Meeting with Smt Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary DoT on 20.02.2018:

GSs of SNEA, BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA met Secretary DoT and held discussions on the 3rd PRC with 15% fitment. BSNL Board after taking all the aspects into consideration recommended 3rdPRC with 15% fitment, freezing the revision of all allowances. The BSNL proposal is pending in DoT for the last three months but no steps are taken for its implementation. The employees are very much agitated over this. We requested that DoT should take necessary steps to get the affordability clause exempted for BSNL. Financial condition of BSNL is nothing to do with the employees as the entire telecom sector is facing problem. The employees are working with full commitment for the revival of BSNL and to implement the Govt projects. Pay revision is a must to keep the employees motivated.

GS/BSNLEU specifically pleaded that 3rd PRC is for the Executives but the pay revision for the Non-executives are based on negotiated settlement. Surprisingly the negotiation itself is not started as DoT didnot given clearance for that. As per the DPE guidelines, for the wage negotiation, there is no affordability clause.

Regarding pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL, we apprised Secretary that DoT Pension Cell is linking the pension revision with the pay revision of BSNL serving employees which is not at all correct as BSNL pensioners are not related with the profitability or paying capacity of BSNL. Their pension is paid by the Govt from the consolidated fund of India as per CCS pension Rules, 1972, not by BSNL. Last time also DoT moved a Cabinet note to get the pension revised for the BSNL pensioners with 30% fitment. Present situation also, DoT has to get the Cabinet approval for pension revision with 15% fitment as 15% is already approved by Union Cabinet as fitment formula for 3rd PRC. Their pension contribution has already been paid to DoT. DoT(Estt) always takes the stand that  pension revision is to be done for BSNL pensioners after the pay revision of BSNL serving employees, otherwise anomalies will be created. This is not the justification to deny the pension revision to the Pensioners, we categorically told the Secretary and sought her kind intervention for resolving the issue.

Secretary given a patient hearing and assured an early action in this regard and mentioned that Hon MOSC also telling in all the meetings that we will consider the case.

Since there is no concrete assurance from the Secretary other that the normal gestures, the March to Sanchar Bhavan on 23.02.2018 will to continue with more intensity.

 

About Us

Welcome to the website of Calcutta Telephones Circle of Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association. India. A new Circle of SNEA India, born on 27th February 2014 out of bifurcation of West Bengal State Branch.

West Bengal State Branch of Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association India was unique in its composition and territorial jurisdiction. It covered the recruiting Circles of Calcutta Telephones District and West Bengal Telecom Circle including non-recruiting units that exist within the boundary of the state of West Bengal and Sikkim. Needless to mention, WB State Branch was exemplary in associational activities and was in forefront of many a historic struggle. It pursued the objectives enshrined in the constitution of SNEA India, in letter and spirit and doggedly followed the resolutions adopted in various forums to ensure its achievement and early implementation. It lived a long tenure of shining glory and etched out its mark in the annals of history of SNEA India and beyond.

However, in recent past, with the notification of New Recognition Rule on 6th Jan 2014, WB State Branch had to contemplate on more inclusive, extensive and high octane associational activities, given the plight of BSNL and imminent membership verification. After having delved into the issue and inviting opinion from all quarters, WB State Branch in its State Executive Meeting held on 25th of January 2014 at CTO Hall, Kolkata adopted a unanimous resolution to bifurcate West Bengal State Branch into Calcutta Telephones Circle and West Bengal Circle. Calcutta Telephones Circle conforms to Calcutta Telephones District in all matters of associational activities. The resolution was finally vetted and approved in a premature XXVth State Conference of WB State Branch of SNEA India held on 27th Feb 2014 at CTO Hall/Kolkata giving formation to two new Circles, namely Calcutta Telephones Circle and West Bengal Telecom Circle.

Calcutta Telephones Circle is in its nascent stage. Yet, it is resolute to live upto the glory and reputation of WB State Branch. In doing so, it would never be possible without the support and cooperation of you all. We would be trying our best to make the website informative in matters of association, services, developments and other news pertaining to world of telecom. We regret for not being able to fill up/ activate the icons/links in the website due to time constraint and would request all to bear with this temporary inconvenience. The association is on the job and hopefully over a short period of time will be able to accomplish the aforesaid task.

We also plan to host an e-mail address to receive suggestions/information and work upon it for betterment in all respect.

With all best wishes, we inaugurate open the website to all our beloved members and well-wishers’ and hope it augur well to one and all of Calcutta Telephones Circle/ SNEA India and unfold a new chapter of activism and achievements. Even though today is the beginning of launching of new web site yet, we are hosting the activities that had taken places since the formation of SNEACTC.

With best wishes once again….