BSNLEU is extremely saddened to know that, Com.Gurudas Dasgupta, the former General Secretary of AITUC, as well as an outstanding Parliamentarian, has passed away. He was one of the top most leaders of the Communist Party of India also. Com.Gurudas Dasgupta has immensely contributed to the cause of the Indian working class movement. As a member of the Parliament for long years, he has effectively voiced the issues of the working class in the Parliament. He has also greatly contributed to the united struggles, organised by the Central Trade Unions. BSNLEU dips it’s banner and salutes Com.Gurudas Dasgupta. BSNLEU also conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and friends.
The Ghaziabad CEC meeting, held on 12th & 13th October, 2019, has decided that all circle unions should hold their Executive Committee meetings during the period from 01st to 15th November, 2019. The decisions of the Ghaziabad CEC meeting, with regards to the review of the 8th Membership Verification, organising the campaign for the 8th January, 2020 General Strike, etc., should be reported by the Central Office bearers in these Circle Executive Committee meetings. Many of the circle unions have already issued notification to hold their Executive Committee meetings. CHQ requests that the remaining circles should also complete their Executive Committee meetings within the stipulated time. In any case, all the Circle Executive Committee meetings should be completed by 15th November, 2019. Thereafter, all the District Executive Committee meetings should be conducted during the period from 16th to 30th November, 2019. In those meetings also, the decisions of the Ghaziabad CEC meeting should be reported.
During General Secretary, Com.P.Abhimanyu’s visit to Hyderabad on 25.10.2019, a Press Conference was addressed by him, wherein the General Secretary has explained about the various aspects of the revival package, approved by the Cabinet, such as allotment of 4G spectrum, implementation of VRS, monetisation of assets, etc.
Consequent to the decision taken by the Cabinet on 23.10.2019, to implement VRS in BSNL and MTNL, the DoT has constituted a committee, for finalising general conditions, rules and by-laws for the Voluntarily Retirement Scheme. Apart from officers of the DoT, the Director (HR) of BSNL and the Director (HR) of MTNL are also members of the Committee. It has been also decided that the Committee should submit it’s report by 30th October, 2019 itself.
The AUAB meeting, scheduled for 30-10-2019, has been postponed, due to the non-availability of some of the General Secretaries at Delhi. The next date of holding the AUAB meeting will be informed shortly.
The Hyderabad district conference of BSNLEU was held on 25.10.2019. The venue of the Conference was named as Com.Nagamanyam nagar, who was the founding district secretary of BSNLEU, Hyderabad district. Com.Nagamanyam passed away after the last district conference. Com.M.N.Reddy, veteran trade union leader, who was also the former Assistant General Secretary of the AITEU Class lll, elected in the Bhopal All India Conference, hoisted the National Flag, amidst thunderous slogans. Com.K.Yadaiah, Circle President and Com.Ramachandrudu, district president jointly presided over the Conference. Com.J.Sampath Rao, circle secretary welcomed everyone. Com.M.N.Reddy delivered the inaugural speech of the Conference. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the Conference. He spoke in detail about BSNL’s Revival Package, as approved by the Cabinet. The General Secretary also explained about the CEC decisions in respect of the 8th Membership Verification and the forthcoming General Strike to be held on 8th January,2020. He called on the employees to come forward and work for the revival of BSNL, by utilising the new measures announced by the Cabinet. Com.J.Venkatesh, Secretary,CITU, Telengana State, greeted the Conference. The Conference unanimously elected Com.D.Nagaraj, Com.M.Susheel Kumar, Com.D.Srinivas Reddy as the new President, District Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
BSNLEU wishes a very happy and prosperous Diwali to all. May this festival of lamps bring happiness, peace and prosperity in the lives of all.
The speech delivered by Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, yesterday, among the Corporate Office employees, has drawn wide spread criticism. CHQ is receiving calls and messages from a lot of comrades expressing their anguish about the CMD’s speech, which is totally in the negative tone. The CMD BSNL has stated that:-
The above mentioned statements of the CMD BSNL are high handed, unacceptable and deplorable. He has insulted the BSNL employees, who have ensured the survival of BSNL, through their dedication and hard work. The Hon'ble Minister of Communications has stated that the VRS will be purely voluntary and no one will be forced to go on VRS. However, violating this, the CMD BSNL has stated that all the employees of more than 50 years of age, should take VRS and go. This type of high-handedness cannot be tolerated. BSNLEU wishes to inform all our comrades that the CHQ is in touch with the other constituents of the AUAB, for taking appropriate action on this issue.
कॉर्पोरेट ऑफिस में 25-10-2019 को दिया गया CMD BSNL का उद्बोधन मनमानी पूर्ण, अस्वीकार्य और निंदनीय है...
श्री पी के पुरवार, CMD BSNL द्वारा कल कॉर्पोरेट ऑफिस के कर्मचारियों के बीच दिए गए उद्बोधन की व्यापक तौर पर आलोचना हो रही है। CHQ को CMD के उद्बोधन, जो कि पूर्ण रूप से नकारात्मकता लिए हुए था, पर रोष प्रकट करते हुए कई कॉमरेड्स के कॉल्स और मैसेजेस प्राप्त हो रहे हैं। CMD BSNL ने अपने उद्बोधन में कहा कि....
a) आज BSNL कर्मियों का जिस तरह का आचरण और व्यवहार है, वह नही चलेगा।
b) 50 वर्ष से अधिक आयु के सभी कर्मचारी VRS लें और जाएं।
c) कोई भी कर्मचारी, जितना कार्य आज कर रहा है, उसका दो गुना योगदान नही दे सकता है, तो वह BSNL में रहने योग्य नही है, वह BSNL को अलविदा (good bye) कहे।
CMD BSNL का उपरोक्त कथन मनमानी पूर्ण, अस्वीकार्य और निंदनीय है। उन्होंने BSNL के उन कर्मचारियों को अपमानित किया है, जिन्होंने अपने समर्पण और कठोर परिश्रम से BSNL की जीवंतता सुनिश्चित की है। माननीय संचार मंत्री ने भी कहा है कि VRS पूर्ण रूप से स्वैच्छिक होगी और किसी पर भी VRS लेने हेतु दबाव नही बनाया जाएगा। फिर भी, इसका उल्लंघन करते हुए CMD BSNL ने कहा कि 50 वर्ष से अधिक आयु के सभी कर्मचारी VRS लें और जाएं। इस तरह के मनमानीपूर्ण रवैये को नजरअंदाज नही किया जा सकता है। BSNLEU द्वारा सभी साथियों को सूचित किया जाता है कि इस प्रकरण में यथोचित कार्यवाही करने हेतु, वह AUAB के अन्य घटकों के संपर्क में है।
The government has decided to provide 4G spectrum and Financial Assistance for the revival of BSNL. We must understand that these are not windfall gains for BSNL, but hard won demands of the unions and associations. The unions and associations of BSNL, initially under the banner of the Forum and presently under the banner of the AUAB, have conducted heroic strikes and various other campaigns, almost for the past four years, demanding steps for the revival of BSNL. The officers and employees of BSNL have massively participated in all these struggles, braving wage-cuts and other threatenings by the BSNL Management and the government. We cannot forget the fact that the government invoked ESMA to crush the 3 day strike of the BSNL employees, organised from 18th to 20th of February of this year. On it's part, the BSNL Management issued charge sheets and FR 17As to the leaders of the AUAB, to crush our struggles. The employees are threatened of disciplinary actions by the Management, even for participating in demonstrations and dharnas. However, withstanding all the repressions, the officers and employees of BSNL showed like rock-like determination and massively participated in all the united struggles and campaigns. Through the programmes like street corner meetings, rallies and human chains, the unions and associations massively campaigned among the people also, which won public sympathy for the revival of BSNL in a big way. Whatever is achieved now for the revival of BSNL, is undoubtedly the reward for the sustained and united struggles of the officers and employees of BSNL.
A meeting was held today, between Shri Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Telecom and the representatives of the unions and associations of BSNL. Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL and Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), BSNL, was also present in the meeting. Com.Animesh Mitra, President, represented BSNLEU. At the outset, representatives of the unions and associations thanked the Secretary, Telecom, for his efforts to get BSNL’s revival plan approved by the Cabinet. The Secretary, Telecom, stated that the BSNL’s revival package approved by the Cabinet has sent the right message to the market, as a result of which the EB customers are showing their interest to avail BSNL’s services and also banks will hereafter come forward to extend loans to BSNL. He also explained about the salient features of the VRS. As regards, the monetisation of BSNL’s assets, he stated that efforts should be taken to generate maximum revenue by renting out BSNL’s fibre, towers, buildings, etc. Replying to the query raised by the representatives about the 3rd Pay Revision, the Secretary, Telecom, replied that the Company’s financial position has to be improved, so that a settlement on the 3rd Pay Revision could come. At the same time, he stated that pension revision is not possible without pay revision.
4G स्पेक्ट्रम और BSNL के रिवाइवल हेतु वित्तीय सहयोग, यूनियन्स व एसोसिएशन्स द्वारा संयुक्त संघर्ष के माध्यम से कड़े संघर्षों पश्चात प्राप्त उपलब्धि हैं....
सरकार ने BSNL के रिवाइवल हेतु 4G स्पेक्ट्रम और वित्तीय सहयोग उपलब्ध कराने का निर्णय लिया है। हमे यह समझना चाहिए कि यह BSNL को अप्रत्याशित रूप से प्राप्त हुआ लाभ नहीं है, वरन, यह यूनियन्स व एसोसिएशन्स द्वारा संयुक्त संघर्ष के माध्यम से कड़े संघर्षों पश्चात हासिल की गई उपलब्धियां है। BSNL के रिवाइवल हेतु आवश्यक कदम उठाए जाने की मांग को ले कर यूनियन्स व एसोसिएशन्स द्वारा पूर्व में शुरुआत में फोरम के बैनर के तहत और वर्तमान में AUAB के बैनर तले, विगत 4 वर्षों में शानदार हड़ताल व कई अन्य अभियान चलाए गए हैं। इन सभी संघर्षों में, तनख्वाह कटने और BSNL मैनेजमेंट की व सरकार की विभिन्न धमकियों की परवाह किए बिना, BSNL के कर्मचारियों और अधिकारियों ने बड़ी संख्या में हिस्सा लिया। हम यह नही भूल सकते हैं कि इसी वर्ष 18 से 20 फरवरी को हुई BSNL कर्मचारियों की 3 दिवसीय हड़ताल को विफल करने के लिए सरकार ने ESMA तक लागू कर दिया था। इस संघर्ष को कुचलने के लिए BSNL मैनेजमेंट ने अपनी ओर से AUAB के लीडर्स को चार्जशीट्स दी गई और FR 17A जैसी कार्यवाही भी की गई थी। कर्मचारियों को धरना प्रदर्शन में शामिल होने पर भी मैनेजमेंट द्वारा अनुशासनात्मक कार्यवाही करने की धमकियां दी गई। इसके बावजूद, इन सभी प्रताड़नात्मक कार्यवाही से जुझते हुए, BSNL के कर्मचारियों-अधिकारियों ने चट्टानी दृढ़ता के साथ सभी संयुक्त संघर्षों और अभियानों में शिरकत की। नुक्कड़ सभाएं, रैलीज , मानव श्रृंखला जैसे कार्यक्रमों के माध्यम से यूनियन्स व एसोसिएशन्स ने आम नागरिकों के बीच पहुंच कर अभियान चलाया, जिससे BSNL के रिवाइवल के लिए आम जनता की भी सहानुभूति प्राप्त हुई। BSNL के रिवाइवल हेतु हमने जो कुछ भी हासिल किया है, वह निःसंदेह BSNL के कर्मचारियों अधिकारियों द्वारा अनवरत रूप से किए गए संयुक्त संघर्षों का पुरस्कार है।
Leaders of the AUAB met the CMD BSNL yesterday and discussed about certain issues related to the revival package approved by the Cabinet. Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR) and Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) were present. Com.P.Abhimanyu,Convenor, Com.Chandeswar Singh, Chairman, Com.K.Sebastin,GS,SNEA, Com.S.Sivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com. Mohinder, CS, NTR, FNTO, Com.Sandeep Kumar, AGS, Com.Rewati Prasad, BSNL ATM and Com.H.P.Singh,GS,BSNL OA. The following issues were discussed.
At the outset of the meeting, the leaders appreciated the efforts taken by Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD BSNL, for getting the allotment of 4G spectrum and other financial assistances to BSNL approved by the government.
Even in yesterday's meeting, the CMD BSNL stated that the option of rolling back of the retirement age to 58 is still there with the DoT/government. The AUAB submitted it's letter to the CMD BSNL, signed by all the above mentioned leaders, demanding that the retirement age should not be rolled back to 58 years, by advancing the reasonings as to why it should not be done. CMD BSNL assured that the letter would be forwarded to the government.
It is pointed out by the AUAB that, after the implementation of the VRS, there will be acute shortage of manpower and the work load will increase tremendously. Consequently, the quality of the services will be badly affected, if suitable remedial measures are not taken. The CMD BSNL shared the concern of the AUAB. However, he stated that, the situation is fluid now and that appropriate action would be taken depending upon the situation.
Now, as per the Cabinet decision, Pension will be settled only on the date of actual retirement of the employee who opts for VRS. In case, if a VRS optee dies before the date of his actual retirement, then his/her family cannot get the benefit of commutation of pension. The AUAB demanded that this issue should be resolved. The CMD BSNL assured that needful would be done.
The AUAB pointed out that the officers who have already been transferred to far-away places and who will be availing VRS, will have to be sent back immediately to their parent circles, to facilitate settlement of their pension. This is because, pension can be settled only by their parent circles, argued the leader. The CMD BSNL appreciated the concern of the leaders and assured that needful would be done in this regard.
In his presentation, as well as in the meeting held with the AUAB, Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD BSNL, emotionally pointed out that the last, as well as the golden opportunity, for the financial revival of BSNL has come. He fervently appealed to everyone, to utilise this opportunity for restoring the glory of BSNL. With the allotment of 4G spectrum, financial assistance, together with a very conducive atmosphere, the last as well as the golden opportunity has come for the financial revival of BSNL, pointed out the CMD BSNL. He expressed the hope that everyone in BSNL would rise to the occasion for improving the quality of the services and for winning over the confidence of the people and the nation.
The BSNL Management gave a presentation to all the unions and associations yesterday, about the revival package that has been approved by the Cabinet. CMD BSNL and other Directors of the BSNL Board were present. The presentations were given by the CMD BSNL and the Director(HR). As told in the presentation, the revival package includes allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, implementation of VRS, issuing of bonds by BSNL and MTNL to the tune of Rs. 15,000 crore for which Sovereign Guarantee will be given by the government, monetisation of BSNL's lands to the extent of Rs. 20,000 crore, the proceeds of which will be utilised to repay the loans and merger of MTNL with BSNL through which MTNL will become a subsidiary of BSNL. As regards VRS, it was told that all the absorbed employees above 50 years can avail it. Payment of exgratia plus pension will not exceed 125% of pay for the remaining period of service. This exgratia amount will be paid in two installments by the government. The 1st installment will be paid in this financial year, i.e., 2019-20 and the next installment will be paid in the next financial year, i.e., 2020-21. Payment of Gratuity and Pension Commutation amounts will be paid only on the actual date of retirement, i.e., on completion of 60 years. Time frame for the implementation of VRS will be finalised, on receipt of orders of the DoT.
कैबिनेट द्वारा अनुमोदित रिवाइवल पैकेज का BSNL मैनेजमेंट ने यूनियन्स और एसोसिएशन्स को प्रेजेंटेशन दिया....
कल BSNL मैनेजमेंट द्वारा सभी यूनियन्स और एसोसिएशन्स को कैबिनेट द्वारा अनुमोदित रिवाइवल पैकेज का प्रेजेंटेशन दिया गया। CMD BSNL व BSNL बोर्ड के अन्य डायरेक्टर्स मौजूद थे।
प्रेजेंटेशन CMD BSNL व डायरेक्टर (HR) द्वारा दिया गया। जैसा कि प्रेजेंटेशन में बताया गया, रिवाइवल पैकेज में BSNL को 4G स्पेक्ट्रम का आवंटन, VRS का कार्यान्वयन, BSNL और MTNL द्वारा रु 15,000 के बॉन्ड जारी करना, जिसे सरकार द्वारा सार्वभौम गारंटी प्राप्त होगी, लगभग रु 20,000 करोड़ की BSNL की भूमि का मुद्रीकरण जिसकी प्राप्तियों का उपयोग ऋण भुगतान के लिए होगा और BSNL व MTNL का विलय जिसके तहत MTNL, BSNL की अनुषंगी होगी, शामिल है। VRS के संबंध में बताया गया कि 50 वर्ष से अधिक आयु के BSNL में समाहित (absorbed) सभी कर्मचारी इसका लाभ ले सकेंगे। एक्सग्रेशिया+पेंशन की राशि शेष नौकरी की समयावधि के 125% वेतन से अधिक नही होगी। यह एक्सग्रेशिया राशि सरकार द्वारा 2 किश्तों में दी जाएगी। प्रथम किश्त इस वित्तीय वर्ष यानी 2019-20 में दी जाएगी और अगली किश्त का भुगतान आगामी वित्तीय वर्ष यानी 2020-21 में होगा। ग्रेच्यूईटी और पेंशन कम्युटेशन की राशि का भुगतान वास्तविक सेवानिवृत्ति दिनांक को होगा, यानी 60 वर्ष पूर्ण करने पर। DoT से आदेश प्राप्त होने पर VRS कार्यान्वन्यन हेतु समयावधि निश्चित की जाएगी।
The revival package of BSNL has been approved by the Union Cabinet in it’s meeting held yesterday the 23.10.2019. BSNLEU has issued the following press statement, communicating it’s views on the decisions taken by the Cabinet.