Meeting with Smt Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary DoT on 20.02.2018:

GSs of SNEA, BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA met Secretary DoT and held discussions on the 3rd PRC with 15% fitment. BSNL Board after taking all the aspects into consideration recommended 3rdPRC with 15% fitment, freezing the revision of all allowances. The BSNL proposal is pending in DoT for the last three months but no steps are taken for its implementation. The employees are very much agitated over this. We requested that DoT should take necessary steps to get the affordability clause exempted for BSNL. Financial condition of BSNL is nothing to do with the employees as the entire telecom sector is facing problem. The employees are working with full commitment for the revival of BSNL and to implement the Govt projects. Pay revision is a must to keep the employees motivated.

GS/BSNLEU specifically pleaded that 3rd PRC is for the Executives but the pay revision for the Non-executives are based on negotiated settlement. Surprisingly the negotiation itself is not started as DoT didnot given clearance for that. As per the DPE guidelines, for the wage negotiation, there is no affordability clause.

Regarding pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL, we apprised Secretary that DoT Pension Cell is linking the pension revision with the pay revision of BSNL serving employees which is not at all correct as BSNL pensioners are not related with the profitability or paying capacity of BSNL. Their pension is paid by the Govt from the consolidated fund of India as per CCS pension Rules, 1972, not by BSNL. Last time also DoT moved a Cabinet note to get the pension revised for the BSNL pensioners with 30% fitment. Present situation also, DoT has to get the Cabinet approval for pension revision with 15% fitment as 15% is already approved by Union Cabinet as fitment formula for 3rd PRC. Their pension contribution has already been paid to DoT. DoT(Estt) always takes the stand that  pension revision is to be done for BSNL pensioners after the pay revision of BSNL serving employees, otherwise anomalies will be created. This is not the justification to deny the pension revision to the Pensioners, we categorically told the Secretary and sought her kind intervention for resolving the issue.

Secretary given a patient hearing and assured an early action in this regard and mentioned that Hon MOSC also telling in all the meetings that we will consider the case.

Since there is no concrete assurance from the Secretary other that the normal gestures, the March to Sanchar Bhavan on 23.02.2018 will to continue with more intensity.

 

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03/05/2018

All Unions and Associations of Calcutta Telephones met at Telephone Bhavan to discuss on ways to hold street corner meetings from 7th of May 2018 to 11th of May 2018 as notified by AUAB for protesting against formation of Tower Subsidiary Company and demanding for its immediate roll back. The programme is to culminate on 11th of May 2018 by staging dharna, demonstration and sending fax to Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Minister of Heavy Industries and Secretary/DPE. 

AUAB/CTD decided to hold street corner meetings at Shyam Bazar More, Taratala More, Gariahat/ Jadavpur, Howrah/Hoogly at convinient location and at Dalhousie. The confirmation in respect of exact location shall be conveyed by convenor in time and the meetings will be held at closing hours. All Circle Secretaries alongwith members are to be present at the venue of the meeting. This apart, leaflet will be circulated among common men briefing on the constraints faced by BSNL from rendering efficient service.

All Zonal Secretaries may ensure to be updated with the programme and bring members to the location/s that fall/s under their respective jurisdiction. Circle and Zonal office bearers must be present in all meetings.

03/05/2018

Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Soumen Ghosh ACS and Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary (E) met GM/HR & Admin and discussed the followings:—-

Acute shortage in various cadre-Due to superannuation, large number posts in the cadre of DE/SDEs are falling vacant, resulting in severe difficulty in maintaining services. Moreover, it is observed, the promotions in form of lookafter charges are badly vacating the substantive cadre. In view of above, the matter calls for meticulous examination in filling the vacant posts.

GM/HR assured to fill in acute shortage in the cadre of DE, following which he would go for filling in the substantive cadre rendered vacant due to aforesaid promotion without delay.

Rule 8 cases in the cadre of JTO-association reminded on the left out cases pending since last financial year. It was assured, the cases will be taken up without further delay.

GM/HR informed that the process for sanction has been initiated. Requested to wait for some time.

Untenable clarification in respect of treating city of  Jaipur under category A  for the purpose of entitlement to DAJTOs working under DGM/NWO/BKP had undergone their Phase-I training at Jaipur, a city treated under category A for the purpose of entitlement to DA. The executives submitted their claim for reimbursement entitled long back. It is reported, recently the bills got processed but the entitlement to DA has not been considered under category A, unlike in other Areas and inspite of order from Inspection Circle treating Jaipur as category A city. This apart, Bivas Pal Ex SDE(LA), HR No-198309306 had retired 31/08/2017. He was entitled to fixation under EPP for E3-E4 in January of 2017. There is no official communication in this regard as to why Shri Pal was not granted the fixation.

GM/HR requested to provide a brief note on the issues intimated with relevant copies of the documents and assured to look into the matter. 

Non issue of appointment letter to JTOs who were promoted from the cadre of JE  in recent past. In absence of appointment letter, the JTOs are unable to get fixation as entitled under promotion. 

GM/HR informed that the file is under process and soon the order will be issued.

Large number of JTOs are waiting for Phase II training- More than one year has elapsed since their completion of field training, yet there seems to be no serious consideration in ensuring the officials accomplish it within the stipulated period of two years. Or otherwise, there will be complication in fixation/increments. 

GM/HR intimated that the file is being processed. The candidates will be listed in order of their seniority nearing completion of two years of stipulated time period. 

PA/PS case the cancellation order with respect to PAs who either had got transferred or promoted has taken place. Thereafter, there is no progress on this issue.

GM/HR–AGM/Staff is engaged in compiling the documents required for DPC in the cadre of DGM. Its going to be over in a couple of days following which the file for PA shall be put up for final settlement.

 

 

 

 

20/04/2018

 

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A tragic incident struck the family of Com Biman Pal, SDE/Mktg/South. Com Pal met with a fatal road accident on Durgapur Expressway( near Durgapur) in the early hours of 19th April 2018. We deeply mourn the untimely demise of Com. Biman Pal at a young age of 38 years. He was an active office bearers of South Zone/SNEA CTC and his contributions to association was immense in his own small ways.   He also contributed significantly as SDE/Mktg/South.

There is no words to express our grief and no amount of consolation can make good the irreparable loss. Let Almighty gives enough strength to the bereaved family to overcome the grief and bear with this agonizing loss. We pray for his soul to rest in Heavenly Abode..

19/04/2018

All Unions and Associations of Calcutta Telephones assembled at Telephone Bhavan to submit memorandum to Governor, West Bengal protesting against formation of Tower Subsidiary Company and demanding for its roll back. The Circle Secretaries of AUAB marched to Governor’s House and submitted the said memorandum. 

The office bearers and members of AUAB once again gathered at Telephone Bhavan and addressed on the developments that occurred and urged upon all to stay prepared for further battles. Com Soumen Ghosh ACS addressed the assembly  on behalf of SNEA/CTC. 

15/04/2018

Bengali New Years Greetings to all

 

12/04/2018

All Unions and Associations of Calcutta Telephones observed Day Long Dharna on 12/04/2018 at all Area Offices and Telephone Bhaban to protest against formation of Tower Subsidiary Company out of BSNL and demand for its roll back. All representatives of constituent unions/association of AUAB addressed the gathering, strongly demanding for roll back  of tower subsidiary company.  

27/03/2018

All Unions And Associations of Calcutta Telephones held intense Lunch Hour Demonstration at Telephone Bhavan to protest against unilateral action of DOT to form a separate tower company carving the same out of BSNL. All constituent unions and associations expressed severe indignation against the govt’s evil move to destroy BSNL. Employees are the main stake holder and how come DOT proceed without taking into confidence the service unions and associations. DOT resorted to half truth by giving an impression, all these days, that the company will be a subsidiary to BSNL. AUAB did not accept the proposal then; how come, govt thinks the same shall get accepted without a whimper. AUAB is resolute in its decision to fight the decision of the govt, tooth and nail to save BSNL. When substantial amount of business gets transferred to the new company at a hefty cost, it’s natural, BSNL will not be able to fend for itself. Com Dilip Saha CS addressed the gathering as representative of SNEA/CTC.

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26/03/2018

Mobilise LUNCH HOUR DEMONSTRATIONS today (27-03-18), in front of Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi, as well as at Circle and SSA head quarters, throughout the country. A memorandum, opposing the Subsidiary Tower Company is to be submitted to the Honorable MoS(C) at Sanchar Bhawan. Same memorandum is to be submitted to the respective CGMs and the State Governors, to be forwarded to the MoS (C). CHQ calls upon the Circle and District unions to successfully implement the call of All Unions and Associations of BSNL.

26/03/2018

Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Soumen Ghosh ACS and Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary(E) met GM/HR & Admin on the following issues–

Stenographer to PA promotion— The issue is pending since long. Many circles have completed the exercise thereby promoting Stenographer II & III to PA against old vacancies that were erroneously shown as filled.  GM/HR informed that the cancellation of the order in respect of those who got promoted or transferred to other circle has been done. Now, the file needs to be put up with names of eligible candidates down the list for further process. He instructed the concerned office to put up with the file.

Rule 8 transfer in the cadre of JTO–A few left out cases are waiting for release. GM said that as informed earlier, the cases will be taken up after completion of this financial year.

TA/DA case of JTOs  under DGM/NWO/BKP for under going training at Jaipur-  The case has been taken up by the concerned account unit after official intervention. However, it is learnt that the entitled  amount as had been given in other Areas is not under consideration. GM asked to provide the relevant order and he would see to the details.

Medical cases related to indoor treatment-many cases are pending for disposal for undergoing treatment in non empanelled hospital. Most of such cases had occurred under compelling circumstances and the officials stand entitled as per CGHS rate. Association requested to see to the cases. GM/HR assured to look into the cases.

Posting of DR JEs-The DR JEs were posted under EB purportedly to meet EB targets. Now, that the financial year is close to end, the JEs may be posted as per the first order to meet acute scarcity in areas, cmts, trans etc. GM/HR informed that the matter shall be  reviewed shortly.

Transfer case of Partha Sarathi Ray SDE(LA)/CMTS on medical ground.The official is suffering from serious medical ailment and has prayed for transfer under Area Alipur, close to his residence. GM/HR informed to be aware of the case and would  consider the same on medical ground.

Association handed over the copies of relevant orders in respect of waiver of excess amount paid to officials and that of withholding the recovery from retirees who had been benefited with one additional incerement on vertical promotion in the same scale. The case was discussed with Dir HR in the meeting held on 24th March 2018. GM/HR requested to give a brief of the cases and assured to vet the orders as is justified.