THE 1ST CEC MEETING AFTER THE CIRCLE CONFERENCE OF SNEA ,ODISHA CIRCLE
WILL BE HELD ON 20TH APRIL 2014 (SUNDAY) AT RTTC ,BHUBANESWAR.AS THIS IS
THE CEC BEFORE THE LAST CWC OF CHQ BEFORE AIC SOME IMPORTANT
AGENDAS ARE TO BE DISCUSSED. HENCE ALL DS,CEC MEMBERS AND CIRCLE
HQ MEMBERS, REQUESTED TO ATTEND POSITIVELY.<<THE
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this is the information we have received from General secretary ON
26th March 2013(1-10 PM)
Meeting took place with
and DIR HR on BSNL viability issues and HR issues. Agreed to continue
detailed discussion on HR issues tomorrow. Considering the positive
response from BSNL Mgt to resolve the issues and the appeal made by CMD
and DIR HR, it is decided to defer the relay hunger strike from
GS, President and both AGSs had meeting
with CMD/BSNL and DIR(HR) on the ongoing agitation notice served by SNEA
(I) on various HR issues and issues related to the viability of BSNL.
GM(SR) and DGM(SR) also present in the meeting. The response from CMD
and DIR(HR) was very positive in resolving the issues through mutual
discussions. The following issues were discussed in detail and remaining
HR issues like standard pay scales, promotions in different cadres and
Pay anomalies will be discussed in presence of the concerned nodal GMs
tomorrow at 12.30 PM.
1. BSNL/ MTNL merger: Assn
mentioned that before taking any decision on merger, issues like market
liability of MTNL, disinvestment of MTNL and HR related issues to be
sorted out. CMD categorically assured that BSNL will not go ahead with
merger unless and until the 10 to 15 identified issues related to merger
are resolved to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. In fact BSNL has
listed out the issues and discussing it with the administrative ministry
and working on it. He appreciated the concern of the leaders and members
of SNEA(I) on the issue but assured us that merger will take place only
after the related issues are addressed.
2. Formation of subsidiary for towers and land banks: Assn
pointed out that subsidiary formation will lead to disinvestment and no
way it will help BSNL as the decision making and other aspects will be
the same. CMD informed that BSNL Board has not taken any formal decision
to form subsidiary company. But there is a need for BSNL to infuse the
capital for expanding the network even if we want to continue our
existing growth. Now we are running on cash deficit. Govt. may not be in
a position to bail out BSNL like Air India or ITI as it requires huge
amount to the tune of 25,000 to 40,000 crores. We have to find ways to
finance the company, besides providing good services, in order to keep
pace with the competitive market. Finally CMD assured that Mgt will
share all the details regarding the tower subsidiary formation within a
couple of days with the Association.
3. Implementation of Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre
informed that as assured earlier, Mgt side had made some proposal on
14th March. It will be further discussed in the Committee. Assn agreed
to have further discussion on the proposal in
4. 30% superannuation
benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees: BSNL
Mgt informed that a high level committee is examining the issue further.
The HLC will seek the opinion of the assn also before taking a decision.
The HLC already invited the Forum for a discussion on 14.03.2014.
Further action will be expedited.
5. Pension contribution on actual of basic instead of maximum of the pay
scale: Assn informed
the recent development on this issue and our meeting the Sri Narayana
Samy, Hon MOS for Personnel, JT Sec/DoPT and Jt Sec/DoP&PW in this
regard. Secretary/DoT and JKt Sec/DoT assured us that the matter will be
once again taken up with DoPT and DoE. CMD assured to pursue the matter
6. Strategy to counter Reliance JIO:
After listening to our concerns on the
issue, CMD informed that BSNL Mgt is working out on it and it is
premature to reach a conclusion on the impact of Relaince –Jio on BSNL.
We have to improve the existing services like 3G, FTTH and Broadband. On
implementation of NGN switch, we can work out on Fixed Mobile
convergence. He welcomed the suggestions from the Assn on this subject.
After very fruitful discussion on the above issues, it is decided to
continue the discussion on the remaining HR issues tomorrow. At the end
of the discussion, CMD and DIR(HR) appealed to withdraw the agitation
with assurance to resolve the issues through mutual discussions.
Considering the very positive response from both CMD and DIR(HR) in
resolving the issues through mutual discussions, Assn decided to defer
the “Relay hunger strike from tomorrow, 19th March, 2014”. Discussion
will continue with DIR(HR) in presence of concerned GMs tomorrow at
MASS DHARNA ON 06.03.2014
MAKE THE STRUGGLE A COMPLETE SUCCESS
Comrades, make extensive
preparations for the Full Day DHARNA on 06.03.2014 by taking mass casual
leave ---- Start door to door campain to mobilize the membership ---
ensure 100% participation of our comrades --- DSs and District office
bearers should tour the SSAs on the day of Dharna.
CIRCLE SECRETARY APPEALS ALL
MEMBERS TO JOIN VOLUNTARILY FOR THE STRUGGLE FOR THE CADRE
....COMRADES IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO FIGHT. ... PLEASE PARTICIPATE
AND MAKE THE STRUGGLE A GREAT SUCCESS..
<<<LETTER TO MEDIA>>
Meeting with the nodal
GMs on the issues raised in our notice dated 10.02.2014 and 25.02.2014:
As per the letter dated 27.02.2014
from SR Cell, GS, President, Com Vivek Wankhade/ AGS and Com A A Khan,
CS/BSNCO had a detailed discussion with BSNL management on the issues
raised in the notice dated 10.02.2014 and 25.02.2014. Management side
represented by GM(SR), GM(Pers), GM(Estt), GM(FP), GM(Rest) and DGM(SR).
Detailed discussion took place on the
1) Replace existing non standard pay scales by standard pay scales of
E2, E3, E4 etc for JTO/JAOs, SDE/AOs and equivalent cadres up to SGJAG.
No demotion of the basic cadres JTO/JAO, SDE/AO.
2) Implement Time Bound Functional promotion between 4 to 6 years as per
the terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL analogous to CPSU cadre
hierarchy with first Time Bound promotion uniformly after 4 years w.e.f
3) 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees as per the
agreement between the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations and the BSNL Mgt
4) Dismantling BSNL by constituting subsidiary tower Company:
5) Abject and unpardonable failure of BSNL Management in not responding
to deadly emerging challenges that growth of Company faces, particularly
its potential broadband business segment, from its competitors,
particularly Reliance- Jio venture.
6) Pension contribution by BSNL on actual basic pay instead of on
7) Discriminating BSNL in the context of not allowing it to trade and
8) Promotion from JTO(T) to SDE(T) under 67% quota for the vacancy years
2009-10 onwards, JAO to AO promotions, holding of LDCE from JTO(T) to
SDE(T) against 33% quota for the vacancy years 2010-11 onwards, SDE to
DE promotions in all streams, DE to DGM promotions.
9) Settlement of long pending pay anomalies i) Pay protection during
officiating promotion till the implementation of TBP ii) Antedating of
increment iii) Senior drawing less pay than Junior after promotions.
10) Increase the number of Management Trainees (Intl) from the proposed
150 to a minimum of 300 and take expeditious action to complete the
The meeting lasted for more than two hours. During the meeting, Assn
made the stand clear on all the issues to the Mgt side. Mgt side
explained their stand on the issues as usual. The issues raised in the
letter dated 25.02.2014 related to Govt will be referred to DoT for
further actions. On the query why management is not implementing E2, E3,
E4 etc pay scales when the financial implication is minimum and no
financial implications for the Executives working as on 31.12.2006, Mgt
had no convincing answer.
Management is in no mood to implement the standard pay scales or
settling the other issues in a time bound manner. Gear up for the full
day Dharna on 06.03.2014 and relay hunger strike on 19th March onwards.
LUNCH HOUR DEMONSTRATIONS WERE DONE IN ALMOST ALL SSA OF ODISHA. AND
ALSO IN FRONT OF CGMT OFFICE.<<CIRCLE
SNEA(I) served notice for Trade Union actions on 10.02.14. Start grass root level preparations.
existing non standard pay scales by standard pay scales of E2, E3,
E4 etc for JTO/JAOs, SDE/AOs and equivalent cadres up to SGJAG. No
demotion of the basic cadres JTO / JAO, SDE / AO.
Time Bound Functional promotion between 4 to 6 years as per the terms
and conditions for absorption in BSNL analogous to CPSU cadre hierarchy
with first Time Bound promotion uniformly after 4 years w.e.f
superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees as per the agreement
between the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations and the BSNL Mgt on
from JTO(T) to SDE(T) under 67% quota for the vacancy years 2009-10
onwards, JAO to AO promotions, holding of LDCE from JTO(T) to SDE(T)
against 33% quota for the vacancy years 2010-11 onwards, SDE to DE
promotions in all streams, DE to DGM promotions.
of long pending pay anomalies i) Pay protection during officiating
promotion till the implementation of TBP ii) Antedating of increment
iii) Senior drawing less pay than Junior after promotions.
the number of Management Trainees (Intl) from the proposed 150 to a
minimum of 300 and take expeditious action to complete the recruitment
BSNL management - 10-02-14
Trade Union Programmes:
Hour Demonstration at CHQ, CIR/SSA HQs.
Day DHARNA at CHQ, CIRCLE / SSA HQs.
HUNGER STRIKE at CHQ, CIR / SSA HQs.
Further course of Trade Union action will be intimated in due course.
Comrades, last few years, Association is struggling to resolve the long
pending HR issues trough deliberations. Considering the stiff
competition in the telecom field, as a responsible Association, we have
resorted to great restraint, strictly following the path of
negotiations, fully focusing on the growth and financial viability of
the company. The Management appears to have exploited our concern for
the prospects of the Company, in turn, closing its eyes on the genuine
issues pending for a very long time. The
lethargic attitude of the BSNL Management in looking at the serious
issues, not to speak of resolving them, has left the Association with no
other alternative but to serve notice for Trade Union actions demanding
the immediate resolution of the issues. As
per our Patna CWC decisions, we tried our level best to have a united
struggle in the banner of United Forum but could not succeed.The
proposed move to demote the basic cadres JTO/JAO to E1 scale and other
major pending issues forced the Association to serve the notice.
IDA increase is
5% from 01-01-2014:DPE issued order regarding Increase (5%) of IDA of
Board Level & Below Board Level Executives including Non Unionised
Supervisors In CPSEs (DPE OM No.02/0002/2014-DPE(WC)-GL-I/14) w.e.f.
Singular, exclusive, tireless and
spectacular role of SNEA(I) in surrender of obsolete BWA spectrum band
by BSNL and refund of spectrum charges by Government.
What BSNL Management ought to have done was
remarkably and incredibly done by SNEA(I) when in October, 2010 it
brought to the notice of then Secy/DOT, Sh R. Chandrashekar, that BSNL
having paid market value of Rs 8000 crores has been allocated an
obsolete BWA spectrum band having no business utility since the band
that BSNL has been allocated a band which lacks the flexibility of
switching over to LTE platform and also economies of scale since
international telecom gear manufacturers do not manufacture equipment in
this redundant band.
Secy/DOT blatantly refused to acknowledge our
statement of facts. However when we persisted, Secy/DOT summoned
Wireless Advisor/DOT to ascertain facts. Secy/DOT was taken aback
completely when Wireless Advisor endorsed what we said about redundancy
of BWA spectrum band allocated to BSNL. Secy/DOT found it very hard to
believe since BSNL Management never brought this important issue to his
However, thereafter Secy/DOT advised us to create
sufficient pressure on BSNL Management to force them to decide to
surrender this obsolete spectrum band and seek refund of BWA spectrum
fees paid by BSNL at market value.
And thus was the issue of refund of BWA spectrum
fees to BSNL by Govt. born and with that started our tireless struggle
to force BSNL Management to decide to surrender this spectrum band and
seek its refund from Govt. But BSNL management was defiant and
unrelenting to surrender this redundant spectrum band despite our
persistent efforts. It was only when present CMD took over in April,
2011 that we found some response from him to consider surrender of BWA
spectrum band and seek refund of BWA spectrum fees.
Thus the issue of surrender of BWA
spectrum band and seek the refund of BWA spectrum fees was born just
because of singular, tireless and spectacular intervention of this
Association and the end result of this untiring and exclusive struggle
of this Association today culminated in the decision of the Union
Cabinet to refund BWA spectrum charges to both BSNL and MTNL. This is
truly historical as far as role of SNEA(I) in securing refund of BWA
spectrum is concerned.
Kindly visit following letters written by us to recollect facts.
Our letter SNEA(I)/CHQ/Hon MOC&IT/2/2-11 dated
2nd Feb, 2011 addressed to Sh. Kapil Sibal.
Our letter SNEA(I)/CHQ/Hon MOC&IT/4/3-11 dated
17th March, 2011 addressed to Sh. Kapil Sibal.
Our letter SNEA(I)/CHQ/Honble MPs/2/11-11 dated
4th Nov, 11 to MPs of consultative committee of telecom.
Our letter SNEA(I)/CHQ/MOC&IT/2012-14 dated 22nd
April, 2013 addressed to Sh.Kapil Sibal.
memorandum CHQ/GOM/2012-14/01 dated 5th May, 2013 addressed to
Chairman EGOM, Sh.P. Chidabaram.
Our struggle on this issue also reminds us how we
fought against the decision of former telecom minister, Sh. A.Raja, to
cancel tender for procurement of 45.5 million equipment of GSM in 2007.
Also our exclusive action of filing a Writ Petition in Delhi High Court
in Nov,2011 challenging providing of 3G services illegitimately by
private operators through ICR pacts which were forbidden by policy. When
our WP was admitted by Delhi High Court and notices were issues to DOT,
then only DOT swung into action and issued notices to private operators
restraining them from providing of 3G services through illegal ICR
pacts. Today the issue is in Supreme Court only and only because we
filed WP in Delhi HC in NOV 2011 forcing DOT to act against these
operators by issuing notices to them since providing of pan india 3G
services is exclusive domain of BSNL.
SNEA letter to Hon MPs on 04.11.2011 SNEA
letter to MOC on 22.04.2013 SNEA
memorandum to GoM on 05.05.2013
Cabinet today approved the proposal of BWA spectrum charges refund to
BSNL/MTNL and pension of MTNL employees under rule 37A at par with BSNL
employees. BSNL surrendered BWA spectrum in 6 Circles namely AP, GUJ,
KTK, Kol TD, MH and TN and retained BWA spectrum in the remaining
to one and all.
is understood that today BSNL Board approved the proposal to amend
BSNLMS RR 2009 to increase the Regular STS quota from 50% to 75% by
ending decade old adhocism. SNEA(I) was making all out efforts for the
last few years to end the adhocism by increasing the regular STS quota
and reserving fixed no of posts for MT recruitment. In
the meeting between SNEA(I) and CMD/BSNL on 20.08.2013, CMD accepted the
demand and acted swiftly to get the amendment at the earliest. Last
Board meeting the matter was deferred due to some serious objections
from some Board members. Last week Assn met all the Board members and
explained the issue and requested to clear the proposal in todays Board
meeting. This will pave the way for further career progression of the
Executives in the long run.
This is a new year gift to BSNL Executives.