Payment of two instalments of IDA increase has become due for the Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSEs) employees, w.e.f. 01.07.2021 and 01.10.2021. However, the DPE did not notify this IDA increase. The delay made by the DPE is unprecedented. BSNLEU wrote to the Secretary, DPE, on 14.10.2021, demanding to immediately issue the notification. After much delay, the DPE has issued letter today, notifying the IDA increase. According to this, 3.3% IDA has increased from 01.07.2021 (total 173.8%) and 5.5% from 01.10.2021 (total 179.3%). So, totally 8.8% IDA increase has to be paid by the BSNL Management to the employees.
BSNLEU has long been demanding that, the Wage Negotiations should resume to sign the wage agreement of the Non-Executives. The AUAB has also demanded that, the Wage Revision should be settled. Recently, BSNLEU wrote to the Management, demanding that the Wage Negotiating Committee for the Non-Executives, should be reconstituted. This is because the Shri H.C. Pant, Chairman of the Wage Revision Committee, as well as many members of the Committee, have already retired under VRS / Superannuation. The Management has accepted this demand. The Corporate Office has issued letter today, requesting the Recognised Unions to nominate the Staff Side members.
In the backdrop of the agitational programmes announced by the AUAB, a marathon meeting was held between the Board of Directors of BSNL and the AUAB on 06.10.2021. However, no settlement is reached with regards to the charter of demands of the AUAB. Thereafter, the AUAB leaders met the Director (HR) and informed that, they would be forced to go ahead with the agitations, if the important issues are not settled within a week. Again, the AUAB met online on 18.10.2021 and decided to organise the Twitter Campaign on 29.10.2021. In this background, one more meeting is taking place between Directors of BSNL Board and the AUAB at 05:00 pm tomorrow the 27.10.2021.
The prices of petrol and diesel are sky-rocketing in India. While the price of petrol is being sold at Rs.107/- per litre in New Delhi today, the price of diesel is being sold at Rs.95/-. This unprecedented rise in the price of diesel is pushing up the prices of all the essential commodities being carried by lorries and trains. The working masses are severely affected by this price increase. Government says that, the increase of price of crude oil in the international market, is the reason for this. The price of crude oil currently is $80 in the international market. It must be recollected that, the price of crude oil had crossed $100 in the international market at the time when UPA was ruling. However, even at that time, the price of petrol and diesel was not so high in India, as it is today. Even now, the price of petrol in the neighbouring countries is very less, compared to India. It is because of the high taxes imposed in India. As on 22.10.2021, petrol was sold at Rs.106/- at Delhi. On the same day, the price of petrol in India’s neighbouring countries was as follows: -
The Circle Conference of BSNLEU, UP (East) circle, is being held at Faizabad. The Conference started with the hoisting of the National Flag and the Union Flag. A presidium, consisting of all the Vice Presidents is presiding over the conference. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, delivered the inaugural address of the conference. In his speech, the GS strongly criticised the National Monetisation Policy, privatisation of the Public Sector Undertakings and other pro-corporate steps being taken by the Modi government. He also explained in detail about the issues settled by the CHQ and also about the agitational programmes of the AUAB. The conference is also addressed by Shri Babu Ram, PGM (HR), UP (East) circle and Shri Prabhans Yadav, GM, Faizabad. After the lunch break, the delegates session started. Com.R.K. Mishra, Circle Secretary, presented the report on activities, on which debate by the delegates started.
A meeting of the Co-ordination Committee (CoC) of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF will take place at 18:00 hrs. on 26.10.2021. This meeting will review the implementation of the calls of the CoC viz., March to the SSA / BA offices held on 05.10.2021 and March to the CGM offices held on 22.10.2021. The meeting will also discuss about the “National Monetisation Pipeline” and the form of campaigns to oppose it.
The CHQ of BSNLEU, as well as the Co-ordination Committee (CoC) of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF, have already decided that circle and district level Co-ordination Committees should be formed. It is observed that, still the same has not been formed in some circles and districts. Hence, such of those circle and district unions of BSNLEU are called upon to immediately form the CoC, wherever it is not formed.
Employees of the Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) are entitled for payment of IDA increase four times in a year, i.e., from 01st January, 01st April, 01st July and 01st October. So far, the DPE has been announcing the percentage of IDA increase, within a few days of the above mentioned dates. The same had been promptly paid by the CPSUs also. However, the IDA increase that has become due w.e.f. 01st July, 2021 (3.3%) and 01st October, 2021(5.5%), were not announced so far. It is already four months since the IDA increase w.e.f. 01st July, 2021 has become due. What is the reason for this delay? It is because, the DPE (Department of Public Enterprises), which announces the rates of IDA increase, was earlier under the Ministry of Heavy Industries. But, a few months ago, this DPE has been brought under the control of the Finance Ministry. We all know that Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman ji, is the Finance Minister of the country. Now, employees can understand why the IDA increase is being delayed.
The Co-Ordination Committee (CoC) of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF had given call for March to the CGM offices, to be organised today the 22-10-2021, on the burning issues of the employees and the pensioners of BSNL. The CoC had also directed to organise human chains, wherever permission is not granted for rallies. The call of the CoC is being implemented throughout the country. The first report has come from Tami Nadu circle union. A massive March to the CGM office, culminating into a human chain and meeting is organised at the CGM office, Tamil Nadu circle in Chennai. Several hundreds of employees have participated in these programmes. Leaders of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF addressed the meeting.
The circle conference of BSNLEU, Himachal Pradesh, held yesterday the 21.10.2021, has elected an “all-serving-employee” team. The entire team of circle office bearers are serving employees. All the retired circle office bearers, have been replaced. Some among them are the founding leaders of BSNLEU in Himachal Pradesh, like Com.K.C. Panwar (Circle Secretary), Com.Amarjit Singh (Circle President), Com.A.S. Kaundal (Circle Treasurer), Com.B.S. Thakur (Assistant Circle Secretary) and Com.Karamveer Singh (Vice President). They have given way to the serving employees. After the election of office bearers is over, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, gave an emotional send-off to all the above mentioned leaders. He recollected their dedications and sacrifices which have built up strong BSNLEU in Himachal Pradesh circle. The General Secretary told that, the services of all these comrades will ever be remembered by the CHQ.
The Circle Conference of BSNLEU, Himachal Pradesh, is being held at Shaatlaayi, in Hamirpur district. Com.Amarjit Singh, Circle President, is presiding over. Com.K.C. Panwar, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone and presented the report on activities. Com.A.S.Kaundal, Circle Treasurer, submitted the accounts of the circle union. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, delivered the inaugural address. In his speech, the General Secretary dwelt at length on the issues taken up by the CHQ of BSNLEU, issues related to the revival of BSNL and the agitational programmes of the AUAB, National Monetisation Pipeline, pro-corporate policies of the government, etc. The delegate’s session started after the lunch break and is going on.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held online on 17.10.2021, discussed the “National Monetisation Pipeline” issue prominently and has taken decisions to effectively campaign against the same. CHQ circular no.5/2021 released today carries the decisions of the CEC. Circle and district unions are requested to implement the decisions effectively.
The Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNL CCWF will be holding it’s meeting online at 18:00 hrs. on 26.10.2021. The meeting will review the recent agitational programmes organised by the Co-ordination Committee (CoC). The meeting will also discuss the “National Monetisation Pipeline” issue and the actions to be taken thereon.
The Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNL CCWF has given call to organise March to the CGM offices on 22.10.2021. The CHQ of BSNLEU calls upon all the circle and district unions to organise this programme effectively. Wherever permission is granted by the police authorities, March to the CGM Office (rallies) should be organised. If permission is not granted in any place, due to COVID-19 restrictions, then human chains should be organised. This decision has been taken by the Co-ordination Committee.