The International women's day was observed by the West Bengal circle union on 08.03.2020, at CTO, Kolkata. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Jt. Convenor, BSNL WWCC, hoisted the Union’s red flag. More than 100 women comrades attended the meeting, which was presided over by Com.Banani Chattopadhyay and Com.Mamata Sarkar. The meeting was addressed by Com.Animesh Mitra and Com.Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Jt. convener, Working Women sub committee, West Bengal. The speakers spoke on the present condition of the women in the country and also deplored the pro-rich and anti-worker Neo-Liberal Policies being followed by the government.
Women’s Day celebration was also observed in the PGMT Office, Panjjim Goa, on 08.03.2020. Com.Amita Naik, member, BSNL WWCC, organised the meeting. A good number of women employees including the AGM (Admn.) participated in the meeting.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), over phone yesterday and insisted settlement of the following issues:-
(1) Payment of April, salary without further delay.
The General Secretary insisted upon the Director (HR) to take the needful action to ensure the payment of salary for the month of April without much delay.
(2) Payment of compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the employees who succumb due to the COVID-19.
The General Secretary urged upon the Director (HR to take prompt action for implementation of the scheme, under which Rs.10 lakh compensation would be paid in case any employee dies due to Covid-19. The General Secretary told him that the DoT has put in place such a scheme, which has already been implemented by the Department of Posts. The General Secretary informed the Director (HR) that copies of the orders issued by the DoT and the Department of Posts are already e-mailed to him, together with the request letter of BSNLEU.
(3) Retention of quarters up to 6 months on normal licence fee.
The General Secretary requested the Director (HR) to take the needful action on the letter written by BSNLEU, for the retention of quarters by BSNL retirees up to 6 months, on the payment of normal licence fee. This demand is being raised in view of the lock-down imposed by the government.
The Director (HR) gave a patient hearing and assured to look into the issues and to take needful actions.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), yesterday, and discussed the following issues.
The matter is already discussed many times. In the meeting held on 21.01.2020, the Director (HR) assured to sympathetically consider the demand of the Union to award full marks to the questions with multiple correct answers. However, in yesterday’s meeting, Director (HR) replied that the evaluation has been done as per the existing procedure and that awarding of full marks to the questions with multiple answers is difficult. However, the General Secretary insisted that full marks should be given, since whatever method has been adopted in the evaluation has done injustice to the candidates. The issue will be pursued further.
BSNLEU has been insisting that the DoP&T orders should be implemented on this matter, according to which the verification of the ST caste certificates should be done only by the District Collectors / Magistrate. The Director (HR) informed in yesterday’s meeting that the caste certificates of 300 ST employees have already been validated by the District Scrutiny Committees. However, the General Secretary insisted that the assurance given by the Director (HR), for referring the matter to the District Collectors / Magistrate should be implemented.
The General Secretary told the Director (HR) that no improvement has come on this issue and insisted that the Management should take some pro-active steps, so that the results are declared.
The BSNL Management has already filed SLP in the Hon’ble Supreme Court against the judgement of the Hon’ble High Courts. BSNLEU has already sought the co-operation of the Management, so that the Supreme Court case is disposed off at the earliest. The General Secretary informed the Director (HR) that no development has taken place on this issue also.
The JE LICE already notified, has been postponed, based on the demand of BSNLEU to hold it as an Off-line exam. Management has agreed to hold the exam as an Off-line exam, but the exam is not held so far. In yesterday’s meeting, the Director (HR) replied that the Committee formed by the BSNL Management on holding Internal Examinations is expected to submit it’s report within 2 to 3 weeks. The General Secretary insisted that the JE LICE should be conducted, since it will improve the efficiency of the existing staff.
At the end, the Director (HR) assured that needful action would be taken on the issues discussed today.
BSNLEU has expressed it’s own doubts about the announcement made by Mukesh Ambani recently, that Jio has developed it’s own 5G technology. In the website updating made on 18.07.2020, BSNLEU has also given the reasons for that.
Now, an article published in the latest "Frontline" magazine, a detailed analysis has been made, claiming why Mukesh Ambani’s announcement might not be correct. The article has stated that, Jio might not have developed a full-fledged 5G technology, but may be a “5G-like” technology. The following are the excerpts from that article.
"IPlytics, a Berlin-based company that monitors technology trends, reported that Huawei of China held the most patents among “5G patent families” in the world. Chinese companies, including Huawei and ZTE, commanded the largest number of such patents, closely followed by Korean companies, including Samsung and LG.
As of November 2019, Huawei held 3,325 such patents; its nearest rival was Samsung, with 2,846 patents. Nokia’s alliance with Alcatel-Lucent was the most significant non-Asian rival, with a combined tally of 2,308.
Companies have spent several years developing the relevant technologies, which is why many are sceptical of Ambani’s claims.
.... The idea is that if a full-scale 5G rollout is not immediately possible or feasible, patches based on software solutions as well as open source hardware could be built in order to give a “5G-like” network performance, at least in limited markets or geographies".
BSNL has sold only 2,29,839 post paid and prepaid SIMs in April, 2020. This is against the target of 14,16,300 SIMs, fixed by the Management, for the month of April. Thus, BSNL has achieved only 16% of it’s target. This is due to the lockdown imposed by the government, to contain the spread of the Corona Virus infection. As regards the month of May, 2020, Management has fixed a target of 14,00,300.
Some serious organisational problems are going on in Chennai Telephones Circle, for quite some time. Instances of indiscipline and unruly behaviours in the circle executive committee meetings were brought to the notice of the CHQ. With the view to improve the situation, the General Secretary himself attended four to five Circle Executive Committee meetings of Chennai circle, together with Com.S.Chellappa, AGS. However, the situation did not improve. Once again, CHQ received reports of unruly and indisciplined beahaviour by some comrades, in the last two circle executive committee meetings. The matter was discussed several times in the All India Centre meetings. Ultimately, in accordance with article 10(b)(ii) of the Union Constitution, the All India Centre has removed one of the Circle Organising Secretaries from that post and has also debarred him from becoming office bearer at any level, for a period of one year. This action has become unavoidable to ensure democratic functioning of our Union in Chennai Telephones Circle.
Karnataka circle has done a good job in collecting contributions to the Contract Workers Relief Fund. Utilising this fund, various district unions in the circle are providing relief to the contract workers in the form of food materials.
Bellary: - As per the call of the CHQ, BSNLEU, Bellary district UNION, collected Rs.33,000/- as Contract Workers Relief Fund. From this, 30 contract workers were provided with 25 kgs. of rice bags. The comrades of Bellary, under the leadership of com.M.D. Fazal, District Secretary, provided the relief materials.
Dharward: - 230 bags of food materials were distributed to the contract workers in places like Hubballi, Dharward, Gadag and Ranebennur. Com.N.D. Patil, District Secretary, Com.Harish Doddamani, District President and other district office-bearers participated in these activities.
ऑल इंडिया सेन्टर द्वारा चेन्नई टेलीफोन सर्किल में प्रजातांत्रिक कार्यसंचालन की सुनिश्चितता के लिए अनुशासनात्मक कार्यवाही की गई..
विगत कुछ समय से चेन्नई टेलीफोन्स में कुछ गंभीर किस्म की संगठनात्मक समस्याएं चल रही है। सर्किल एग्जीक्यूटिव कमिटी की मीटिंग में अनुशासनहीनता और अनियंत्रित व्यवहार के मामले CHQ के संज्ञान में लाए गए थे। परिस्थिति में सुधार के उद्देश्य से महासचिव स्वयं चेन्नई सर्किल की 4 से 5 सर्किल एग्जीक्यूटिव कमिटी की मीटिंग में कॉम चेल्लप्पा, AGS के साथ उपस्थित हुए हैं। किन्तु, स्थिति में सुधार नही हुआ। विगत 2 सर्किल एग्जीक्यूटिव कमिटी की मीटिंग में , एक बार पुनः, कुछ कॉमरेड्स के अनियंत्रित और अनुशासनहीन व्यवहार की रिपोर्ट्स CHQ को प्राप्त हुई है। इस मुद्दे पर ऑल इंडिया सेन्टर की मीटिंग में भी कई बार चर्चा की जा चुकी है। अंततः, यूनियन के संविधान की धारा 10(b)(ii) के अनुसार, ऑल इंडिया सेन्टर द्वारा एक सर्किल ऑर्गनाइजिंग सेक्रेटरी को उनके पद से हटा दिया गया है और एक वर्ष के लिए यूनियन में किसी भी स्तर पर उनके ऑफिस बेयरर बनने पर प्रतिबंध भी लगा दिया गया है। चेन्नई टेलीफोन सर्किल में प्रजातांत्रिक कार्यसंचालन की सुनिश्चितता के लिए यह अनुशासनात्मक कार्यवाही जरूरी हो गई थी।
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, yesterday, and discussed the following issues:-
BSNLEU is continuously demanding that relaxation should be granted to the candidates of the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019. This demand is raised since the question paper contained a sizable number of wrong and out of syllabus questions and also questions with multiple correct answers. The issue was continuously discussed with the Director (HR). However, no solution has come. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU wrote a detailed letter to the CMD BSNL, yesterday, demanding full marks for the 10 questions with multiple correct answers. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL yesterday and discussed this issue elaborately. The GS, BSNLEU, asserted that the candidates should not be punished for the blunders committed by the examiner. Hence, full marks should be granted to all the 10 questions with multiple correct answers. The CMD BSNL assured that the matter would be looked into. BSNLEU is confident of settling this issue.
Due to the non-remittance of LIC premium money deducted from the salary of the employees, by the BSNL Management, the LIC has informed that the policies have since lapsed. BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL on this matter. In his meeting held with Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, yesterday, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, sought his intervention for the restoration of the lapsed LIC policies of the employees. The CMD BSNL assured that all needful actions would be taken and also stated that, if required, BSNL would also pay the interest to LIC, to restore the policies.
Buddha Purnima falls on the full moon day in the month of Vaishakh. This day marks the birth anniversary, as well as the Day of enlightenment of Lord Buddha. Today is said to be the 2582nd birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. On this day, BSNLEU conveys it's best wishes and warm greetings to one and all. The preachings of lord Buddha, the foremost among which is Ahimsa, are very relevant today, when hatred is being spread and people are being divided in the name of gods and religions.
सांसदों को ज्ञापन: सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट सेक्रेटरीज से त्वरित कार्यवाही का अनुरोध...
AUAB की 06.07.2020 को सम्पन्न ऑनलाइन मीटिंग में लिए गए निर्णय अनुसार संसद सदस्यों को BSNL द्वारा 4G सेवाओं की शीघ्र शुरुआत हेतु हस्तक्षेप और साथ ही कंपनी के त्वरित रिवाइवल सुनिश्चितता के अनुरोध के साथ ज्ञापन दिया जाना है। यह एक महत्वपूर्ण कार्य है, क्योंकि संसद सदस्यों का सहयोग BSNL के रिवाइवल की सुनिश्चितता में बेहद अहम होगा। अतः, सभी सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट सेक्रेटरीज से अनुरोध है कि वें AUAB के अन्य घटकों से समन्वय स्थापित कर अपने अपने क्षेत्र के सांसदों को ज्ञापन प्रस्तुत करने हेतु शीघ्र कार्यवाही करें। ज्ञापन की प्रति संलग्न है।
The MoU signed by BSNL, with the Canara Bank, for the extension of loans to BSNL employees, has already lapsed in December, 2019. BSNLEU has already written to the Management seeking an early renewal of the MoU. In this connection, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri P.C. Bhatt, Sr.GM(CBB), yesterday, and discussed this issue. The Sr.GM(CBB) assured that the MoU would be renewed expeditiously.
Yesterday, the AUAB has written a very detailed letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, soliciting his intervention, for clearing the road-blocks being created in BSNL's 4G tender, based on the complaint of the TEPC. A copy of the letter has been released to the media. The Financial Express and the National Herald have published detailed write-up on this issue.
The All India Centre of BSNLEU has taken disciplinary action against one of it’s Chennai Circle office bearers. This is purely BSNLEU’s internal matter.
Others have no business to poke their nose into it. However, C.K. Mathivanan, the rogue circle secretary of NFTE, Chennai Circle, has made a derogatory criticism on his website, about this.
Everyone knows that C.K.Mathivanan is a man without any discipline or decency. When Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri was the General Secretary of BSNLEU, C.K. Mathivanan used to insult and attack him. After taking over as General Secretary, Com.P.Abhimanyu has become the target for his attacks. The worst part of story is that, C.K.Mathivanan is abusing and attacking his own leaders as well.
Some years back, Com.Chandeswar Singh, General Secretary, NFTE, came to address an all union seminar at Chennai. There, he was gheraoed in the public place, by C.K. Mathivanan and his thugs for a pretty long time. So far as we know, such a misfortune has never happened to any other General Secretary.
Apart from these, another key All India Office bearer of NFTE has also become the victim of C.K.Mathivanan’s attacks. C.K.Manthivanan wrote on his circle union website that, this leader has changed his Union, as many times as he changed his shirts.
When the JAC leaders signed agreement with the BSNL Management, settling 78.2% IDA merger, C.K. Mathivanan, wrote on his website that, the All India leaders have surrendered the interests of the workers. He even went to the extent of organising protest meetings, condemning the agreement. However, when the order for 78.2% IDA merger was issued, C.K.Mathivanan silently received the benefits and enjoyed.
The AUAB is uniting the entire officers and employees of BSNL and is continuously fighting against the government, to safeguard BSNL and it’s employees. However, C.K. Mathivanan has made it his habit to attack and ridicule the AUAB. This issue has already been raised at the All India AUAB meetings, with NFTE leadership. Even now, NFTE is not a part of the AUAB in Chennai circle.
A few months back, once again C.K. Mathivanan, insulted Com.Chandeswar Singh, General Secretary, NFTE. What C.K.Mathivanan wrote on his website, goes on like this :- "The General Secretary, who calls himself a communist, kept on waiting for the Telecom Minister at Patna airport. But, on his arrival, the Minister ignored the leader and did not even bother to look at his face. However, the General Secretary, kept following the Minister, with folded hands. Why this pathetic situation? "
It is also a fact that, C.K.Mathivanan did not spare even great leaders like Com.O.P.Gupta and Com.Jagan. Normally, C.K. Mathivanan used to refer Com.O.P.Gupta as *“that old man”.* Frequently, he has abused both Com.O.P.Gupta and Com.Jagan in filthy language.
Whatever happens inside NFTE is their internal matter. But, if the NFTE leadership allows C.K.Mathivanan to hurl abuses at BSNLEU and AUAB, it will not be appropriate.
Hence, BSNLEU wishes to make an appeal to the NFTE leadership, that it is time for them to discipline C.K. Mathivanan.
Former Chief Justice of India, justice Ranjan Gogoi, has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, by President, Ramnath Kovind. This has raised the eyebrows of many. It is being pointed out that, if such high positions are offered to judges after their retirement, then it will lead to favouritism and nepotism in the judiciary. The judiciary will lose it’s independence and will become subordinate to the government. Recently, justice Muralidhar, who criticised the BJP leaders for the Delhi riots, was transferred in the midnight. A message is being sent that, those judges criticise the government and the ruling party will be punished and those judges who favour them will be rewarded. This is not good for Indian democracy.
As we have already reported, the AUAB’s letter addressed to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention to remove the hurdles in BSNL’s 4G equipment procurement, has got wide coverage in the media. The Economic Times Telecom (ET Telecom) has written a good article in this connection today, which we are reproducing herewith.
BSNLEU wishes to make it very clear that 'Land Monetisation' was not a demand of the BSNLEU / AUAB at all. The AUAB only demanded that the DoT should give approval for BSNL’s “Land Management Policy”, which is for leasing out and renting out BSNL’s vacant lands and buildings. However, in it’s Revival Package, announced on 23.10.2019, the government decided to monetise BSNL’s assets.
In this matter, every employee of BSNL as well as unions and associations have to be very cautious. It is because, every effort will be made by the government to grab BSNL’s lands at a throw away price and to hand it over to the corporates. We must not forget that, after coming to power in 2014, the BJP government passed 3 ordinances to grab lands of the poor peasants and to hand over them to corporates. However, only through nationwide militant struggles of the Kisans and democratic forces, the attempts of the Modi government were defeated. Hence, similar land grabbing attempts may be made in BSNL also.
Hence, we have to ensure that the transactions are transparent. Each and every employee, union, association has to remain vigilant to ensure that BSNL gets market price, and not a throw away price, in the land monetisation. The All India Centre of BSNLEU, which met yesterday, called upon every employee, union, association to remain vigilant to ensure this.
A group of comrades came to participate in the AIBDPA rally at Delhi, which was to be held on 12.03.2020. They went to Agra for sight seeing. Among them a 75 year old comrade, by name N.M. Ganesan, went missing. This happened at Agra on 11.03.2020. The CHQ of BSNLEU was informed about this only on 15.03.2020. CHQ immediately contacted the UP (West) comrades for tracing out the missing comrade. On 16.03.2020, it was informed by the local people that, the missing comrade is in a village near Haathras, which comes under Aligarh district. Immediately CHQ directed Com.S.P.Singh, Vice President (CHQ), BSNLEU, as well as Com.Nabi Ahmed, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Aligarh, to bring the comrade to Delhi. Com.Bhoob Singh of Haathras went to the spot and took custody of the comrade. Thereafter, he was taken to Aligarh and from there he was brought to Delhi by Com.Durgesh Kumar, Assistant District Secretary, BSNLEU, Aligarh. Com.N.M. Ganesan is in good health, but seems exhausted and stressed. Arrangements are being made by AIBDPA, Vellore, to take him back to Vellore. CHQ heartily congratulates Com.S.P.Singh, Vice President (CHQ), Com.Nabi Ahmed, District Secretary, Aligarh, Com.Bhoob Singh of Haathras and Com.Durgesh Kumar, Assistant District Secretary, Aligarh for acting swiftly and rescuing Com. N.M. Ganesan.
Retired SC judge Kurian Joseph said on Tuesday former CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s decision to accept his nomination to the Rajya Sabha from the government has “certainly shaken the confidence of the common man on the independence of the judiciary”. Justice Joseph was one of the four judges, including Gogoi, who had in January 2018 gone public with their disenchantment over the manner sensitive political matters were assigned during CJI Dipak Mishra’s tenure.
[ Courtesy :Economic Times dt. 18-03-2020]
In the Revival Package for BSNL and MTNL, announced by the government on 23.10.2019, it is mentioned that monetisation of assets will be done, to meet the expenditures for network expansion, repayment of debt, operational fund requirements, etc. We understood that monetisation of assets means it will be limited to BSNL’s surplus lands. However, in the meeting held in the PMO on 03rd July, 2020, under the chairmanship of the Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister, serious discussions have taken place regarding the monetisation of BSNL’s towers and fibres. The meeting has decided that within 3 months, the DoT should come up with various options to monetise BSNL’s tower and fibre assets.
This is a very dangerous move by the government. At a time when Reliance Jio is moving aggressively to monopolise the telecom sector, the government may be thinking to hand over BSNL’s towers and fibres to Mukesh Ambani, in the name of monetising BSNL’s land and assets.
The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held on line on 20.07.2020, has called upon the CHQ of BSNLEU to take up the issue seriously through the platform of AUAB, so as to stop BSNL’s towers and fibres being snatched away.