(1) Com. Nirmala M Walvekar, Retd. OS, Hubballi - Rs.5,001/-
(2) Com. Nalini Shivashankar, Retd. SSS. CGMT. KTK - Rs.5,000/-
(3) Com. L. D. Durgad, ACS, AIBDPA, Ranebennur - Rs.2,000/-
(4) Com. S.R. Kuriyavar, DP, Belgavi - Rs.2,000/-
(5) Com. Chennabasappa Kanur, Retd.SSS, Kalburgi - Rs.500/-
The process of changing union membership, by submitting authorisation forms, is going on from 16.06.2020. The last date is 15.07.2020. Some of the employees, who want to change union membership, may not be able to handover their forms to their concerned DDOs, if the DDO is posted in some other station. With the view to overcome this difficulty, the Corporate Office has issued letter today, stating that, in such cases, the District Secretary of the Union / Association can forward the membership form to the DDO, through e-mail / fax. In such a case, deduction of union subscription, based on the new form, will be done provisionally, till the receipt of the original copy.
It was on this day, two years ago, Com.Sisir Battacharjee, fondly called as Sisir da, passed away. The sacrifices and contributions of Com.Sisir da, together with leaders like Com.K.G. Bose, Com.Moni Bose, etc., have laid a strong foundation for the present day Postal and Telecommunications trade union movement. Similarly, many rights and benefits being enjoyed today, by the postal and telecommunications employees, are the fruits of the struggles, inspired and led by comrades like Com.Sisir da. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to Com.Sisir da and vows to march forward in the path shown by him.
CHQ has already reported that the Modi government is taking swift measures to privatise the Indian Railways and to hand it over to the Indian and multinational corporates. Recently the government has decided to hand over 109 pairs of high-speed passenger trains to the private.
The government has invited “Request For Qualification (RFQ)” from Indian and foreign corporates, for operating these 109 trains. Privatisation of the Indian Railways is not only an issue related to the Railway employees, but to the entire people of the country. Under this situation, the CITU has given call for protest demonstrations against the privatisation of Indian Railways. This programme will be organised on 16th or 17th July, 2020, in front of railway stations, etc. The CHQ calls upon our comrades to participate in this programme.
The CHQ is extremely saddened to hear that, Com.M.S. Raja, former Secretary General of Audit and Accounts Employees Federation, passed away yesterday, following a massive heart attack at his residence in Kerala.
Com.M.S. Raja had also been the working president of the Confederation of Central Government Employees. He was one of the frontline All India leaders of the Central Government Employees movement. He has led many struggles, undergoing attacks and victimisations. He had also been actively associated with the united trade union movement at the national level and had played important role in organising the struggles called on by the Central Trade Unions.
BSNLEU dips it’s banner and pays it’s respectful homage to Com.M.S. Raja and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.
Red salutes to the martyrs - Revolutionary May Day greetings to all the comrades.
Red salutes to the martyrs who laid down their lives at Chicago and elsewhere in the world, fighting against the exploitation of the working class. Revolutionary May Day greetings to all the comrades. On this day, let us resolve to march ahead to create a new world, which will be free of exploitation of man by man.
As per the call of the AUAB, the programme of submitting memorandum to all the MPs, is to be organised during the period from 13.07.2020 to 31.07.2020. Accordingly, this programme should have already started. However, we regret to inform that, there is some delay in finalising the memorandum to be submitted to the MPs. The finalised memorandum will be despatched / uploaded on website by today evening. All the circle and district unions are requested to coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB and to successfully organise the programme of submitting memorandum to the MPs.
It seems the conspiracies to kill BSNL never end. In the past, BSNL’s equipment procurements have been stalled many times, which had greatly affected it's network expansion. A similar attempt is being made now also.
An industry body called TEPC (Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council) is the latest villain. As a result of it's complaint, the tender floated by BSNL on 23rd March, 2020, for procuring 50,000 4G mobile sites, has it roadblocks. The TEPC has objected that BSNL's tender conditions have made it impossible for the domestic vendors to participate in the tender. One such condition is that, the previous experience of having set up 20 million subscriber mobile network. The TEPC has also objected that procuring equipments from MNCs will pose a danger to “National Security”. Further, the TEPC has argued that, BSNL should give opportunity to the domestic producers, since public money is involved in the Company's revival. All these objections raised by the TEPC are untenable due to the following reasons.
As per the call of the AUAB, the agitational programme of black-flag demonstration and black-badge wearing by the employees, are to be organised throughout the country tomorrow. The black-flag demonstration is to be organised during lunch hour, by maintaining social distancing. Comrades participating in the demonstration should compulsorily wear masks. Black-badge wearing by the employees has to be done for the whole day tomorrow. CHQ requests the circle and district unions to coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB and to ensure the total success of these programme. Report and photos of the programme may be sent to the CHQ.
The CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), NPR (National Population Register) and NRC (National Register of Citizenship) are against the secular character of the Indian Constitution.
23rd March, 2020 is the martyrdom day of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, has called on the employees to observe an “Anti-CAA, NPR and NRC Day” on 23.03.2020. The CEC has called on the employees to wear demands badge with black ribbon on that day. Lunch hour gate meetings should be organised and the preamble of the Indian Constitution should be read out on that day. All circle and district secretaries are requested to organise this programme very successfully.
For the past so many years, the AUAB is spearheading struggles and movements to safeguard and strengthen BSNL. The AUAB has also played a crucial role in getting 4G spectrum to BSNL for free. In the present case also, wherein vested interests are hatching conspiracy to scuttle BSNL’s procurement of 4G equipments, the AUAB will make the needful intervention. The Convenor, AUAB, is already in contact with other constituents of the AUAB to finalise appropriate action.
It is known to everyone that Reliance Jio created a very big crisis, not only for BSNL, but for the entire telecom sector, by practicing predatory pricing. Many medium and small sized telecom companies are closed down, because of Jio’s predatory pricing. All the telecom companies, except Jio, have gone into loss. The total debt of the telecom sector is Rs.8 lakh crore. Now, Jio says that a minimum floor price should be fixed for data and voice calls. In reply to a consultation paper floated by the TRAI, the Jio has stated that among 230 countries of the world, data tariffs in India are 50 times lower than the tariffs of major developing / developed countries. The behaviour of Reliance Jio reminds us the proverb, “after eating 900 mice, cat goes on Haj pilgrimage”.
[Source: Financial Express dated 09.03.2020]
BSNLEU has already raised the demand with the BSNL Management that, the BSNL retirees should be allowed to retain their quarters upto 6 months from their date of retirement, at the normal rate of Licence Fee. BSNLEU has raised this demand, in view of the lock-down that has been imposed in the country, which has made it impossible for any one to get houses on rental basis. Today, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with Shri A.M. Gupta, CGM(BW) and requested him to consider taking expeditious action to settle the demand. The CGM(BW) replied that, the demand is being looked into and that a decision would be taken soon.
CHQ is extremely shocked to know that, Com.Sarabjit Singh, district secretary, BSNLEU, Amritsar and also one of the senior leaders of our movement in Punjab circle, has passed away at 06:00 pm today. Com.Sarabjit, who was 58 years old, had been unwell for the past few days. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays respectful homage to Com.Sarabjit Singh and also conveys it's deep condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.
Replying to the unstarred question no.2950, Shri Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Communications has informed the Lok Sabha on 11.03.2020 that pension revision of the employees absorbed in BSNL does not remain pending. He has further replied that the pension revision of absorbed BSNL employees is linked to the pay revision of the serving employees.
The US government has totally failed to contain the spread of Corona Virus. More than 11 lakh people are infected with Corona Virus Disease in the US and 65,000 people have already died. The US is the worst affected country by the Corona Virus Disease. Even many poor countries are managing this disease in a better way. Hence, to save his skin, the US President, Donald Trump, is trying to divert the attention of the US people, by telling that China is responsible for the Corona Virus crisis. The World Health Organisation Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had already categorically stated that, the Corona Virus has originated from animals. However, even recently, Trump has told that, China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology is the origin of the Corona Virus. In reply to this, the Head of Emergencies at World Health Organsation (WHO), Dr. Michael Ryan, has categorically stated that, the Novel Corona Virus is “natural in origin.” Responding to Donald Trump yesterday, Dr. Michael Ryan stated that, the WHO team had listened “again and again” to many scientists, who had looked at the gene sequences of the virus, “and we are assured that this virus is natural in origin”.
[Source: PTI, Washington, updated at 10:14 IST on May 2, 2020, published by Indiatoday.in]