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Archive of : Aug, 2014
19/08/2014
20-Aug-2014

Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Nirmal Sarkar President, Com Soumen Ghosh ACS and Com Bidyut Ghosh Treasurer attended the monthly meeting of Howrah Zone held on 19/08/2014 at Shibpur Telephone Exchange. Members expressed grievances on unbearable burden one has to shoulder for shortage of staff in various units. They appealed to provide Gr C staff, more categorically TTAs to tide over the crisis, at least partially. In matter of restoration of faults, members are putting in their best inspite of scarcity of resources/fund and staff. In Transmission, it will be ensured to provide TTAs to maintain systems at remote locations in Uluberia and provide relief to highly engaged staff at main stations too. The Optical fibre route Mntce team needs to be strengthened to ensure preventive as well as prompt restoration as the case may be. So also the CMTS network needs equal attention.

Com Soumen Ghosh ACS , briefed on how this association came through various stages in up lifting the cadre of JTO and that the time has come to enlighten one and all in executive cadres to bring them into our fold.

Com Nirmal Sarkar. President presented the facts in practical perspective to the house. He informed that the issue of dearth of staff is very true and the hassle is being faced by all zones to varying extent. Unless recruitment takes place on regular basis the scarcity cannot be taken care of to the extent required. However, all efforts are made to deploy staff within limitations. Com Sarkar also pointed to credentials of this association and how SNEA addresses to all kinds of grievances; be it at individual level or policy based. He criticised those who tries to hang on posting information on website without getting involved to resolve of grievances in reality. For them, it is more of an impression of being involved rather than real involvement.

Com Dilip Saha CS addressed the house on resolutions adopted in last CWC meet in matters of E2 & E3 payscales for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent executive cadre, 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruitees, First Time Bound promotion uniformly after four years, removal of anomaly in pay, full pension option, promotion from JTO to SDE under seniority cum fitness quota/LDCE , CPSU Hierarchy, etc. He appealed to gear up for membership verification and condemned the anti employee Deloittes’s recommendations on restructuring to BSNL.

19/08/2014
20-Aug-2014

Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Shankar Sanyal AGS, Com Nirmal Sarkar President and Com Soumen Ghosh ACS met Shri A.K. Sinha GM/S&M to have review of the progress made since May 2014. GM repoted to have made a marginal increase in retailers’ nos but the FRC activation is still hovering around 1800. On last occasion, we had suggested to increase it to at least 10,000 Retailers with a sizeable chunk be encouraged for FRC. It is reported, the staff meant for Project Vijay is not exclusively dealing with marketing/ sales in Areas and the recently posted DR/ TTAs earmarked for S&M have been posted with functional control of S&M establishment but the administrative control remains under Area. This dual reporting system hinders control over conduct of staff for effective working. Moreover, lower level staff, meant for FOS should also be provided to have composite working team. Association suggested bringing the staff posted in recent past, under S&M control to have a proper surveillance over execution of day to day work assigned to staff. The recent finalization of the tender could appoint 17 nos of Primary franchisees for equal number of Areas. Out of 22 Areas, ALP-III & II, North I & III and BKP-II are under legal consideration. For Howrah-III and Jadavpur-II, new tenders have been floated. Association pointed out to penalties paid for CAF to which GM informed that the amount paid for penalty for deficient/erroneous CAF got reduced considerably over the period. Yet, a part could still be reimbursed, if the rejection of voter’s identity card due to unavailability of the same in commissioner’s website is considered by TERM cell. Association cited the achievement of 3000 nos( approx )new connections as very low compared to target of 16000 nos approximately per month. GM attributed it to unstable network in many pockets responsible for customers’ disenchantment with services. Immediate revamp of network is required to roll out better service to customers. In matter of infrastructure sharing, association categorically reiterated to share the non-remunerative BTSs to earn revenue. Association also sought the figure for high, medium and low traffic handling BTSs so as to take up the matter with concerned GMs to ensure stability in network performance. GM reported to have obtained feasibility report for 22 nos of sites sought for infrastructure sharing.

16/08/2014
20-Aug-2014

Dilip Saha CS, Shankar Sanyal AGS and Nirmal Sarkar met Shri Biswajit Pal GM/CMTS to obtain the latest status in respect of services in CMTS network. i.e 2G & 3G. Association reminded of the discussions held in the last meeting and the proposals mooted on increase of data speed, replacement of batteries, close coordination with Tx wing to bring the linear chains of BTSs into Ring topology, etc. GM informed of change in configuration from 2+1 to 3+0 in Node Bs connected to RNC. Effort is on to connect the sub=hubs directly to RNC for which ADM eqpts are needed. With the availability of Trans eqpt, having FE port, data speed could easily reach over 14 mbps and the new ZTE BTSs the provision exist to increase to more than 21 mbps. GM informed that almost 100 batteries have been replaced and a requisition of 300 nos of 400 Amps has been made to Corporate Office for fund allocation. The change of configuration mentioned increased the volume of traffic quite significantly. Association stressed to deploy more staff in RF optimizing teams and decentralize the activity to ensure better results. GM shared that the steps taken has reduced BTS faults and now it is overing around 100 BTSs. It will take some time bring about perceptible change. Association pressed for bringing the BTSs and DSLAMs in Ring to stabilise the services.

12/08/2014
13-Aug-2014

Forum for executives and non-executives association/Calcutta Telephones held lunch hour demonstration today at all Area Offices, Telephone Bhavan etc to protest against damaging recommendations made by Delloites Consultancy’s to BSNL for restructuring of the concern. Various circle secretaries and office bearers of constituent associations and unions addressed the gathering, condemning the report submitted and made scathing attacks against BSNL management for hatching conspiracy to destroy BSNL. Forum pledged to prevent tooth and nail against any attempt to implement Deloittes’s so called preaching on profitability and staff curtailment.

11/08/2014
13-Aug-2014

Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Nirmal Sakar President, Com Prasanta Ray Organising Secretary and Com Prasanta Ghosh Organising Secretary attended the monthly meeting of North suburban zone on 11/08/2014 at Barackpore Telephone Excg building. Members expressed severe resentment against multiple charges they are made to handle besides acute shortage of staff in various units. They queried on delay for providing fresh SDE & DE/LA. Members also complained about poor maintenance of AC units and battery module and how due to prolong power cut in many areas, the batteries are unable to take the load leading to exchange shut down. There is no active response from Electrical wing for maintaining satisfactory service. The matter in regard to closing of Access network has added to confusion as to whether the AC units are to be closed down or allowed to run. In both circumstances, the access network would remain vulnerable to fire or damage to eqpt , etc.   President Nirmal Sarkar deliberated on staff strength informing the same condition exists in other zone too. He also appealed to gear up enrol new members to face the ensuing membership verification. Prasanta Ghosh Organising Secretary, echoed the sentiments of the members by informing how the members of Serampore Zones are suffering alike NS Zone. The huge dearth of staff following retirements is causing excessive pressure to our field units. He also emphasized on membership verification and assured the house to address the problems to the extent possible. Prasanta Ray, Organising Secretary, reminded on next day’s lunch hour demonstration against recommendations made by Delloite’s Consultancy on BSNL restructuring and how the same if implemted is surely to make the staff/executives redundant.

Dilip Saha CS elaborated on staff strength and how acute shortage of staff is pushing the executives to handle multiple charges and unbearable pressure. The delay is mostly attributable to delay in arrival of filled in CVO proforma and APARs. Association is consistently pressing hard to administration to deploy executives in judicious manner given some executives are joining from other Circles in twos and ones. In absence of executives, new recruited TTAs may be deployed. In matter of closing of Access Network, the lines get integrated to some main exchange before taking any decision on shut downs. The Electrical wing, normally runs short of fund leading to non-payment of bills for months. The vendors’ apathy to quality maintenance is visible making the executives of Electrical Wing vulnerable to blame and hostile action. But then, the maintenance of electrical apparatus responsible for proper functioning of exchange cannot be compromised. The Area can only take up the job of maintenance, if only the administration takes such decision as policy matter. In that way, it will definitely cut down the delay in sanction for estimates followed by execution of work. Circle body will take up the issue with the administration for early resolve.

CS appealed members to work toward development of BSNL overcoming all kinds of shortcomings. Or otherwise, we will not be able to draw the benefit from the 3rd PRC in the offing. Profitability only can ensure early materialisation of demands, namely E2/E3 payscales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AOs respectively, 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruitees, reinstatement of perks/LTCs etc, implementation of recommended payscales by 3rd PRC thereby benefit to pensioners, better career prospect etc. CS informed to attend the next days lunch hour demonstration to protest against Deloittes Consultancy’s anti employee recommendation made to BSNL. He appealed to all to gear up for membership verification and remains focussed for BSNL’s progress.

11/08/2014 LUNCH HOUR DEMONSTRATION on 12/08/2014.
11-Aug-2014

Forum for executives and non-executives/Calcutta Telephones Circle decided to demonstrate against recommendations made by Deloittes Consultancy on restructuring of BSNL. The recommendations are bent upon to cut staff strength by half besides other sinister moves. Calcutta Forum is to lauch lunch hour demonstration decentrally i.e at all Area Offices besides Telephone Bhavan , TBZ, etc. Zonal Secretaries, Circle and Zonal office bearers are informed to make sure members participate in lunch hour demonstration on 12/08/2014

11/08/2014
11-Aug-2014

Com Dilip Saha CS, Com Sankar Sanyal AGS and Com Nirmal Sarkar President met PGM/CTD to provide DE/LA at various vacant positions so as to provide relief to those who are burdened with additional charges. PGM reported that the matter is under active consideration. Some SDEs and DEs are joining from other circles; association made a point to deploy the executives judiciously to meet the acute scarcity in Areas and other establishments. It also pointed to proper allotment of TTAs based on field/office situation. The sorry state of affairs in respect of renewal of LA and EPP in the cadre of JTO/SDE/DE has no words to express dismay due to non-availability of filled-in CVO proforma /APAR. The delay has become a regular feature and association strongly insisted to bring about a change in mechanism for early receipt of the above inputs and prevent recurrence of such events henceforth.

08/08/2014
11-Aug-2014

Com Dilip Saha, CS, Com Nirmal Sarkar, President, Com Soumen Ghosh, ACS, Com Aparesh Ghosal CWC Member had extensive discussions with Shri Pradip Gupta, GM/Tx on maintenance aspect of Trans network, latest updates on eqpt and cables, etc. The frequent damage to cables over last few years often threw the network in complete disarray and in some pockets the incident has become a recurring subject. GM/TX informed about projects being undertaken by various public utility agencies and Pvt Telecom Operators resulting in frequent damage to cables. Many chains connecting BTS , sub-hubs and hubs are required to be brought in Ring topology besides stabilising the DSLAMs connectivity. Requisitions for ADM/STM eqpts and cables have been made to Corporate Office following which DSLAMs shall be brought in Ring and increase in speed in data in BTSs. Now, since NGN is in the offing, procurement of Trans eqpt in full hog will make the items redundant in near future. So, an optimum nos need to be worked out. OLT terminals needs to be increased to increase demand in GPON connections besides increase in data speed at 3G BTSs. GM further pointed to how insufficient staff is hamstringing formation of new OFC Route Teams. Association, pressed upon GM to ensure posting of new recruited TTAs and SDEs joining from other Circles. Association also informed to pursue at Corporate Office for early allotment of Trans eqpt.

31-07-2014
04-Aug-2014

Members gathered at Telephone Bhavan, Ground Floor vehemently protesting the despotic and vindictive action of CGM/Kerela Circle. Com Soumen Ghosh ACS briefed on the continuance of struggle and why the ongoing perpetration committed by CGM needs to be thwarted immediately.

Com Shankar Sanyal AGS, elaborated on the unwarranted, arbitrary and unilateral actions of CGM/Kerela and how it pose a threat to trade unions/association.

Com Prasanta Ghosh Org Secretary and Com Tapan Chakraborty Vice President condemned the activities of Kerela administration in no uncertain terms and urged upon members to give a fitting lesson to the perpetrators.

Com Dilip Saha CS began by quoting ‘ injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere’. He conveyed a word of gratefulness and appreciation to AIGETOA and AIBSNLEU for extending solidarity and support to the comrades of Kerela Circle and condemned those who are hand in glove with the administration. He appealed to members to be prepared for further agitation and resolve to give a fitting reply to CGM/Kerela. It is SNEA as a whole is fighting against the wicked moves to victimize our members.

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