The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has taken strong exception to the statement reportedly made by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on 07th January, 2020, asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deny or prove his alleged statement that, top pharmaceutical companies bribed doctors with women escorts. The country’s largest doctors’ body demanded that the PM should apologise if he fails to do so. “Reports have appeared in the media regarding the purported statement by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi that top pharmaceutical companies bribed doctors with women escorts. IMA takes strong exception to the statement if it has been really made by the Prime Minister,” a media release from IMA said. The PM reportedly spoke about ethical marketing practices during a meeting with top pharmaceutical companies earlier this month. “IMA wants to know if the government had details about companies involved in supplying women to doctors why it chose to invite them for a meeting in PMO rather than initiate criminal proceedings,” the IMA statement said.
[ Courtesy: thehindu.com – Mumbai 15th January, 2020 05:51 IST ]
The AUAB leaders of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh circle, submitted memorandum to Shri M.Bharat Ram, MP, Rajahmundry, yesterday the 07.08.2020. The delay being caused in BSNL’s 4G service launching, as well as in it’s revival, were explained by the AUAB leaders to the MP.
A meeting of the All India Coordination Committee of Working Women (CITU) and the women’s subcommittees of various fraternal organisations such as, BSNLEU, AIIEA, Confederation of Central Government Employees, AISGEF, FMRAI, etc., is taking place at New Delhi on 16th January,2018. The venue will be BTR Bhawan, New Delhi. The meeting will discuss the present day problems of the working class in general, and the problems being faced by working women in particular. BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee (BSNLEU) is invited for this meeting.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Balbir Singh, President and Com. John Verghese, AGS, met Shri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI), and discussed the issue of non-allotment of funds to the circles, for payment of wages to the contract workers. It was pointed out that wages of contract workers were not paid for the month of December and January in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu circles. The GM (BFCI) stated that this was due to lack of cash-flow in the Corporate Office. However, he assured that the funds would be allotted next week.
श्री पी के पुरवार का बीएसएनएल के भावी सीएमडी के रूप में चयन...
द पब्लिक इंटरप्राइजेज सिलेक्शन बोर्ड (PSEB) द्वारा आज अपनी मीटिंग में बीएसएनएल के भावी सीएमडी के रूप में श्री पी के पुरवार के नाम की अनुशंसा की गई। श्री पी के पुरवार वर्तमान में सीएमडी एमटीएनएल हैं। यहां यह बताना प्रासंगिक होगा कि सीएमडी एमटीएनएल बनने के पूर्व वें बीएसएनएल के जीएम (सीए) के रूप में कार्य कर चुके हैं।
बीएसएनएल ईयू की श्री पी के पुरवार को तहे दिल से बधाई !
CHQ is getting a lot of queries with regards to the rumours about reduction of the retirement age from 60 to 58. CHQ is aware that serious discussions are going on at the government level, on this matter. BSNLEU, in it’s letter, written to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble MoC & IT on 06.06.2019, has demanded that the assurance given by the government, at the time of formation of BSNL, should be honoured. The assurance given in the year 2000, about retirement age is that, only Government Rule would be made applicable to BSNL. As per the existing government rule, retirement age is 60. We hope that the government will honour it’s assurance given in the year 2000. Hence, we request the members not to get panicky.
The 8th Membership Verification campaign meeting was held at GM office, Kadapa on 28.08.2019. Com. Sudhakar, District President, presided over. Com. A Subba Rao, District Secretary, welcomed everyone. The meeting was addressed by Com. J. Sampath Rao, AGS & CS,Telangana Circle, Com. P Asoka Babu, Circle Secretary A.P. Circle, P Akbar Basha and Com. L Ramesh Babu, ACS, AP. Circle. The leaders addressed the meeting and explained about 8th membership verification, the financial revival of BSNL, Wage revision, Pension revision, Land monetisation, VRS, 58 years, etc., a large number of comrades from Kadapa District participated in this meeting.
A meeting has been arranged by the DoT, wherein Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Communications, will be meeting the unions and associations of BSNL at 03:00 pm on 04.11.2019. It is expected that, the revival package of BSNL, recently approved by the Cabinet, will figure in the discussion. The details will be communicated to the members soon after the meeting is over.
The Supreme Court rejected yesterday, the petitions of Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Tata Teleservices, for a review of the judgement of the Apex Court delivered on 24.10.2019. By this judgement, the Supreme Court widened the definition of the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR), based on which licence fee and spectrum usage charges are being calculated. As a result of this judgement, Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Tata Teleservices have to pay Rs.53,000 crore, Rs.35,000 crore and Rs.19,000 crore respectively, more to the government. Vodafone Idea has already announced that it would shut down it’s operations in India, if it did not get relief from the Supreme Court judgement.
1) Com.H.S. Rao, Sagar – Rs.1,000/-
2) Com.M K Shukla, Bhopal – Rs.1,100/-
3) Com. Vikas Gaur, Indore – Rs.1,100/-
4) Com. Sharad Shastri, DS, Jhabua – Rs.1,100/-
5) Com Deepak Sharma, DS, Khargone - Rs 1100/-
6) Com. Parvej Ali, Jabalpur – Rs.1,000/-
7) Com. S K Gupta, Bhopal – Rs.1,000/-
8) Com. D K Gupta, Indore – Rs.500/-
9) Com. B L Kushwah, Dewas – Rs.500/-
10) Com. Pranay Shegaonkar, Indore – Rs.500/-
As per the call of the CHQ of BSNLEU, Contract Workers Relief Fund was collected in Ludhiana district. Along with BSNLEU, comrades of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA also participated in the collection. Totally, Rs.1.75 lakh was collected as donation in Ludhiana district. Distribution of relief, in the form of food materials, has started now. Relief materials were jointly distributed to 60 contract workers yesterday, by BSNLEU, AIBDPA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA. Each worker received food materials worth Rs.1,400/-. Com.Avatar Singh Jhande, DS, BSNLEU, Shri Charan Das, PGMT, Ludhiana, Com.Balvinder Singh, CS, AIBDPA, office bearers of AIBDPA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA participated in the programme.
The AUAB leaders submitted memorandum yesterday to Shri Pon. Gowtham Sigamani, Lok Sabha member from Kallakurichi in Tamil Nadu circle. The AUAB leaders explained how BSNL’s 4G launching and it’s revival are being delayed and sought the intervention of the MP for the early solution of these issues.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Balbir Singh, President and Com. John Verghese, AGS, in their discussion with Shri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI) today, expressed their unhappiness about the Corporate Office’s direction to the circles, to reduce the strength of contract workers, as a measure of curtailing expenditure. The GM (BFCI) explained that last year, BSNL’s revenue has gone down by Rs.6,000 crore, and also the DoT has imposed a ban on BSNL’s taking bank loans for operational expenditures, which have warranted reduction in the strength of contract workers. The representatives suggested that the Company needs to reduce it’s expenditure on electricity, car rental, etc., instead of reducing the strength of contract workers. This issue will be further discussed at the higher levels of the Management.
The CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to celebrate this year’s May Day enthusiastically, and in a befitting manner. Huge concessions to the corporates, severe attacks on the Public Sector, scuttling of the hard-won trade union rights, etc., are the Hall marks of the present day government. Communal poison is being spread to break the unity of the working masses. Strengthening of our unity and sharpening of our struggles are the need of the hour. Let this year’s May Day be celebrated in this direction. Flag hoisting and gate meetings may be organised at all work places. Reports and photos may be sent to the CHQ, through email.
Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Railway Minister, was heckled at by railway men at Lucknow, on 16th November,2018. The minister was addressing a convention of the Northern Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU), affiliated to the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF). The railway employees were aggrieved by the implementation of the retrograde New Pension Scheme (NPS), exploitation of workers in the name of apprenticeship. Addressing the convention of the NRMU, Shri Piyush Goyal justified the apprenticeship system and made a remark that the railway union leaders are misguiding the youth, in the matter of regularisation of apprentices. Irritated by the remarks of the minister, the railwaymen started shouting slogans and rushed to the dias. Slogans like “Railway Manthri murdabad” were raised. Flower pots were thrown at the minister. As a result of this, the Minister abruptly stopped his speech and he was taken away by the police. The system of apprenticeship is a worst kind of exploitation of labour. Lakhs of highly educated youngsters are engaged as apprentices for years together, and they are being paid a very paltry amount as wages. When the Minister justified this exploitation, the railwaymen naturally got annoyed.
A meeting was held today between the AUAB and Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary(Telecom). AUAB representatives in the Committee for Periodic Interaction, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com.Chandeshwar Singh, CS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, participated.From the DoT side, Shri R.K. Khandelwal, Joint Secretary(Admn.) Shri S.K. Jain, DDG (Estt.), Shri Rajeev Kumar, DDG (Budget), also participated. Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) and Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), represented BSNL. Detailed discussion took place on the 3rd Pay Revision, 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay and Pension Revision issues. As regards the 3rd Pay Revision, in today's meeting, the DoT side offered Pay Revision with 5% fitment. If the AUAB accepted that, then this issue would be placed for the approval of the Digital Commission ( erstwhile Telecom Commission) meeting, to be held on 05-02-2019, and that thereafter it would be taken for the approval of the Cabinet, said the DoT side. The AUAB stated that 5% fitment is very low and that they could not accept it. Thereafter, the AS(T) suggested that the AUAB representatives could discuss the issue with the CMD BSNL and could come back to him within a day or two. It may be recollected that in the meeting held on 03-12-2018, the Honourable Minister of State for Communications had stated that 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment was not possible. Further, in the last meeting held with the Additional Secretary (Telecom), 3rd Pay Revision with 0% fitment was offered by the DoT side.