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The third day strike reached its crescendo. AUAB/CTD whole heartedly thanked the strikers to make the struggle a grand success. Message has gone loud and clear across the nation that employees of CPSEs, in particular BSNL will no way allow DOT to liquidate it. Employees have shown unprecedented  solidarity to protest against the denial by DOT/BSNL to revive BSNL and extend the just demands of 3rd PRC, contribution towards pension on actual basic, unsettled issue of 2nd PRC etc 


There was overwhelming response on 2nd day of the strike. Strikers stayed away but all the office bearers at all levels picket at the gates of major buildings of Calcutta Telephones. Com Sankar Sanyal President addressed at Saltlake. Com Dilip Saha AGS addressed the the gathering at TBZ building. Com Soumen Ghosh ACS addressed at Telephone Bhavan and Com Harekrishna Fouzdar at Entally. Com Sanjay Das Secretary AIBOC WB and Com Subhojyoti Chattopadhay AGS SBIOA addressed the crowd at Telephone Bhavan in support of  the agitation and extended complete solidarity in future struggles.


AUAB/Calcutta Telephones observed the first day strike at all major buildings across the circle. Slogans followed with deliberation by all office bearers of constituent union and associations marked the day. The participation in the strike was very encouraging. Com Soumya Dutta Secretary General of AIPCOC addressed the gathering at Telephone Bhavan. 



Conduct door to door campaign in the remaining two days.

The revival of our company is the biggest challenge before us. All negative forces and vested interests joined their hand together against BSNL. The future of all, our young generation with 20 to 35 years of service left, at stake. The issues are so critical and common for all the employees, irrespective of Union/Assn affiliation. Since this agitation is for our survival, local and small issues should not come on the way of our unity. Join hands with each and every employee and make this strike a grant success. This strike is for our survival

Our Unity is our strength.

AUAB Circular


Com Dilip Saha, Com Sankar Sanyal President and Com Soumen Ghosh, ACS met GM/Finance to discuss on the followings—

Association wanted to know the financial status in CTD and likelihood on arrival of Fund. The virtual shut down of work due to non payment of wages to JCL and vendors has come to an alarming situation. At least the fund for operational maintenance should be in flow to sustain the existing services.  GM/Finance echoed the version stating that there is no concrete information on fund. However, there is marginal increase in revenue under CM vertical arising out of SIM sale. Port-in cases increased substantially. But then, he is of the view, Calcutta Telephones has a legacy of earning high revenue in CFA vertical. Around 7-8 cr comes from CM vertical. In Broadband, 7 cr (approx) , FTTH-1 cr and LL 10 cr(approx).  Besides, EB and other verticals are also revenue based.  He also emphasised to focus on curtailment in expenditure, particularly through project OJAS (save fuel, electricity, etc.), terminating AMC as per corporate guidelines, etc. It may be mentioned that in 2015-16 the expenditure for electricity was 85 cr and now in 2017-18 it has come down to 56 cr. The target for 2018-19 is 45 cr. Association appreciated the outlook but feels mere reduction of expenditure cannot save such a large organisation. Rather, focus should be on to increase revenue, more importantly in CFA field, land monetisation, etc.

Association reminded of unsettled case related to medical bill of Pulak Dasgupta DE. This matter was elaborately discussed on previous occasions and as sought for—the officer submitted the bills afresh to the concerned unit. Till now, no progress has been made. GM/Finance immediately called up the concerned officer to process the case.

A crucial issue in respect of Partha Ghosh, SDE/CMTS is pending for long. His GPF contribution is still not being deducted from salary on the plea that the officer is recruited in BSNL. It is to be mentioned that he had appeared in the selection of JTO/telecom through proper channel ( earlier he was JE/Electrical). Similarly placed candidates are being treated as departmental absorbees , therefore qualifies for GPF deduction instead of EPF. GM/Finance requested for some time to take up the issue with appropriate authority.


Com Dilip Saha, Com Sankar Sanyal President and Com Soumen Ghosh, ACS met GM/HR & Admin to remind him on the followings—

EPP for recently promoted PAs with retrospective effect—GM stated that the documents related to the issue have been collected and the concerned unit is examining the same.   

JTO Phase –II training for the left out candidates– Association thanked GM/HR for making arrangement for JTO Phase-II training from April 2019 at NSCBTTC/Kalyani  . This matter was constantly being pursued by SNEA/CTC. Now, it is observed that a group is still left out who are keen to undergo training in Data Communication, a stream that is not conducted in NSCBTTC.  SNEA requested to send the willing candidates to Training Centers where Data Communication is imparted.  GM/HR readily agreed to the suggestion and assured to take positive steps towards its resolve.   

Deptl Qtr Repair- the departmental quarter at Manicktala, occupied by Somnath Biswas , JTO/NWP/CM/TBZ  is in very bad shape and the condition warrants for immediate repair. GM stated to have forwarded to the concerned unit for repair. Coincidentally, AGM/Bldg was present in the chamber. GM instructed him to keep tab on the issue for early completion.  GM further said AGM/Bldg to allot a deptl quarter at Baisnabghata to Debasis Mullick, JTO/JDP/BP as has been requested by official subject to feasibility. 

Austerity measure for hired vehicle—-As per corporate office guidelines, Calcutta Telephones is implementing  curtailment of rented vehicle by 50% of the total strength and the deficiency so created shall be replaced with OLA service. 



by NCOA, AIPCOC and AIBOC on 04.02.2019:

About 15,000 Officers/Executives from all the sectors, Banking, Telecom, Oil, Power, Insurance, Central Govt Officers etc are expected to participate in the March.

The main demands are:

1. Remove affordability clause for Pay Revision in CPSUs.

2. Wage settlement in Public Sector Banks.

3. Allot 4G spectrum to BSNL & MTNL.

4. Stoppage of all moves towards Privatization

5. Govt support for revival of CPSUs..

6. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

March starts from Model School, Barakhamba Road at 11 am.



Com Dilip Saha, Com Soumen Ghosh, ACS  and Com Sankar Sanyal President met GM/HR & Admin to remind him on the followings–  1)  EPP entitled to recently promoted PA is still pending for settlement. The concerned PAs have represented in this regard and DGM/NWP -II/Plg also issued a letter  to DGM/HR for early settlement.. GM/HR said that he is aware of the issue and directed AGM/staff to examine the same and put up the file accordingly. 

2) Occupants of departmental quarters are often complaining of complete absence of maintenance resulting in chunk of debris falling off from ceiling and walls peeling off . The condition is endangering the lives of the occupants and even after repeated reminder and representation, no action is being taken to process files for repair. GM/HR informed to have received representations from some of the executives and the same were forwarded to the concerned unit. He further assured to keep tab on the matter.                                                                                                                         

3) There is acute shortage of staff particularly in field levels. The situation warrants for posting of executives in Howrah, Hooghly, Bidhannagar under CFA and under Tx/CMTS verticals. GM acceded that there is deficiency of staff and all effort is being taken to post staff as and when they are joining on promotion or transfer. He  also expressed  concern over huge superannuation that is taking place over the recent months. However, he assured to look at the issue, rationally.                                                                                                                                                                 

4)  Two JAOs are functioning as lecturers as and when the account batches undergo training at NSCBTTC/Kalyani. Since they possess degree in engineering, they appealed to permit them to take technical classes on regular basis. The file is circulating over a long period but no categorical decision has been taken so far. It is requested to look into the matter and end the stalemate at the earliest. GM/HR assured to examine it once again and take a decision on it.

5) Association expressed concern over works getting badly affected due to non payment of wages to JCL. Very often, the executives are getting gheraoed on above issue even though the matter of allotment of fund is not within their power. Given the situation, the competent authority needs to take some proactive measure for obtaining fund from Corporate Office. GM/HR informed that there is acute shortage of fund for meeting the expenditure of wages meant for JCL. The trend is prevailing all across BSNL. However, the union leaders have been apprised of the fund status. Yet, CTD is trying its level best to acquire fund from Corporate Office.  

To, All Zonal Secretaries and Zonal Presidents, 

SNEA/CTC arranged for complimentary diary and calendar for the year 2019 for all members. All Zonal Secretaries and Zonal Presidents already had been requested through Whattsapp  to collect the same from Com Soumen Ghosh ACS at Telephone Bhavan without further delay. Zonal secretaries/Presidents may also contact Com Hare Krishna Fouzder, Org Secretary or Amaresh Raychowdhury  for convinience of timing and coming to collect the items.

Herein, it is worth mentioning that the picture depicted in the calendar is an award winning snap by com Ajit Kumar Majhi, one of our member in Srirampur Zone. He is an amateur photographer who has an intense fad to participate photography contest. He voluntarily shared this workpiece for the organisation.