From May, 2019 onwards, the Union subscription money deducted from the salaries of employees, has not been remitted to the unions and associations. As a result, it has become difficult for us to function without getting remittance of subscription money from the Management. BSNLEU has been continuously pressing upon the Management to remit the subscription money, that has been deducted from the salaries of our members. Now, the Management has cleared all the dues of the employees who have retired under VRS. As a result of this, the subscription money, deducted from their salaries, is also being remitted to the Union. This will give some relief in our functioning. Wherever this remittance is not made, the circle and district secretaries are requested to approach their respective level Management and demand the same.
Ever since entering into the telecom market in September, 2016, Reliance Jio has been adding the maximum number of customers every month. However, in December, 2019, BSNL has beaten Reliance Jio. BSNL has added 4,27,089 customers in December, 2019, while Reliance Jio has added only 82,000 new customers. Vodafone has lost a whopping 35 lakh of it’s existing customers and Airtel has lost 11,000 customers, during the same period. This is the impact of all the private companies raising their tariff by 40% in December, 2019. BSNL has not raised it’s tariffs.
Supreme Court judge, justice Deepak Gupta said on Monday that, Indian citizens have the right to criticise the government, and dissenters cannot be labelled as anti-nationals for holding contrary views. He was delivering a lecture on “Democracy and Dissent”, organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association in the national Capital. The judge emphasised on an individual’s right to dissent, saying it is not just a principle enshrined in the Constitution but also a basic human right. “Criticism of any institution is to be protected — the executive, legislature, judiciary, and even the armed forces. There is no holy cow when it comes to dissent,” Gupta said. “If we stifle criticism of these institutions, we shall become a police state instead of a democracy.”
[Source: The Hindu dated 24.02.2020]
At a time when the announcements of the government on the revival of BSNL remain on paper, and at a time when the employees are facing extreme hardship due to non-payment of salary and non-remittance of deductions made from their salaries, the AUAB has organised a very successful hunger strike throughout the country yesterday, drawing the attention of the government and the BSNL Management. Executives and Non-Executives have massively responded to the call of the AUAB and have made the programme successful. Here are some of the views of hunger strike.
In connection with the hunger strike organised on 24.02.2020, the AUAB has issued a press statement on 22.02.2020, wherein the present scenario prevailing in BSNL, the non-implementation of the revival package announced by the government, sufferings of the employees due to non-payment of salary, etc., have been explained in nut-shell. This press statement of the AUAB has been widely published in the national, as well as the regional media.
The AUAB leaders were invited for talks by the CMD BSNL today. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com.S. Sivakuamar, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.B.C. Pathak, Treasurer, FNTO, Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and Com.H.P. Singh, GS, BSNLOA, participated in the discussion. Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) and Shri A.M.Gupta, GM (SR) were also present. Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL explained about the steps being taken by the Management for the maintenance of services after VRS and the efforts being taken for the monetisation of assets. As regards the launching of BSNL's 4G service, he was not able to give any time line. He assured that all efforts are being taken to redress the grievances of the serving employees. The AUAB leaders expressed their serious concern over the delay in the launching of 4G service. They urged upon the CMD BSNL for immediate payment of the salary, contract workers wages and remittance of the deductions made from the salaries of the employees, to the concerned organisations. They also pointed out the lack of liaison between the AUAB and the Management on the question of improvement of services. Finally, the AUAB leaders also told the CMD BSNL that the Management should give up it’s intolerance even for peaceful agitations like dharna, hunger strike, etc. The CMD BSNL assured that the concerns of the AUAB would be taken care of.
CMD BSNL और AUAB के बीच आज सम्पन्न वार्ता का विवरण...
AUAB के लीडर्स को आज CMD BSNL द्वारा चर्चाओं के लिए आमंत्रित किया गया। कॉम पी अभिमन्यु, GS, BSNLEU और कन्वेनर, कॉम चंदेश्वर सिंह, GS, NFTE और चेयरमैन, कॉम के सेबेस्टिन, GS, SNEA, कॉम सिवकुमार, GS, AIBSNLEA, कॉम बी सी पाठक, कोषाध्यक्ष, FNTO, कॉम सुरेश कुमार, GS, BSNL MS और कॉम एच पी सिंह, GS, BSNLOA, चर्चाओं में शामिल हुए। श्री अरविंद वडनेरकर, डायरेक्टर (HR) और श्री ए एम गुप्ता, GM (SR) भी उपस्थित थे। श्री पी के पुरवार, CMD BSNL ने प्रबंधन द्वारा VRS पश्चात सेवाओं के रखरखाव हेतु उठाए जा रहे कदम और संपत्ति के मुद्रीकरण (monetisation) हेतु किए जा रहे प्रयासों बाबद विस्तार से बताया। BSNL की 4G सेवाओं की शुरुआत की निश्चित समयावधि वें नही बात सके। उन्होंने आश्वासित किया कि कार्यरत कर्मियों की समस्याओं के निदान हेतु हर संभव प्रयास किए जा रहे हैं। AUAB के लीडर्स ने 4G सेवाओं की शुरुआत में हो रही देरी पर गंभीर चिंता व्यक्त की। उन्होंने CMD BSNL से वेतन और कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स के वेजेस के त्वरित भुगतान और कर्मचारियों के वेतन से काटी जा चुकी कटौतियां संबंधित संस्थाओं को प्रेषित करने का अनुरोध किया। उन्होंने AUAB और मैनेजमेंट के मध्य सेवाओं में सुधार के मुद्दे पर तालमेल (liasion) के अभाव की ओर भी इशारा किया। अंत मे, AUAB के लीडर्स ने CMD BSNL से यह भी कहा कि मैनेजमेंट को धरना, भूख हड़ताल आदि जैसे शांतिपूर्ण आंदोलनों के प्रति असहिष्णुता पूर्ण रवैये का त्याग करना चाहिए। CMD BSNL ने आश्वस्त किया कि AUAB की चिंताओं का ध्यान रखा जाएगा।
As per the call of the AUAB, hunger strike has started throughout the country. In accordance with this, hunger strike started at the BSNL Corporate Office also. This hunger strike is being organised, demanding payment of salary, remittance of recoveries made from employees' salaries, allotment of 4G spectrum, payment of wages to contract workers, issuing of Sovereign Guarantee for raising money through Bonds, withdrawal of notices issued under FR-17 and stoppage of whimsical transfers after the implementation of VRS.
A meeting of the AUAB was held today. The meeting reviewed the developments in connection with the notice for agitation, already issued by the AUAB, demanding settlement of the grievances of the employees, as well as the revival of BSNL. The meeting observed that, the Management is not prepared to settle even the barest minimum of the demands, i.e., payment of salary, as well as the immediate remittance of the deductions already made from the salaries of the employees, on account of GPF, bank loan EMI, society dues, LIC premium, union / association subscription amount, etc., to the concerned organisations. Further, the meeting also noted with regrets that, except retrenching around 80,000 employees under VRS, the BSNL Management has not taken any step for the revival of BSNL, as envisaged in the Revival Plan approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019, including the launching of BSNL’s 4G service.
Hence, after detailed discussion, the meeting unanimously decided to powerfully organise the hunger strike programme on 24.02.2020.
AUAB का 24-02-2020 को कॉर्पोरेट ऑफिस, सर्किल और एसएसए मुख्यालय पर प्रभावी तरीके से भूख हड़ताल आयोजित करने का निर्णय....
AUAB की आज मीटिंग सम्पन्न हुई। मीटिंग में कर्मचारियों की समस्याओं के निदान की मांग करते हुए और साथ ही BSNL के रिवाइवल के संबंध में पूर्व में AUAB द्वारा दिए जा चुके आंदोलन के नोटिस पर हुई प्रगति के संबंध में चर्चा की गई। मीटिंग में यह महसूस किया गया कि प्रबंधन कर्मचारियों की बेहद न्यूनतम मांगों का निराकरण करने के लिए भी तैयार नही है, जैसे कि वेतन का भुगतान और साथ ही कर्मचारियों के वेतन से काटे जा चुके GPF, बैंक लोन की EMI, सोसाइटी ड्यूज, LIC प्रीमियम, यूनियन एसोसिएशन के सब्सक्रिप्शन आदि की राशि का संबंधित संस्थाओं को प्रेषण। इसके अलावा मीटिंग में यह भी अफसोस के साथ नोट किया गया कि BSNL प्रबंधन द्वारा VRS के तहत 80,000 कर्मचारियों की छंटनी के अलावा यूनियन कैबिनेट द्वारा 23.10.2019 को अनुमोदित BSNL के रिवाइवल प्लान , जिसमें 4G सेवाओं की शुरुआत भी शामिल है, हेतु कोई भी कदम नही उठाया गया है।
अतः, विस्तृत चर्चा पश्चात एकमत से यह निर्णय लिया गया कि 24.02.2020 को प्रभावी तरीके से भूख हड़ताल आयोजित की जाए।
BSNLEU has already strongly taken up this issue. The CMD BSNL replied that decision is already taken to retain the Head Quarters of the Core Network South at Chennai. The representatives thanked the CMD BSNL, for the positive decision.
The Management is issuing many orders, making structural changes in the Company. However, the Unions are not being consulted in this regard. The representatives strongly demanded that the views of the Union should also be taken into consideration, before implementing changes that will have impact on the employees.
Deductions made from the salaries of employees are not remitted to the concerned organisations, since April, 2019. The representatives urged upon the CMD BSNL to immediately arrange to remit this deduction money. They also pointed out that the Union is suffering at all levels, due to the non-receipt of Union subscription money from the Management. The CMD BSNL explained about the acute cash crunch being faced by BSNL. However, he assured that the best possible action would be taken in this regard.
A dead-lock is prevailing due to the order issued by the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh, as a result of which, the results of the JTO LICEs have not been declared in Punjab circle. This issue is already discussed by BSNLEU, in the meeting held on 21.01.2020. The Director (HR) has assured that needful legal action would be taken, to find a way out from the dead-lock. Since, no action appears to have been taken by the Management, BSNLEU once again raised this issue in it’s meeting held with the Director (HR) yesterday. The representatives pointed out the non-declaration of results in Punjab circle is causing extreme hardship and loss to the candidates and requested early intervention by the Management. The Director (HR) assured to take the needful action.
In the Formal meeting held on 14.01.2020, BSNLEU has already taken up with the Director (HR), the matter of issuing of Presidential Orders to the employees recruited by the DoT prior to 01.10.2000, but whose appointments were made after 01.10.2000. Even though favourable judgements are already given by a number of CATs and High Courts, BSNL has filed an appeal in the Hon’ble Supreme Court. BSNLEU has requested to the Director (HR) in the above mentioned meeting, to ensure needful action for the expeditious disposal of the case in the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The Director (HR) has assured to do the needful. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com.John Verghese, AGS, met Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR), yesterday, and urged upon him to implement the assurance given by the Director (HR). The GM(SR) assured to take needful action.
Various progressive, patriotic and secular organisations, including the AIPSO (All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation), CITU, AITUC, etc., have given call to organise demonstrations on 24th & 25th February, 2020, opposing the visit of US President, Donald Trump to India. This demonstration is to protest against the aggressions and violations of human rights, being committed by the US imperialism world over, as well as against the pro-US policies of the Modi government. CHQ calls upon the comrades of BSNLEU to join these demonstrations, wherever being organised by the above mentioned organisations.
Wide spread protests are taking place throughout the country against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), NPR (National Population Register) and the NRC (National Register for Citizens). However, many of us are thinking that we are not going to be affected. But, what has happened to a woman in Assam should open our eyes.
Jabeda Begum had submitted 14 documents, including her PAN Card, Ration Card, two bank passbooks, voter lists where her name, along with the names of her parents and grandparents are there. Still, the Tribunal and the Guwahati High Court have rejected her citizenship.
[Source: Times of India dated 20.02.2020]
While concerns are being expressed over the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and the proposed NRC (National Register of Citizens), Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, has stated that he is concerned about the above mentioned new laws. He has stated that it is necessary to do everything to prevent “statelessness” when a national law is changed.
[Source: Times of India dated 20.02.2020]
The Supreme Court has pulled up the government of India for not implementing it’s order dated 24.10.2019 on payment of dues by the telecom companies. In it’s order dated 24.10.2019, the Supreme Court laid down the definition for the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR). According to this order, the telecom companies should pay licence fee, spectrum charges, etc., calculated on their total income, and not only on income from core business. According to this order of the Supreme Court, Vodafone Idea has to pay Rs.53,000 crore and Airtel has to pay Rs.35,000 crore. As per the Supreme Court order, the dues from the telecom companies should be paid within 3 months. However, even 4 months after this judgement, the private companies have not paid even a single naya paisa. It has also come to the light that the government has sent an advisory to the concerned officers stating that “no coercive action should be taken until further orders, to collect the dues from telecom companies.” The Supreme Court severely criticised the government for issuing such an advisory.
Punjab circle union of BSNLEU, held it’s Executive Committee meeting at Sangrur on 15.02.2020. The meeting was presided over by Com.Balwinder Singh, Vice President. Com.H.S. Dhillon, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone and submitted the report on activities. All the members of the Executive Committee participated in the deliberations. The meeting reviewed the situation that has arisen out of the implementation of the VRS and took decisions to strengthen the Union in Punjab circle.
The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court has given a landmark judgement, wherein it has stated that, people wanting to agitate in a peaceful way cannot be called traitors, anti-nationals only because they want to oppose one law. The court has stated, “this court wants to express that such persons cannot be called as traitors, anti-nationals only because they want to oppose one law. It will be an act of protest only against the government for the reason of CAA.”
Regarding the right of the citizens to conduct peaceful agitations, the court has also stated as follows:-
“India got freedom due to agitations which were non-violent and this path of non-violence is followed by the people of this country till this date… Unfortunately, many laws which ought to have been scrapped after getting freedom are continued and the bureaucracy is exercising powers under them against citizens of free India.”
[Courtesy: Times of India dated 15.02.2020]