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Office bearers

  • Com. Animesh Mitra

    [ President ]
  • Com. P. Abhimanyu

    [ General Secretary ]
  • Com. John Verghese

    [ Deputy General Secretary ]
  • Com. Irfan Pasha

    [ Treasurer ]

Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Nagar, Opp. Shadipur Bus Depot, New Delhi- 110008

011-25705385(Office), 011-25894862(Fax)

envelopebsnleuchq@gmail.com
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Office bearers
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Office bearers

  • Com. Animesh Mitra

    [ President ]
  • Com. P. Abhimanyu

    [ General Secretary ]
  • Com. John Verghese

    [ Deputy General Secretary ]
  • Com. Irfan Pasha

    [ Treasurer ]

Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Nagar, Opp. Shadipur Bus Depot, New Delhi- 110008

011-25705385(Office), 011-25894862(Fax)

envelopebsnleuchq@gmail.com

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

18 - Sep - 2021
Is it the government of the people or the government of the corporates ?

The government has rescued Vodafone Idea through a relief package. In the name of “Telecom Reforms”, the government has postponed payment of Rs.1.31 lakh crores, for four years. This amount is to be paid by Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Jio. This is against the order of the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court had already rejected the prayer of the private telecom companies, to postpone this payment. Thus, the government is going to the extent of by-passing the Supreme Court order, to help the private telecom companies. 

 

However, the same government is not allowing BSNL to launch it’s 4G service. Further, the government has also decided to sell out 14,197 mobile towers of BSNL and MTNL. The government has taken these steps only to weaken BSNL. Naturally, the question arises, as to whose government is this? Is it the government of the corporates or the government of the people? 

17 - Sep - 2021
CITU denounces government’s bailout package for private telecom companies.

In the name of “Telecom Reforms”, the Union Cabinet has announced a bailout package for the private telecom companies. It has been announced only to bailout Vodafone Idea which is in the verge of bankruptcy. There is nothing in the package for the ailing BSNL and MTNL. The CITU has strongly denounced this so called “Telecom Reforms” announced by the government. The statement of CITU is enclosed.

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16 - Sep - 2021
Telecom Reforms are intended only to help private telecom companies - It offers pretty little to BSNL and MTNL.

The Union Cabinet has approved certain reforms for the telecom sector. It includes nine structural reforms and five process reforms, mainly intended to help the three private telecom companies.

 

Vodafone Idea, one among the three major private telecom companies, is in the verge of a collapse. It must be understood that, the telecom reforms have been announced urgently, only to  salvage Vodafone Idea.

 

All the three private telecom companies are badly hit by the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court of India last year. There was a long standing dispute between the government and the private telecom companies, as to whether the ‘non-telecom revenues’ should be included for calculating the payment of License Fee and Spectrum Usage Charge. The Supreme Court delivered the judgement in favour of the government. As a result of this, all the three private telecom companies have been compelled to pay an amount of Rs.1.31 lakh crores. The Supreme Court has ordered that this amount should be paid over a period of ten years.

 

However, through the decision taken in the Cabinet, the government has deferred the aforementioned payment, for a period of four years. Even after the expiry of four years, the private companies need not compulsorily pay the amount. This is because, as per the decision of the Cabinet, the government can convert this outstanding amount into equity.  The government companies of BSNL and MTNL are not benefited by this decision.  

 

As a result of this decision, hereafter, the telecom companies need not pay License Fee or Spectrum Usage Charge for their Non-Telecom Revenues. However, this decision will benefit BSNL and MTNL only in a very small way, since their Non-Telecom Revenues are negligible.

 

Until now, the spectrum allotted to the telecom companies through auctioning, is for a period of 20 years. Hereafter, this tenure will be for 30 years. Again, this will only help the private telecom companies, because the spectrum being allotted to BSNL and MTNL  are for free.

 

Further, until now, only 49% FDI has been allowed under the Automatic Route. Any amount of FDI, beyond this limit, had to go through the Government Route. But, now, the Union Cabinet has decided to allow 100% FDI, under the automatic route. This decision of the government is detrimental to the security of the nation, since, this has opened the doors for the multinational companies to completely take over the Indian private telecom companies.

 

 The government is already trying it’s best to kill BSNL and MTNL. In case BSNL and MTNL are closed down in future, then the entire telecom operations will go into the hands of foreign companies. Telecom sector is considered to be the second line of defence. Hence, the decision of the government to allow 100% FDI under the Automatic Route is detrimental to the safety and security of the nation.

 

Above all, the so-called telecom reforms approved by the Union Cabinet, do not have much to offer to the ailing BSNL and MTNL. BSNL is already crippled because, the government is not allowing BSNL to procure 4G equipments. Private companies are procuring their equipments from global vendors. However, BSNL has been mandated to procure it’s 4G equipments only from domestic vendors. No Indian company is having proven 4G technology. Thus, the government has wantonly created road-blocks in the launching of 4G services by BSNL. Further, the government has to pay outstanding dues to BSNL, to the extent of Rs.39,000 crore. Timely repayment of this amount by the government will enable BSNL to invest in the expansion of it’s networks. However, it is regrettable that, the Union Cabinet has not taken any decision to allow BSNL to come out of it’s crisis. 

16 - Sep - 2021
More view of the lunch demonstrations organised on 14.09.2021, by the Co-Ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNL CCWF.

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15 - Sep - 2021
More view of the lunch demonstrations organised yesterday, by the Co-Ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNL CCWF.

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15 - Sep - 2021
Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), BSNL, inaugurating the “Young Employees Convention” on 19.09.2021..

BSNLEU is organising a “Young Employees Convention” on 19.09.2021. This online convention will start sharply at 10:30 am. Com.Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU, will preside over the convention. Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), BSNL, will deliver the inaugural address on the topic of “the role of young employees in BSNL”. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, will deliver the key-note address on the topic of “the role of trade union in safeguarding the interests of the young employees and BSNL”. Com.Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, SNATTA, has kindly consented to deliver the special address. BSNLEU cordially invites the young employees to participate in this convention. Link for the convention will be sent through Whatsapp shortly.

14 - Sep - 2021
List of young employees participating in the 19th September, convention – circle unions to note please.

The CHQ has directed the circle unions to send the list of young employees, who will participate in the “Young Employees Convention”, to be organised online on 19.09.2021. It is regrettable to note that, only Haryana, UP(West) and Madhya Pradesh circles have sent the list so far. Today, i.e., 14th September, 2021, is the last date for sending the list to the CHQ. Hence, the remaining circles are requested to immediately send the list. 

14 - Sep - 2021
Massive demonstrations throughout the country, demanding immediate settlement of the burning issues.

Massive demonstrations were organised throughout the country today, as per the call of the Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF. Thundering slogans were raised demanding settlement of 3rd Wage Revision, Pension Revision and other important demands. This is the first of the three staged agitational programme, that has been called on by the Co-ordination Committee. CHQ heartily congratulates all the circle and district unions which have successfully organised today's programme.

14 - Sep - 2021
Spirited demonstration organised at the BSNL Corporate Office..

BSNL Corporate Office at New Delhi, witnessed a spirited demonstration today, organised by the Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF. The demonstration was organised at the main gate of the Corporate Office. The privatisation of Public Sector, the selling out of BSNL’s mobile towers, were condemned. Thundering slogans were raised, demanding immediate settlement of 3rd Wage Revision, Pension Revision, settlement of medical bills, holding of the LICEs, etc. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the gathering and condemned the privatisation of PSUs and selling out of BSNL’s towers. He demanded immediate settlement of all the demands. He also thanked the Corporate Office, NTR circle, UP(West) and Haryana circle unions for making the demonstration a grand success.

13 - Sep - 2021
Hindi translation of "Agitation for settling burning problems – organise tomorrow's demonstration very successfully."

ज्वलंत समस्याओं के निपटारे के लिए आंदोलन  :  कल-14.09.2021 के प्रदर्शन कार्यक्रम को पूर्ण रूप से सफल बनायें ।

बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU की हैदराबाद सीईसी-Hyderabad CEC की मीटिंग के निर्णय के अनुसार और बीएसएनएलईयू-BSNLEU, एआईबीडीपीए-AIBDPA और बीएसएनएलसीसीडब्ल्यूएफ-BSNLCCWF की समन्वय समिति-Coordination Committee में आंदोलन कार्यक्रम को अंतिम रूप दिया गया है । आंदोलन कार्यक्रम-agitational programme का पहला चरण कल पूरे देश में हो रहा है । तदनुसार, कल-14.09.2021 दोपहर के भोजन अवकाश में  प्रदर्शन आयोजित किए जाने चाहिए । बीएसएनएलईयू के सर्कल और जिला यूनियन से अनुरोध है कि वे एआईबीडीपीए और बीएसएनएलसीसीडब्ल्यूएफ के साथ समन्वय पूर्वक प्रदर्शनों को सफलतापूर्वक आयोजित करने के लिए पहल करें । कर्मचारियों, पेंशनरों और संविदा कर्मियों की ज्वलंत समस्याओं के समाधान की मांग को लेकर यह आंदोलनात्मक कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया जा रहा है। जिसमें * तृतीय वेतन संशोधन, पेंशन संशोधन, संविदा कर्मियों के वेतन बकाया का भुगतान, चिकित्सा बिलों का निपटारा, सभी एलआईसीई-LICE आयोजित करना, डीआर कर्मचारियों के 30% सेवानिवृत्ति लाभों का निपटान * और अन्य मुद्दे शामिल हैं ।प्रत्येक नॉन-एक्ज़ीक्यूटिव कर्मचारी, पेंशनर व संविदा कर्मी को आंदोलन का संदेश देकर कार्यक्रम को पूर्ण रूप से सफल बनायें । 

13 - Sep - 2021
Implementation of BSNL Health Insurance Policy likely to be further delayed.

Based on the initiative taken by BSNLEU, BSNL Corporate Office took action to implement Health Insurance Policy to the willing employees of BSNL. An MoU was signed between BSNL Management and the Dehradun Divisional Office of New India Assurance Company Ltd. This Health Insurance Policy was to be implemented w.e.f. 01st September, 2021. Totally, 17,228 employees have given option to join this scheme. However, the Corporate Office of the New India Assurance Company Ltd. has not given it’s approval for the MoU so far. BSNLEU is vigorously pursuing this issue. CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) are taking up this issue with the Chairman New Indian Assurance Company Ltd.  Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), BSNL.  As of now, it appears that, implementation of BSNL Health Insurance Policy is likely to be delayed. 

13 - Sep - 2021
Agitation for settling burning problems – organise tomorrow's demonstration very successfully.

As per the decision of the Hyderabad CEC meeting of BSNLEU and finalised in the Co-Ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF, the first phase of the agitational programme is taking place throughout the country tomorrow. Accordingly, lunch hour demonstrations should be organised tomorrow. The circle and district unions of BSNLEU are requested to take the initiative, in coordination with the AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF, to organise the demonstrations very successfully. This agitational programme is being organised, demanding settlement of the burning problems of the employees, pensioners and contract workers, which include 3rd Wage Revision, Pension Revision, payment of wage arrears of the contract workers, settlement of the medical bills, holding all the LICEs, settlement of 30% Superannuation Benefits of the DR Employees and other issues. Let us make the programme successful by taking the message of the agitation to each and every Non-Executive, pensioner and contract worker. 

11 - Sep - 2021
Inspiring circle conference of BSNLEU started enthusiastically at Bhubaneswar.

The 7th circle conference of BSNLEU, Odisha circle, started at Bhubaneswar today. It is inspiring to observe that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, large number of employees are participating in the conference enthusiastically. At the outset, respectful homage was paid to Com.P.R.Das, former circle secretary of BSNLEU, who passed away recently. Floral tributes were also paid to the departed leader. Com.S.C.Bhattacharya, circle president, is presiding over the conference. Com.S.R.Das, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, delivered the inaugural address of the conference. He explained about the achievements of BSNLEU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The General Secretary also explained in detail about the road-blocks being created by the government in the launching of BSNL’s 4G service and about the "National Monetisation Pipeline", in the name of which the Nation's assets are being handed over to the big corporates, at throw away prices. Thereafter, the delegates session started and is going on. 

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10 - Sep - 2021
AUAB once again writes to Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Communications, to grant a meeting.

Soon after Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, took over as the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, the AUAB wrote him, requesting to grant a meeting to discuss the issues related to BSNL’s Revival, especially the undue delay in launching the 4G service. However, the Minister has not granted any meeting till now. It may be due to his preoccupation with the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. Now that the Parliament Session is over, the AUAB has once again written to him, requesting to grant a meeting.

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09 - Sep - 2021
“Meet the Members” campaign going on in full-swing.

As per the call of the CHQ of BSNLEU, the “Meet the Members” campaign is being organised in various circles. The circle level and district level leaders of BSNLEU, are meeting the employees and are campaigning against the anti-BSNL, anti-Pubic Sector and pro-corporate policies of the Modi government. The leaders are also distributing pamphlets creating awareness. Here are the views of the campaign being organised in certain circles.

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08 - Sep - 2021
Co-Ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF issued notification for agitational programmes.

As has already been informed, the Co-Ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF has decided to organise agitational programme on the burning issues of the serving and retired employees, as well as the contract workers. The notification for this agitational programme was issued to the CMD BSNL and Secretary, Telecom, yesterday.

 

Charter of demands.

  1. Stop privatisation of the Public Sector.
  2. Disburse salary on the last date of every month.
  3. Settle 3rd Wage Revision for BSNL employees.
  4. Implement Pension Revision with 15% fitment, by delinking from Wage Revision.
  5. Scrap the SLA based outsourcing of landline and broadband works.
  6. Implement 30% Superannuation Benefits to the Directly Recruited Employees.
  7. Immediately hold the various LICEs.
  8. Immediately pay the wage arrears of the contract workers.
  9. Do not reduce the posts, in the name of “Restructuring”.
  10. Settle the medical bills of the serving and retired employees without delay.
  11. Stop retrenchment of contract workers and re-engage the already retrenched contract workers.
  12. Implement 7thCPC pay scale for the casual labourers.
  13. Settle the Rule 8 transfers of the DR JEs and other employees.
  14. Implement E1 pay scale for the Non-Executives, as has already been approved by the BSNL Management Committee.
  15. Introduce a New Promotion Policy, to solve the problem of stagnation.

 

Agitational programmes

  1. Demonstrations on 14.09.2021.
  2. March to SSA and BA (Business Area) Offices on 05th October, 2021.
  3. March to the CGM Offices on 22nd October, 2021.
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07 - Sep - 2021
Inspiring Maharashtra circle conference held on 03rd & 04th September, 2021.

The Circle Conference of BSNLEU, Maharashtra circle, was held at Ahmednagar on 03rd & 04th September, 2021. The conference started with the flag hoisting ceremony. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was well attended by delegates from the various SSAs of Maharashtra circle. Com. Appa Gagre, Circle President, presided over the conference. Com.N.K. Nalawade, Circle Secretary, welcomed the delegates and presented the report on activities. Com.Ganesh Hinge, circle treasurer, submitted the accounts of the Union. All the delegates participated in the deliberations. Very good suggestions were given by the delegates to strengthen BSNLEU in Maharashtra circle and to improve the quality of BSNL’s services. Com.Yusuf Hussain, General Secretary, Maharashtra Casual Contract Workers Union, greeted the conference. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the conference and explained about the anti-Public Sector, anti-BSNL and pro-corporate policies of the Modi government. The General Secretary also explained about the decisions of the Hyderabad CEC meeting, the issues of the employees taken up and settled by BSNLEU and the demands, as well as the agitational programmes of the AUAB. Election of office bearers took place unanimously. 

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06 - Sep - 2021
Meeting between BSNLEU and the CMD BSNL.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.Anand Kumar Singh, AGS, met Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL today and discussed the following issues.

 

  1. Payment of IDA arrears.

The leaders insisted that the IDA arrears, w.e.f. 01.10.2020 should be paid immediately. They pointed out that the payment of IDA arrears is already delayed and that further delay is undesirable. The CMD BSNL replied that the matter is under consideration.

 

  1. 3rd Wage Revision.

The recently held CEC meeting of BSNLEU has passed a detailed resolution insisting upon the BSNL Management to immediately settle Wage Revision. The resolution is already sent to the CMD BSNL. In today's meeting, the leaders explained to the CMD BSNL, how the matter has already been discussed at the highest level, with the erstwhile Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, as well as the erstwhile Secretary, Telecom, who had assured settlement of the Wage Revision. The leaders urged upon the CMD BSNL to immediately convene the Wage Negotiation Committee meeting and to sign the Wage Agreement. The CMD BSNL told that the matter would be looked into.

 

  1. Unwarranted restrictions imposed on temporary transfers.

Recently the Corporate Office has issued letter, imposing restrictions on temporary transfers to employees. As per this letter, it will be impossible for the employees to get temporary transfers hereafter. BSNLEU has already issued a strong letter to the CMD BSNL demanding to review the decision. In today’s meeting, the leaders explained how the employees would be affected due to the restrictions imposed. The CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter.

 

  1. Restructuring.

BSNLEU has already given a detailed note on the issue of Restructuring of BSNL’s Manpower. However, no serious meeting has been held with BSNLEU, to discuss the Union’s view. When this issue is raised in today’s meeting, the CMD BSNL replied that, the Management had already accepted BSNLEU’s demand for maintaining the Sr.TOA and the ATT as ‘Live Cadres’. However, BSNLEU demanded that, a discussion should be held with the Union, on it’s note. The CMD BSNL agreed for the same.

03 - Sep - 2021
AUAB issues notice for 3 day dharna at Jantar Mantar.

As has already been informed, the AUAB will be organising a 3 day dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on 21st, 22nd & 23rd September, 2021. The AUAB issued notification today, to the Secretary, Telecom and CMD BSNL, for this dharna.

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03 - Sep - 2021
Agitational programmes of the Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF.

The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Hyderabad noted with concern that, the genuine grievances of the Non-Executives as well as the retired employees are not being addressed by the BSNL Management. Hence, the CEC meeting decided to organise agitational programmes under the banner of the Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF. Accordingly, the Co-ordination Committee has met and finalised the charter of demands, as well as the agitational programmes. The following programmes would be organised by the Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF.

Programme.

14.09.2021 –   Demonstrations.

05.10.2021 –   March to SSA / Business Area offices.

21.10.2021 –   March to CGM offices.

 

Charter of demands.

  1. Stop privatisation of the Public Sector.
  2. Payment of salary on the last date of every month.
  3. 3rd Wage Revision.
  4. Pension Revision with 15% fitment, by delinking from Wage Revision.
  5. Immediately pay the wage arrears of the contract workers.
  6. Implement 30% Superannuation Benefits to the Directly Recruited Employees.
  7. Immediately hold the various LICEs.
  8. Introduce a New Promotion Policy, to solve the problem of stagnation.
  9. Do not reduce the posts, in the name of “Restructuring”.
  10. Settle the medical bills of the serving and retired employees without delay.
  11. Implement 7th CPC pay scale for the casual labourers.
  12. Settle the Rule 8 transfers of the DR JEs and other employees.
  13. Implement E1 pay scale for the Non-Executives, as has already been approved by the BSNL Management Committee.
  14. Re-engage the retrenched contract workers.