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01.09.2015: CHQ NEWS: GS writes to DIR(HR) regarding the pay anomaly of TTAs recruited as JTOs as Dept outsider.
The Forum meeting which met today, has taken the decision to conduct massive Dharna at the Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels, against the decision of the Cabinet for formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The meeting insisted that the government should give up it’s decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company. The meeting also decided to mobilise more than 1000 comrades in the Dharna to be conducted at the BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi. All Circle and District secretaries are requested to organise the Dharna very effectively.
BSNL’s growth momentum will captivate ensuing Jaipur AIC.
With 3rd PRC at doorsteps and resolution of critical impending issues of standard E2, E3 pay scales, CPSU cadre hierarchy, 30% superannuation benefits, crossing the deadly red zone is not only important but a must.
Jaipur AIC is being held very close on the heels of constitution of 3rd PRC. Visualized against that critical background, and also the fact that resolution of impending critical HR issues like taking the issue of replacing non standard pay scales for JTOs/SDES and equivalent cadres by by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 to its logical conclusion, putting in place sound mechanism of CPSU cadre hierarchy holistically and getting abnormally delayed issue of resolution of 30% superannuation benefits addressed, how critically significant our timing of AIC is, and more than that what is crucial is to work out how and in what manner we are to come up with a very concrete strategy and plan of action, within a very limited time frame of about 15 months that we have at hand, to get the Company out of the lethal red lines that it is surrounded by at the moment. Creating that situation is not only necessary but a very basic and inescapable ingredient and prerequisite to get an audience before 3rd PRC. Otherwise, literally speaking, we are bound to be out of purview of 3Rd PRC.
have had the distinction of being the first CPSU to have got 2nd PRC
implemented in 2009, even though our profit lines were fast declining
by 2009. Thereafter we strenuously struggled to get 78.2% IDA fitment
in 2013 when we had registered huge losses. However, thereafter
our losses have been steadily accumulating and today our accumulated
losses stand at incredibly staggering Rs 25,000 crores, with
Given the determination and profound commitment of the trade unions and the workforce in BSNL, wiping out or considerably scaling down the losses is not at all an impossible task. In this entire arduous endeavour of revival of the Company, SNEA has to be at the centre stage in so far as drawing up a blue print for revival and its implementation is concerned. Otherwise, frankly speaking the whole thing will go haywire. We have to focus on creating a perfect level playing field to compete, besides getting intensely focussed on real issues that will spurt growth.
We have been put to test in the past on numerous occasions to face challenging situation and it is a matter of great pride for us that on each occasion we emerged with flying colours. Our fundamentals are pretty strong - massive infrastructure that we have, our expertise, our talent and huge manpower are our great inherent strengths on which we have to consolidate and build up.We adequately and successfully demonstrated our strength on various occasions in adverse conditions - in Leh, Uttarkhand, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Visakhapatnam, Srinagar etc etc. In those disastrous situations we worked overnight to restore the services, when our so called competitors fled away and left people high and dry.
Our dedication, hard work, toughness to cross the river by hook or crook, come what may, is eventually going to decide where we shall be landing in so far as looking forward to getting 3rd PRC implemention is concerned. Not only getting 3rd PRC is a matter of concern, but more than that is retaining what we are getting as of now. Our existing promotions, perks, medical facilities, pension revision, everything is depending upon our performance during the next two years. We already missed Performance Related Pay (PRP) during 2nd PRC itself.
New Management has come out with some bold initiatives. “Free night call facility for landline” and “Free roaming for mobile customers” are two bold marketing initiatives taken by the Management recently. When private operators are facing the brunt of “call drops” more than BSNL, it is a divine opportunity for BSNL. BSNL services are better in many ways and “free roaming facility” has given a boost to it. Now we have to capitalise on that. The report for the month of July is very encouraging. BSNL become number one operator in adding mobile connections in July, pushing Airtel and Vodafone down. The mobile revenue also increased by 3.5%. In landline sector more than ten Circles has reported positive growth. These are all very encouraging inputs. If the remaining Circles are also coming up with same enthusiasm and commitment, then BSNL revival will be on the right track and it can be again positioned as a market player and profit making PSU.
Performance of last two months demonstrates our commitment and concern for the company and our strength to make it profitable by 2017. Our hard work and commitment will take us to the next PRC. No doubt, we will not miss it.
If we miss the 3rd PRC in 2017, we are missing all the benefits for another 10 years up to 2027, we should not forget that crucial fact. In that case the mental trauma, de-motivation, demoralisation, and industrial unrest that will eventually erupt is going to create havoc on us as well as the Company. The Company will be in shambles.
Other important issues are following up standard E2, E3 pay scales, CPSU cadre hierarchy, 30% superannuation benefits.Positive recommendation from the Joint Committee on E2, E3 pay scales has to be single-mindedly and vigorously pursued before BSNL Board and DoT to get the issue resolved once for all before the next PRC. This will boost the morale of the young recruits and the future recruits also. Joint Committee has already submitted the broad contours regarding implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy and this broadly spelt out road map has to be fine tuned in order to make the mechanism practically implementable. That is yet another big challenge requiring a brainstorming discussion. This revolutionary and innovative mechanism of HR growth will give a new direction to our career growth, provided company grows. The pensionary benefits and social security to the BSNL direct recruits are to be addressed comprehensively even by taking some risk in negotiations. To introduce the mechanism without further delay is very important, that also with reasonable amount of contribution. The shortcomings in the recognition rules are to be addressed and the membership verification has to be completed without any delay. All out efforts is required in this direction.
Yes, these are the formidable challenges that need to be addressed holistically in the ensuing AIC through threadbare discussions and resolutions. At the core of the agenda has to be exclusively revival of BSNL. And last but not the least is that this AIC should bring us more united than ever before. We should emerge out as the strongest and unified force in this AIC. Each one of us has an enormous responsibility on his shoulders to forge complete unity and extraordinary solidarity. With that in mind, in unwavering and absolute terms, we should be treading towards Jaipur.
28.08.2015: AIC at JAIPUR 05-07 September, 2015.
The host Circle is finding difficulty in arranging extra accommodation as few Circles sending more number of delegates. This will create difficulties for the respective Circle Secretaries if their accommodation is not ensured in advance. The delegates should be elected as per the provisions of the constitution only. The members reaching in excess of the actual number of delegates (observers) has to pay @ Rs 2500/ instead of Rs 1250/. They will be entertained by the host Circle only with the prior permission of General Secretary.
Reception Counter will be available at BSNL CSC, Railway Station, Jaipur Junction at Platform No. 1.
25.08.2015: CS, CWC Member Com Srinivasa Prasad met Shri P.V.Muralidhar, CGMT AP Circle and discussed on our issues. On the issue of shortage of SIMs CGMT informed that 2 lac SIMs are expected by Friday and another 15 lac are expected shortly. CGMT assured that he will see that sufficient SIMs are available in the field. We also explained him how some SSAs are suffering without SSA head and pleaded him to make arrangements for smooth functioning of the SSAs.
25.08.2015: CHQ NEWS: JTO to SDE Promotion case at Hon CAT, Chandigarh on 25.08.2015: The case could not take up as the bench is not sitting today. Hon CAT, Chandigarh stayed the JTO to SDE promotion with reservation under 67% seniority quota on 21.07.2015 without implementing the Hon Supreme Court order on Nagaraju case where Hon court directed to certify there is backwardness as well as shortage before providing reservations in promotions.
As reported yesterday, Sri N. K. Gupta, Director(CFA), the director in charge of South Zone, visited Kerala Circle today, 20.08.2015 and held discussion with SNEA(I) and BSNLEU and the representatives of casual labourers to sort out all the contentious issues. In addition to Sri R. M. Subbaiah, CGM, other senior officers of Kerala Circle also participated in the discussion. Sri A. K. Jain, CGM, NCNGN who alongwith other officers held discussions with SNEA and BSNLEU on 05.08.2015 also participated in the discussions.
The discussions continued for Two and Half Hours. After the positive assurance from the Management, Joint Action Committee of Kerala Circle decided to call off the on-going agitation. Congratulations to Comrades of Kerala Circle. It is the Victory of our Unity and Commitment towards the Association as well as the company.
Major settlements are:
1. All Vindictive actions taken related to Agitation since June 2014 including Charge Sheets, Dies-nons and Transfers will be withdrawn.
2. Labour issues will be settled with reasonable increase within 30 days w.e.f. 1st August 2015. A Committee will be constituted for that purpose.
3. Further discussions will continue on HR and policy matters to improve the service and to bring back the healthy working atmosphere in the circle.
The agitation started in May 2014 ended after 14 months, settling all the issues eventhough lot of negative forces were working against that, even openly, supporting the former CGM who is facing massive charges of corruption.
the history of trade unions, we had seen first time that Associations
are supporting corrupt officers for their corrupt activities and
vindictive attitude towards the employees. It
is shameful. It is time for them for introspection.
20.08.2015: CHQ NEWS: Congratulations to all --- Good news for BSNL after the launch of new schemes. For the first time after so many years, BSNL become no.1 operator providing maximum mobile connections in July 2015, pushing Airtel and Vodafone to no.2 and no.3 positions. BSNL added 16.1 lakh connections in July, 2015, almost double (86%) than that of the sales in May, 2015. Top performers are Bihar, Haryana, J&K, Karnataka, Kolkata TD, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and UP(East) circles. Other Circles also to come up like this by conducting melas and other marketing strategies.
Com P.Padmanabha Rao JS(S), Com A.Viswanath CS SNEA AP, Com E. Jaganmohan Reddy attended the District Conference.
Com A.Viswanath, CS and Com P.Padmanabha Rao JS(S)addressed the District Conference and gave latest position on all the important issues like finalisation of E2, E3 Standard pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, MT Recruitment (Internal and External), JTO-SDE DPC, SDE to DE DPC, DE to DGM Adhoc Promotions etc.
The following office bearers are elected unanimously for the next term:
District President: Com. Rajaram Chauhan, DE STR, Adilabad 9490000955
District secretary: Com Ganesh Chary, JTO, Adilabad 9490000552
District Treasurer: Com. Raghuveera Chari JTO Adilabad. 9441995199
20.08.2015: District Conference of SNEA Karimnagar SSA was held on 18.08.2015 in grand manner at Hotel Srinivasa, Karimnagar. District conference was Presided by Com Rajagopal, District President. Com. Srinivasa Reddy, Dist. Secrtary submitted the report and the report was adopted by the members.
Com P.Padmanabha Rao JS(S), Com A.Viswanath CS SNEA AP, Com Vidyasagar Reddy Circle Treasurer, Com E. Jaganmohan Reddy and Com Suresh CWC Members, Com Kanakaramulu ACS and Com Phanikumar DS Warangal attended and addressed the District Conference.
Open session was organised in connection with District Conference. Sri P.Sudhakar Rao, GMTD Karimnagar, Com Ramana DS AIBSNLEA, Com Rajasekhar DS AIGETOA attended and addressed the Opensession. Com Srinivasa Reddy, Dist. Secretary SNEA KAA, submitted the Key note address.
Sri P.Sudhakar Rao, GMTD Karimnagar while addressing the open session responded on all the issues raised in the keynote address submitted by the District Secretary. Com P.Padmanabha Rao JS(S) and Com A.Viswanath CS SNEA AP requested all the members to work hard and try to improve the revenues.
In the afternoon session Com A.Viswanath, CS and Com P.Padmanabha Rao JS(S)addressed the District Conference and gave latest position on all the important issues like finalisation of E2, E3 Standard pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, MT Recruitment (Internal and External), JTO-SDE DPC, SDE to DE DPC, DE to DGM Adhoc Promotions etc.
The following office bearers are elected unanimously for the next term:
District President: Com. E.Prakash, DGM, KAA
District secretary: Com V.Srinivasa Reddy, SDE KAA
District Treasurer: Com. D.Ismail, SDE KAA
20.08.2015: CHQ ISSUES
1. Joint Committee meeting on 13.08.2015: The Joint Committee discussed implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy in BSNL. The draft proposal for Time bound functional promotion upto DGM level with stringent attendant condition of “very good” bench mark even for JTO to SDE promotion discussed. Joint committee is of the unanimous opinion of Time bound functional promotion upto Sr SDE and equivalent grades. Members from official side vehemently opposed the proposal of Time bound functional promotion to DE and DGM grades citing the huge number of more than 13,000 Executives working in DE/DGM scale and more than 5,000 Executives working in DGM scale where the present total sanctioned strength is 5303 (3978 for promotion) and 1361 respectively. This number will increase every year. This will create chaos in the company, according to them. Management side is of the firm view that atleast 50% dropping is required in promotion from DE onwards which Assns opposing. Members from Assn side welcomed the draft proposal and demanded reducing the stringent attendant conditions. It is decided to continue the discussion on the draft proposal.
he draft proposal.
2. Meeting with Sr GM(SR) on 19.08.2015: GS and both AGSs met Sr GM(SR) and discussed the following issues:
a)Committee meeting on Officiating pay fixation on promotion: Assn explained the issue in detail with the relevant rules under FRSR by which the pay has been fixed earlier. The clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010 are contrary to the FRSR provisions and EPP order dated 18.01.2007, Assn told. The Hon SC judgement on this issue also produced.
b) Restoring trade union facilities: Sr GM(SR) informed that DIR(HR) seized off the matter and spoken to CGMT, KTK to expedite the case so that verification can be completed. Since it is a Board decision, any change has to be done only with the approval of Board. However the temporary restoration of facilities will be discussed with DIR(HR).
3. Meeting with GM(Pers) on 19.08.2015: GS and both AGSs met GM(Pers) and discussed the following issues:
a)Promotion to SDE cadre: The court case and stay on promotions under 67% quota with reservation at Hon Chandigarh CAT is coming on 25.08.2015. Hon CAT, Chandigarh stayed the JTO to SDE promotion under 67% seniority quota on 21.07.2015 with reservation without implementing the Hon Supreme Court order on Nagaraju case where Hon court directed to certify there is backwardness as well as shortage before providing reservations in promotions. Similar stay order is issued for JTO to SDE LDCE promotion, JAO to AO promotion, AO to CAO promotion etc.
b) DGM/DE cadres. The preparatory work is going on. The VC called for DGM promotion for 480 vacancies. Assn requested to issue the promotion for about 75 SDEs remaining in list no 5 with the available VCs. Orders are expected by this month end.
May the Indian Tricolor always fly high
Warm wishes on the Grand Occasion of Idependence Day
As directed by Forum of Unions and Associations of BSNL, Post card campaign is to be conducted from 10th to 22nd August, 2015. One post card should go from each BSNL employee to the Hon’ble Minister of Communicatiions.
The text of the post card shall be as follows:--
“Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT is requested to immediately settle the demands submitted by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL..”
The post card should be signed by the individual employee, with his name, designation and the name of the SSA. Forum leaders at the SSA level should undertake the responsibility of obtaining the signatures of the employees, and finally post the post cards.
All SNEA activists take lead and make the program a grand success.
12.08.2015: JTO TO SDE CASE:
BSNL side requested time to file the counter reply in the new case where the seniority of JTOs of 2001 recruitment year in which 500 officiating JTOs are regularised each year. Now they are shown against supernumerary posts which is under question. This issue was not agitated earlier in the Hon CAT or no reply filed, so BSNL sought time for detailed reply. Now, Case posted after 10 days Onam vacation. May come up for hearing in the first week of Sep 2015.
12.08.2015: Lunch Hour Demonstrations in protest against formation of Separate Tower Company conducted successfully throught AP Circle. SNEA AP congratulates all the comrades for their active participation.
12.08.2015: CHQ NEWS: Antedating of increment to address pay anomaly:
GM(Estt) called a meeting of SNEA(I) and AIBSNLEA to discuss this issue. GS and AGS Com Dahiya attended the meeting. AIBSNLEA represented by GS and others. Assn presented the case and categorically told management that the order dated 14.06.2010 will not address the issue rather it creates more pay loss to the seniors after stepping up. The seniors will get less pay from the date of natural increment than what he was getting prior to stepping up. Further the increment will be drawn after 23 to 13 months instead of 12 months after the stepping up.
Our suggestion to implement uniform increment date as in the case of Central Govt employees or antedating of increment as per order dated 23.09.2009 or retain the DNI after stepping up of pay are the only options available. Management has to settle the issue once for all by any one of these option.
12.08.2015: Lunch/closing hour demonstration TODAY at Circle/SSA HQs.
All SSA and Branch Secretaries are requested to hold massive demonstration today protesting against the Cabinet decision to form a separate subsidiary Tower Company. Comrades, this will start disintegration of our company. This may end up in strategic sale, disinvestment of the subsidiary etc. This is one segment which is growing very fast without much investment and giving huge profit to BSNL. If the growing segment is detached from BSNL, then how revival of BSNL is possible? If the real issue is tower sharing and monetizing, it can be done very well without forming a subsidiary.
If we are allowing subsidiary tower company today, then we are allowing dividing the company into pieces. Tomorrow it will be another subsidiary for land assets, and then it will be another subsidiary for OF network and so on. FINALLY WHAT REMAINS WITH BSNL WILL BE JUST THE LOSS MAKING LANDLINE SECTOR AND 2.4 LAKH EMPLOYEES! Can we allow that to happen?
10.08.2015: District Conference of SNEA Nellore SSA was held on 09.08.2015 in grand manner at Hotel Shivam, Nellore. District conference was Presided by Com Narasimhulu, District President. Com. Vijaya Kumar, Dist. Secrtary submitted the report. Com. D.Gnanamurthy, Dist. Treasurer submitted the accounts. DS and Treasurer reports were adopted by the members.
Sri Y.Venkata Narayana, ITS, GMTD Nellore attended addressed the Opensession. Com A.Chandrasekhar, AGS SNEA(I), Com J. Uma Maheswara Rao, CP SNEA(I) AP, Com A.Viswanath, CS SNEA(I) AP, Com Chalamaiah CWC Member Ongole, Com Gurunatham, ACS SNEA(I) AP attended and addressed the Open session.
GMTD Nellore in his address stressed the need to work in team and advised all the executives to work hard individually and also work in a team. He also said that all the individuals are equal in their capabilities but only the mindset is to be changed. His address was inspiring and motivating.
In the afternoon session Com A.Viswanath, CS addressed the District Conference and gave latest position on all the important issues like finalisation of E2, E3 Standard pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, MT Recruitment (Internal and External), JTO-SDE DPC, SDE to DE DPC, DE to DGM Adhoc Promotions etc.
The following office bearers are elected unanimously for the next term:
District President: Com. M. Harinath Babu, SDE Civil, Nellore. 9490792255
District secretary: Com T. Venkateswarlu, SDE, Nellore. 9490143122
Treasurer: Com. D.Gnanamurthy, JTO, Nellore. 9491304430
Hearty Congratulations !
Unity of Kerala Comrades of SNEA (I) and BSNLEU Created History.
Congratulations to Valiant Comrades for the Historical Win!!! As per the Discussion with Management chaired by our NEW CGMT / Kerala Circle Sri. R.M. Subbaiah and Joint Agitation Committee of SNEA (I) & BSNLEU, the management settled the following demands
1. All Vindictive actions like Charge sheets and Dies Non implemented on BSNLEU and SNEA comrades since June 2014 are withdrawn.
2. All Vindictive transfers implemented on SNEA and BSNLEU comrades will be withdrawn and further Meeting will be held with SNEA on Monday, 10/08/2015 for settling inter SSA Vindictive Transfers and discussing other HR and service issues raised.
3. Circle Administration ensured that there will be determined effort to create a healthy working atmosphere to improve the service and staff relation.
4. Rs. 100/- hike will be given to Casual Contract Labours as an interim relief. For finalizing the wages and bonus, a committee will be constituted by next week and will be settled in limited time frame.
10.08.2015: CHQ NEWS: Forum writes to CMD BSNL on holding of demonstrations on 12.08.2015, protesting the decision for formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company
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06.09.2015: CHQ NEWS: Union Cabinet approved the formation of Subsidiary Tower company. SNEA(I) and Forum of BSNL Unions/Assns has been opposing this move right from the beginning.
Forum decided to conduct massive demonstrations on 12.08.2015 at BSNLCO and Circle/SSA HQs opposing the move.
06.08.2015: CHQ NEWS: Joint Committee meeting on CPSU cadre hierarchy:
The joint committee meeting held today and discussion took place for about two hours. Chairman and members from Management side proposed very stringent attendant conditions along with interview, grade of service and educational qualifications to decide the promotions. The bench mark should be minimum “Very Good” according to them even for JTO to SDE promotion.
SNEA(I) made the following submissions:
1. The terms and conditions of absorption in BSNL ensured Time Bound promotions from JTO to SG JAG grade between 4 to 6 years with attendant conditions, without linking promotions with availability of posts. Promotions beyond SGJAG will be based on availability of posts.
2. However in Executive Promotion Policy (EPP), the promotions are divided into two parts, I. Time bound IDA pay scale upgradations and II. Post based promotions.
SNEA(I) very strongly opposed any interview for promotions or promotions based on educational qualifications.
Now thousands of Executives are working in different scales. They are getting pay scales and good pay. But due to various reasons, mainly due to litigations they are not getting functional promotion which provides higher responsibility and status. For example thousands of Executives are in Sr SDE scale (E3) but working as JTO. Similarly thousands of Executives are in DGM scale (E5) or in DE scale (E4) but still working as SDEs. Again, recently the promotions in almost all the cadres in BSNL are stayed by Hon Chandigargh Tribunal without implementing judgment on Nagaraju case on SC/ST reservation.
So the new promotion policy should address the twin problems of i) seniority related issues and ii) availability of vacancies/posts as much possible and ensure smooth promotions.
The following points are to be deliberated.
a) Time bound functional promotion has to be implemented upto which grade, without linking it with availability of posts and minimum how many promotions can be assured. For this data can be verified to know how many Executives are working in each scale/grade.
b) Reporting and hierarchy to be followed in the new set up and duties and responsibilities.
c) Bench mark for each promotion to be reviewed and decided as per the present practice.
d) Qualifying service and quantum of relaxation in service.
e) New Designations to be introduced in BSNL.
f) Financial implications.
a) No of promotions: The minimum number of promotions should be maintained as 5 itself in the new scheme also.
No of Executives working in each grade. Majority of the Executives are working in Telecom Engg wing. The total number is about 34,500.
JTO Scale-- About 4800, SDE Scale -- About 4300, Sr SDE Scale - About 11800, AGM Scale -- About 7800, DGM Scale --About 5200, SG JAG Scale -- About 600.
Accounts – 6500, Civil – 1747, Elect: 1134, Arch --- 147, TF --- 122, Misc – 425.
b) Reporting, hierarchy to be followed and duties and responsibilities: Bell curve issue can be addressed by following hierarchy. Existing hierarchy to be changed (JTO -à SDE -à DE -à DGM) to JTO/SDE/Sr SDE/DE --à DGM/SG JAG -à GM -à PGM. Duties and responsibilities can be modified accordingly.
c) Bench mark: BSNL Executives are working in different areas like External, Internal, installations, planning, offices, mobile, transmission, landline etc. The performance of the Executives are depending upon the area of their posting and availability of material, manpower, labour, stores, equipments etc. So the performance of the Executives working in various areas cannot be compared at all on the basis of APAR alone. Most of the other PSUs are in production sector and the nature of job is more or less same or comparable. They are having time tested mechanisms of performance evaluation. So the promotion mechanism in other CPSUs cannot be copied as such in BSNL atleast for the time being. So the new bench mark should be finalized considering this fact as well as and the bench mark existing today for post based promotions.
d) Qualifying service and quantum of relaxation in service: The qualifying service should be between 4 to 6 years as per the terms and condition and it should not be more than 6 years in any case.
Note: Now IDA pay scale upgradations are given on completion of qualifying service. Post based promotions are given with relaxation in service (1 year relaxation for JTO to SDE promotion where the qualifying service is 3 years). Since the pre-appointment training varies from one to two years, relaxation of qualifying service to the Executives of same rect year (in case of rect) / vacancy year (in case of promotion) also to be considered. Similar relaxation is to be considered for promotion to DE grade also for the existing Executives working at SDE/Sr SDE/DE scales. However no relaxation is required for Sr SDE grade. For the Executives who got relaxation for promotion to the SDE grade as per the new scheme, further relaxation at Sr SDE and DE grade are not required.
e) New Designation to be followed as done in BSNLCO:
After discussion, Mgt side agreed for Time Bound functional promotions to SDE and Sr SDE grades. Promotion to AGM and DGM grades on time bound basis will collapse the existing mechanism, according to the members from Mgt side. We strongly opposed this view. Discussion will continue in the enxt meeting on 13.08.2015, 3 PM.
05.08.2015: CHQ NEWS: JTO- SDE case posted for next Wednesday ( 12-08-2015 ) after allowing the impleading petition filed by us.
The Committee recommends the following:-
i. The standard pay scales for JTO and equivalent grades in replacement of the pre-revised E1A pays scales may be fixed at E2 level in revised scale. Similarly, those of SDE and equivalent grades may be replaced from pre-revised E2A pay scale to E3 in the revised scale.
ii. Necessary changes in the EPP may be made, if required, and also the approval of DoT for issues of related pension outgo, gratuity etc., may be sought by concerned wings of BSNL.
Smt Madhu Arora/GM(Estt) and Smt Smitha Choudhary/GM(EF) who are committee members submitted some dissenting note on issues which are already considered by the Joint Committee.
04.08.2015: KERALA ISSUE: SNEA(I) and BSNLEU, Kerala Circle launched Hunger strike programme from 03-08-2015 in front of CGMT office, Trivandrum.
As per the decision of the combined circle executive committee meeting indefinite hunger strike started today in front of CGMT office at Trivandrum. About 700 comrades from SNEA(I) and BSNLEU participated in the hunger strike. Circle Office witnessed cyclopean protest as Valiant Comrades of SNEA (I), BSNLEU assembled in astronomically immense numbers to Protest against the autocratic and dogmatic approach of CGMT Kerala Circle. The demand is to with draw all all vindictive actions taken by CGMT / Kerala Circle and also to restore all trade union rights. BSNLCCU of Kerala Circle also started indefinite strike.
SNEA(I) AP WISHES ALL SUCCESS IN THEIR JUST STRUGGLE
01.08.2015: Com. Chikkala Venkata Rao, D.S., Com. Bammidi Srinivas, Dist. President., SNEA(I) E G DIST., and other members of SNEA(I), EG Dist. met Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri. Nara Chandrababu Naidu garu at R&B guest house on 26.07.2015 on the eve of successful completion of GODAVARI MAHA PUSHKARAMS 2015 and explained the services rendered by BSNL during Godavari pushkaram works in EG Dist., and the role of SNEA(I). The Hon'ble Chief Minister expressed his happness regarding BSNL serivces and the role of SNEA(I). The news was covered by leading telugu news papers and electonic media.
01.08.2015:CHQ NEWS: SNEA(I) and BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate intervention to restore normalcy in Kerala Circle as BSNLEU and SNEA(I) launched joint agitational programmes like demonstrations, indefinite hunger strike, non co-operation etc in Kerala from 03.08.2015 onwards against victimization of activists of both organizations and restoring trade union rights
Radical Cadre breakthrough accomplished – Dignity of basic cadres of JTOs/SDEs restored. Not that replacement scales of intermediary scales of E1A and E2A are restored but our long cherished dream of standard scales of E2 and E3 for basic cadres is becoming a reality. Association’s singular and protracted struggle finally takes us very close to reality.
This Association has had unique and privileged distinction of always having fought struggles to protect the dignity of the basic cadre of JTO from which it took its birth. The first historic milestone of getting scale of 1640-2900 for the erstwhile cadre of JE was achieved in 1987 after what could be called a bloodshed struggle spanning over three years. That struggle forced the obdurate bureaucracy and the Union Cabinet to acknowledge the legitimacy of our struggle and finally concede to our just demand of getting 1640-2900 scale.
The spectacular struggle of 1986 and its resounding success led to this Association being positioned as the most formidable and front line force in the Telecom Trade Unions. Distinguished recognition that this Association thus earned has been the cornerstone of the success of all the struggles that eventually followed thereafter and led to consolidation of the career growth of basic cadre of JTO and the cadres promoted there from.
Profound and unwavering conviction and relentless efforts of the leadership of erstwhile JTOA(I) led to yet another spectacular and truly historic breakthrough in 1996 when 5th CPC was forced to travel miles and miles ahead in not only placing the cadres of JTO and TES Gr B in the scales of 6500-10500 and 7500-12000 but bestowing unique distinction on the cadre of JTO by bracketing it in the category of Gr B gazetted. This was not only the turning point of the cadres of JTO and TES Gr B but paved the way for absorption of the JTO cadre in BSNL in the Executive category. What an incredible breakthrough because of sheer class and vision of the leadership of JTOA(I). Officials of 5th CPC dealing with pay scales of JTO and TES Gr B minced no words in openly acknowledging that JTOA(I) played a crucial role in elevating the JTO cadre to Gr B gazetted status and placing it in the pay scale of 6500-10500. This development forced 5th CPC to correspondingly upgrade TES Gr B to the scale of 7500-12000.
Carrying forward our tireless struggle, in the year 2002, at the time of absorption in BSNL, erstwhile TEOA and BSNLEA, along with Comrades of MTNL, defeated lock, stock and barrel the sinister move of the BSNL Management, in collusion with some Associations, to force our absorption without defining our basic service conditions in BSNL and MTNL. We stood like a rock and forced BSNL Management to allow us to decide where to go - BSNL, MTNL or continue in DOT- by defining our elementary service condition, pay scales, promotional avenues and fitment criterion. We comprehensively defeated the move of the opportunistic forces in the Trade Unions and exposed their unholy nexus with the BSNL Management by trying their level best to allure people to get absorbed as bonded labourers, without knowing basic service conditions, by accepting monthly pittance of Rs 2000. Not only did we stop with disclosure of basic service conditions but we launched yet another struggle in 2002 to force BSNL Management to upgrade the pay scales offered by BSNL Management for the cadres of JTO and TES Gr B from E1 and E2 to E1A and E2A. And we did not allow sinister designs of BSNL Management to prevail by trying to give BSNL recruits pay scale of E1. We put our foot down and made it absolutely sure that BSNL recruited JTOs are not discriminated vis-a-vis JTOs absorbed from DOT.
Having got intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A for JTOs and SDEs at the time of absorption in BSNL, our eyes were simply set to remove this anomaly and we were getting determined to get these non standard pay scales replaced by standard pay scales of E2 and E3. However, after 2nd PRC, BSNL Management succeeded in imposing their dubious designs by demoting the cadres of JTOs and SDEs by downgrading their pay scales from E1A and E2A to E1 and E2. Naturally, we opposed this move tooth and nail and started making serious efforts to defeat this preposterous move of BSNL Management to demote the cadres of JTOs/SDEs.
In the meantime, so called champions of BSNL recruits dealt a severe blow to the issue and derailed the issue by agreeing to the proposition of the Management to agree for E1+5 increments. These self styled leaders of BSNL recruits, who have been playing havoc with BSNL recruits in every possible manner, were driven by their vested interests to accept this dangerous proposition of E1+5 increments. They virtually facilitated the move of the Management to drive last nail in the coffin of the cadres of JTO and TES Gr B.
However, our commitment and conviction to uphold the dignity and prestige of the cadres of JTO/SDE and not allow irreparable and irreversible damage to be inflicted on these cadres made us just determined to defeat the move of demotion of these cadres. Even though a committee with GSs of all the three Associations was constituted by the Management in February, 2012 to address the issue of standard pay scales, but the committee remained a virtual non starter.
Thus the entire responsibility of restoring the lost dignity and prestige of the cadres of JTO/SDE, which we had earned through tireless struggles of decades, was forced exclusively on us and we, recollecting over huge strengths of the past and living to our history of struggles and upholding the values and spirit of struggle that we have imbibed over decades, embraced this challenge with undeterred determination and unwavering conviction.
Resolution of the issue however got focussed and real momentum after we launched our struggle in March/April2014 and thereafter our intense and continuous persuasion with officers in DOT, DPE and DOP&T. We drafted our strategy and plan of action meticulously. The starting point was overcoming main obstacle in resolution of the issue i.e pension contribution. Having obtained a concrete commitment from the Management that the issue of standard pay scales would be considered in case there is some tangible breakthrough on the issue of pension contribution, we singularly concentrated our efforts in getting a commitment from DOP&T, after intense and continuous persuasion with the concerned officers, that BSNL has to pay pension contribution on actual basic, instead of on maximum of scale. This was the real turning point that paved way towards resolution of issue.
We also had series of discussions with concerned officers in DPE, including Secy/DPE and Jt Secy/DPE, impressing upon them to convey to DOT that under no circumstances will DPE agree to the proposition of BSNL board to introduce non standard replacement scales of E1A and E2A. Having obtained these concrete commitments from DOP&T and DPE, we forced BSNL Management to live up to its commitment of addressing the issue comprehensively once these irritants are addressed. That was the beginning and this alone led to reconstitution of the Joint Committee by the new CMD after notice was served by us on 23.3.2015 to start trade union actions. The commitment given by the new CMD to the General Secretary, after we served notice on 23.03.2015, that he will not allow demotion of the cadres of JTO/SDE and equivalent cadres was groundbreaking and gave us enormous confidence and strength towards resolution of the issue.
All out efforts were made, within and outside the Joint Committee, to scuttle the settlement, by raising unrealistic and tall demands, knowing very well that Management will never agree to consider these defeatist demands. Ridiculous was the demand raised to restrict these pay scales of E2 and E3 only to directly recruited JTOs in BSNL, that also w.e.f 01.10.2000. Our commitment on resolution of the issue and the tough stand taken by SNEA(I) within and outside the Joint Committee forced them to come around for a settlement. Our strong argument that the minimum of the revised pay scales of E1A and E2A cannot be less than Rs 18850 and Rs 22800 respectively and the DPE order that no intermediary pay scales are permissible after 01.01.2007 left no option for the Joint Committee than recommending E2, E3 pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing E1A and E2A pay scales. The Joint Committee meeting on 09.07.2015 came to the conclusion to recommend standard pay scales of E2, E3 for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres. Never did we lose our sight on our demand of E2, E3 scales since 2000 or left the issue at any point of time but continued our struggle for E2, E3 scales. Our unity and commitment ultimately yielded rich dividends. Our demand for upgraded pay scales up to E7 has to be pursued at appropriate time.
Having said that, we have yet a long long way to go to get the issue conclusively resolved. No room for complacency. This is just only tip of an iceberg, even though very crucial. We have to build on the recommendations of the committee and have to continue our struggle till we reach our destination. It has to pass the litmus test of BSNL Board and then the mighty and stubborn bureaucracy in DoT. The real challenge lies in the days to come. That is where our commitment, unity, solidarity and conviction will be tested. We have to maintain extraordinary levels of organizational preparedness at all the levels to successfully face any kind of challenge in future to get the issue resolved at the earliest. Let very serious and extensive organizational preparations commence right now since big struggles undoubtedly will be needed in the days to come to finally clinch the issue and thus restore the lost glory and prestige of the basic cadres of JTO/SDE.
Yet another milestone to end decades old discrimination in career growth between Telecom and Civil/Electrical/Arch etc - Path breaking and fully justified clarification on BSNLMS RR for Civil/Elect/Arch wings ends decades old career growth discrimination between Telecom and Civil/Electrical/Architecture/TFs Comrades in all respects–commitment that we had made to Comrades of Civil/Electrical/Arch etc at first AIC of SNEA(I) in 2003 at Kanyakumari.
In first AIC of SNEA(I) at Kanyakumari, SNEA(I) resolved to bring about total parity in career growth between Executives of Telecom and Civil/Electrical/TFs etc by ending discriminations that existed in all respects. Parity in Time Bound promotions was already achieved by counting the service from 01.10.2000. Parity in functional promotions was the pending issue that was vigorously pursued by the Association. The diploma holders in Civil/Electrical/Arch wings were deprived of EE promotions since 1994. BSNL decided to amend the BSNLMS RR 2009 reserving 50% vacancies each for Engineering Degree holders and Diploma holders.
Meanwhile DoT with the concurrence of DoP&T issued clarifications based on the Hon Delhi High Court order making Diploma holders with 10 years of experience in the relevant field equivalent to Degree in Engineering. Based on this clarification and Hon High Court judgment, BSNL also issued necessary clarification on 16.07.2015 to the already existing provisions of the BSNLMS RR 2009, ending the discrimination in EE promotion for the Civil/Electrical/Arch wings since 1994, which was one of our demands in the struggle during April/May, 2015 in which assurance was given by CMD and DIR(HR) to end the discrimination in matter of promotions to EE.