BSNLEU is continuously taking efforts for getting Presidential Orders issued to around 400 TSMs who have directly been promoted as Telecom Technicians. BSNLEU is pursuing these cases for the past several years. After prolonged efforts, the cases have been sent by the Corporate Office to the DoT. Today, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with Shri Sunil Purohit, DDG (Pers.), DoT, The General Secretary requested the DDG (Pers.), DoT, to take expeditious steps for issuing Presidential Orders to the officials. The DDG (Pers.) is very positive and assured to do the needful at the earliest.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), today and discussed the following issues.
(1) No online exam for the Non-Executives.
BSNLEU is insisting upon the Management to conduct all the LICEs for the Non-Executives, without further delay. Under these circumstances, the Recruitment Branch of the Corporate Office had proposed to hold the LICEs for the Non-Executives 'online'. BSNLEU has already strongly opposed this. Today, the General Secretary told the Director (HR) that, all LICEs, from one Non-Executive cadre to another Non-Executive cadre, should be held only ‘off-line’. After discussion, the Director (HR) agreed to the view point of BSNLEU.
(2) Starting the preliminary works for holding the LICEs.
The various LICEs for the Non-Executives are not held for a long time. The General Secretary met the CMD BSNL last week and discussed this issue. The CMD BSNL told that, the process of 'Restructuring' would be completed in the month of April, 2021, and that the LICEs would be held thereafter. In his meeting with the Director (HR) today, the General Secretary once again insisted to immediately start the preliminary works for holding the LICEs, so that the exams could be conducted immediately after completion of the 'Restructuring'. The Director (HR) agreed to do the needful.
(3) Transfer of JE’s from Leh SSA to other SSAs of J&K circle.
In view of the sub-zero temperatures prevailing in Leh SSA of J&K circle, BSNLEU has already demanded that, the requests of JEs, for transfer to other SSAs of J&K circle, should be considered, on completion of two years of service. The Director (HR) has already assured to consider this issue sympathetically. In today’s meeting, the General Secretary demanded to take necessary action on this issue, which the Director (HR) agreed to consider.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD BSNL and Director (HR) last week and requested speedy implementation of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court order, on the payment of IDA to the Non-Executives of BSNL. The GS, BSNLEU, was assured that prompt action would be taken on this matter. In accordance with this, the Corporate Office has referred the matter to the DoT. This is because, the DPE has written to the Secretary, DoT, to take the needful action, for the implementation of the court order. CHQ will pursue this case further.
When she was in the opposition, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman told that , the government is responsible for the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel. But, now, after becoming Finance Minister, the same Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman, says that, it is the oil companies that are responsible and not the government.
The Executive Committee meeting of the Trade Union International (Transports, Ports, Fisheries and Communications) was held online yesterday the 25.03.2021. Com.Ricardo, President (Chile), presided over the meeting. Com.Matthiew (France), conducted the proceedings. Com.Ali Riza Kucukosmanoglu, General Secretary (Turkey), welcomed every one and briefed on the activities of the Head Quarters. Totally, 14 office bearers participated in this meeting from the various parts of the world. In depth discussions were made by the Executive Committee members on the COVID-19 pandemic situation, loss of jobs due to the pandemic, attacks on the public sector and on the trade union rights, taking place in various countries, etc., were discussed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convenor, Communications Sector of the TUI, participated in the discussion and explained about the attacks on the public sector, curtailment of trade union rights, general strike held on 26.11.2020 and the on going farmers’ agitation. After detailed discussion, the meeting took the following decisions.
The Union Minister of State for Finance, Shri Anurag Thakur, informed the Lok Sabha on 08.03.2021 that, scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) have written off loans of Rs.2,36,265 crore, Rs.2,34,170 crore and Rs.1,15,038 crore during FY2018-19, FY2019-20 and the first three-quarters of FY2020-21 respectively. Thus, the total bad loans written off in less than 3 years comes to Rs.5,85,473 crores. A major chunk of these loans were taken by the corporates and not returned. The government does not take firm action against the defaulting corporates. This results in the looting of public money, by big corporates.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, was held at Bengaluru on 22nd & 23rd March, 2021. An important event in this meeting, was the release of the book titled “My Life and Struggles”, written by Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, former General Secretary, BSNLEU. The book was released by Com.Amanullah Khan, former President of the LIC Employees Union (AIIEA). Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, addressed this meeting. He was felicitated by the Karnataka circle union. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, for the release of his autobiography.
The Circle Council meeting of J&K circle is held at Jammu on 23.03.2021. The CGM of J&K circle presided over the meeting. The acting circle secretary of BSNLEU, Com.Gulam Qadir Dandroo and other representatives of BSNLEU, including senior leader, Com.Manjeet Singh Reen, participated in the meeting. CHQ congratulates the J&K circle union for taking initiative for this ‘in-person’ meeting.
BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, successfully conducted it’s Executive Committee meeting ‘in-person’, on 22nd & 23rd March, 2021, at Bengaluru. Com.C.K. Gundanna, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Circle Executive Committee members, numbering 32, attended this meeting from all over Karnataka circle. Com.M.C. Balakrishna and Irfan Pasha, CHQ office bearers, were present. The meeting was addressed by Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, former General Secretary, BSNLEU and Com.Amanullah Khan, former President of AIIEA. Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, released a wall clock, as the memento marking the 20 years of existence of BSNLEU. Karnataka circle union is distributing this wall clock to all the members of BSNLEU in Karnataka circle. Decisions of the CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Chennai recently, was reported in the meeting. All the Circle Executive Committee members participated in the deliberations and resolved to fully implement the decisions of the CEC meeting. The meeting also seriously discussed the worsening quality of BSNL’s services in Karnataka circle and has passed resolutions.
(1) IDA payment as per Court order.
As regards, IDA payment to the Non-Executives, as per the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, discussion was held by the General Secretary with the CMD BSNL, yesterday. In continuation of that, the General Secretary discussed the matter with Director (HR) today. As per the commitment given by the CMD BSNL yesterday, the Director (HR) stated today that, letter is being written to the DoT, seeking the DoT’s view on the matter. The General Secretary told the Director (HR) that the Union would be compelled to file a contempt petition in the court, if the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court is not implemented, within a reasonable time.
(2) Providing password to the Non-Executives in the E-Office set up.
The General Secretary handed over his letter to the Director (HR) on this matter. He bitterly complaint that, the Non-Executives are being sidelined in the E-Office set up. However, the Director (HR) assured that the Non-Executives would not be ignored and also told that, 10% of the Non-Executives are already provided with password and e-mail ID. After discussion, the Director (HR) assured that, up to 25% of the Non-Executives would be provided with password and e-mail ID.
(3) Issuing Presidential Orders to the DoT recruited Non-Executives, who are appointed on or after 01.10.2000.
The Hon’ble Kerala High Court and the Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court have already given direction that the Non-Executives who are recruited by the DoT, but were appointed on or after 01.10.2000, should be issued with Presidential Orders. However, against these judgments, the BSNL Management has gone on appeal in the Supreme Court. The case is lingering on for a long time in the Supreme Court. In today’s meeting, the General Secretary insisted that, the BSNL Management should take the initiative for quick disposal of the case in Supreme Court. The Director (HR) assured that necessary action would be taken in this regard.
(4) Wage Revision.
The General Secretary demanded that meeting of the Wage Negotiation Committee should resume at the earliest. He pointed out that a large number of employees are in stagnation and that Wage Revision alone is the solution. However, the Director (HR) remained non-committal.
(5) Holding of the LICEs.
Once again, the attention of the Director (HR) was drawn to the inordinate delay in holding the LICEs. The CMD BSNL has already assured that, the process of restructuring would be completed by April, 2021. The General Secretary insisted upon the Director (HR) that, the process for holding the LICEs should be initiated now itself, so that the LICEs can be conducted immediately after restructuring process is completed. The Director(HR) and the GM(Rectt.) agreed to this.