to the Punjab Court cases on JTO LICE.
The Union representatives pointed out that a deadlock has been created, through court cases, in the matter of JTO LICEs held in Punjab circle. Multiple court cases are going on, as a result of which the candidates qualified in the JTO LICE held in September, 2016, have not been sent for training. In addition to this, the results of the JTO LICEs held December, 2016 and in May, 2019 have not been declared so far. The Union Side pointed out that, the litigants have already assured to the Punjab Circle Administration that they are prepared to withdraw their court cases, provided results of the JTO LICE held in September, 2016, are revised, by carrying forward the unfilled vacancies of the Recruitment Year 2013-14. The Director (HR) told that various court cases are going on and assured that the Management will try to find a way out to break the deadlock in the issue, through suitable legal action. Com.Anil Kumar, (DR JE, Chandigarh), Com.Harmesh Singh, (DR JE, Patiala) and Com.Chander Shekar, (DR JE, Chandigarh) had also come over to the Corporate Office in connection with this discussion.
December,2019, salary to be paid on 31.01.2020.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS met Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD BSNL, and discussed about the payment of salary of the employees. In reply, the CMD BSNL informed that the salary for the month of December, 2019, would be paid on 31.01.2020.
In the Formal Meeting held by the Director (HR) with BSNLEU on 14.01.2020, it was decided to have a separate meeting, to discuss the issues connected with the JTO LICE. This decision is taken since BSNLEU wanted to discuss the issue of granting relaxation to the failed candidates of JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019 and the issue of non-declaration of results of the JTO LICEs in Punjab circle, as additional items. The Director (HR) was kind enough to grant a separate meeting to discuss these two issues. Accordingly, it is informed today that, the Director (HR) has fixed the above stated meeting at 16:00 hrs. tomorrow.
The Corporate Office has issued the minutes for the Formal Meeting held by the Director (HR) with BSNLEU, on 14.01.2020. The Director (HR) has cleared the doubts of the Union about the fears on ‘increase of workload’. Further, he has also assured that the concerns of the Union, regarding the ‘transfer liability’ of the Non-Executives would be taken care of. Further, he has assured that, the Management at the circle and SSA levels would hold dialogue with the Recognised Unions, to sort out issues arising out of VRS and implementation of Business Areas. Hence, utilising this minutes, circle and district secretaries are requested to hold discussion with the administration, for sorting out the problems arising at the circle and SSA levels.
The Supreme Court rejected yesterday, the petitions of Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Tata Teleservices, for a review of the judgement of the Apex Court delivered on 24.10.2019. By this judgement, the Supreme Court widened the definition of the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR), based on which licence fee and spectrum usage charges are being calculated. As a result of this judgement, Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Tata Teleservices have to pay Rs.53,000 crore, Rs.35,000 crore and Rs.19,000 crore respectively, more to the government. Vodafone Idea has already announced that it would shut down it’s operations in India, if it did not get relief from the Supreme Court judgement.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has taken strong exception to the statement reportedly made by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on 07th January, 2020, asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deny or prove his alleged statement that, top pharmaceutical companies bribed doctors with women escorts. The country’s largest doctors’ body demanded that the PM should apologise if he fails to do so. “Reports have appeared in the media regarding the purported statement by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi that top pharmaceutical companies bribed doctors with women escorts. IMA takes strong exception to the statement if it has been really made by the Prime Minister,” a media release from IMA said. The PM reportedly spoke about ethical marketing practices during a meeting with top pharmaceutical companies earlier this month. “IMA wants to know if the government had details about companies involved in supplying women to doctors why it chose to invite them for a meeting in PMO rather than initiate criminal proceedings,” the IMA statement said.
[ Courtesy: thehindu.com – Mumbai 15th January, 2020 05:51 IST ]
The Additional Sessions Judge in Delhi has told the Delhi Police that, they are behaving as if Jama Masjid is in Pakistan. The judge has made this observation because, the Delhi Police had arrested Chandrashekhar Azad, the Chief of Bhim Sena, on 20th December, 2019, for making a speech at Jama Masjid, against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The judge asked the Delhi Police, what is wrong with organising dharna? The judge further stated that the right to protest is one’s constitutional right. The judge also echoed the feeling of the citizens by stating, “people are out on streets, as what should have been said inside Parliament was not said”.
[Source: The Economic Times dated 15.01.2020]
Jagdeep Dhankar, the governor of West Bengal has stunned the nation by saying that the arrows of Arjun of Mahabharat had nuclear power. It is a tragedy that, the governor has made this brilliant statement while inaugurating a science fair in Kolkata.
[Source: The Times of India dated 15.01.2020]
Satya Nadella is the Indian, who migrated to the United States and has become the CEO of Microsoft. Satya Nadella, refers to India as a multicultural society, where he grew up. He has stated that, India is a great place to grow up where he celebrated Eid, Christmas and Diwali. As some one who grew up in India, he feels sad about what is happening here (the implementation of CAA). At the same time, he has expressed his gratitude to the American immigration policy, which has enabled him to become the Chief of the Microsoft, which is a multinational giant. Even after achieving a great position in the US, Satya Nadella feels concerned about the CAA. Really great.
[Source: News18.com, dated 14.01.2020]
As per the vote percentage secured by BSNLEU in the last Membership Verification, it is entitled to nominate 8 Staff Side members to the Councils. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held today, has decided to nominate the following comrades to the Staff Side of the National Council.
A formal meeting between BSNLEU and the Director (HR), was held on 14.01.2020, to discuss the agenda items given by the Union. From BSNLEU, Com.Animesh Mitra, President, Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS attended. From the Management Side, Shri Saurabh Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.), Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), Shri Manish Kumar, GM(Restg.) and Shri Jagdeesh Kumar, CLO, also attended the meeting. Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) responded positively to most of the issues taken up in the meeting. BSNLEU heartily thanks him and other officers who attended meeting. A gist of the discussion is given in the attachment.
It is known to the entire world that, the BJP governments at the centre and in the states are using brutal force against the citizens who are peacefully protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Violence by any protester cannot be allowed. At the same time, action should be taken against them as per the law of the land. However, in states like Uttar Pradesh and Assam, where the BJP is the ruling party, protesters are being mercilessly shot down. The BJP President of West Bengal, Dilip Gosh, has taken pride in stating that the BJP governments have shot down the protesters like dogs. The mindset of the ruling BJP is well revealed by Dilip Gosh, who is a senior leader of that party.
The CHQ has already written to the Circle Secretaries, requesting to furnish membership details of BSNLEU, as well as the membership of various other unions and associations, consequent to the implementation of VRS in BSNL. So far, only the six circle unions viz., Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka have furnished the details. Hence, CHQ calls upon the remaining circle unions are also to furnish the requisite details by 20.01.2020.
Due to the implementation of VRS, 50% of the employees are retiring on 31.01.2020. Correspondingly, the membership of unions and associations will also be reduced. Hence, CHQ has already requested the circle secretaries to inform the district wise membership of BSNLEU. From February, 2020, onwards, Telecrusader and BSNL Swar will be despatched only based on the membership after 31.01.2020. Hence, all circle secretaries are requested to immediately send their district wise Membership. This may be treated as very urgent.
CHQ की हड़ताल में शामिल होने वाले सभी कर्मचारियों को दिली बधाई...
BSNL में बेहद विपरीत परिस्थितियों में एक दिवसीय आम हड़ताल हुई है। VRS अमल में लाए जाने और लगभग 80,000 कर्मचारियों द्वारा ऑप्ट करने की वजह से हड़ताल आयोजित करने में काफी कठिनाई निर्मित हुई। तमाम परेशानियों के बावजूद कई सर्कल्स में हड़ताल आयोजित करने हेतु गंभीरता के साथ प्रयास किए गए। इन सभी सर्कल्स को CHQ की दिली बधाई। CHQ उन सभी कर्मचारियों को भी सैल्यूट करता है, जो हड़ताल में शामिल हुए। सर्किल सेक्रेटरीज से अनुरोध है कि वें हड़ताल के संबंध में लिखित रिपोर्ट CHQ को शीघ्र प्रेषित करें। सर्किल में कर्मचारियों की कुल संख्या, हड़ताल में शामिल होने वाले कर्मचारियों की संख्या और हड़ताल की सफलता हेतु सर्किल में चलाया गया अभियान आदि का भी रिपोर्ट में उल्लेख किया जाए। इसके अलावा आयोजित की गई मीटिंग्ज, वितरित किए गए पर्चे, प्रिंट किए गए पोस्टर्स की संख्या भी रिपोर्ट में उल्लेखित करें। सभी सर्किल सेक्रेटरीज से अनुरोध है कि एक सप्ताह के भीतर रिपोर्ट प्रेषित करें।