Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) yesterday, and discussed the following issues:-
(a) Amendments to the Non-Executives’ Recognition Rule.
The representatives handed over the letter in this regard to the Director (HR) and demanded that the Non-Executives’ Recognition Rule should be amended. They apprised the Director (HR) about the decision of the 9th All India Conference of BSNLEU, which has demanded removal of the clause in the Recognition Rule, which stipulates that no other union will be recognised, if the first union gets 50% or more votes. The Director (HR) appreciated the magnanimity of BSNLEU and assured that needful action would be taken.
(b) Holding JE LICE as offline exam.
The representatives reiterated that JE LICE should be conducted as offline exam. They cited the assurances given by the Chairman of the National Council, in the 37th meeting of the Council held on 20.11.2018, and demanded that the forthcoming JE LICE should be conducted as offline exam. The Director (HR) agreed to the demand of the Union and assured to take needful action.
(c) Review of the results of the failed SC / ST candidates of the JE LICE held on 28.01.2018.
BSNLEU has already demanded that the results of the failed SC / ST candidates of the JE LICE held on 28.01.2018 should be reviewed based on the DoT letter no. 22-5/91-NCG dated 28.12.1992. In the meanwhile the BSNL Corporate Office has issued a letter, stating that the results of the failed SC / ST candidates would not be reviewed, on the plea that a general relaxation has already been given to the candidates belonging to all categories. BSNLEU does not accept this. In yesterday’s meeting the representatives of BSNLEU demanded the Director (HR) a review of the result of the failed ST / ST candidates should be made as per the DoT letter no. 22-5/91-NCG dated 28.12.1992. The Director (HR) has kindly consented to positively look into the demand of BSNLEU.
The meeting of the Committee for Periodic Review (Institutional Mechanism), will be held at Sanchar Bhawan, at 04:00 pm tomorrow. The representatives of the AUAB, officers of the DoT and the Director (HR) from BSNL will participate in this meeting. It will review the implementations of the assurances given to the AUAB, by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications (IC), in the meeting held on 03.12.2018.
Representatives of the AUAB met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom, today. Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary, Telecom, was also present. From AUAB, Com.P. Abhimanyu, Convenor & GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, Chairman & GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, took part. The representatives of the AUAB expressed their concern over the slow implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C). In reply, the Secretary, Telecom, told that a status report on all the issues would be given to the AUAB, by the DoT, in the Committee meeting to be held tomorrow. She requested the AUAB representatives to meet her thereafter, and apprise her of the actions need to be taken. In today’s discussion, the Secretary, Telecom, was requested to give four representatives to the AUAB in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism), which was accepted by her.
The General Strike is taking place throughout the country for the second day today. Many circles have sent report and photos of the second day strike. CHQ heartily congratulates all the comrades for participating in the strike. Circle secretaries are requested to send the following details immediately. The circle secretaries may kindly collect the district wise figures and give the consolidated figure to the CHQ.
A meeting of the AUAB was held yesterday, the 08.01.2019. Com. Chandeshwar Singh, Chairman, presided over the meeting. General Secretaries / representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and TEPU participated in the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convenor, welcomed every one and briefed on the agenda items. The meeting decided that the AUAB should immediately meet the Secretary, Telecom, and discuss about the slow implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C). The meeting also decided that the Secretary, Telecom, should be requested to give adequate representation to the AUAB, in the Committee for Periodical Review (Institutional Mechanism). It is also decided to hold the next meeting of the AUAB at 11:00 am on 11.01.2019.
The attitude of the government, towards the public sector Hindustan Aeronautic Ltd. (HAL) has got exposed. In the debate that took place in the Parliament, Rahul Gandhi accused that the government has left the HAL high and dry in the Rafale deal. He accused that instead of making the HAL as the offset partner in the Rafale deal, the Modi government has selected Anil Ambani’s company. In reply to this, Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister, told the Parliament that the government has given projects worth Rs.1 lakh crores to the HAL. Incidentally, news came in the media that, the HAL is struggling to pay salary to it’s employees, and that it has taken Rs.1,000 crore as bank loan, for payment of the salary. Again Rahul Gandhi accused that, the government has not given any project to the HAL as of now. Nirmala Sitharaman, tried to substantiate her earlier statement by saying that, the projects for HAL are in the pipeline (being processed). This time Rahul Gandhi asked as to how the government has paid Rs.22,000 crores to the Dassault Aviations (supplier of Rafale jets), even though not even a single Rafale jet has been delivered so far. At the same time, he also questioned why the government has not paid Rs.15,700 crores to the HAL, for the projects it has already completed for the Indian Air Force. From the above debate it is becoming very clear that the government is interested only to take care of the Indian corporates and multinational companies, and that it is leased bothered about our Public Sector Companies..
The AUAB meeting is taking place today, to review the developments that have taken place after the deferment of the Indefinite Strike, and also about the future strategy of the AUAB.
The historic two day General Strike started today, against the anti-people and anti-worker policies of the Modi government. As per media reports the strike has made very big impact throughout the country. CHQ has received reports that the strike is effective in BSNL. Many circles have sent photos. All circle unions are requested to send a brief report. CHQ conveys it’s revolutionary greetings to all the comrades participating in the strike.
The Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) conducted a conciliation today, in connection with the Indefinite Strike that was to start from 03.12.2018. Representatives of the DoT and BSNL were present. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com.Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com.Rasheed Khan, AGS, TEPU, Com. Rewati Prasad, AGS, BSNL ATM, Com.Kabeer Das & Com.H.P. Singh, BSNL OA represented the unions and associations. An action taken report was submitted by the Director (SR), DoT, on the demands of the AUAB. It observed that the DoT has not taken any substantial step to settle the important issues of 3rd Pay Revision, Allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay, etc. The representatives of the AUAB stated that there would be industrial unrest if the issues are not settled expeditiously.
There is no doubt that the world will laugh at India, for the speeches made by some so called scientists, in the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, held at Jalandhar last Friday. G. Nageswara Rao, the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University has stated in this Congress that, Kauravas of Mahabharata were born using stem cell technology. He has also told that Ravana of Ramayana used 24 types of aircrafts and that Srilanka had airports during the time of Ravana.
Another scientist, by name K.J. Krishnan has stated in the Conference that the theories of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein were wrong and would be disapproved. He has also told that “Gravitational Waves” would soon be renamed “Narendra Modi Waves” and that “Gravitational Lensing Effect” would be renamed as “Harsh Vardhan Effect”.
What these so called scientists have spoken last Friday, is nothing but the continuation of what Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke a view years back in a Mumbai Congress. Narendra Modi spoke that Lord Ganesha was created through plastic surgery. G. Nageswara Rao and K.J. Krishnan are only following the Prime Minister of the country. We do not know where the country is going.
The historic 18th General Strike by the working class of India is starting from midnight tomorrow. The Strike is to defend the public sector of the country and to change the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the government. Without the united and militant struggles of the working class, these policies cannot be changed. The working class of France is showing us the right path. The struggles that are going on in France, in the name of “yellow vests”, are against the burdens being imposed on the working people, to ensure big profits to the corporates. Let the two day General Strike be a starting point for more militant struggles to come in the future. CHQ conveys it’s revolutionary greetings to all the leaders and comrades who are organising the Strike throughout the country.
The issue of allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, is also raised in the Parliament. The question raised by Shri Binoy Viswam, MP and the reply given by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS(C) are enclosed for the information of our comrades. From the reply, it could be understood that the Hon’ble MoS(C) has avoided giving a direct reply to the question.
As has already been reported, the DoT has already prepared a Cabinet Note, for the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, and has sent it for Inter-ministerial consultation. Under these circumstances, some media has reported that the Niti Aayog has objected to the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. This news is being extensively circulated in the social media. If this news is correct, the AUAB will definitely take the necessary steps for getting 4G spectrum to BSNL. Comrades are requested not to become panicky.
With the view to mobilise the employees for the two day General Strike to be organised on 08th & 09th January, 2019, BSNLEU, NFTE, BSNL MS and TEPU had given call for organising lunch hour demonstrations and gate meetings today. Accordingly, the programme is observed throughout the country today. CHQ requests the circle and district unions to continue to campaign among the employees, for making the two day General Strike successful.
कल गेट मीटिंग और भोजन अवकाश प्रदर्शन प्रभावशाली रूप से आयोजित करें...
BSNLEU, NFTE, BSNL MS और TEPU द्वारा दिनांक 05.01.2019 को भोजन अवकाश के दौरान मीटिंग आयोजित कर प्रदर्शन करने का सभी बीएसएनएल कर्मियों को आव्हान किया जा चुका है। यह कार्यक्रम सरकार की कर्मचारी विरोधी, जन विरोधी नीतियों के विरोध में 08 और 09 जनवरी 2019 को होने जा रही दो दिवसीय आम हड़ताल में कर्मचारियों को शामिल होने के लिए संगठित करने के उद्देश्य से किया जा रहा है। सीएचक्यू का सभी सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट सेक्रेटरीज से, NFTE, BSNL MS और TEPU से समन्वय कर प्रदर्शन और गेट मीटिंग के कार्यक्रम को प्रभावी रूप से आयोजित करने का आग्रह है।
BSNLEU, NFTE, BSNL MS and TEPU have already called on the BSNL employees to organise lunch hour demonstrations and gate meetings tomorrow, the 05-01-2019. This programme has been called on, with the view to mobilise the employees for the 2 day General Strike to be held on 8th and 9th January, 2019, against the anti- working class and anti-people policies of the government. CHQ calls upon the circle and district secretaries to effectively organise the demonstrations and gate meetings tomorrow, in coordination with NFTE, BSNL MS and TEPU.
A massive Convention was organised at Kolkata, to mobilise the employees for the 2 day General Strike, to be held on 8th and 9th January, 2019. It was held in CTO Institute Hall. The Convention was jointly organised by BSNLEU, NFTE and NUBSNLW (FNTO) Com. Sisir Kumar Roy CS BSNLEU CTD Circle, Com. Aloke Nandi, CS, FNTO and Com. Tapan Biswas, CS, NFTE presided over the convention. The Convention was addressed by Com. Anadi Sahoo, GS, CITU WB, Com. Kamarujjaman kamar, President, INTUC,WB, Com.Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU and Com. Sekhar Majumdar, CS, CTD, NFTE. All the speakers appealed to the employees to make the strike a grand success to save BSNL and to save the Public Sector.