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28/2/2017


Due to some unforeseen circumstances CEC scheduled on 3/3/2017 is postponed. New date will be intimated later.

28/2/2017


As per the decision taken in the meeting of the Unions and Associations of BSNL held on 06.02.2017, March to Raj Bhawan and Collectorate / DM office will be conducted throughout the country on 09-03-2017, by the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, to highlight the following issues.

(a) Opposing Niti Aayog recommendation on disinvestment/ strategic sale of BSNL. (As is evident from PMO ID No.4542267/PMO/2016-ES.I dated 30th December, 2016.)

(b) Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

(c) Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.

(d) Opposing favours being extended to Reliance Jio.

27/2/2017


Meeting with Chief Engineer (Civil):
Circle Secretary Com.Santosh Kumar along with Com.Radhakrishnan Branch Secretary Manacaud , Com. Mathews Br Treasurer and Com.Stanley Organising Secy Tvm met Chief Engineer (Civil) at his chamber on 27/2/2017. From administrative side SE and EE (Admin) also participated. The meeting was very cordial and positive. During the meeting we requested CE to call option for filling all vacant SDE civil Posts since large numbers are vacant in Kerala Circle. We also pointed out that JTOs from 1993 are waiting for promotion and many are drawing E4 scale. Chief Engineer positively responded to our request and assured that maximum LA would be arranged in SDE cadre at the earliest.

26/2/2017


Circle Executive Committee Meeting on 3rd March 2017 at Hotel Elite, Trichur:
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An urgent Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle to be held at 10 AM on 03-03-2017 at Hotel Elite, Trichur. All Circle office bearers, SSA Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time.

25/2/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


Salient features of 3rd PRC recommendations:

a) Fitment benefit: Uniform fitment of 15% on Basic + IDA.
If the additional financial impact on the average of last 3 years PBT (Profit Before Tax) is less than 20%, the fitment will be 15%. If it is more than 20% but less than 30%, the fitment will be 10%. If it is more than 30% but less than 40%, the fitment will be 5%. If it is more than 40%, the fitment will be NIL.

b) Annual increment: 3%

c) Promotion Increment: 3%.

d) Pay scales:
Level       Pre-revised       Revised
E0       12600-32500       30000-120000
E1       16400-40500       40000-140000
E2       20600-46500       50000-160000
E3       24900-50500       60000-180000
E4       29100-54500       70000-200000
E5       32900-58000       80000-220000
E6       36600-62000       90000-240000
E7       43200-66000       100000-260000
E8       51300-73000       120000-280000
E9       62000-80000       150000-300000

e) Stagnation increment: One increment after every two years, upto a maximum of 3 such increments.

f) IDA as on 01.01.2017: 100% neutralisation on 01.01.2017.

g) HRA: 24%, 16%, 8% in place of existing 30%, 20% and 10%. The HRA will be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% when IDA crosses 50% and further revised to 30%, 20% and 10% when IDA crosses 100%.

h) Superannuation benefits: It has to be under defined contribution scheme instead of defined benefit scheme.
i) Ceiling of gratuity to be enhanced from Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 20 lakhs from 01.01.2017. The ceiling of gratuity shall increase by 25% when IDA crosses 50%.
ii) The current limit of 30% of Basic pay +IDA will continue.
iii) The minimum qualifying service of 15 years not to be mandated for contributory pension. However it will be mandatory for medical benefits.

i) Date of effect: 01.01.2017 for pay scales, benefits and allowances.

j) Retirement age: No change.

k) Periodicity: Not later than 10 years, in line with Central Govt employees. Under no circumstances periodicity of wage revision for workmen should be less than the periodicity of the Executives.

24/2/2017


Meeting with GM(HR) on 20/2/2017:

The Association had a meeting with GM(HR) on 20/2/2017 at 4.30 PM. CS Com.Santhoshkumar, ACS Com.Ramana and DS-CO Com.Suneer attended the meeting from Association side. DGM(Admin) Shri Satheesh and DGM(HR) Shri James Sagayaraj also attended from management side.
The following issues were discussed:

1. Stalemate in JTO-LICE: We expressed our protest over the delay in issuing speaking orders to the candidates in this case as directed by CAT Ernakulam and in delay in finalizing the filling up of the vacant JTO posts. GM(HR) promised that the speaking orders would be released soon and necessary action is being taken for filling up of the posts without delay.

2. JTO-LICE training: Few JEs who now recently posted as JAO and who also got qualified in JTO LICE have submitted their consent to continue as JAO through proper channel. In this regard we have suggested to fill up the 8 vacancies declared in OC quota by subsequent candidates in the qualified list. GM(HR) assured to look into the matter.

3. JAO LICE - sanction for additional posts to accommodate all qualified hands: We requested GM(HR) to take up the matter with corporate office as recommended/suggested by PGMF. GMHR informed that the suggestion from PGMF is yet to be seen and will be looked into.

4. JTO Phase-II training – case of Com.Baiju, Com.Roy Kuruvila: We discussed the personal difficulties of a few JTOs in attending JTO Phase-II training at Jabalpur. GM(HR) heard us and responded positively.

5. Pending cases of JTO regularisation: Case of Com.Ambikadevi and Com.Prasannakumari – both officials were denied JTO regularisation as they were working in TTA cadre and were not officiating on the date of promulgation of JTO(T) RR 2014 due to genuine reasons.. We informed GM(HR) that similar cases were given regularisation in other Circles like AP and requested circle administration to implement similarly in Kerala Circle. GM(HR) informed that clarification is already sent to Corporate office and the reply is awaited. We will be pursing the matter at Corporate office for the speedy resolution of the issue.

6. DGM Screening report: We expressed our protest over the delay in sending the DGM screening committee report to corporate office. GM(HR) informed that the report is ready and will be dispatched to Corporate office immediately.

7. Pending EPP: We once again expressed our displeasure over the delay in issuing EPP orders. GM(HR) informed that the details received from business areas are insufficient and are not in correct format. The pending cases can be cleared only on the receipt of the details from BAs. All District Secretaries are requested to kindly take up with respective BAs and speed up the process.

8. DE(LA) pending cases: GM(HR) assured to issue DE LA orders. The requirement of staff in DE cadre has to be projected from Business areas and except from few BAs it is yet to be received by the Administration. All District Secretaries are requested to pursue with BA Heads to send the requirement to Circle Office immediately.

9. Publication of Longstay List: GM(HR) assured that longstay list would be published immediately.

10. Circle release from STP – Transfer request from STP Trivandrum to Kollam BA - Case of Com.Niyas: GM(HR) informed that without substitute, the case cannot be considered due to the reported staff shortage in STP. District Secretary Trivandrum is requested to find a suitable substitute from Trivandrum Business area who is willing to work in STP.

11. Pending E3-E4 TBP case of Com.Jojomon Antony, Civil wing: GM(HR) informed that VC is pending from Ernakulam and there is no other hindrance for issuing the orders.

12. Pending First TBP case of Com.Amrutha Rajan: We elaborated the case and history. GM(HR) assured to look into the matter.

13. Transfer Request – case of Com. Subramaniam Potty from Circle office to Trivandrum BA (Aryanad Subdivision): GM(HR) got convinced about the genuineness of the case and agreed to implement the transfer.

14. Mutual Transfer request - case of Com. Roshni and Com. Shalini: Few months back Com. Shalini belonging to Chennai came to Kerala from Gujrat Circle on Rule-8 mutual transfer and now she got Com.Roshni belonging to Kerala working in Chennai for one more mutual transfer to her hometown Chennai. But it is learnt that administration has rejected the request citing insufficient stay in Kerala Circle. We cited similar transfers affected in Accounts wing and requested administration to consider the case on humanitarian grounds. GM(HR) assured to look into the matter.

Meeting ended at 6 P.M


24/2/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


How Modi govt. has and is allowing Re Jio to play havoc with Economy of the country by destabilizing Public Sector Banks and dealing a huge blow to public exchequer – finally the cat is out of the bag.

Highest decision making body of the telecom sector, Telecom Commission, hits out adversely at TRAI, accusing it of destabilizing and jeopardizing growth of healthy telecom sector in the Country by allowing blatant and naked violation by R Jio with regard to offering of back to back promotional voice and data telecom services beyond stipulated time frame of 90 days. Telecom Commission has concluded that this violation has already resulted in a loss close to Rs 700 crores to the govt., and is likely to impact in a very big way the repayment of about Rs 4 lakh crores that private telecom companies owe to the public sector banks and also Rs one lakh crore that these companies have to pay to the govt. as deferred spectrum charges.

This is how Modi govt. is converting healthy assets of public sector banks into non-performing assets (NPAs) and also dealing a deadly blow to the huge revenues (Rs one lakh crore) that the govt. is to get on account of auction of highly precious resource of the Country- THE SPECTRUM. And money in Public Sector Banks belongs to you, me and every Indian. How is this public money being subject to very high risk to promote Ambani and this has very huge potential of creating a financial crisis similar to the one that US witnessed in the year 2008. Present Chairman TRAI, who is a handpicked puppet of the present govt., completely ignoring, and in blatant violation of, the clear cut guidelines that TRAI has issued in the year 2002 and 2008 regarding providing of promotional telecom services, allowed R jio to wreck havoc with the telecom sector, public sector banks and the exchequer. Not surprisingly, the present Chairman/TRAI, completely abdicating the very high propriety and professional integrity that go with the position he holds, and fully toeing the rabid messages that the govt. very discreetly and tacitly has been sending to promote R jio of Mukesh Ambani, at whatever cost to the Nation. Ignoring the CLEAR CUT EMBARGO that that TRAI has imposed on providing of promotional services, and compromising professional integrity that inspected of head of a statutory body, Chairman/TRAI, has, in the process of allowing such illegitimate offering of promotional services, raised a very big question about the future health of Public Sector Banks which have to realize Rs four lakh crores from private telecom companies and has also jeopardized the payment of Rs one lakh crore that govt. is to receive from these companies on account of auction of 4G spectrum. And, on the top of it, govt. has already lost Rs 700 crores because of reduced payments it received from Airtel, Vodafone, Idea etc. on account of spectrum usage charges and license fees because of steep fall in their revenues.

This is not what Trade Unions of BSNL had been anticipating and raising their apprehensions about but is the unambiguous conclusion of the highest decision making body of the govt. in the telecom sector- TLECOM COMMISSION. Well done H.S.Sharma, Chairman / TRAI- hats off to you for mortgaging the assets of the entire Country and holding every Indian to ransom in your endeavour to facilitate growth of R Jio at any cost and under any circumstances.
View Media report - Free voice and data services of Reliance Jio cost government Rs 685 crore.


Pay protection on Offtg promotion for the JTO/JAO/SDE/AOs officiated as SDE/AO/DE/CAO in DoT/BSNL: The proposal for protection of the pay drawn during Officiating promotion is cleared by DIR(HR) and send to CMD for approval. GS, President and AGS met CMD today and requested to approve the proposal. CMD assured to approve the same immediately.

In fact the provision for pay protection has been withdrawn by BSNL on 19.02.2010 through a clarification. This resulted reduction of pay by two to three increments and recovery of lakhs of rupees for thousands of Executives. Assn was opposing the same and demanding the restoration of pay protection.


Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL: GS, President and AGS met CMD BSNL on 23.02.17 and held discussions on a) approval of E2, E3 scales by DoT, b) Offtg pay protection and c) the news about the merger of MTNL and BSNL: On approval of E2, E3 pay scales, CMD informed that he reminded Secretary, DoT yesterday for the urgent need for approval. On MTNL and BSNL merger, CMD informed that he do not have any official information and as per his knowledge, there is no such proposal from PMO in this regard, rather these are proposal of MTNL management to DoT.

Meeting with Sri N. K. Mehta, DIR(EB): GS, President and AGS met DIR(EB) on 23.02.17 and held discussions on the huge reduction of posts in maintenance regions, project Circles etc in the Man power plan as recommended by Deloittee. The sanctioned posts are about 9000 but in the Man power plan only the working strength of 3300 is taken into account. Considering the huge requirement in transmission media mtce and the importance of Core network, all the posts are to be accounted as it is. DIR(EB) informed that he is not aware of the developments and he will take up the matter immediately with DIR(HR).


The SNEA proposal for Term Insurance for the BSNL rects is under consideration of management. Restg Cell moved a proposal to constitute a Committee to have deliberations on the issue. The proposal is send to DIR(HR) for approval.

Similarly our proposal for formation of Corpus Fund is send to Estt cell for collecting the data pertaining to all the employees through ERP.

23/2/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


Implementation of Standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A.

Considering the latest developments in DoT on standard pay scales, the CWC at Hyderabd decided to organise trade union programmes immediately in the month of March itself. Considering the financial year ending, initial programmes will be at Delhi and major locations. Further intensified agitational programmes will be started from April, 2017. Notice will be issued in a couple of days.

Gear up for the struggle to get the pay scales finalised before the 3rd PRC implementation.


The proposal for merger of MTNL with BSNL is again on cards. According to reliable sources, PMO has initiated the process. The MTNL market liability will not be transferred to BSNL and MTNL employees will be given option to get absorbed in BSNL on BSNL pay scales and pay. Further details are awaited---


Meeting with CMD: Core Committee members of the Forum GS/BSNLEU, GS/NFTE and GS/SNEA met CMD/BSNL and held discussions on various issues:

a) Initiatives of all Unions and Associations for One Hour Extra Work from 10.02.2017 to 31.03.2017 to accelerate the growth and revenue during this financial year keeping in mind the 3rd PRC implementation. Eventhough it was a big initiative at the crucial time, the momentum has not picked up in the field units. Management and all employees at Circle and SSA level are to join hands to give the final push in the remaining 38 days.

Banners may be displayed in every offices/Telephone Exchange popularizing the initiative:
One Hour Extra Work from 10.02.2017 to 31.03.2017 for better customer service and to improve quality of service.
All Unions and Associations in BSNL.

b) Demonetization and entry of Reliance Jio has affected the revenue during 3rd quarter especially from mobile sector. All out efforts are required to generate more revenue in the coming 38 days by providing maximum new connections. Special focus may be given to leased circuits, MPLS circuits, FTTH connections, BB connections and landline connections which give us maximum revenue. Maximum connections are to be provided by 31.03.2017 and the bills also to be generated by 31.03.2017 so that the revenue will reflect in the balance sheet of 2016-17. More than 20,000 leased circuits waiting list is pending and one leased circuit revenue is between 50,000 to 1 lakh. Expenditure booking and liability creation also may be reduced/controlled till march end.

c) Frequent failure of BB NOC, Bangalore. The frequent failure of BB NOC at BG in the last one month is very serious and we requested permanent solution for such repeated failures.

d) Poor support of NGN equipment by M/s Huwaei. Large scale complaints are receiving from field units that M/s Huwaei is not extending support. Even they are not extending the AMC by signing the agreement. The Phase II delivery is abnormally delayed and under LD. Now they are pressuring through various channels to delay the next NGN tender where the rates are expected to be much lower than the earlier rates and M/s Huwaei will be forced to supply the equipments of Phase II in the lower rates of Phase III. Their support for GSM equipments also very poor.


Keynote address presented by GS, SNEA in the open session of CWC meeting held on 13-02-2017 at Indira Priyadharshini Auditorium, Hyderabad.
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Open session in connection with the CWC meeting at Hyderabad from 13-15 February, 2017

An excellent open session was held on 13.02.2017 A/N at Indira Priyadharshini Auditorium, Hyderabad. More than 600 comrades from Hyderabad and nearby SSAs participated in the open session. It was a moment of celebration for SNEA after the victory in the membership verification among the Executives Assns. Our CMD and senior management also joined with us in the celebration.

Com AA Khan, CHQ president presided over the meeting. Com K Sebastin, GS presented the keynote address. Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL was the Chief Guest. Sri R. K. Mishra, Director/ Institute of Public Enterprises, Com G L Jogi/ Chairman, Com V K Tomar, All India President/NCOA, Sri L Ananthram/CGMT, Telangana Circle, veteran leader Com S L Reddy, Sri A M Gupta, GM(SR)/BSNLCO, Sri K. Ramchand, PGM/HTD, Sri CSN Murthy/PGM, Sri Durga Prasad/PGM and other senior officers attended the open session.

GS presented the keynote address giving a critical analysis of some of the issues which requires urgent attention of the BSNL management like a) Proposal for Closure and Transfer of Assets of BSNL to States, b) Tower subsidiary formation, c) Mutation of land and monetization of the land asset, d) Infra sharing, e) move for centralized payments to vendors, f) Transmission media related issues, g) BB and FTTH through Franchisees/ cable TV operators, h) Deployment of Accounts personal in CSCs, i) Deployment of more Executives from offices and indoor duties to revenue earning field units. Critical HR issues are a) implementation of Standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A, b) implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, c) 3rd PRC implementation, d) Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees, e) finalization of Man power plan and f) other issues like first TBP, pay parity of Rs 22820 for post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs, E1A and E2 scales for Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS/TF w.e.f 01.01.2000 etc.

Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL given an excellent address motivating the entire employees. CMD congratulated SNEA for the victory in the membership verification which has given more responsibility to SNEA. CMD told that management knew SNEA will become the number one Association in the MV. While congratulating the Unions and Association for the SWAS initiative, CMD told that it has given a new direction to BSNL and accelerated the growth. The recent initiative of the BSNL Unions and Associations for One Hour Extra Work during the last quarter of the most crucial financial year is also appreciated by CMD. Management discusses all the issues and new initiatives with the Unions and Associations before its implementation. CMD informed that 3rd PRC implementation is his top most agenda. On standard pay scales, CMD categorically assured that E2, E3 scales will be implemented and he is in touch with Secretary, DoT in this regard. CPSU cadre Hierarchy implementation will be expedited. Other HR issues also will be settled at the earliest.

Sri R K Mishra, Director/IPE and management expert given the address highlighting the challenges and the priority areas BSNL should focus. He was involved in several Union Govt projects and a Govt nominee on several committees. He was a member of the search committee for the CEOs of CPSUs. BSNL has to tie up with global telecom companies to meet the challenges from other operators. BSNL has to go for big initiatives and restructure the business to meet the challenges. Com G L Jogi, Chairman SNEA highlighted the HR issues and warned management that the Executives cannot be motivated unless and until it addresses the legitimate HR issues without any further delay.

Com V K Tomar, All India President/NCOA, Sri L Ananthram/CGMT, Telangana Circle and Sri A M Gupta, GM(SR)/BSNLCO addressed the open session. The open session concluded with vote of thanks by Com M S Adasul, Dy GS.


GS, President and AGS met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on issuing offtg pay protection order, CPSU hierarchy and finalization of man power plan. PGM(Pers) informed that the orders for Offtg pay protection will be issued in few days. Since all HR issues approval in BSNL Board is related with HR plan, it will be expedited. In line with that CPSU Hierarchy also will be finalized as per Khan Committee recommendations.

GS and President met PGM(Estt) and held discussions on issuing guidelines on Rule 8 cases and the PCAT judgment on FR22(1)(a)(1) for officiating JTOs. The file regarding the guidelines for Rule 8 cases is submitted to DIR(HR) for approval. On the PCAT judgment, the judgment copy uploaded in the PCAT website and it will be endorsed to Circles for further actions.

21/2/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


PROTEST DEMONSTRATION at Bangalore NOC

Today SNEA Karnataka Circle held PROTEST DEMONSTRATION at Bangalore NOC during lunch hour to protest the failures of BB services on weekends and frequent long duration failure even on weekdays. JS South, CS KTK circle and DS / BGTD along with members and activists participated.


21/2/2017


CS writes to PGM(Finance) - Request for providing adequate training to A&F executives in the circle:
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A good number of the A&F executives working in circle office and various BAs are yet to get trained in FICO End User module even after completion of two years of migration to SAP in the circle. It is to be noted that only 145 A&F executives got training in FICO module out of 460 executives (JAO/AO/CAO). 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. Further, there is a common belief particularly among the A&F executives that this is a deliberate attempt by some of the interest groups in Circle A&F to make others dependent on them for resolution of each and every issues, which this association strongly believe, is a ploy to safeguard their vested interests .

Inspite of repeated reminders in this regard, Circle finance administration is turning a deaf ear to this vital issue. Further if these interests groups are allowed to go free solely to meet their vested interests, particularly for clinging on to the post they are holding and to remain there in one post or other as a pressure group, it would be a catastrophe for BSNL Kerala especially in the area of financial reporting. The danger in the lurking is hugely over shadowed by the mere short term benefits. Needless to say that, issuance of mere instructions and review meetings without proper training may not yield the desired results. Need of the hour is to impart proper training to the A&F executives in the relevant areas of SAP to ensure optimum utilization of the available human resources, a right step towards knowledge sharing.

We are hopeful that Administration would consider the above facts being brought to their notice repeatedly, that too only in the best interests of BSNL, by the recognized association of executives positively and would initiate necessary proactive steps to resolve the difficulties being faced by the executives in performing day to day activities in SAP smoothly and efficiently by arranging adequate training sessions on relevant modules of SAP-ERP to all concerned A&F executives working in circle office and BAs of BSNL Kerala Circle.


18/2/2017


Congratulations..!! Due to continuous persuasion of this association with Circle Administration, another set of Time Bound Upgradation orders got released. We are following up remaining cases also.
E2-E3 TBP orders || E3-E4 TBP covering letter || E3-E4 TBP Annexure


17/2/2017


JTO to SDE promotion under SCF before Hon’ble Hight court of Kerala:
Detailed arguments for the above case were continued for the entire three days on 15, 16 and 17th Feb. As the matter was pertaining to three writ petitions, it was heard at length by the Senior Counsel.

From BSNL side, Senior Counsel from New Delhi appeared for all the 3 days and on behalf of SNEA, Senior Counsel Shri O.V.Radhakrishnan argued the case. SNEA Kerala Comrades - Circle President, District Secretary Ernakulam, Assistant District Secretary Ernakulam and two SNEA Comrades from Hyderabad were present in the Court for the whole 3 days.

There was no written submission or appearance on behalf of AIBSNLEA for obvious reasons.
Direct Recruits who are recruited after 2001 challenging the seniority assigned to JTOs recruited between 1996 and 2000 were represented by three Counsels. CP, CS, CT and other office bearers of AIGETOA were also present in the court. Today at 4.30 PM, the arguments concluded and the Hon’ble High Court reserved the case for pronouncing judgement.


14/2/2017


Stalemate in Group-C to JTO LICE – Speaking order approved by CMD as directed by CAT Ernakulam:
As reported by our GS last week, CMD has approved speaking order as directed by CAT and the same has reached Circle office. The case was pursued by the Association at Circle and we were informed that the Circle office has received the speaking order on Monday and action is being taken for issuing the speaking order to the applicants.


11/2/2017


Meeting with PGM (Finance), O/o the CGMT, BSNL Kerala Circle on 08.02.2017

Circle Secretary Com. T Santhosh Kumar along with Circle Vice President Com. S Narendrakumar, Asst. Circle Secretary Com. J V Ramana, Area Secretary (South) Com. G Harikrishnan and DS CO Com. S Suneer met PGM (F) on 08-02-2017. DGM (F) was also present. The meeting started at 12.30 PM. The following items were discussed.

1. JAO promotion under 40% quota: LICE held on 17/07/2016:
We requested administration to consider/explore all options to accommodate entire JAO LICE qualified candidates in Kerala Circle. According to the LICE revised merit list, 85 candidates have been declared as qualified from Kerala Circle for the earlier declared 64 vacancies. Seven candidates who were earlier declared successful as per the previous merit list now seem to be placed at positions beyond the available vacancies in the revised list. It is to be noted that these candidates have already completed their Phase-I training and now working as Junior Accounts Officers in Kerala Circle. We also informed PGM that in some Circles, vacancies were not filled due to the non-availability of qualified candidates. Corporate Office would be able to divert those vacancies to circles like Kerala for resolving this issue. Also, some of the JAOs have qualified for JTO LICE and if such candidates are willing for JTO cadre, then the vacancies arising out of that can be utilized for accommodating the remaining candidates in the revised merit list. We pointed out that some JAOs have requested for transfer to other circles, administration may consider materializing such requests also for the accommodating all qualified candidates, as per the revised merit list, in Kerala Circle itself.
PGM (F) has agreed to take up with Corporate Office for enhancing the number of vacancies to accommodate all qualified candidates in Kerala Circle after our suggestions.

2. Ensuring uniformity in fixing of Pay of newly appointed JAOs
We informed administration that uniformity has not been maintained by various BAs in fixing Pay of Departmental JAOs who were appointed in November 2016. Though the Officers were relieved on 18.11.2016 after successful completion of their induction training at RTTC-Trivandrum, posting order was issued by circle office only on 21.11.2016. Some BAs have recorded 19.11.2016 as the date of joining of JAOs, some BAs have made it as 21.11.2016 and others have done it on some later dates.
We requested administration to give necessary instructions to BAs to maintain uniformity in fixing Pay of these JAOs to avoid any kind of pay anomalies/seniority issues that may arise in future due to different date of joining.
PGM (F) assured to do the needful in this regard.

3. Posting issue of Com. Suresh Babu, JAO:
We once again brought to the notice of administration about the demoralizing and disappointing treatment given by the circle administration by posting Com. Suresh Babu, JAO, a native of Trichur District in Kannur BA despite his meritorious performance in JAO selection process after securing 3rd rank in All India JAO LICE, 1st Rank in Kerala and again securing 1st Rank in JAO induction training. PGM (F) replied that he was not aware of such precedence followed in the circle and would take in to account such practice also in future postings. We requested PGM (F) to resolve this issue pointed out by the Association. He agreed to consider our demand. We requested him to expedite the case at the earliest.

4. Transfer to Kannur BA: Case of Com. Shamju Ramachandran, AO
We requested administration to consider the transfer case of Com. Shamju Ramachandran, AO from Trivandrum BA to Kannur BA on spouse grounds. PGM (F) confirmed that the request has been received by his office and agreed to consider the case at the earliest.

5. Transfer to Alapuzha BA: Case of Com. Prasanth, AO
We requested administration to consider the transfer case of Com. Prasanth, AO from Ernakulam BA to Alapuzha BA on spouse-medical and compassionate grounds. PGM (F) agreed to consider the case at the earliest.

6. Transfer requests in finance wing
We requested administration to publish the list of transfer requests being received from Officers in all finance cadres every year, as being done in the case of Officers in Engineering wing, to ensure transparency in inter SSA transfers. PGM (F) agreed to our demand and informed us that he would follow all norms being followed by HR wing in Kerala circle in the case of transfer and postings.

7. Stay particulars of officers of Finance wing
We requested administration to publish the corrected SSA wise stay particulars of officers of Finance wing. PGM (F) agreed to our demand and assured to publish the same at the earliest. We requested him to consider operating long stay list in a BA wherever there are inflow transfer requests to that BA as done by HR wing in Kerala Circle. The longstay transfer should be operated on one to one basis only. PGM(F) assured to do the needful and informed that he has implemented similar policy, few years back in Telangana.

8. Publish the vacancy positions of executives in finance cadres
We requested administration to publish the vacancies in all executive cadres in finance prior to issuing LA orders. PGM (F) agreed to our demand and assured to do the needful in this regard.

9. Posting of JAO/AO in Customer Service Centres:
We requested PGM(F) to consider/explore posting JAO/AO in Customer Service Centres. Most of the works in Customer Service Centres are billing and account related works, and most of the SDE/JTO are holding multiple charges of External Plant, Internal Plant, CSC, etc.. of multiple exchanges/subdivisions. The accounting works in Customer service centres has increased now with the advent of ERP SD module. We suggested that if JAO/AOs are given independent charge of CSCs, then the work load of these SDE/JTO can be eased. We also suggested to post these JAO/AO atleast in all Cat-1 and Cat-2 CSCs.

10. Not to accommodate Association office bearers in sensitive/HR posts strictly adhering to the standing instructions:
We showed our protest to PGM(F). The treatment being given to Officers in Finance wing seems to be based on the membership in association of executives in BSNL .We are of the considered opinion that the proposal mooted by the officers occupying HR/Establishment matters of finance wing are with hidden agenda with association considerations and the administration knowingly or unknowingly has been acting to the tune of such vested groups thereby protecting interests of the support association alone without even considering the genuine grievances and views being brought to your notice by the Recognized Association for inculcating a free and fair transfer and posting mechanism in BSNL Kerala circle. While the Administration has no hesitation to ignore the standing instructions and the practices being followed in the circle it is not at all ready to consider even the genuine/compassionate cases being pointed out by the recognized Association of executives in BSNL. We had categorically informed administration that we will not allow any kind of vindictive actions against our members and discrimination to officers based on association membership.

Meeting concluded at 1400 hrs

10/2/2017


Congratulations..!! to all JTO trainees who completed field training on 10/2/2017 and got posting as JTO(Telecom). We once again welcome all of you to the Executive community and Best Wishes for a Successful Career ahead.
View Posting Orders


10/2/2017


CS writes to CGMT regarding Suggestions for promoting Aadhaar E-KYC machines in BSNL Kerala Circle View Letter
We appreciate the sincere efforts taken by the circle administration for launching Aadhaar eKYC (Biometric Based Authentication) for ensuring fast track SIM activations for providing new GSM/3G connections in our circle. Thus we are able to do away with the hassles in dealing with conventional paper KYC/ photographs and bringing delays of verification to bare minimum thereby ensuring faster processing and issuance/activation of new SIM cards. This has definitely given BSNL an opportunity for capturing new connections in our circle on a very large scale by motivating Franchises, DSAs and other retailers to utilize eKYC platform for SIM activations. Our in-house marketing/sales teams in the circle are also able to boost SIM sales utilizing the new process especially during Melas to meet assigned targets.

In this regard, we suggested the following points for further fine tuning/optimization of eKYC process to achieve the best targets/prospects in future.

1. At times, the Aadhaar based Biometric finger print machines seem to deliver errors such as SIM invalid messages, Biometric mismatch error during finger swiping etc. Sometimes same eKYC number is generated for different activations. Intermittent disconnections are also observed. At the same time, these errors seem to be cleared after repeated attempts with the machine after a while.

2. It is noticed that the errors as described above are mainly observed after 10 AM during business hours. It is suspected that the issues are due to the constraints with the capacity of the server deployed for the purpose at ITPC, Hyderabad interfacing UIDAI server and Sancharsoft. It is requested to take up with the concerned to attempt redimensioning the server capability, if required, to entertain sufficient no. of requests from the field units.

3. It is learnt that eKYC process is now available only for new prepaid SIM activations only. The same need to be made available for activating MNP SIMs as well as Postpaid connections.

4. It is learnt that around 250 KB data consumption may be required per SIM activation using eKYC machines. Necessary data usage may be allowed free of cost to the machine users to encourage more retailers and DSAs to use the platform. PCRF functionalities available in our core network can be utilized for providing such free data usage for end users. The end users will be able to use the same SIM in their android handsets for their personal browsing also using the available public APNs itself incurring charges. Thus we can ensure that they use BSNL SIMs in their handset in any case.

5. It is also requested to allow eligible incentives to Franchises, DSAs and Retailers who procure eKYC machines on their own to boost SIM sales.


We humbly requested CGMT to consider our suggestions in this regard positively so as to popularize the usage of eKYC machines among Franchises, DSAs and Retailers in our circle on a very large scale to boost SIM sales, both new as well as MNP connections.

9/2/2017


Congratulations to SNEA Palakkad Team..!!
Based on the representation submitted by SNEA Palakkad , SSA Admn has withdrawn the Dies-non issued on 2/9/16 & 15/12/2016. However, the principle of 'No work - No pay" will be followed for these days. So only pay deduction would be done and no entry in the service book which would affect promotion & pension.

All District Secretaries are requested to takeup with the respective SSA Administration for withdrawing Dies-non, if issued any.
View Letter from SNEA Palakkad
View instructions from Palakkad Administration

8/2/2017


Stalemate in Promotion from Group-C to JTO LICE:
The status of the case was ascertained by CS with the Circle office. The legal opinion regarding disposal of speaking order as CAT direction has been received in the CO and accordingly the matter was communicated to Corporate office from Circle office on Saturday.
GS Com.K.Sebastin had further discussion on this matter with concerned section for the speedy disposal to end the stalemate for filling up of the JTO vacancies, accordingly the case has been putup to CMD for the final approval. We are expecting the disposal shortly. We are hoping that all the vacancies declared can be filled up and the aspirations of qualified officials can be fulfilled shortly.


8/2/2017


CS writes to PGM(F) regarding declared merit list based on revised answer keys of LICE for promotion from Group-C to the grade of JAO under 40% quota held on 17/7/2016 View Letter
As per Corporate Office Lr.No 9-1/2016-Rectt dtd 1/2/2017, revised merit list of the qualified candidates was published based on the modified answer key for the LICE from Gr C to the grade of JAO under 40% quota held on 17/7/2016.

According to the revised merit list, 85 candidates were declared to be qualified from Kerala Circle for the earlier operated 64 vacancies. Unfortunately seven candidates who were earlier declared successful as per the previous merit list, are now seems to be placed beyond the available vacancies in the revised list. It is to be noted that these candidates have already completed their Phase-I training and all are now working as Junior Accounts Officers in Kerala Circle.

In this context, we humbly request your goodself to take all possible efforts for the continuation of all these candidates as JAO and we suggest that the following points may be considered to overcome this imbroglio.

1. Issue may be brought to the notice of Corporate Office and request for enhancing the number of vacancies to accommodate all qualified candidates in Kerala Circle.

2. It is learnt that in some Circles, vacancies were not filled due to the non-availability of qualified candidates. So we can request to Corporate Office to divert those vacancies to Kerala circle to overcome the present.

3. Some JAOs (provisional) has qualified for JTO LICE also and if these candidates are willing for JTO cadre, then the vacancies arising thereby can be utilized for accommodating the remaining candidates in the revised merit list.

4. Some JAOs has requested for inter circle transfer, the vacancies arising thereby can be utilized for accommodating the remaining candidates in the revised merit list.

The issue was discussed with PGM(F) along with other issues on 8/2/2017..... details will be uploaded soon.


8/2/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


GS and CHQ President met PGM(Estt) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Presentation to DoT on 10.02.2017 regarding E2, E3 pay scales proposal: PGM(Estt) informed that the presentation will be made on 10.02.2017 proposing E1A to E2 and E2A to E3.

b) Instructions on Rule 9 cases: Clarification will be issued in this regard as some Circles raised queries about the date of implementation of the recent guidelines. It is suggested by Estt wing that since there is no specific mention on date of implementation, it will be prospective only. The file moved to Restg wing and we further discussed it with GM(Restg). The clarification on date of implementation will be issued shortly by Restg Cell.

c) TTA to JTO LICE results in Kerala circle: The speaking order will be issued with the approval of CMD. The proposal moved as desired by Kerala Circle and will be issued in few days.




The meeting of UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS IN BSNL was held on 06-02-2017 and reviewed the implementation of the ongoing SWAS programme.
It noted with satisfaction that, the revenue of the Company has increased during the period from April to December 2016, in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year, as a result of which the loss of the Company has also come down. At the same time, the meeting also felt that, a final push is needed to be given, to boost the revenue collection of the Company, before the current financial year comes to an end. Keeping this goal in mind, the meeting has unanimously resolved to call on the entire Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL to work for an extra one hour every day, from 10.02.2017 to 31.03.2017. It is decided that, maximum efforts should be taken during this period, to intensify the marketing activities, by giving special focus to the latest tariffs launched by BSNL. Atleast the Non Executives and Executives posted in Indoor and offices may volunteer one day in a month to join with the marketing activities and Melas etc. It is also decided that special efforts should be made to improve the quality of services. View letter issued to CMD by the Convenor.




Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 07.02.2017: GS, CHQ President and AGS met CMD BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Presentation to DoT on 10.02.2017 regarding E2, E3 pay scales proposal: On the pursuation of CMD with Secretary/ DoT and based the DO letter from CMD in this regard, DoT asked BSNL to give a detailed presentation on 10.02.2017 on the subject.
We requested CMD that BSNL should make a detailed presentation to DoT giving details of

1) the intermediary pay scales like E1A, E2A, E2B, E3A, E3B, E7A, E7B, E7C, E8A, E9A etc introduced in other CPSUs like BHEL, NTPC, ONGC, Coal India, FCI etc during 1st PRC period.

2) Union cabinet decision and DPE order dtd 26.11.2008 and 02.04.2009 regarding 2nd PRC and standard pay scales

3) status of intermediary pay scales in other CPSUs after 2nd PRC (all upgraded the intermediary pay scales to the next higher standard pay scales)

4) more than 70% of the Executives recruited after 01.01.2007 are BSNL direct recruits and DoT don’t have any financial implications etc. CMD informed that the presentation will include all such informations.

b) CPSU Hierarchy implementation: We requested to finalise the CPSU Hierarchy as per Khan Committee recommendations. Now the proposal discussed with management and SNEA is under consideration of top management. It may be decided at the earliest.

c) Finalization of HR plan: All the HR issues are pending for the last two years due to non-finalization of HR plan. The norms are to be finalized including the new businesses and then HR plan is to be finalized. Our letter dated 06.02.17 explains the areas which are not covered earlier.

d) Increasing the number of DGM posts: Considering the huge stagnation in Telecom Engineering wing and so many DGM posts are occupied by ITS officers, we demanded to increase of DGM posts to 2500. Our letter dtd 06.02.2017 gives a picture about the present status.


7/2/2017


CS writes to PGM(Finance) requesting uniformity in fixing of Pay of newly appointed JAOs View Letter
It is seen that uniformity has not been maintained by various BAs in fixing Pay of Departmental JAOs who were appointed in November 2016. It is to be noted that even though the Officers were relieved on 18.11.2016 after successful completion of their induction training at RTTC-Trivandrum, they were given posting orders from circle office only on 21.11.2016. Circle office had also asked BAs to obtain an undertaking from Officers as instructed by Corporate Office (Lr No 9-1/2016-Rectt dtd 18/11/2016) in this regard. All these Candidates have joined after submitting the undertaking accordingly. These undertakings were submitted on 19/11/2016 itself.

In this regard, it is noted that some BAs have recorded 19.11.2016 as the date of joining of JAOs, some BAs have made it as 21.11.2016 and others have done it on some later dates. It is to be noted that, these candidates could have joined as JAOs on 19.11.2016 itself but couldn’t do so because of administrative reasons/delay only.

Hence, it is humbly requested that necessary instructions may be given to BAs to maintain uniformity in fixing Pay of these JAOs to avoid any kind of pay anomalies/seniority issues that may arise in future due to different date of joining.


7/2/2017


CS writes to CGMT regarding consideration of JEs in JTO Phase-1 induction training who are now working as JAO(Provisional) and have also passed JTO LICE View Letter
Many JEs (erstwhile TTA) appeared in departmental 40% JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016 & cleared the same. Further after completing JAO Phase-1 training on 18/11/2016, they were given provisional posting as JAOs. Since their appointment in JAO cadre is provisional, there is also a chance of their reversion back to their JE cadres.

These technically qualified JEs also appeared in the JTO LICE held on 24/9/2016 for the vacancy year 2014-15 and few of these JAOs are declared to have cleared the JTO LICE. Now since their appointment in JAO cadre is provisional, these JAOs may be willing to join the JTO Induction training. In such case, these candidates will have to be reverted to their substantive cadre and then sent for JTO Induction training.

With reference to the above mentioned facts, we kindly request you to call for willingness of these provisionally posted JAOs who were also declared successful in JTO LICE held on 24/9/2016 for joining JTO Induction training and humbly request you to consider such willingness requests without causing financial loss to the candidates.

In this regard, we humbly request you that the JAO vacancies arising in such case is to be filled as per the revised ranking of successful candidates published by Corporate office as per Letter No 9-1/2016-Rectt dtd 01/02/2017. It is to be noted that more candidates (85 nos) are declared to have cleared the JAO LICE held on 24/9/2016 for the available 61 vacancies in OC quota.


6/2/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


GS writes to Director HR regarding Finalization of HR plan – Revolving around Deloittee recommendations and figure arrived by the consultant will not meet the requirement of the company as Deloittee never made any case study on the field requirements – Staffing norms are to be finalised to meet the operational requirements considering the ground realities. View letter



GS writes to CMD regarding increasing the number of DGM (T) posts by matching savings to address the huge stagnation in Telecom Engineering side in comparison with other streams. In addition, the DGM posts occupied by ITS officers really hampering the existing promotional avenues.It is high time to address it when HR plan is getting finalised. View letter


3/2/2017


JAO LICE for 40% quota held on 17-07-2016 Result declared on revised answer keys.
| View revised result | View answer Key | View Forwarding Letter |


3/2/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 01.02.2017: GS, CHQ President and AGS met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and increasing the number of DGM posts. We explained the details of the discussions with PGM(Pers) in this regard. The demand for relaxation in qualifying service, promotion to AGM grade on TB basis and increasing the DGM posts are the contentious issues. CMD assured to consider the demands positively.

b) Approval for E2, E3 pay scales: We explained the discussions with AS(T) in this regard. CMD informed that after his discussion with Secretary/DoT, Secretary is of the firm opinion that the proposal has to be decided within DoT and no need to send to Cabinet. The BSNL presentation will be based on the latest MC decision restricting the proposal to E2 and E3. On sending the revised proposal, CMD informed that the revised proposal will be send as per the advice of Secretary after Secretary takes a call on the suggestion to send it to Cabinet.

c) HR plan finalization: The HR plan is to be finalized at the earliest since all the HR issues are ending in the Board due to the non-finalization of HR plan. In the proposed HR plan, norms are not available for Trans mtce by Regions, Trans project, ITPC, BBNW, training Centres, BB/FTTH mtce etc which are to be corrected. CFA norms for rural and NE areas are to be reviewed. CMD assured that these issues will be taken care and directed us to have further discussions with DIR(HR) and GM(Restg) in this regard.

d) Promotion to DGM posts – increasing the DGM posts by adding vacant DR DGM posts and the posts vacated by Addl GMs given the charge of GMs. We requested to fill up all the DGM posts as mentioned above. CMD informed that the response from last promotion order is not at all encouraging and BSNL is not able to fill up the vacancies in different Circles. After lot of pleadings, CMD agreed to fill up the posts by early DPC.



GS, CHQ President and AGS met PGM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) on 01.02.2017 and held further discussions on:

a) CPSU Hierarchy implementation: The data almost collected by Pers Section. The outcome of the discussions will be presented to DIR(HR) on 03.02.17 and then to CMD. After that discussions will be held next week.

b) JTO to SDE promotion under LDCE quota and SDE to DE promotion: Further discussions held on the subject to find some way out for giving the SDE postings. Since HR plan is not finalised, Board is not ready to consider any HR issues like SDE RR amendment. Meanwhile the SLPa are prepared and just waiting for the certified copy of the judgment from Chandigarh High Court.

c) Expediting DGM promotion utilizing DR DGM and resultant vacancies by giving Addl GMs charge of GMs: We requested to fill up all the vacancies by this month itself. PGM assured to expedite the process but requested cooperation from Assn to fill up the vacancies in different Circles facing acute shortage of DGMs.

GS and CHQ President met Sri Ashuthosh Gupta on 01.02.2017 and held discussions on:

a) Finalizing the HR plan: We explained the shortcomings in the HR plan which are to be corrected before finalization.

b) Further actions on the social security measures like formation of Corpus fund, Group Insurance scheme etc. GM(Restg) informed that as per our proposal, DIR(HR) directed to process the case and GM(SR) will be sending a note to Restg section in this regard.



GS writes to Director HR regarding Rule-8 transfers in the cadre of JTOs and amendment of Para-9 in BSNL Transfer policy View letter.

1/2/2017


Meeting with Circle Administration on 31.01.2017 Circle Secretary Com. T Santhosh Kumar along with Circle Vice Presidents Com. Narendrakumar, Com. Asha A S, Asst. Circle Secretary Com. Ramana, Area Secretary (South) Com. Harikrishnan and DS CO Com. Suneer met GM (HR) on 31-01-2017. DGM (Admn) and DGM (HR) also represented Management side. The meeting started at 4 PM. The following items were discussed.

1. Withheld-Vacancies of last JTO LICE
GM (HR) confirmed that a direction has been received from Corporate Office to issue Speaking Orders to those who had submitted representation to CMD BSNL as per the direction from Hon. CAT, Ernakulam. However, according to GM (HR), some more clarification is required in this regard from Corporate Office for further processing of the case and assured that they will be disposed at the earliest. After the disposal of representations by giving speaking orders, the vacancies can be released, provided, there are no further interruptions/litigations in this regard. We informed GM (HR) that GS SNEA had met PGM (Estt) Smt. Madhu Arora on 30-01-2017 and discussed the issue wherein she had told that no queries were received from Kerala Circle so far. We requested management to expedite for early resolution of the case as there is acute shortage of JTOs in the circle and also to fulfill the promotion aspirations of the qualified candidates in our circle. GM (HR) assured that necessary correspondence to Corporate Office in this regard for early resolution of this case would be expedited without further delay. We assured management that we would also pursue the case at Corporate Office.

2. JTO Rule-8 Posting
We requested administration to consider requests from JTOs, joining in the circle under Rule 8, for posting to choice stations most favourably as they have already worked even in remote locations in other circles for years together. They can work with more vigor and enthusiasm for BSNL if they are given a chance to reach their home town and join their family members also making use of this Rule 8 transfer. GM (HR) responded positively and assured to do the best as far as possible for giving convenient posting to the Rule 8 candidates.

3. DE L/A Orders
We requested administration to consider those cases which were missed out while issuing DE LA orders recently. We pointed out the cases of Com. Sindhu Krishnan, Com. Jomon Joseph etc. GM (HR) responded positively. We also requested to fill up all vacant DE posts in BAs to improve operational and financial performance of the circle as shortage of DEs also can affect performance of BAs. GM (HR) informed that circle office has not received such requests from BAs except Calicut and would consider the request from BAs favourably once similar requests are received from the field. We requested to fill up all such DE posts by issuing LA orders from eligible candidates. District Secretaries are once again requested to update the status to CS on regular basis.

4. Pay fixation of Officiating JTOs on regularization.
We informed circle administration that different BAs follow different methods while fixing the pay of JTOs regularized recently. We requested GM (HR) to issue necessary instructions to all BAs to ensure uniformity in this regard. We further requested to expedite NEPP to all eligible candidates followed by 78.2 DA fixation and annual increment. We also requested not to initiate any recovery as there are many GOs prevailing in this regard issued by Govt. of India.

5. EPP Status
DGM (HR) informed that 42 cases of BAs and 80 cases of Circle Office are ready for releasing the orders. Some discrepancies were found in 152 cases during scrutiny, such cases are being sent to respective BAs for correction/clarification. GM (HR) assured to complete the process without much delay.

6. SDE L/A in Civil Wing.
We pointed out that as there are sufficient vacancies of SDEs in Ernakulam BA, L/A orders can be issued to fill up such posts. We pointed out that there are JTOs having more than 22 years’ service waiting for their first promotion. However administration seems to be adamant to fill up slots in Kottayam BA first and would fill vacancies in EKM subsequently. We requested to consider our request in this regard to fill up posts in EKM also most favorably.

7. Case of JTO Electrical, Kannur Com. Akhilesh Chandran
We enquired about the verification of stay particulars of Executives pertaining to Electrical wing in Kannur SSA as assured to us by CGMT during our formal meeting with the administration on 23-12-2016. We had registered our strong protest many times with administration regarding this issue where the Officer was selected by pick and choose method by misuse of authority and transferred out of Kannur SSA. GM (HR) assured to expedite the case with Electrical wing as directed by CGMT.

8. Stay Particulars of SDEs and JTOs.
GM (HR) assured to publish the stay particulars of SDEs and JTOs in February 2017 itself.

Meeting concluded at 1800 hrs.

1/2/2017


CS writes to PGM(Finance)requesting for implementing free, fair and transparent policies in HR functions of Finance wing in BSNL Kerala Circle: View Letter
We have been requesting many times with your good office almost in all official meetings with circle administration to adopt free and fair policy while implementing transfer and posting as well as issuing Looking after Orders to Officers in Finance wing of Kerala Circle. But to our dismay, the transfer/LA orders being issued from circle office from time to time don’t seem to convince the executives in general as far as the norms being followed are concerned. As the recognized majority association of executives in BSNL, we are constrained to come back again to you to reiterate our stand that tailor made norms and justifications should not be resorted to while issuing LA and transfer orders in BSNL Kerala Circle.

1. We would like to invite your kind attention towards the drama episode of AO LA orders issued to two JAOs in circle office couple of months back wherein they were given posting in Trivandrum SSA and MS unit as AOs. In fact the LA order issued should have been deemed as declined by the Officers on expiry of 20 days from the date of issuing orders as per the normal procedures being followed in the circle. But your office had gone to the extent of giving revised posting to the JAOs on 17.01.2017 in the circle office itself as AOs after a lapse of more than 45 days. The belated justification for posting in the circle office is with a hidden agenda to retain some interested persons and transfer out others.

2. In another development, the administration even went ahead to the extent of posting the circle president of an association as the IFA in Trivandrum SSA on his promotion that too in a sensitive post against the standing instructions on the subject that office bearers of Associations shall not be posted to sensitive posts and posts related to HR functions evenwhen options were wide open to post him in any other non-sensitive posts in SSAs, MS or circle office. The Officers involved in the episodes narrated above are either office bearers or members of the support association of executives in BSNL.

3. We would also like to invite your kind attention again to the posting order issued to Sh. Suresh Babu, a newly appointed JAO, to Kannur SSA after his induction training at RTTC Trivandrum last year. The administration should have shown due consideration to the Officer, for his meritorious performance after securing 3rd rank in All India JAO LICE, 1st Rank in Kerala and again securing 1st Rank in JAO induction training, by posting him in home SSA. Instead of motivating the executive on his performance in selection process and offering posting to his choice SSA, the Officer has been given demoralizing and disappointing treatment by your office by posting him to Kannur SSA.

4. Your kind attention is also invited towards the request for transfer to Kannur SSA made by Sh. Shamju Ramachandran, AO having completed more than 6 years in Trivandrum SSA on spouse grounds which is yet to be considered for more than a year from now.

5. Also, the transfer request made by Sh. Prasanth, AO, Ernakulam to Alappuzha also could have been considered on spouse-medical/compassionate grounds. Normally any transfer requests to Shortage SSAs like Kannur, Alappuzha etc. from SSAs like Trivandrum and Ernakulam, where executive strength is comparatively better, should have been considered empathetically.

6. It may be noted that during the posting of DGM (Finance) in the circle, vacancies were considered even against retirements falling after a lapse of few months later to accommodate the requests of officers.

7. The transfer of JAOs belonging to the recognized Association in Trichur SSA is another example. Association had registered strong protest before the PGMT against the totally unjustified and indifferent attitude shown by Trichur SSA administration against this transfer of two JAOs, who were booth agents of SNEA for membership verification, to rural stations without any rhyme or reason that too on the eve of referendum and after the office hours on 6th December 2016.Though PGMT Trichur, after our strong protest, had kept those orders in abeyance, certain officers in the administration with vested interests acted vindictively and insulted our members by allotting their seats to other JAOs despite directions from the PGMT. There are such attempts and threat in other SSAs as well.

8. The posting of a new JAO who has shown allegiance to this Association in Pathanamthitta SSA to a remote station far from HQ against the PGMF order, the handling of second phase training of JAOs etc are some other issues which were brought your notice already.


In general, anyone can note that the treatment being given to Officers in Finance wing seems to be based on the membership in association of executives in BSNL. We are of the considered opinion that the proposal mooted by the officers occupying HR/Establishment matters of finance wing are with hidden agenda with association considerations and the administration knowingly or unknowingly has been acting to the tune of such vested groups thereby protecting interests of the support association alone without even considering the genuine grievances and views being brought to your notice by the Recognized Association for inculcating a free and fair transfer and posting mechanism in BSNL Kerala circle.

While the Administration has no hesitation to ignore the standing instructions and the practices being followed in the circle it is not at all ready to consider even the genuine/compassionate cases being pointed out by the recognized Association of executives in BSNL.

We had categorically informed circle administration during recent meetings that we will not allow any kind of vindictive actions against our members and discrimination to officers based on association membership.

We never demand preferential treatment for our members and followers, but only request to adopt and implement free, fair, and transparent policies that too based on certain norms which should be convincing to the executive fraternity of BSNL.


We request you to
1. Consider issuing orders to post Sh. Suresh Babu, JAO to Trichur SSA considering his meritorious performance in JAO selection process.

2. Consider issuing transfer orders to Sh. Shamju Ramachandran, AO to Kannur SSA on spouse ground.

3. Consider issuing transfer orders to Sh. Prasanth, AO to Alappuzha SSA on spouse-medical/compassionate ground.

4. Publish the transfer requests being received from officers in all cadres in finance wing of Kerala circle on regular basis.

5. Publish the corrected SSA wise stay particulars of officers of Finance wing.(The list published earlier contained many mistakes)

6. Publish the vacancy positions in various cadres of finance in the circle on regular basis prior to issuing LA orders.

7. Not to accommodate association office bearers in sensitive/HR posts strictly adhering to the standing instructions on the subject.

8. Consider transfer requests from officers on compassionate/medical grounds in highly transparent manner.


We are hopeful that your office would consider the legitimate views being expressed by the one and the only recognized Association of executives in BSNL regarding the much needed review in HR practices in finance wing of BSNL Kerala circle in its true spirit and would initiate proactive steps to adopt free, fair and transparent policies in HR functions especially while issuing transfer and posting/LA orders so that a cordial and congenial atmosphere could be ensured in the circle.


31/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


Congratulations to all! BSNL Board approved formation of Superannuation Fund Trust:
Today BSNL Board meeting approved the proposal for Trust formation clearing the next step. The initial contribution will be 3% as approved earlier and will be effective from May, 2016. Com Piyush Gargh, SDE and our Circle Office Bearer at BSNLCO is one of the two Trustee Board members from employees side. DIR(HR) will be the Chairman. Sr GM(Legal), GM(CA), GM(Estt) etc are other members. This is the first major decision after the membership verification. Now the proposal has to go to Income Tax department for exemption. We have to fight to increase the contribution to the full 30%. Further we will be taking up to give 01.01.2007 as the effective date so that the benefit will get from that period.

It is not true that the BSNL Board decided to invest the money with LIC as reported by some sections. There was no such proposal in the Board memo. It has to be decided by the Board of Trustees. SNEA demanded that the money should be invested with LIC which is having sovereign guarantee for the purpose of security.

Our sincere thanks to CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR) and other BSNL Board members for approving the proposal.

It is learned that other HR issues like E1+5 increments for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010, SDE RR, 50% MT quota diversion of CAO posts etc not considered by the Board due to HR plan. In the last meeting of the HR Committee held on 19.01.2017, only HR plan discussed and the plea of management to delink some of the HR issues from HR plan not agreed by DoT. Next meeting of the HR Committee is tentatively fixed for 15.02.2017.



GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met Smt Sujata T ray, DIR(HR) on 30.01.2017 and held discussions on issuing orders for officiating pay protection, standard pay scales of E2, E3, CPSU Hierarchy implementation, agenda for the Board meeting on 31.01.2017, HR plan finalization etc. We formally invited DIR(HR) to attend our CWC meeting at Hyderabad on 13.02.2017 which she accepted.

GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met Smt Madhu Arora, PGM(Estt) on 30.01.2017 and held discussions on Pay parity of Rs 22820, E1A and E2A scales notionally for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007, issuing instructions to Circles on Rule 8 cases and declaration of results for Kerala Circle for the second LICE to JTO Cadre. On Rule 8 cases further discussion will be held on 01.02.2017.



GS writes to Director HR regarding the decision of the management to extend trade union benefits to AIGETOA against the provisions of Recognition Rules, 2014. Strongly protesting and demands urgent review in conformity with the Recognition Rules View copy of the letter.



GS writes to Additional Secretary, DoT to take expeditious actions to approve the BSNL proposal for replacing the intermediary 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 on 2nd PRC recommendations and DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008, subsequent clarification dated 02.04.2009 and DPE letter to DoT dated 09.07.2014 as done in other CPSUs. View copy of the letter.



Pay parity of Rs 22820/- for the post 2007 recruited Executives especially the directly recruited JTOs of 2007 and 2008 batches and directly recruited JAOs of 2010 batch as represented by the Recognized Representative Association, SNEA - GS writes to the Chairperson of the Committee. View Copy of the letter.


30/1/2017

Recruitment of JTOs from Group-C through LICE for 2013-14, 14-15 vacancy:
GS SNEA had a detailed discussion on the subject with PGM (Estt) Smt Madhu Arora and requested to clear the stalemate prevailing in Kerala Circle in this regard. PGM expressed the surprise and told that it should have already cleared as the speaking order was communicated to the circle more than 3 weeks before.
When GS informed that Kerala Circle has some doubts on the issue the PGM replied that no such query has come from Kerala circle so far.
We request the Circle Administration to clear the issue without any further delay and fill up all vacant posts from among the qualified candidates.

30/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding Embarrassment to field officers - Utilisation of UG cable for NPC
View Letter
A large number of request for new phone connections are pending in the circle due to shortage of cables (particularly 5 pr cable for individual connections). In fact the field units are utilising the available cable allotted to them in most judicious manner by giving the priority for broad band connections and the connections which require minimum cables . Those cases which require more length of cable for individual connection are offered WLL or WiMax considering the economical viability of the company.

But some of these customers approach higher authorities like GM/PGM/ CGM/ CMD/ Minister / DOT etc through email/ Twitter, written complaint/ Adalath /PGRMS etc. In such cases special allotment are done for these cases alone to close the case. There are instances for laying cable for more than 250 mts in such cases while many cases which require less cable is overlooked due to the VIP consideration to these type of complaints . We fully appreciate the prerogative of the higher ups in taking such decisions but to point out that this is causing much complaints from the public and embarrassment to field officers while facing the customers and affecting the image of the company.

Hence it is suggested that a clear norms may be decided at circle level up to what length new cable can be laid for individual connections. Different norms may be set for Bfone and Bfone with BB etc as provided in the past for OYT, Special etc. It may also be clarified that whether field officers can overlook the seniority of the applicant taking in to account the financial viability or to follow the chorological seniority irrespective of the requirement of stores.

28/1/2017

Congratulations..!! The much awaited DGM(LA) orders released today. View Orders
The remaining cases, we are pursuing.



28/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding Pay fixation of officiating JTOs on regularization View Letter

References:
1.GI MF OM No: F.3(4)-E.III(B)/71,dated the 5th February,1972.
2. 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


It is reported that pay of officiating JTOs on their regularization is being refixed to an amount less than that they were drawing during the officiating period. Further it is reported that huge recovery has been done from these officers who were retired from service and their retirement benefits are not settled. Attempt for recovery from pay of serving officers are being initiated by the finance wing.

In this connection kind attention is invited to the following facts:

1. As per Government of India, Ministry of finance OM No. vide referred (1) above, it is stated as follows:
“It may sometimes happen that the pay of an employee, permanent in post ‘A’ but officiating in Post ‘B’ and subsequently transferred/promoted to post ‘C’, fixed with reference to the officiating pay in post ‘B’ may work out to be less than the pay fixed with reference to the substantive pay in post ‘A’. In order to remove this anomaly, it has been decided that in such cases pay should be fixed under FR-22C [now FR 22 (1) a (1)] with reference to the substantive pay or the officiating pay, which ever may be beneficial to the Government servant.”
From this it is clear that pay is to be re-fixed considering this OM and protecting the pay drawn on officiating period.

2. As per the O.M under reference 2 which is also endorsed by BSNL the recovery of excess pay due to wrong fixation (even in case of wrong fixation ) from an employee is impermissible in law under following category:
(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.


In the light of above rule positions it is requested that:
1. The pay of the officiating JTOs on their regularization may be fixed not less than pay they were drawing during the officiating period.
2. Any attempt to effect recovery on the pretext of wrong fixation may be stopped forthwith since all of them are covered under category which is impermissible in law as per the O.M. under reference issued based on the judgment passed by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.



28/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding Implementation of Integrated OMCR View Letter
When the E10 Exchange at the 2nd Floor of Panampilly Nagar became scrapped, the switch room was allotted to Mobile Services for setting up the Integrated OMCR from Two different rooms to a single room. Many unfortunate planning happened in the due course to centralize the all monitoring Nodes of Mobile/CFA/Transmission to one room named Integrated OMCR. The Association was always in an opinion that, the work should be carried out after the proper feedback and requirement from the real stake holders of OMCR. But it never happened.

Now there is stalemate in this work of Setting up of OMCR due to the financial limit of CGMT. Circle Executive Committee of SNEA had a detailed deliberation in this regard and being the recognized Officers Association of BSNL, CEC of SNEA decided to inform the following decisions to the CGMT, Kerala Circle:

1. Since the phase VIII is also 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. For 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 OMC R 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. Hence, CEC of SNEA Kerala decided to inform CGMT about our strong concern and protest for allotting any further space for TERM Cell or any other agencies.


Some Major Advantages of OMCR/OMCS Cell in a Single place:
1. Convenience in handling Calls from the field.
2. Faster communication between OMC-R and OMC-S.
3. Co-ordination of other nodes GGSN/SMSC/IN/SSTP/IPTAX/ILD TAX/NGN Nodes/BB NOC from single point.
4. Faster Traffic Analysis and other reports and its follow up.
5. Faster Customer Complaint Settlement coming through CCS.


Considering these facts, SNEA requested the 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.

28/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding Rule 8 transfer cases to Kerala.View Letter
It is reported that large number of requests under Rule 8 is pending from various circles to Kerala Circle even after giving permission to accommodate the applicants. In fact BSNL corporate office has taken this in to account while fixing the allotment of DR JTO recruitment 2017. In the recently held JTO LICE, Kerala circle could fill up only 58 posts due to court cases and nearly 300 JTO posts under LICE is pending in the circle while all other circles were able to fill up all the vacant posts. At present the working strength of JTOs in the Circle is just 25 % of the sanctioned strength. Similar is the case of SDEs and DEs. In spite of this our circle is relieving all inter circle transfer orders without any hesitant and without substitute considering the genuineness of the request of the Officers. In fact the executive strength of the circle is too short of it bare minimum requirement and justifications based on assets, revenue, profit etc. In this connection it was requested to take-up with all Circles for releasing the JTOs under Rule 8 to Kerala circle as good number of JTOs through LICE have joined in those Circles.

27/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


GS and CHQ President met Sri N Sivasailam, Addl Secretary, DoT on 27.01.2017 regarding approval of E2, E3 pay scales. Even after lot of interaction, AST still maintains the stand that E1A and E2A scales are to be sent to Union Cabinet or BSNL has to modify the proposal to E1 and E2 scales instead of E2 and E3. According to AST, the pay difference for the Executives recruited in E1A scale before 2nd PRC implementation can be addressed by giving 4 or 5 additional increments in E1 scale and the new recruits after implementation of 2nd PRC report are to be placed in E1 scale only. We strongly opposed his view and told him that we will not agree to this proposal and nothing less than E2 and E3 is acceptable to us as recommended by BSNL. AST is changing his stand very frequently, we told him. According to AST, intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A are unique in BSNL alone. We explained him that this information is wrong and similar intermediary pay scales were available in several CPSUs and BSNL is not an exemption. Govt allowed intermediary pay scales with the approval of Administrative Ministry and DPE during 1st PRC. During 2nd PRC implementation, such intermediary pay scales were replaced by all other CPSUs with next higher standard pay scales except BSNL as per DPE guidelines.

At the end AST told that he will maintain the same stand and the competent authority can decide the other way. He also mentioned that CMD/BSNL is discussing with Secretary, DoT in this regard. Comrades the issue is in a very crucial stage and we have to maintain maximum organizational pressure till the issue is resolved as we are demanding.


27/1/2017

This Association has taken up the Broadband Provisioning Server issues with CGMT Kerala and also with CMD. BB reconnection and provisioning is pending in entire south zone. GS has requested the intervention of CMD in this issue. CMD responded and GS will be meeting the CMD in the afternoon.

26/1/2017

SNEA Kerala Wishes
A Proud and Happy Republic Day to All Indians





24/1/2017

CEC Meeting on 21/1/2017 and 21/1/2017 at Hotel Town Tower, Trivandrum

Slideshow of CEC Photos
CEC_TVM_2021_01_17

Com.V.G.Sabu, DS-Trivandrum welcomed all participants of the CEC.

Com.George Varghese, Circle President delivered presidential address and highlighted the following points:

• Crucial CWC is coming up in Feb2017 to discuss various issues.
• Formal discussions going on at Corporate office with SNEA for various pending HR issues. This is due to the MV results and the recognition to SNEA. We have huge responsibility for resolving the issues.
• Long delay in EPP
• Long delay in issuing LA orders
• Transfer orders issued to two years completed LICE JTOs
• Due to our vigorous perusal, Lady JTO-Trainees were posted in their choice SSA or atleast nearby SSA.
• Diary – We are not ready to do any suedo business subrogating our identity and hence we rejected the offer of Administration to supply diaries for all staff (Executive as well as Non-Executive) without our name and emblem. Finally Administration agreed to reimburse the cost of diary purchased by SNEA members being published by SNEA.
• SWAS rebooting, BSNL viability


Com.Santhosh Kumar, Circle Secretary in his address highlighted the following points:
• Last CEC at Ernakulam on 17/12/16 was not sufficient to discuss, so we decided for 2 days CEC.
• Pending issues at CHQ level – CS explained the present status of various issues, E2/E3, 22820, CPSE Cadre Hierarchy, JTO to SDE SCF/ LDCE Postings, RR amendments, SAB fund, Term Insurance, Officiating pay protection etc.
• Outcome of meetings held with Administration on 23/12/16 and 10/1/17 for discussing various Circle issues and follow up.
• LICE JTO postings and consideration of request transfers of two years completed LICE JTOs
• Phase-II training of JTOs and JAOs
• Long pending EPP cases, pending VC to be expedited
• Pay fixation issue of regularized officiating JTOs, pending 78.2% IDA merger, NEPP and pending Increment.
• Stalemate in the LICE from Group-C to JTO for the vacancy years 2013-14 and 2014-15
• Long pending DE(LA) orders – expected to be released today
• Unjustifiable transfer of Executives in DE cadre from Kerala to West Bengal Circle
• SDE(LA) in Civil wing
• Issues in Accounts wing
• Merging of Mobile Services with Circle Office
• POS terminal – issues and importance in the era of demonetization
• SWAS rebooting


All District Secretaries/representatives presented their report and put forward their suggestions and ideas to the CEC for discussion. Almost all CEC participants got opportunity to express their ideas.

Com.Asha.A.S, Circle Vice President and Accounts Officer at Trivandrum was unanimously selected as General Convener of the proposed VANITHA VEDHI of SNEA.

Important Points discussed at the CEC is listed below:

1. Pay fixation issues of regularized officiating JTOs, 78.2% IDA merger, NEPP, Increment etc.

2. Long delay in EPP

3. Effect of “No work No pay” on EPP cases reported from PGT and PTA to be opposed at SSA and Circle level for correction.

4. Unjustified JAO postings – case of Com.Suresh Babu, JAO Kannur who is hailing from Trichur and was a Rank holder both in All India JAO LICE as well as in JAO training at RTTC.

5. Unjustified and Illegal transfer of JAOs in Thrissur on the eve of MV in Dec2016.

6. Uniformity in Pay fixation of JAOs across Kerala Circle to be followed

7. Posting of Accounts personals (JAO/AO )at CSC to be explored

8. Norms for transfer to be followed in Accounts wing. Tailor made norms and justification cannot be accepted on promotion and postings. Equal opportunities to be given to all Accounts personnel for working in various diverse areas for knowledge sharing and to end monopoly.

9. OMCR space issues at Panampilly nagar, Ernakulam – No more space can be allotted to other agencies as BSNL officers are not having sufficient seating arrangement and BSNL require more space for further Expansion.

10. Uniform duration of training for both JTOs and JAOs

11. Reviewing of duration and curriculum of training courses at RTTC. Outdated syllabus to be reviewed.

12. Looking after arrangement in SDE(Civil)

13. Filling of vacant DE posts at various BAs, Looking after arrangement in DE cadre

14. Pending Transfer cases in SDE/DE cadre

15. Minimum 10% commission to BSNL is required for Civil and Electrical and Arch in External projects.

16. Merger of Civil, Electrical and Architecture wings with Telecom wing.

17. AD(OL) case to be taken up with CHQ and Corporate Office

18. Cancellation of transfer orders of Executives from Kerala to West Bengal Circle

19. While filling shortages in various Circles, regional wise South zone, north Zone, west Zone, East Zone consideration for transfer to be adopted. Rearrangement to be done from nearby Circles.

20. Implementation of Medical Insurance scheme to be explored

21. Pending EPF transfer issues to be coordinated

22. EPF contribution during training period

23. EPF - Full Pension scheme for DRs to be explored

24. Immediate implementation of E2, E3 payscales for JTO/JAOs and SDE/AO cadres.

25. 22820 issue of post 2007 and 2008 JTOs and pay fixation issue of JTO Departmental Outsiders

26. Superannuation Benefits for BSNL recruits and fund creation

27. Stalemate in JTO to SDE LDCE to be resolved immediately

28. Promotions through SCF – JTO to SDE, SDE to DE etc

29. Stalemate in the LICE from Group-C to JTO for the vacancy years 2013-14 and 2014-15

30. Pending issues of Electrical wing, case of Com.Akilesh Chandran of Kannur

31. Rule-8 cases to Kerala from Tamil Nadu and other circles, cases to be coordinated with other CS

32. Rotation of staff in sections like ITCELL, Mobile wing, Circle/ SSA office , RTTC etc and other areas.

33. Frequent failure of BB network, Clarity and other CDR packages and its effect on our revenue and developmental activities.

34. More concentration should be on FTTH business. Provide OLT, Fibre, related accessories and Installation wing at the earliest.

35. 4G service should be launched immediately

36. Long pending demand - Integrated Mobile service by Merging of Mobile Services with Circle Office for improving efficiency

37. GSM Postpaid plans to be made more attractive on par with prepaid plans

38. Customer profiling to be done - Individual offers to mobile customers may be introduced as done by other operators.

39. Shortage of Nano SIM to be avoided

40. Announcements in our services to be more attractive and courteous example – “Ningal villikunna” word to be replaced by “Thaangal villikunna BSNL Customer”

41. Exclusive CSC Incharges to be posted

42. Delay in SIM Activation through E-Kyc to be minimized.

43. Neglect of WLL and WiMax services to be attended

44. Review unjustified tariff hike in WiMax plans

45. Marketing fund utilization

46. POS terminal at all CSC /Marketing teams to counter Demonetisation

47. Issues related to POS terminal using BSNL SIM to be attended

48. Business Diversification – Banking

49. SWAS to be rebooted and monitoring to be done at least at Divisional level with coordination of other Unions/Associations.

50. JIO unscrupulous offer – to be taken up legally as well as with TRAI

51. Immediate replacement of Life expired Batteries and Powerplants

52. Adequate tools like cable faults locators, route locators, cable pair identifier etc to be provided to the field units for smooth working

53. Heavy damage to BSNL underground cables due to road widening works – compensation to be explored with State Government by Circle Office.

54. For getting adequate compensation from external damages BSNL should be made as utility service.

55. Compensation to BSNL from DEFENCE for using space and other infra such as batteries and power at STR stations, preferably in the the form of FIBRE.

56. More Apprentices to be posted for compensating the shortage of skilled labour, especially at CSC, MDF, BB, FTTH areas.

57. Centrailised payment for the whole SSA/Circle to be explored for KSEB and KWA bills

58. NOC for NGN is required at Ernakulam

59. IQ rent to be reviewed and enhanced for meeting its maintenance expenditure

60. Scrapping to be expedited for clearing space dumped with obsolete and irreparable items.

61. Exchange capacity to be redesigned for the current working DELs for reducing expenditure on electricity and fuel.

62. Staff shortages in various SSAs like Malappuram and Pathanamthitta to be attended.

63. Circle/SSA PR section to be made effective to counter the negative press reports against BSNL.

64. Post ERP implementation - Moving to Paperless office or atleast minimizing the paperwork.

65. Post ERP implementation - Uniform procedures to be followed among all Business units

66. Leave is being entered and sanctioned in ERP but SR 1 is insisted in some SSAs.

67. Immovable Property statement is now through ERP, submission of printout to be avoided.

68. NITI Aayog – News of Disinvestment of BSNL and other PSUs – protest to be taken up with CHQ.

69. Eligible Data usage of Executives to be reviewed in the wake of Data-Era where Whatsapp groups are being used for official communication and Corporate office stressing on hitting likes and sharing posts related to BSNL on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

70. Mobile phone instrument reimbursement for executives to be reviewed and enhanced

71. Office bearers of Associations not to be placed in crucial posts having important positions in HR, Finance etc.

72. Misuse of Association Office Bearership at RTTC to be avoided and checked

73. Conduct rules to be reviewed – enhance the ceiling in movable and immovable property, review of minor penalty such as withheld of increment with cumulative effect.

74. Core team to be formed for countering the negative posts against SNEA in social media.

75. Whatsapp groups – only one official group per SSA and only one per Circle to be maintained

76. Renovation of SNEA Bhavan, AC units to be repaired immediately

77. SNEA Social security fund to be enhanced from the present Rs 1 Lakh

78. OLT donation by SNEA to Trivandrum SSA – request from DS-Trivandrum to improve services

79. Diary printing – panel to be formed in June of every year for the smooth distribution of the diaries before every New Year.

80. Vanitha Vedhi of SNEA to be formed. Convener per SSA to be selected and formally to be launched on 8th March - International Women’s day.

81. All undertaking forms for Subscription through salary to be collected by 31/1/2017.

82. All undertaking forms collected by District Secretaries in respect of Inspection Circle and ITPC to be forwarded to CS Kerala and sent to CS-Madhya Pradesh Com.Mujumdhar, STP Circle to Com.Sibyraj, STR to Com.Joseph Lukose, , RTTC and other Circle office cases to Com.Suneer.



23/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding filling up of JTO posts from Group-C through LICE for the vacancy years 2013-14 and 2014-15: View Letter
Please refer to our letter dated 14/12/2016 and subsequent meetings on 23/12/2016 and 10/1/2017 on this subject. All the interested candidates had submitted their representation to the CMD which is less than 100. It is reliably learnt that Corporate Office has finalized the case and handed over to Circle office for disposal. So we requested that the disposal of the representation which is in the final stage may be completed at the earliest. It was also requested to take immediate necessary action for filling up of the JTO posts at the earliest considering the acute shortage in the JTO cadre as well as genuine legitimate expectation of the employees for their due promotion as assured to this Association. It may be noted that most of them have passed the LICE against both the year 2013-14 and 2014-15.

21/1/2017

Today is the first death anniversary of our God Father, Mentor, Great Leader Com.W.Seshagiri Rao.

We remember him for his great and lifetime achievements for all executives in BSNL. Our sincere tributes to our veteran leader Com.W.Seshagiri Rao.


20/1/2017

Congratulations..!! to all. Orders released for Looking after arrangement in STS cadre. View Letter


20/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


Com G. L. Jogi, Chairman had a detailed discussion with CMD today lasting about 40 minutes on two important issues of Standard pay scales and CPSU Cadre hierarchy mechanism.

CMD was told in very clear terms that BSNL management needs to be very focussed and unambiguous in its approach and stand on introduction of standard pay scales so as not to give any scope to DOT to play with the issue on flimsy grounds like cascading / non cascading etc. Replacement of non standard pay scales for JTOs / SDEs by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 well before 3rd PRC implementation should be of utmost significance for BSNL Management. All other things are irrelevant and unwarranted so long as this serious anomaly is not sorted out, CMD was informed. Already abnormal and uncalled delay in resolving this critical issue has taken place, resulting in wide spread resentment and demoralisation. Any further delay in resolution of this issue might lead to industrial unrest, CMD was apprised.

CMD categorically assured that he is in constant touch with Secy/DOT on this issue and very shortly a presentation is being made to him for quick resolution of this issue.

On the issue of abnormal, incomprehensible and unwarranted delay in finalising crucial mechanism of Cadre hierarchy, CMD was apprised of very dangerous and simmering discontentment and frustration building up in all cadres due to total blockade of career growth in all cadres because of endless litigations. CMD was also told that unless steps on a war footing basis are initiated to introduce this mechanism, it could lead to wide spread and uncontrolled industrial unrest and turbulence that would not be in the interests of the Company.

Blocking career growth of all the cadres will have very dangerous consequences for the growth of the Company, CMD was informed. And there are no financial implications involved in introducing this mechanism of career growth. Management needs to act with lightning speed to finalise and implement this mechanism. CMD assured that he will have a very serious discussion with the concerned officers on this issue.

19/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding Pay fixation of Officiating JTOs on regularisation: View Letter

It is understood that uniformity has not been maintained by BAs and Circle Office while fixing pay of officiating JTOs after regularisation. Lot of anomalies has been observed in the case. Many of them didn’t receive their annual increment, many are yet to get 78.2% fixation, many are not in receipt of benefit of NEPP even though the Administration was of the opinion that their pay is to be fixed from substantive scale on IDA pay revisions etc.

We requested to extend them all benefits like increment, 78.2% DA merger , promotion under NEPP etc to which they are eligible according to Administration. This will put some light on the pay difference, if any, to individual officers as well. This will be useful in addressing the pending issues altogether and the officers will be able to take clear position in this regard. We requested CGMT that necessary instructions in this regard may kindly be given to the HR section of circle office and BAs to ensure uniformity while fixing pay of JTOs who were regularised last year after extending all eligible benefits.

19/1/2017

CS writes to CE(Civil) regarding Looking after arrangement in SDE(Civil):View Letter


19/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


Grant of the facility of deduction of subscription to SNEA, the recognised representative association in BSNL and revised instruction governing deduction of monthly subscription - View Revised Instructions.

As per the revised instructions of SR Cell, all Circles / SSAs are requested to credit the Quota amount Rs.70/- in the SNEA CHQ vendor code 0100085651 linking with the SNEA CHQ bank account. All CSs and DSs are requested to contact the DDOs concerned and submit the request as per revised instructions.


GS writes to CMD regarding Change of designations of JTO/JAO, SDE/AO, Sr.SDE/Sr.AO and DE/CAO/EE equivalent cadres in line with CPSU structure- modification in the earlier proposal View letter


CPSU Hierarchy discussions continued on 16th and 17th January as per schedule. Next meeting will be held on 27.01.2017 after collecting the necessary data by the Pers section.

Pay parity of Rs 22820/- for the post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs: Additional inputs can be mailed to CHQ in email id: sneachq@yahoo.com latest by 22.01.2017.

18/1/2017

Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle

Venue : Hotel Town Tower, Press Rd, Statue, Trivandrum
(Near YMCA, Opp Road to South gate of Secretariat)

Dates : 20/1/2017 and 21/1/2017.


View Notice
View location of Hotel Town Tower on map


18/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


GS writes to GM SR regarding Creation of vendor code and account details for deduction of monthly subscription from the salary of the members from the month of January, 2017 regarding. View letter

The Bank Account particulars of SNEA, CHQ and the CHQ vendor Code is furnished below. All the Circle / SSAs are requested to credit the Quota amount Rs.70/- in the CHQ vendor code linking with this bank account:

VendorCode : 0100085651
Name of Bank : STATE BANK OF INDIA
SB A/C No : 10332931596
Name of A/C holder : SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION / CHQ (SNEA/CHQ)
IFSC Code : SBIN0001515
MICR Code : 600002041
Bank Address :271, PURASAWALKAM HIGH ROAD, CHENNAI, PIN-600 007.


17/1/2017

Supply of diary: As demanded by SNEA, CGMT has approved purchase of diary of their own choice to SNEA members and for reimbursement at the rate of Rs140/- per diary. View orders
All SSA Secretaries are requested to intimate the SSA Administration immediately about the no of executives who are not interested to take the diaries supplied by AIBSNLEA.
SNEA is printing Diary-2017 for all its members which will be ready for dispatch in a week time. The requirement of Diaries, BA wise to be intimated immediately to the Circle Treasurer Com.Premkumar today itself.


17/1/2017

Congratulations to All...!! Request Transfers of JTOs released:
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We thank Administration for releasing the Transfer orders as agreed to us in meetings held with this association on 23/12/2016 and 10/1/2017. Dispelling all anxieties and ambiguities, CGMT has approved the transfer orders of all JTOs.
We appeal to all Executives to reciprocate with much vigour and initiative in their activities in meeting the BSNL targets.

17/1/2017

CGMT Kerala writes reminder letter to Director(HR) regarding retention of DEs transferred to West Bengal in Kerala Circle itself to enable continued performance of Kerala Circle. View Letter
We thank CGMT for once again taking up the case of DEs transferred from Kerala to WestBengal for its cancellation.

16/1/2017

Modification of postings for Field training of few lady JTO Trainees: View orders
We thank Circle administration for considering the request for posting of lady JTO trainees adjusting in the nearby Business Areas.

14/1/2017

During this Season of Festival, all transfer requests of DEs who completed two years are issued by Corporate office. View Orders From Kerala - Smt.Shanthi.S, Shri. A.V.Srinivas, Shri R.Venkataraman, Smt. Sheela.V, Shri.G.H.Kulkarni are transfered to their requested Circle and request of Shri Mukundan Nair.K.C from Gujrat to Kerala is also considered.

The transfer orders of Shri Amanulla.P, DE Lakshadweep under orders of transfer to West Bengal is also cancelled. View orders We thank CHQ for their valuable efforts and also further request CHQ for reviewing the remaining cases of transfer to West Bengal.

13/1/2017

Field Training orders issued for LICE-JTOs: View Orders
Congratulations..!! to these JTO Trainees. We wish them a very successful career as executives in BSNL. We wholeheartedly welcome to SNEA - the Recognised Majority Association in BSNL. We assure them higher payscale of E2, timebound functional promotion in executive category, superannuation benefits which were the long cherished demands of all executives and BSNL recruits.
Inspite of the assurances given to us, a few lady JTO Trainees are posted to far off places. The Association will take up the issue with CGMT for review.


Circle office released orders for JAO Phase-II training at RTTC Trivandrum: View orders

13/1/2017

Meeting with GM (HR), O/o CGMT, Kerala Circle on 10.01.2017
This Association had a meeting with Administration on 10/1/2017 to discuss various pending HR issues. SNEA Kerala was represented by CP Com.George Varghese, CS Com.Santhoshkumar.T, CT Com.Premkumar.G, CVP Com.Asha, AS(South) Com.Hari and DS-CO Com.Suneer. Administration side was represented by GM(HR) Shri Mohan.D, DGM(Admin) Shri Satheesh, DGM(HR) Shri James Sagayaraj and AGM(HR) Shri Madhusoodhanan. The following issues were discussed:

1. Request Transfer of JTOs: The circle Administration has agreed to consider all transfer requests of JTOs along with the posting of New batch JTOs.

2. Posting of New JTOs: The Association suggested posting all JTOs in their choice SSAs as most of them are from shortage SSAs. The short fall on account of request transfer can be met by future JTO posting which is expected shortly and by way of long stay transfer as has been done in the past. The request for posting to STSR will be considered from among the trainees.

3. Looking after arrangements in the cadre of DE: We have requested circle administration to expedite Looking After arrangements in the cadre of DE without further delay. We informed management that shortage of DEs is badly affecting the performance of many BAs, pointed out the case of Alapuzha, Malapuram etc in particular. GM HR responded positively and assured that strength as on March 2016 will be resorted by LA orders at the earliest. District secretaries are requested to confirm with their administration regarding DE requirements actually projected by the BAs with circle office for further follow up.

4. Pay fixation of JTOs regularized in 2016: We brought to the notice of administration that many JTOs who were regularized in 2016 are yet to get their annual increment for many years, 78.2% fixation benefit, NEPP etc. We requested to work out all these benefits without further delay. This will put some light on the pay difference, if any, to individual officers including those who are retired/in the verge of retirement and will be useful in addressing the pending issues altogether in future. GM HR responded positively and assured that the cases in circle office will be done immediately and would instruct BAs also to expedite accordingly.

5. Transfer of DEs to West Bengal: We have requested administration not to relieve DEs under orders of transfer to West Bengal as we are facing acute shortage of DEs. Moreover, there are no incoming DEs to Kerala from circles like West Bengal. We requested administration to take up these cases once again with BSNL Corporate Office based on the fresh inputs given by us last week. GM HR assured that based on the new inputs given by the association, CGMT would sent a DO letter to Corporate Office today itself. We are in constant touch with our CHQ for reviewing these untimely and unjustified transfer orders.

6. Pending EPP cases: We once again urged circle administration to complete pending EPP cases at the earliest. GM HR informed that 118 cases of E3-E4 are ready (awaiting VC for 42 cases) for issuing orders. Further, 140 cases of E4-E5, 83 cases of E2-E3, 5 cases of E1-E2 and 80 cases in circle office are being finalized. We requested to expedite the process.

7. Relieving of DEs to other circles: We requested administration to relieve DEs to other circle for which orders have been issued from Corporate Office. GM HR assured that they will be relieved immediately.

8. Posting of LICE JTOs against 201-4-15 vacancies: We have suggested forwarding the representations already received from the candidates to Respected CMD for an early decision of the case. In the mean time, the Association has suggested to utilize the remaining vacancies for filling immediately. GM HR responded positively and directed the HR wing to collect the number of representations received to assess the remaining vacancies. District secretaries are requested to interact with BA administration to send all representations to the circle office immediately.

9. Pending JTO regularization and Officiating case: We have pointed out the pending cases like that of Smt. Ambika and Smt. Prasanna, TTAs from EKM BA for regularisation. It was informed that the circle office has already taken up this case with corporate office and waiting their reply. We have pointed out that AP circle has ordered officiating to such officials there and corporate office has already sought reports about these cases from all circles. We will be pursuing this matter with corporate office also for early resolution.


13/1/2017

Meeting with Shri. K.Kulanthaivel, PGM (Finance) & Shri. S.B.Kumar, DGM (Finance), O/o CGMT, Kerala Circle on 10.01.2017
This Association had a meeting with PGM(F) on 10/1/2017 to discuss various issues. SNEA Kerala was represented by CP Com.George Varghese, CS Com.Santhoshkumar.T, CT Com.Premkumar.G, CVP Com.Asha, AS(South) Com.Hari and DS-CO Com.Suneer. The following issues were discussed:

1. Looking after arrangements in the cadre of CAOs/AOs: We requested PGM (Finance) to issue looking after orders in the cadre of AOs/CAOs in Kerala Circle. We told PGM that considerable number of CAO post is lying vacant in Kerala Circle following the recent promotion of CAOs to DGMs. We pointed out that in TVM alone 22 CAO posts are sanctioned including O/o CGMT, Mobile, Electrical, RTTC and SSA, whereas the present working strength is only 14. A number of AO posts are also lying vacant in various BAs. In 2016, nearly 100 JAOs were appointed in the Circle and hence AO/CAO vacancies can be filled by ordering looking after arrangement from feeder cadre of JAOs and AOs. PGM (F) assured to issue LA orders as per the feedback received from BAs. We have pointed out that those posts which were in operational till recent promotions are to be filled up without any further justification in filling up such posts. District secretaries are requested to confirm with their administration regarding such requirements and update the status for further follow up with circle office.

2. Pending Transfer requests and Posting Suresh Babu, JAO in Trichur SSA: We reiterated our demand of bringing back newly appointed JAO Com. Suresh Babu to Trichur SSA from Kannur where he was posted after induction training. We requested PGM (F) to review the unjustified posting order and to render justice to an Officer who secured 3rd Rank in All India JAO LICE, 1st Rank in Kerala and again secured 1st Rank in JAO Phase-I training. We also pointed out that the transfer request of Sh. Shamju Ramachandran, AO from Trivandrum to Kannur, is pending with administration. We requested to consider these cases together. We also reminded the request of Sh. Prasanth, AO (LA) from Ernakulam to Alapuzha. PGM (F) assured to look in to the case.

3. Pay fixation of JTOs regularized in 2016: We brought to the notice of PGM(F) that many JTOs who were regularized in 2016 are yet to get their annual increment for many years, 78.2% fixation benefit, NEPP etc. We requested to work out all these benefits without further delay. This will put some light on the pay difference, if any, to individual officers including those who are retired/in the verge of retirement and will be useful in addressing the pending issues altogether in future. We requested PGM (F) to give necessary instructions to circle office and BA units for early resolution of this long pending issue.

4. FICO End user training in ERP: We requested to arrange ERP FICO End user training to those executives who were not given such trainings till date. PGM (F) agreed to consider the same based on requests from field units and to arrange fresh training at RTTC, Trivandrum. District secretaries are requested to confirm with their administration regarding such training requirements and update the status for further follow up with circle office.

5. Workshop/Training on GST: We requested PGM (F) to ensure adequate and comprehensive training to executives in Kerala Circle on Goods and Services Tax (GST), the proposed system of indirect taxation to be implemented in our country merging most of the existing taxes into a single system of taxation. PGM (F) assured that the same would be started soon after the expected training sessions from KPMG are completed.

6. Section Changes to Officers after post tenure: We requested PGM (F) to allow section changes to Officers who have requested for change after completed their post tenure and continuing in same seat for years together. Individual requests from Officers in this regard are to be considered. Knowledge sharing in key accounting practice/procedures is to be effected among officers in the circle to ensure uninterrupted and smooth transitions during transfer of individual officers. PGM (F) agreed to our suggestions and informed that such requests will be considered positively. The SSA secretaries are requested to take up such cases with BA Administrations also.


12/1/2017

Congratulations..!! to all 34 JAOs.....
NATFM has finalized the JAO Phase-II training for 5 weeks from 16/1/2016 to 17/2/2017 at RTTC Trivandrum. NATFM has issued the orders on the same day of receipt of letter from corporate office. We profoundly thank CGM NATFM Shri John Thomas and DGM Training Smt Rajalekhsmi for their prompt action in this case.
View Orders from NATFM || List of 34 JAOs

11/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


Discussion on CPSU Hierarchy: Meeting continued on 10.01.2017 for more than two hours mainly focusing on seniority related issues and delinking the seniority in the new promotion policy. Last week the discussion was concentrated on quantum of relaxation for promotion to Sr SDE equivalent grades. GS, President and AGS participated in the discussion. Today discussion will continue in which GM(Restg) also will participate.


Phase II training for JAO 2012 batch, Dept candidates of Kerala Circle: On pursual of the matter at BSNLCO by the Assn, BSNL CO today issued necessary instructions to CGM/NAFTM for conducting Phase II trg as per the recommendations of Kerala circle.


GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(FP) on 10.01.2017 and held discussion on the following issues:
1. Diversion of MT quota for CAO promotion: The proposal to divert 25% MT quota for Adhoc promotion is pending in the BSNL Board. Since the issue has to be decided by MC, the proposal has to be withdrawn from the Board and the process is going on. GM(FP) informed that more than 1000 posts are vacant and APAR collected for more than 800 cases. However promotion is held up due to the interim direction from the Chandigarh CAT on reservation issue.
2. Clarification to CGM/NATFM for Phase II trg of JAOs of 2012 batch of Kerala circle.

10/1/2017

Meeting with CGM, GM(HR) and PGM(F) to discuss various pending HR issues:

Administration agreed to consider all transfer requests of LICE JTOs posted during Aug2014 along with the posting of JTO Trainees completing Phase-I training on 13th Jan 2017. Further details follow.....

Congratulations to all JTOs who had reposed faith in SNEA against all malpropaganda. SNEA was trying to render justice to these JTOs since their conduction of LICE, publication of results and their posting. We are sure that these JTOs will remember well the stand taken by one association against their examination, result, posting etc, etc….

10/1/2017

Meeting with Administration on 10/1/2017: As requested by this Association, Administration has agreed for a meeting at 12 noon to discuss the pending HR issues as per agenda. View CS Letter with agenda

Agenda:
1. Posting of JTO Trainees who will be completing Phase-I training on 13-1-2017.
2. Inter-SSA Transfer requests of JTOs who were posted in Aug2014 through LICE.
3. Pending transfer requests in JTO/SDE/DE cadre – publication of received requests and publication of longstay particulars in JTO/SDE cadre.
4. Payfixation of Officiating JTOs on regularisation.
5. Unjustified transfer of DEs from Kerala Circle to West Bengal Circle.
6. Pending EPP cases
7. DE (L/A) arrangement
8. Vaccant JTO(T) posts in connection with LICE.
9. JAO 2nd Phase Training
10. Relieving of DEs those who have completed 2 years service in Kerala Circle.


9/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s


Meeting with Sri Dev Kumar Chakrabarty, PGM(Pers): GS, CHQ President and AGS met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Expediting CPSU Hierarchy finalization: Since the discussions could not continue for two days, it was agreed to devote more time tomorrow and expedite the finalization of the proposal. The contentious issues of relaxation in qualifying service, seniority, RRs, TB promotion upto AGM grade, increasing the number of DGM posts etc are the outstanding issues to be sorted out.

b) 1st TBP after 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years as recommended by Khan Committee: Assn demanded the processing of the issue separately. It is another recommendation of the Khan Committee. PGM informed that now Pers section is busy dealing with our demands of Offtg pay protection and CPSU Hierarchy and once CPSU Hierarchy taken a shape, immediately this demand will be processed. However we requested to start its processing separately at the earliest.

c) Officiating Pay protection: PGM informed our demand is in principle accepted and the draft proposal for protection of the pay as per the existing provisions of FRSR and EPP will be discussed with the Assn this week before sending it to DIR(HR).

d) Explore the possibility of posting for the LDCE passed JTOs: Since the LDCE 2015 results declared long back, Assn requested to explore the possibility of postings at the earliest. The reservation issue may not come on the way and RR amendment issue can be considered later and now posting can be given by taking declaration that they will not claim seniority. After discussion, PGM assured to examine all the possibilities to expedite the postings.

e) Filing SLP against the Chandigarh CAT and HC judgments on reservation issues on SDE to DE promotion, JTO to SDE LDCE promotion and JTO to SDE seniority promotion: The appeal filed by BSNL in the Chandigarh HC also dismissed recently. BSNL is waiting for the judgment copy. All other formalities are completed and all the three SLPs in the Hon Supreme Court are almost ready to file.

f) Request transfers in the cadre SDEs and DEs: The remaining cases will be processed this week.



View Corporate Office Orders:
Final seniority list in the grade of SDE Elec. as on 16-06-16. View List.



Pay protection on Officiating promotion: As assured to us management completed the discussion among various wings and final proposal will be discussed with SNEA next week. Pay protection is part of FRSR. By issuing wrong clarification after EPP implementation, management illegally snatched the pay protection facility, causing huge loss to the Executives officiated in various cadres but got regular promotion after 2004. Executives pay reduced by two to three increments and facing recovery for lakhs of rupees.


8/1/2017

Purchase order for Supply of Diary 2017
It is seen that puurchase order for supply of 2017 diary is issued to one particular Association by Circle Office, when SNEA quoted the lowest rates. It appears that a particular specification – “the address and logo of the publisher should not be printed in the diary” has been incorporated to suit a vendor. CS SNEA Kerala wrote Circle Administration regarding the Purchase order for Supply of Diary 2017. Click to view the letter.


7/1/2017

JTO Phase ll Training in Data Network Specialization
JTO Phase II training in Data Network Specialization will commence from 16.01.2017 at RTTC, Trivandrum. View Letter
We thank BRBRAITT, Jabalpur for enhancing no. seats from 24 to 36 for accommodating more candidates from Kerala Circle as per request from our circle.

We also thank Circle administration for their prompt intervention in this regard as per our request.
We have already requested circle administration to consider arranging additional batches in Data Network Specialization at RTTC Trivandrum, as per training requirements, and intimate the same to BRBRAITT Jabalpur so that maximum candidates from our circle are benefited.

6/1/2017

Administration published transfer requests received from LICE 2014 JTOs: View Published List
As per our letter dtd 3/1/2017, Circle Administration has published transfer requests received from LICE 2014 JTOs at Circle Office (Advance copy/Proper channel). All Officers are requested to verify the list for any omissions/errors/discrepancies and if any, may be brought to the notice of the concerned administration with a copy to our District Secretaries. District Secretaries are requested to followup with the concerned administration for correction and for forwarding the same to Circle Office immediately with recommendations of BA Head.

We thank Circle Administration for publishing the list of transfer requests received from LICE 2014 JTOs. We further request Circle Administration to publish the transfer requests received at Circle Office from Officers who are completing/completed two years stay and are waiting to come back to their Parent/Home/Requested BA this year, and also request to consider these cases during general transfer in March/April-2017 as discussed with this association on 23/12/2016.

6/1/2017

“SAVE HOCL Kochi” Convention at Ernakulam High Court junction on 6/1/2017:
Circle President-SNEA Com.George Varghese represented NCOA in the above convention extending our solidarity and support for the Save HOCL moment.
HOCL Kochi, which is a profit making CPSU is on the verge of closure and the employees are not in the receipt of their salary for more than 15 months. Trade unions and political parties are on agitation for the last 139 days demanding protection of this profit making PSU which is the only supplier of many petrochemical products and which is having very important significance in our health and pharmaceutical industries.


6/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s

GS and Jt Sec met CMD today again on E2, E3 pay scales issue. During discussion to resolve the issue, CMD assured us to write a DO letter to Secretary, DoT referring the discussion on approval for replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 so that DoT can process this portion alone. Association will be pursing the matter on a day today basis. CPSU meeting could not be held today as the officers are preoccupied in official meeting in DoT. Meeting will continue on Monday.

Pay fixation under FR22(1)(a)(1) for Officiating JTOs: Today the case come up for hearing in the PCAT, New Delhi. Our lawyer strongly pleaded for extending the same benefits as in the earlier cases. Since the reply filed by BSNL was not provided in the case file, court could not proceed further and posted the matter for 23.01.2017. BSNL was represented by DGM(Estt) in the absence of BSNL lawyer. GS and JS were present in the court.

GS writes to Secretary / DOT regarding approval of the revised proposal of BSNL, limited to replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 based on the Union Cabinet decisions and DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008 and subsequent DPE direction to DoT dated 19.07.2014 ......View copy of the letter.

GS writes to CMD regarding change of designations of JTO / JAO, SDE / AO and DE / CAO / EE equivalent cadres ... View Copy of the letter.

6/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding Broad band complaints due to issues in notification on FUP View Letter
Complaints are received from field units that on 01.01.2017 itself, FUP web page was popped up to BB customers before reaching the FUP limit. In a specific case a BB ULD 1495 customer with 30 GB FUP limit received the same when his actual usage was only 1.5 GB. The FUP page has the following issues:

Case 1: Decline option is not shown in the FUP Page.

Case 2: In some cases where decline option is displayed but even after selecting the decline option, due to congestion or other issues the same page is frequently redisplayed which prevents internet browsing.

Case 3: In some cases, browsing getting stopped without actually displaying FUP page.


From the Administration side the advice was, the exchange In-charges should connect those user-ids’ from MDF and unlock the same. During Last month similar kind of issues was there with the FUP Page. On enquiry it was informed that New SSSC was installed at Bangalore NOC and the FUP page is not compatible with the new SSSC. The issues with the FUP page unnecessarily creating BB faults. It is to be noted that nowadays BB users are using their mobile phones for browsing and many mobile phones may not be having necessary software supporting these activities and result hanging of the operations. Customers are very much agitated and threaten about migrating to other operators. Nowadays the customers requesting Plan speed after reaching FUP Limit has drastically reduced after BSNL introduced minimum 1Mbps speed. Also BSNL is sending personal messages to the registered mobile number of the BB customer when FUP limit is reached with full details about the FUP site. If customer needs speed they can go to that site and upgrade their BB speed. Therefore it is requested that the speed reduction has to occur automatically and the FUP Page may be avoided or displayed as popup page without interrupting the browsing.
In this regard, we requested CGMT for his urgent intervention in this regard for further arresting the churn of our revenue earning Broadband customers.

6/1/2017

National General Council meeting of NCOA was held at IMA House, Kochi on 18/12/2016:
GS-SNEA Com.Sebastin along with CS Com.Santhoshkumar, CP Com.George Varghese, CT Com.Premkumar and ACS Com.Ramana attended the meeting from BSNL. SNEA is the only Association representing BSNL in NCOA and is playing major role in the National Confederation of Officers' Association (NCOA) fighting against privatization of PSE units, for unity among public sector executives, Negotiated wage settlements, welfare of officer community, supporting efforts of management in better performance and revival of sick PSE units.
View Report for the year 2016

NCOA has got a major role to play in the present industial scenario. We have to fight for the survival of our organisations against heavy odds. NCOA takes the responsibility of bringing collective resistance against the wrong policies while protecting the interest of Officers community of CPSEs. We need to bring a common platform of Officers working in different sectors like Banking, Insurance, Power, Telecom etc and later on make it stronger by bringing the National Trade Unions also. Though we have almost achieved the first part, efforts are on to achieve the second part.
Union Govt has implemented the 7th Pay commission for Govt employees. As demanded by NCOA, we could achieve the formation of 3rd PRC through our concerted efforts and agitations. Rectification of issues related to PRP, Pension and other retirement benefits to executives of all CPSUs etc. are expected to be addressed in its report which is expected to be out immediately.

6/1/2017

“SAVE HOCL Kochi” Convention at Ernakulam High Court junction on 6/1/2017: HOCL Kochi, which is a profit making CPSU is on the verge of closure and the employees are not in the receipt of their salary for more than 15 months. Trade unions and political parties are on agitation for the last 139 days demanding protection of this profit making PSU which is the only supplier of many petrochemical products which is having very important significance in our health and pharmaceutical industries. Today a Convention is being held at Ernakulam High Court junction at 5pm which will be attended by prominent political and trade union leaders like Hon’ble MP and PAC Chairman Prof.K.V.Thomas, Ex-MP and District Secretary CPM Com.P.Rajeev and others.
Circle President-SNEA Com.George Varghese will be representing NCOA in the above convention extending our solidarity and support for the Save HOCL moment. SNEA members, BSNL staff and Officers are requested to attend the above convention to express our solidarity for the protection of Public Sector Undertakings.

5/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s

CMD/BSNL meeting with Secretary, DoT on E2, E3 pay scales: GS and Jt Sec met CMD today on pay scales issue. As assured to us on 03.01.2017, CMD met Secretary, DoT yesterday and held discussions on the issue. Secretary, DoT also opined that there need not be any requirement to send to Union Cabinet as Cabinet already taken a decision. Secretary is unaware and the proposal to send it to cabinet not reached him. AS(T) was not available. CMD will further discuss the issue after AS(T) joins.


JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam: The case came up before the new bench, after the vacation. On the plea for continuous hearing of the case, Hon Court given date on 15.02.2017 onwards.


4/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s

3rd PRC report and its implementation: Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V K Thomar, President/NCOA and Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA met Smt Seema Bahuguna, Secretary/DPE and Sri Madhukar Gupta, Addl Secretary/DPE and held discussions on implementation of 3rd PRC report. Secretary/DPE informed that the report is under consideration of the Govt for implementation and the processing may complete in 4 to 5 months time. NCOA trying to meet Hon Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Finance Secretary etc to expedite the implementation.
It is gathered that the 3rd PRC recommended better fitment than the 7th CPC and it will be about 20%.
On PRP, PRC recommended to remove the Bell curve. More PRP recommended for middle level Executives and unit wise PRP also recommended.


CPSU Hierarchy implementation: Regular meeting with the Recognized Representative Association SNEA starts from tomorrow. View copy of the notice.


Constitution of the Committee to examine the demand of pay parity of Rs 22820 for the post 2007 batches: As per the discussions held with CMD and DIR(HR) on 22.12.2016 on the issue and the minutes of the meeting issued on 27.12.2016, proposal moved to the competent authority to constitute the committee. Smt Arunthathi Panda, PGM will be the Chairman. GM(Estt), GM(FP) and GM(EF) are the members and DGM(Estt) will be the convenor of the Committee. The orders are expected in a day or two.


JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam: As reported earlier, the case listed for tomorrow 05.01.2017, before a new bench.
Offtg JTO pay fixation case under FR 22(1)(a)(1) at PCAT, New Delhi: The case will be heard on 06.01.2017.


Subscription deduction from salary from the month of January, 2017 – submission of forms: All SSA Secretaries are to submit the declaration forms well in advances to the DDOs so that the deduction can be started from the salary of this month itself from all our members. The forms should be submitted with a covering letter. All SSA/Branch Secretaries may make this opportunity to meet each and every Executive and thank them for electing SNEA as the only Recognized Association for the next three years and seek their wholehearted support in resolving the issues and for the revival of BSNL. Make it sure that all the forms are submitted by 15th January without fail.
The forms may be submitted as and when it is collected, without waiting for the last date so that DDOs can initiate the work well in advance... View SR cell letter copy along with form.

3/1/2017

Protest Demonstration infront of O/o PGMT Ernakulam on 4/1/17 at 1PM:
SNEA Ernakulam SSA protest against the betrayal and anti-HR policies of SSA management to the executives, Hundreds and Hundreds of Executives of Ernakulam SSA are loosing their promotion under EPP from due date due to the negative and mismanagement of the SSA Administration. Executives are chargesheeted for carrying out the work in accordance with the personal instruction of the PGMT and as approved by the committee headed by PGMT. The issues are not settled inspite of repeated discussions and assurances. The entire Executives have lost their confidence in the SSA Administration and are compelled to express their protest.
All executives are requested to assemble in large number to mark our strong protest. The Association will be compelled to resort to further course of organizational action for the resolution of these issues.


3/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT: Request to recognize the performers rather than punishing them in the era of “Perform or Perish “and “PRP” – case of transfer of executives from Kerala Circle: View Letter

It was reported in media some days back that Hon. Minister of Communications, during the last HOCC meeting, had asked BSNL management to discuss about the feasibility of introducing Performance Related Pay in BSNL to improve its financial performance and to stay competitive in Telecom market. It was also reported by many print media, quoting our respected CMD, that BSNL would soon link salaries to the performance of its two lakh employees from the year 2017 based on the recommendations expected from the third pay revision committee (PRC) for CPSUs.

The reasons for incurring losses by the company consistently over the years should be analyzed in length and breadth, but Kerala circle has been performing consistently over the same period, steadily increasing revenue and profit. Definitely, motivations like performance based incentives to employees in a company like BSNL can bring change in the mindset of the employees spread over different and difficult terrains of geographical India. Instead of accepting and encouraging the achievements of this small circle, by implementing employee motivational programmes, the management has been disturbing its employees in the best performing circle by releasing routine transfer orders to executives to move to far away and difficult stations in the name of long stay and staff shortage in such loss making circles. Executives in Kerala circle are posted to far away stations during their promotions. DEs and SDEs are shifted to difficult stations in the name of longer stay in the circle. Thus our executives are always at receiving end as far as transfer and posting is concerned due to the location of our small state in the southernmost tip of peninsular India. We strongly believe that our executives deserve much more consideration than this for their sincere, dedicated, result oriented and meritorious performance for enhancing the revenue prospects consistently from this small telecom circle.


Kerala circle has 28% market share among various Telecom Service Providers occupying the top position compared to the figures in all other circles of BSNL. It is to be noted that Kerala circle had retained status as the highest profit-making telecom circle in the country last financial year by registering 35 per cent growth to ₹658 crores in 2015-16 from ₹486 crores in 2014-15. Kerala Circle has already crossed Rs. 2000 Crores revenue during the current financial year and is expected to achieve over ₹ 3000 Crores this FY which would be another record figure for BSNL in the country. It would also be worth pointing out the fact that all these milestones are being achieved by the staff community in a small geographical State with 359 lakh population when there are 12 other circles/state having population more than that of Kerala.

It is noticed that BSNL management seems to have different yardstick in selecting and exempting executives in different circles while implementing inter circle and long stay transfers. In spite of comparatively poor performance in operational and revenue parameters, circles like NE, J&K etc are exempted from inter circle transfers considering their poor staff strength. In the case of Kerala circle, it is to be noted that out of the sanctioned strength of 4305 executives only 2150 executives (JTO+SDE+DE) are working in the circle. As far as availability of Regular DEs in our circle is concerned, the working strength is even less than 30 % (100 out of 382). Inspite of this acute shortage, 10 regular DEs are transferred out of the circle to far away and difficult stations like West Bengal. This is in addition to the transfer of more than 30 DEs who has completed 2 years stay in the circle to TN, CHTD, KTK etc without substitutes. We fully agree to one to one transfer to tenure stations to meet the request of executives waiting for long to Kerala circle. The present transfer order of 11 DEs from Kerala circle without single DE incoming to Kerala Circle is highly demoralizing for the executives. This will not only affect the performance of our Circle but also could be counterproductive to whole BSNL as it will adversely affect the morale of its executives.

It is our humble request to consider cancelling the transfer orders issued to all DEs/SDEs to NE and West Bengal from Kerala circle as no request is pending to Kerala circle as a reward for its best performance which will motivate other circles also to achieve such goals. We deserve due recognition from the top management for the remarkable performance of our circle and expect other initiatives also to boost the morale of its executives so as to improve their performance further and to achieve new heights of glory. We earnestly believe that BSNL Management would render at least natural justice to Kerala circle for the time being till finalizing ideas like PRP by extending favorable working environment to its employees in general and executives in particular by empathetically considering their place/choice for posting during promotions and inter circle transfers.



3/1/2017                                             C H Q - N e w s

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: GS and CHQ President met CMD and held discussions on replacement of E1A and E2A scales by standard pay scales of E2 and E3: After discussing the matter with DIR(HR) we met CMD and sought his intervention at higher level of Secretary/ Minister, for the approval of the revised proposal. In order to clear the confusion in DoT, the revised proposal has to be sent to DoT immediately. Further on the AS(T) proposal to send E1A and E2A to Union Cabinet, we categorically told that E1A and E2A is not acceptable and E2 and E3 has to be extended w.e.f 01.01.2007 as proposed by the BSNL Management. After discussion, CMD assured that he will try to discuss the issue with Secretary, DoT tomorrow itself.



Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:
a) Replacement of E1A and E2A scales by standard pay scales of E2 and E3: DIR(HR) informed that as per the decision of the MC, DIR(HR), GM(Estt) and GM(Pers) discussed the revised proposal with Addl Secretary, DoT. As usual, AS(T) was not in a mood to listen to the submission from BSNL side. He is of the firm opinion that E1A and E2A scales are to be taken to the Union Cabinet for approval and there is no need to extend E2, E3 scales. Intervention at higher level of Secretary (T) is needed.

b) Approval of BSNL Board for the Trust for managing Superannuation Fund: Assn requested that the queries in the last Board meeting are to be addressed as per the inputs given by SNEA and Board approval has to be taken at the earliest. DIR(HR) informed that the queries are addressed and briefed the concerned Director Board member also. We requested to get the Board approval of the revised Board memo through circulation. DIR(HR) assured that this possibility will be examined.

c) Term Insurance policy replacing the GSLIS/an additional insurance coverage as a social security measure: Assn explained the hardships of the families of the employees, in cases of untimely death. As per superannuation fund guidelines, the family is eligible for minimum pension only after minimum 15 years of contribution. So, instead of GSLIS, insurance policy can be taken from LIC or some other companies, optionally. LIC is providing 25 lakhs coverage for an annual premium of Rs 6000. For bulk policies, they may give a concession of about 35% in the premium. Assn requested to get a proposal from some Insurance companies. SNEA already written to the management on this issue. It can be voluntary scheme. DIR(HR) very positively responded and informed that concerned officers will be directed to work out on this issue and asked us to have further discussion with them.

d) Formation of Corpus Fund as a social security measure: Assn requested to examine the possibility of forming a separate fund on contribution from the employees. A monthly contribution of Rs 5 to Rs 10 can be considered for that purpose. It also will be a voluntary scheme. DIR(HR) responded positively and informed that concerned officers will be directed to work out on this issue and asked us to have further discussion with them.



Introduction of e-APAR from this financial year: Tomorrow e-APAR will be introduced in BSNL. This is another step to streamline DPC related activities. e-APAR will be introduced through ERP module.



Subscription deduction from salary from the month of January, 2017 – submission of forms:
All SSA Secretaries are to submit the declaration forms well in advances to the DDOs so that the deduction can be started from the salary of this month itself from all our members. The forms should be submitted with a covering letter. All SSA/Branch Secretaries may make this opportunity to meet each and every Executive and thank them for electing SNEA as the only Recognized Association for the next three years and seek their wholehearted support in resolving the issues and for the revival of BSNL. Make it sure that all the forms are submitted by 15th January without fail.
The forms may be submitted as and when it is collected, without waiting for the last date so that DDOs can initiate the work well in advance. All Circle/SSA bodies to open bank accounts immediately, if not opened so far and furnish the details to the DDOs for remitting the quota. Meanwhile the quota upto December, 2016 may be collected in full and remitted to the respective body before CWC meeting on 13th -15th February, 2017.



GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and held discussions on CPSU Hierarchy and framing the draft rules/proposal as per the tentative schedule. Since all promotions are held up, all out efforts are being made to switch over to CPSU Hierarchy at the earliest.
Further we discussed the remaining DE request transfers. As assured earlier it is under process and orders are expected in a day or two.


3/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding publishing the list of Inter-SSA transfer requests received from JTOs, SDEs and DEs View Letter
We requested Administration to publish the list of Inter-SSA transfer requests received from DEs/SDEs/JTOs through proper channel/advance copy as on date and registered with the HR section of Circle Office to be considered for this year. It was requested to consider requests received from those Officers who have completed/are about to complete two years at a particular BA as on June 1, 2017. This would help the individuals and the HR wing of BAs/Units to verify the correctness of the data and to check for any errors/omissions/changes made/to be made regarding those requests.


3/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding JTO Phase-II training in Data Communication at RTTC Trivandrum:
View Letter
It is understood from BRBRAITT-Jabalpur that JTO Phase-II training in Data Communication has been scheduled to commence from 16th January 2017 at RTTC Trivandrum for 25 JTOs, 24 from Kerala Circle and one from Tamil Nadu Circle. It is also understood that 34 JTOs in Kerala Circle has opted for Phase-II training in Data Communication. According to our information BRBRAITT Jabalpur has no objections in enhancing the strength to 35 to accommodate all requests from Kerala. It is also learnt that BRBRAITT is agreeable to start fresh batch in Data Communication at RTTC Trivandrum to accommodate more JTOs, if opted by our circle.
Hence, we requested administration to take up the case immediately with BRBRAITT Jabalpur to accommodate all JTOs, who have already opted for Phase-II training in Data Communication, in the batch commencing at RTTC Trivandrum on 16th January 2017 itself. We also requested to initiate further steps to arrange additional batch at RTTC Trivandrum, if there are more training requirements in Data Communication, and intimate the same to BRBRAITT Jabalpur so that JTOs in our circle are benefitted by undergoing Phase-II training in Kerala circle itself.


2/1/2017

Notice is hereby issued for Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle to be held at Trivandrum for two days on 20/1/2017 and 21/1/2017. All Circle office bearers, SSA Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time. View Letter

Tentative agenda:
1. Evaluation of first EMV results and future strategy.
2. Subscription deduction through salary
3. Upcoming CWC meeting at Hyderabad in Feb-2017
4. Pending HR issues, EPP, Transfer cases etc.
5. Rebooting SWAS(Service With A Smile) in Kerala Circle


2/1/2017

Meeting with GM(STSR),Ernakulam:
Circle President Com.George Varghese, CWC member Com.Sudheer, Ernakulam Asst Secretary Com.Abdul Rehman, Palarivattom Branch Asst Secretary Com.James Sikkera met GM-STSR Ernakulam Shri Vinod P Abraham and discussed the following transfer and posting cases in STR:

1. Shri Vineeth, JTO, from Malappuram SSA to STR Calicut.
2. Shri Vinod.V.T, JTO, from STR Malappuram to Kerala Circle.
3. Shri Dileep Kurien, JTO, from BSS Nilambur to STR Malappuram.
4. Shri Sulfeekerali.E.K and Shri Vipin.P.K, JTO Trainees, requested STR Malappuram.
5. Shri Rajesh Shekar.C, JTO from STR Pathanamthitta to Kottayam SSA, Kerala Circle.
6. Shri Hari.C.D, SDE, from STR Iddukki to STR Ernakulam.
7. Inter-Circle transfer case of Smt.Uma, DE STR, from Trivandrum to Tamilnadu.
8. Inter-Circle transfer case of Shri K.Narayanan, SDE, from Kannur to Karnataka.
9. Inter-Circle transfer case of Shri Shanmugasundaram, SDE, from Trivandrum to Tamilnadu.

We have pointed out that since new batch of JTOs are joining in the second week of Jan-2017, these transfer requests within STR as well as for release to Kerala Circle may be approved. We requested GM to consider the pending Inter-Circle transfer request cases by making LA arrangement. We also requested GM for taking up the cases with CGMT Kerala for consideration.


1/1/2017

CS writes to CGMT regarding Capturing POS terminal backhaul market and addressing the shortfall of using BSNL SIMs in POS terminals: View Letter

As we all are witnessing now, Debit and credit cards have started to take the place of cash all around the globe and even in our country everyday products and services for which one used to pay using cash are now being paid by using cards. Especially in the demonetization scenario we are witnessing the shift towards this trend through various initiatives from the Govt. of India. After November 8, 2016, the Reserve Bank of India lifted the charges to encourage even small traders to use the machines and to do away with the shortage of lower denominations.

Even though cards issuance is increasing rapidly, the mechanism to accept cards have not reached its full potential. Hence we can expect huge demand for POS machines for financial transactions in our country in very near future. It is to be noted that there are different types of POS machines available in Indian market; two most common types include one which works on fixed phone/landline network backhaul and the other one which works on GPRS/Wireless network backhaul. PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) Card payment Point of Sale terminal connected through a telephone line can provide card processing authorization in approximately 30 seconds. GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) Card payment terminals connected through a mobile network (using a SIM card) enables the merchant to take the terminal to wherever the customer needs to pay and can provide card payment authorization in approximately 10 seconds. Thus, Mobile POS terminals are far superior to PSTN terminals as far as speed of authorization and connection establishment is concerned.

Therefore, being a PAN India Telecom Network Service Provider, it is a golden business opportunity for BSNL to capture the POS backhaul market by ensuring seamless connectivity in both wire line and wireless for connecting POS machines to the network. Though, BSNL landline is being used by a few merchant communities for their POS machine, complaints are being received regarding network issues while dialing for authorization and connection. But, BSNL SIM cards are not being used for POS machines due to the fact that necessary configuration has not been made in our GSM/3G core network centrally. Other, TSPs are utilizing the demonetization scenario to sell their SIM cards for POS terminals in a large scale.

1. It is requested to kindly take up the issue with the concerned wings in BSNL so as to equip our mobile network also to cater the need of providing SIM based solution for POS machines urgently.

2. It is also requested to kindly take up the requirement of any special tariff for SIM cards for POS machines so as to boost the sale of such SIM cards in future.

3. Initiatives may kindly be taken to contact various Nationalized/Commercial banks intimating our potential to connect POS terminals in seamless backhaul connectivity far better than any other TSPs.

4. Necessary augmentation, if required in backhaul, to ensure uninterrupted and smooth connectivity for PSTN POS terminals may kindly be carried out without further delay.



31/12/2016

A New Year.... A New Start.... and Way to GO !
SNEA-KERALA WISHES a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL




31/12/2016

CS writes to PGM (Finance) regarding looking after arrangement in AO and CAO cadre View Letter
As discussed earlier with PGM(F) on 31/10/2016, we reiterated our request for providing looking after arrangement in AO and CAO cadre in Kerala Circle.
It is learnt that considerable number of CAO posts are lying vacant in Kerala Circle following the recent promotion of CAO cadre to DGM cadre. In TVM alone 22 CAO posts are sanctioned including O/o CGMT, Mobile, Electrical, RTTC and SSA, whereas the present working strength is only 14.
A number of AO posts are also lying vacant in various business areas. In this year nearly 100 JAOs were appointed in the Circle and hence these vacancies can be filled by looking after arrangement from feeder cadre of AO and JAOs. In this context, we requested Administration that necessary steps may be initiated for providing Looking after arrangement in AO and CAO cadre in Kerala Circle at the earliest.


30/12/2016

CS writes to GM (STSR Ernakulam) regarding transfer and postings of JTOs in STSR. View revised Letter
This Association is meeting GM(STSR-Ernakulam) today evening to discuss various pending issues.


27/12/2016

Congratulations to all the Comrades, As assured to SNEA on 22.12.2016, the decision to form a Committee to examine the pay parity issue in a time bound manner come out. As reported on 22.12.2016, the Minutes of the meeting held on 22.12.2016 with DIR(HR) on pay Parity of Rs 22820/- for post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs issued today, as per the provisions of the Recognition Rules View letter.
This is another positive development and break through after the membership verification on 07.12.2016 where the Recognised Association can negotiate with the management on various HR issues. This shows that BSNL Management is also very keen to resolve the issues very quickly and responding very positively to our genuine demands. Earlier BSNL acted very fast on revised E2, E3 pay scales proposal and revised proposal got the approval of the MC within a week.


25/12/2016

Congratulations..!! due to our continuous persuasion, finally Administration has released 107 EPP cases of E3-E4 for few business areas.View Orders
During the formal meeting with CGMT on 23/12/2016, we have expressed strong protest over the undue delay in this matter for last nearly 2 years. GM HR expressed the complexities involved and delays in getting VC/APAR etc. We have pointed out that there were more cases in the past and such delay was not experienced in the past. As far as non-receipt of VC/APAR is concerned if the list is made available the Association shall take the responsibility at SSA level to send the same in time. In the E4-E5 case CGMT is the Chairman of the committee which will be convened shortly and in future all efforts will be taken to avoid the delay.

Congratulations..!! to Comrades of Civil wing. EPP orders(E4-E5) for 37 Officers in SDE(Civil) grade released. View Orders


25/12/2016

Formal Meeting with CGMT Shri R.Mani on 23-12-2016, 14:30 Hrs
As a Recognized Executive Association of BSNL, this was first formal meeting with CGMT to discuss various pending HR issues as per agenda. GM(HR&Admin) Shri Mohan.D, DGM(Admin) Shri Satheesh and DGM(HR) Shri James Sagayaraj also attended the meeting.
The Recognized Association side was represented by CP Com.George Varghese, CS Com.Santhoshkumar, CT Com.Premkumar, CVP Com Asha & Com Narendrakumar, ACS Com.Ramana, AS(South) Com.Harikrishnan and DS-CO Com.Suneer.

1. JTO(T) postings and transfer request of JTOs competed 2 years:
The Association demanded to consider the transfer requests of all cases along with the new posting. But the administration wasn’t ready to consider the cases to TVM and EKM as the staff posting in these SSAs are much higher to the others. Finally it was agreed to consider the request of Lady Officers on compassionate grounds. The transfer request to other SSAs will be considered to the extent possible and all remaining cases will be cleared by March/April-2017. The new JTOs will be posted in their home SSA except that of TVM and EKM. As far as EKM is concerned we have pointed out that there are 2 Officers from High range and it was also agreed to consider posting them to high ranges on their request.

2. Phase-II training for JAOs:
The Association has pointed out the undue delay in the case and expressed our resentment in not following up the issue for the finalization of the training schedule. We were informed that the Circle office has sent a letter on 4-11-2016 but we have pointed out that no action has been taken by the circle for clarifying the doubts raised by the NATFM. On getting our letter on 16-12-2016, the Circle has specifically written to CGM NATFM for scheduling the Phase-II and Phase-III training. It was assured that the matter will be further persuaded in person from the Circle office with NATFM.

3. Gr.C to JTO(T) LICE promotion:
We have pointed out the acute shortage in JTO cadre and need for filling up the post at the earliest. We are unable to accept the stand of the Administration, just because some Court cases are filed the entire vacancies are reserved when there is no specific direction from the Court for such reservation. By the above attitude both the organisation as well as the officials is suffering. It was told that as court has given time for one month for submitting representation, the Administration have to wait till 8/1/2016 and final call will be taken based on the representations received. We have pointed out that since 181 officers are common they can be posted against 2014-15 vacancies for which they are duly eligible according to the administration and in case if any decision is taken in favour of 2013-14 vacancy, the vacancy position to be shifted to 13-14 from 14-15. We are in touch with the affected members as well as with CHQ for resolving this issue at the earliest.

4. EPP pending case:
The Association expressed its strong protest over the undue delay in this matter for last nearly 2 years. GM HR expressed the complexities involved and delays in getting VC/APAR etc. We have pointed out that there were more cases in the past and such delay was not experienced in the past. As far as non-receipt of VC/APAR is concerned if the list is made available the Association shall take the responsibility at SSA level to send the same in time. Finally we were informed that already 107 cases are approved and in the E4-E5 case CGMT is the Chairman of the committee which will be convened shortly and in future all efforts will be taken to avoid the delay.

5. Pay fixation of Officiating JTOs on regularisation:
We have pointed out that there is lots of anomaly in the case.
 They are not in receipt of their annual increment.
 They are not in receipt of 78.2% DA
 They are not in receipt of benefit of NEPP though the Admin say that their pay is to be fixed from substantive scale on IDA pay revisions etc.
We have suggested to extend them all benefits like increment, 78.2% DA merger , promotion under NEPP etc to which they are eligible according to Administration. It will put some light on the pay difference if any which will be useful in addressing the pending issues altogether. Finally administration agreed to work in this line and the officers will be able to take clear position in this regard.

6. DE(LA) arrangement:
The Circle office is ready with the panel and it was told that once any request from SSA Admin is received it will be processed. All SSA secretaries are requested take up the case once again with the SSAs for filling up the shortage.

7. Relieving of DEs to West Bengal Circle:
Association sought immediate intervention of Circle administration to retain all DEs under orders of transfer to West Bengal in Kerala circle itself. CGMT informed that there is pressure from Corporate Office to relieve the Officers to West Bengal before December 31st. We pointed out that the availability of regular DEs in Kerala circle has further gone down to mere 110 against the sanctioned strength of 382 which is below 30%. Regular DEs who were posted from Tamil Nadu & Karnataka to Kerala are transferred/being transferred back to their parent circle. Hence, we requested CGMT to write to Director HR once again in this regard. CGMT has assured to take up the matter with Corporate Office. Association has also requested CHQ once again to convince Corporate Office about the acute shortage of regular DEs in the circle and retain all of them here itself. We appreciated the effort taken by the CGMT and urged the Admin to stand by its view and not to relieve the officers until corporate office act by compulsory relieving through ERP. We have pointed out the case of GMs resorted by the Circle and requested to follow the same. Finally CGMT agreed not to relieve these Officers by 31st December as instructed by Corporate office so that the Association will continue its effort for their retention.

8. SDE (LA) in civil wing:
The Association expressed its protest over the anti HR attitude in this issue. We have pointed out that While CE-Civil (GM HR) is not ready to consider giving SDE LA at EKM to JTOs having more than 20 years service and in E4/E5 grade but he is ready to post SDEs from other Circles at EKM. It is really hurting and it has to be reviewed. Any way CE was trying to justify his stand to which we are not convinced. We are told that 2 SDE LA civil cases are in progress and that will be issued at KTM and TCR. Finally it was told that the officers from other Circle may not be joining and the case can be looked into on such occasion.

9. Transfer case of JTO (Electrical) Com.Akhilesh Chandran from Kannur:
The Association strongly taken up the case for cancellation as he was selected as pick and choose method by misuse of authority. Though initially it was told to take up with CE (Electrical) finally CGMT has agreed to review the issue after verifying the Stay particulars of JTOs at Kannur.

10. Misuse of official Authority in finance wing for promoting Association activities by AIBSNLEA:
We have pointed out many instances of misuse of authority by officers belonging to Finance wing at various SSA like TCR, CLT, TVM, PTA, PGT etc. We have requested the Administration to keep this aspect also in mind when any proposal in finance wing is mooted by the officers of the section.

Vindictive and discriminative action against SNEA members of Finance fraternity:
Association has registered strong protest before CGMT against the totally unjustified and indifferent attitude shown by Trichur SSA administration against transfer of two JAOs, who were booth agents of SNEA for membership verification, to rural stations without any rhyme or reason that too on the eve of referendum and after the office hours on 6th December 2016.Though PGMT Trichur, after our strong protest, had kept those orders in abeyance, certain officers in the administration with vested interests acted vindictively and insulted our members by allotting their seats to other JAOs despite directions from the PGMT. We have pointed out the attempt and threat for such instances in other SSAs also.
Association also registered strong protest before CGMT against the unjustified and unconvinced posting of newly appointed JAO Com.Sureshbabu from Trichur SSA to Kannur who got All India 3rd Rank in JAO LICE and 1st Rank in Kerala and also stood 1st Rank in JAO Phase-I training.
We have categorically informed circle administration that we will not allow any kind of vindictive actions against our members and would go to any extent to curb this highhandedness from any such corners in future.

11. Centralized Operation & Maintenance of Mobile Radio Network:
We have requested CGMT to initiate proceedings to bring back BSS/NQM units under CM Vertical of circle office as done before ERP implementation in September 2014 and as per Corporate Office guidelines issued from time to time. We apprised CGMT about the merits of having centralized monitoring/control of second line maintenance of radio network and strengthening RF optimisation activities in BAs after bringing them back under CM vertical to ensure the best possible Quality of Service to our esteemed customers in the circle. The Association suggested many ways to improve the Quality of service in mobile wing like bringing NQM activities under Circle mobile planning as in the case of Installation. CGMT responded positively and assured to discuss the same with GM Network Planning & Operations at least for NQM operations.

12. Allotting more seats in RTTC Trivandrum for JTO Phase two training:
We have requested CGMT to intervene and explore the possibility of allotting more candidates from Kerala circle to undergo JTO Phase two training at RTTC Trivandrum in Data Communication and Huawei GSM functions. CGMT assured to take up the case with the concerned in this regard.

13. SWAS Programme in Kerala Circle:
Association has pointed out that no concrete and visible action has been initiated by the Circle administration for promoting SWAS Programme in our circle. We requested CGMT to take into confidence all stakeholders to implement this Programme successfully in our circle also to ensure further growth in revenue and profit in the Circle especially in the current demonetization scenario to which CGMT agreed positively.
CGMT requested our support to increase revenue from Trivandrum & Ernakulam BAs in this financial year itself as the revenue growth from these SSAs are much less than other SSAs in spite of better staff position.. Our District Secretaries in these SSAs are hereby directed to conduct detailed deliberations with BA heads and to formulate strategies to enhance revenue from customers in all verticals.

The meeting ended at 5 PM.


25/12/2016

CS writes to PGM(Finance) regarding issues being faced in Temporary Advance withdrawal and its settlement due to the current demonetisation drive. View Letter
The Centre’s demonetisation exercise has severely affected the withdrawal of temporary advance from bank in the field units. During ERP implementation, the Bank accounts were opened centrally at Union Bank, Kesavadasapuram, Trivandrum. Hence Account holders of other business areas can withdraw the temporary advance through ATM only. Due to the limitation of withdrawal and nonavailability of cash at ATMs, several attempts for several days was required to withdraw the full amount. In this context, it is we requested PGM(F) that the facility to withdraw the cash through withdrawal slip from any branch of Union bank in Kerala may be extended immediately and also requested to extend the time limit to submit the temporary advance settlement bill.


25/12/2016

Hearty Congratulations..!! to Kerala Team who got Third place in 16th All India BSNL Badminton Tournament held at Trivandrum.
Hearty Congratulations..!! to Com Nujumudeen.M (CWC member) and his Partner Com.K.A.Anto for winning Gold medal in Veteran Doubles.

Hearty Congratulations..!! to Kerala Team for getting Runners-up trophy at the 16th All India BSNL Football tournament held at Mangalore.
Special congratulations to Com Manoj.K.B, Area Secretary (Central) for his contribution in the team.


24/12/2016




22/12/2016


Satyameva Jayate…… Truth Alone Triumphs……
Triumphant Culmination of the Historic Kerala Struggle


The Leader who led the Historic Struggle, bore the brunt of Vindictive actions, stood like a ROCK in defeating Corruption, is finally honoured by the Corporate Office.

The first of the many vindictive actions served to the Valiant Kerala Comrades were bore by this Leader who was denied his Regular STS promotion in 2014 based on false Charge sheets. The Selfless Leader fought fearlessly for resolving vindictive actions of all other Comrades of SNEA Kerala, but in the process gave least importance to his own case. Comrades, Management finally withdrew all charges against this Leader and is today promoted as regular STS. With this all vindictive actions during Historic Kerala Struggle 2014/15 are resolved.

Hearty Congratulations to the Great Leader Com.George Varghese, CP of SNEA-Kerala who got Regular STS promotion today, w.e.f 21.08.2014. As Circle Secretary SNEA-Kerala he led the Historic Kerala Struggle and fought with Shri. MSS RAO, then CGMT KRL / Principal, RTTC Trivandrum against his corrupt practices. He was Charge sheeted, the entire comrades of Kerala / Circles / CHQ stood by him. As assured by the management all charges were withdrawn and today Com. George Varghese is promoted as Regular STS w.e.f 21.08.2014. View Promotion Orders

Salute to the Courageous Leader and all Brave Comrades of SNEA Kerala.



22/12/2016

Grant of the facility of deduction of subscription to SNEA, the Recognised Representative Association in BSNL and general instructions governing deduction of monthly subscription View SR Cell order copy.
Congratulations to all: GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met CMD on MC approval for E2, E3 pay scale issue. CMD informed that MC of BSNL Board in principle approved the revised proposal. MC further authorized DIR(HR) to discuss the proposal with AS(T), DoT and take their views also before sending it to DoT. The proposal need not go to MC again. This is a big step towards the resolution of the standard pay scale for the 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 recruited JTOs and JAOs. DIR(HR) is trying to meet the AS(T) tomorrow itself to discuss the matter. Taking their views also into account, the proposal will be sent to DoT. We are extremely thankful to DIR(HR), CMD and GM(Estt) for the prompt action to settle one of the heartburning issue.


Pay parity issue of Rs 22820 for the post 2007 batches: GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec discussed the pay parity issue of Rs 22820 for the 2007, 2008 and 2010 batch JTO/JAOs with CMD, DIR(HR), GM(Estt) and GM(SR) today and explained about the matter. We requested some immediate decision in this regard by referring the matter to a Committee for examination in a time bound manner. All of them responded very positively to the demand of the Recognised Representative Association for constitution of a committee to examine the issue.


21/12/2016

Revised proposal on replacing intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007: As demanded by SNEA immediately after becoming Recognised Association, management moved a proposal very quickly to the MC of BSNL Board to modify their earlier proposal and limiting the proposal to E2 and E3, continuing with existing 5 promotions. Since the earlier proposal is having two parts recommending upgradation of all pay scales upto E7, DoT is not at all agreeing for that. Instead of approving even E2 and E3 scales, DoT is moving to Union Cabinet to approve E1A and E2A and the cabinet note is prepared. The immediate challenge is to stop the Cabinet memo for which intervention at higher level from BSNL is required.

The revised proposal is discussed in the MC meeting today itself. MC directed DIR(HR) to discuss the revised proposal with concerned officers (AS(T) and JS(A)) of DoT and get their views before approving and sending the revised proposal to DoT so that the revised proposal is accepted by the DoT.

If the management has shown this wisdom last time before approving the proposal for upgradation of all pay scales upto E7, issue would have settled long back.

GS and CHQ President met GM(CA) on 21.12.2016 and discussed the approval of the bylaws and Board of Trustees to manage the Superannuation fund by the BSNL Board. During discussion Association insisted that the money should be invested to the Fund Managers where maximum security is there from the Govt especially Sovereign Guarantee. The proposal was discussed in the last Board meeting but it was not concluded for some more clarity on certain points. We demanded early convening of Board meeting. BSNL is trying for an early Board meeting for the approval.

GS and CHQ President met Sr GM(Legal) on 21.12.2016 and discussed about the Term Insurance policy and Formation of Corpus fund for extending financial assistance to the employees in case of untimely death.


20/12/2016

CHQ NEWS:
GS and CHQ President held discussions with GM(Estt) on sending revised proposal to DoT for replacing E1A and E2A by E2 and E3 alone.


JTO to SDE promotion case at Hon Ernakulum High Court: The case will be listed for final hearing in the end of first week of January, 2017 after Chritmas vacation from 21.12.16. The exact dates will be known today. In the last hearing, the case was delisted and it will be heard by the regular bench where the senior judge of the previous judge sitting now, instead of constituting the special bench.


GS, CHQ President and Jt Secretary continued the discussion on CPSU Hierarchy today with GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) for more than two hours. Our demand to implement CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f 01.01.2017 is under active consideration. Discussions will continue. It is mutually agreed to complete the discussions latest by 15th January, 2017.
In addition to that the following issues also discussed:

a) Offtg pay protection: The final proposal will be submitted to DIR(HR) latest by 06.01.17.

b) JTO to SDE promotion under LDCE/Seniority quota, SDE to DE promotion and filing of SLPs in the Hon SC on all the three cases: Discussed the possibility of issuing LDCE promotion orders where the judgment on reservation and judgment on SDE RR amendment are the hindrances. SDE RR amendment and other HR issues are pending due to the insistence of BSNL Board for finalization of HR plan. For clearance of any proposal in the Board, HR plan is to be finalised. It has to be addressed on top priority. GS and President later on met Sr GM(Legal) and Company Secretary and held discussions on the pending points in the BSNL Board and HR plan. Other options like taking declarations etc under consideration if reservation issue can overcome.

The judgments on reservation issue in JTO to SDE promotion under LDCE/Seniority quota and SDE to DE promotion is the real issue for all the three promotions. Not only LDCE promotions, SDE to DE and JTO to SDE seniority promotions are also affected by these judgments. JAO to AO and AO to CAO promotion is also affected by the interim order on reservation. To overcome that, management is filing three separate SLPs in the three cases directly in the Supreme Court, bypassing the High Court to avoid the delay and get it tagged with other similar cases filed by other Departments on reservation issue. Discussions with the lawyer almost completed. Once SLP is admitted, the possibility of issuing promotion can be considered.

c) Request transfers in DE cadre: Due to pressure from CGMs and other corners on shortages, management was planning to consider the requests in a phased manner by March. Assn strongly protested and told that all of them are joined on the firm assurance of transfer after two years. They completed 2 years in Sept itself and due to MV the orders didn’t issued in October. After lot of discussions, it was assured to issue the transfer orders this month itself.



On E2, E3 issue CMD directed to send a DO letter to AS(T), DoT based on our letter with note sheet copies before the verification. The draft DO letter is put up for approval. After the verification the situation changed. Based on the clear stand taken by SNEA as the Recognized Assn and demand for replacement of E1A and E2A by E2 and E3 instead of sending E1A and E2A to Union Cabinet, management is processing to restrict the proposal to E2 and E3. We are working with management on this and management is very positive on this issue after verification.


GS and President met GM(Estt) and held further discussions on E2, E3 proposal and the DO letter. On pay parity of Rs 22820, we are trying to refer the matter to a committee. It has to be decided at higher level. Further discussions held on E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.10.2000 for C/E/Arch/TF and PA/PS cadres. Once the letter has gone to DoT on E2, E3 scales, further interactions on this issue has to be made.
Discussion on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation started.


19/12/2016

CS writes to CGMT regarding Diaries and Calendars for the Year 2017. View Letter



19/12/2016

Repeated failure of BNG resulting complete failure of BB network.
In eight days, it is the third time and last Saturday , BB was available for hardly one hour. So far it is not rectified. It is learnt that the N/w issue has coped up after the commissioning of new server at NOC Bangalore. Now some BNGs are re-parented to old server and found working OK.
This Association escalated the issues to CGMT and requested his urgent intervention in this matter. We also suggested him that an inquiry is to be made to study the frequent failure of BB.


19/12/2016

Amendment in BSNL transfer policy View Corporate Office Order


19/12/2016

CHQ NEWS dtd 16/12/16:
Discussion Started with Recognised Representative Association of Executives by Director(HR) on HR Issues:
GS and CHQ President met DIR(HR) and started discussions on the charter of demands on various issues. Further discussions will continue from monday onwards. As discussed with CMD on 14.12.16, the DO letter to DoT will be send early next week for approval of E2, E3 pay scales delinking it from the upgradation of other pay scales now. Discussions are started in a positive note and positive action from the management.
Immediately after verification, management started discussion with the Representative Association of Executives to settle the issues which is a good sign. Management agreed to take up E2, E3 now and upgradation of the remaining scales with 3rd PRC is the best possible solution now as we are demanding. This is the first breakthrough.

Comrades, due to demonetization, our business coming down sharply and every day business is down by 11.5 crores, monthly about 360 crores. If this trend continues for next 3 months, then revenue will be about 1200 crores less, a big setback to our 3rd PRC dreams. So do not waste a single moment and find new ways to improve the business and increase the revenue.


19/12/2016

CHQ NEWS: GS writes to CMD, BSNL regarding Replacement of intermediary pay scales E1A and E2A by standard pay scales E2 and E3 w.e.f. 01-01-2007 as per DPE guidelines.
Stand of the majority recognized Association - DoT may be asked to process E2, E3 alone separately. Upgradation of the remaining scales upto E7 may be processed later, during 3rd PRC.
View Copy of the letter.

GS writes to CMD, BSNL regarding Long pending HR issues
Urgent need to resolve the issues on priority basis through serious and continuous dialogue with the Recognised Association View Copy of the letter.

GS writes to GM(SR) regarding deduction of monthly subscription of Rs 70 from the salary of January, 2017


18/12/2016

Preparatory work for promotion to AGM/DE(T) on regular basis View Corporate Office Letter
The required information in respect of all Officials in List-6 is already forwarded from Circle Office. It is reported that the information in respect of certain officers from List-7 is yet to reach the Circle Office.
View Pending APAR details
All District Secretaries are requested to ensure that APAR in respect of all officers included in TES Group-B seniority list-7 are forwarded to Circle office. The officials in List-7 may also take personal interest in this regard in liaison with the District Secretaries.


16/12/2016

Congratulations..!! to the valiant Comrades of Kannur.
The four Comrades from Kannur BA were transferred in 2014 based on longstay to other BAs deviating from the transfer policy 2008 of Kerala Circle by the then Circle Administration headed by Shri MSS.Rao. After long battles in Courts and samara pandal, these four officers were sent out from Kannur BA to Palghat and Calicut BA in Nov-2014. Transfer orders to these comrades back to Kannur released today. View Orders


16/12/2016

Meeting with GM(HR & Admin) on 16/12/2016:

CS Com.Santhoshkumar, CT Com.Premkumar, ACS Com.Ramana, DS-CO Com.Suneer held a meeting with Shri Mohan.D, GM(HR&Admin) on 16/12/2016 for discussing pending HR issues. Shri Satheesh DGM(Admin) and Shri James Sagayaraj DGM(HR) also attended the meeting. The following issues were discussed.

1. Pending EPP cases: We reiterated the delay in issuing the orders regarding Time bound Financial upgradation. We expressed our concern over the long delay. Large numbers of cases are pending for more than two years. GM(HR) responded positively and assured for the early release of orders.

2. Group-C to JTO(T) LICE – filling up of vacant posts: We requested GM(HR) to fill up all vacant posts from among the candidates who have qualified in the LICE conducted against the year 2014-15 by carrying forward the unfilled vacancies of 2013-14 to 2014-15. It may be noted that more than 70% of JTO(T) posts of Kerala circle are lying vacant which is badly affecting the performance of the circle. In the LICE held for promotion from Group-C to JTO(T) for the vacancy year 2013-14, only 48 OC candidates were selected against the published total OC vacancies of 258. LICE was also conducted for the JTO vacancies against 2014-15 and as per the result published, only 8 JTO posts under OC category were announced whereas 181applicants have qualified in the test. We discussed the recent court judgement in this regard, wherein it was instructed by the CAT Ernakulam that applicants who desire needs to file a comprehensive representation before the CMD for considering their appointment as JTO for the vacancy year 2013-14. We raised our apprehension about the possible delay in processing the representation. GM(HR) stated that if the applicants are not willing to give comprehensive representation to CMD because of the possible delay in the process, they may be advised to submit separate undertaking to CGMT Kerala citing No Claim in 2013-14 vacancies. The Association will be further discussing the issue with CGMT in the next week for an early resolution.

3. Calling volunteers for DE(LA) in Iddukki district: We have pointed out that Officers are declining their DE(LA) promotions especially for difficult areas like Iddukki district. There is an acute shortage of Officers in STS cadre and moreover few Officers who are now working in Iddukki in STS cadre are waiting for relievers for going to their Home Circle – TamilNadu. In this scenario, we suggested GM(HR) to call for volunteers exclusively for Iddukki District instead of Ernakulam BA so that interested officers from any SSA can apply. GM(HR) responded positively.

4. Transfer cases of LICE JTOs who completed 2 years: There are around 60 LICE promoted JTOs who have completed two years’ service and are eagerly waiting to return to their Home SSA. We requested GM(HR) for considering the transfer requests of these officers. GM(HR) responded positively and informed that maximum individual cases will be considered based on merit in Jan-2017 and the remaining will be considered during the general transfer in Mar/April-2017.

During meeting, GM(HR) informed that there is a demand for posts in Term Cell, Ernakulam. Since Administration expressed constraints for posting executives in Ernakulam SSA, we suggest executives JTOs/SDEs working outside Ernakulam may opt for posting in Term Cell Ernakulam. The Administration agreed that if such requests are received for posting to Term Cell, it can be considered immediately.

5. Transfer cases of Kannur Comrades: Four officers from Kannur BA were transferred in 2014 based on longstay to other BAs deviating from the transfer policy 2008 of Kerala Circle by the then Circle Administration headed by Shri MSS.Rao. After long battles in Courts and samara pandal, these four officers were sent out from Kannur BA to Palghat and Calicut BA in Nov-2014. Now as these Officers have completed two years, we requested GM(HR) for considering the transfer requests of these officers to Kannur BA. GM(HR) informed that the orders are approved and will be released today itself.


16/12/2016

CS writes to PGM(Finance) - Requesting for scheduling JAO Phase-II training for the last batch of 2013 LICE JAOs View Letter by CS to PGM(Finance)
This Association was continously persuing with the management to take necessary action for imparting phase-II training for JAOs. The matter was earlier referred to Corporate office by the Circle Administration and Corporate Office has instructed Circle to take necessary action in the matter as per Hon. CAT order dated 22-3-2016 in consultation with the standing counsel of BSNL under intimation to the Corporate office. Though the matter is pending since long and almost 2 months has elapsed after the instruction from Corporate office and the legal opinion from BSNL counsel, the training is not yet finalized. It may be noted that Order of the Hon CAT for appointment include necessary duties, training and salary attached to the post. As per JAO recruitment rule one JAO has to complete the phase-II and phase-III training within one year to earn his/ her increment. Since the officers are posted in the month of March 2016 we requested PGM(Finance) to take immediate necessary action for the training to the above officers.


16/12/2016

CS writes to CGMT regarding Group-C to JTO(T) LICE, requesting for carry forward of unfilled vacancies of 2013-14 to 2014-15 and filling up of all vacant JTO posts View CS Letter to CGMT
In the LICE held for promotion from Group-C to JTO(T) for the vacancy year 2013-14, only 48 OC candidates were selected against the published total OC vacancies of 258.
LICE was also conducted for the JTO vacancies against 2014-15 and as per the result published, only 8 JTO posts under OC category were announced whereas 181applicants have qualified in the test.
We requested CGMT to fill up all vacant posts from among the candidates who have qualified in the LICE conducted against the year 2014-15 by carry forwarding the unfilled vacancies of 13-14 to 2014-15. It may be noted that more than 70% of JTO(T) posts of Kerala circle are lying vacant which is badly affecting the performance the circle.


15/12/2016

3rd PRC submitted its report to the Govt.
Com V K Tomar, President/NCOA and Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA met Member (Secretary), 3rd PRC today. The PRC report will be in the public domain in another 2 to 3 days.


15/12/2016

Glimpses of Photos of One day Stay Out Strike by Unions and Associations on 15-12-2016 against Tower Subsidiary formation. As per the reports recieved from all District Secretaries, the Strike participation is almost 100% in Kerala Circle.



15/12/2016

After the meeting on Tower Subsidiary issue, we discussed other two cadre issues also with AS(T), DoT on 14.12.2016: All the GSs were present including GS/BSNLEU, AGS/NFTE, GS/ABSNLEA, GS/SEWA etc.

1) Sought his intervention to release the result of recently held JE examination. The results are withheld due to the intervention of DoT. AST is unaware of the issue and agreed to intervene in the matter.

2) Approval of E2 and E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A: AST informed that Govt cannot accept the proposal of upgradation of all the scales from E3 to E4, E4 to E5, ---- E6 to E7, E8 to E9 and E9 to E9A. So already directions are given to the concerned section to prepare a Cabinet Note proposing to approve revised E1A and E2A for the Executives already recruited in pre-revised E1A scale (9850-250-14600) and E1 and E2 scales for the Executives recruited later on (Accordingly JTO/JAOs recruited in 2007 and 2008 in E1A scale will get revised E1A scale and all the Executives recruited after that will be given E1 scale only). On our specific submission that SNEA demand is only E2 and E3, AST informed that there are Assns insisting for E3 to E4, E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7 which cannot be accepted by the Govt (eventhough recommended by BSNL). Further he mentioned that if they are not insisting for upgradation of remaining scales, then there is a possibility to consider E2, E3 alone. On this other Assn didn’t respond at all.

Afterwards GS and President met CMD and explained the developments in DoT. Now membership verification is over and SNEA granted the status of Recognised Association. As the Recognised Association in BSNL we demanded that E2, E3 proposal alone to be processed now keeping the other scales pending for 3rd PRC. CMD informed that management will go ahead with the opinion of the recognized Association in the future.

Comrades we are watching the developments closely for the next few days. Meanwhile the file proposal for holding meeting with Assn, BSNL and DoT on E2, E3 scales is under consideration in DoT. We are watching what stand AS(T) is taking on this issue. If positive developments are not coming from BSNL and DoT, we will go for direct trade union actions shortly as informed earlier.


14/12/2016

One Day Stay out strike on 15.12.2016 (From 00.00 hrs on 15-12-2016 to 00.00 hrs on 16-12-2016) against Tower Subsidiary formation.
CHQ has requested all Circle Secretaries / SSA Secretaries / Activists to effectively organise the Strike in co-ordination with other Unions and Associations. Ensure 100% Participation.

Additional Secretary Telecom, DoT called a meeting of the Unions and Associations to discuss about the Strike notice against the proposed Tower Subsidiary formation. AST tried to explain the advantages of forming a Tower Subsidiary which all of us knowing. He failed to give any assurances on behalf of Govt that the Subsidiary will not be disinvested or go for a strategic sale in the future. Afterwards all the GSs met and unanimously decided to go ahead with the Strike from 00.00 Hrs of 15.12.2016.The Strike will be stay out Strike.


13/12/2016

Congratulations..!! Corporate Office has issued Notification regarding Grant of status of Recognised Representative Association to SNEA. As per Rule 3(1) of Recognition Rules-2014, BSNL shall have only one representative Association of Executives which gets majority votes in the membership verification subject to a minimum of 35% membership of total votes of the working executives in BSNL. Accordingly SNEA, which secured majority votes and also more than 35% votes, shall be the Recognised Representative Association. SNEA is given the status of the majority recognised Association at Corporate level, all Circles and SSA level. View SR section notification.



13/12/2016

GS writes to CMD regarding:
1. Successful conduction of first Membership Verification among the Executives Associations, SR section deserves all the credit for the excellent job.We place on record our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the excellent work done by Sri A. M. Gupta, GM(SR), Sri A K Sinha, DGM(SR) and the whole SR team under the guidance and leadership of Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR), BSNL Board.
View Copy of the letter.

2. As per the provisions of the Recognition Rules, only one Executive Association which gets majority votes with minimum 35% membership of total votes in the membership verification will be recognised as the representative Association of the Executives. Hence it is requested to accord recognition to SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION as the Recognised Majority Association at the earliest.
View Copy of the letter


12/12/2016

Message from General Sercretary:

Dear Comrades,

The first membership verification among the Executives Associations in BSNL is completed in a free and fair manner after 16 years of BSNL formation. From the very beginning itself attempts to derail the process through several court cases and other means were rampant. An element of risk in going through membership verification process also could not be discounted. But we could overcome all the hurdles with commitment and determination despite all confabulations, unholy congregations.

We made extensive tours during our campaign so that we could meet almost all Executives throughout the length and breadth of the country covering more than 300 SSAs out of 364 and gathered every bit of suggestions from them. This presented us an insight into the problems and challenges that our colleagues are facing, especially in North East, tenure, far flung, rural and interior areas, where they are really struggling to meet the challenges of day to day work. CHQ leaders, Circle and SSA Secretaries, office bearers/ activists/ supporters at various levels made the campaign very successful reaching out to each and every Executive, personally. Attempts from a section of the people to malign our Association which has always stood for the dual goals of upliftment of the cadre and for the viability of BSNL, was far from few and rare. They charged the SNEA for all the unsettled issues and in the process, did not hesitate to align with the Management, thereby scuttling several issues of vital importance to the cadre. But this was nothing but a clear admission by them that only SNEA was, is and will be capable of settling any issue including the complex HR issues. Our committed members stood like a rock against the wave of mal propagandas and finally won the war. We thank and reciprocate each and every comrade who put their wholehearted trust in us all along, particularly in this bitterly fought battle.

Now the election is over. The Executives in BSNL voted SNEA over others to the role of the Recognised Majority Association. Comrades, we have proved it again. History is on our side with this Association carrying out the huge responsibility all throughout the last 3 decades, never failing the cadres and many times even exceeding their expectations. We are aware that once again we have been voted and reposed with this immense responsibility. We shall fail none including those that might have voted against us. It is incumbent on us to take everyone into our fold and fulfil their dreams as only this great organization can do. We are once again reaching out to those that chose to be not with us. You are all welcome to build this organization, build the future of the cadres without distinction, build a vibrant BSNL. In the coming days our focus will be to address all the issues and prove that those who made malpropaganda against SNEA are wrong. We cannot and will not rest on the laurels of a great victory but continue more vigorously till we attain the goals.

We know that verification is only the first step to settle the HR issues; many many more miles to go. But remember we shall not rest or relax. History reminds us that many challenges are awaiting us. Let this mandate be the source of powerful energy for all of us to face such challenges ahead. Our commitment to the Executives is that SNEA will work for the best interests of the cadre, none excluded. Challenges are many. E2, E3 pay scales before 3rd PRC, CPSU cadre Hierarchy upto AGM equivalent grade to end the stalemate in Functional promotions, 30% Superannuation benefits with Term Insurance/Corpus Fund as Social security, pay parity of Rs 22820, implementation of 3rd PRC and upgradation of remaining scales upto E7, JTO to SDE promotion under seniority and LDCE quota, SDE to DE/EE and DE to DGM promotions, JAO to AO and AO to CAO promotions, first TBP after 4 to 5 years, E1A and E2A scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/PA/PS/Arch/TF cadres, Rule 8 cases, increasing the number of DGM posts etc are the immediate challenges and issues to be settled. Above all we have to take our company back to its glory, protecting it from vested interests.

I, as General Secretary, seek the wholehearted support and blessings of all the Executives to achieve the set of goals that looks at us.

With warm regards,
General Secretary.


12/12/2016




12/12/2016

All District Secretaries / Branch Secretaries and activists are requested to make extensive preparation for the ONE DAY STRIKE on 15-12-2016. Ensure 100% participation and make it a grand Success.


12/12/2016

Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle to be held at 10 AM on 17-12-2016 at Ashir Bhavan, Kacherypady Near North Railway Station, Ernakulam. Our CHQ Chairman Com. G L Jogi and GS Com. K Sebastin will address the meeting. All Circle office bearers, SSA Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time. View Notice


09/12/2016


Thank you comrades... !!! Truth Triumphs... !!!

SNEA Kerala Circle Sincerely thank its each and every member and supporters for placing SNEA on Number 1 position in Kerala Circle as well as in All India Level. In Kerala, we got 1783 Votes (58% of Total Votes) with a huge majority of 602 Votes against the MOU association (AIBSNLEA + AIGETOA + AITEEA). Without Your active participation and commitment it would not have been materialized.



With your Active Support, SNEA became the one and only RECOGNISED REPRESENTATIVE ASSOCIATION OF EXECUTIVES with a Vote share of 46% (20128 Votes) in the First Executive Membership Verification. Lets stay united and fight as a team for uplifting our Cadre by protecting Pay, Promotion and Pension. Lets be united without any discretion... Lets be united to make BSNL more profitable and Viable.... Executive Unity Zindabad!!! SNEA Zindabad!!! BSNL Zindabad!!!

Message from CHQ: Congratulations to one and all for making SNEA as the RECOGNISED REPRESENTATIVE ASSOCIATION OF EXECUTIVES. CHQ congratulate all CSs, SSA Secretaries, Branch Secretaries, Office bearers at all levels and Core Group members at all levels for the excellent work done. Last but not the least, our sincere gratitude to all our grass root level members and supporters for making the MV a grand success.
Our sincere gratitude to CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR), GM(SR), DGM(SR) and all the officials in SR section for their untiring efforts to conduct the MV in a free and fair manner. We met CMD, DIR(HR) and GM(SR) and thanked them for the cooperation.
Formal letter to the largest Association as the recognised Association and the second largest Association as support Association will be issued by SR section.


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