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21/04/2017

A Circle Office Bearers meet was held alongwith Zonal Secretaries, Zonal President, CEC Members, CWC Members, of Calcutta Telephones Circle at Telephone Bhavan to decide upon the modalities to be adopted in order to make the protest program a success. The Trade Union Program being launched is in protest against non implementation of E2 & E3 IDA payscales for JTO/JAO & SDE/AO and other equivalent cadres respectively, CPSE Hierarchy, 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruitees, Basic Pay of Rs 22820/for post 2007 recruitee, opposing DR/DGM recruitment etc. It is decided jointly, to print posters, banners and make arrangement for relay hunger strike scheduled to be held from 25/04/2017 to 27/04/2017 and with an appeal to all executives to take one day CL  on 28/04/2017 as part of Mass Casual Leave Program. 

Joint mobilizing exercise shall be undertaken in all main buildings and zonal/branch representatives of constituent association shall meet together to take stock of the situation on every day basis and plan accordingly. The leave be applied well in advance. Given the situation, each and every member and executives supporting the cause should come out in full strength to convey the resentment of the executives for being deprived from justified demands. We ought to know that inspite of recommendation of BSNL Board, DOT has rejected the payscales for JTO/JAO & SDE/AO without any rational. Let us realise, any let up at this stage will push us back to an irrecoverable position.  So lets fight organisationally for the very cause and let every one of us participate to show our severe opposition to DOT’s action to the detriment of the Basic cadre of JTO/JAO & JAO/AO and others. Com Saikat Das CS AIGEOTA attended the meeting.

20/04/2017

Joint Forum of BSNL  Executives’ Associations of Calcutta Telephones met today at Telephone Bhavan to decide upon the modalities to be adopted in order to make the protest program a success. The Trade Union Program being launched is in protest against non implementation of E2 & E3 IDA payscales for JTO/JAO & SDE/AO and other equivalent cadres respectively, CPSE Hierarchy, 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruitees, Basic Pay of Rs 22820/for post 2007 recruitee, opposing DR/DGM recruitment etc. It is decided jointly to print posters, banners and make arrangement for relay hunger strike scheduled to be held from 25/04/2017 to 27/04/2017 and with an appeal to all executives to take one day CL  on 28/04/2017 as part of Mass Casual Leave Program. 

Joint mobilizing exercise shall be undertaken in all main buildings and zonal/branch representatives of constituent association shall meet together to take stock of the situation on every day basis and plan accordingly. Com Deepak Sahoo AGS/AIGEOTA and Com Saikat Das CS of AIGEOTA attended the meeting . SNEACTC was represented by Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary (E) and Com Ashok Kundu President/Central Zone.

11/04/2017

Members in large number sat in Dharna at Telephone Bhavan as a mark of protest for not granting E2 & E3 payscales for JTO/JAO & SDE/AO respectively and other equivalent cadres. The protest programme started with chant of slogans condemning DOT for derailing the process at its final stage. Speakers who addressed the gathering, unanimously sniffed conspiracy in govt’s intent to bring about industrial unrest thus affecting BSNL’s performance with respect to other telecom operators. The subtle and sometimes overt favour to Reliance Jio has eaten into the profit of all operators but because of  dedicated effort of executives and non executives, BSNL could post operational profit.

Com Nirmal Sarkar, President expressed dissapointment over  inadequate presence of young executives who are in the cusp of losing their justified entitlement. if they to fail realize the danger of deprivation lurking ahead. He explained on larger conspiracy being committed by govt to to favour private operators. Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary(E) elaborated on the issue of E2 & E3 IDA payscales and explained on the need to fight out unitedly without further delay. He called upon other executives associations to unite and fight for the cause of the basic cadres. Com Deepak Sahoo, AGS of AIGEOTA  expressed his delight in supporting the cause and felt issues irrespective of its origin of initiation should be supported if it badly affects the interest of the basic cadre. One must shed ego to strengthen the cause. Com Subhasis Mitra ACS of AIBSNLEA observed that such causes should be discussed and initiated from common platform. He thanked for being invited and felt the unity should be from the core. Com Prasanta Ray, Organising Secretary SNEA/CTC expressed severe resentment for toying with issue and dragging it for too long. He spoke on irony of fate on govt’s conflicting stand on various issues. Com A Baidhya, a young comrade of Howrah Zone felt inspired in associating with the struggle but regretted over low presence of comrades of his seniority who are supposed to be in the centre of struggle. Com Dilip Saha CS, made an absorbing deliberation on unity and how unity can be forged inspite of having separate entity. Its the cause that unite people and there should remain no other reason to stay away. As a recognised association, it was the duty of  SNEA to launch protest promptly to hold up further progress, being contemplated by the management. He spoke of a weird situation wherein DOT is declining the justified demand inspite of being recommended by BSNL. He called upon the young executives to respond spontaneously since the benefits are meant for their generation. Let the realization dawn in every executives to fight for the cause to its end. Its solidarity, dogged perseverance and dedication that make things/demands achievable.

07/04/2017

Com Dilip Saha CS and Com Nirmal Sarkar President met CGM/CTD  on scarcity of staff under various verticals and Areas. Association requested to expedite the process of appointment of BSNL recruitee JEs, so that they could be posted in much needed areas at the earliest. This apart, a substantial number of JEs qualified in LICE and they required to sent for induction training on immediate basis. Association also reminded  CGM on JTO trainees who are on the verge of becoming JTOs on completion of stipulated training schedule and the need for proper deployment. CGM took cognisance of the items and said, he would keep the suggestions under consideration while taking decision on the issues. 

Association pointed to the long pending inter circle transfer order awaiting for release. It includes, mostly the executives( both SDEs & DEs) who had joined from Southern states. It also requested CGM to pursue with Corporate office in releasing the executives who are to join CTD from other circles. A constant flow would lessen the problem of inordinate delay in releasing the officials. CGM said to be aware of the matter and would speak to GM/HR & Admin to consider their release shortly.

05/04/2017

Call Attention Day was observed across Calcutta Telephones at all local levels. All unions and associations assembled to demonstrate against govt’s policy on non settlement of wage revision of BSNL employees w.e.f 01/01/2017, to settle revision of pension from 01/01/2017, to implement 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL recruited employees and to calculate pension contribution on actual basic pay. SNEA/CTC participated  with full gusto at all levels

04/04/2017

CGM/CTD called for All unions and Associations meeting on 04/04/2017 at Telephone Bhavan to inform on performance of CTD in last financial i.e 2016-17 and chart out plans for the current year. He thanked the unions and association for extending support and being involved in the process and help achieve reduce the loss in comparison to 2015-2016. 

Some of the highlights—In basic services including LL, BB, GPON , revenue has come down by 9%.       In Broadband service, revenue has come down by 11%                                         

In GSM— 265000 new connection has been added-an overwhelming growth and data usage has increased to  around 60 Tera Bytes.                                                                                                                                     LL surrender has come down to 300 approx and efforts are being made to reduce it further.                   An amount to the tune of Rs 9.9 crore was collected as outstanding amount.                                                   In EB, the target has been achieved by earning around Rs 106 crore

What is worth mentioning is that the CSCs could sell around 10000 SIMs (approx) surpassing figures of last many years.   CGM  credited GM/Finance and GM/EB for realising the outstanding amounts from customer and meeting the target respectively. He also that thanked others without whom this tremendous task would not have been possible.  CGM also made an observation on Reliance Jio–the very entry of the operator on freebies has badly dented revenue of all operators. In CTD, a loss of around 11-12 crore had taken place in GSM sector.  However, he sounded confident in make good the loss in current financial year.  In regard to marketing, CGM felt that employees must take proactive role to reach out to customers. It is always preferable to retain them by meeting their demands instead of citing rules.  

 In regard to internal customers, i.e the staff and officers who face difficulty in getting their entitlement, namely, NEPP/EPP, medical bill etc, CGM appealed to all concerned  to work on daily basis without keeping any backlog. The officers must be able to take decision instead of keeping things pending for long. This will keep content the staff/officer working in their respective fields and focus on their assigned job.

 Most of the unions and associations spoke of dearth of store and deficiency in addressing internal grievances of the staff. The road shows held was widely appreciated and suggestions were made to hold further similar shows. AIGETOA extended some technical suggestion on EB. SNEA/CTC substantiated the suggestions made by union and association on Trans network and on scarcity of staff. This apart, SNEA felt this urgent meeting in a day’s notice is not sufficient to extend innovative ideas. It however felt that sincerity and better coordination amongst various verticals and within verticals can go a long way to produce better result. In as much as  internal customers are concerned, SNEA suggested let CGM hold meeting with the administrative executives including staff to make understand the necessity for such steps. It also suggested to post the names, mobile numbers and e-mail address executives under Electrical Wing on Medha to enable the unit incharge to convey any urgent information on electrical/AC etc failure.                                                                                                              SNEA/CTC was represented by Com Nirmal Sarkar, President, Com Soumen Ghosh ACS and Com Dilip Saha CS

31/03/2017

Executives comprising members of SNEA/CTC at large and those from AIBSNLOA and AIGEOTA gathered at Lunch Hour to demonstrate against DOT for demoting the cadre of JTO/JAO & SDE/AO  to E1 & E2 payscales respectively. Com Sankar Sanyal, Jt Secretary(E), Com Nirmal Sarkar President of SNEA/CTC addressed the gathering. Com Saikat Das CS AIGEOTA and Com Soumya Basak, State Secretary AIBSNLOA also deliberated on the issue and strongly appealed  for stay firm and united until the authority concedes our justified demands. Any let up at this stage will leave us bereft of opportunity in future. It requires continuous struggle to bend the authority to accede to our demands. Com Deepak Sahoo AGS, AIGEOTA participated in Lunch Hour demonstration. Com Dilip Saha CS, thanked all and especially to AIGEOTA and AIBSNLOA to respond to the situation in larger interest of the basic cadre of JTO/JAO & SDE/AO . 

20/03/2017

Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Sankar Sanyal ACS, Com Nirmal Sarkar President and Com Soumen Ghosh ACS met GM/HR & Admin and discussed on Rule 8 cases. It is learnt that information has been sought on Medha for pending cases of Rule 8, awaiting onward transmission from respective GMs to HQ. In regard to endorsement of order for FR 22 1 a 1 fixation in respect of JTO Offtg, the office is verifying the list of candidates and collecting information in respect of unentitled candidates and new inclusions. GM asked for some time. In matter of sending VCs for promotion from DE to Adhoc DGM, it has been informed that no cases is pending with CTD. Association once again reminded of acute shortage in Areas like Sreerampur, Howrah, BKP besides Transmission etc. GM said, he would take care at the earliest opportunity to meet the deficiency to an extent.

15/03/2017

We are shocked to learn that Mausumi Dutta Mantrani DE/Intl/DDM is no more with us. No words of grief can console the untimely passing away of our beloved comrade. We deeply condole the death of Com Matrani and pray for her bereaved family to withstand the irreparable loss. May her soul rest in peace in heavenly abode.

14/03/2017

DoT Approval for standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 for JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs as per 2nd PRC.

 

Two days Hunger strike on 16th and 17th March, 2017 at BSNL HQs and Circle HQs:

Union cabinet decided to implement standard pay scales in all CPSUs. DPE issued guidelines and clarification strictly directing all the CPSUs and Administrative Ministries on 26.11.2008, 02.04.2009 and 24.12.2012 to implement standard pay scales. DPE further directed BSNL and DoT on 09.07.2014 to implement standard pay scales only.

BSNL recommended standard pay scales on 06.06.2016, 9 months back. Again BSNL gave a presentation to DoT on 10.02.2017 to approve E2 and E3 scales only without cascading effect, with the approval of MC as it will address DoT concern.

Some negative forces in DoT are decided to demote the cadres to E1 and E2 scales or to extend on E1A and E2A instead of E2 and E3. DoT will be taking a decision on BSNL proposal based on the suggestion of the few negative officers in DoT shortly.

It is the time for all the BSNL Executives to mount pressure on DoT and BSNL Management to approve standard pay scales of E2 and E3 only. It is a do or die situation for BSNL Executives.

Be United, come out and join the struggle from 16thMarch onwards for approving the standard pay scales of E2 and E3, for getting E2 scale instead of E1, for addressing the pay loss and for the recognition and status of the JTO/JAO/SDE/AO equivalent cadres.