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Archive of : Aug, 2014

Howrah Zone held its AGB on 24/09/2014 at Shibur Telephone Exchange in a colourful and befitting manner. The host zone exuded warmth and cordiality and welcomed the Circle Office bearers, CS & Treasurer of WBTC and other invitees.

The meeting was filled with discussions and queries on services, checking on customers’ information and future of BSNL. Com Tapas Ghosh, CS/WBTC addressed on improvements in services to be undertaken by association in the fields of CMTS, Marketing etc. Com Shankar Sanyal, AGS informed on the ensuing agitation related to justified demands for E2 and E3 pay scales, 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL recruitees, etc and appealed all to take proactive role in membership verification. Com Jayanta Mitra, Treasurer seconded the opinion for role of association in big way for improvement in quality of services. Com Prasanta Ghosh, Org Secretary/CTC, briefed the short comings in orders in regard to surrender of BB and listed the cable breakdowns for the cause of interrupted services. Com Soumen Ghosh ACS/CTC held out the conspiracy by certain section of accounts to derail the process of DPC for about 1800+ AO posts in one go. He cautioned to be alert in Accounts HR matter and assured the association would fight the issue in just and proper manner. Com Dilip Saha CS/CTC shared the view that since CS would be attending all subsequent meetings, it would be proper to brief for the day and elaborate on services and developments in the next meeting. Howeever, CS reminded of the role of the association in demanding E2/E3 payscales, 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruitees, disparity in pay of JTOs recruited in 2007/08, etc. He emphasized to ponder on services to make BSNL viable which in turn would convenience in materialising the demands. He informed the decision taken in CSs’ meet held on 5th and 6th Sept 2014 at New Delhi to work extra one hour on foundation day of BSNL.i.e on 1st of October 2014 and appealed to all to remain alert for membership verification. The august house unanimously elected Com Arup Kundu, Com Ketan Hazra and Com Himangshu Biswas as President, Zonal Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term.


Comrades, I call upon the members of Calcutta Telephones Circle to understand the gravity of the situation prevailing in Kerela Circle. Comrades of Kerela Circle had been in agitation for last two months following which CGM/Kerela, under intervention from Corporate office made a settlement to withdraw all arbitrary charges viz dies-non, vindictive transfer orders etc. The agitation was postponed at the request of BSNL’ management to provide time to honour the commitment made by CGM/Kerela Circle. However, much to our surprise and dismay, instead of withdrawing the arbitrary and unilateral decisions, CGM/Kerala continued with his perpetration on our members, resorting to choose and pick transfers, deleterious and punitive actions to scare away members from participating in trade union agitation. There are plenty of reasons to believe in a section of vested groups colluding with the Kerela administration to corner our association. The matter becomes further apprehensive to witness management’s severe apathy to resolve the issues inspite of continued hunger strike by CHQ office bearers at Corporate Office from 22/09/2014. The calculated silence can well be construed as indulgence to CGM/Kerela to continue with his arbitrary, unilateral actions unabated.

Comrades, we are to empathise the situation in Kerela and show our resilience to hit back and compel CGM/Kerela to come to term, to honour the written commitment made. Or otherwise, the sanctity of institutional commitment comes at stake, the very platform on which institutions and stake holders run to end impasse and instil the tenets of trust and confidence.

It’s not a matter to be thought restricted to Kerela Circle; rather it tantamounts to contempt and disdain to the entire association. If we are to continue with dignity and not mauled by oppressive measures of management, then let us pledge to fight resolute and without any let up.

It’s true that in recent time we are in agitation on one or other issues. Yet, given the critical situation, it becomes responsibility of all to be by the comrades of Kerela to hold aloft the dignity of the Association we belong to. So, let us pledge for unity and forge ahead with your fight to defeat the sinister design of the management by participating in the programme notified by CHQ. For programme to be observed, CS will intimate the Circle office bearers and Zonal Secretaries who in turn would inform the members.

25/09/2014 [CHQ News]

In order to extend support to the agitation, the following programmes shall be observed at Circle and SSA level. All Circle/SSA Secretaries to make all out preparations. Each and every Comrade of SNEA(I) must participate with toughest determination to defeat sinister attack to destabilize SNEA(I).

26th, 27thSept: 2014: Massive Lunch hour demonstration at all Circle and SSA HQs.

29th, 30thSept and 01st October, 2014: Massive Relay Hunger strike at all Circle HQs.

The Indefinite fast at BSNLCO and CO/Trivandrum will continue.

22.09.2014 (Indefinite fast at BSNLCO by CHQ leaders and activists starts today)

SNEA forced to launch such an agitation due to the continuing harassment and the vindictive actions of CGMT/Kerala, in the form of transfer of office bearers and activists, massive victimization in the form of dies-non, charge sheet to the office bearers at Circle level for participating in the hunger strike and writing to CMD/BSNL and Hon MOC by the General Secretary demanding inquiry into the alleged attempt by CGMT/KRL to help/bail out the vendor M/s Nortel from paying penalty and AMC charges etc continuing after the settlement reached on 01.08.2014, clearly in violation of the terms of settlement. The services are deteriorated but CGMT is not concerned about that.

Against these vindictive actions, CHQ office bearers will be starting “Indefinite Fast” at BSNLCO and Kerala comrades at Circle office, Trivandrum from 22.09.2014. “Work according to Rule” in Kerala Circle will continue.CHQ Treasurer and three AGSs are at Trivandrum in solidarity and support to the Kerala Comrades.


After getting feedback from the Circles, slight changes are made in the next programmes:

01.10.2014, BSNL Day: It will be observed by performing 1 hour extra work.

14.10.2014 : Lunch / closing hour demonstration at Circle/SSA HQs.

28.10.2014 : One day Dharna at Circle/SSA HQs.

10.11.2014 to 14.11.2014: Relay hunger strike at Circle/SSA HQs.

We sincerely hope that BSNL Management will listen to the burning issues of the Executives and resolve them without further delay. If the issues are not resolved, then we have to go ahead with the agitation programmes as declared and even to further intensify the agitation by 15th December, 2014 till the issues are resolved.

Make extensive preparations by conducting Branch/ SSA level meetings and meeting each and every Executive one by one and make them to join the struggle.


Com Dilip Saha, CS and Com Nirmal Sarkar, President met Shri S.K. samanta, GM/HR & Admin/CTD to once again remind of acute shortage in the cadre of DE and SDE besides others. Since, quite a good number of DEs are to join on promotion from other Circles and few SDEs promoted under LDCE are yet to join, Association requested to meticulously post these incumbents to mitigate the acute shortage. All Areas are under staff shortage, yet Serampore, Barackpore, Howrah, Alipore and North Areas require special emphasis. Many of the executives are looking after multiple charges leading to intense stress and weariness. The situation, if allowed to continue is definitely going to affect their efficiency too. So, immediate placement may be made to mitigate their hardship.

Some of the executives have applied for NGN Circle through exercise of option. A quick decision may be taken in this regard to forward these cases so that it comes under the consideration of corporate office for final posting.

Association requested to expedite the DPC for EPP in E2, E3 and E4 and to ensure renewal of look after comes in time. The matter of renewal has become a case chronic delay and therefore the system calls for rationalisation to put an end to such recurrence.


Hordes of members and enthusiasts/activists, converged at Telephone Bhavan to participate in Dharna. Fierce slogans, condemning the Management’s apathy towards settling the long pending demands of payscales, superannuation benefit to BSNL recruitees, hobnobbing on promotion from JTO to SDE etc rented the building throughout the day. Com Soumen Ghosh ACS anchored the programme, Com Tarak Dutta Vice President delved into the history of evolution of JTO cadre and its payscales. Com Nirmal Sarkar, President, criticized the vested interests for adopting unfair method in depriving the promotion of JAO of Recruitment Year 2010. He also alerted members to be serious enough in responding calls of agitation.

Com Shankar Sanyal, AGS elaborated on the role of this association in developmental activities and informed of meet with senior officers of BSNL. He also made a discourse on the history of the cadre and sniffed conspiracy in depriving the JAOs from promotion. Concern was expressed in the status of BSNL recruitees for not having justified superannuation benefit and deprivation of standard payscales to JTO/JAO and SDE/AOs.

Com Prasanta Ray, Asst Circle Secretary highlighted the demands and justified the necessity for the struggle, given the deprivation since long, particularly in matter of standard payscales, superannuation benefit, DPC from JTO/JAO to SDE/AO etc.

Com Dilip Saha, Circle Secretary, expounded on the demands and stressed on the importance of punctuality, discipline and spontaneity of members that gives half the victory before it actually begins. CS also warned of the time being critical, since Govt could come out with plans to disinvest loss making PSUs wherein we need fight hard to stave it off. Since the demands have reached a point where the constitution of 3rd PRC is not far away, it is high time to exert immense and justifiable pressure on management to settle the issues. Or otherwise, the whole gamut of demands may go haywire. He appealed to all, irrespective of Associations to unite in clinching the deal to our favour and work toward development of BSNL.


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The Dharna to be staged tomorrow, i.e on 18/09/2014 from 11 am at Telephone Bhavan in continuance of our struggle to achieve the legitimate and justified demands. The cold blooded robbing off of standard payscales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO on one pretext or other, making the deprived lots to wait for unlimited period cannot justifies for further patience. The matter assumes further contempt when we witness thousands of JTOs recruited in 2007 & 2008 stands to lose around Rs 4000/- for non-implementation of standard payscales.

We are equally worried about safety net in terms of terminal and pensionary benefit for BSNL recruitees. In accordance to DPE guidelines, statutory provision should be made for 30% superannuation benefit as compensation to decent pension for dignified livelihood besides others on superannuation.

The inert and indifferent approach to address the promotional aspect of executives has made executives(especially the JTOs under seniority cum fitness quota) to languish for years in the same post for decades. Though association took a prime role to either act as intervenor or as co respondent in myriad court cases to ensure early resolve of litigations yet it is of the opinion that management is dragging its feet in all such cases quite oblivious and unconcerned of the fate thousands of JTOs who are superannuating every year. Equally important is the promotion from JAO to AO upto 2010 and holding of LDCE for promotion to SDE to provide youngsters with opportunity to meet their aspiration.

First EPP after four years for all executives and to put an end to condemnable discrimination in respect of RRs of executive engineers of Civil/Electrical at par with telecom wing.

Comrades, this struggle connects the grudge and anguish of all section of executives. Rising above parochial concern, its incumbent upon us to appeal all executives to participate in Dharnan tomorrow from 11 am at Telephone Bhavan. Further wait would not be worthwhile, given constitution of pay revision committee not so far away. Rationalisation of all the issues calls for immediate attention. Timely strike by one and all can harness things to our contentment. We look forward to participation by one and all. 

Mass Dharna on 18th Sept, 2014

Mobilize all the Executives.

Make extensive preparations for the Mass Dharna on 18th Sept 2014 demanding E2, E3 pay scales, 30% superannuation benefit, Time Bound functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy, JTO to SDE promotions, Pay anomalies, Civil / Electrical issues, First TBP after 4 years, Filling the vacancies on DE Regular promotions etc. Mobilize all the Executives and Make it a great success.

Lunch hour Demonstration held 0n 11th of Sept’14