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19-01-2019

The 4th Conference of AIBSNLEA/Howrah Branch will be held on 5th February 2018(Tuesday) at 2 PM in  Srirampur Exchange Club Room.All the Circle Office Bearers are invited to attend the conference.

18-01-2019

Today CS,CP,ACS & OS had a discussion with the members of  TBZ branch at TBZ exch building regarding next branch conference. In an interactive session CS appraised the members about the present position of 3rd PRC, AO -CAO, DE-DGM, SDE-DE, JTO-SDE, E1A-E2 ,  E2A-E3 pay scale,etc. He also expressed the need of a strong branch committee to strengthen the activities of Circle as well as CHQ. It was informed that 6th AIC is going to be held at Vijayawada during second week of April & branch representative may be sent there.

It was decided that the branch conference will be held in the coming week to elect a new body.  

17-01-2019

AUAB would be compelled to take recourse to strike - The AUAB cautions the Addl. Secretary (T), DoT:
As per the decision taken in the AUAB meeting held yesterday, representatives of the AUAB, viz., Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convener, Com.Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA met Shri Anshu Prakash, Addl. Secretary(T), DoT , today. The representatives conveyed him the decision of the AUAB meeting held yesterday. They told the Addl. Secretary(T), in no uncertain terms that, the employees are unhappy that not much progress is made in the 3rd Pay Revision issue. They also informed him that the AUAB will be compelled to give call for the strike, since not much time is left for the Parliament elections. The Addl. Secretary(T) informed that he would hold a meeting with the AUAB next week in which crucial discussion would be held in respect of the issue of 3rd Pay Revision. During discussions, CMD BSNL was also present in the meeting.

17-01-2019

A section of unruly JCLs  gheraoed DE Circus for their various demands which are beyond the scope of DEs. The gherao continued upto 9pm. DGM /NWO-P(Central ) also tried to convince them to withdraw the uncalled for gherao in vain. Ultimately with the intervention of GM(NWO-BA-East) & PGM(CFA) and intimation to the police authority gherao was withdrawn as per information given by CS & OS(E). We condemn such atrocities & confirm that such act is not sponsored /supported by any of the recognised unions/associations & request our members & all other executives to take this kind of hooliganism  into the knowledge of competent administrative authority &  FIR may be made as per directions of GM(HR) which is already available in Medha. (see order dt 15.05.2017 )

In this connection we request upon executive fraternity to remain united at the place of occurrence of such incidences so that any of the executives may not feel alienated. CS will talk to the CSs of other sister associations /unions in this regard immediately.

17-01-2019

Today OS(E),CS & ACS met Sr.GM(HR & Admin) and discussed the following:

1) Immediate release of  Diary procurement order for 2019: GM informed that our letter has already been sent to DGM (MM) for necessary action. We hope it will be issued within a few days.

2) Lift of CRN Exch: GM informed that the installation of the same is going on & we expect within one month the new lift will be installed.

3) Withdrawal of  VR of  Subrata Saha : GM informed that the application has been forwarded to CGM/CTD ,soon the withdrawal will be allowed.

4) Issue of JCL scheme extension order:  We convinced GM that this extension is extremely necessary for issue of  W/O to the vendors. GM appreciated our concern & informed that necessary steps regarding this already under active consideration & assured that payment of JCL wages bill will not be hampered.

5) CGA 2018 & concurrence thereof: We informed GM to convene CHPC meeting at the earliest. Now,the vacancy of Group C in CTD is 95 & that of  Group D is -16. The R&E section of CTD communicated to GM(Establishment)/BSNL CO for giving concurrence of clubing post together for compassionate ground appointment of CTD in line with their guidelines issued in 2016. But no answer is received till date. We requested GM to communicate with GM(Establishment)/BSNL CO without further delay so that the ailing eligible candidates may get CGA soon. GM appreciated our view & assured to take early steps.

17-01-2019

Time is running out and strike will become unavoidable - AUAB meeting decides to inform the government........
A meeting of the AUAB was held yesterday. Com.Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, presided over the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convener, AUAB, welcomed everyone and presented the agenda item to be discussed in the meeting. General Secretaries / Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNL MS and BSNL OA, were present in the meeting. The meeting reviewed the progress in the settlement of the demands of the AUAB. The meeting assessed that reasonable progress is made on the demands of 4G spectrum and payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay.

However, the meeting came to the conclusion that, no substantial progress has come on the issues of 3rd Pay Revision and Pension Revision. The meeting also came to the assessment that the time available for the settlement of demands is only upto February, 2019 and that the announcement for Parliament elections may come any time in March, 2019. Once the elections are announced, the Code of Discipline will also come into effect and no demand could be settled thereafter.

In view of the above reasons, the meeting decided to convey to the government that, the AUAB would be compelled to give call for the strike. The meeting also decided that the AUAB should meet the Additional Secretary, Telecom, in person, and communicate this.

17-01-2019

AUAB writes to the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications - Informs strike will become unavoidable due to the delay in the settlement of the 3rd Pay Revision........<<<<Click here for letter>>>>

As per the decision taken in meeting held yesterday, letter has been written to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, by the AUAB, communicating it's unhappiness over the delay in the settlement of the 3rd Pay Revision issues. In the letter, the AUAB has stated that it would be compelled to go on strike, if no positive outcome comes on the issue. The letter was delivered by hand to the Private Secretary to the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications today, by the AUAB representatives.

16-01-2019

Meeting between CMD BSNL and the AUAB on 3rd Pay Revision issue: In the meeting held on 10.01.2019, the Addl. Secretary, Telecom, directed the AUAB to hold a discussion with the BSNL Management on the 3rd Pay Revision issue, and to come back to him for a meeting in the following week. Accordingly, a meeting took place between the AUAB and the CMD BSNL today. The Director (HR) was also present in the meeting. From the AUAB, Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.RaviShil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com. Rewati Prasad, AGS, ATM and Com. H.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNL OA, were present. Discussion took place on the issue of 3rd Pay Revision.

The AUAB representatives categorically demanded that 3rd Pay Revision should be settled with 15% fitment. The CMD BSNL also stated that the BSNL Management sticks on to it’s earlier position that 3rd Pay Revision should be settled with 15% fitment. The AUAB pointed out that the notification for Parliament election would be issued any time in the month of March, 2019 and that the available time for the settlement of 3rd Pay Revision was very less. The representatives also pointed out that the AUAB would be constrained to restart the agitation, if no favourable settlement comes on time.

16-01-2019

AUAB writes to Shri Anshu Prakash, Addl. Secretary, (Telecom), DoT regarding requesting to grant a meeting to the AUAB –- <<<Click here for letter>>>                                        

12-01-2019

CS attended a meeting of members of Shrirampur Area under Howrah branch on 11-01-19.BS Howrah branch and circle FS were also present.We discussed about the problems faced by our members in an interactive session.It was decided to fix an appointment with the newly posted DGM(SRP) immediately to resolve the problems such as vindictive transfer of our members,uneven distribution of workloads of executives in the area,dilapidated condition of Chandannagar AOTR building,etc .BS will act in this regard immediately.CS informed  about development of AO to CAO promotion and other promotions,3rd PRC status,organisational position,6th AIC at Vijaywada,Telengana,collection of donation and elect a representative of the branch thereto and advised to elect a strong new branch body to resolve area level problems effectively.It was also decided to hold branch conference within February'19.

All the members thanked CS for coming to meet members and decided to reconstruct a new strong branch leadership to protect the legitimate interest of our members CS also assured all sorts of cooperation.

11-01-2019

Meeting of the Committee for Periodic Interaction (Institutional Mechanism)  and meeting between the AUAB and the Addl.Secretary(T), DoT:
A meeting of the Committee for Periodic Interaction (Institutional Mechanism) was held in the Sanchar Bhawan yesterday the 10-01-2019. From the AUAB, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convener, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA participated. Shri.R.K.Kandelwal, Joint Secretary(Admn.) - Convener Committee, Shri S.K.Jain, DDG(Estt.), Sh. Rajeev Kumar DDG(Budget), Sh. Sanjay Agarwal, Director(Estt.), Sh. Pawan Gupta, Director(PSU), from DoT side and Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) and ShriA.M.Gupta, GM(SR) from BSNL side were present in the meeting.
It may be remembered that the AUAB strongly demanded that this Committee should be chaired by the Addl. Secretary(T), and that no result would be achieved if it is presided over by the Joint Secretary level officer. Whatever we predicted, has proved to be correct. The Joint Secretary(Admn.) and the DDG(Estt.) were not able to give any worthwhile information about the status of the issues, viz., 3rd Pay Revision, Allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay and Pension Revision. Both the officers are completely negative on our issues. No worth mentioning outcome came from this meeting.
Hence, after this meeting, the AUAB leaders went and met Shri Anshu Prakash, Addl. Secretary(T) and expressed their total dissatisfaction about the outcome of the meeting. Shri R.K.Kandelwal, Joint Secretary (Admn.), Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) were also present. Thereafter, full fledged discussion took place with the Addl.Secretary(T).

3rd Pay Revision : Detailed discussion took place. The Addl. Secretary(T) told that the DoT is ready to settle the 3rd Pay Revision. But, he categorically told that it will be very difficult for the DoT to get the approval of the Cabinet for 15% fitment, since BSNL’s financial position does not allow payment of such high salary. He requested the AUAB and the BSNL Management to discuss and take viable decision and bring to DoT immediately so that this can be taken in next Digital Commission scheduled to be held in the first week of Feb., 2019.
4G spectrum to BSNL: As regards the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, the Addl. Secretary(T) confidently told that the DoT would do it’s best to get the Cabinet approval for the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. He expressed hope that the Digital Commission meeting to be held in the 1st week of February would give the necessary clearance, after which it would go for the Cabinet approval.
Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay: As regards the issue of Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay, the Addl. Secretary(T) told that the Department of Expenditure (DoE) has sought certain details and that the DoT has already written to the BSNL in this regard. The Director (HR) replied that within 1 or 2 days, BSNL would send a reply to the DoT. The Addl. Secretary(T) assured that thereafter prompt action would be taken to get the approval of the DoE.
Pension Revision: On this issue, the AUAB representatives expressed their dissatisfaction and demanded that prompt action should be taken by the DoT. Thereafter, detailed discussion took place with regards to the fitment, etc. Finally, the Addl. Secretary(T) requested Director(HR) to provide with copies of relevant documents like Govt. orders related to the earlier pension revision documents to the employees, etc.
 
Left out items of 2nd PRC :At the end of the meeting, the Addl. Secretary(T), DoT suggested that the AUAB representatives could again meet him next week. In addition to that left out items of 2nd PRC, Director(HR) BSNL informed that the BSNL Management is taking necessary action to enhance the superannuation benefits from 5% to 8%.

11-01-2019

As informed by AIP & GS MA for the vacation of Status Quo Stay regarding AO to CAO promotion has been filed by the department in Chandigarh CAT on 10-01-2019.We appreciate the ro;e of our CHQ leadership in convincing the management to file MA.

11-01-2019

CS & CP met GM(HR & Admin.) on 10-01-2018 and discussed the following:

1.Diary Order 2019:We reminded GM(HR) that despite our request in the month of November and several assurance the diary procurement order for the executives yet to to be issued.He assured that it will be issued soon.

2.JC Scheme extension & JCL Payment:We expressed our deep concern about unprecedented delay in JCL wages payment. Already 2 months wage is due.Till there is no news of payment this month. We intimated that the present spell of job contract scheme has been expired on 31-12-2018,it has to be extended soon at least upto 31-03-2019.We showed GM that in earlier instances also the extension order in this regard were issued by HQ.We also urged upon the fact that the order of extension of JCL scheme to be issued from HQ to avoid complexity of running of JC scheme in the field.

GM assured that decision in this regard will be taken without further delay as per instruction of CGM/CTD.

11-01-2019

Recruitment Cell of BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi issued instructions regarding recruitment of MT (Internal) and MT(External) in BSNL  ....<<<Click here for letter>>>

10-01-2019

The interim report of IIMA on Revival/Restructuring of BSNL <<<Click here for report>>>

10-01-2019

<<<<<Click here for AUAB Circular for the meeting held on dated 08.01.2019>>>>

09-01-2019

AUAB meeting with Secretary (T):  On behalf of AUAB GS, AIBSNLEA , GS, SNEA, GS, BSNLEU & GS, NFTE BSNL met Secretary(T) in the presence of Additional Secretary(T) and discussed regarding formation of Institutional Mechanism Committee as per the directive of the Hon'ble MOSC(I/C) for interaction between the DOT, AUAB and  BSNL. We requested the Institutional Mechanism should be headed at least by the Additional Secretary (T) and the AUAB should be given four representatives in the Institutional Mechanism Committee,  two for the Executives and two for the Non Executives.

On our pleading Secretary (T) allowed four representatives of AUAB as requested in the Committee. She mentioned that JS (Admin) is the Convenor of the Committee and after the meeting the members may meet with the AST/Secretary (T). AST confirmed that tomorrow at 1600 hrs. Institutional Mechanism Committee meeting has been decided to discuss the AUAB demands as a follow up action.

Secretary(T) also mentioned that already Policy guidelines has been given by the Hon'ble MOSC(I/C) for the settlement of AUAB demands, the Committee has been constituted to monitor and keep the issues on track for settlement. She further assured that we can meet Secretary (T) also as and when required.

09-01-2019

Meeting with Member (F), Member(S) and Advisor(F), DoT: GS & President met Member(F) , Member(Services) and Advisor(F) DoT and greeted them for New Year 2019. We also requested Member (F) and Advisor (F) for the settlement of our Pay revision, Pension revision, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay and allocation of 4G Spectrum to BSNL. Member (F) gave a positive assurance for the settlement of the issues. Advisor (F) mentioned that he is convinced to settle Pension revision at the earliest also mentioned regarding 4G Spectrum allocation legal opinion is awaited on the basis Hon'ble Supreme Court judgement for the payment of bidding charges. He immediately directed DDG (Budget) to issue Letter of Comfort to BSNL for taking Loan from Banks.

We requested Member(S) for getting early reply from DOP&PW on pension revision of BSNL Pensioners. Member(S) assured to discuss the matter with DDG (Estt) for an early action.

09-01-2019

Meeting with Director (HR), BSNL Board: GS, President & AGS (Fin) met DIR (HR) and discussed regarding
(a) DE (Regular) to DGM (T) Adhoc Promotion: We requested Dir (HR) to consider DE to DGM Promotion to fill up 891 vacant DGM posts since the CPC has been expedited. We also appraised her regarding the status of the various court cases on TES Gr.B seniority list. Dir (HR) after detailed discussions assured to discuss the matter with GM (Pers) for the issuance of early promotion orders.
(b) AO to CAO Promotion: We requested Dir (HR) to file MA in the Hon'ble CAT Chandigarh against the status quo on promotion orders from AO to CAO granted. Dir (HR) assured to discuss the matter with Sr.GM (FP).
(c) Status of the AUAB demands in DOT: We appraised Dir (HR) regarding our discussions with the Secretary (T), AST, Member (F) and Advisor (F) on the issue of Pay revision, Pension revision and payment of Pension contribution on actual basic. Director (HR) mentioned that the queries made by DOT on these issues are being replied by the BSNL. She also confirmed that the interim report of IIM Ahmedabad has been received by DoT/BSNL wherein the need for allocation of 4G Spectrum to BSNL has been recommended in the Revival Plan of BSNL.
GM (SR) and OSD to Dir(HR) were also present in the meeting.

09-01-2019

Facts regarding proposed change in the rate of pension contribution would be effective from implementation from 01.01.2007 are as under:-

Basis of the above date is implementation of 2nd PRC in BSNL, as DoP&T OM implemented at time of 6th CPC.

Detailed justification as under : 
As per file no . DOT 7-1/2000 /TA-I/17 dated 31.07.2002 pension contribution payable by BSNL will be as per rates prescribed under FR 116 & 117 i.e. Calculation of monthly contribution towards cost of Pension payable during foreign service.

As per the DOP&T OM dated 15th May, 2000, based on the decision of the government on the recommendations of the 5th CPC, pension contribution payable w.e.f 01.01.1996 in respect of employees on foreign service/deputation was based on the maximum of the pay scale. Accordingly, based on this order, BSNL has been paying pension contribution to DoT for the BSNL absorbed employees w.e.f 01.10.2000 on maximum of the scale.

However, based on the recommendations of 6th CPC on pay revision of the Central Govt Employees w.e.f 01.01.2006, the government, vide DOP&T order No. 2/34/2008-Estt. (Pay II) dated 19.11.2009w.e.f 01.01.2006 in respect of employees on foreign service/deputation, is to be paid on the existing basic pay (pay band plus grade pay) and not on the maximum of the pay scale. It superseded the OM dated 15.05.2000. 
This order is effective from the date of implementation of 6th CPC i.e. 1.1.2006. Therefore effective date of implementation n BSNL should be 01.01.2007 i.e. implementation of 2nd PRC.

As per PIB release 26th Dec., 2013 regarding, Disbursement of pensionary benefits to all the combined service pension optee absorbed employees of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), sister PSU of BSNL are as under:-

“consequential amendments to the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, adjustments in respect of Government pension liability previously discharged by MTNL and proposed change in methodology in pension contribution as per FR-116 upto 31.12.2005 on the maximum of the IDA pay-scales and with effect from 01.01.2006 on the actual pay drawn in the IDA pay-scales will be made. “

08-01-2019

GS, President   & AGS (Fin) met Secy(T), Add Secy (T), OSD to MOSC, PS to MOSC, Jt. Secy(A), Jt Secy(T), DDG(Estt.), DDG(Fin./Estt..), DDG(Pers.), Director(Estt.) & Director(PSU) DOT and greeted all these officers on New Year-2019. We also requested Add Secy(T) and Jt. Secy(A) DOT to hold the committee Meeting at the earliest to discuss AUAB demands. Jt. Secy(A) informed that the committee meeting has been fixed up on 10-01.2019 at 16.00Hrs to discuss the AUAB demands. 

08-01-2019

BSNL Corporate Office issued order regarding revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01 .2007 - Payment of IDA at revised rates w.r.t. Board level and below Board level posts including non-unionised supervisors in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) - Increase of IDA by 3.2% <<<Click here for order>>>

07-01-2019

Meeting with CMD, BSNL: GS, President  & AGS (Fin) met CMD, BSNL and greeted him on New Year. CMD mentioned that for the growth of BSNL both Management and Employees should work together and make BSNL to turn around so as to regain its original glory in this New Year 2019. We discussed regarding

(a) DE (Regular) to DGM (T) Adhoc Promotion:  We extended our sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for allowing CPC from DE to DGM (T) to fill up the 891vacant posts. We requested CMD for early issuance of the promotion orders. We appraised him about the status of the Court Judgements on TES Gr.B seniority cases. CMD assured to discuss the matter with Dir (HR).

(b) Status of the AUAB demands in DOT:  We enquired about the status of the AUAB demands in DOT and the constitution of committee comprising DOT/BSNL officers and AUAB representatives. CMD BSNL informed that DOT desired to hold the meeting of the committee in the last week but the AUAB representatives were not available, thus the Committee meeting may take place in this week end..

(c) 6th AIC at Vijayawada, AP: We extended our invitation to CMD, BSNL for attending  6th AIC of AIBSNLEA being held at Vijayawada, AP w.e.f. 9th April to 11th April 2019 as chief Guest. CMD assured to make it convenient to attend the AIC.