The Ministry of Finance has issued letter today the 23.04.2020, for freezing the Dearness Allowance (DA) of the Central Government employees and pensioners, up to 01.07.2021. As per this letter, the Central Government Employees and pensioners will not be paid any DA for a period of 1 ½ years, i.e., from 01.01.2020 to 01.07.2021. When the DA is restored on 01.07.2021, it will be done only prospectively and no arrears will be paid. The Central Government has taken this retrograde measure, in the name of fighting the crisis created by the Corona Virus Disease. BSNLEU strongly denounces this anti-worker measure of the Modi government.
Shri B. L. Varshney, who has been working as the interim Director (EB) has been promoted and posted as the Advisor, AP, LSA. In view of this, the DoT has issued letter, according to which, Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) has been given the additional charge of the Director (EB) also.
The DoT has issued instruction yesterday that, the Director (Establishment), nominated in each telecom circle by the DoT, will act as the cadre-controlling officer of the unabsorbed Group ’C’ & ‘D’ employees working in BSNL. It is stated in the letter that, matters related to issuing of retirement / struck-off order, granting NoC for going abroad and permission for acquiring immovable and movable property, in respect of the unabsorbed Group ’C’ & ‘D’ employees, will be dealt and decided by this Director (Establishment).
On 22.12.2015, the BSNL Corporate Office issued a letter for the fixation of pay of the officiating JTOs and deputing them to the JTO Phase-I training. In that letter, it was mentioned that, the pay of the officiating JTOs would be fixed under FR22(1)(a)(i). It was further mentioned in that letter that, the officiating JTOs would be reverted to their parent cadre of TTA, before being deputed for JTO Phase-I training. Now, based on the judgement given by the principal CAT on 05.02.2020, the BSNL Corporate Office has issued a letter today the 09.07.2020, nullifying the reversion of the officiating JTOs to their parent cadre of TTA.
The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, has issued a letter yesterday the 08th July, 2020, extending Sovereign Guarantee to BSNL and MTNL, for issuing long term bonds. The Sovereign Guarantee is for Rs.15,000 crore, out of which BSNL’s share is Rs.8,500 crore. In this letter, the following is stated in para no. iii :-
“Guarantee given by Government of India shall be non-transferrable and would cease to exist in case the ownership of the entity is transferred from Government of India….”
From the above clause included in the letter for Sovereign Guarantee, it becomes very clear that the Government of India is open to the option of transferring the ownership of BSNL and MTNL. In other words, this clause of the letter indicates that, the Government of India is having the option of privatising BSNL and MTNL.
वित्त मंत्रालय ने पत्र जारी किया, अब सरकार लंबी अवधि के बांड जारी करने के लिए BSNL और MTNL को सर्वोच्च (सोवेरिन) गारंटी प्रदान करेगा ।
वित्त मंत्रालय के आर्थिक मामलों के विभाग ने लंबी अवधि के बांड जारी करने के लिए BSNL और MTNL को सर्वोच्च (सॉवरिन) गारंटी प्रदान करते हुए कल 08 जुलाई, 2020 को एक पत्र जारी किया है। सर्वोच्च (सॉवरेन) गारंटी 15,000 करोड़ रुपये की है, जिसमें से BSNL का शेयर 8,500 करोड़ रुपये है। इस पत्र में, निम्नलिखित में पैरा नं। iii: -
"भारत सरकार द्वारा दी गई गारंटी गैर-हस्तांतरणीय होगी और इन इकाई का स्वामित्व भारत सरकार से हस्तांतरित होने की स्थिति में मौजूद रहेगा।"
सर्वोच्च (सॉवरेन) गारंटी के लिए पत्र में शामिल उपरोक्त खंड से, यह बहुत स्पष्ट हो जाता है कि भारत सरकार BSNL और MTNL के स्वामित्व (मालकाना अधिकार) को स्थानांतरित (ट्रांसफर) करने के विकल्प के लिए खुला रहेगा। दूसरे शब्दों में, पत्र का यह खंड दर्शित करता है कि, भारत सरकार के पास BSNL और MTNL के निजीकरण करने का विकल्प खुला होगा।
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.