The Co-Ordination Committee (CoC) of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF held it’s meeting online on 06.01.2022 and has decided to organise black badge wearing demonstrations massively on 25.01.2022, demanding immediate settlement of the following issues. It is also decided that, memorandums would be submitted to the GMs and CGMs on that day.
(1) The BSNL Management is deliberately delaying payment of the frozen IDA arrears to the Non-Executives. The CMD BSNL is taking revenge and not paying the IDA arrears, since BSNLEU had dragged him to the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, against the freezing of the IDA.
(2) Blatant discrimination is being meted out to the retired employees, by the BSNL Management, in the matter of payment of medical bills. The CMD BSNL is intentionally delaying the payment of medical bills to the retired employees, with the view to force them to leave the BSNL MRS and migrate to the CGHS. Payment of Medical Allowance to the retired employees had also been stopped.
(3) The BSNL Management is adopting a lackadaisical attitude in the matter of holding the LICEs of the Non-Executives. By delaying the holding of the LICEs, the Management is jeopardising the promotional prospects and the future of the young BSNL employees.
(4) Management is not paying the wage arrears of the contract workers. In many places, wages are not paid to the contract workers even up to 18 months. This is also nothing but the vindictive action of the CMD BSNL.
The CHQ of BSNLEU calls on the circle and district unions to coordinate with AIBDPA and BSNL CCWF and to organise the programme successfully.
In continuation of the Circle Conference of UP(West) circle, held at Meerut on 28.10.2021, the Circle Executive Committee meeting was held at Ghaziabad on 02.01.2022. In this Circle Executive Committee meeting, Com.Puneet Kumar, JE, Ghaziabad, is unanimously elected as the Circle Secretary and Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, is elected as the Assistant Circle Secretary. The CHQ has written to the CGM, UP(West) circle, communicating the unanimous decisions of the Circle Executive Committee meeting.
The All India Centre of BSNLEU, met online on 05.01.2022. The meeting decided that the 40th anniversary of the first General Strike, which falls on 19th January, 2022, should be organised befittingly. The All India Centre has decided that, district level conventions should be organised on this day. Leaders of the Central Trade Unions and sister Organisations should be invited to address this convention. Apart from recollecting, the historic first General Strike held in 1982, this convention should also be utilised to campaign against the National Monetisation Pipeline and also for mobilising the employees for the two day General Strike to be organised on 23rd & 24th February, 2022. The All India Centre has also decided that, an amount of Rs.5/- should be collected from each member, which will be handed over to the All India Agricultural Workers Union. CHQ has issued a circular explaining the decisions of the All India Centre. Non-Hindi speaking circles may translate this circular in regional languages and circulate widely. All the circle and district unions are requested to successfully implement the decision of the All India Centre.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and Com. Anand Kumar Singh, AGS, met Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 05-01-2022 and discussed the important issues of the employees.
At the outset the GS and the AGS thanked the CMD BSNL for the early releasing of funds for the payment of salary for the month of December, 2021 and also to a certain extent, for the payment of the medical bills of the retired employees. Thereafter, the following issues are discussed in detail.
Payment of IDA arrears.
The IDA increase from 01.10.2020 up to 30.06.2021 was frozen by the government. BSNLEU went to the Hon’ble Kerala High Court and in February, 2021, the Hon’ble Court gave order against the freezing of the IDA. However, BSNL Management delayed the payment. Initially, BSNL put the blame on the DPE. But, even after the DPE announced the rates of IDA increase, the Management has not made the payment of the IDA arrears. It is going to be one year after the Hon’ble Kerala High Court gave the order for the payment of IDA. Still the BSNL Management is dragging it's feet and delaying the payment. In yesterday’s meeting, the GS and the AGS told the CMD BSNL that, this is a great injustice to the Non-Executives. They expressed their strong disapproval of the extreme delay and demanded that, the IDA arrears should be paid immediately.
Extreme delay in holding the LICEs.
In the meeting held on 27-10-2021, between the AUAB and the CMD BSNL, it was agreed by the Management that, the notification for holding the LICEs of the Non-Executives would be issued by 30.11.2021. Thereafter, the Establishment Branch has called for some details from the CGMs. Apart from this, the Management has not taken any concrete step for holding the LICEs of Non-Executives. In yesterday’s meeting, the GS and the AGS expressed their unhappiness over the delay and strongly demanded that, the LICEs should be held at the earliest.
Pay scale upgradations.
The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held on 22.10.2021, has demanded that, the pay scales of JE, Sr.TOA and TT cadres should be upgraded. In yesterday’s meeting with the CMD BSNL, the GS and the AGS explained about the justifications for the upgradations of the pay scales and demanded that this should be considered by the Management. For example, the GS and the AGS explained how 99% of the DR JEs are engineering graduates and are working in the high-tech areas and thus, justified the demand for upgradation of the pay scale.
Promotion under NEPP - removal of discriminations between the absorbed and Directly Recruited employees.
Under the NEPP, the first promotion to the absorbed employees is being given on completion of 4 years and second upgradation is being given on completion of 7 years. However, for the Directly Recruited employees, the first and second promotions are given only after completion of 8 years each. BSNLEU has already written a letter to CMD BSNL, demanding to remove this discrimination. In yesterday’s meeting, the GS and the AGS strongly demanded that, this discrimination should be removed. Especially, they pointed out how the DR JEs are greatly demotivated due to this discrimination and demanded that, the discrimination should be removed soon.
Considering request transfers under Rule 8.
BSNLEU has already discussed with the Director (HR) that, the Rule 8 transfer requests of the DR JEs are being delayed inordinately. BSNLEU had already submitted a list of 56 DR JEs to the Director(HR), who had applied for Rule 8 transfer, but not considered. The Management has not taken any action on this. In yesterday’s meeting, the GS and the AGS pointed out that, the BSNL Board has already finalised the Restructuring of BSNL's Manpower. As such, all the Rule 8 applications of the DR JEs should be considered without delay.
It is painful that, the reply of the CMD BSNL for all the above issues was in the negative. The GS and the AGS told the CMD BSNL in strong terms that, the BSNL Management is neglecting and discriminating the Non-Executives, which will not be tolerated. They told that, BSNLEU will be forced to go on agitation, if the issues are not settled.
कॉर्पोरेट्स कार्यालय-Corporate Office ने सेवानिवृत्त कर्मचारियों-Retired Employees के चिकित्सा बिलों के भुगतान-payment of Medical Bills के लिए सर्कल-Circle को धन-fund आवंटित किया है।
बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU लगातार प्रबंधन-Management पर दबाव बना रहा है कि वह सेवानिवृत्त कर्मचारियों-Retired Employees के मेडिकल बिलों-Medical Bills के भुगतान-payment के लिए फंड-Fund आवंटित करे। बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU ने इस मुद्दे पर कई पत्र-letters लिखे हैं। समन्वय समिति (सीओसी)-Coordination Committee ने इस मुद्दे पर कई आंदोलनों का आयोजन किया है। अंत में बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU और सीएमडी बीएसएनएल-CMD BSNL के बीच दिनांक 24.12.2021 को हुई बैठक-Meeting में सेवानिवृत्त कर्मचारियों-retired employees के मेडिकल बिलों-Medical Bills का भुगतान-payment न करने पर गंभीरता से चर्चा की गई। उस बैठक में सीएमडी बीएसएनएल-CMD BSNL ने आश्वासन दिया था कि जनवरी-January के पहले सप्ताह में धनराशि-Fund आवंटित कर दी जाएगी। इसी के अनुसार सेवानिवृत्त कर्मचारियों-Retired Employees के मेडिकल बिलों के भुगतान-payment of Medical Bills के लिए धनराशि-fund सर्कल-Circle को आवंटित किए गए हैं। हालांकि, यह राशि अपर्याप्त-insufficient है, क्योंकि मार्च 2019-March 2019 के बाद से बिल लंबित-bills pending हैं। बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU प्रबंधन-Management पर दबाव बनाना जारी रखेगा ताकि जल्द से जल्द पूरे बैक लॉग-back log को क्लियर किया जा सके ।
It is a jubilant news for all of us to know that, BSNL has added 23,54,467 mobile connections in the month of December, 2021. 15 circles, viz., Bihar (224%), Chennai (209%), Haryana (203%), Rajasthan (187%), Andaman & Nicobar (187%), Uttar Pradesh [West] (178%), Uttar Pradesh [East] (174%), Punjab (173%), Madhya Pradesh (135%), West Bengal (133%), Gujarat (127%), Maharashtra (115%), Himachal Pradesh (109%), Jharkhand (108%) and Tamil Nadu (104%) have exceeded their targets. Of these, UP(East) circle has come first with adding 2,23,348 new connections. It is needless to state that, the steep increase in the tariff,made by the private companies, has provided BSNL with this opportunity. The Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL should continue to maintain this momentum in increasing BSNL’s connections.
BSNLEU has continuously been pressing on the Management to allot funds for the payment of the medical bills of the retired employees. BSNLEU has written many letters on this issue. The Coordination Committee (CoC) has organised many agitations on this issue. Finally, in the meeting held between BSNLEU and the CMD BSNL on 24.12.2021, non-payment of the medical bills of the retired employees was discussed seriously. In that meeting, the CMD BSNL assured that funds would be allotted in the first week of January. Accordingly, the circles have been allotted with funds for the payment of the medical bills of the retired employees. However, this amount is insufficient, since bills are pending from March 2019 onwards. BSNLEU will continue to press on the Management to clear the entire backlog at the earliest.
नकली आदेशों का परिसंचरण-Circulation of fake orders : सावधानी-caution बरतने की आवश्यकता है।
यह देखा जा रहा है कि प्रत्येक समय बीएसएनएल-BSNL या भारत सरकार-Government of India के कुछ फर्जी आदेशों-fake orders को व्यापक रूप से परिचालित-widely circulate किया जा रहा है। दो दिन पहले भी, वित्त मंत्रालय- ministry of finance द्वारा जारी किए गए डीए को फ्रीज-DA Freeze करने के लिए एक फर्जी आदेश-fake order व्यापक रूप से परिचालित-widely circulate किया गया था । बाद में पता चला कि यह भी फर्जी आदेश-fake order है। इसलिए, *हमारे साथियों से अनुरोध किया जाता है कि वे केवल सीएचक्यू-CHQ द्वारा भेजे जा रहे आदेशों को प्रसारित करें ।* यदि हमारे साथियों को कोई आदेश प्राप्त होता है और कहा जाता है कि इसे कारपोरेट कार्यालय-Corporate Office या भारत सरकार-Government of India द्वारा जारी किया गया है, तो इसे दूसरों को भेजना नहीं चाहिए । इसके स्थान पर ऐसे आदेशों-orders को सत्यापन-verification के लिए महासचिव-General Secretary को भेजा जाए।
वेतन पुनःनिरीक्षण समिति-Wage Revision Committee की अगली मीटिंग-Meeting दिनांक 19.01.2022 को होगी।
निगम कार्यालय-Corporate Office ने दिनांक 19.01.2022 को वेतन पुनःनिरीक्षण समिति-Wage Revision Committee की अगली मीटिंग-next meeting आयोजित करने की अधिसूचना-notification जारी कर दी है। यह भी बताया गया है कि बैठक के समय की घोषणा यथासमय की जाएगी । वेतन पुनःनिरीक्षण समिति-Wage Revision Committee में बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU के सभी सदस्यों से अनुरोध है कि वे बिना किसी बैठक में अवश्य उपस्थित रहें ।
The Corporate Office has issued notification for holding the next meeting of the Wage Revision Committee on 19.01.2022. It is also informed that, the timing of the meeting will be announced in due course. All the members of BSNLEU, in the Wage Revision Committee, are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
It is being observed that, every now and then, some fake orders of BSNL or Government of India, are being widely circulated. Even two days back, a fake order, for the freezing of DA, said to have been issued by the Ministry of Finance, was widely circulated. Subsequently it came to know that, this is also a fake order. Hence, our comrades are requested only to circulate those orders being forwarded by the CHQ. In case, our comrades receive any order, said to have been issued by the Corporate Office or the Government of India, it should not be circulated to others. Instead, such orders may be forwarded to the General Secretary for verification.
A meeting of the Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF will be held online at 16:00 hrs. on 06.01.2022. The meeting will discuss about the next campaign programme against National Monetisation Pipeline, preparations for the forthcoming General Strike and issues of the employees and pensioners.
The District Conference of BSNLEU, Hyderabad Telecom District, was held in an ok inspiring manner, today. Com.B. Nagaraju, District President, presided over. Com.Sushil Kumar, District Secretary, welcomed everyone. The conference was inaugurated by Com.M.N. Reddy, veteran trade union leader. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the conference and explained about the two day General Strike to be held on 23rd & 24th February, 2022, the National Monetisation Pipeline, issues related to the Revival of BSNL, efforts taken by BSNLEU to resolve the demands of the employees, etc. Com.Sambasiva Rao, Circle Secretary, Shri Ravichandran, PGM, Hyderabad, Com.Ramachandrudu, CS, AIBDPA, Com.Pariboornachari, CS, BSNLCCWF and others spoke on the occasion. In the post lunch session, deliberations by the delegates took place.The Conference overwhelmingly decided to successfully organise the forthcoming General Strike.
A Convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions was organised by CITU at Visakhapatnam yesterday. The Convention is held to successfully organise the two day General Strike to be held on 23rd & 24thFebruary, 2022. Delegates representing various Central Public Sector Undertakings viz., Petroleum, Natural Gas, Steel, Electricity, Coal, Telecommunications, Engineering, Fertilizers, etc. participated in this Convention. A delegation of BSNLEU, consisting of Com.Animesh Mitra, President, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, Com.K. Ramadevi, Vice President (CHQ), Com.Latchi Raju, President, AP circle and Com.Sagar, District Secretary, Visakhapatnam took part. Com.K. Hemalata, President, CITU, delivered the presidential address. Com.Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, elaborately spoke on the anti-worker policies of the government and called on the public sector trade unions to make the strike successful. Com.Swadesh Dev Roye, Secretary, CITU, spoke on the attacks being launched on the public sector. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the Convention and explained the preparations being made to organise the General Strike in BSNL. The Convention has called on the public sector employees to make the General Strike a total success, so that the attacks on the Public Sector and pro-private policies of the government can be defeated.
दिनांक 01-01-2022 से आईडीए-IDA में 4.8% की वृद्धि-increase होगी।
लेबर ब्यूरो-Labour Bureau द्वारा कल 31.12.2021 को जारी उपभोक्ता मूल्य सूचकांक संख्या-Consumer Price Index numbers के अनुसार, बीएसएनएल कर्मचारियों-BSNL Employees के आईडीए-IDA (2007 वेतनमान-2007 pay scales) में 01.01.2022 से 4.8% की वृद्धि-increase होने की संभावना है। वर्तमान में 179.3 % प्रतिशत की दर से आईडीए-IDA कर्मचारियों को मिल रहा है ।आईडीए-IDA की 4.8% वृद्धि के साथ दिनांक *01.01.2022 से कर्मचारियों का कुल आईडीए 184.1% होगा।* डीपीई-DPE द्वारा आवश्यक आदेश-Orders जारी करने के बाद ही आईडीए की यह वृद्धि देय है।
[ साथी मिहिर दासगुप्ता, पूर्व सहायक महासचिव, बीएसएनएलईयू-Com. Mihir Dasgupta, former Assistant General Secretary, BSNLEU द्वारा प्रदान की गई जानकारी ]
As per the Consumer Price Index numbers, released by Labour Bureau yesterday the 31.12.2021, the IDA of BSNL employees (2007 pay scales) is likely to increase by 4.8% w.e.f. 01.01.2022. Presently, 179.3% of IDA is being drawn by the employees. With this 4.8% IDA increase, the total IDA to be drawn by the employees from 01.01.2022 will be 184.1%. This IDA increase is payable only after DPE issues necessary orders.
[Inputs provided by Com.Mihir Dasgupta, former Assistant General Secretary, BSNLEU]
BSNL is taking serious efforts to increase it’s revenue collections, by way of renting out it’s office space / residential accommodation, etc. In this connection, Shri K. Rajaraman, Secretary, Telecom, has written to the Secretaries of all other departments of the Central Government. In his letter, the Secretary, Telcom, has requested that, all departments of Central and State Governments, CPSEs, state PSEs, Nationalised Banks, etc., may avail BSNL’s office space / residential accommodation on rental basis, which will help BSNL financially.