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22/4/2017

Request Transfer Orders in Accounts wing released by Circle Office:
View Orders

We thank PGM(F) for considering Transfer Requests for two years completed cases in the present SSA and releasing the orders. As per our suggestions and deliberations, for the first time in the History of Accounts wing - transparency was maintained in releasing the transfer orders by operating longstay in the required SSA.

For the first time Longstay was published....., For the first time List of transfer requests received were published....., For the first time options were called from officials in longstay list for choice posting....., and For the first time longstay was operated to accommodate request transfers.....

We once again thank PGM(F) and his team for the systematically well executed transfer orders.


In this hour we recall the views expressed by our support association:




It is open for the knowledgeable Executives of Finance wing to make their own assessment on this issue. It was our Promise to all Executives of Telecom Engineering, Finance, Civil, Electrical etc that SNEA will stand for justice, transparency and a system without any favour in respect of transfers and promotions. We have proved our worth with these orders and the recent developments in Civil and Electrical (calling options for LA by notifying for all vacancies) towards the promise made by us and to the members who have reposed their faith in SNEA.
Though these are the facts, we will not be surprised if some association may claim its Consistent and Persistent efforts for bringing out these orders.



21/4/2017

Meeting with Shri Sanjay Kumar, GM(HR & Admin) on 20/4/2017:
CS, CT and ACS met Shri Sanjay Kumar CE(Civil) who is now holding the charge of GM(HR & Admin) consequent upon the relieving of Shri D.Mohan to Tamil Nadu Circle. The following points were discussed:

1. Pending Request Transfers in both Accounts and Technical wing: GM(HR) informed that he has already approved the file related to request transfers in Accounts wing, and the cases in technical wing is under process and expected to release the orders in the next week.

2. Pending EPP cases: We reiterated the delay in processing EPP cases: GM(HR) informed that Shri D.Mohan, before relieving has completed the processing of 164 cases of E4-E5 and the remaining pending cases also will be cleared very soon.

3. JTO Vacancy recalculation: We explained the case to the new GM(HR) and informed him that around 200 LICE qualified candidates are waiting for promotion and due to nonavailability of vacancies, we are not able to utilize the services of these candidates in Executive cadre. It is to be noted that JTO working strength in Kerala Circle is the lowest in BSNL with only 39% of the sanctioned strength.

4. Pending SDE(LA) in Civil wing: GM(HR) assured to speed up the process.


21/4/2017

Congratulations..!! NATFM has scheduled the Induction Training Phase-1 for JAO LICE qualified candidates based on the revised result. We thank our CHQ, Circle Office team and NATFM for releasing the orders. We were continously persuing the case at every stage. Out of the 256 candidates, 7 are from Kerala Circle and all of them are allotted RTTC, Trivandrum.
View Orders || View Annexure




20/4/2017

Sad News:
Com.CJ Joseph, SDE , our former Dist. Secy Kottayam expired today at 8pm. Funeral on Saturday at Muvattupuzha. SNEA Kerala Circle conveys its deepest condolences to the bereaved members of his family for this greatest loss.

20/4/2017

Congratulations to all..!! Due to our continous persuasion, Cirle office has partly completed the process and issued E4-E5 Time Bound Financial Upgradation orders for 164 Officers (except Kannur, Ernakulam and Alleppey BA).
Covering Letter | Annexure | Corrections

Dear Comrades, We are persuing the remaining cases also.

Attention to District Secretaries:
In spite of repeated assurances regarding EPP it is seen that most of the cases are pending . All District secretaries are requested to collect the details with category wise E2,E3,E4,E5 etc and status like whether screening committee report in the revised form forwarded to Circle Office with date. Please report immediately.


19/4/2017

Gear up for the Agitation by Joint Forum
(SNEA, AIGETOA, BSNLOA, BEA, BASE(I), TSOA)


Joint Notice to Secretary, DOT | Joint Notice to CMD, BSNL

Joint Forum of BSNL Executives' Associations :

Urgent attention of all CSs, SSA and Branch Secretaries... If joint meeting not held so far, convene Joint Forum meeting at Circle and SSA level urgently and form Core committees at Circle and SSA level to monitor the agitation programs. Start combined campaign at all the levels.

The status should be sent to CHQ by all Circle Secretaries on a daily basis.

The issues are very complex and through toughest struggle only we can have breakthrough. Almost 80% of the Executives (approx 40,000) are JTO/JAOs or SDE/AOs and the pay scale of these cadres lowered to E1 and E2. The pay scale of more than 40,000 Executives working as JTO/JAO, SDE/AO equivalent lowered to E1 and E2. Other HR issues like promotions, Superannuation benefits, first TB promotions, pay parity, E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/ PS etc, scrapping of DGM and MT RRs etc are the need of the hour and a very tough struggle is needed ahead. If we think that the issues will be resolved sitting in the comfort of the offices, then we are simply befooling ourselves. Each one of us shall have to be part of this program with 100% commitment and without any apprehensions in mind. Those trying to enjoy sitting on fences and trying to weaken the struggle should be reprimanded by each and every Executive and such persons should be shown their true worth.


Toughest agitational programmes are announced in a short notice. The participation, involvement and the impact of this struggle will decide our destiny. So make all out preparations to face any challenge.

72 hours relay hunger strike (day and night) from 25th to 27th will be the first programme. List of Executives participating the Hunger strike may be prepared in advance. All the office bearers should apply leave for four days immediately and all the executives should ensure hundred percent participation.

28.04.2017 is the day of Mass Casual Leave by all the Executives. It requires massive campaign. Make sure that 100% joint forum members and other supporters also are submitting CL applications for 28.04.2017. We should ensure that each and every Executive who cares for the issues should apply leave.

From 1st May onwards, agitation programmes will be intensified. Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rule will be starting from 01.05.2017.

Join the programs enmasse and make the programs a big success.
Success of this struggle will lead to resolution of the issues. It is going to decide our future. It is going to decide the implementation of Pay, Promotion and Pensionary Benefits for all the BSNL Executives for ever.


Comrades, As the upcoming agitations would be done on the banner of Joint Forum, the Strike Notice served earlier by SNEA was withdrawn and a fresh Strike Notice is issued in the name of Joint Forum (SNEA, AIGETOA, BSNLOA, BEA, BASE(I), TSOA).

As our CHQ website is having some server issues, we thank AIBSNLEA CHQ and AIBSNLEA Kerala for reporting in their website on 17/4/17 regarding withdrawal of our notice and for uploading Corporate office letter in this regard.

Accordingly, a Circle level Joint Forum meeting was convened at SNEA Bhavan, Trivandrum on 17/4/2017. Circle Secretaries and other leaders of SNEA and AIGETOA participated in the meeting and formulated strategy for the upcoming agitational programmes. Joint Forum is trying its best to request support and participation from all Associations and Unions of BSNL.
View Minutes of Circle level JF meeting



Message from our GS Com.K.Sebastin:
Dear Com, convene Joint Forum meeting at Circle and SSA level urgently. Form core committees in Circle and SSA level to monitor the agitation programs. Start combined campaign at all levels. All the coming programs are very crucial and make full preparations for the successful agitation programs. Our website will be restored fully by tommorrow morning.
With regards
Sebastin



18/4/2017


CS writes to CGMT regarding Calculation of JTO vacancies as per DOPT OM dated 19-1-2007 and Filling up of all JTO posts (Promotee quota) in Kerala Circle through LICE for the year 2014-15 and 2015-16 View Letter

It is a matter of proud that Kerala circle is the most revenue earning and profit making among all other Circles in BSNL. To retain and enhance the performance of the Circle, ensuring proper manpower as well as motivation to the existing manpower deserves a serious consideration. As per our information the percentage of JTO filling in Kerala Circle is only 39% of the sanctioned strength which is least among all other circles in BSNL. In the matter of recruitment and promotions it appears that the Circle is not interested to fill up maximum posts to meet the man power requirement as well as to extend promotions to its own highly performing employees. Many other Circles with less assets and revenue were able to get more JE/JTO posts sanctioned for direct recruitment. Many of our executives are transferred to other Circles on promotion or on long stay without any incoming.

As far as the present subject under consideration Kerala Circle has calculated internal vacancy of JTO posts as 758 for the vacancy year 2013-14. Had the vacancies were calculated as per DOPT OM dated 19-1-2007 from 2007 onwards the vacancies would have been much more than that of 758. Out of the 758 posts 215 vacancies were reserved in the name of some pending court cases without any order from the court. Though later 160 vacancies were released, 55 JTO vacancies are still reserved without filling in the name of court cases. There is no order from any court for reserving vacancies to the applicant pending disposal of the case. It is pertinent to note that one of the OA pending before the Hon.CAT is challenging the JTO RR 2015 and with a prayer to fill up vacancies up to 2015 under pre-amended RR. We are failed to understand the logic and rational behind this decision while number of promotion orders are issued by the corporate office wherein court cases were pending subjected to the final disposal of the court case. In this case the Circle administration has chosen to not to fill up these posts to the disadvantage of its operations as well as to eligible candidates. This stand of the administration will only strengthen the argument of the petitioners. The petitioners can point out to the court that BSNL itself is not having faith in the correctness of its arguments as it have reserved posts for the petitioners anticipating the prayer in the OAs are allowed . As there is no order from the courts for the reservation of the posts against the applicants it is requested to release all the vacancies without any further delay. It may be noted that 9 more qualified hands of 2014-15 is yet to be accommodated and 196 candidates have qualified in the LICE for promotion to JTO against 2015-16 and only 17 posts are declared as vacant.

It was expected that the number of vacancies under promotee quota would be increased as per the latest instruction from corporate office which is now kept under abeyance. Hence it is requested to take all out efforts to declare all vacancies so as to ensure promotions to all qualified hands. It is requested to calculate the vacancies from 2007 onwards as per DOPT OM dated 19-1-2007 and declare all the vacancies including the reserved posts so that all qualified candidates of 2014-15 and 2015-16 can be promoted which will ensure better manpower and motivate the employees to improve the performance of the Circle.


16/4/2017





14/4/2017


Congratulations..!! to the JTO-LICE qualified candidates.
JTO Induction training schedule is preponed to one week:


BRBRAITT Lr dtd 13/4/17 || CS Lr dtd 3/4/17 || Circle Off Lr dtd 6/4/17

Comrades, it was only due to our continuous persuasion at Kerala Circle Office and at BRBRAITT, Jabalpur that we could succeed in the preponement of Induction training to one week to avoid litigations in future. Kindly refer to our website dtd 3/4/2017 wherein we discussed this matter with GM(HR) and based on our inputs(CS Letter), Circle Office has sent a letter to BRBRAITT, Jabalpur on 6/4/2017(see letter).

We thank our SNEA Circle Secretary of Madhya Pradesh, Com. Dutta Mujumdhar who pursued the issue with GM(Admin) Smt.Nidhi Mathur at BRBRAITT, Jabalpur. Yesterday when our CP Com.George Varghese called Smt.Nidhi Mathur GM(Admin) and Smt.Charu Sharma DGM(Training Management), BRBRAITT, Jabalpur, they assured that orders would be released immediately. We thank them for understanding the issue and releasing the orders as promised.


During the meeting with Administration on 12/4/17, GM(HR) assured that based on the clarification received from Corporate office and based on the recalculation of vacancies, the result for the remaining qualified candidates would also be declared and will be sent to training along with others.

We once again welcome these officials to the Executive fraternity.



14/4/2017


Sad News: Com.TS Prakash, DE Thaliparamba (former SDE Ernakulam and Kottayam) expired.
SNEA Kerala Circle conveys its deepest condolences to the bereaved members of his family for this greatest loss.

Cremation at 3 PM, 14.04.2017.
(Place: Near Brilliance College Jn, Pala, Kottayam)


14/4/2017




13/4/2017


As agreed by GM(HR) in the meeting with this Association on 12/4/2017, Circle Office has published a revised Longstay list of SDEs and JTOs. We thank GM(HR) for the positive response and for considering the shortage and difficult areas like Iddukki, Wayanad, Kannur, Malappuram etc….

View Covering Letter | Longstay list of SDEs | Longstay list of JTOs


12/4/2017


Meeting with GM(HR) on 12/4/2017:

CS Com.Santhosh Kumar, CT Com.Premkumar.G, ACS Com.Ramana met GM(HR&Admin) ShriMohan.D on 12/4/2017 for discussing various pending HR issues. DGM(Admin) ShriSatheesh and DGM(HR) Shri James Sagayaraj were also present in the meeting which began at 4PM and went on upto 5.30PM.

The following issues were discussed:


1. Publication of Unjustified Longstay list:
We expressed our protest for including officials in the longstay list without considering difficult and shortage areas like Iddukki, Wayanad, Kannur, Malappurametc causing much unrest among hundreds and hundreds of Executives.

GM(HR) also expressed his displeasure for not publishing the list with remarks about the service details of officials in Iddukki and Wayanad. GM(HR) assured that these Officials would not be disturbed and a revised list would be published.

2. Strategy for considering the Request Transfers:
We requested Administration to consider all request transfers who have or are going to complete 2 years’ service in the present SSA. We also requested to operate longstay transfer to the bare minimum for considering the request transfers and also for relieving the already transferred officials in various SSAs who are waiting for substitute. We informed GM(HR) that many of the 21 JTOs coming on Rule-8 from Karnataka belongs to shortage SSAs and are expected to arrive in May/June 2017. Kerala Circle will be soon getting around 160 JTOs through LICE and around 400 JTOs through external recruitment(GATE).

GM(HR) heard us and positively assured that the longstay transfers will be kept minimum , the cutoff date for considering the request transfers for those who did not complete 2 years service in the present SSA would be 30-SEP-2017 and the staff shortages in various SSAs would be addressed through inflow of around 600 JTOs from Rule-8 inflow, LICE JTOs and GATE JTOs.

We have requested the Admin to issue necessary substitute without delay so that the officers waiting for release from Malappuram, Thrissur etc.. can be relieved and also to issue orders in respect of pending request cases. GM HR assured that this will be done before his release on transfer to TamilNadu.

3. JTO Vacancy recalculation:
We enquired about the status of clarification sought from Kerala Circle to Corporate office regarding JTO Vacancy recalculation based on the revised DoPT guidelines. During the course of our meeting GM(HR) got a call from PGM(Estt),Corporate office regarding the same, informing about the clarification. GM(HR) informed that Corporate office Letter dtd 15/3/2017 regarding vacancy calculation is kept in abeyance.

Comrades, we are taking up this issue with our CHQ as with the new clarification, the number of vacancies may not be much increased and the candidates who cleared the LICE seems to be more than the vacancies available.

4. Long Pending EPP cases:
We once again reiterated our protest regarding long delay in processing EPP cases. GM(HR) assured that he will complete the job before his relieving to Tamilnadu Circle in this month.

5. Preponement of JTO Induction Training:
GM(HR) informed that they are in touch with BRBRAITT Jabalpur and are trying to prepone the training to avoid further litigations in the future. Comrades, our Circle Secretary Madhya Pradesh Com.Dutta Mujumdhar met GM(Admin) Shri Nithin Mathur at BRBRAITT, Jabalpur and discussed the same for the preponement of JTO Induction training . We are expecting positive news.



12/4/2017


The DHARNA programme call given by CHQ was conducted enthusiastically throughout Kerala on 11/4/2017. AIGETOA supported and participated at various places. AIGETOA Office bearers - Circle Secretary Com.Saheer, ACS Com.Prasadraj, DS-Trivandrum Com.Sekhar and other leaders and members of AIGETOA actively participated at Circle Office dharna. View Photos


Dharna at Circle Office

AIGETOA DS-Trivandrum Com.Sekhar addressing dharna at Circle Office

Circle Treasurer of SNEA Vanitha Vedhi Com.Vimala addressing dharna at Circle Office

ENK District Convenor of SNEA Vanitha Vedhi Com.Nileena.KP addressing dharna at Ernakulam







12/4/2017


Due to our continuous persuasion, finally Circle office has released Looking After orders in STS cadre. Congratulations to All..!! View DE LA orders


11/4/2017


Joint Forum of BSNL Executives Associations comprising of SNEA, AIGETOA, BEA, BASE(India), BSNLOA and TSOA served notice to Secretary, DoT and CMD/BSNL.

Joint Notice to DOT Secretary | Joint Notice to CMD BSNL

Demands:

1. Approval of BSNL recommendation to replacement of non-standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per Union Cabinet decision and DPE orders.

2. Approval of pending HR issues in the BSNL Board:

1. Immediate Issuance of Promotion Orders from JTO (T) to SDE (T) under DPC/LDCE quota and issuance of Promotion Orders in all other cadres, in all the wings under both quotas.
2. Extending 30 percent Superannuation Benefit to the BSNL recruited employees along with revision in date of implementation from the beginning.
3. Extending initial basic of Rs. 22820/- to the Executives recruited post 01.01.2007.
4. Uniform 1st Time Bound Promotion in Four Years for all Executives.
5.Extending E1A and E2A scales notionally to JTO/SDEs of Civil/Electrical/Arch/TF wings and PA/PS cadres w.e.f. 01.10.2000.
6. Scrapping of ongoing DR-DGM recruitment and DR-DGM/MT RRs.
7. Resolution of other long pending HR issues.

Protest Action Program:

1. 25th, 26th and 27th April 2017: 72 hours relay hunger strike at SSA and Circle Headquarters, Sanchar Bhavan/BSNL Headquarters.

2. 28th April 2017: One day Mass Casual Leave by all Executives of BSNL.

3. 1st May 2017 onwards: Indefinite relay hunger strike at SSA, Circle and BSNL Headquarters and Work According to Rule along with Complete Non-Cooperation till resolution of the issue.

4. The program shall be intensified further from 10th May 2017 on wards through more vigorous actions, if the issues are not settled within this period.


Comrades, It is a Do or Die battle for us. On pay scales, DoT already issued PO and we have to mount tremendous pressure to reverse the order. For the Seniors, it is their responsibility to protect the cadre and its dignity. What struggle they had done in 1986, 1996 and 2002 for the upgradation of the cadres remind us how important this issue for all of us. If we allow demotion of JTO and SDE cadre, tomorrow same fate may follow for other cadres also. The status of the company also will be degraded by the lowering of pay scales. For the youngsters, they have to understand that their pay and status is going down for ever. They should not allow the office bearers to be complacent and should mount pressure at each level by fully participating in the struggle. They have to take the lead in this crucial struggle to shake the DoT establishment. This will be the last opportunity for all of us to get this prestigious pay scale for the cadres, for the post 2007 rects and the future rects.

Similarly other HR issues also to be addressed without further delay. Promotions in all the cadres, Superannuation benefits, pay parity of 22820 for post 2007 rects, 1 st TBP uniformly after 4 years, E1A and E2A for C/E/Arch/TF/PA/PS etc from 01.10.2000, scrapping of DGM and MT RRs are the main issues.

All the issues will be settled only through struggles and continuous persuasion. Notice is already served and the success of the struggle fully depends on the participation of the members. Success of the struggle will lead to resolution of the issues. Make all the preparations along with all other Assns. Make meetings at all levels and prepare every Executive to come out and join the agitation.



11/4/2017


Unjustified Longstay list published by Circle Office:


Covering Letter | Lonstay list of SDEs | Longstay list of JTOs

Circle Office has published the long awaited longstay list of SDEs and JTOs. The list published contains names of Officers of all SSAs without considering the actual requirement of the transfers and the difficult and shortage considerations like Malappuram, Kannur, Wayanad, Iddukki etc.

It appears that the Circle Administration is finding as an achievement in publishing a “Lengthier” longstay list. The said list contains more than 500 officials whereas the actual requirement is only around 31. Even after mulling for more than 3 months on this issue, the Administration failed to understand the actual requirement. The administration is yet to decide what actually is to be done.


In this connection we may appreciate the Finance wing, though they have decided to resort to longstay transfer policy for the first time to meet the transfer request requirement, they were able to prepare a list with minimum numbers of Officers, also providing them opportunity to register their options.

SNEA strongly protest the manner in which the matter is being handled in a most irresponsible and insensitive manner causing unrest in the minds of hundreds and hundreds of Executives.

We are constrained to recall the INDUSTRIAL UNREST imposed by the insensitive Circle Administration by meddling with the then prevailing smooth and mutually agreed transfer policy in the Circle during 2014.

We urge upon the Administration to handle this matter sensitively and urgently so that the longstay officers are able to come back to their requested stations without creating turbulence in the Circle.


Circle Secretary has already registered protest to Circle Administration by sending SMS to CGMT and GM(HR). Immediately after the publication of the longstay list, ACS and DS-CO met DGM(HR) and AGM(HR) in the evening to register our protest. DGM(HR) informed that although they have published the complete list containing the names of Officers without considering the difficult and shortage areas like Malappuram, Kannur, Wayanad, Iddukki etc, these Officers would be exempted from longstay transfers.

Circle Secretary along with other Office bearers will be meeting CGMT and GM(HR) today to discuss this unjustified longstay list which has caused unrest among hundreds and hundreds of Executives who worked/working in difficult and shortage areas.



9/4/2017

Gear Up for the Full Day Dharna on 11/4/2017





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Comrades,
In the final battle to get E2 and E3 pay scales, make all out preparations for the Full Day Dharna on 11th April and the Relay Hunger Strike from 25-28 April, 2017 at BSNL/Circle/SSA HQs followed by intensified programms by all the Associations on a joint notice from 1st May.

View Notice

All the Associations will be supporting the Agitation on 11th and 25-28 April and joining the SNEA programmes. Contact the office bearers at all level. Seek the support of Non Executives Unions also.The posters and banners can be printed in the name of Joint Forum of BSNL Executives Associations.

* The status of the cadre is at stake...
* The pay and pay revision for the post 2007 rects at stake....
* The pay parity for the post 2007 rects at stake....
* Even the pay revision for the 5 additional increments (E1+5) given for some batches is at stake as it [Rs 2620(19020-16400)] will be treated as Personal pay....
* The status of the company at stake...
* The power and authority of BSNL Board and BSNL management is at stake....
* Our future is at stake ....


This struggle is against the highhandedness of DoT in the day to day affairs of BSNL.
The success of this struggle decides our future, settlement of several other issues and the future of the company.



9/4/2017


Annual General Body of Calicut SSA successfully held at YMCA Hall, Kozhikode on 8/4/2017:


GMT Calicut inaugurated the conference. Circle Secretary Com.Santhoshkumar and Circle President Com.George Varghese Addressed the meeting.

The following Office Bearers were unanimously elected for the next term:

President : Kanakadasan M SDE

Vice Presidents:
1. K.V Sasidharan DE
2. Sreedharan E DE

Secretary: Abu Ressal SDE

Asst Secretaries:
1. Manas CP JTO
2. Praveenkumar SDE

Treasurer : Krishnakumar VS SDE
Asst Treasurer: Prashobhan JAO

Org Secretaries:
1. Pradeepkumar E SDE
2. Rajeev B SDE

CEC Members:
1. Latheesn K
2. Suneesh CM

Executive Members:
1) Eldho Kuriakose JTO KPT
2) Sunilkumar K JTO BDA
3) Abdul Majeed SDE MVR
4) JOY George JTO KDY
5) Sreejith SDE KNM
6) Sreelatha ND SDE NLK
7) Abhijith JTO PRMR
8) Ranjitha VS SDE STR
9) Sudha Sasidharan JAO
10) Amrutha JTO BDA
11) Arjun JTO STR
12) Mohd Basheer PV STP JTO
13) Jacob JTO Civil
14) Sujith B SDE BSS
15) Rajesh A SDE TXN
16) Vineetha Satheesh JAO
17) Ulahannan JTO Meppadi
18) Komalan JTO Instln.

Congratulations..!! to the new team


8/4/2017


Hearty Congratulations..!! to the Women Power of SNEA Kerala.

Kerala Circle level SNEA Vanitha Vedhi was formed at a function held at Hotel Woods Manor, Ernakulam on 7/4/2017. Chief guest of the function Smt.Sreelekha IPS inaugurated the SNEA Vanitha Vedhi. Adv.Radhika of HC of Kerala presented Key Note address. The inspirational speeches from Smt.Sreelekha IPS and Adv.Radhika motivated everyone.





Special CEC unanimously elected the following Vanitha Office Bearers:

Circle Chairwoman - Com. Asha. A. S
General Convenor - Com. Valsa Philip
Joint Convenor (North) - Com. Bindu (Palakkad)
Joint Convenor (South) - Com. Rajalekshmi (Kollam)
Treasurer - Com. Vimala (Trivandrum)

District Convenors:

Kannur - Com. Pushpavalli
Calicut - Com. Sreelatha
Malappuram - Com. Geethakumari
Palakkad - Com. Saraswathi
Thrisur - Com. Bency
Ernakulam - Com. Nileena.K.P
Alappuzha - Com. Manju. KS
Kottayam - Com.Divya. S
Pathanamthitta - Com.Santhi. C. Kaimal
Kollam - Com. Smitha
Trivandrum - Com. Sudha
CO - Com. Sunitha George















6/4/2017


JTO vacancy re-calculation:
As promised to this association in the meeting with GM(HR) on 3/4/2017, Circle Office has sent Clarification letter to PGM(Establishment), Corporate Office on the same day. View Letter
We are pursuing the case with our CHQ for speedy disposal of clarification to Kerala Circle.


We do not intent to list the witnesses for our deliberations with the management to testify the genuineness of the actions of the Association, as we are confident that the Executives and the Aspirants have full confidence in our actions unlike some other Self-declared Agents.

There was no update in “their website” either on 3rd, 4th regarding this letter and finally on 5th - some other organizational actions were reported on that day. Suddenly on 5th the developments were reported as if they are reporting on 3rd. They may have to do more consistent and persistent efforts like this to take the interested groups into confidence.



6/4/2017


JAO Phase-1 Training update:
Due to our continuous persuation, Kerala Circle has submitted the details to NATFM pertaining to pending cases of JAO Phase-1 training. Based on the letter received from Kerala Circle, NATFM has written to the remaining Circles for submitting the details of pending cases, if any. We have taken up the issue with our CHQ also for speedy submission of details from other Circles so that training can be scheduled without any further delay.

NATFM Lr dtd 22/3/17 | NATFM Lr dtd 4/4/17


6/4/2017


CS writes to PGM(Finance) and CGMT regarding Recovery from Pay from Executives in gross violation of existing clear orders from BSNL corporate office/DOT/DOP&T in accordance with decision of the Hon'ble Supreme Court. View Letter

References:
1 F.No. 18/03/2015-Estt. (Pay-I)Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Personnel & Training New Delhi, the 2nd March, 2016
2. No.1-06/2016 –PAT BSNL 9-9-2016
3. No.400-11/2011-Pers.I(Pt) dated 28th Feb2017


It is reported that recovery/reduction in pay is ordered in the Circle under following category in violation to the above orders:
1. Increment granted to executives on regular promotion who were placed in the same scale under EPP at the time of their retirement.
2. Fixation granted on officiating promotion from JTO to SDE, JAO to AO etc
3. Fixation granted on offg promotion from TTA to JTO and at the time of revision of pay on 1-1-2007 of Offg JTOs.

As per the reference 1, recovery from pay is impermissible in law under following cases"

"4. The Hon'ble Supreme Court while observing that it is not possible to postulate all situations of hardship which would govern employees on the issue of recovery, where payments have mistakenly been made by the employer, in excess of their entitlement has summarized the following few situations, wherein recoveries by the employers would be impermissible in law:-

(i) Recovery from employees belonging to Class-III and Class-IV service (or Group 'C' and Group 'D' service).

(ii) Recovery from retired employees, or employees who are due to retire within one year, of the order of recovery.

(iii) Recovery from employees, when the excess payment has been made for a period in excess of five years, before the order of recovery is issued.

(iv) Recovery in cases where an employee has wrongfully been required to discharge duties of a higher post, and has been paid accordingly, even though he should have rightfully been required to work against an inferior post.

(v) In any other case, where the Court arrives at the conclusion, that recovery if made from the employee, would be iniquitous or harsh or arbitrary to such an extent, as would far outweigh the equitable balance of the employer's right to recover.”


as per the letter under reference 3. It is ordered as follows :


From the above it very clear that the pay availed on officiating promotion is protected and there is no question of recovery as attempted by some SSAs/ units in case of fixation granted to executives on their officiating promotion.

All the cases are covered under clause 1, 2 & 3 of letter under reference 1 which is endorsed by BSNL and as per letter under reference 3. Considering the above position we requestedf Administration to instruct SSAs/Units not to make any recovery in violation of above orders. Any attempt to effect recovery from the pay granted to the executives which are covered as above will be a gross injustice, demoralizing the entire executives and will have significant negative impact on the circle performance.


6/4/2017                       C H Q - N e w s


SNEA strongly protests the decision of the management to declare the DGM DR result instead of scrapping the examination. Such actions will further demoralise thousands of Executives who are waiting for their promotion for years together......GS writes to CMD - View letter.


GS writes to CMD regarding suggestions pertaining to various clauses / conditions for necessary amendments in Recognition of Executives’ Associations Rules, 2014 notified on 06.01.2014.... View Copy of the letter.


GS writes to Director HR regarding First Time Bound promotion uniformly after 4 years instead of 4 to 6 years as per EPP order dated 18.01.2007 ..... View Copy of the letter.


GS writes to PGM (PF-II), BSNL CO, Chairperson of the Committee regarding the Pay parity of Rs 22820/- for the post 2007 recruited Executives joined after 01.01.2007 .... View Copy of the letter.


GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding immediate implementation of CPSU cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.01.2017 by replacing the Executive Promotion policy (EPP) comprising financial upgradation and functional promotions -- huge resentment among the Executives..... View letter copy.


On our strong protest, BSNL not endorsed the PO issued by DoT, with lower pay scales of E1 and E2. As per our demand, yesterday itself, BSNL written to DoT to reconsider its decision to lower the pay scales and approve the revised BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 scales. The earlier BSNL proposal of E1A and E2A was rejected twice by DoT on 24.01.2011 & 18.07.2014, then BSNL modified the proposal to E2 and E3 and now there is no proposal of E1A and E2A, BSNL stated. Further DoT approved two pay scales for the same cadre, E1A & E1 for JTO and E2A & E2 for SDE which is illegal. Comrades, this will strengthen our demand and the future struggles for E2 and E3.

Meeting with CMD on 03.04.2017 regarding the PO for E1, E2 pay scale: GS, President and AGS met CMD to discuss the issue. CMD informed that as discussed with us, BSNL will write to DoT to reconsider the decision as it is not BSNL proposal. BSNL will demand approval of the standard pay scales of E2 and E3 proposed by BSNL.

Meeting with DIR(HR) on 03.04.2017 regarding CPSU Hierarchy implementation: GS, President and AGS had discussions with DIR(HR), PGM(Pers) and GM(SR) on the remaining contentious issues. The major issues discussed are the court cases going on regarding seniority and reservation issues and its likely impact on the new promotion policy. Management want to make it sure that the new promotion policy will be litigation free. During discussions, DIR(HR) suggested to have more clarity on the proposals and then discuss with PGM(Legal) regarding the legal issues.

On Standard pay scales, DIR(HR) informed that as per earlier discussions with us last week, BSNL written to DoT to reconsider its decision to implement E1 and E2 scales which are not recommended by BSNL and approve BSNL proposal of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 scales.

5/4/2017


Longstay list of AO Cadre pertaining to Ernakulam SSA is published by Circle Office. View List
In order to rationalise the vacancies amongst SSAs owing to consideration of the pending requests of executives in the grade of AO, Administration decided to transfer the longstanding AOs in Ernakulam to the resultant vacancies. Three options of choice of station is sought from each officer by email to caoadmn7459@gmail.com on or before 15.04.2017.
Vacancies: MRX-1, TVM-1, CLT-3, TCR-1, ALP-1, PTA-1


5/4/2017

Call Attention Day on 05-04-2017

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DEMANDS:
(1)Settle Wage Revision of BSNL Employees w.e.f. 01.01.2017.
(2)Settle revision of pension from 01.01.2017.
(3)Implement 30% Superannuation benefits to DR employees.
(4)Calculate pension contribution on actual basic pay.
– Unions and Associations in BSNL


4/4/2017


Administration has published the List of Transfer Requests recieved at Circle Office: View List
Kindly intimate errors/omissions/discrepancies if any, with the respective District Secretaries.


3/4/2017


JTO Recruitment through LICE-recalculation of vacancies and preponement of Phase-1 training:

CS, CT and ACS met GM(HR) on 3/4/2017 and discussed various pending HR issues. We discussed the letter written by our CS to CGMT dtd 3/4/2017 regarding preponement of Phase-1 training and change of training centre from Nagpur to some other convenient RTTC in south. GM (HR) agreed to take-up with the BRBRAITT Jabalpur for preponement of the training.

Regarding recalculation of vacancies based on the latest clarifications issued by the Corporate office, GM(HR) told that they need further clarifications from corporate office for finalizing these vacancies, we have expressed our disappointment over this undue delay taken by the Circle office in this matter. Now the result of LICE conducted against 15-16 are declared and 196 officials has qualified in this exam and the vacancies announced is only 17. We told Administration that unless the above vacancy recalculation as per the latest clarifications is not completed, the result declared will result as futile exercise.

We once again urge upon the Administration to release all the vacancies which are reserved without any order either from the Court or from the Corporate office and to finalise these vacancy assessment at the earliest, without any further delay so that the candidates qualified against LICE for 14-15 and 15-16 vacancies can be given their eligible promotion.


3/4/2017


Congratulations..!! Results declared for the LICE for promotion from Group ‘C’ to the grade of JTO (T) under 50% quota for the vacancy year 2015-16 held on 11.12.2016 .
196 officials from Kerala Circle have been declared qualified whereas the vacancies announced are only 17. We are in continuous dialog with Administration for the release of blocked vacancies due to various court cases.

View covering letter || View Result || View Final Key


3/4/2017


CS writes to CGMT regarding Recruitment and Phase-1 training of LICE JTOs for VY-2014-15
View Letter
This Association was repeatedly requesting Administration for the early completion of the recruitment process and their training under LICE for the vacancy year 2014-15, considering the acute shortage of JTOs in Kerala circle where working strength is least among other Circles in BSNL. The publication of results was delayed in the Circle for obvious reasons. In fact the same is yet to be completed as per the revised method of calculation regarding DR and promoted quota as instructed by the corporate office.

In the meantime as per the letter No.TM-27/COL/1/2016-17/51 dated 28.03.2017 (from SDE(Trg Mgmt) BRBRAITT, Jabalpur) the training of the candidates against whom the results were published is schedule from 3rd July 2017. Among the batches scheduled, one batch is scheduled in Nagpur which is far off from the south end.

It may be noted that all JTOs of other Circle are completing their training before July 1st 2017 which is a crucial date reckoning for further advancement in their career. Further it may be noted that already one batch JTOs of same recruitment year 2014-15 of Kerala circle is presently under training.

Considering the above facts it is requested to consider the following at the earliest.

1. Finalise the JTO vacancy calculation as per the revised instruction from corporate office regarding DR and promote quota without any further delay.
2. Request BRBRAITT Jabalpur to pre-pone the Phase-1 training of these candidates so that all candidates of 2014-15 are trained before July 1st 2017.
3. Allot one batch in nearby RTTC instead of Nagpur for the convenience of the candidates from this Circle.



1/4/2017


Pre-Appointment Training is scheduled for LICE JTOs by BRBRAITT, Jabalpur: It is noticed that the Phase-1 training is scheduled on 3/7/2017 and also for some of the candidates the training is scheduled at RTTC Nagpur. This Association will be trying to pre-pone the training to the earliest date and also for change of training centre from Nagpur to nearby RTTC.View BRBRAITT Letter


1/4/2017


AGB meeting of Calicut BA on 8/4/2017:

It is proposed to Conduct District Conference and Annual General Body meeting of SNEA, Calicut BA on 08/04/2017 Saturday from 09:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs at Hotel Choice ,YMCA Cross Road, Calicut. Circle leaders and GMT Calicut will address the gathering. All members are requested to attend the conference in time and make it a grand success.


1/4/2017


Lunch Hour demonstration on 31.03.2017 at BSNLCO, Circle HQ, SSA HQs and all important stations.

Protest demonstrations were held throughout the country, against the demotion of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO equivalent cadres and lowering the pay scales. Eventhough demonstration was on a very short notice, large numbers of Executives participated in the demonstration. Members from other Associations like AIGETOA, AIBSNLOA, BEA etc also participated in the demonstration at various places. At BSNLCO GS/AIGETOA, GS/AIBSNLOA, GS/BEA, Chairman/SNEA, President/SNEA and GS/SNEA addressed the gathering. All the speakers demanded that BSNL should not implement the order and it should write to DoT to reconsider the decision and approve E2 and E3 scales recommended by BSNL. It is a good beginning towards the Unity of all the Executives. We are trying to issue a common notice signed by all the Associations.
In Kerala Circle also the Lunch Hour Demonstration was successfuly held at all important places.

31/3/2017


Hold Lunch Hour demonstration on 31.03.2017 at BSNLCO, Circle HQ, SSA HQs and all important stations, protesting against the demotion of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres by lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 by DoT.

31/3/2017                       C H Q - N e w s


Hon Minister has given us a meeting on 03.04.2017.


Meeting with Sri Nitishwar Kumar, IAS and PS to Hon MOS on 30.03.2017: GS, President, Chairman and AGS had a meeting with the PS to the MOS and explained the whole issue of lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 that resulted in the demotion of the cadres. PS informed that quick decision was taken due to the fact that there was a contempt petition and approval was given to the proposal submitted by DoT on the assumption that it will solve the problems. He surprised to hear that the approved pay scales are lower one, not recommended by BSNL and created fresh problems. Further Assn explained that more that 25,000 Executives will be affected and the pay of about 15,000 Executives recruited after 01.01.2007 is getting reduced. After the discussion, PS informed that he will examine how it can be corrected.


CMD, BSNL called us on 29.03.2017 and informed about the PO issued by DoT on pay scales, ignoring the BSNL recommendations. Assn strongly protested against the high handedness of DoT. We demanded the order lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 and demoting the cadres should not be endorsed to the field units. Instead of that BSNL should again strongly take up with DoT to approve its recommendation. BSNL didn’t recommended E1 and E2 pay scales. The BSNL proposal of E1A and E2A given on 09.01.2009 was rejected by DoT in 2011 and again in 2014. Later on BSNL modified its proposal, recommending E2 and E3 scales. Instead of deciding the revised proposal, DoT conveniently acted on the latest proposal (earlier rejected by DoT). It is an insult to the management than the employees. The BSNL proposal with cascading effect given opportunity to DoT to act like this, Assn told CMD. If BSNL management allows this type of high handedness, then DoT will act on its own whims and fancy on all issues. Assn will be protesting this action in the strongest way, till DoT acts, we informed CMD. CMD assured us to take up the matter with DoT again.

GS, AGS and Jt Sec met DIR(HR) on 29.03.2017 and protested against the Govt action. We demanded that BSNL should not endorse the order and take up with DoT to approve its recommendations of E2 and E3 scale alone. We will not allow demotion of the cadres and lower the pay scales. DIR(HR) also shared our concern and assured us that she will discuss with CMD and take the decision in the best interest of the employees and the company.


Severe, prolonged and irreversible conditions of strife and industrial unrest, having definite potential of impacting and reversing the growth momentum of BSNL, being generated by Additional Secy/DOT by taking unprecedented and unethical decision of demoting basic cadres of JTO and SDE equivalent cadres in complete disregard of the decisions of Union Cabinet, DPE guidelines and directions of Hon. courts .... GS writes to Secretary, DoT - View letter Copy.


Unions and Associations of Executives and Non Executives in BSNL writes to Secretary DPE and DoT regarding Wage Revision of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL with effect from 01-01-17View letter copy.

30/3/2017


Hold Lunch Hour demonstration on 31.03.2017 at BSNLCO, Circle HQ, SSA HQs and all important stations, protesting against the demotion of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres by lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2 by DoT.

We sincerely appeal to all the Executives and all the Associations to join hands in the struggle for standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. We will be making a formal appeal to all the Assns.
Further programmes will be announced in a day or two.


29/3/2017


Get Ready for Organizational Actions


DoT issued Presidential order for E1A and E2A. Revised E1A scale of Rs 18850 and E2A scale of Rs 22800 approved for those recruited in E1A/E2A scales and for others E1 scale of Rs 16400-40500 and E2 scale of Rs 20600-46500. View PO Page-1 | Page-2

SNEA reject the presidential orders against the DPE guidelines and BSNL proposal. Details will follow.Get ready for organizational actions


29/3/2017


Filling up of JTO vacancies under LICE against VY 14-15:

We are following up with our Circle Secretary - Madhya Pradesh Com.Dutta Majumdar who is in touch with BRBRAITT- Jabalpur for the early finalization of the training schedule. It is reported that the JTO training schedule will be finalized in this week itself.

Regarding recalculation of vacancies w.r.t DR and Promotee quota, the Circle Office is on the job and we have expressed our anxiety over the delay on the matter in-spite of specific assurances given to this Association during the meeting with GM(HR) on 16/3/17. Administration assured that it will be completed shortly so that all eligible candidates would commence their Pre-appointment training simultaneously.

We may inform all the interested and anxious JEs who have passed the LICE examination not to be carried away by the contradicting reports by some of the sections trying to be Self-proclaimed agents on this matter.


28/3/2017                       C H Q - N e w s


GS, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD, BSNL on 27.03.2017 and discussed the following issues:

1. Move in DoT to approve E1A and E2A scales or to reduce the pay scales to E1 and E2. We expressed our serious concern over the issue. Any such decision will force us to go to trade union actions with immediate effect, we informed CMD. CMD informed that present Secretary is not taking any decisions and asked to wait for the new Secretary. In case proposal is gone to Hon Minster, Minster will consult CMD before giving any approval on the issue. However Assn requested CMD to appraise the Minister about the BSNL proposal.

2. Land asset re-valuation started. BSNL Corporate Office at Janpath, New Delhi is the first site re-valuation done. CMD told that the present value of BSNLCO, after re-valuation is Rs 2,300 Crores! Total book value of all the BSNL land across the Circles as of now is only 977 Crores! Take all possible steps to complete the revaluation by 30.06.17, the targeted date and make our company having a worth of 2.5 lakhs to 3 lakhs Crores.

3. Give wide publicity for the data plans and BSNL offers --- Data traffic increasing day by day --- Data traffic crossed 456 TB, of which 254 TB is from South zone. Out of 254 TB from South zone, more than 100 TB is from Kerala Circle. Other circles also take clue from Kerala and increase the data traffic.

4. DE to DGM(T) DPC started on 27.03.17. Our efforts to increase the vacancies from 388 by adding the vacancies of Addl GMs working as GMs getting very positive response from management and will try to include in this DPC itself.


28/3/2017


As per our feedback to CGMT (see CS letter dtd 22/3/17) and the exigency for allocating adequate immediate bandwidth for augmenting SGSN-GGSN links on war foot basis, CGMT has written a D.O letter to Director(CM). View letter by CGMT to Director(CM), Corporate Office.

We appreciate the efforts being taken by BSNL Kerala to ensure uninterrupted and quality data services at considerably higher throughput especially during the most critical time of price war to assure our credibility, capability and commitment to our esteemed customers in the one and the only potentially growing circle of BSNL. We are also following up the issue through our CHQ at Corporate Office.


28/3/2017


Ernakulam OMCR issues - Meeting with CGMT on 27/3/2017:

Circle Secretary Com.Santosh Kumar, ACS Com.Ramana, DS-CO Com.Suneer met CGMT Shri R.Mani on 27/3/2017 for discussing the Ernakulam-OMCR issues.

We requested CGMT Kerala to relook into setting up of a centralized Monitoring Cell of Mobile Service Kerala to make our network more vibrant. Kerala BSNL was always a model for other circles in bringing new Ideas for optimizing the network to new heights. Hence we request the CGMT to immediately intervene in this matter and make a favourable move at the earliest to make a new model for BSNL for monitoring the Mobile Network in a very professional manner.

The following facts were brought to the notice of CGMT:

1. Since Phase-8 is at the door step, immediate expansion of OMCR /OMC-S is required in space and staff. Hence, with the available sanctioned financial limit of CGMT Kerala, a central monitoring cell including OMCR/OMCS, having GSM/3G/and other Mobile related core nodes and nodes for future expansion, may be setup at the earmarked space at the 2nd floor of Panampilly Nagar Telephone exchange.

2. At present, 3 DGMs are working in MS and there is only one cabin and the 2 DGMs are not having cabin. SDEs/JTOs working in Mobile Services are having no office space for keeping their files, vouchers, invoices and other official documents. Hence necessary offices may be set up for the Officers at the existing space of OMCRs when it is shifted to new space.

3. Considering the future expansions, any available space at the 2nd floor after setting up new OMCR may be reserved.

4. A Ladies Dormitory may be set up urgently at Panampilly Nagar telephone exchange considering the frequent request of all Ladies staff in the building.

5. SRRC of BSNL is a very vital section of reducing our outages/faults by giving timely repair of cards. We had a well-furnished repair center earlier at CTSD Building Gandhinagar, EKM, but in the name of CMS Server installation, TERM Cell took away the space and migrated our SRRC from CTSD building to Panampilly Nagar. Later TERM Cell chose Panampilly Nagar Telephone Exchange to install CMS server and the old SRRC space kept idle with them. Hence, SRRC may be shifted to the old well-furnished space.

6. Since Panampilly Nagar Telephone exchange is the heart of Mobile Service, having MSC, HLR, OMC Servers, BSCs, and OMCR and SRR, Administrative offices of any other Agencies may not be allotted. By giving Office space for TERM Cells, it will give easy access to all other TSP officials to the very strategic building of BSNL Kerala and it will not be beneficial to BSNL.

7. Since Panampilly Nagar Telephone Exchange building and compound is already congested, allotting Space to other Agencies will lead more difficulties to Parking space and other amenities including toilets/rest rooms etc.


CGMT appreciated our valid points and assured to complete the OMCR pending works within his available financial powers. Considering our views, CGMT also assured that the available space will not be given to other agencies and would be utilized for additional expansion.


27/3/2017


Pending requests for transfer of Accounts and Finance Executives in Kerala Circle as on 25/3/2017:
View List

We thank PGM(Finance) for publishing the list for considering the transfer requests of A&F Executives as demanded by this Association. It is for the first time that steps are being taken for ensuring transparency in implementing transfer requests in accounts wing as demanded by SNEA.
All are requested to verify and report the errors/ommissions/discrepancies noticed in the list and takeup with the respective District Secretaries of SNEA.




Transfer Orders issued to Com.Shumju Ramachandran, AO, Trivandrum BA to Kannur BA:
View Orders

We thank PGM(Finance) for issuing the orders as requested by this Association. We were pursuing for the same for quite some time.


27/3/2017


Transfer and Postings in STP Trivandrum:
As discussed on 16/3/17 with GM(HR), Administration issued transfer and posting orders for Com.Niyaz - Circle release from STP Trivandrum to Kollam BA. We thank GM(HR) for considering our request. We also thank Administration for considering to post Com.Varunkumar to STP Trivandrum, who joined Kerala Circle from Tamil Nadu on Rule-8 transfer.
Order-1 | Order-2

27/3/2017


District Secretary-Trivandrum writes to PGMT Trivandrum regarding anamoly in pay fixation method followed in Trivandrum BA for regularised officiating JTOs:View Letter
It is reported that the pay fixation method followed in Trivandrum BA for officiating JTOs, regularized as executives, is different from the method adopted in circle office. This is a violation of guidelines issued from circle office in this regard and leads to pay reduction of many officers of Trivandrum BA as compared to their counterparts in circle office. This anomaly may kind be addressed at the earliest.


25/3/2017                       C H Q - N e w s


There are some important developments in DoT on BSNL proposal for replacement of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales. Conflicting reports are coming from DoT. While AS(T) is talking about approval of revised E1A and E2A, some other officers are hinting that E2 scale will be approved for those recruited in E1A and E1 scale for the executives recruited subsequently. Whatever be the case, the developments are not positive. Our efforts to meet Hon Minister/Secretary or Member(Fin) yesterday could not materialize.

In that case, we will be immediately responding organizationally, even without waiting for the next programme on 10.04.2017. Make all the preparations for a massive agitation.



24/3/2017                       C H Q - N e w s


Parliament March by NCOA on 22.03.2017 from BSNLCO.

NCOA organized Parliament March on 22.03.2017 on the following demands:

a) No disinvestment/Strategic sale.
b) Implementation of 3rd PRC without profitability condition.


Congratulations to all the office bearers and activists of SNEA for making the march a great success. View Photos

More than 1500 Executives from various CPSUs participated in the Parliament March organized by NCOA on 22.03.2017. It is a clear message to the Prime Minister, Niti Ayog and the Union Govt that the employees will not allow disinvestment and will go to any extent to protect the interest of the company. Employees form CPSUs also joined the march in the efforts to protect the CPSUs. The CPSU employees resolved to protect the CPSUs from disinvestment/strategic sale. On 3rd PRC, all demanded pay revision without linking with profitability and affordability. CPSUs become loss making due to the wrong policies of the Govt or by inefficient management and not by the employees. The employees are not part of any policy decisions.

Com Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary/CITU inaugurated the March near BSNLCO. Com Predeep Battacharya, Hon MP representing INTUC addressed the March. Com Amrit Kaur from AITUC, office bearers from BMS etc addressed and extended their full support for the initiative taken by the Executives and employees to protect the CPSUs.

As usual police stopped the March at Parliament street police station and taken a delegation to the Hon Prime Minister for submitting the memorandum.

Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V. K. Tomar, President/NCOA, Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com Thomas Franco, Secretary General/AIBOC and General Secretaries of various Associations representing various CPSUs addressed the march. Com.A.A.Khan, CHQ President / SNEA participated and led the Parliament march. Dy.GS/SNEA Com M S Adasul also participated in the march and extended vote of thanks.

Maximum participation was from MTNLEA and SNEA. Large number of comrades from Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and UP(West) Circles participated in the March in addition to the comrades from NTR and BSNLCO. CSs Com SS Rajput/RAJ, Com Amarjit Singh/PB, Com Surendar Singh Sandhu/HR, Com Sanjeev Sharma/UP(West), Com G K Das/BSNLCO, Com Aggarwal/NTR and Com V K Yadav/CP, UP(W) taken all efforts for the success of the march. AGS Com Padmanabha Rao and Jt Sec Com Arvind Dahiya led the march. CHQ congratulate all of them for their commitment to protect the company and the fight for their rights like 3rd PRC.


Meeting with Smt Madhu Arora, PGM(Estt): GS, President and AGS met PGM(Estt) on 23.03.2017 and held discussions on pay parity of Rs 22820 for the post 2007 recruited Executives.

According to management, as per rule, new rects will be always placed in the scale of pay and they will not be eligible for any fitment or pay protection as eligible for the existing employees or promoted officers. All other PSUs also placed the new Executives in the minimum of the revised payscales only as per rule. BSNL also done the same and there is discrimination as claimed by the Assn. After the formation of BSNL also, new rects given the minimum of the pay scales. Now TTAs also started demanding the same. It has to be extended to the new recruitment going on now in 2017. The demand of Rs 22820 is extension of 30% fitment benefit for the post 2007 rects which is not allowed.

Assn countered the arguments by explaining that BSNL already extended fitment benefit to one set of post 2007 rects and the benefit of Rs 22820. Even 2007, 2008 batch JTOs and 2010 JAOs joined prior to them but denied the benefit. Since BSNL operated E1A scale with Rs 9850 after 2007 for one set of employees, equal treatment has to be given for all the similarly situated post 2007 rects, without discrimination. For one set of employees, BSNL implemented revised scale from 01.01.2007 and for another set of employees, pre-revised E1A scale continued for years together which is clear discrimination. All has to be treated at par by extending the pay parity to all, Assn demanded.


GS writes to Dir HR regarding Extension of E1A and E2A pay scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for the JTOs / SDEs in Civil / Elect. / Arch. / TF wings, PA / PS cadres and other equivalent cadres to bring parity with other cadres like JTO(T), JAO, SDE, AO etc... View Letter.


GS writes to Dir HR regarding regularization of few TTAs officiating as JTOs earlier but declined due to various reasons on the date of notification of new JTO RR.... View Letter.


Meeting with PGM(Estt): GS and President met PGM(Estt) and held discussions on the following issues.

a) Extension of E1A and E2A pay scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for the JTO/SDEs in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings, PA/PS cadres and other similar cadres: To bring parity in pay scales of the equivalent cadres in all the wings from 01.01.2000, we demanded notional pay of E1A and E2A. Vinay Sahi committee recommended the same. However BSNL Board rejected the recommendations in 2007. In 2013, JAOs given E1A scale based on Vth CPC. Now few cadres, JTO/SDEs in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings, PA/PS cadres and other similar cadres left out. If E1A and E2A scales extended, complete parity can be brought among all the cadres in BSNL. PGM(Estt) informed that the annual financial implication is huge and worked out to be Rs 19 Cr for pay alone and Rs 20 Cr for pension contribution, every year. Refixation has to be done for all, even for the retirees. Assn demanded that it can be implemented notionally, to bring parity in the pay scales among equivalent cadres. Even the JTOs and AEs(promotional post) were drawing same pay for few months, a serious anomaly.

b) Extending the benefit of qualifying service by counting the service from 01.01.2007 for the 30% Superannuation benefit: Since there is a condition of minimum qualifying service of 15 years stipulated by DPE, any unforeseen incident happen before 15 years will deprive all the benefits to the families including the contributions already made. So we pleaded to give the date of effect from 01.01.2007 itself. Even with minimum contribution, if the date of effect is changed from May, 2016 to 01.01.2007, the completed qualifying service will increase by 9 years and it will benefit all. PGM(Estt) responded positively and assured to work out the case which is a very positive development. This is an issue taken up by SNEA recently after the MV.

c) Consideration of relaxation for TTAs become JTOs for Rule 8 transfer: The issue has been discussed once again. Management agreed for relaxation as discussed earlier. For the TTAs become JTOs, they can apply for Rule 8 transfer after 1 year of service as JTO (4 year relaxation) in normal Circles and after 2 years of service as JTO (3 year relaxation) in tenure Circles. Orders will be issued shortly.

d) Regularization of remaining TTAs officiated sometime as JTOs but declined due to various reasons: Assn was pursuing this case for some time. Few such cases are reported from some Circles when report has called on our request. Since all the vacancies from 2013-14 to 2015-16 is being filled by LICE, regularization become a problem now. We requested to find some way out to make them JTOs utilizing the available vacancy. PGM(Estt) agreed to find some solution in this regard.


Very good news for the BSNL directly recruited employees.

EPF pension will be revised and it will be based on the actual basic pay instead of minimum pension.

View EPFO Orders

Employees from various CPSUs approached various courts especially at Ernakulam demanding full pension on the actual basic pay, courts given judgment in their favour. Hon Ernakulam HC given judgments in favour of the employees of PSUs like Milma, ITI, Instrumentation, HNL, HMT, HIL etc etc. Hon Supreme Court judgment also was in their favour. Some cases are still pending in Hon SC. As per reports, Hon SC directed the labour ministry to amend the Rule to extend the benefits to all the similarly placed employees. Afterwards labour ministry directed EPF to amend the rules.

As per the proposal, if the contribution is made on 12% of actual basic +IDA, the pension will be paid on the basis of actual basic pay. 8.33% of the basic +IDA will be accounted for pension purposes. The employer and employee will be given an option to switchover to full pension option, according to reliable sources. If pension contribution is limited to 12% of 6500 with ceiling, they will not be eligible for full pension. This will give equal pension for the BSNL directly recruited employees at par with the absorbed employees.

SNEA struggled since 2003 and got EPF contribution modified on 12.08.2005 from 12% with the ceiling of Rs 6500 to 12% of actual basic pay + IDA (without ceiling limit). All the arrears from 2001 also credited into the employees individual account. As a result of our struggle, now all the BSNL employees will get the full pension benefits.

In the last CWC meeting at Hyderabad, SNEA also decided to file case at Ernakulam for similar benefits.


23/3/2017


Black out to Information – Denial of access to BSNL Kerala Intranet
only Facebook and Twitter users have access


CS writes to CGMT protesting against curtailing the privilage of accessing BSNL Kerala Intranet for those not having Facebook and Twitter account:
View Letter

It is really disappointing to the officers and staff of BSNL Kerala circle- the excellent performing Circle- which we believe the work culture has a definite say in the decision of Circle Administration to declare a black out to its Officers and staff from the knowledge and information by curtailing the access to Kerala Circle intranet .

While it is high time the management should try to spread information and knowledge among its employees it is decided in the other way in the circle. Perhaps the Administration may point out some other Circle which had already resorted to such draconian policies, we are afraid whether the Circle administration will instruct us to follow the same work culture as far as output is concerned.

Before instructing the officers and employees to open Facebook and Twitter account, those sitting at the helm of affairs must have minimum knowledge about the current real situation. In most SSAs, the social media like facebook and twitter etc is blocked in the LAN. Employees and officers are not provided with broad band connections. In the Era of Giga Bytes, the service mobile connection provided to officers can access to 500MB DATA in a month. It is pertinent to note that today one GB data cost only 5 Rupees.

We don’t want to say more on this. We urge upon the Administration to restore the access to Kerala Intranet and not to divert the attention of the officers and staff in this crucial juncture as far as BSNL viability is concerned.


23/3/2017


CS writes to CGMT regarding Adequate SGSN-GGSN backhaul for uninterrupted data services
View Letter

As we all know, Kerala circle is contributing more than 25% of total data traffic being generated from all BSNL circles in India. The data traffic from Kerala circle is increasing on an average of 3TB per day. There has been a jump in mobile data traffic in Kerala soon after introduction of the industry best data plan, COMBO STV 339 offering 2GB data per day. It is to be noted that our customers consumed more than 100TB data out of the total 227 TB consumed in south zone circles on 19.03.2017, which is the highest among any other circles in India. It is to be noted that other telcos are offering only 1GB of data per day for similar plans. Hence data usage is expected to increase exponentially in coming days as well. We understand that our suggestion to deploy new GGSN at Ernakulam in Phase 8 project has been approved by BSNL Corporate Office. GS SNEA CHQ had written to Corporate Office to consider our demand. Definitely, these are proud moments of joy and delight for all of us in BSNL.

But, at the same time, we are equally worried and concerned about existing capability of the backhaul between SGSNs at Ernakulam & Trichur to GGSN at Chennai to handle such high traffic bursts especially during peak hours. Kerala circle, as we understand at present, is having 16G links, 8 each from each SGSN to GGSN. Our daily peak throughput has already crossed 14Gbps. We lost around 2TB data due to link congestion last day, which may go worse in coming days. BSNL Kerala circle had not procured high capacity SGSNs during previous projects as did by other circles in south zone. It is understood that we require 10G connectivity to meet the present requirement. But, it is also understood that the transmission equipments in the circle are not in a position to cater such higher capacity links to connect SGSNs right now due to some handicaps. Moreover, it is learnt that there are no spare ports available in GGSN to connect 10G from Kerala.

In these circumstances, we requested CGMT, his personal attention is highly solicited to take up the case with CGMT STR/Corporate Office to allocate adequate immediate bandwidth for augmenting SGSN-GGSN links on war foot basis. All out efforts may kindly be taken to ensure uninterrupted and quality data services at considerably higher throughput especially during the most critical time of price war to assure our credibility, capability and commitment to our esteemed customers in the one and the only potentially growing circle of BSNL.



22/3/2017


Special CEC Meeting at Ernakulam on 07th April 2017
Notice is hereby issued for a Special Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle in connection with formation of SNEA Vanitha Vedi to be held at 10 AM on 07-04-2017 at Hotel Woods Manor, Ernakulam.

All Circle office bearers, SSA Secretaries and Vanitha convenors are requested to attend the meeting in time.

Click Here for the Notice issued for CEC


22/3/2017


Congratulations - Electrical Comrades!!!

We are thankful to Chief Engineer (Electrical) for issuing the Transfer Orders for Three Executives and also for calling option for SDE(LA)in Electrical. View Transfer Order||View Order for LA Option

Transfer order of SDE(E) issued for Three Executives, we are expecting that this move is the 1st Phase and some more requests are pending. The vacancies at Ernakulam, Kalpetta and Kasragod are pending to call for the LA Arrangement. Particularly Kasargod district itself has more than 60 Telephone Exchanges, and 100 BTS sites. Kalpetta/ Wayanad Sub Division is also carrying out maintenance of a district with more than 35 Telephone Exchanges, 25 BTSs and 10 other Buildings. The geographical conditions is peculiar and Wayanad is a high range and very difficult to operate with SDE(E) from Calicut by an additional charge and has to travel more than 80 kms from Calicut.

Ernakulam being an industrial capital and now SSA has handed over BTSs’Engine maintenance, the shortage of SDE also needs to be filled up. Presently JTO(E) from 20 years are waiting to get first promotion, they can be well placed as SDE-LA. We are requesting the Circle Administration to take necessary arrangement to fill up those posts also .


22/3/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


GS writes to PGM(Elect) regarding:

Modification in promotion order from SDE(E) to EE(E) – case of Com P. Ramakrishnan(KRL)

View Copy of the Letter

21/3/2017


As assured to this association during the meeting on 16/3/2017, Circle Office has addressed BRBRAITT, Jabalpur for scheduling the training of LICE JTOs (VY:2014-15). We have already contacted BRBRAITT and are following up with them.


21/3/2017


Meeting with Shri. I.Thirunavakkarasu, Sr.GM(S&M/NWO/NWP-CFA), Kerala Circle on 16.03.2017:

Circle President Com. George Varghese, Circle Secretary Com. T.Santhosh Kumar along with Assistant Circle Secretary Com. J.V.Ramana, Area Secretary (South) Com. G.Harikrishnan, District Secretary Trivandrum Com. Dr. V.G.Sabu & District Secretary CO Com. Suneer.S met Shri. I.Thirunavakkarasu, Sr.GM(S&M/NWO/NWP-CFA) on 16.03.2017 evening and discussed about the proposed K-FON project of Govt. of Kerala.

We briefed GM about the details we received from the Officers concerned with the K-FON project. The IT department of state government has proposed this project as a means to network all government offices, institutions and educational institutions in the state spending less money and to ensure cheaper or free internet connectivity to each home on priority basis. The project envisages that the establishment cost would reach breakeven point in 10 years. The project also aims at reducing expenditure on internet service by the state exchequer. KSEB had already obtained license for establishing the OFC network. The transmission towers of KSEB have provisions to lay OFC cables. K-FON is supposed to provide internet connectivity directly to all government establishments and schools. The OFC network will have landing at places where KSEB transformers are currently set up. They propose to extend last mile connectivity to houses using the service of LCOs or other service operators.

We informed GM about the details of our meetings with Finance and Electricity ministry, Govt. of Kerala. We are informed that IT department is seriously thinking to consider Rail Tel as the ISP for the project and LCOs are under active consideration for extending the last mile connectivity of the proposed K-FON project. Hence, it is high time to bring LCOs also to our fold with proper business models. Cable TV Operators Association has sought our intervention as well to resolve the stalemate. We informed GM that EOI/MOU finalizations with LCOs are yet to be materialized in Kerala circle for promoting FTTH business and to arrest mass broadband disconnections due to Rail Tel and R-JIO penetration. Our CFA revenue has gone down this time also, hence all out efforts need to be taken to avoid such huge disconnections in Broad band segment. We brought to his notice that the same LCO model has been implemented in Warangal SSA of Telengana circle. These proposals were brought to the notice of the former CGMT Sh. L Anantharam in 2016 by a team of experts from our side(Dr.V.G.Sabu and Dr.Sudeep Kumar). The same has been implemented in Warangal SSA now by the same CGM. We requested GM to review the norms in this regard for early resolution of the same to promote more FTTH connections in Kerala circle.

The main issue projected by LCOs was high PBG which majority of the LCOs can’t afford to, they being small scale units. More over as there are multiple LCOs even in village level, it may not feasible to float tender in every SDCA or district level. Alternate viable proposals need to be evaluated and decisions taken as quickly as possible. GM sought our support to effectively coordinate with State Govt. and LCOs to finalize the various business models. We have assured the same. GS SNEA CHQ has already brought to the notice of CMD and Directors about the proposed K-FON project in Kerala Circle. GS has been assured by Corporate Office that they would extend any support to Kerala in this regard to capture the business and they are ready to give any clarifications in finalizing LCO business model. Sr. GM assured us that he would once again take up LCO proposal with corporate office as per our suggestions.

We requested GM to present the strength of BSNL Kerala circle especially regarding the OFC backbone deployment model in the state preferably as a power point presentation to all concerned experts in the government so as to make them to atleast compare and convince about the performance and network element’ presence of BSNL & Rail Tel in Kerala. Transmission experts in the circle may be asked to prepare the presentation in the most professional manner and the same need to be presented to IT Department and Office of Chief Minister, Finance Minister & Electricity Minister.The strength of BSNL, our capability to provide world class telecom services even to the nook and corner of rural Kerala at lightning provision speed that too at most affordable rates due to the presence of the largest and unique Optical Fiber/Copper Cable/Wireless network backbone spread over some different and difficult terrain of geographical Kerala including Idukki & Wayanad districts, should be brought to the notice of Government. We may also refer about the steps taken by the previous government to divert certain projects undertaken by BSNL for IT@School and Village VPN in certain districts to some other service providers and about the utter failure happened during 2015-16 due to the lack of infrastructure facilities and operation and maintenance support by those service providers. Later on, they were forced to give back to BSNL for execution.

GM sought our support to make a report by conducting Impact Study after Rail Tel FTTH penetration in the circle. We responded positively and have extended whole hearted support to achieve the best for BSNL out of the proposed K-FON project in the most mutually beneficial manner by getting engaged as the major ISP and for extending the last mile connectivity engaging LCOs also in selected locations. The Association pointed out about our earlier suggestion for allowing the customer to procure last mile connectivity by UG /OF cable and compensate them against such expenditure by rebate in monthly charges in installments. Sr. GM CFA agreed to take up the proposal for approval from corporate office since the circle is unable to procure enough materials in time.
Meeting lasted for about 1 hour.



21/3/2017


Meeting with Shri. S.Jyothi Sankar, GM EB/S&M-CM, Kerala Circle on 16.03.2017:

Circle President Com. George Varghese, Circle Secretary Com. T.Santhosh Kumar along with Area Secretary (South) Com. G.Harikrishnan, District Secretary Trivandrum Com. Dr. V.G.Sabu & District Secretary CO Com. Suneer.S met Shri. S.Jyothi Sankar, GM EB/S&M-CM on 16.03.2017 morning to discuss the following points.

1. Unauthorized charges by content providers: We brought to the notice of GM that several mobile customers are still complaining about excess monthly telephone charges by way of additional amount towards value added services. The customers feel very much disappointed and sometimes cheated over such excess charging for which they never consented to link to their services. Customers are shocked over receiving bills for these value added services linked to mobile numbers without their consent and getting billed for even more than thousand rupees on in their monthly bills on account of these services. We pointed out that linking such services without customers’ consent and charging them is really unethical and unfair on our part and hence to be curbed once for all. We can’t afford to lose a single customer due to such bad experiences. At times such complaints are registered against BSNL even in many public consumer complaint redressal forums inviting bad reputation in public at times. We requested GM to issue strict instructions to such content providers to activate the service only with the written consent at least by e-mail from the customer, if not, the content provider service is not stopped forthwith. GM agreed to our points and assured that such vendors would be warned accordingly. He also informed that he would try to revive the PG cell telephone nos in SSAs and Circle so as those customers can register their complaints for speedy resolution of the same.

2. Customer relations with regard to CUG and corporate customers: We requested GM' intervention to improve and strengthen business relationships with our existing Corporate and CUG customers. We may specifically focus on customer retention activities also while trying for sales growth in BSNL. Such customers are to be informed about introduction of new plans and tariff changes as and when happening so that they feel like getting cared and would be with BSNL for long time. As now more economical and unlimited plans are being offered to prepaid customers, corresponding changes in tariffs and plan need to be incorporated in postpaid segment also so as to retain such customers in postpaid category itself for long time. Postpaid customers can be offered more freebies or discount in plan charges during such period. We also requested GM to respond to the request from KSEB regarding their CUG plan change proposals. GM responded positively and assured to do the needful in this regard.

3. Disconnection of CUG numbers during payment delays: We suggested GM to have a mechanism to intimate Corporate and CUG customers well before disconnecting their numbers due to non-payment. Such abrupt disconnections can lead to mass customer dissatisfaction and disappointment among such loyal customers which include many government and bank officials. Other than intimation through SMSs and IVRS alerts, some body may be engaged to contact the concerned CUG nodal officer and request for early payment of the dues before attempting disconnection. GM responded positively and assured to do the needful in this regard.

4. Issues with zero main account balance having active STVs or CUG: We informed GM about issues pointed by many CUG customers including KSEB officials who are using prepaid CUG connections with zero main account balance. They were not able to make outgoing calls even though STV or add-on packs were active. GM assured to take up such issues with the concerned to avoid such issues in future. Meeting lasted for about 1 hour.



20/3/2017


Meeting with PGM(Finance) on 16/3/2017:

Circle President Com. George Varghese, Circle Secretary Com. T Santhosh Kumar along with Asst. Circle Secretary Com. J V Ramana, Area Secretary (South) Com. G Harikrishnan, District Secretary Trivandrum Com Dr. V G Sabu & District Secretary CO Com S Suneer met PGM (F) on 16-03-2017.

The following items were discussed.

1. Reconciliation of CSC collection with bank remittance: We brought to the notice of PGM F that the reconciliation of CSC collection with bank remittanceis carried out as per the statement prepared manually by the CSC-in charges on a daily basis. After introduction of ERP and S&D module in the CSCs, the workload of CSCs has increased manifold. As details of both PMS collection and sale in S&D moduleare available in the two portals, there is no need for manual reports. The reconciliation section can take details of these two collections from the portals and compare the same with bank remittance statements and discrepancies noted, if any,can be brought to the notice of CSC-in charges. This will not only ensure accuracy in comparing collection and bank remittance but also avoid unnecessary preparation of manual statements by the CSC-in charges.These steps, if implemented, can also bring some relief to the work load of CSC-in charges. We requested to consider the suggestion. PGM F agreed to examine the procedure being followed and agreed to consider our proposal.

2. Mobile bill payment updating/reconnection issues – Post SD module migration: We brought to the notice of PGM F that postpaid bills of GSM, CDMA &Wimax are accepted via PMS module and the same is updated only after batch processing by the CSC- in charges after the day’ closure. It is also observed that even after doing batch processing, the same is not seen reflected in Kenan FX many times for updating the customer status. Issues are severe if payment is done on the pay by date or after disconnection causing difficulties to customers as well as to CSC staff even if batch processing is done in every 2 hours. After effecting payment the customers approach CSC demanding on the spot reconnection. CSC staff is compelled to unbar each number manually which is a time consuming process as they have to verify both outstanding amount and the payment details. It is suggested to make necessary mechanism for reconnection as done earlier withKenan FX and presently done in case of land line bills by updating thepayment status from the PMS portal centrally. Manual intervention need to be minimized to ensure accurate and efficient accounting system.These steps, if implemented, can also bring some relief to the work load of CSC-in charges. We requested to consider the suggestion. PGM F agreed to consider the same.

3. Customer relations with regard to CUG and corporate customers: We requested PGM’ intervention to improve and strengthen business relationships with our existing Corporate and CUG customers especially with regard to tariff/plan modifications. We may specifically focus on customer retention activities also while trying for sales growth in BSNL. Such customers are to be informed about introduction of new plans and tariff changes as and when happening so that they feel like getting cared and would be with BSNL for long time. As now more economical and unlimited plans are being offered to prepaid customers, corresponding changes in tariffs and plan need to be incorporated in postpaid segment also so as to retain such customers in postpaid category itself for long time. Postpaid customers can be offered more freebies or discount in plan charges during such period. PGM responded positively and assured to do the needful in this regard.

4. Disconnection of CUG numbers during payment delays: We suggested PGM to have a mechanism to intimate Corporate and CUG customers well before disconnecting their numbers due to non-payment. Such abrupt disconnections can lead to mass customer dissatisfaction and disappointment among such loyal customers which include many government and bank officials. Other than intimation through SMSs and IVRS alerts, some officer/ staff to be nominated to contact the concerned CUG nodal officer and request for early payment of the dues before attempting disconnection. We requested him to instruct BAs also accordingly. PGM agreed to our suggestions and assured to do the needful in this regard.

5. Promoting Add-On postpaid connections to existing CUG customers: We requested PGM to consider issuing Add-On postpaid connections to existing CUG customers in the form of Friends & Family Sims so that we can grab more postpaid connections. The scheme may be first introduced for senior state government officials followed by targeting other potential groups in the circle including banks.

6. Finalization of EOI/MOU with LCOs: We informed PGM that EOI/MOU finalizations with LCOs are yet to be materialized in Kerala circle for promoting FTTH business and to arrest mass broadband disconnections due to Rail Tel and R-JIO penetration. Our CFA revenue has gone down this time also, hence all out efforts need to be taken to avoid such huge disconnections in Broad band including Wimax. We brought to his notice that the same LCO model has been implemented in Warangal SSA of Telengana circle. These proposals were brought to the notice of the former CGMT Sh. L Anatharam in 2016 by a team of experts from our side. The same has been implemented in Warangal SSA now by the same CGM. We informed PGM about the details of our meetings with Finance and Electricity ministry, Govt. of Kerala, wherein they have categorically mentioned that LCOs are under active consideration for the last mile connectivity of the proposed K-FON project. Hence, it is high time to bring them also to our fold with proper business models. Cable TV Operators Association has sought our intervention as well to resolve the stalemate. The main issue projected by them was high PBG which majority of the LCOs can’t afford to, they being small scale units. We requested PGM F to review the norms in this regard for early resolution of the same to promote more FTTH connections in Kerala circle. PGM assured to do the needful in this regard.

7. Transfer requests in finance wing: We had requested PGM F to publish the list of transfer requests received from Officers. PGM F informed us that the transfer requests received from Officers are being compiled and the list would be published soon for information of all and for correcting errors/ omissions, if any. It was assured by the PGM that all request for transfer from those who completed 2 years will be considered . The report to the contrary by some other section is baseless.

8. Stay particulars of officers of Finance wing: We had requested administration to publish the SSA wise stay particulars of officers of Finance wing. PGM Finformed us that it is being finalized and agreed to publish the same at the earliest for information of all and for correcting errors/ omissions, if any.

9. ERP training to A&F executives: We had informed PGM that only 145 out of 460 A&F executives (JAO/AO/CAO) got training in FICO module in Kerala circle. Due to lack of proper training in concerned areas of SAP in which they are working, most of them find it difficult to perform their assigned duties. As a result they are forced to resort to trial and error methods for completing their assigned duties which in many occasions end up in wrong results. Hence, to improve efficiency, adequate training sessions on relevant modules of SAP-ERP need to be imparted to all concerned A&F executives working in circle office and BAs of BSNL Kerala Circle. PGM agreed to our suggestion and informed that training sessions will be arranged soon after closure of the current financial year.


17/3/2017


Meeting with GM(HR & Admin) on 16/3/2017:

This Association requested a meeting with CGMT on 16/3/2017 but as CGMT was not feeling well, he requested to discuss the submitted agenda points with GM(HR).
Circle President Com.George Varghese, Circle Secretary Com.Santhosh Kumar, ACS Com.Ramana, Area Secretary (South) Com.Harikrishnan and District Secretary-Trivandrum Com. Dr.Sabu.V.G attended the meeting with GM(HR). DGM(Admin) Shri Satheesh and DGM(HR) Shri James Sagayaraj also attended the meeting.


Following points were discussed:

1. Publication of Long stay list: We requested to publish the longstay list immediately for which Administration replied that they are collecting the data from SSAs. We suggested that they need not wait for the long stay list from the shortage SSAs. It was agreed that the list will be published by the end of this month.

2. Pending Relieving of JTOs and remaining Transfer requests: We have pointed out that from MRX, TCR and KNR relieving of JTOs have not completed and the remaining are to be relieved by this month itself. GM(HR) assured that will be taken for the release by posting additional hands from long stay to extend of requirement . The other transfer requests of DE/SDE/JTO also would be considered in April by operating long stay to extend of requirement.

3. Rule-8 cases from Karnataka Circle: We expressed our protest about the delay in sending the consent letter to Karnataka Circle for accommodating 21 JTOs at Kerala Circle. GM(HR) informed that the file is put up to CGMT for approval and assured speedy dispatch.

4. Vacancy recalculation for JTO LICE as per revised DoPT guidelines and as done in Punjab Circle as per Corporate office approval: We informed GM(HR) that on 15/3/17asperthe discussion by SNEA CHQ with PGM Estt , Corporate office has endorsed Punjab case to all Circles for following the revised guidelines. The vacancy recalculation as per revised DoPT guidelines will generate more vacancies by which we could accommodate all pending qualified LICE candidates of VY2014-15 and also the additional vacancies can be carry forward to VY2015-16.

5. Training to the successful candidates of JTO LICE for the Vacancy year 2014-15: We expressed our protest about the delay in arranging training to these successful candidates. Administration informed that the delay was due to the recent certificate verification process of Direct JEs and assured that necessary arrangements would be done soon for imparting training after getting approval from BRBRAITT, Jabalpur.

6. DGM(Adhoc) – preparatory works: We requested Administration to process the DGM(Adhoc) preparatory works. GM(HR) assured speedy disposal.

7. Pending EPP cases: We once again reiterated the delay in processing EPP cases. We offered our help (after office hours / in holidays) to Administration for processing the pending EPP cases. GM(HR) appreciated our offer and instructed DGM(HR) to explore our help if required. It was assured that the pending case received from SSAs will be cleared before 31st March 2017.

8. Volunteers to RTTC, Trivandrum – extension of last date: We requested to extend the last date as the notification was issued on 10th March and the last date was 15th March which is too short. GM(HR) appreciated our request and informed that the last date would be extended to 31st March 2017.

9. Calling of Volunteers to Circle IT-Cell, Trivandrum: We requested Administration to call for volunteers to Circle IT Cell. GM(HR) agreed that if there is any request for posting in IT-Cell, it can be considered.

10. Looking after arrangement in DE cadre: Administration informed that VC is received and the orders for 6 Officials will be released. Requirement if any for further posting from SSAs shall be processed.

11. Pending Time bound financial upgradation (E1 to E2) of Smt.Amrutha Rajan (Calicut): GM(HR) responded positively.

12. Mutual Transfer (Rule-8) – case of Smt.Shalini and Smt.Roshni: GM(HR) informed that the case is approved.

13. EPP pending for Shri Jojo Antony (Civil wing): GM(HR) responded positively.

14. Posting and Transfer of Shri. Francis (Kottayam) to Ernakulam (A/T) and relieving of Shri.Vijayan (Enk A/T) to Kottayam A/T: We expressed our protest about the delay in resolving the issue. GM(NWO-CFA) and Ernakulam SSA has already submitted their positive comments and requirement in this regard. Administration questioned the need of three executives in Ernakulam A/T. Ernakulam SSA consists of three geographical areas – Ernakulam District, Iddukki District and Lakshadweep Islands, and three executives are very much needed for smooth commissioning of new NGN equipments, OFC, Mobile Services equipments etc. It is to be noted that even a small SSA like Kollam is having three Executives. GM(HR) got convinced and assured to resolve the issue.

15. Transfer case of Shri Vinodkumar (DGM Trichur) and Smt Lekha (AGM Trichur) to Ernakulam: The officials has already completed more than four years away from their Home SSA. GM(HR) responded positively.

16. Mutual transfer of Shri Haskar (Malappuram SSA) and Shri Vinod (STR Malappuram): GM(HR) responded positively.

17. Transfer case of Shri Niyas (STP Trivandrum) to Kollam SSA: GM(HR) responded positively.

The meeting which began at 12 noon ended at 2 P.M. We also met PGM(Finance), GM(S&M-CM) and GM(S&M-CFA) for discussing various issues and the minutes would be uploaded soon.


16/3/2017


Looking after arrangement in DE Cadre - orders issued: View Orders

We were pursuing these cases for a long time with the Administration. We once again request our District Secretaries to project the requirement in the DE cadre in the respective businees area through SSA Head.


16/3/2017


Annual General Body Meeting of SNEA Circle Office District branch was held at Club Hall, O/o CGMT, Trivandrum on 15/03/2017. Circle President Com.George Varghese, Circle Secretary Com. Santhosh Kumar, other Circle office bearers and Trivandrum District office bearers attended the meeting.

The AGB unanimously elected the new body:

District President – Com. Remadevi.A.P, SDE (S&M-CM)
District Secretary – Com.Suneer.S, JAO
District Treasurer – Com.Biju.S, SDE(MM)

CEC Member – Com.Vidya.A, SDE(NS)

Vice President 1 – Com.Bindu.K.R, SDE(S&M-CFA)
Vice President 2 – Com.Vimal.V, SDE(Mktg - WiMax & MM)

Assistant Secretary 1 – Com.Sunitha George, SDE(Estt)
Assistant Secretary 2 – Com.Madhu.C, SDE(CRC)


Congratulations..!! to the unanimously elected new body.



15/3/2017


Corporate office has issued common instructions to all Circles regarding guidelines to be followed while calculating Vacancies between Direct Recruitment and LICE: View Letter

As reported in our website on 4/3/2017, CS wrote letter to CGMT (View Letter) and also discussed with Administration regarding recalculation of JTO vacancies as per revised DoPT guidelines as done in Punjab Circle after seeking approval from Corporate office. We have raised this issue through our CHQ also, as the recalculated vacancies would benefit to accommodate more JTOs in our Circle which is the only Circle in BSNL with positive revenue growth.

SNEA, as the only recognized representative executive association in BSNL took the issue with Corporate office, continuously pursued and the guidelines issued to Punjab Circle is now endorsed to all Circles for similar necessary action. We thank CHQ for the speedy resolution of the issue.



15/3/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


It has been decided that the Two days Relay Hunger strike on 16th and 17th March, 2017 will not be held for now. However there will not be any change in the TU programmes from 11.04.2017 onwards.

Since regular Secretary DoT has not joined so far, decision on E1A and E2A pay scales may take some time. DIR(HR) tried to arrange a meeting with Secretary for the last one week but could not materialize as regular Secretary not available. CMD also tried to discuss the issue with Secretary and resolve it. Yesterday DIR(HR) written a DO letter also to AS(T) citing the Trade Union Notice of the recognized Executive Association in BSNL and requested DoT for early approval of the proposal by BSNL for revision on E1A and E2A scales.

Today DIR(HR) invited SNEA for discussion and explained the developments and appealed not to go for agitation till regular Secretary joins in DoT.

Morning we had discussion with CMD also. Both assured us to use their good office to settle the issue as soon as new Secretary joins.

View Copy of the Appeal by GM (SR) /BSNL CO

15/3/2017


Looking after arrangements in the grade of SDE(Civil) – Calling of Volunteers: View Letter

We thank CE(Civil) for deciding to call options for looking after arrangements in the grade of SDE(Civil) as promised to this association in the meeting with our Circle Secretary held on 27/2/2017.

We were pursuing the case for a long time to get relief to the entry executives of Civil wing who were toiling hard for the well being of civil wing for more than 20 years. It is to be noted that JTOs from 1993 are waiting for promotion and many are drawing E4 scale.


from the Archives of our website updated on 27/2/2017:



14/3/2017


Meeting with CGMT on 9/3/2017:

Circle Secretary Com.Santhosh Kumar, ACS Com.Ramana, DS-Circle Office Com.Suneer met CGMT on 9/3/2017 to discuss the following issues:

1. Threat from business diversification of KSEB: Kerala Govt is moving ahead with its ambitious plan of providing 20 lakh free broadband connections with the help of KSEB and RailTel. This is a real threat to BSNL, we may loose not only broadband connections but also hundreds of leased lines and other revenue generating circuits provided to State Govt machinery. We apprised CGMT and requested his urgent intervention. We humbly requested him to meet Chief Secretary and other Officials of State Govt for convincing them to accommodate BSNL as a partner in this Mega Project. CGMT appreciated our concern and has assured necessary action in this regard.

2. Transfer/Relieving of DEs to West Bengal: We expressed our protest in issuing relieving orders to these DEs by Circle Office. CGMT expressed his compulsions and the pressure he is getting from Director(HR) for relieving these Officers to West Bengal. Comrades, we are trying our best through our CHQ to cancel the orders.



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