The private telecom companies have been representing to the government for bailing them out from the owning crisis. Based on this, the Cabinet has now decided to grant a 2 years’ moratorium for paying spectrum charges. As per this moratorium, the private telecom companies need not pay the spectrum charges for 2 years. As a result of this, payment of spectrum charge to the tune of Rs.11,746 crores of Airtel will be deferred. Similarly, payment of spectrum charges to the tune of Rs.23,920 crores by Vodafone Idea will also be deferred for 2 years.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL telephonically today and discussed the issue of non-payment of wages to the contract workers. The General Secretary explained about the plight of the contract workers and urged upon the CMD BSNL that funds needs to be immediately released by the Corporate Office, to ensure payment of wages to the contract workers, so that their families are saved from starvation during this lock-down period. The CMD BSNL explained about the financial constraints of the Company. At the same time, he assured that he would try his best to release the funds.
BSNLEU has demanded a formal meeting to be held online with the Director (HR). BSNLEU has also given a 5 point agenda for discussion in the meeting. The SR Branch of the Corporate Office has informed that this meeting would be held at 16:00 hrs. tomorrow the 27.08.2020.
Leaders of BSNL unions and associations, submitted memorandum to smt. K. Kavitha, Hon’ble MP, Nizamabad, Telangana circle.
India has become the 6th largest economy in the world now, based on the country’s performance in 2017. India’s GDP was 2.59 trillion US dollars in 2017. Thus, India pushed back France to the 7th place, whose GDP was 2.58 trillion US dollars in 2017. It is also expected that India will soon overtake Britain, which is having a GDP of 2.62 trillion US dollars. All these news make every Indian to feel proud. At the same time it also pains to note that India is a country, with the largest number of poor people in the world.
It is already brought to the notice of the CHQ by many circles that, funds are not allotted by the Corporate Office for the payment of wages of the contract workers. As a result of this, wages are not paid to the workers for many months. The issue is already discussed with the GM (BFCI) a number of times, and he says that Corporate Office is facing acute problem in cash flow. The issue was discussed again today. The GM (BFCI) says that Corporate Office is trying to allot the funds to all the circles by next week. In case this is not done, then it will be allotted in the following week.
The 3 day strike called on by the AUAB started at 00:00 hrs. today. The entire Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL have given a tremendous response to the strike call. In almost all the circles, strike is total. This is a fitting reply given by the BSNL employees, in response to the arrogant and high-handed DoT. BSNLEU salutes all the leaders and comrades who have made the strike a grand success. Through this historic strike, the entire Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL have told no uncertain terms that, they would not allow the government to ruin BSNL, for the benefit of Reliance Jio. BSNLEU requests that the same vigour and spirit should continue for the next 2 days also.
As per the study conducted by mobile analytics firm, BSNL has improved it’s download speed by nearly 7% in the past 6 months, according to the study conducted by open signal, between 1st December, 2018 and 28th February, 2019. However, it is no where close to it’s competitors, Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea. According to the study, Bharti Airtel, has the fastest mobile network, followed by Reliance Jio. Vodafone Idea comes third.
Kalyan district union organised a huge election campaign meeting today, addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Despite intermittent rains, a large number of comrades attended the meeting. Com. Bhangre, district president, presided over. Com. Baste, district secretary, welcomed all. The meeting was also addressed by Com.N.K.Nalawade, CS, Maharashtra, and Com. B.Mane, ACS. The General Secretary, in his speech, declared that, BSNL is not a sinking ship and that, it would once again become a profit making company, through the united struggles of the employees. He exposed that VRS and Rolling back of the Retirement Age are nothing but stepping stones for the privatisation of BSNL. The General Secretary also highlighted the achievements of BSNLEU, since the last Membership Verification. The huge gathering enthusiastically responded to the speech of the General Secretary.
As has already been announced, BSNLEU, BTEU, FNTO, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA have decided to organise a one day hunger strike on 25.11.2019. On issues related to VRS-2019 and other burning issues of the employees. This programme is being organised at a very short notice. Hence, circle and district unions of BSNLEU are requested to swing into action for mobilising the hunger strike massively throughout the country, together with the other organisations which have given the call.
1) Com. Rajalakshmi Desikan, RTD SSS, CGMT - Rs.1,000/-
2) Com. Loganathan, Retd.OS, BGTD - Rs.1,000/-
3. Com. Yogesh, Retd.OS, BGTD - Rs.1,000/-
4. Com. Sudharshan. M.N., TT, BGTD - Rs.1,000/-
5. Com. Sharanapoa, DS, AIBDPA, Kalburgi - Rs.1,000/-
6. Com. Shashikala, Retd. JAO, Mangalore TD - Rs.1,000/-
7. Com. Marigowda - Rs.500/-
1) Com. Kishan Chand, Ex District President - Rs.2,500/-
2) Com. Subhash Chand, Ex Member LCM - Rs.2,100/-
3) Com. Sourabh Singh, JE Ateli (Narnaul) - Rs.1,000/-
4) Com. Sube Singh Yadav, Br.President (Narnaul) - Rs.500/-
5) Com. Deewan Ji, JE (Narnaul) - Rs. 500/-
The AUAB leaders of Kottayam, Kerala Circle, submitted a memorandum to Shri Thomas Chazhikadan, MP, Kottayam, about the inordinate delay in the launching of BSNL’s 4G service, as well as delay in the implementation of the Revival Package.
Leaders of BSNL unions and associations, submitted memorandum to Hon’ble MPs shri Tamradhwaj Sahu, Durg and smt. Chhaya Verma & shri Bhushan Lal Jangde, Raipur.
Manik Sarkar, who has been the chief minister of Tripura for 20 years, is homeless, and has shifted to CPM's state party headquarters in Agartala, after vacating his official accommodation. Sarkar has refused the official perks for an outgoing chief minister, which include government accommodation, personal staff, multi-purpose worker and a house guard besides Y-category security, The Hindu reported. "Mr. Sarkar is unlikely to avail himself of such facilities and will continue to live in the party office’s one-room guest house," a party member told the paper. “He moved in with his personal belongings and a few books. Only a TV set was added to the room for him to be updated with events across the world,” he added.
(Source: The Times of India & The Hindu)
It is a matter of pride for every one of us that, the BSNL has launched the country’s first Internet Telephony Service yesterday. It was inaugurated by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications at New Delhi. According to this facility, a customer, using BSNL’s mobile app called “Wings”, can dial any number in India, using internet service or Wifi of any telecom operator. To avail this service, the customer has to pay an annual fee of Rs.1,099. The Hon’ble MoS(C) appreciated the BSNL for enabling a customer, to make calls without a SIM. He also appreciated BSNL for increasing it’s market share, in the present competitive environment.
The Central Trade Unions of the country, together with the Federations and Associations of Workers and Employees, organised a National Convention of the Workers in Mavlankar Hall at New Delhi today. INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC organised this convention. BSNLEU participated in his convention, with a good number of delegates. The Convention reviewed the situation, with regards to the ongoing struggles against the anti-worker and pro-corporate Neo-Liberal policies of the government. Privatisation of the Public Sector Undertakings, changing of the labour laws of the country in favour of the big corporates, are the important components of the Neo-Liberal policies, being implemented by the governments. It was recollected that a massive three day Mahapadav, participated in by lakhs of workers, was organised against these policies in last November. The Convention is of the considered opinion that, not even the slightest change has come in the thinking of the government, with regards to the demands off the working class. After serious deliberations, the Convention unanimously called upon the working masses of this country to go on a two day strike on 8th and 9th January,2019.
As regards the killing of Subodh Kumar Singh, a police inspector, by a mob at Bulandshashar on 03rd December, 2018, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has stated that it was an accident and at not a mob lynching. A mob of 300 to 400 people have attacked the police station and have killed the police inspector. If this is not mob lynching, then what mob lynching means? Media reports, as well as police investigation state that, Yogesh Raj, a Bajrang Dal activist, is the main conspirator for the violence. It is important to note that it was inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who investigated the mob lynching of Mohd. Aqlakh, near Dadri. A mob killed Mohd. Aqlakh, alleging that he had killed a cow and had stored the meat in refrigerator in his house. After detailed investigation, it was proved that, what kept in Mohd. Aqlakh’s refrigerator was only mutton and not cow meat. It is also important to note that inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was transferred, to ensure that, he does not continue to be part of the investigation. Hence, it is alleged now that, inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed for his role in the investigation of Mohd. Aqlakh’s killing. However, only an unbiased investigation can bring the truth out. At this stage, the Chief Minister of the state has stated that the killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh is only an accident and not a mob lynching. Certainly, this statement of the Chief Minister is given with a view to divert the investigation. It is a clear message of the Chief Minister, to the police, what should be the result of the investigation.