Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL today and discussed the following issues.
(1) Implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, on payment of IDA to the Non-Executives.
The General Secretary handed over the letter, addressed to the CMD BSNL, demanding implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court. He explained that the DPE has already clarified that, it has nothing to do with the payment of IDA to the Non-Executives of BSNL. Hence, the General Secretary demanded the CMD BSNL to immediately take action for the payment of the 2 instalments of IDA, that have become due from 01.10.2020 and 01.01.2021. The CMD BSNL responded positively. He told that, necessary action would be taken in this regard.
(2) Wage Revision.
In continuation of the discussion held with the CMD BSNL last month, the General Secretary insisted upon the CMD BSNL to resume the Wage Negotiations with the Recognised Unions of the Non-Executives. He pointed out that a vast majority of the Non-Executives are suffering from stagnation and that, Wage Revision is the only way to solve this problem. The CMD BSNL merely told that the matter would be looked into.
(3) Payment of salary on the due date.
The CMD BSNL informed the General Secretary that funds for the payment of February, 2021, salary have already been sent. The CMD BSNL also told that, he had gone through the letter of BSNLEU, given on this issue yesterday. The General Secretary demanded that, the schedule for payment of the salary on the last day of every month should be maintained. He told that, making payment of salary on the due date once, would permanently solve this problem. The CMD BSNL told that he try to implement it.
(4) Payment of wages of the Contract Workers.
The General Secretary demanded that, the Management should immediately release funds for the payment of wage arrears of the contract workers, which remains pending for the past so many months. The CMD BSNL replied that, he had just released funds for the payment of two months' wages. The General Secretary demanded that, the CMD BSNL should hold a full-fledged discussion with BSNLEU, regarding the outsourcing of works and the utilisation of the contract workers. The CMD BSNL accepted this and assured that this meeting would be conducted soon.
Immediately after the judgement is given by the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, stating that freezing of the IDA is not applicable to the non executives of BSNL, BSNLEU wrote to the Secretary, DPE, demanding immediate implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Court. The DPE, in turn, forwarded BSNLEU's letter to the Secretary, DoT, stating that, the DPE does not issue order for the payment of IDA to the Non-Executives. The DPE had also requested the DoT to take necessary action on this matter. In view of this, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court. BSNLEU has mentioned in it’s letter that, non-payment of IDA to the Non-Executives is tantamount to contempt of court.
The CHQ has come to know belatedly that, Smt. Kusum Devi, mother of Com.Pankaj Atri, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, BSNL Corporate Office, has passed away. She was around 65 years old and had been unwell for some time. The CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to Com.Pankaj Atri and to the members of his family.
BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the martyrs, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, who made the supreme sacrifice for the freedom of our nation.
Words of Bhagat Singh
"They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. ...
"Revolution is an inalienable right of mankind. ...
"If the deaf have to hear, the sound has to be very loud"
The 20th Foundation Day of BSNLEU is celebrated enthusiastically throughout the country. Flags are hoisted and special meetings are conducted in most of the places. Speakers on the occasion highlighted the achievements of BSNLEU and also the crucial role played by the Union in defending the interests of BSNL and that of the employees. CHQ heartily thanks all the circle and district unions which have enthusiastically celebrated BSNLEU’s Foundation Day.
CHQ conveys it's revolutionary greetings to all the comrades, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of BSNLEU’s foundation. CHQ also conveys it's gratitude to all the leaders, both of the present and of the past, who have immensely contributed to strengthen BSNLEU as a mighty organisation. BSNLEU has successfully faced all the challenges in the past. It will certainly do so in the future also. BSNLEU will continue to unite all the employees and the officers and fight for making BSNL as a vibrant Public Sector Company and also to ensure a better future for the employees.
The Chennai CEC meeting has decided that BSNLEU should organise press meets at the circle and district levels, explaining about the denial of 4G to BSNL and also against the attacks being made on the public sector, by the Modi government. Now that the government has decided to monetise BSNL’s mobile towers and optic fibre, this issue should also be highlighted in the press meets. The CHQ has already prepared and despatched the press statement to the circle secretaries and central office bearers. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to successfully organise the press meets.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Chennai from 07th to 09th March, 2021, has decided that, a nationwide “week long campaign” shall be organised, starting on 22nd March, 2021, which is the 20th Foundation Day of BSNLEU. In this campaign, the road-blocks being created by the government to deny 4G service to BSNL, the sinister moves of the government to monetise BSNL’s mobile towers and optic fibre, which will ultimately end up in the privatisation of BSNL, should be explained to the general public. The unprecedented attacks that are being launched by the Modi government, on the public sector, should also be explained. Pamphlets may also be distributed to the general public on the above issues.
The Hon’ble Kerala High Court has already given judgement that, the IDA freezing order, issued by the DPE on 19th November, 2020, is not applicable to the Non-Executives of BSNL. As per the court order, the IDA instalments that have become due w.e.f. 01.10.2020 and 01.01.2021 should immediately be paid to the Non-Executives of BSNL. Immediately after the judgement, BSNLEU wrote a letter to the Secretary, DPE, demanding implementation of the court order. However, the DPE has merely written a letter to the DoT on this matter. BSNLEU also wrote a letter to the Secretary, Telecom. However, the DoT and the BSNL Management are also remaining silent and have not taken any action. Under these circumstances, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, held discussion with our Advocate today. He has suggested that a contempt of court petition should be filed against the Secretary, DPE, the Secretary, DoT and the CMD BSNL. The advocate has agreed to take needful action.
As per the decision of the Chennai Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, a “week long campaign” is to be organised from 22nd March, 2021, which is the 20th foundation day of BSNLEU. Further, the Chennai CEC meeting has also decided to organise press meet during this week long campaign. These press meets should be organised in all circles and districts. CHQ has prepared a press statement, which should be translated into regional languages and distributed to the media persons. The same matter can be utilised for printing pamphlets, to be distributed among the general public, during the week long campaign.
"पूर्ण सप्ताह अभियान" के दौरान प्रेस वार्ता आयोजित करें...
BSNLEU की चेन्नई सेंट्रल एग्जीक्यूटिव कमिटी मीटिंग के निर्णय अनुसार 22 मार्च, 2021, जो कि BSNLEU का स्थापना दिवस है, से "पूर्ण सप्ताह अभियान" (“week long campaign”) आयोजित किया जाना है। इसके अलावा, चेन्नई CEC मीटिंग ने यह भी निर्णय लिया है कि सप्ताह भर चलने वाले इस अभियान के दौरान "प्रेस वार्ता" का भी आयोजन किया जाए। यह प्रेस वार्ता, सभी परिमंडल और जिलों में आयोजित की जाए। CHQ द्वारा एक प्रेस विज्ञप्ति भी तैयार की गई है, जिसे प्रादेशिक भाषा में अनुवाद कर मीडिया कर्मियों में वितरित किया जाए। "पूर्ण सप्ताह अभियान" के दौरान आम नागरिकों में वितरित करने हेतु भी, यही मैटर प्रिंट करवा कर उपयोग में लाया जा सकता है।
The Modi Sarkar is taking all out efforts to privatise the Public Sector banks. However, Finance Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitaraman has said, "not all Public Sector banks will be privatised". This is nothing but, hiding the truth from the people.
The officers and employees of LIC have gone on a nationwide strike today, opposing the decision of the government to sell 20% of LIC’s shares, through the IPO route. As per the decision taken in our CEC meeting held at Chennai, BSNLEU organised demonstrations throughout the country today, opposing the disinvestment in LIC. The CHQ heartily congratulates all the circle and district unions which have conducted the demonstration.
BSNLEU will celebrate it’s 20th Foundation Day on 22nd March, 2021. The Central Executive Committee meeting held at Chennai has decided to launch “a week long campaign” on that day, among the general public, seeking their support, to safeguard and strengthen BSNL.
The Modi government has started slowly, but steadily, killing BSNL. Clever steps are being taken by the government, to deny 4G service to BSNL. After allotting 4G spectrum, the government is not allowing BSNL to procure 4G equipments. Without 4G technology, BSNL will be certainly closed down soon. Further, the government has recently announced it’s decision of monetising BSNL’s towers and optic fibre. This is nothing, but to handover BSNL to the private, stage by stage. The Modi government has also started dismantling the Public Sector.
Hence, the CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to celebrate BSNLEU’s 20th Foundation Day, by hoisting Union’s Red Flag and to launch the week long "Save BSNL Campaign". During this campaign, our comrades should organise street corner meetings in each and every part of their town / city. BSNLEU banners, flags should be carried during this street corner meetings. Flex banners should also be displayed, demanding immediate 4G service to BSNL, opposing monetisation of BSNL’s towers & optic fibre and to stop privatisation of the Public Sector.
BSNLEU का 20वां स्थापना दिवस- BSNLEU का लाल झंडा फहरा कर सप्ताह भर चलने वाले "सेव BSNL अभियान" की शुरुआत करें...
BSNLEU, अपना 22वां स्थापना दिवस 22 मार्च, 2021 को मनाएगी। चेन्नई में सम्पन्न CEC मीटिंग में, इस दिन से, आम जनता के बीच जा कर BSNL की सुरक्षा और सुदृढ़ता के लिए उनका समर्थन हासिल करने के लिए सप्ताह भर चलने वाला अभियान शुरू करने का निर्णय लिया गया है।
मोदी सरकार ने धीमी गति से किन्तु तीव्रता के साथ BSNL को खत्म करने की शुरुआत कर दी है। BSNL को 4G सेवा देने से वंचित करने के लिए बड़ी ही चतुराईपूर्ण कोशिशें की जा रही है। स्पेक्ट्रम आवंटन पश्चात, अब, BSNL को 4G उपकरण आपूर्ति हेतु अनुमति नही दी जा रही है। 4G तकनीक के बगैर, BSNL निश्चित रूप से जल्द ही बंद हो जाएगा। इसके अलावा, सरकार ने हाल ही में BSNL के टॉवर्स और ऑप्टिक फाइबर मुद्रीकृत (monetise) करने के अपने निर्णय की घोषणा की है। यह और कुछ नही, वरन, BSNL को शनैः शनैः, निजी हाथों में सौंपना है। मोदी सरकार ने पब्लिक सेक्टर को छिन्न भिन्न (dismantle) करना भी शुरू कर दिया है।
अतः, CHQ सभी सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट यूनियन्स से आव्हान करता है कि BSNLEU का 20वां स्थापना दिवस, BSNLEU का लाल झंडा फहरा कर सप्ताह भर चलने वाले "सेव BSNL अभियान" की शुरुआत करते हुए मनाया जाए। इस अभियान के दौरान हमारे साथी अपने गांव/शहर के कोने कोने में नुक्कड़ सभाएं आयोजित करें। इन नुक्कड़ सभाओं में BSNLEU के बैनर्स और झंडे भी हों। BSNL की 4G सेवा की शुरुआत, BSNL के टॉवर्स और ऑप्टिक फाइबर के मुद्रीकरण (monetisation) का विरोध और पब्लिक सेक्टर के निजीकरण पर रोक की मांग करते हुए फ्लेक्स बैनर्स भी प्रदर्शित किए जाएं।
LIC is the most prestigious public sector company of the Country. We can say, LIC lays golden eggs, since the company is providing lakhs of crores of rupees for the government’s developmental projects. However, it is a tragedy for the whole country, that the Modi government has decided to hand over LIC to the corporates. As a first step towards the privatisation of LIC, the government has decided to sell 20% of LIC’s shares, through IPO (Initial Public Offer). This decision of the government is a very big disaster for the country and the people.
The LIC employees are going on a one day strike tomorrow the 18.03.2021, against the disinvestment / privatisation of the LIC. The Chennai CEC meeting of BSNLEU has decided to organise solidarity demonstrations on 18.03.2021, in support of the strike of LIC employees. In accordance with this decision, the CHQ calls on the circle and district unions to organise lunch hour demonstrations tomorrow. Efforts may be taken to mobilise maximum number of employees in these demonstrations.
BSNLEU, AIGETOA, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO and TEPU organised a powerful protest demonstration today, at CGM office, Chennai Telephones. A few days back, a man was caught red handed, sabotaging BSNL's outdoor equipments. That person was identified as a staff member of Airtel. Despite police complaints given, no action has so far been taken on this issue. Through today’s demonstration, the unions and associations demanded immediate action against the culprits. A delegation of the leaders of the above mentioned unions and associations met Shri Sanjeevi, CGM, Chennai Telephones and demanded effective intervention by the BSNL Management. The CGM assured that needful action would be taken in this regard.