Salary for the month of October 2019 was not paid. Today is 30th November and the salary for the month of November, 2019 is also not paid. In the talks held with the AUAB on 18.11.2019, The Director (HR) assured that the October salary would be paid on 28.11.2019. However the Management has not honoured this assurance. It is not known when these two months' salary would be paid. What has been happening in the MTNL has started happening in BSNL also, especially after the new CMD has taken over the charge. The salary is not being paid, only to create a scare and to compel more employees to go on VRS. BSNLEU strongly condemns this attitude of the BSNL Management. BSNLEU will take recourse to suitable action, in consultation with other Unions and associations.
The CHQ has received intimation that Com.Mukesh Kumar, contract worker, manning the Rajatalab BTS, in Varanasi SSA, was killed in a road accident today, while going for the duty. Com.Mukesh Kumar is a young worker and has met an untimely death. The CHQ of BSNLEU pays homage to Com.Mukesh Kumar and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members and friends.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has angrily reacted to the criticism that the Indian economy is slowing down. There is no use in becoming angry, but needful actions, to put the economy on the right track, are required to be taken. Narendra Modi came to power, by assuring to create 1 crore jobs. It was not achieved. To the contrary, the Demonitisation and introduction of GST have killed a large number of jobs. Some details are as follows:-
[Courtesy: Indian Express, dt.03-10-2017]
Moving aggressively ahead, to implement it’s agenda of disinvestment / privatisation of the Public Sector Undertakings, the Central Government has decided to raise Rs.30,000 crore, through disinvestment of the shares of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL). With this the disinvestment target of the government for the current year is expected to reach Rs.90,000 crore. Last year, the government realised Rs.46,000 crore through disinvestments. Media reports say that the government may fix a target to get Rs.1 lakh crore through disinvestments in the next financial year. It may also be noted that the government is going ahead with the sale of Air India, despite objections raised by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport.
In a brief discussion held with Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), drew his attention to the following issues:-
After completion of today’s Joint Committee meeting, the Staff Side members of the Committee, met and discussed about the strategy to be adopted, for finalising the wage settlement within the shortest possible time. It was unanimously decided that, both the Recognised Unions should work in close coordination to finalise the wage settlement within the shortest possible time, and with the maximum benefits to the employees. The various aspects connected with the construction of the new pay scales are discussed in this meeting. It is decided that, both the Recognised Unions should hand over a joint proposal to the Management, on the new pay scales, in the next meeting of the Joint Committee, to be held on 09.08.2018. To finalise this proposal, a meeting of the Staff Side members will be held at 10:00 AM on 03.08.2018, at NFTE’s office.
The delegates session of the 9th All India Conference of BSNLEU, being held at Mysuru, started today. Com. Balbir Singh, President, is presiding over the session. Condolence resolution was moved by Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS. The house stood in silence for a minute and paid homage to the martyrs and also to the leaders who have passed away since the last All India Conference. Thereafter, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, presented the report on activities. In his presentation, the General Secretary highlighted the background in which the indefinite strike was deferred, the settlement reached in the meeting held with the AUAB and the Hon’ble MoS(C), settlement of the issues of the Non-Executives, etc. Thereafter, deliberation by the delegates started and is going on.
The AUAB has given the call for submitting memorandums to the MPs. Copy of the memorandum to be submitted is uploaded on CHQ website and also already sent to the CEC members. According to the decision of the AUAB, submission of the memorandums is to be completed by 28-02-2019. So far, memorandums are submitted only to a few MPs. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB and to complete the task of submitting the memorandum immediately, and before 28-02-2019.
BSNL के वित्तीय उन्नयन (रिवाइवल) के लिए सरकार द्वारा पूंजी लगाना सुनिश्चित करना जरूरी क्यों ?
BSNLEU मांग करती है कि सरकार पूंजी लगा कर BSNL का वित्तीय उन्नयन सुनिश्चित करे। मीडिया में इस बात पर बहस हो रही है कि कर दाताओं का पैसा सरकार BSNL और MTNL की मदद करने में क्यों जाया करें। यह एक सच्चाई है कि अपने अस्तित्व के 18.5 वर्षों में BSNL को वित्तीय सहयोग के रूप में कर दाताओं का एक नया पैसा भी प्राप्त नही हुआ है। किन्तु, इसके साथ ही, टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया ने अपने 17 जुलाई 2019 के अंक में रिपोर्ट प्रस्तुत की है कि वर्ष 2018-19 और 2019-20 में सरकार ने पब्लिक सेक्टर बैंक्स में 2.69 लाख करोड़ की पूंजी डाली थी। यह पूंजी उन पब्लिक सेक्टर बैंक्स को सहयोग करने हेतु डाली गई थी जिन्होंने करोड़ों रुपयों का बैड लोन राइट ऑफ किया था। यहां ध्यान देने योग्य तथ्य यह है कि बैड लोन का बड़ा हिस्सा कॉर्पोरेट्स का था जो उनके द्वारा चुकाया नही गया था। कैपिटल इंफ्यूजन के माध्यम से सरकार द्वारा पब्लिक सेक्टर बैंक्स को मदद इसलिए दी गई थी कि वें पुनः बड़े कॉर्पोरेट्स को नए सिरे से लोन दे सके। अतः, जब सरकार पब्लिक सेक्टर बैंक्स में रु 2.69 लाख करोड़ की पूंजी डाल सकती है और वह भी 2 वर्षों की अवधि में, तो फिर BSNL के आर्थिक उन्नयन के लिए BSNL में पूंजी क्यों नही लगाई जा सकती है? हमारी मांग ज्यादा वाजिब इसलिए भी है कि केवल सरकार द्वारा उठाए गए एन्टी BSNL कदमों की वजह से ही BSNL की दुर्दशा हुई है।
The VRS window closes on 03.12.2019. There are only a few more days for it. The BSNL Management and the DoT have not come forward to clear some crucial uncertainties connected with the VRS-2019. Hence, it has become clear that neither the BSNL Management, nor the DoT, are going to ensure the following safeguards, being demanded by the unions and associations.
(1) Commutation of Pension.
Amendment to the Pension Commutation Rule 1981 to ensure safety measures to the employee who go on VRS. This is demanded because, according to the Commutation of Pension Rule 1981, an employee has to apply for pension commutation within one year of his retirement. Whereas, according to the VRS-2019, Pension Commutation will be given to the VRS optees only when they complete the age of 60 years.
According to the present rules, all those who apply for their Pension Commutation after one year of their going on VRS, will have to undergo a medical examination, which will create unnecessary complications and problems to a large section of the employees.
Further if any of the VRS optee expires before attaining the age of 60, his family will not get the benefit of pension commutation, which will be a huge loss to that family. This is a provision contained in the present rule. The unions and associations have demanded that, relaxation should be given to the VRS optees as a special case, from the above clause.
Both the above relaxations can be given only by amending the Commutation of Pension Rules 1981, by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare. Any oral or written assurance given by the DoT or BSNL Management will not serve the purpose. However, it is unfortunate that neither the BSNL Management nor the DoT has taken any step to ensure necessary safety to the VRS optees.
(2) Eligibility for 3rd PRC.
The Supreme Court judgement says that an employee who goes on VRS is not entitled for Wage Revision, implemented subsequently and retrospectively. As per the provision of the VRS-2019 also, employees who go on VRS are not entitled for 3rd Pay Revision. Para 8 (viii) of VRS 2019 Rule reads as follows:-
“The benefits payable under this scheme shall be in full and final settlement of all claims of whatsoever nature, whether arising under the scheme or otherwise.”
This means, the exgratia being paid to the VRS optees is the full and final settlement and thereafter, they are not entitled for the 3rd PRC, when implemented later on and retrospectively.
The unions and associations demand that the BSNL Management should give an assurance that, the VRS optees would be made eligible for the 3rd PRC. However, the BSNL Management has not taken any action to give this assurance. This clearly shows that the VRS optees are not going to get the benefit of 3rd PRC.
Under the above mentioned circumstances, those employees who have already given option for VRS, are requested to think twice and take a wise decision before the VRS window closes on 03.12.2019.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Vadodara on 06th & 07th March, 2020. All the CEC members are requested to inform their time and date of their arrival as well as departure, to the Reception Committee immediately. Communication in this regard may please be made with Com.D.K. Bakutra, Circle Secretary, Gujarat, on his mobile number 9426435999.
The Narendra Modi government has frozen the DA of the Central Government employees and pensioners for a period of 1 ½ years, under the pretext of managing the crisis that has been created by the Corona Virus. The government will say that, this money will be utilised to help the common man. But, the question is, why the government should grab the money from the pockets of Central Government employees and pensioners? In August, 2019, the Modi government transferred Rs.1.6 lakh crore from the Reserve Bank. Next month itself, out of this money, the government gave concessions to the big corporates to the tune of Rs.1.45 lakh crore, by cutting down the corporate tax. Not only this! From April, 2014 onwards, the Modi government has waived bad loans, to be paid by the big corporates, to the tune of Rs.5.55 lakh crore. This is how the Modi government has facilitated the big corporates to loot Rs.5.55 lakh crore of people’s money. So, when the government wants to help the big corporates, it will have unlimited resources. But, when the question of helping the common man arises, the government will not have any source and it will grab money from workers' pockets. This is a classic example for the economic policy of Narendra Modi.
All the trade unions in the Coal sector, started a 3 day strike at 6 am yesterday, the 02.07.2020, against allowing commercial coal mining by Indian corporates and multinational companies. The strike is also against allowing 100% FDI in the Coal Sector, which is nothing but handing over the coal mines to multinational companies. Talks held between the trade unions and the Coal Minister, Shri Pralhad Joshi, on 01.07.2020 had failed. Production of 4 million tons of coal is expected to be affected by this strike. BSNLEU expresses it’s support and solidarity to the heroic strike of the Coal workers.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Kerala circle, is being successfully held online today. Com.P.Manoharan, Circle President, is presiding over. Com.C. Santhosh Kumar, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.John Verghese, AGS, are attending the meeting from the CHQ. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting and spoke at length on the functioning of the CHQ, road-blocks being created in the revival of BSNL, Attacks being launched on the Public Sector, as well as on labour rights, etc. The GS also explained the status / action taken, on important issues of Wage Revision, Pension Revision, New Promotion Policy, Medical facility, etc. He also answered the questions raised by comrades. Thereafter, deliberation by the Executive Committee members started.
The All Unions and Associations of Karnataka, presented it's Memorandum on Wage Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company issues, to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, yesterday at Bengaluru. The Hon'ble MoS(C) had asked the representatives, "where is the money to pay the wage revision?" Further, he has told that the financial position of the Company was not good and that the government was also not in a position to help in this regard. The reply given by the Hon'ble MoS(C) clearly tells us about the mindset of the government, regarding the wage revision issue.
All comrades are requested to kindly note that BSNLEU’s new website bsnleu.in alone will be available from 23.01.2018. The existing website bsnleuchq.com will be discontinued with effect from the above mentioned date.
The AUAB has already called on the BSNL employees, to organise a 3 day Relay Hunger Strike on 24th, 25th & 26th July, 2018, demanding immediate implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, in the meeting held on 24.02.2018. This issue was discussed in the meeting held between the leaders of BSNLEU and NFTE today. It was decided to powerfully organise this 3 day Relay Hunger Strike at the BSNL Corporate Office, by making maximum mobilisation.
BSNLEU और NFTE ने 8वें सदस्यता सत्यापन को पोस्टपोन करने का विरोध किया और समय पर करने की मांग की...
BSNLEU और NFTE, नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव्ज की दोनों मान्यता प्राप्त यूनियन्स, ने संयुक्त रूप से 8वें सदस्यता सत्यापन के आयोजन हेतु प्रक्रिया त्वरित रूप से शुरू करने की मांग करते हुए CMD BSNL को पत्र लिखा है। यह पत्र, प्रबंधन द्वारा 8वें सदस्यता सत्यापन को 6 माह के लिए पोस्टपोन करने की मंशा को भांप कर लिखा गया है। BSNLEU और NFTE, दोनों ही यूनियन्स ने सदस्यता सत्यापन को पोस्टपोन करने का विरोध किया है और मांग की है कि सत्यापन हेतु शीघ्र ही अधिसूचना जारी की जाए।
Polling for the 8th Membership Verification has been successfully completed yesterday. However, on the day of the polling, CHQ received two bad news also. Com.Victor, District Treasurer, BSNLEU, Davengere, passed away at 12.00 noon due to massive heart attack. He had been a very sincere and dedicated comrade. Similarly, Com.Abhaya Kumar Sahoo of Dhenkanal SSA of Odisha circle has also passed away. On returning home immediately after casting his vote, Com.Abhaya Kumar Sahoo, suffered a massive heart attack and passed away. BSNLEU dips it’s banner and pays it’s respectful homage to both the comrades. CHQ also expresses it’s heartfelt condolences to the families of Com.Victor and Com.Abhaya Kumar Sahoo.