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Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Prasanta Ray Organising Secretary, Com Subhra Nath Das Zonal Secretary Central City Zone, Com Amaresh RayChowdhury, Com Pulak Dasgupta Zonal Secretary/NS Zone, Com Tapan Sarkar President, NS Zone, Com Asit Chatterjee, Com Adak and others attended the congregation called by All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) as a mark for observing 50 years of Bank Nationalisation. Innumerable trade union outfits across the states converged at the venue. Scores of trade union leaders, professors, social activists, dignitaries addressed the session. Com Dilip Saha  represented SNEA/CTC and addressed the gathering in context of BSNL and its relevance to the concept of nationalisation. Com Soumya Datta GS AIBOC and Com Sanjay Das GS AIBOC/WB were the main organiser of the event.


Today 1A delegation of SNEA/CTC and WBTC met Smt Sujatha T Ray Dir/HR & Admin at Ballygunge Place in the intervening slot of Review Meeting as part of the official fixture. Com Dilip Saha CS/CTD, Com Tapas Ghosh CS/WB, Com Soumen Ghosh ACS/CTD, Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary(E), Com Ankur Singh AO/ETP, Com Anisul Haq AO/TF, Com Tapas Mazumder, CAO and Com Madhuchandra Rakshit represented the said delegation. 

 After a brief exchange of pleasantries, Com Dilip Saha CS thanked Dir/HR for issuing the left out promotion order from SDE to DE during his stay at Corporate Office and made special mention of Shyamal Mondol whose promotion order to the cadre of SDE was missed at first instance and was getting badly delayed for its issuance. CS expressed his gratefulness for her personal intervention in this matter while he was seated at her office. Dir/HR looked forward to our queries to which we requested her to brief on latest status in respect of items under active consideration.

Com Tapas Ghosh CS/WB introduced the CAOs (L/A) under purview of promotion and wanted to know the hurdles for effecting promotion of 2003 & 2005 AOs inspite of sufficient and indisputable vacancy (regular) existing to accomodate them. Dir HR spoke of litigation in court and that next date of hearing is on 07/09/2018. But then, she is trying to see, if the dates could be preponed for early submission from BSNL. In as much as catch up rule is concerned, the same is not applicable for CPSEs.  Com Dilip Saha and AOs present, listed a figure of 670(approx) vacancy existing in the cadre of CAO and that 2003 & 2005 AO  promotees could hardly fill in 450(approx). So, apparently, there is no reason not to go ahead with the promotion. Dir/HR clarified that submission from BSNL is required before the management could go ahead with the promotion and that if the dates of hearing could be prefixed, there is likelihood of orders being issued by end of Aug 2018. 

Com Dilip Saha raised the issue on contempt of case at CAT pertaining to promotion from JTO to SDE and how the same is dooming the prospect of promotion of JTOs from 2000 onwards year of recruitment . Association also pointed to the alarming trend of filing  court cases on inconsequential issues. As is observed, in some cases, even though the outcome of court direction would not have any consequence on applicants’ position, yet they file cases indiscriminately, perhaps with intention to stagnate the whole process.   Dir/HR took strong exception to such irresponsible and callous act of approaching court of law without giving second thought to its consequences. She felt, some sort of deterrence is required to rein in the preposterous action and management is seriously contemplating over it. She was reminded of around 6000 vacancies existing in the cadre of SDE and that effecting promotion upto the year of 2010 should not pose a problem. She assured to explore all means to promote to the best extent feasible. When asked, whether parity in promotion in all cadres can be expected in the coming days? She retorted, that accounts, under the existing system always have had a privilege, however, the matter of parity is under her active consideration. 

E2/E3 IDA payscales for the cadre of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO and other equivalent cadres.:– CS/CTD apprised her of the initiative taken by the association during this intervening period and as had been suggested by her in the last meeting in Kolkata. In fact, the letter addressed to Hon’ble Minister of Communication in recent past drew intervention from the appropriate authority to see the file return from DoP&T to DOT. Thereafter, DOT had send the file to DPE, reportedly with statement of facts considered to be incorrect. SNEA had already met Secretary/DPE and Advisor DPE to brief on the issue put the facts in perspective with DPE. The submission by DOT that E1A and E2A are meant for absorbees only is thoroughly incorrect. Association requested her to depute some senior officers to DPE to clear the haze. Dir/HR readily agreed to the proposal and said that GM/Establishment is already tasked with the job.

3rd PRC:-Dir/HR exhorted to meet Hon’ble Minister in this regard and apprise him of the situation. She said, Hon’ble Minister was very keen to go ahead with it but unfortunately, of late, no meeting could be held in this regard. She also informed that one or two unions/association had sought meeting with Hon’ble Minister but reportedly no confirmation has been conveyed in this regard. She is of the opinion, either the unions and associations meet the minister to know on its status or management could seek a meeting to apprise on its progress.     

Promotion from SDE to DE–Dir/HR informed that she is contemplating to effect list no-8. 

Promotion from DE to DGM–Dir/HR informed that around 700 vacancies are existing in the cadre of DGM. A further upgradation would be required to accommodate all eligible DEs till date. She informed the management has kept the matter under consideration.

Association queried on when management is deciding to implement CPSE Hierarchy– Dir/HR shot back to know what SNEA is expecting of ? Association said that SNEA/CHQ had always been a proponent of CPSE Hierarchy and advocated for early implementation. The large number of promotion that had occurred indeed brought about a great deal of content but it has widened the notion of disparity too. Dir/HR replied that she would try her best to bring about parity in promotion. However, some court cases are to be taken care of before effecting promotion in some cadres. She believes, the notification could come out in Aug or Sept 2018–hopefully by then the decks would get cleared and left out promotions effected. She also made it a point that notification in respect of CPSE Hierarchy shall have retrospective effect.

Association had a cordial note of greetings and called it a day.




AUAB/Calcutta Telephones held day long demonstration at Telephone Bhavan to protest against non implementation of 3rd PRC, Pension revision, contribution towards pension on actual basis, etc. Huge crowd gathered at the venue and office bearers of all constituents addressed the gathering. Com Dilip Saha CS addressed the gathering on behalf of SNEA.


SNEA/CTC will hold its Circle Conference from 31/08/2018 to 01/09/2018 at Kolkata. Pre Conference will be held on 30/08/2018. Open Session shall be held jointly with SNEA/WB on 31/08/2018 from 3 pm at Moulali Yuva Kendra, Kolkata. All Zonal Secretaries are informed to go through the notice of Circle Conference and act accordingly.


Com Somen Ghosh ACS and Com Dilip Saha CS met GM/Finance and requested for his personal intervention on some long pending issues.

Case of Partha Ghoah SDE/CMTS– The executive had joined as JTO Telecom as absorbee. He is to come under GPF category instead of EPF. GM/Finance said to know the matter well and that he would speak to Corporate office in this regard. He called up the concerned officer of CTD and instructed to follow up the case.

Medical Bill of Pulak Dasgupta DE/NSBTTC- The case is pending since more than one year. The executive had purchased a breathing equipment as prescribed by doctor. Thereafter, some objections were raised by accounts and the officer was asked to comply with clarification sought. The officer complied the same but unfortunately the impasse continues. GM/Finance assured to look into the matter.

TA/DA bill in respect of JTOs working under AM/BKP- The JTOs had been to Jaipur for Phase-I induction training. Even though Jaipur is Category A city, yet it was not considered for entitlement to TA/DA. 


Monthly meeting of Srirampur Zone was held on 13/07/2018 at Telephone Exchange Building/UTP. Members expressed helplessness over indiscriminate damage to cables by utility agencies, particularly Reliance Jio and how the same is affecting the network thus revenue. This apart, the members apprised on  shortcomings in some plans for selling BSNL product and how the prevailing market is turning inconducive over the days. Com Kousik Bhowmick addressed to the grievances and put emphasis on uniform distribution of staff. Com Prasanta Ghosh Org Secretary highlighted on organisational ethic and that members must possess confidence in their association. It is not a protocol to respond to any other outfits. He cautioned all to remain vigilant against elements who out to destroy from inside. 

Com Dilip Saha  CS deliberated on latest development pertaining to DPC from JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, AO to CAO, E2/E3 IDA payscales for JTO/JAO & SDE/AO respectively, CPSE Hierarchy, 3rd PRC. He also drew attention to malpropaganda by vested interest to dent the credibility of SNEA. Instead of focussing on the unresolved issues they are more keen to criticize others.  CS also informed on steep decline in revenue in 1st qtr of 2018-19 and that time has come to take further challenge. He appealed to all to remain united in this crucial phase and not get distracted by opportunist forces.

Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secy(E) and Com Soumen Ghosh ACS also graced the occasion.


AUAB/ Calcutta Telephones held rally from Bentinck Street to Esplanade in protest against  non implementation of the assurance given by  Hon’ble MOSC to the representatives of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, in the meeting held on 24.02.2018, on the issues of effecting 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees, implementation of Government of India Rules on payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL, the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and Pension revision to BSNL Pensioners. SNEA, one of the major constituent of AUAB actively participated in the Rally. Following the Rally, memorandum in respect to demands was submitted to JT CCA/Kolkata for conveying the same to Ministry. Com Soumen Ghosh ACS addressed the Rally at Hare Street venue.


It is learnt 79 eligible SDEs were there for promotion to the cadre of DE in CTD. Only 12 of such candidates appeared in the list. In early morning, CS/SNEA/CTC spoke to GS  enquiring on why  so many officers of CTD are missing from the list of promotion. He regretted over the missing names but informed that since the exercise was completed in very short time, perhaps cross checks could not be done. He however assured to look into matter by Monday and ensure the missing names appear in the promotion list. CS/SNEA/CTC  cross checked with CTD administration in regard to sending of screening report and VC. It is informed that few part CRs not available initially in respect of some candidates was updated and sent in time. CS pressed upon GS/SNEA to ensure all efforts is given for issuance of promotion at the earliest.

Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Soumen Ghosh ACS and Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary(E) met CGM CTD and urged upon him to intervene at his level with Corporate Office to enquire on the reasons for missing names in large number and ensure the promotion order in respect of such candidates comes out by next Monday. CS/SNEA/CTC pressed for instructing the concerned units to once again update by including all the missing information in respect of missing names, if any and same be sent by today. This apart, CS strongly suggested to send some responsible officer of staff section to Corporate Office on next Monday with all the information sought by Corporate Office. Its unfortunate that SDEs waiting for more than 15 years for promotion are facing such unexpected consequences. 

CGM informed to have already spoken to GM/Pers at Cprporate Office and pressed upon to look into the matter and  requested to do the needful for issuance of promotion order of missing candidates without delay. DGM/HR also reportedly spoke to Joint GM Pers to seek the reasons for such situation. CGM said to have already instructed DGM/HR and AGM/Staff-I/SDE/Staff to reach Corporate Office with all documents duly completed by next Monday. Association thanked CGM and  requested further to keep tab on the progress.  


Com Dilip Saha CS and Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary (E) met GM/Finance and apprised him on promotion order issued by Corporate Office in the cadre of AO. 2226 nos of JAO got promoted to AO all across BSNL. Association requested GM/Finance to ensure the order is endorsed and VC obtained on immediate basis so that the JAOs can join by today. The urgency has been pressed, apprehending court stays that could derail joining thus promotion.  GM/Finance assured  to take care of the issue. 

In view of this large number of promotion, association requested to fill up the units with acute shortage of AO. GM stated to review the position and act accordingly.


Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Soumen Ghosh ACS and Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary(E) met CGM/CTD to draw his attention on some pressing issues that calls for immediate intervention and also convey the constraints faced by executives in discharging their duties and meeting targets, particularly in external and marketing wings.

At the outset, association informed of the extensive work undertaken by Corporate Office for completion of CPC within a stipulated time frame for promotion in the cadre of AGM/AO/SDE etc. This exercise needs to be completed in a very short time as notification for CPSE Hierarchy is to come soon. Moreover, preparatory work is also on for further promotions in the cadre of  SDE/AO/AGM etc, close on the heels of the said notification i.e CPSE Hierarchy. In this regard, association requested for his personal intervention to ensure that all information sought in respect of executives under purview of promotion is sent immediately to Corporate Office.

CGM informed to have already instructed to the concerned units and confirmed the work is being executed expeditiously, so that information sought can be sent at the earliest.

Association drew attention on constraints faced by executives in discharging their duties efficiently and in fulfilling targets, particularly in marketing and external wings. The market has become fiercely competitive and inconducive too for disruptive network, mainly caused by utility agencies/local authorities, etc. Executives across all age groups are out in the field to take up the challenge. But unfortunately, there is a growing discontent and a sense of scare among many for the raw deal being meted out to them in not being able to meet targets on which they have no control.  According to them, it is very difficult, in fairly large number of pockets to fetch new customers—be it in mobile or landline or broadband or FTTH. They are not against hard work but they need to be heard of the difficulties they face and look forward to its redressal too. To some, who always believe to have worked honestly and sincerely in their respective career—the sound of dies-non put them in utter ignominy. Association is not against mild rebukes for betterment of the organisation; but then, genuine constraints need to be realised and addressed and all, perhaps cannot be assessed by the same yard stick. It is indeed a fact that executives under all verticals are getting overstressed in keeping with the increasing demands of the time. To add to the woes, a sense of humiliation has gripped many for the scare of being pulled up or ill treated on days meant for evaluation by the administration. Association feels, it’s time to put words of encouragement and give some space to individuals to prove their worth. Association extended its support for the drive taken to keep CTD in contention but requested to assess the situation on ground reality and for a cordial deal.

CGM gave a patient hearing and said, in his view there is a need to distinguish between good and bad performer. Given the stiff competition, there is hardly any room for relaxation. All the targets are set by Corporate Office after exercising due diligence and it’s our duty to meet the set targets, He is said to be aware of the stiff targets and the strenuous tasks being undertaken by executives under different verticals. His objective is not to humiliate or malign anybody but to keep up the pressure and evaluate the performances. However, if he finds some to be habitual non performer or  those who indulge in laxity, he comes down heavily on them. He also confessed to have reprimanded some executives without properly assessing the exact figure and felt sorry for it. He stated to be knowing many, including women executives who are doing wonderful job in marketing. He also admitted of the tough burden , the executives are shouldering nowadays and that in no way he wishes to be uncordial to them.

Association informed of the brewing irritation among the executives for staying in constant state of tension and their inability to bear further. Association reiterated that it is not against hard work but believes encouragement and empathy go a long way to induce positivity and vigour.

CGM assured to take into account the propositions made in right perspective and wish for best of relation between management and executives. He believes, the responsibility to save BSNL must rest with all and the sense of duty should be spontaneous rather than being pushed on daily basis. He thanked association for bringing to his notice the grievances of the executives and assured to look into it and extend decent deal.