The DoT has issued letter stating that the Director (Estt.) nominated to the telecom circles will deal and decide the matters like issuing of retirement / struck off order, granting of NoC and permission for accruing movable and immovable properties, in respect of unabsorbed Group C&D employees working in BSNL.
On 27th March, 2020, the DoP&T has issued a letter stating that, the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) should be exempted, while drawing up the roster of staff who are required to attend essential services. However, this instruction was not implemented in BSNL, since the DoP&T letter was not endorsed by the BSNL Corporate Office. Hence, BSNLEU wrote to the Corporate Office on 02.04.2020, demanding the BSNL Corporate Office to endorse the DoP&T letter. Accepting BSNLEU’s demand, the Corporate Office has issued letter, endorsing the DoP&T letter. Circle Secretaries are requested to kindly ensure the implementation of the DoP&T instruction.
The DoT has released an amount of Rs. 4,156 crore to BSNL. This is for making payment of Exgratia amount to those who have retired under VRS-2019. The DoT has directed that, this payment should be completed within 21 days.
The BSNL Corporate Office has issued fresh instructions to be followed w.e.f. 01st August, 2020, in the context of COVID-19 pandemic situation. This letter stipulates that, all Circle Offices shall work with full attendance w.e.f. 01.08.2020. The employees residing in Containment Zones will be permitted to work from home.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued fresh guidelines on 29th July, 2020, to be implemented w.e.f. 01st August, 2020. The letter contains guidelines regarding activities which are permitted, as well as not permitted, inside the Containment Zone and outside the Containment Zone.
Recently Government of India took decision to freeze the Dearness Relief to the Central Government pensioners, for the period from 01.01.2020 to 01.07.2021. Immediately, the DoT vide it’s letter number 1/Misc/Pen/Issue/BSNL/DDG(Accounts)/2019-Part.1/1407-1439 dated 28.04.2020, issued instruction stating that the BSNL employees retiring in April, 2020, should be retirement benefits at the old rate of Dearness Relief, i.e., at 157.3%. Vehemently opposing this arbitrary action of the DoT, BSNLEU wrote to the Secretary, Telecom, on 28.04.2020. In that letter, BSNLEU has stated that the DoT has no authority to deny whatever Dearness Relief already approved to the BSNL pensioners, by the DPE. It may be noted that the DPE, on 03.04.2020 itself has already approved Dearness Relief to BSNL pensioners @160.7%, w.e.f. 01.04.2020. Now, the DoT has gone back from it’s decision of denying Dearness Relief @160.7% to the BSNL employees who retired in April, 2020. It has issued letter yesterday the 26.05.2020, withdrawing it’s letter dated 28.04.2020. In this letter, the DoT has also stated that all pension related benefits be released @160.7% Dearness Relief.
The DoT, vide it’s letter dated 29-05-2020, has appointed Shri V.Ramesh as the Director(Enterprise) of BSNL. Shri V. Ramesh will hold this post till his retirement on 31.07.2024. The Director(Enterprise) is a very important post in BSNL, so far as revenue generation is concerned. BSNLEU heartily congratulates Shri V. Ramesh and wishes him all success in his new assignment.
As per the decision already taken by the BSNL Corporate Office, on the issue of changing union membership, the BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter yesterday the, 3rd June, 2020. According to this letter, the option to change union membership (deduction of subscription) will be allowed from 16.06.2020 to 15.07.2020. All circle and district secretaries are requested to kindly make note of this and to take the needful action. It is also informed that the next process to change union membership, by way of submitting option, will take place only next year, i.e., between 16th June, to 15th July, 2021.
In the ongoing COVID-19 scenario, it will be difficult for the patients to consult the doctors and get new prescriptions for their treatments. Considering this difficulty, the Corporate Office has issued letter, wherein it is stated that, outdoor treatment claims, which are not older than 6 months would be permitted.