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CGM/CTD held a meeting on development pertaining to various services with all unions and associations on 17/10/2016 at Telephone Bhavan. At the outset, Shri Tripathy, CGM, briefed on the performance of CTD under various verticals and on the revenue deficit of around 6% compared to last financial year. Suggestions were solicited from all representatives unions/association to improve upon the services and thereby increase revenue earnings.
All unions and associations spoke of staff shortage and that management should take into confidence from the unions before taking any major decisions. The representatives inquired on poor service in CMTS and Tx network and brought to notice on shortage of store materials in various divisions. They also highlighted on poor marketing services and suggested to strengthen the customer service centres. These centres requires to be open on holidays/Sundays and should be manned from 8 am to 8 pm. Unions/association also suggested to go for hoardings and ads in both print and news media to create awareness of BSNL’s lucrative and affordable products. SNEA reminded that lot many suggestions were made on earlier occasions too but to no avail. It agreed on shortage of staff and apprehends the same cannot be filled to the desired extent. But then, some basic deployment cannot be avoided and for this, GM concerned should in consultation with unions/association start the process for near uniform deployment. It also observed that Trans and CMTS network are backbone to all kinds of services and unless the network is stabilised, retaining customers will be a difficult task. However, given the position of CTD with respect to other circles, it is time to for aggressive marketing to increase revenue and overcome the shortfall while the work for strengthening the network continues.
CGM spoke of constraint in providing staff since there is hardly any recruitment/ promotion. However, he suggested to deploy staff from existing work force to strengthen the marketing team. Given the success of SWAS, Corporate office has sent fiat to hold road shows to sell BSNL products and accordingly CTD has started off with encouraging results. He decided to hold such fair at every 2 km on the face of several constraints and would pull in staff from Plg and Administration at HQ. In matter of inadequate number of BTSs compared to other private operator, he is of the opinion that govt organisation requires to follow mandatory procedures unlike pvt operators for which certain delay occurs in taking final decision, be it in procurement or other policy decision. Despite such handicaps, existing BTSs provide close to 90% coverage and under such situation, we cannot sit back; rather, we should put our best effort to maximize our sell. He requested the unions and associations to extend their support and cooperation to help CTD turn around.
SNEA/CTC was represented by Com Dilip Saha, CS, Com Nirmal Sarkar, President and Com Sankar Sanyal, Jt Secretary(E).
Com Dilip Saha CS and Com Sankar Sanyal Jt aecretary(E) met Mr S. Kujur GM Finance/CTD and exchanged greetings on Dussehra and Bijaya Dashami. Association conveyed grievances amongst executives in quite a number of units where payments are getting beyond reasonable time limit. Most of such cases pertains to medical bills and other entitlements. The matter in regard to encashment of leave in HQ is yet to be settled. The case of Sujit Chakraborty, Ex SDE(LA), retired in Dec 2015 is yet to receive leave encashment inspite of constant persuasion at various level by the retiree concerned. Moreover, the issue of payment of insurance amount also needs to settled. Association also pointed to acute shortage of staff in some units and requested to fill in such posts at the earliest.
GM informed to have instructed the unit concerned to settle the issue with respect to long pending cases till a policy decision is taken in this regard. He further informed to have conveyed the matter to GM/HR & Admin and assured to resolve the cases at the earliest. Meanwhile, he requested association to bring a consolidated list of such cases, pending since long.
Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Nirmal sarkar President, Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary(E) and Com Ashok Kundu President Central City Zone met Shri S P Tripathy CGM/CTD and exchanged festive greetings on the occasion of Bijaya Dashami and Dussehra. CGM expressed his awe struck experience at the splendor and magnitude of Durga Puja celebration in Kolkata. The spirit and joy surrounding the occasion knows no bound. The note ended with exchange of pleasantries with expectation of better future in both individual and organisational domain..
Com Dilip Saha CS and Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary(E) met GM HR & Admin to discuss on release of executives having less than two years of service left from superannuation. Association pointed to non forwarding of prayers for intercircle transfers even after completion of two years including the ones who opted fpr WBTC. This apart, it is regrettable that some in a particular transfer list got released through ERP but few leftouts are still languishing even after two months since then. Association is of the view that since CTD management is not in position to stall transfers to tenure circle then there remains no justified space not to forward the options made for WBTC and the leftout executives who were part of previous transfer order may be released at the earliest.Moreover, the prayers made for inter circle transfers after completion of two years is well within the stipulation of transfer rules and the same needs to be forwarded. The plea that Corporate Office would do is setting a bad precedent for CTD management.
GM/HR & admin assured to once again raise these issues to CGM and would to try to resolve in phases but at the earliest. Association would take up the case with CGM after getting the outcome of discussion with GM/HR &Admin
The Trade Union call given by United Forum was observed with full gusto from 27/09/2016 to 29/09/2016 at Telephone Bhavan. Members of all constituent executives associations participated in large numbers with the turn out reaching its climate on the last day. The slogans rented the venue and leaders of various constituents addressed the gathering describing the need for immediate implementation of E2/E3 IDA payscales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO and other equivalent cadres respectively, blatant disregard by management to extend superannuation benefits of 30% to BSNL recruitees and immediate announcement of CPSE Hierarchy as suggested by the associations. The members were asked to be in preparedness to launch further trade union assaults, if the management dilly dally on the issue hereafter. SNEA was represented by Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Nirmal Sarkar President, Com Soumen Ghosh ACS, Com Prasanta Ray Org secretary and Com Subhra Kant Das Z/S Central City Zone to address the gathering
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Encouraging turn out on the second day of the Full Day Dharna. Hundreds of executives turned up at Telephone Bhavan to sit in dharna against management’s absolute indifferent attitude to resolve the most fundamental demands of E2/E3 IDA Payscales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AOs respectively, 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL recruitees and implementation of CPSU Hierarchy. Time has come to demonstrate exceptional solidarity and unity to combat the management/DOT to to the most justifiable demands. Members of all three constituent association arrived in hordes braving the rain splashed weather. The CSs, C/Presidents, CHQ Office bearers and other office bearers belonging to the participant associations under the banner of United Forum addressed the gathering. From SNEA, Com Soumen Ghosh, ACS, Com Nirmal Sarkar C/President, Com Sankar Sanyal Jt Secretary(E) and Com Dilip Saha CS deliberated on the demands with appeal to all intensify the agitation further, if the authority continues to deprive or skirt the issues.
Com Dilip Saha CS and Com Nirmal Sarkar President met GM/HR & Admin to discuss on forwarding the inter circle prayers and options called for WBTC as tenure circle. Association explained that since CTD administration is not in a position to retain the longest stayees in the event of transfer to tenure circle being longest stayees, it will definitely be a prudent decision to forward the options for WBTC. Some executives, who joined from other circles have completed more than two years and had appealled for forwarding of their prayers. Association requested to forward the same since issuance of transfer order gives no confirmation for release. Such instance has become unique in CTD where the executives had to wait for release through ERP. On one hand the prayers are not forwarded on other hand the release are awaited till ERP effects it—both cannot be allowed. GM assured to take up the case once again with CGM/CTD
Rule 8 transfer- association brought to attention how other circles like KTK, Odisha etc are effecting Rule 8 release in lieu of new incumbent i.e TTAs promoted to JTO in LICE . There is no reason holding the matured cases of Rule 8 in CTD. GM said that he would discuss the matter with CGM in the light of information provided by the association.
Leave Encashment & Insurance Payment–It is highly regrettable that even after more than a year no policy could be taken as to which wing would process the case of Leave Encashment & Insurance Amount following superannuation. Instances have been brought to your notice wherein executives,those who have retired for close to a tear or more are still awaiting for payment of leave encashment and insurance. It is reportedly learnt, the accounts wing dealing with issue has stopped processing. Whatever be the reason, the retirees are being subjected to harrassment and deprived of interest too. The matter requires urgent attention to bring about settlement.
GM assured, he will call for the file and do his best to arrive at some policy decision in this regard.
General Body Meeting of Srirampur Zone held at UTP Telephone Exchange Bldg. Members expressed severe grievances against executives of some outfits who are deliberately shunning responsibility to take charges against posts that fell vacant either due to retirement or transfer. This has become an epidemic bringing the system to a grinding halt. The administration should come down heavily on this delinquent executives in order to save the system. Com P .K Ghosh spoke of the problems being faced by our members and how as responsible executives, our members are taking additional responsibility. Com Kousik Bhowmick spoke of long pending transfer orders awaiting implementation. Members spoke irrational pressure being created by administration to comply with untenable demands.
Com Nirmal Sarkar President, directed the members to combat with courage and responsibility. He suggested the senior officers to play strict to put an end to such outrageous defiance and not to buckle under pressure to comply with irrational requests of authority. He said that scarcity of staff is everywhere but in some areas it is more intense. Circle Body would take up the matter with CTD management in this regard.
Com Soumen Ghosh ACS, addressed the house on membership verification and urged upon all to take proactive roll in enrolling members. He elaborated on the association’s role in uplifting the basic cadre of JTO, since IVth CPC. He spoke on our struggle to achieve E2/E3 for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent cadres. Com Ghosh concluded by appealing all to participate in full day dharna on 6th and 7th of Sept 2016 at Telephone Bhavan.
Com Dilip Saha, CS exhorted the members to abide by rules and implement it strictly for others too. The instances of defiance should be stemmed by invoking conduct rules. Members should fight fiercely to ensure the disturbing few do not rule the roost. He assured, he would take up the matter with higher management to put an end to such activity. CS, spoke of membership verification and instructed zonal body to reach out to all executives briefing them on how this association shaped the cadre, particularly the basic cadre of JTO/JAO and equivalent. He instructed all to participate in the ensuing dharna called by United Forum at Telephone Bhavan. The time is crucial, so any delay in reaction would make us miss the bus to clinch the demand for E2/E3 payscales for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres, 30 % superannuation benefit and CPSE Hierarchy. Given the 3rd PRC already constituted, the timing of this trade union program assumes further significance calls for strong and active participation.
As per the directives from United Forum of Executive Association consisting of AIBSNLEA, SNEA and AIGETOA, all three associations of Calcutta Telecom District jointly held Lunch Hour Demonstration at Telephone Bhawan, Ground Floor on 23.08.2016 at 13.00 hrs. Members from all over Kolkata whole heartedly participated in the demonstration inspite of inclement weather.
The demonstration started with blood warming slogan session followed with detail analysis of demands by young and dynamic leader, Saikat Das – Circle Secretary of AIGETOA CTD. The demonstration continued with a wonderful deliberation by a dynamic leader, Com Soumen Ghosh – ACS/SNEA/CTD, elaborating the demands and its evolvement. The demonstration continued with valuable speech of com Subhasis Mitra – ACS/AIBSNLEA/CTD. He emphasized on unity of all executives to achieve the target. Other zonal leaders also took part in short discussion over the issue and ignite the flame of agitation among the executives. Com Nirmal Sarkar, Circle President/SNEA/CTD, in his short speech, reminded about the united struggle for resolution of the issues in totality and emphasised on active participation of more general members in days to come. Com Dilip Saha, CS/SNEA/CTD helped to observe the Lunch Hour Demonstration in an organised way.
The demonstration concluded with deliberation from com Tridip Chakraborty – Circle President/AIBSNLEA/CTD followed by an encouraging speech of Mr. Deepak Kumar Sahoo – AGS-II/ AIGETOA CHQ.
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