The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Shri H.S. Sohal as the next Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of BSNL. The incumbent CVO of BSNL, Shri Kashyap, who is holding the post since April, 2016, has been shifted to the Power Grid Corporation of India. Shri H.S. Sohal is an IFS officer belonging to the 1987 batch.
The Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Pune, reviewed the issue of non-payment of wages to the contract workers for the past seven months. BSNLEU, together with the BSNLCCWF, has already organised dharna on 16-07-2019. However, there is no improvement on this issue. Hence, the Extended CEC meeting decided to organise March to the offices of Assistant Labour Commissioner / Regional Labour Commissioners / Deputy Labour Commissioner. BSNLEU and the BSNLCCWF have decided to organise this programme on 13-08-2019. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to effectively organise this programme. Rallies may be organised to whichever Labour Commissioner Office located in various cities and towns. A memorandum may also be submitted to the DLC, RLC and ALC, demanding their immediate intervention for the payment of wage arrears to the contract workers.
The MoU signed by BSNL, with the Canara Bank, for the extension of loans to BSNL employees, has already lapsed in December, 2019. BSNLEU has already written to the Management seeking an early renewal of the MoU. In this connection, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri P.C. Bhatt, Sr.GM(CBB), yesterday, and discussed this issue. The Sr.GM(CBB) assured that the MoU would be renewed expeditiously.
Yesterday, the AUAB has written a very detailed letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, soliciting his intervention, for clearing the road-blocks being created in BSNL's 4G tender, based on the complaint of the TEPC. A copy of the letter has been released to the media. The Financial Express and the National Herald have published detailed write-up on this issue.
The All India Centre of BSNLEU has taken disciplinary action against one of it’s Chennai Circle office bearers. This is purely BSNLEU’s internal matter.
Others have no business to poke their nose into it. However, C.K. Mathivanan, the rogue circle secretary of NFTE, Chennai Circle, has made a derogatory criticism on his website, about this.
Everyone knows that C.K.Mathivanan is a man without any discipline or decency. When Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri was the General Secretary of BSNLEU, C.K. Mathivanan used to insult and attack him. After taking over as General Secretary, Com.P.Abhimanyu has become the target for his attacks. The worst part of story is that, C.K.Mathivanan is abusing and attacking his own leaders as well.
Some years back, Com.Chandeswar Singh, General Secretary, NFTE, came to address an all union seminar at Chennai. There, he was gheraoed in the public place, by C.K. Mathivanan and his thugs for a pretty long time. So far as we know, such a misfortune has never happened to any other General Secretary.
Apart from these, another key All India Office bearer of NFTE has also become the victim of C.K.Mathivanan’s attacks. C.K.Manthivanan wrote on his circle union website that, this leader has changed his Union, as many times as he changed his shirts.
When the JAC leaders signed agreement with the BSNL Management, settling 78.2% IDA merger, C.K. Mathivanan, wrote on his website that, the All India leaders have surrendered the interests of the workers. He even went to the extent of organising protest meetings, condemning the agreement. However, when the order for 78.2% IDA merger was issued, C.K.Mathivanan silently received the benefits and enjoyed.
The AUAB is uniting the entire officers and employees of BSNL and is continuously fighting against the government, to safeguard BSNL and it’s employees. However, C.K. Mathivanan has made it his habit to attack and ridicule the AUAB. This issue has already been raised at the All India AUAB meetings, with NFTE leadership. Even now, NFTE is not a part of the AUAB in Chennai circle.
A few months back, once again C.K. Mathivanan, insulted Com.Chandeswar Singh, General Secretary, NFTE. What C.K.Mathivanan wrote on his website, goes on like this :- "The General Secretary, who calls himself a communist, kept on waiting for the Telecom Minister at Patna airport. But, on his arrival, the Minister ignored the leader and did not even bother to look at his face. However, the General Secretary, kept following the Minister, with folded hands. Why this pathetic situation? "
It is also a fact that, C.K.Mathivanan did not spare even great leaders like Com.O.P.Gupta and Com.Jagan. Normally, C.K. Mathivanan used to refer Com.O.P.Gupta as *“that old man”.* Frequently, he has abused both Com.O.P.Gupta and Com.Jagan in filthy language.
Whatever happens inside NFTE is their internal matter. But, if the NFTE leadership allows C.K.Mathivanan to hurl abuses at BSNLEU and AUAB, it will not be appropriate.
Hence, BSNLEU wishes to make an appeal to the NFTE leadership, that it is time for them to discipline C.K. Mathivanan.
The Central Trade Unions, including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AICCTU, LPF, etc., are organising a work-shop at Hyderabad on 22-10-2017, on the issue of Wage Revision. The common strategy to be adopted, against the anti-worker recommendations of the 3rd PRC, are expected to be prominently discussed in this work-shop. All the top leaders of the Central Trade Unions are taking part. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary is representing BSNLEU.
Leaders of BSNL unions and associations, submitted memorandum to Hon’ble MP, shri Farooq Abdullah, Srinagar.
A meeting of the members of BSNLEU and NFTE, of the Joint Committee for Negotiating Wage Settlement of the Non-Executives, will be held at 10:00 hrs. on 03.08.2018, in Room No.706 of the BSNL Corporate Office. This meeting will discuss and finalise the unified approach of the Staff Side, to be adopted in the Joint Committee meeting to be held on 09.08.2018.
The two day Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started enthusiastically at ALTTC, Ghaziabad, today. The meeting started with the hoisting of Union flag by Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS. Com.Upendar Singh Teotia, circle secretary, UP (West) circle, which is hosting the CEC meeting, welcomed everyone. Com.Balbir Singh, President, delivered the presidential address. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, moved the condolence resolution. The house paid homage to the departed leaders, by observing a minute's silence. Shri M.K.Seth, CGM, ALTTC, greeted the meeting. Thereafter, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, presented the report on activities. In his speech, the General Secretary, explained about the issues of the two day General Strike to be held on 8th and 9th January, 2019, wage revision, subsidiary tower company, agitational call of the AUAB, settlement of the long pending issues of the Non-Executives, holding of the All India Conference at Mysuru from 17th to 20th December, 2018, etc. The General Secretary appreciated the UP(West) circle union for making good arrangements for the meeting. Deliberations by the CEC members started after lunch.
It is a matter of great encouragement that, apart from Reliance Jio, there is only one company which increased it's customers in October, 2018, and that company is BSNL. All other companies in the Indian telecom sector have lost their customers. According to the TRAI report, only Jio and BSNL increased their customers in Oct.2018. Jio added 1 crore customers, while BSNL increased 3.66 lakh customers. BSNL's customer addition may look small, compared to the addition made by Reliance Jio. But, BSNL's performance is a very big achievement, compared to the performance of Vodafone which has lost a massive 73.61 lakh customers. Airtel has lost 18.64 lakh customers, Tata Tele Services has lost 9.25 lakh customers, MTNL has lost 8,068 customers, and RCom has lost 3,831 customers. All these companies have lost a whopping 1.01 crore customers.
[Source: ToI dt. 02-01-2019 ]
Huawei Technologies is black listed by the US government yesterday. According to this, Huawei cannot buy parts and components from the US companies. In a statement, the US government has stated that, Huawei engaged in activities that are contrary to US national security and foreign policy interests. What the US government has stated, is only a lame excuse. The real reason is that, the US government wants to cripple the growth of Huawei. Till 10 years back, the US and European multinational companies were dominating the telecom equipments manufacturing. But, the Huawei has shattered them and has emerged as the world’s largest manufacturer of telecom equipments now. The US does not want a company of a 3rd world country to become this much dominant in the area of modern technology. At present, Huawei is leading the world, in the 5G technology. The US tried it’s best to stop it’s European allies, from purchasing 5G network equipments from Huawei. But, it was not accepted by the European countries. Out of frustration, the US government has now black listed Huawei. The US imperialism wants to remain as the sole proprietor of modern technologies, so that it’s multinational companies can loot the wealth of the 3rd world countries. However, it is upset that Huawei, a company of a 3rd world country, has defeated it, in the race for hi-technology. The black listing of Huawei has come out the frustration of the US imperialism.
BSNLEU की पुणे में सम्पन्न एक्सटेंडेड सीईसी द्वारा कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स को विगत 7 माह से वेजेस भुगतान न होने के मुद्दे को रिव्यु किया गया। BSNLEU और BSNLCCWF द्वारा साथ मिल कर 16-07-2019 को धरना भी आयोजित किया जा चुका है। किन्तु इस प्रकरण में कोई प्रगति नही हुई है। अतः एक्सटेंडेड सीईसी द्वारा असिस्टेंट लेबर कमिश्नर, रीजनल लेबर कमिश्नर और डिप्टी लेबर कमिश्नर के कार्यालय तक "मार्च" आयोजित करने का निर्णय लिया गया। तदनुसार, BSNLEU और BSNLCCWF ने यह कार्यक्रम 13-08-2019 को आयोजित करने का निर्णय लिया है। CHQ सभी सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट यूनियन्स से आव्हान करता है कि इस प्रोग्राम को प्रभावी रूप से आयोजित करें। सभी शहरों और टाउन्स में जहां भी लेबर कमिश्नर ऑफिस है, रैली आयोजित करें। DLC, RLC और ALC को कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स के वेज एरियर्स के त्वरित भुगतान हेतु हस्तक्षेप करने की मांग करते हुए, उन्हें ज्ञापन भी सौंपें जाए।
Former Chief Justice of India, justice Ranjan Gogoi, has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, by President, Ramnath Kovind. This has raised the eyebrows of many. It is being pointed out that, if such high positions are offered to judges after their retirement, then it will lead to favouritism and nepotism in the judiciary. The judiciary will lose it’s independence and will become subordinate to the government. Recently, justice Muralidhar, who criticised the BJP leaders for the Delhi riots, was transferred in the midnight. A message is being sent that, those judges criticise the government and the ruling party will be punished and those judges who favour them will be rewarded. This is not good for Indian democracy.
As we have already reported, the AUAB’s letter addressed to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention to remove the hurdles in BSNL’s 4G equipment procurement, has got wide coverage in the media. The Economic Times Telecom (ET Telecom) has written a good article in this connection today, which we are reproducing herewith.
BSNLEU wishes to make it very clear that 'Land Monetisation' was not a demand of the BSNLEU / AUAB at all. The AUAB only demanded that the DoT should give approval for BSNL’s “Land Management Policy”, which is for leasing out and renting out BSNL’s vacant lands and buildings. However, in it’s Revival Package, announced on 23.10.2019, the government decided to monetise BSNL’s assets.
In this matter, every employee of BSNL as well as unions and associations have to be very cautious. It is because, every effort will be made by the government to grab BSNL’s lands at a throw away price and to hand it over to the corporates. We must not forget that, after coming to power in 2014, the BJP government passed 3 ordinances to grab lands of the poor peasants and to hand over them to corporates. However, only through nationwide militant struggles of the Kisans and democratic forces, the attempts of the Modi government were defeated. Hence, similar land grabbing attempts may be made in BSNL also.
Hence, we have to ensure that the transactions are transparent. Each and every employee, union, association has to remain vigilant to ensure that BSNL gets market price, and not a throw away price, in the land monetisation. The All India Centre of BSNLEU, which met yesterday, called upon every employee, union, association to remain vigilant to ensure this.
Leaders of BSNL unions and associations, submitted memorandum to Hon’ble MP, shri Shyama Charan Gupta, Allahabad.
An impressive convention is conducted in the CGM Office premises, Thiruvananthapuram, today. The purpose of the convention is to explain the decisions of the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union, and also to celebrate the victory of the struggle, conducted by the BSNLEU and SNEA comrades of Kerala circle, against the corrupt and arrogant M.S.S. Rao, the then CGM of Kerala circle. The convention was presided over by Com. A.V. Kuriakose, Circle President. Com. K. Mohanan, CS, welcomed everyone and delivered the introductory speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention, congratulating the Kerala comrades for their heroic struggle against the tyranny of M.S.S. Rao, and demanding justice to the Casual and Contract Workers. He also explained in detail, the decisions of the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com. M. Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, com. S. Pratap Kumar, AGS, com. George Verghese, Circle President, SNEA, com. P.K. Muraleedharan, CS, P-III, com. Muraleedharan Nair, former AGS, com. Somasekaran Nair, CS, BSNLCCWF and com.Jacob Thomas, circle president, P-lll also addressed the seminar. A large number of comrades from the CGM office and Trivandrum district attended the convention. Finally, com. K. Mohanan, CS, proposed the vote of thanks.
It is a very sad development that, after 65 years of it’s nationalisation, the Air India is all set to be privatised. The government has finalised the terms and conditions for it’s privatisation. Accordingly, 76% shares of Air India, Air India-Express and Air India-SATS will be sold to the potential buyer. The buyer has to take over Rs.24,576 crore of Air India’s total debt of Rs.50,000 crore and the entire Rs.8,816 crore of current liabilities. The Air India is having 11,214 permanent employees ; 7,486 casual workers and 2,913 contract workers. According to the road-map of the government the successful bidder will be chosen in the month of September, 2018.
[Source: Times of India dated 29.03.2018]