Yesterday on 21-08-2019, CS Com.Shaji ACS Com.Pushparajan DS TVM Binu R and Com.Harilal had an agenda meeting with GM(A/HR) &GM(Kollam BA ) Shri.Sathesh R on the Unlawful and unfortunate withholding of pensionary benefits of erstwhile O-JTOs in some BAs of Kerala Circle uncaring rather challenging the corporate office’s and subsequent Kerala Circle office’s clear directions in black and white to no recovery till further direction from corporate office (Letter. No .3-8/2010-Estt-IV Dated 3rd June,2016 and No. HR-III/2-5/JT0(O) pay fixation/2012/part-I/52 dated 16/8/2016.)
Smt.Ponnammal R DGM(HR) , Smt Sreelatha S DGM(ERP&CSC) , Smt. Sudha P Nair AGM (HR) , Shri. Mukunthan K CAO (Taxation) and Shri. Muraleedharan S AGM (Legal-II) have also been present as per the instruction of GM.
As per Corporate office order No.5-4/2004/Pers-IV dt. 13.5.2004 JTO screening test qualified TTAs who did not get regular promotion were imparted Phase- I Training and were posted on officiating basis in the year 2004-2005. However their pay was restricted vide FR.35 by which an officiating employee gets an additional amount of Rs 1000/- per month. OJTOs in Kerala filed cases in High court of Kerala for their eligible Fr 22 1 (a) 1 pay fixation. The Hon court directed BSNL to award the eligible pay fixation of Fr 22 1 (a) 1. Though BSNL had challenged the same in Hon Kerala HC pay has been continued in Kerala Circle. The case in HC continued till July 2017. Mean while OJTOs of Other Circle filed cases to get their pay parity with Kerala OJTOs in various courts in 2010 itself. Naturally have won the benefit of Fr 22 1 (a) 1 at all levels of courts from CATs, PCAT to Delhi HC. Finally Hon SC on SLP(C) No. 4553/2012 in PCAT OA No.1282/2010 directed BSNL to extend pay parity to all other OJTOs in other circles at par with OJTOs of Kerala . However Hon SC had given the liberty to BSNL for recovering the excess pay, if BSNL arguments against awarding of FR 22 1 (a) 1 will be upheld in the case filed against OJTOs in Kerala HC (14 writ petitions) . The Hon. Ernakulam HC DB through WPC NOs : 7723 23850 , 1735 of 2010 and OP (CAT) No:2107 against TA NOs : 84 to 97/2008 On 15th September 2017 HC judgement favourable that “ The finding rendered by the Tribunal that fixation has to be effected based on FR 22 (1) (a) (1) is perfectly within the four walls of law and is not assailable “
Even though Hon SC had already ordered (Through SLP (C) 4553/2012)that Kerala HC order would be final in this case. BSNL once again tried to file another SLP in Hon SC in july 2018 ( SLP 19274/2018, 19271/2018,19310/2018 AND 19304/2018) against Kerala HC order and these cases were dismissed by SC in favor of OJTOs. After a long legal war of 13 years from 2005 to 2018 and failing all the cases in all levels of courts, Fr 22 1 (a) 1 pay fixation accepted by BSNL management and accordingly an order issued on 18th Sept 2018. (No-3-8/2010-Estt-IV dtd 18/09/2018 ) . In this generalized order issued for implementing Fr 22 1 (a) 1 pay and now all along India it is implemented undisputedly.
Officiating JTOs and 2nd PRC pay fixation : Corporate office issued an order dtd 22/12/2015 (Letter No-3-32/2013/Estt-IV DTD 22/12/2015 ) for the pay calculation for post 2nd PRC period . As per this order officiating JTOs to be reverted to substantive cadre and pay fixation to be done as per model calculation mentioned in this letter w.e.f 01-01-2007. In Kerala the officiating process has been started from year 2004 and continued till 2016 July . The OJTOs have been drawing JTO IDA pay during this period. They had not been reverted to TTAs in 01-01-2007. As per this belated order the pay is lesser than what they are already in from 01-01-2007. So AIBSNLEA Challenged this order in Hon Principal CAT New Delhi vide OA 100/892/2016. Principal CAT issued an interim order for non recovery of pay till finalization of the case. On the basis of interim order corporate office issued an order on 03/06/2016 for non recovery of pay (No:3-8/2010-Estt-IV dtd 03/06/2016). This order was fully endorsed by Kerala circle to All heads of SSAs that “ RECOVERY MAY NOT BE EFFECTED TILL FURTHER ORDERS FROM CORPORATE OFFICE” No:HR-III/2-5/JTO(O) Pay Fixation/2012/part-1/52 dtd 16/8/16). It is very clear that recovery of any amount may not be made from the officiating JTOS until the finalization of OA 100/892/2016. This court case is not finalized till date. Next hearing date is 12/09/2019. What withholding happening in Kerala while an employee is retiring amounts to Recovery only.
All our arguments have been very patiently listened by GM Shri.Sathesh very empathetically. GM replied it is a very genuine case. As long as the corporate office clear guidance is not there for recovery , no recovery must not be made and the withholding can also be avoided . GM has informed that, for some more clear clarification on the matter one letter is send to corporate office . He assured to give instructions to BAs to release the amount withheld and to stop any such withholding from pentionary benefits till corporate office directed to do so. We extended sincere regards to GM Shri.Sathesh for his very positive and employee helping standpoint he has been showcasing . We have also extended sincere thanks to all the officers present from management side.
21-08-2019 : CHQ News
Revival of BSNL:-
Chairman and GS met the Senior Officers in DoT and enquired about the outcome of the Meeting held in PMO convened by the Principal Secretary to PM Shri Nripendra Misra Ji on 20.08.2019. The queries raised by the Ministry of Finance on Revival Plan of BSNL has been discussed in detail in the meeting wherein Group of Secretaries including Secretary (Telecom) Shri Anshu Prakash ji, CMD BSNL Shri PK Purwar ji were also present. The PMO intervene in the matter to resolve the bottleneck raised by MoF on the proposed revival package of BSNL. It is reliably learnt that after detailed discussions the following decisions have been taken:-
1) VRS Package to BSNL Employees: VRS Package is eligible for BSNL Employees who are attaining the Age of 50 years & above.
a) The Employees opting VRS will get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount in single go or maximum in 5 instalments on optional basis for availing Income Tax benefit.
b) The formula for VRS Package is (Ex-gratia + Pension) or 125% of the Salary (Pay + IDA), whichever is less.
c) The Employees having 40 months Service left will get full Salary benefits.
d) Leave Encashment & Pension (without Commutation) will be paid at the time of VR but the Gratuity and Commutation Value of Pension Payment will be deferred till they attain the age of Superannuation. During the intervening period from the date of VR to the date of attain the age of Superannuation, Employees will get interest @ 8% on their Gratuity amount.
e) The Ex-gratia amount for VRS will be paid in Cash by BSNL by issuing of Bonds on the basis of the Sovereign guarantee to be given by the DoT. 50% of interest liability on bonds will be born by Govt.
Through this process, Govt. is estimating that the present staff strength will be reduced to 62000 from the present strength of 1.60 lakhs.
2) The roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years: The roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years in respect of BSNL Employees will be followed by VRS.
3) 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL: Rs.14,000 Crores will be borne by the Govt for 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL.
4) BSNL Land Monetization proposal: The proposal for monetization of BSNL Land, OFC & Towers has been accepted which will be monitored by a Committee consisting of the officers from BSNL, MTNL, DoT and DIPAM.
5) Proposal for SPV for land monetization and merger of BSNL & MTNL is dropped:
Minutes of the Meeting is expected by today evening/ tomorrow morning and accordingly the revised Cabinet Note will be put up to Hon’ble Minister of Communication Shri Ravi Sankar Prasad ji with in day or two for approval and further circulated to the concerned Ministries. It is expected that Cabinet approval for the Revival Package of BSNL will get within the 1st or 2nd week of September 2019, if all the things go smoothly.
It is also reliably learnt that window for VRS Package will be opened for One Month and all the process will be settled within two months.
AIBSNLEA is of the firm opinion that as a stakeholder and one of the Major Recognised Associations in BSNL, we should be called for discussion before finalization of VRS Proposal. As per AIBSNLEA 6th AIC decision, we demand the BSNL Management that the VRS Proposal should be linked with 3rd PRC fitment. AIBSNLEA strongly hope that the BSNL Management will call us for discussion in this regard.
However, as per the 6th AIC decision AIBSNLEA will strongly oppose the move of roll out of retirement age from 60 to 58 years.
21-08-2019 : CHQ News
GS writes to
(a)Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding severe disruption in maintaining day-to-day service in Calcutta Telephone District due to non-payment of JCL (Contractual) Labour Wages.<<<Click here for letter>>>
(b)The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding request for Deputation to CCA, HP Telecom Circle in the cadre of Accounts officer <<<Click here for letter>>>
20-08-2019 : CHQ News
BSNL's/ DoT's News in Media
PMO may go ahead with BSNL, MTNL revival package ........<<<<Click here for details news>>>>
20-08-2019 : CHQ News
AUAB calls Protest Lunch hour Demonstration on 21.08.2019 (tomorrow) against the reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years:-
AUAB has reliably learnt that the BSNL Board of Directors meeting is scheduled to be held on 21.08.2019, wherein the agenda of reduction of retirement age of BSNL employees from 60 to 58 is likely to be discussed. We are receiving the news from various sources that the Govt. is considering the proposal of roll out of retirement age of BSNL Employees from 60 to 58. It is totally unwarranted and it is against the assurance given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000 at the time of Corporatization of BSNL. All the DoT recruited employees are enjoying the facilities of age of superannuation at 60 years w.e.f. 31.05.1998. In view of this, we have to strongly protest the move of the BSNL Board to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.
Hence, AUAB calls upon the entire Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL to hold lunch hour demonstrations on 21.08.2019 (tomorrow) to protest against the proposed move of the BSNL Board to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.
All the Circle Secretaries/ District Secretaries are requested to coordinate with the constituent Unions/ Associations of AUAB and make the Protest Lunch Hour Demonstration on 21.08.2019 a Grand Success.
16-08-2019 : CHQ News
Meeting with Member (Finance), DCC, DoT
Com. S. Sivakumar GS AIBSNLEA along with AGS (Fin) and Advisor (HQ) met Shri. P.K. Sinha Ji Member (Finance) and greeted him on assuming the High office of Member (Finance) in Digital Communications Commission, DoT by presenting Bouquet. AIBSNLEA congratulated the new Member (Finance) and discussed regarding:-
A) Revival of BSNL: We enquired the Member (Fin) regarding the present status of the Revival Package of BSNL. Member (Finance) mentioned that the Cabinet Memo for Revival Plan is under consideration of Finance Ministry and he personally requested the Officers of Finance Ministry for early clearance of the proposal. He also mentioned that DOT is trying to get the Cabinet approval of Revival Package of BSNL before the end of this month.
B) Immediate Financial Support to BSNL:- We further requested for: 1) Extending immediate Financial Support to BSNL for the maintenance of the Services.
2) Refunding of Govt. dues to BSNL viz
a) Interest paid on BWA Spectrum.
b) Excess payment of Pension contribution to the tune of Rs. 2700 Crs.
c) Compensation for Maintenance of 17000 Rural Telephone Exchanges to the tune of Rs.19,000 Crs.
d) And immediate payment of USOF/ ADC charges in the form of the Rural Deficit Charges for the Services provided.
Member (Finance) mentioned that DOT is considering for the immediate Finance Support to BSNL as well as refund of Govt. dues viz., Compensation of Rural Deficit Charges from USO Fund and refund of excess paid Pension Contribution. He also mentioned that a High Level Meeting is scheduled to be held on 19.08.2019. Regarding refund of Pension Contribution, he further mentioned that the Ministry of Expenditure is positive.
C) Extension of Soft Loan to BSNL for its Capital Expenditure till the Monetization of Assets is effected:Member (Finance) mentioned that DOT is considering the Sovereign Guarantee for the grant of Loan to BSNL.
We handed over the copy of the letter addressed to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in this regard.
D) Immediate Financial Assistance to Flood affected Circles:- We requested the Member (Fin) for immediate allotment of funds to BSNL for the restoration of Services in the flood affected Circles viz., Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We have also handed over the letter in this regard. Member (Fin) mentioned that we are aware of the situation and DOT is considering for immediate necessary support.
GS writes to Shri Narendra Modi Ji, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India regarding immediate Financial Support and grant of Soft Loan to BSNL. <<<Click here for letter>>>
GS writes to Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding request for Immediate financial assistance to the flood affected Circles...<<<Click here for letter>>>
BSNL Corporate Office recognized the newly elected CHQ Office bearers of AIBSNLEA in the 6th AIC held at Vijayawada and Confirmation letter issued by the SR Cell of BSNL Corporate Office today.<<<<Click here for order>>>>
CS writes to CGMT Kerala against the Wrong recovery /withholding from pensionary benefits of erstwhile Officiating JTOs in Kottayam BA.
The Pending CAO to DGM LA order is released today on the request of AIBSNLEA Kerala . AIBSNLEA’s proud Leader and a sincere worker Com.Radhakrishnan Nair K also got Promotion to the DGM cadre. We extend sincere regards to the CGMT Kerala Dr.PT Mathew for his empathetic consideration to the deserving benefits of employees.
AUAB Kerala organized the Lunch hour demonstration and Gate Meeting today all along
Kerala with full zeal and Enthusiasm
CS writes to GS for the immediate intervention for the fruitful result
1. Request to take steps to issue tenure completed transfer order to Karnataka Circle, case of Com. Vijayendra A DGM(Adhoc)
2. Delay in completion of disciplinary proceedings – Case of Smt Usha P M CAO STR
3. Request to take steps to issue tenure completed transfer order to Karnataka Circle, case of Com. B S patil DGM(Adhoc)
02-08-2019 : CHQ News
AUAB calls on to organise Lunch Hour Demonstrations and Gate Meetings on 07-08-2019:
meeting of the AUAB was held yesterday the 01.08.2019, at NFTE’s office, New
Delhi. The meeting was presided over by Com. S. Sivakumar,
General Secretary, AIBSNLEA. General Secretaries /
Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM,
TEPU and BSNLOA attended. The meeting expressed it’s extreme unhappiness that the Unions and
Associations of BSNL are being completely kept in the dark, with regards to
the so called revival package of BSNL. The meeting also expressed it’s deep concern about the
deterioration of BSNL’s services due to lack of working capital. The meeting
took serious exception to the repressive measures being taken by the BSNL
Management, to deny legitimate trade union activities in BSNL. After serious
discussions, the meeting decided to organise countrywide lunch hour
demonstrations and gate meetings on 07.08.2019, on the following demands:-
CS Com.Shaji , CP Com.Vijayakumar , CFS Com.Biju Gopal , ACS Com.Pushparajan , CVP Com.Rajan and DS TVM Com.Binu had an agenda meeting with CGMT Kerala Dr.PT Mathew on 30-07-2019 , Wednesday evening . GM (A/HR) Shri. Sathesh R was also present all along the meeting . The meeting was very fruitful. The following points have been discussed.
No dumping of MSAN (Multi Service Access Node) equipments to Kerala:
It is learned that BSNL has placed APO for 5600 Nos of MSAN (Multi Service Access Node) equipments and out of that 660 numbers are to Kerala circle for providing VDSL and GPON ports. We requested CGMT to assess the VDSL market and our practicability to extend VDSL connections before accepting the equipments with VDSL ports . So much of unloaded NGN BB ports are available with all NGN exchanges. While Kerala trying for a break even, at least during this FY dumping of these equipments may pull down the financial performance of our Circle. CGMT shared our concern and replied that Kerala Circle request for very minimum equipments only.
Availability of at least one BSNL staff in every exchanges :
In the very competitive telecom market , BSNL is blessed with a plenty of telephone exchanges at almost all important places. We suggested the need of at least one BSNL staff per exchange to maintain the customer base and expanding the same. The multiple difficulties due to the staff unavailability are discussed. CGMT assured to do the same without delay.
withholding of pension benefits of erstwhile O-JTOs in Kerala :
It is very unfortunate that withholding of pension benefits of erstwhile O-JTOs started happening recently in some BAs of Kerala Circle challenging Kerala Circle office clear directions in black and white as Letter No. HR-III/2-5/JTO(o) Pay Fixation/2012/Part-1/52dated 16/08/2016 .Kerala Circle released the letter based on Corporate Office Letter on 03-06-2016 obeying various court directions . The wrong and confusing fixation of pay of O-JTOs period under FR221a1 in connection with 2nd PRC ; CO Letter no 3-32/2013/Estt-IV is already challenged in PCAT ND by AIBSNLEA. It is coming up for hearing on 12th Sept 2019. For all the erstwhile O-JTOs pay revision as on 01.01.2007 ( 2nd PRC) can only be done on the JTO pay scale of 9850-200-14500 as it was done for others employees . AIBSNLEA CHQ , in many times , requested Corporate office through detailed letter to issue instruction for revision of pay as on 01.01.2007 for the officiating JTOs with respect to the basic pay they were drawing in the pay scale of 9850-14500.
Hon. CAT/HC and SC are already verdicted very favorably to fix the pay of these officiating JTOs as FR 22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35. Subsequently, BSNL has extended the pay fixation benefit on officiating promotion under FR22(1)(a)(1) in the pay scale 9850-14500. Thus naturally no legitimate ways for either withholding or recovery of any single paisa from the pension benefits of these executives.
After long discussion on the matter , we requested CGMT to issue clear instructions to all BAs to not withheld /recover any amount from pension benefits of erstwhile O-JTOs and release all the amount withheld from pension benefits , if any . CGMT directed GM(A/HR) to issue instructions to BAs in this regard and get more clarifications from Corporate office if needed.
Pending requests transfer orders for LICE JTOs who had been posted in Feb 2017 :
We requested to release all the JTOs. Almost all of them can be released without any substitute since sufficient JTOs are available .In Thrissur around 5 JTOs joined back after their long stay tenure . Thus all the requesters from Thrissur could have been released . Many times we have requested the same at all levels of DGM/GM/CGM. CGMT assured to release them shortly.
Pending high range Company coat transfer to bring back two year tenure completed executives in Ernakulam BA :
This pending matter is discussed with CGMT and we requested to do the same as per the directions from corporate office that CGMT can exercise the provision. On our strong request , CGMT directed GM (A/HR) to do the same.
Unprecedented date of joining of LDCE JTOs in the F/N of 31/12/2017 (Sunday) instead of 01/01/2018 at Ernakulam BA:
The matter of a large anomaly in our circle is discussed seriously and the trailing letter is submitted to CGMT. Copy of this letter is submitted to GM(A/HR) and DGM(HR)
Sub:- Unprecedented permission for date of joining of LDCE JTOs in the F/N of 31/12/2017 (Sunday) instead of the legitimate date 01/01/2018 at Ernakulum BA challenging all rules and regulations in BSNL : no action rather helplessness from Kerala Circle against the wrong doing propelling individual / association to move court against the stoic silence of Circle management reg
Kindly recall the matter in subject that many times we have submitted to your kind notice but no action has been initiated from your office, so far. As per the letter AGM(Admn) Lr. No.ST/EK-214/LDCE/LICE/2016-17/JTOs/109 dtd 30/12/2017, Ernakulam BA has issued posting order to 10 LICE JTOs who have completed their induction training w.e.f.25/09/2017 to 02/12/2017 from RTTC TVM/ CTTC Indore and field training from 04/12/2017 to 30/12/2017 at ENK BA are permitted to join on Sunday , 31/12/2017 on mysterious reasons . Even though the cadre is technical and they were posted to various field units, no controlling officer will be available in the office on a closed holiday for their reporting and also they were not assigned any duty on that day. .
As you are aware of, after training almost all executives/non-executives are relieved from training centre on the F/N of Saturday , if not second Saturday and they can join on subsequent Monday only . It is learned from circle office that , after the wrongful doing of Ernakulam BA , many requests seeking permission to join on Saturday are turned down citing the prevailing rules not permitting the joining on Sunday. Hence, we strongly request your good office to either revert the joining date of these 10 JTOs to the eligible date of 01/01/2018 or permit all executives/non-executives who have joined on Monday after their basic training to join on Sunday to enjoy benefits if any. Otherwise it will initiate an exodus of litigations of such cases right from the beginning of DOT/BSNL. Further, Circle Office Kerala only would be responsible for the same
Sir, we request your good office to have an enquiry into the background that leads the serious lapse of clear nepotism challenging all the BSNL rules and regulations for the better performance of Kerala Circle . Kindly share the findings of the lapses to the undersigned.
After wide discussion, CGMT convinced the real mysterious irregularity happened at Ernakulum BA and directed GM(A/HR) to issue immediate directions to PGM Ernakulam to clear off the wrong doing .
Long Pending CAO-DGM LA promotion orders :
We submitted that understandably the file for the same is with CGMT for some time and requested to release the promotion orders without delay. CGMT assured to release the orders shortly.
Pending AO-CAO LA promotion orders :
We requested to release the promotion orders. CGMT replied that no file is pending in this regard . All DS are requested to assess the vacancies in your BA and initiate the process of sending the request to circle office .
All other pending cases were also discussed. We extended sincere gratitude to CGMT Dr.PT Mathew for his kind consideration to all our grievances.
Later we met GM (A/HR) Shri.Sathesh R and elaborated all the points those CGMT directed GM(A/HR) to act. GM assured to take up all the matters without delay.
REVIVAL OF BSNL & MTNL : It is reliably learnt that DoT has finalized a revised Cabinet Memo for the Revival of BSNL and MTNL on the basis of the Group of Ministers recommendation and the same was approved by the Hon’ble MOC. The Cabinet Memo has been sent to all the concerned Nodal Ministries for comments and will finally be sent to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. The Salient features of the Cabinet Memo are:-
1) VRS Package to BSNL/MTNL employees: VRS Package to BSNL/MTNL employees who are attaining the Age of 50 & above wherein they will get 25% more than the Gujarat Model towards Ex- gratia and Ex-gratia will be paid in cash as detailed below.
a) The Employees opting VRS will
get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount in single go or maximum 5 instalments
c) The Employees having 40 months Service left will get full Salary benefits.
d) Leave Encashment & Pension (without Commutation) will be paid at the time of VR but the Gratuity and Commutation Value of Pension Payment will be deferred till they attain the age of Superannuation (i.e., 60 Years) or after 5 years. During the intervening period from the date of VR to the date of attain the age of 60 Years, Employees will get interest @ 8% on their Gratuity amount.
e) The Ex-gratia amount for VRS will be paid by BSNL/MTNL by issuing of Bonds on the basis of the Sovereign guarantee given by the Govt. of India. 50% of interest liability on bonds will be born by Govt.
Through this process, Govt. will ensure reduction of about 70% staff.
2) The roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years: After implementation of VRS, the roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years in respect of BSNL/MTNL employees will be effective from 01.01.2020.
3) 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL/MTNL: Rs.14,000 and Rs.7,000 crs +GST will be borne by the Govt for 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL/MTNL.
4) Merger of BSNL & MTNL: The debts of BSNL/MTNL will be transferred to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for this purpose and after zero debt of both the Companies BSNL and MTNL will be merged. The Special Purpose Vehicle will take care of the Capital expenditure of the Company. The Debt/Loan of BSNL as on date Rs.19000 Crs and anticipated Debt/Loan to the tune of Rs.4000 Crs. will be taken over by the Special Purpose Vehicle with equivalent Land parcels.
5) Monetization of Assets of BSNL/MTNL: Monetization of Assets of BSNL/MTNL will be done by the respective PSUs in consultation with the Committee being formed with the approval of the Hon’ble MOC which will have DoT/BSNL/MTNL/DIPAM Officers and the funds will be utilized only for BSNL/MTNL.
But DoT has not invited the Recognised Associations and Unions of BSNL who are the equally Stake holders of the Company for discussing about the Revival Plan of BSNL , even though AIBSNLEA as well as AUAB have written the letters to the Hon’ble MoC for inviting us for discussions regarding the Revival Package. However, keeping in view the present scenario & above developments, AUAB has decided to conduct the meeting on 01.08.2019 to discuss about the future course of action.
AIBSNLEA will strongly oppose the roll out of Retirement Age from 60 years to 58 years which is in violation of Absorption terms and conditions of BSNL Employees and threat to Job Security.
BSNL's/ DoT's News in Media
Modi-government appoints Shri. Anshu Prakash as new telecom secretary....
The consistent efforts of AIBSNLEA Kerala yielded result in releasing the corrected letter on the notional date of promotion of SDE-DE as 29-06-2018 instead on 30-06-2018. We extend our sincere thanks to GM(A/HR) Shri.R. Sathesh and DGM HR Smt. Ponnammal R for the sincere effort in releasing the correction letter.
All the concerned executives are requested to submit revised charge reports as per the correction letter.
BSNL's/ DoT's News in Media :
Department of Telecommunications reaches out to FinMin for sectoral
All India Conference, Vijayawada - Third Day : 16th July 2019:
The session on third day commenced as per schedule with pending items of earlier session/day.
General Secretary's report approved unanimously.
Statement of Accounts approved unanimously.
Elections for the new body held unanimously. The complete list of the Central Office Bearers and Auditor is as mentioned below:
Central Office Bearers:
REVIVAL OF BSNL &MTNL : It is reliably learnt that DoT has finalized a Cabinet Note draft for the Revival of BSNL and MTNL and has submitted to the Hon’ble MOC for approval. Thereafter it will be sent to all the concerned Nodal Ministries for comments and will finally be sent to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. The Salient features of the Cabinet Note are
1) VRS Package to BSNL/MTNL employees: VRS Package to BSNL/MTNL employees who are attaining the Age of 55 & above wherein they will get 25% more than the Gujrat Model toward Ex- gratia and Ex-gratia will be paid on cash. The Employees having 40 months Service left will get full Salary benefits. The Employees opting VRS will get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount, Leave Encashment & Pension(without Commutation) but the Gratuity and Commutation Payment will be deferred till they attain the age of Superannuation ( i.e., 60 Years) . During the left out period Employees will get interest amount @ 8% of their Gratuity amount. Through this process, Govt. will ensure reduction of 50% staff. The Ex-gratia amount for VRS will be paid by BSNL/MTNL by issuing of Bonds on the basis of the Sovereign guarantee given by the Govt. of India.
2) The roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years: The roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years in respect of BSNL/MTNL employees will be effective from 1.1.2020.
3) 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL/MTNL: Rs.14,000 and Rs.7,000 crs will be borne by the Govt for 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL/MTNL.
4) Merger of BSNL & MTNL: The debts of BSNL/MTNL will be transferred to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)created for this purpose and after zero debt of both the Companies BSNL and MTNL will be merged. The Special Purpose Vehicle will take care of the Capital expenditure of the Company.
5) Monetization of Assets of BSNL/MTNL: Monetization of Assets of BSNL/MTNL will be done by the respective PSUs in consultation with the Committee being formed with the approval Hon’ble MOC which will have DoT/BSNL/MTNL/DIPAM Officers and the funds will be utilized only for BSNL/MTNL.
AIBSNLEA will strongly oppose the roll out of Retirement Age from 60 years to 58 years which is in violation of Absorption terms and conditions of BSNL Employees and threat to Job Security.
CS , CVP, ACS, DS TVM met DGM HR Smt. Ponnammal R and discussed the following
Date of joining of LDCE JTOs in the F/N of 31/12/2017 (Sunday) instead of 01/01/2018:
As per the letter AGM(Admn) Lr. No.ST/EK-214/LDCE/LICE/2016-17/JTOs/109 dtd 30/12/2017, posting order has been issued to 10 LICE JTOs who have completed their induction training w.e.f.25/09/2017 to 02/12/2017 at RTTC TVM/ CTTC Indore and field training from 04/12/2017 to 30/12/2017 at ENK BA are permitted to join on Sunday , 31/12/2017 on mysterious reasons , Even though the cadre is technical and they were posted to various field units, no controlling officer will be available in the office on a closed holiday for their reporting and also they were not assigned any duty on that day. It has been conveyed to them that as per presidency of BSNL and permitted rules they could join only on 01/01/2018 .
We argued that it will start multiple litigations for a large number of such cases right from the beginning of DOT/BSNL. DGM (HR) totally shared the concern and informed that some individual request seeking permission to join on Sunday/holidays reached circle office at many times and those seeking were outrightly turned down stating the prevailing rules . Such cases cannot be permitted by rules. The case happened at Ernakulam is unaware and suggested to represent with details . We would represent the case afresh.
Pending Transfer orders on Request of JTOs and other cadres & High range rotational transfer at Ernakulam BA:
We sought the status of the cases. DGM(HR) replies that as per AIBSNLEA’s discussion with GM(A/HR) during the last meeting , Circle office is exploring the possibilities of releasing the orders without affecting the working of BAs. We requested to speed up the matter and madam assured to do the same.
Regularization of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018: We sought the delay in releasing the very legitimate order to regularize of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018 irrespective of their date of joining duty to avoid the discrepancies among the first order and subsequent orders from AGM (Pers.I) BSNL CO, New Delhi Letter dated 4.7.2018, 5.7.2018 & 6.7.2018.
DGM(HR) replied that as per the request of AIBSNLEA , competent authority approved the correction on date . The subsequent order to be released to CO/BAs is ready and submitted to GM (A/HR) for information. It will be released to all field units today or by tomorrow. Later we met GM (A/HR) and he assured to release the orders without delay.
The pending transfer orders of AO/JAO and AO to CAO (LA) orders are released without anymore further delay due to the timely intervention of AIBSNLEA at PGM-F level. We extend sincere thanks to PGM F Shri.KK Vel for his kind intervention to fulfill the assurance to us on 02-07-2019 . AO-CAO (LA) orders are released partially. CAO-DGM(LA) orders are also pending . We are on our efforts to release these orders .
Now the only pending transfer orders are that of LICE JTOs . We submitted all the details to the CGMT , GM(A/HR) and at DGM(HR) level that almost all of them can be relieved without substitute due to availability of sufficient executives at the BAs. For example in Thrissur BA recently 6 executives of JTO/SDE cadres joined. Hence, all the transfer requesters from this BA can be relived immediately. It is understood that circle office is exploring the possibility. Hopefully these transfer orders would be issued shortly
AIBSNLEA welcomed and Felicitated the New CMD BSNL Shri P K Purvar on assuming the High Office of CMD, BSNL .
AIBSNLEA team met Shri P K Purwar , CMD BSNL and welcomed / felicitated him on assuming the High Office of CMD, BSNL . we assured him our best cooperation for turning out BSNL and to achieve its pristine glory . On the issue of Revival of BSNL / MTNL CMD mentioned that Secretary (T) also met Cabinet Secretary yesterday and discussed the Revival plan of BSNL on that basis matter will go to Digital Commission and with the recommendation of DC, matter will go to Union Cabinet for consideration and approval. Hwe further mentioned that he has taken over the charge of CMD BSNL on very critical situation when BSNL Revenue has drastically come down and the loss this FY 2018-19 will be about Rs 14000 crores . wage payment liability is also around Rs 14000 crore . Now we have to take certain steps to reduce the expenditure and concentrate on operation and maintenance of BSNL network . salary payment will be the second priority. In this process people have to ready for some sacrifice .He further mentioned that the Revival plan of BSNL /MTNL has now been finalized. He appealed for extending support during this critical period.
CS Com.Shaji and CVP Com.Rajan met PGM F on 01/07/2019 and expressed our strong resentment on not issuing pending transfer orders of AOs who have completed two years of tenure as assured by PGMF. We submitted that the ERP release of executives in engineering cadre, who have already under order of transfer after tenure completion , has been done sharply by administration as assured to AIBSNLEA. In accounts vertical very minimal transfers only happening occasionally and that too delaying beyond assurances not seems fair. Orders for DGM LA are also not happened as agreed.
PGM F patiently listened all our arguments and shared our concerns. He stated that he has given clear instructions to the concerned as assured to AIBSNLEA and having hope that already orders are issued. He assured to look into the lapses and release the orders without delay.
02-07-2019 : CHQ News
Congratulations! Due to consistent efforts of AIBSNLEA, Management Committee approved the relaxation of eligibility condition for promoting 26 nos of CAO to DGM Adhoc Promotion.
Biennial GB of Malappuram branch and felicitation of the retired comrades including Ex.DP and CEC Member Com.Muhammed Kutty CAO has been convened at District Sports council hall at Malappuram on 28-06-2019 . CS Com.Shaji and CP Com.Vijayakumar attended the grant meeting . New Branch members are also elected. Com.Pradeep JTO , Com.Praveen AO and Com.Fathima AO are elected as DP , DS and DFS of the new body.
29-06-2019 : CHQ News
Congratulations ! AIBSNLEA congratulates Sh.P.K. Purwar, CMD MTNL for the additional charge of CMD BSNL, which is entrusted to Sh.P.K. Purwar, CMD MTNL for a period of three months w.e.f 01.07.2019 or till the appointment of a regular incumbent to the post , or until further orders, whichever is the earliest....<<<Click here for order>>>
Message of Sh. Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL to BSNL employees on his retirement on superannuation today....
"It certainly is very emotional moment of my life when I bid adieu to my BSNL family, which is so close to my heart.
Today, I am sure with combined energy, zeal and
support of all of you, BSNL shall not only endure the current challenges but
emerge more stronger and resilient.
Felicitation of Sh. Anupam Shrivastava ji, CMD BSNL on his retirement: AIBSNLEA greeted and felicitated Sh. Anupam Shrivastava ji, CMD BSNL on his retirement on superannuation today.
GS writes to Shri Narendra Modi Ji, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Govt. of Indiaregarding Revival of BSNL<<<Click here for letter>>
Meeting with PGM (Pers.), BSNL CO: GS, President met PGM (Pers) and discussed regarding the status of DE to DGM (T) Promotion. PGM(Pers) mentioned that the Legal opinion has been obtained from the BSNL Panel Advocate wherein he has opined that clearance from the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh is required to be taken before issuing Promotion orders since the MA has already been filed. However, BSNL’s Advocate has opined that in case the Applicants give Affidavit of No objection in the Hon’ble CAT, then BSNL can proceed for Promotions.
Com.GS spoke with Com. Naresh Thakur , one of the Applicant and convinced him that since all the Applicants are being covered in the DE to DGM(T) Promotion on Adhoc basis they should consider to file Affidavit for No objection to allow Promotion of DGMs. Com.Naresh Thakur and others in his case has agreed to give Affidavit for No objection. Com. Pritam Chand and others have also been requested by Com.Naresh Thakur to submit Affidavit for no objection to allow DGM (T) Promotions on Adhoc basis. In case the Affidavits for NOC are given by the applicants by tomorrow then the Promotion orders of DGM (T) will be issued immediately.
Meeting with CGMT Kerala:
CS and ACS met CGMT Kerala Dr.PT Mathew on 20-06-2019 and discussed about the prevailing service issues of BSNL Kerala. We expressed our heartfelt sorrow on the present hard time BSNL is passing through due to some reasons for shutting down of BTS by infra providers due to non-payment of rents , unavailability of labors for the maintenance of BSNL services , unavailability of vehicles etc . CGMT patiently listened our wordings and shared all our concerns. We extended our sincere appreciation to CGMT Dr.PT Mathew on his relentless efforts to keep up the access networks in these difficult periods by extending uninterrupted services to beloved customers through migrating shut down BTS to other infra providers , at least partially , while some circles are just mute spectators on this issue.
We requested to explore shutting down of the non-profitable BTS/Exchanges to reduce the debt of Kerala Circle in the situation wherein no financial support from the concerned. On an average BSNL spends Rs.45,000 per month per BTS but the earning falls below Rs.10,000 in some locations . Same is the case of some telephone exchanges. How can we bare the bleeding without financial assistance from the concerned? CGMT directed us to escalate the difficulties to CHQ level for a speedy solution that revitalize our BSNL .
We discussed all the pending HR issues viz
ERP relieving of all the request transfer orders of SDE/JTO released in April 2019 , Considering request transfer of LICE JTO 2013-14 . We suggested that all these JTOs who are requested for transfer can be released without substitute as more than 500 numbers of JTOs as LICE ,DR ans Rule 8 . We submitted the full details of the statistics to him , Regularization of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018 , Pending PA-PS promotion orders etc. CGMT was very positive on all the request from our side.
Meeting with PGM(F) Kerala Circle :
CS , ACS , CVP , DS TVM , DFS CO and Com. Srejith (JTO PG ,CO) CEC Member met PGM-F Shri. KK Vel on 20-06-2019 and discussed the financial stage of BSNL and pending HR issues of Accounts Comrades.
PGM (F) well portrayed the dilapidated financial condition of BSNL and that of Kerala circle. We could only share his concerns. He exhorted to earn more revenue by all possible ways to come out of this present crisis.
We requested to release the pending transfer orders of AOs . He assured to release the orders in this month itself . PGMF added that the promotion orders for CAO to DGM(LA) is under process on our request and the same will be released in this month . DGM(F) Shri.Kumar was also present .
Meeting with GM HR/Admin Kerala Circle :
CS , ACS , CVP , DS TVM , DFS CO and Com. Srejith (JTO PG ,CO) CEC Member met GM(A/HR) , Kerala Circle , Shri. R. Sathesh on 20-06-2019. GM was very positive on all our request . We requested to relieve in ERP for all the pending request transfer orders of JTO/SDE released in April 2019. GM assured to do it on 29-06-2019 . We requested to regularization of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018 as it was done for all other subsequent SDE-AGM promotion orders. The same has been already done by other circles. He assured to release the regularization order without delay. On the request transfer orders of LICE JTO batch 2013-14, we requested to release the orders .GM assured to consider it after consulting CGMT Kerala .
Meeting with DGM HR Kerala Circle :
CS , ACS , CVP , DS TVM , DFS CO and Com. Srejith (JTO PG ,CO) CEC Member met DGM(HR) Smt. Ponnammal R and appraised about the meeting with CGMT and GM(HR) . Madam assured to execute all the commitments without delay.
21-06-2019 : CHQ News
Status of JTO to SDE Promotion case at Hon’ble High Court Ernakulam:
The Review Petition filed by the BSNL for the JTO to SDE Promotion case in the Hon’ble High Court Ernakulam came up for final hearing on 20.6.2019. From BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi DGM (Pers-S.M) & and AGM(Pers-Legal) were deputed to Ernakulam. Senior Lawyer from New Delhi argued the case on behalf of BSNL. Arguments were completed and the Judgement is reserved. The proceedings on the Contempt Petition are stayed till the Judgement is delivered.
Meeting with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad ji, Hon’ble of Minister for Communications, Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology:
GS and President met Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad ji, Hon'ble Minister of Communications, Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology, New Delhi and welcomed / felicitated him on assuming the High Office of Hon’ble Minister of Communications, Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology and requested for early 'Revival of BSNL'. Hon'ble MOC assured to look into. MOC then directed us to meet him with prior appointment as he also wanted to discuss the issues related to BSNL.
Meeting with Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre ji, Hon’ble of State Minister for Communications:
GS and President met Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Hon’ble State Minister for Communications, New Delhi and welcomed / felicitated him for assuming the High Office of Hon’ble of State Minister for Communications.
We have invited the Hon’ble MOSC as Chief Guest for our 6th All India Conference scheduled to be held at Vijayawada. Hon’ble MOSC replied that he was pre occupied due to Parliament session and it is very difficult to attend the Conference.
GS explained in detail about the present financial status of the BSNL viz nonpayment of Electricity bills, Vendor bills, Rent bills, Mtce., work bills, Housekeeping bills etc., and dip in Revenue & cash flow and requested for the 1) immediate Financial support to BSNL 2) Allotment of 4G Spectrum and 3) Revival of BSNL. He also explained about our long pending demands of non-settlement of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefits, Pension revision and Pension Contribution on actual basic pay.
After patient hearing Hon’ble MOSC replied that the DOT and the Govt. is working out the Revival Plan of BSNL and directed us to come with suggestions and alternative solutions in writings for discussions to sort out the financial crisis of the BSNL. But Hon’ble MOSC is non committal about 4G Spectrum allotment to BSNL.
GS writes to
(i) Shri A.M. Gupta, General Manager (SR), BSNL Corporate Office regarding Membership Verification of Executives' Association through an electronically / lT devised system - AIBSNLEA suggestions....<<<Click here for letter>>>
17-06-2019 : CHQ News
Meeting with PGM (Pers.), BSNL CO: GS, President and AGS ( F) met PGM (Pers) in the presence of DGM(Pers.SM) and discussed regarding
(a) DE to DGM Promotion- We requested to expedite the CPC from DE to DGM Promotion on Ad-hoc basis. PGM (Pers) mentioned that Pers. Branch has released the Seniority list of DE/AGM(T) Regular, including DGM (T) Adhoc, working on the post as on 01.05.2019 and promoted prior to 01.04.2018 as per Rule 206 for promotion to DGM (T) Adhoc in the Public Domain after approved by the Competent Authority and now the CPC from DE to DGM to fill up about 1350 DGM (Engg.) posts i.e., the vacancies up to the month Dec 2019 has been taken into account to conduct CPC . He also mentioned that as per the legal opinion of CGM ( Legal), MA is being filed in the Hon’ble Chandigarh CAT vacation Bench working at Hon’ble PCAT New Delhi along with DE/AGM (T) Regular Seniority list as an urgent petition to take clearance from the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh. After the clearance from the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh, the CPC from DE to DGM (Adhoc) will be conducted. We pleaded the PGM (Pers) that CPC from DE to DGM is to be conducted only on Adhoc basis and hence it may be conducted immediately and promotion orders can be issued subject to outcome of the various Court cases. After detail discussion, PGM (Pers) assured to look in to the matter and conduct the CPC shortly.
of MT Quota 336 CAO Posts- We requested to
take the approval of BSNL Management Committee for utilization of 336 MT
Quota CAO Posts for Ad-hoc promotions. PGM (Pers)
directed the DGM(Pers) to
process the MC Note for approval in this regard.
(d) Change of Reporting Structure of E.Z.N.C. from West Bengal Telecom Circle to Kolkata TD - Consideration of retention of of Executives as per their options: We requested PGM (Pers) to consider the options received from 18 Executives from WB Circle for retention at WB Circle due to change og Reporting Structure of EZNC from WB Circle to Kolkata TD. PGM (Pers) assured to look in to the matter.
(e) Allowing option in pay fixation to JAOs who came through 10% LICE quota: We requested the PGM (Pers.) to allow exercising the option in the pay fixation for JAO 2010 Batch 10% quota LICE candidates from the date of promotion as already given to JAOs of 40% of LICE quota 2010 batch. PGM (Pers.) informed that the matter is pending in Establishment Cell for comments. He assured an early action in this regard.
14-06-2019 : CHQ News
Pers. Cell of BSNL CO, New Delhi issued seniority list of AGM (T) Regular, including DGM (T) Adhoc, working on the post as on 01.05.2019 and promoted prior to 01.04.2018 as per Rule 206 for promotion to DGM (T) Adhoc .....
CHQ President Com.Sivakumar ji attended the GB & Retirement facilitation for the retired comrades hosted by Ernakulam BA on 07.06.2019 at YMCA Hall Ernakulam . CP Com. Vijayakumar and CS Kerala Com.Shaji V were also attended the successful GB .
CHQ President in his hour long speech explained all the activities being carried out at CHQ level under the relentless leadership of Com.Prahlad Rai , GS AIBSNLEA . All the thousands of promotion orders of executives are released by the dedicated and sincere efforts of AIBSNLEA. The continuous efforts of CHQ to release the pending promotion orders of DE to DGM , AO to CAO , JTO to SDE etc and Extension of FR 22(1) (a) (i) benefits to the Ex. Officiating JTOs w.e.from 1.1.2007 , Regularization of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018, Diversion / utilization of 50% MT (internal ) of CAO post quota to the seniority quota, Post 2007 batch pay anomaly, Long pending Pay anomaly of the executives in civil wing were also explained .
CHQ president convinced the house about the single-handed efforts of AIBSNLEA for the whole executive community of BSNL. He exhorted to convince these facts to all executives of BSNL .
Meeting with GM(A/HR)…..
CS Com.Shaji and CVP Com.Rajan met GM(A/HR) Shri. Sathesh and discussed about the long pending reliving of the executives (JTO/SDE) who are on request transfer as per the transfer order released by circle office in April 2019. We have reminded him the very long pending request. We further reminded that during last year the executives transferred are relieved forcefully in ERP just after one month but this time it has not been happened even after around 2 months period . GM listened all our arguments very empathetically and assured to relieve them without delay.
While discussing the long pending request of AIBSNLEA to release all the request transfer orders of executives who have completed two years of service , especially the transfer orders for the first batches of LICE JTOs , GM assured to consider the requests without delay based on the powers authorised to the CGMT Kerala by corporate office . We extended our sincere regards to both CGMT and GM(HR) in anticipation.
Meeting with PGM(F)…..
CS Com.Shaji , CVP Com.Rajan and DFS Com.Salih met PGM(F) Shri.K K Vel and discussed on the financial position of BSNL Kerala . The real portrait of the financial position of BSNL is quite disheartening. He requested to explore all possibilities to add more and more revenue to the survival of BSNL . We assured to do our level best.
We requested to release all the request transfers of accounts officers who have completed 2 years . PGM assured to release it in June itself . PGM also assured to release promotion orders of DGM(F) and CAO against vacant posts in BAs without delay. AIBSNLEA has been requesting for the same.
04-06-2019 : CHQ News
DPC Cell of BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi issued Final Seniority list of SDEs(T) / TES Gr.- 'B', as per Rule'206, in compliance of Hon'ble Supreme Court Judgement dated 21. 01.2015 and 14.12.2017 in Civil Appeal No(s). 4389 of 2010.
Biennial GB of Kollam branch along with falicitating the retired comrades have been conducted enthusiastically at Hotel Sudarsan at Kollam on 01-06-2019 , Saturday . Respected Sr,GM Kollam BA , Shri.Thirunavukkarasu addressed the open session and felicitated the retired comrades . Com.Sanjeev : JTO , Com.AmarthLal : AO and Com.Saji : JTO have been unanimously elected as DP , DS and DFS . CS Com.V Shaji and CVP Com.Rajan participated the GB .
All India BSNL Executives’ Association, Central Headquarters, New Delhi representing over 20,000 executives of BSNL welcomes and felicitates Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi ji on assuming the high office of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. We are confident that under his dynamic leadership BSNL will turn around and will achieve its old pristine glory. AIBSNLEA assures its fullest cooperation & support to your endeavor to make vibrant India.
All India BSNL Executives’ Association, Central Headquarters, New Delhiwelcomes and felicitates Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad ji on assuming the high Office of Hon'ble Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology. We are confident that under his leadership our BSNL will turn around and will achieve its old pristine glory. AIBSNLEA assures its fullest cooperation & support.
All the District Secretaries are requested to immediately remit the fund raised for AIC at Vijawada (AP) from 14th to 16thJuly 2019 as per the decision taken in the 4th CEC of conducted at Hotel Elite International , Thrissur on 07-03-2019 to CFS .
Biennial GB of Kottayam branch has been conducted passionately at Hotel ORCHID Residency at Kottayam on 24-05-2019 , Friday . Com. Biju Abhaham : JTO , Com.K Anitha : CAO and Com.T S Jobby : AO have been unanimously elected as DP , DS and DFS . CS Com.V Shaji and DS TVM Com.Binu R participated the GB .
CS has written to GS to take up the request for cancelling the request transfer order to Karnataka Circle, case of Com. Jithesh Edavalath AO , Kannur BA <<<Letter>>>
Meeting with DGM (Pers-SM): GS, President and met DGM (Pers-SM) and discussed regarding CPC from DE to DGM(Engg.) . we requeted to expedite CPC from DE to DGM on Adhoc basis. DGM( Pers-SM) mentioned that as per the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh direction , the seniority list of Desis being finalized .and being submitted to the competent authority for approval shortly . He assured that as soon as the DE seniority list finalized the CPC process will be completed .
Meeting with Sr.GM (Estt): GS, President met Sr.GM (Estt) on 17.05.2019 and discussed regarding
a) Cancellation of GTI Nominations erroneously given and requested for Refund: We requested for Cancellation of GTI Nominations erroneously given by the Executives in various Circles while opening of ESS Portal and refund of the wrongly deducted amount in March 2019 Salary on the basis of the list of Executives of various Circles furnished by AIBSNLEA and Various Circles. Sr.GM (Estt) confirmed that a Committee headed by Sr.GM(Estt.) & Members as GM(SR), GM(CA) and GM (Trg.) along with association representatives has been constituted to discuss the matter in consultation with LIC authorities to get refund the GTI payment wrongly paid by some executives. We requested to convene the meeting at the earliest to resolve the issue. Sr.GM(Estt.) assured an early action in this regard.
b) Extension of FR 22(1) (a) (i) benefits to the Ex. Officiating JTOs w.e.from 1.1..2007: We requested Sr.GM (Estt) to generalize the BSNL CO order dated 15.11.2018 regarding the fixation of Pay under FR-22 (1) (a) (i) with effect from 1.1.2007 to the officials, who were screening test passed & were officiating in the grade of JTO, to all Circles instead of limiting to some Circles alone and we also requested to withdraw the wrong Fixation order dated 22.12.2015. Sr.GM (Estt) further assured to discuss the matter with the concerned DGM(Estt) for early settlement and advice us to explain the matter in detail to concern DGM(Estt.).
DE to DGM promotion:
AIBSNLEA is making sincere efforts for DE to DGM promotion to fill-up all vacant DGM posts on Adhoc basis. Accordingly Pers. Cell of BSNL CO has initiated the process of DE to DGM promotion by calling APAR and VCR. All the APAR/ VCRs of the eligible DEs have been received in Pers. Cell. The approval for conducting CPC from DE to DGM yet to be received by Pers. Cell from the competent authority. The seniority list of SDEs have been finalized by Pers. cell on the basis of rule 206 and has been submitted to the competent authority for approval. After the approval on SDE seniority list, the DE seniority list is finalized and will be submitted to the competent authority for approval. As per the direction given by Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh CPC will be expedited on finalization of DEs seniority list.
The CPC will be expedited after the approval of the competent authority on SDEs and DE seniority list only. Thus promotion orders from DE to DGM may be expected in the next week only.
Some associations is demanding DE to DGM promotion on regular basis ignoring the fact that the DGMs promoted on regular basis will not be governed by EPP and will be deprived from getting time bound promotion in E6 grade which is due in most of the cases in the month of October 2019. Most of the DEs are at present stagnated in the E5 grade, and on getting E6 grade under EPP they will be benefited by Two increments. In case these DGMs are promoted for regular basis then they will be govern by BSNL MSRR provisions only and will be entitled for next time bound promotion in E7 grade after 5 year as Jt. GM.
Thus these regularly promoted DGMs will be debarred to get benefit of Time bound promotion in E6 grade under EPP. The fact remains that most of the DGMs being promoted in CPC will retire within 5 years in the grade of E5 only. In this manner these executives will be getting two increment less in their pay as well as pensionery benefits.
Some Association is claiming that let these promotion order be issued on regular basis thereafter they will get modified /amended the BSNL MSRR / EPP provisions. It is pertinent to mentioned that this association is well aware of present ruling position then why they kept mum so far for amending the rules and how they are confident to get amended these rules immediately . it seems this association is interested to put these DGMs in Financial loss for their whole life for which reasons are best known to them. AIBSNLEA knowing all these facts is demanding DGM promotion on adhoc basis immediately and DGM regular promotion after Nov 2019.
DOP&PW advice to DOT on VRS in BSNL / MTNL: It is understood that DOP&PW has given advice to DOT on implementation of VRS in BSNL/MTNL i.e. VRS scheme proposed by DoT is as per DPE guidelines and is relevant for the employees of PSUs, who do not get pension under CCS Pension Rule on Volunteer Retirement. The pension of BSNL/ MTNL employees is regulated by CCS Pension rule and the same is paid by the Govt. from Consolidate Fund of India. Rule 37 A of CCS (P) Rule provides for volunteer retirement after completion of 10 years combined qualifying service these employees of BSNL/MTNL could be encouraged to go on volunteer retirement under the existing rule 37 A instead of offering the Ex gratia in addition to the normal pensionary benefits available in terms of rule 37 A of CCS (Pension) rules.
In accordance with the rule 37 A of those rules, their pension is also be paid by the Govt. DoT may, therefore, examine in consultation with DoPT whether, instead of offering them a Special Volunteer Retirement Scheme (VRS), these employees could be transferred to surplus cell for redeployment in DoT or other Govt. Departments of the Central Govt. for the remaining period of their service in accordance with the scheme of DoPT for redeployment of the surplus staff.
From the above, it seems that DoP&PW is not in favour of imposing VRS to those employees who have taken absorption in BSNL/MTNL and opted for combined service and are governed for Govt. pension under rule 37 A. Hence, AIBSNLEA demands DoT/ Govt. to extent financial support to BSNL/MTNL for their growth , maintenance & operations as per the recommendation given by the GoM earlier in 2013-14.
CS and DS TVM met GM(A/HR) , Kerala Circle , Shri. R. Sathesh and requested to relieve off all officers who are under order of transfer in ERP without delay . He replied that some executives are already relieved. He assured to consider our request after contacting BA heads.
Regularization of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018: We requested to regularize of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018 irrespective of their date of joining duty and extension of subsequent benefits if any with respect to the date of Promotion on 29.6.2018 pursuant to the instructions contained in AGM (Pers.I) BSNL CO, New Delhi Letter dated 4.7.2018, 5.7.2018 & 6.7.2018. As of now all the AGMs/DEs promoted on the first list stands en block junior to all other AGM/DEs joined subsequently . As per the latest Apex court direction, the date of joining is the criteria to fix seniority. GM assured to look into the matter on deserving merit.
Release of transfer orders on request of two year completed LICE JTOs : We requested to issue the transfer orders due to availability of sufficient JTOs in the BAs. Moreover these unlucky JTOs requested transfer belongs the first JTO batch. All the subsequent batches of JTOs luckily got posting in their parent BA. This is a matter deserving appreciation to management, but the seniors are not brought back yet to parent BA is an unhappy situation. GM assured to discuss the matter with CGMT for a fruitful result.
CS , CVP and DS Pathanamthitta Com.Abhilash met DGM(HR) Smt. Ponnammal R and enquired about the status of pending Financial up gradation orders . DGM(HR) replied that as demanded by this association , all the pending Financial up gradation orders up to E3-E4 have been released for the VCs received . Fresh VCs are called for the pending cases. DSC , Department Screening Committee , for E4-E5 and E5-E6 to be chaired by CGMT . DSC for E4-E5 and E5-E6 has also been convened. Almost all the cases are considered. E4-E5 and E5-E6 up gradation orders will be released this week itself. All the pending cases will be released subsequently.
We requested to initiate ERP release of all the executives who are under order of inter BA transfer so that they can join back to parent BA without delay. This practice is being followed in Kerala Circle. DGM(HR) assured to take up the matter .
AIBSNLEA B’Day celebrations at kannur BA .Senior Com. Bharathan ,DGM hoisted AIBSNLEA flag .
AIBSNLEA Foundation Day on 1st May
AIBSNLEA is celebrating its 'Foundation Day' on 1st May 2019 at all the Branches / Circle levels. All the Circle / District Secretaries are requested to celebrate AIBSNLEA Foundation Day on 1st May' 2019 by holding Special General Body Meetings etc on 1st May at all Circle / District levels.