The day long dharna programme, called on by BSNLEU, as per the decision of the Central Secretariat meeting, is being successfully organised throughout the country. Comrades are participating enthusiastically in this dharna, by maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, as per the directive of the CHQ. The dharna programme is being organised, demanding the government to immediately allow BSNL to procure 4G equipments from the tender that has been floated, speedy implementation of BSNL’s revival package, payment of salary on time, stopping retrenchment and payment of wage arrears to contract workers, funds for payment of medical bills, cashless treatment under BSNL MRS, immediate remittance of society dues and LIC premium, immediate holding of LICEs, relaxation for the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019, etc.
While concerns are being expressed over the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and the proposed NRC (National Register of Citizens), Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, has stated that he is concerned about the above mentioned new laws. He has stated that it is necessary to do everything to prevent “statelessness” when a national law is changed.
[Source: Times of India dated 20.02.2020]
Wide spread protests are taking place throughout the country against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), NPR (National Population Register) and the NRC (National Register for Citizens). However, many of us are thinking that we are not going to be affected. But, what has happened to a woman in Assam should open our eyes.
Jabeda Begum had submitted 14 documents, including her PAN Card, Ration Card, two bank passbooks, voter lists where her name, along with the names of her parents and grandparents are there. Still, the Tribunal and the Guwahati High Court have rejected her citizenship.
[Source: Times of India dated 20.02.2020]
1) Com. H. G. Kiran. ADS. Chikmaglur - Rs.1,000/-
2) Com. Manohar Ujalankar, Ex.DS, AIBDPA - Rs.1,000/-
3) Com. K. Sadasivan, BP, BGTD, Ulsoor - Rs.1,000/-
4) Com. Shivaprasad, AGM, Ulsoor, BGTD - Rs.1,000/-
5) Com. Udaykumar, SDE, Ulsoor, BGTD - Rs.1,000/-
6) Com. N. Kumareshan, Ex. CWC member - Rs.1,000/-
7) Com. Muniswamy, Retd. SSS, CGMT, KTK - Rs.1,000/-
8) Com. Gauramma, ACFS, AIBDPA - Rs.1,000/-
9) Com. Basappa. Retd. SS, Kalburgi - Rs.500/-
10) Com. Puttaraju, TT, Ulsoor - Rs.500/-
11) Com. Venkat prasad, TT, Ulsoor - Rs.500/-
The countrywide dharna programme, called on by BSNLEU, has been organised very successfully throughout the country. Despite strict restrictions imposed in most parts of the country, on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the circle and district unions of BSNLEU, have taken the pains to organise the dharna in a very successful, but at the same time, in a very disciplined manner. The CHQ heartily congratulates the circle and district unions, for their dedicated efforts in this regard.
The success of the dharna programme reveals the suffocation prevailing among the employees, due to the delay in the rolling out BSNL’s 4G network. At the same time, it has also brought out the anger prevailing among the Non-Executives, since their genuine demands are being neglected by the Management for long. BSNLEU hopes that the top Management of BSNL would make note of this and will take suitable steps, to settle the burning problems of the Non-Executives. If the BSNL Management does not wake up, employees will be forced to resort to more serious forms of struggles.
Various progressive, patriotic and secular organisations, including the AIPSO (All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation), CITU, AITUC, etc., have given call to organise demonstrations on 24th & 25th February, 2020, opposing the visit of US President, Donald Trump to India. This demonstration is to protest against the aggressions and violations of human rights, being committed by the US imperialism world over, as well as against the pro-US policies of the Modi government. CHQ calls upon the comrades of BSNLEU to join these demonstrations, wherever being organised by the above mentioned organisations.
As per the direction of the CHQ and circle unions, relief materials were distributed to contract workers in Tirunelveli and Cuddalore districts. Relief materials worth Rs.1,100 were distributed to each of the contract workers at Ambasamudhram of Tirunelveli SSA, on 16.04.2020. Com. C.Swami Gurunathan, AIBDPA presided and Com. N.Soosai Maria Anthony, DS, BSNLEU organised the programme. Relief materials worth Rs.1,200 were distributed to all contract workers at Aragandanallur of Cuddalore SSA, on 16-04-2020. Com.Krishnan, District Vice President and Com. Ponnambalam Branch Secretary made organised the programme.
BSNL’s 4G network roll out has been blocked by the government. At the same time, the Modi government is extending all the back-door, as well as open support, to make Reliance Jio to flourish. The decision of the government to allow Reliance Jio to install 54 mobile towers in Ladakh, at the cost of the government, speaks volumes about the anti-BSNL and pro-Jio policy of the government. Most of the General Secretaries of the various unions and associations are out of Delhi and could not go to the head- quarters for holding a meeting. Hence, steps are being taken to organise an online meeting of the AUAB at the earliest and to give call for appropriate action, to remove the road-blocks that have been created in the rolling out of BSNL’s 4G network.
It is a great news that, the Optic Fibre Cable, laid down to connect the Andaman & Nicobar Islands with the main land of India, is to be commissioned soon. A few years ago, BSNLEU raised the demand that, Optic Fibre Cable should be laid down to connect Andaman & Nicobar Islands with the main land. It has become a reality now. The Optic Fibre Cable has been laid down and the Acceptance and Testing has also been completed. Thus, high speed broadband and mobile data connectivity between Andaman & Nicobar Island and the main land of India will become a reality soon.
[ Source: The Andaman Express News, dated 16th April, 2020]
In the Formal meeting held on 14.01.2020, BSNLEU has already taken up with the Director (HR), the matter of issuing of Presidential Orders to the employees recruited by the DoT prior to 01.10.2000, but whose appointments were made after 01.10.2000. Even though favourable judgements are already given by a number of CATs and High Courts, BSNL has filed an appeal in the Hon’ble Supreme Court. BSNLEU has requested to the Director (HR) in the above mentioned meeting, to ensure needful action for the expeditious disposal of the case in the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The Director (HR) has assured to do the needful. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com.John Verghese, AGS, met Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR), yesterday, and urged upon him to implement the assurance given by the Director (HR). The GM(SR) assured to take needful action.
Food materials were distributed to the contract workers at Haldwani on 17.04.2020. This distribution of food materials is made from the donation, amounting Rs.10,000/- contributed by Com.Mahedra Singh Bisht, Circle Vice President and District Treasurer, Haldwani. CHQ appreciates Com.Mahedra Singh Bisht.
A dead-lock is prevailing due to the order issued by the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh, as a result of which, the results of the JTO LICEs have not been declared in Punjab circle. This issue is already discussed by BSNLEU, in the meeting held on 21.01.2020. The Director (HR) has assured that needful legal action would be taken, to find a way out from the dead-lock. Since, no action appears to have been taken by the Management, BSNLEU once again raised this issue in it’s meeting held with the Director (HR) yesterday. The representatives pointed out the non-declaration of results in Punjab circle is causing extreme hardship and loss to the candidates and requested early intervention by the Management. The Director (HR) assured to take the needful action.
Food materials were distributed to contract workers in Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar and Madurai districts of Tamil Nadu circle on 17.04.2020. At Palayamkotai (Tirunelveli SSA) food materials worth Rs.1,000/- were distributed to each of the 50 contract workers. Com.V.Seethalakshmi, COS, BSNLEU, Com.D. Gopalan, DS, AIBDPA and Com.P.Rajagopal, DS, TNTCWU, were present. In Madurai, food materials worth Rs.700/- were distributed to each of the 30 contract workers. Com.C. Selvin Sathyaraj, DS, BSNLEU, Com.Manuel Palraj, DS, AIBDPA and Com.Sonaimuthu, DS, TNTCWU, were present. In Sivakasi (Virudhunagar SSA), relief materials worth Rs.1,000/- each were distributed to the contract workers. Com.A. Samuthrakani, DS, BSNLEU, Com.M.Ayyasami, DS, AIBDPA and Com.M.Muthusami, DS, TNTCWU, participated in the programme. CHQ heartily congratulates all these district unions.
It may be remembered that, the AUAB demanded soft loan from the government, for the Revival of BSNL. However, the DoT rejected this demand. Now, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which is representing Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea, has demanded soft loan to the private telecom companies. In it’s letter dated 26.06.2020, the COAI has demanded soft loan at “Marginal Cost Lending Rate” (MCLR). The COAI has also demanded that the government should cut down of the Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC) to 3% of the telecom company's AGR and also reduction of Licence Fee from 8% to 3% of the revenue. The COAI has told the government that, these measures viz., soft loan and the reduction of SUC and Licence Fee are necessary for the survival of private telecom companies.
When the AUAB demanded soft loan for the revival of BSNL, the government rejected. Now, let us see what the government is going to do with the demand of extending soft loan to private telecom companies.
BSNLEU has already strongly taken up this issue. The CMD BSNL replied that decision is already taken to retain the Head Quarters of the Core Network South at Chennai. The representatives thanked the CMD BSNL, for the positive decision.
The Management is issuing many orders, making structural changes in the Company. However, the Unions are not being consulted in this regard. The representatives strongly demanded that the views of the Union should also be taken into consideration, before implementing changes that will have impact on the employees.
Deductions made from the salaries of employees are not remitted to the concerned organisations, since April, 2019. The representatives urged upon the CMD BSNL to immediately arrange to remit this deduction money. They also pointed out that the Union is suffering at all levels, due to the non-receipt of Union subscription money from the Management. The CMD BSNL explained about the acute cash crunch being faced by BSNL. However, he assured that the best possible action would be taken in this regard.
The BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter today, stating that the field offices /units, including CSCs, shall remain fully functional w.e.f. 20.04.2020. It says that all the executives of E5 and above level shall attend office on all working days, together with 33% of the remaining staff. Staff roasters, are to be prepared by the respective unit heads, for bringing the 33% staff for duty.