Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, has said that the decision to tax Vodafone Group retrospectively, taken by the UPA 2 government, was not correct. He has also stated that the present government will not follow that policy. Jaitley said this, while talking to a packed house at the Economic Times Global Business Summit 2018, on 24-02-2018. It may be recollected that the UPA government raised a tax demand of Rs.11,000 crore on Vodafone, in connection with it’s acquisition of Hutchison Telecom. The UPA government took the stand that the Hutchison-Vodafone deal was liable for tax deduction at source (TDS) under the Income Tax (IT) Act. But, Vodafone had not deducted the tax at source, and hence, the government directed Vodafone to pay the tax. Together with interest and penalties, this amount has increased to Rs.20,000 crore. The Supreme Court subsequently quashed the demand on January 20, 2012. However, the government amended its IT Act retrospectively, putting the liability back on Vodafone Group. Tax cheating is being done by the corporates in a big way. Vodafone and Hutchison jointly cheated Indian government to the tune of Rs.11,000 crores. Now, Arun Jaitley has openly stated that the decision of the UPA government to collect the amount from Vodafone is not correct. When the Modi government is taking action to collect every single paisa tax from the common man, they want to be very ‘kind and sympathetic’ to the tax - cheating corporates.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the glorious one day strike of 19th September, 1968. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the martyrs of the 1968 strike, and salutes the entire participants. BSNLEU vows to carry forward the fight against exploitation.
A massive strike preparatory meeting was organised by the Maharashtra AUAB, at CGM office, Mumbai, today. The meeting was unprecedentedly massive, attended by more than 1,000 comrades belonging to the CGM office, Mumbai, Telecom Factory, Mumbai and other districts of Maharashtra. Com. Ranjan Dhani, CS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Maharashtra, presided over. Com.N.K.Nalawade, CS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Maharashtra, welcomed everyone. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com. John Verghese, AGS, BSNLEU, Com. Vijay Gosavi, AGS, NFTE and Com.K.P. Nair, AGS, AIBSNLEA, addressed the meeting. The demands of the AUAB, the anti-BSNL and pro-private policies of the government were explained. Responding to the speeches of the leaders, the gathering unequivocally expressed it’s resolve to make the indefinite strike a total success.
Recently the DoT referred to TRAI, the question of allotting 4G spectrum to BSNL. The DoT had requested the TRAI to give recommendation as to whether 4G spectrum could be allotted to BSNL. Now, it is reported that the TRAI had backed out from giving any recommendation on this matter. The TRAI has reportedly told that the administrative allocation of spectrum to a public company is a policy matter to be decided by the government. So, now, the ball is in the government’s court. The government has to take the decision, whether 4G spectrum can be allotted to BSNL or not.
A well attended election campaign meeting of BSNLEU was held at Gurgaon today. Com. Parveen, District Secretary, welcomed everyone. Veteran leaders, Com.J.S. Dahiya and Com. Zile Singh, were present on the dias. Com.M.S. Kadian, Circle Secretary, briefly explained about the necessity to reelect BSNLEU as the Main Recognised Union once again. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting, clarifying all the doubts prevailing in the minds of the workers, regarding the revival of BSNL, government’s attitude towards the Company, VRS, reduction of retirement age to 58, 3rd Wage Revision and about the settlements made by BSNLEU since the 7th Membership Verification.
A seminar on the Centenary of the Indian Trade Union Movement was organised by BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, West Bengal Circle on 11th November, 2019. The speakers of the seminar were Com. Prasanta Nandi Chowdhury, General Secretary, All India Electricity Workers Federation (CITU), Com. Joydeb Dasgupta, Leader of All India Bank Employees Federation, Com. Animesh Mitra and Com.Tapas Ghosh. The speakers spoke on the history, especially the formation of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) in the year 1920 and its struggles. Com. Animesh Mitra spoke on the struggle of the Casual/Contract workers of BSNL, West Bengal Circle and appealed to the members present in the seminar to stand beside the strike of the casual/contract workers which will be observed on 19th November, 2019. He also appealed to make the success the 20th All India General Strike to be observed on 08.01.2020. He narrated in detail about the stand in regard to the VRS that has been brought by the BSNL Management as an item of Revival Package. He said that it is optional but the management is creating a fear psychosis amongst the workers to compel them to opt for VRS. He appealed to the employees not to bow down before the management. The seminar was presided jointly by Com. Tapan Ghosh and Com. Banani Chattopadhyay.
As per the call of the AUAB, an effective lunch hour demonstration was organised at the BSNL Corporate Office. Executives and Non-Executives working in the BSNL Corporate Office, participated in good numbers in the demonstration. It was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com.Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com.K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com.S.Sivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and Com.Mohinder Singh, Org. Secretary, FNTO.
The AUAB leaders of Karimnagar, Telangana circle, submitted a memorandum to Shri Bandi Sanjay Kumar, MP, Karimnagar. The leaders explained about the unwanted delay in BSNL’s launching of it's 4G, as well as it’s revival. It is reported that Shri Bandi Sanjay Kumar, MP, strongly condemned the remarks made by Shri Anantkumar Hedge,MP, calling the BSNL employees traitors.
The Satyagraha Programme will be conducted for five days from 30-01-2018. It should be organised at the All India, Circle and District levels. Separate instructions will be given by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, regarding how to conduct the programme. All Circle and District Secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to organise the programme massively, in coordination with the other constituents of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL.
The decision of the AUAB to launch “BSNL at your door steps” movement has been appreciated by Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. He has also expressed the desire of the Management to jointly implement this movement with the AUAB. If accepted by the AUAB, “BSNL at your door steps” movement would be implemented jointly by the AUAB and the BSNL Management, as “Service With A Smile” movement was implemented.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the glorious one day strike held on 19th September, 1968. The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi, on 04.09.2018, has given call to the circle and district unions to hold meetings and seminars, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that one day strike. CHQ has already given the call for this programme. Once again CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to organise the programme effectively tomorrow, and send report with photos to the CHQ.
Talks are held between the Secretary, Telecom, and the AUAB, today the 02-12-2018. It is observed that improvements are there in the issues of allotment of 4G spectrum, Pension Revision and Payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL as per government rule. However, deadlock is prevailing in the issue of 3rd Pay Revision. The AUAB is not convinced with the reply given by the Secretary, Telecom, on the status of this issue.
Under these circumstances, with the view to ensure an opportunity for having a discussion with the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, the AUAB has decided to defer the indefinite strike for one week. In case a fruitful settlement does not arise in the meeting with the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, the indefinite strike will start from 00:00 hours on 10-12-2018.
1.70 लाख परिवारों का भविष्य अंधकार में- AUAB का 15.02.2019 को परिवार के साथ रैली निकालने का आव्हान...
बीएसएनएल कर्मियों के 1.70 लाख कर्मियों के परिवारों का भविष्य अंधकार में है। सरकार बीएसएनएल को खत्म करना चाहती है। वह यह कदापि नही चाहती कि बीएसएनएल रिलायंस जिओ से सक्षमता के साथ प्रतिस्पर्धा करे। इसीलिए वह बीएसएनएल को 4G स्पेक्ट्रम आवंटित नही करना चाहती है। वह यह भी नही चाहती बीएसएनएल अपनी खाली पड़ी जमीन का उपयोग कर राजस्व अर्जित करे। सरकार यह भी नही चाहती कि बीएसएनएल बैंक से लोन ले, जबकि निजी कंपनियां, रिलायंस जियो सहित, सरकारी बैंकों से करोड़ों रुपयों का लोन ले रही है। वह हर सम्भव कोशिश कर रही है कि कर्मचारियों को सैलरी न मिले और उनके परिवारों को भूखे मरने की स्थिति निर्मित हो जाए। वह इस कोशिश में भी है कि कर्मचारियों की रिटायरमेंट की आयु सीमा 60 से 58 हो। वह हर वो प्रयास कर रही है जिससे कर्मचारियों में हड़कंप मच जाए और वें भयभीत हो कर VRS लेकर घर बैठ जाएं। दरअसल, मोदी सरकार बीएसएनएल को नही वरन रिलायंस जियो को सरकारी कंपनी मानती है। सरकार रिलायंस जियो को प्रमोट करने हेतु सारे प्रयास कर रही है। भारतीय रेलवे ने बीएसएनएल को छोड़ कर रिलायंस जियो के कनेक्शन ले लिए हैं। यह बेहद शर्मनाक है। इस निर्णय के पीछे आखिर कौन है ? इस तरह का अन्याय होते हम नही देख सकते हैं। तो आओ साथियों, हम सब एक साथ मिल कर सरकार की बीएसएनएल को खत्म करने के उद्देश्य से की जा रही साजिशों को नाकाम करें। सही माने में जनता ही इस विशाल बीएसएनएल की मालिक है। वें ही हमारे मालिक हैं। आओ, हम इस देश के नागरिकों के पास पहुंचें और बीएसएनएल की रक्षा हेतु उनका सहयोग प्राप्त करें। जीत अंत मे हमेशा जनता की ही होती है। AUAB ने 15.02.2019 को परिवार के साथ रैली निकालने का आव्हान किया है। बीएसएनएल ईयू का सभी परिमंडल व जिला सचिवों से अनुरोध है कि वें अधिक से अधिक संख्या में परिवार के सदस्यों के साथ रैली निकालने हेतु शीघ्र आवश्यक कदम उठाएं और रैली ऐतिहासिक रूप से सफल बनावें। बीएसएनएल ईयू प्रत्येक कर्मचारी से यह अनुरोध करती है कि अपने परिजनों को 15.02.2019 को सड़क पर उतारने में संकोच न करें।
It was on this day 100 years ago, that the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre took place in Amritsar. Colonel Reginald Dyer, a British army officer, carried out this massacre in which, more than1000 innocent civilians were killed and more than 1,500 were injured.This barbarianism by the British imperialists stunned the entire nation. The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre was a turning point in the Indian freedom struggle. Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, returned his ‘Sir title' (knighthood)’, to the British, protesting against the brutal massacre of Indian civilians by the British them. Rabindranath Tagore said “Such mass murderers aren’t worthy of giving any title to anyone." It must also be remembered here that, 21 years later, freedom fighter, Udam Singh, took revenge for the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre. In 1940, Michael O Dwyer, who was the governor of Punjab when the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre took place, was shot dead by Udam Singh at London. It is also significant to remember that, at the time of shooting Michael O Dwyer, Udam Singh changed his name as Ram Mohammed Sigh Azad. Thereby, Udam Singh wanted to represent Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism, to pay tributes to the freedom fighters of these relegions, who had laid down their lives for the freedom of our motherland. While paying our respectful homage to the Jallianwalla Bagh martyrs, as well as to freedom fighter Udam Singh, we pledge to carry forward the spirit of the freedom fighters.