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13/11/2018: CHQ News

Rally by AUAB on 14.11.2018 at BSNLCO/Circle/SSA.
Since DoT is not agreeing to BSNL proposal for 3rd PRC with 15% fitment and going back from its earlier commitments, all the employees are requested to join the Rally. Public Rally and the participation will have big impact on the Govt and its decisions in the coming days.
Make door to door campaign today for the success of the Rally.

Letter to Secretary / DoT and CMD / BSNL


13/11/2018: CHQ News

DOT returns the BSNL proposal for 3rd Pay Revision:
1. Revenue from operation is on huge decline, 20% in 2017-18 in comparison with 2016-17 and 27.8% in comparison to Q1 of FY2018-19.

2. During 2017-18, BSNL estimated 4.8% growth, but it has actually reduced by 14.8%.

3. Expenditure on employees remuneration is continuously growing comparing to its revenue. It is 65.7% of revenue from operations during 2017-18. Now it has become 89% during Q1 of FY 2018-19.

4. 4303 Cr is the additional expenditure per annum for 3rd PRC with 15% fitment (pension contribution calculated on maximum of the pay scale) and it may cross the revenue from operations (2760 Cr is the additional expenditure if the pension contribution is on actual basic pay).

5. For 4G rollout, loan has to be taken and the additional revenue expected after that will be required for repayment of loan.

6. The excess payment on pension contribution is shown as Rs 2000. Govt not agreed to the BSNL proposal for pension contribution on actual basic pay.

7. BSNL proposes additional revenue from FTTH etc.

Finally DoT asked BSNL to work out a concrete workable proposal with a detailed analysis on the above points.


12/11/2018: CHQ News

Rally at all levels on 14.11.2018
by All Unions & Associations in BSNL demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018.

Charter of Demands:
(a) 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.
(b) Implementation of Government Rules in payment of Pension contribution by BSNL.
(c) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL as per the proposal submitted by the BSNL Management.
(d) Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners.
e) Settlement of left out issues of the 2nd PRC.


12/11/2018:

Photos of the Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala held at Ernakulam on 8th, 9th and 10th Nov 2018
View glimpses of Pre-CEC on 8/11/18 at Paulson Park, Ernakulam
View glimpses of Circle Conference day-1 on 9/11/18 at Hotel Highway Garden, Ernakulam
View glimpses of Circle Conference day-2 on 10/11/18 at YMCA Hall, Ernakulam


11/11/2018:

Congratulations...!! to the New Team.....XXIVth Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala Circle held on 9th and 10th Nov 2018 at Ernakulam unanimously elected the new Circle Body of SNEA Kerala:
Circle President : Com.George Varghese, DGM, Ernakulam
Circle Secretary : Com.Santhosh Kumar.T, AGM, Trivandrum
Circle Treasurer : Com.Suneer.S, AO, Circle Office-Trivandrum


Circle Vice-Presidents:
Com.Asha.A.S, AO, Trivandrum
Com.Gopalakrishna Panicker.P.R, AGM, Kottayam
Com.Nujumudeen.M, SDE, Alleppey

Assistant Circle Secretaries:
Com.Jithesh.K.P, SDE, Kannur
Com.Dr.Premkumar.G, AGM, Trivandrum
Com.Ramana.JV, SDE, Circle Office-Trivandrum
Com.Vivek.G, JTO, Ernakulam

Area Secretary North: Com.Jasim.AK, SDE, Calicut
Area Secretary Central: Com.Baiju.V, JTO, Ernakulam
Area Secretary South: Com.Vinukumar.M.S, JTO (Electrical), Trivandrum

Circle Organising Secretaries:
Com.Baijulal.K.V, AO, Thrissur
Com.Sidhique.T, SDE, Malappuram

CWC Members:
Com.Gafoor.M.A, SDE, Calicut
Com.Harikrishnan.G, SDE, Trivandrum
Com.Rajesh P V Manchan, SDE(Civil), Kannur
Com.Salim Kumar.E.V, AGM, Kollam
Com.Suresh Kumar.R, SDE, Kottayam
Com.Vimal.R, SDE, CO-Ernakulam

further details will be uploaded soon.....


07/11/2018:

Circle Conference on 9th and 10th of Nov 2018 at Ernakulam
View Notice || Invitation for Open Session on 09/11/18
XXIVth Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala Circle will be held on 9th and 10th November 2018 at Ernakulam. As a prelude to the Circle Conference, Pre-Circle Conference CEC will be held at Paulson Tourist Home, Ernakulam on 8th November 2018.

First day of Circle Conference including Open Session on 9/11/18 will be held at Hotel Highway Gardens (opposite Oberon Mall), NH Bypass, Palarivattom. Hon'ble MP Shri M.B.Rajesh will inaugurate the Open Session. CHQ Leaders - GS Com.Sebastin and CHQ President Com.A.A.Khan are also attending the Open Session.

Second day of Circle Conference on 10/11/18 will be held at YMCA Hall, Chitoor Rd. Stay for the Delegates are arranged at Paulson Tourist Home, a 5 min walk from Ernakulam South Railway Station.




06/11/2018:




06/11/2018: CHQ News

Amendment to SNEA Constitution:

Suggestions if any for amendments to the Constitution of SNEA are invited by the Constitution amendment committee. Suggestion from the Circles may be forward by the Circle Secretaries. The suggestions should reach before 10 th November 2018 by mail to any of the following. No WhatsApp message is expected.

Chairman:
Com. George Varghese (gvsnea@gmail.com).

Members:
Com.BG Patel (bgpatel63@gmail.com),
Com.Dilip Saha (dsaha@mail.com),
Com.Ajay Trivedi (sneaupe@gmail).
Com.Dutta Majumdar, (sneamp@gmail.com)

George Varghese
Chairman
Constitution Amendment Committee



05/11/2018: CHQ News

Meeting between the Secretary (Telecom) and the AUAB:

A meeting between Ms.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL(AUAB) was held on 02.11.2018.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS/NFTE, Com.K.Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com.Prahlad Rai,GS/AIBSNLEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS/AIGETOA, Com.Suresh Kumar,GS/BSNL MS, Com. Revti Prasad, AGS/BSNL ATM, Com. Rashid Khan, AGS/TEPU and Com.H.P.Singh, Dy.GS/BSNL OA participated in the talks on behalf of the AUAB. From the DoT side, Ms. Anuradha Mitra/Member(Finance), Shri Ravi Kant/ Member(Services), Shri.N.Sivasailam/Special Secretary and Shri R. K. Khandelwal/ Joint Secretary(Admn) participated. From the BSNL Management side, Shri Anupam Shrivastava/CMD BSNL, Ms. Sujata Ray/ Director(HR), Shri Saurab Tyagi/Sr GM(Estt), Shri A.M.Gupta/ GM(SR) and Shri Sheo Shankar Prasad/DGM(Estt) participated.

At the outset, the representatives of the AUAB pointed out that DoT failed to take appropriate action to implement the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) in the meeting held on 24-02-2018, in view of which the AUAB has been compelled to go on agitational programme. On the 3rd Pay Revision issue, the Secretary, Telecom assured that the Cabinet Note, for getting the approval of the Cabinet, would be sent at the earliest. The AUAB pointed out that within three months the Pay Revision issue has to be settled fully, otherwise, Parliament elections would be announced, settlement of Pay Revision would become difficult. Secretary informed that some queries are there, it will be raised by DoT to BSNL in a week time. As and when BSNL replies, it will be processed. AUAB demanded the formalities of Cabinet memo to be completed before this month. Secretary, Telecom assured to act fast.

On the issues of allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on the actual basic pay and Pension Revision issues, very useful discussion took place. On the 4G issue, the Cabinet Note has been sent for inter-ministerial consultation, and soon it will go for the approval of the Cabinet. On the issue of Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale, the matter is being recommended for the approval of the Department of Expenditure, with a positive note of the DoT, by next week. On the Pension Revision of BSNL retirees, the Secretary Telecom appeared to be convinced with the arguments of the AUAB, that it should not be linked with the Pay Revision of the serving employees. She directed the Member (Services) to immediately discuss the issue with her. On the 30% Superannuation benefits for the Directly Recruited employees, the Secretary Telecom said that it should be settled by the BSNL. Thereafter CMD assured to examine another 2%.

We got an opportunity to discuss E2/E3 pay scales also eventhough it was not an agenda but related with 2nd PRC issues pending in DoT, on which SS(T) replied that DPE accepted the DoT decision which we countered nicely. We explained that DPE not agreed fully with DoT. The information submitted by DoT to DPE was wrong, so DPE could not give the correct direction to DoT. GS read out the relevant portion in the letter from DoT to DPE in which it was stated that 1) E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for BSNL direct recruits, 2) E1A and E2A are onetime dispensation for the absorbed officers etc. Finally Secretary assured to examine how wrong information has been sent by DoT to DPE and corrective actions will be taken.

After the meeting with the Secretary, Telecom, the meeting of the AUAB was held. The meeting expressed it’s satisfaction about the discussions on the issues of Allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution and Pension Revision. Even though the approach of the Secretary, Telecom was positive, the AUAB meeting viewed that the progress in the matter of 3rd Pay Revision is not satisfactory. Hence, the meeting decided to go ahead with the agitational programme of holding Rally on 14.11.2018 and called upon the employees to effectively organise the rallies on 14-11-2018. It is decided that the AUAB will again meet on 14-11-2018, to review the situation.
View Minutes


05/11/2018: Circle News

Meeting with GM HR on 3/11/2018
CS along with ACS and DS-CO met GM (HR) on 3/11/2018 at 0930 AM.

1) We strongly protested against the pick and choose method adopted by the Circle Administration in considering transfer requests. GM HR admitted that it was a mistake from Management side and corrective mesures will be taken at the earliest and the transfer order of Com.Vivek, Com.Nissar and Com.Nazeer will be issued soon.

2) We requested GM HR to look into the release of 9 withheld vacancies of JTO LICE and 4 vacancies of JAO LICE.

3) First Increment issues of recently recruited DR-JTOs: We requested GM HR to review the first increment date of DR-JTOs recruited through GATE. We have recieved many queries from these DR-JTOs especially from units working under Circle office regarding wrong Increment date in ERP portal. The first increment date is taken as the date in which the induction training ended instead of start date. GM HR responded positively and promised to resolve the issue.

4) Mutual Transfer Cases: We requested GM HR to immediately release the orders for pending Inter Circle mutual transfer cases of JTOs before further promotion or resignation happens. GM HR assured speedy clearance.


02/11/2018: Circle News

Presentation by SNEA Kerala on BSNL Revival given to IIM team on 02-11-2018 at Thiruvananthapuram DoT, as per Government directions, had entrusted Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for undertaking a study and preparing a revival plan for BSNL.
SNEA Kerala was invited for presenting our suggestions regarding the same today afternoon at CGMT office . SNEA Kerala represented by Com. T. Santhosh Kumar, CS, Com. G. Harikrishnan, Area Secretary South, and V. G. Sabu, DS, Trivandrum has given a comprehensive presentation covering almost all aspects related to much needed policy changes in HR/Finance management and improvement of services in all verticals. Our views and suggestions on spectrum management, launch of 4G/5G services, Govt. support, Pay, Pension and Promotion issues, Standard pay scales, FTTH expansion, delay in procurement of industry standard equipments for timely roll out of services, monetisation of land and buildings, BTS outsourcing, modernization of Optical Fiber Cable and transmission network were presented in detail. The IIM team has appreciated our efforts in this regard and asked us to share the PPT and supporting documents on certain key aspects like AMC issues and cadre restructuring to them by e-mail. GS SNEA was in constant touch with the circle leadership for the last couple of days and has given most valuable suggestions for preparing the presentation and documents which we will be sharing with the IIM team.
Lr from Admin || View PPT || View PDF






01/11/2018: CHQ News

GS writes to CMD BSNL: Huge spending for AMC on CM verticals. 1800 Crores is the AMC charges alone. Appropriate measures can reduce it by atleast 1000 Crores.
The per line rate varies from Rs 33/ for Kerala Circle to Rs 295/ for J&K Circle and the BSNL average is Rs 159/-.
On analysing the equipments under AMC, it is observed that:

1) In many Circles, AMC is given for all the equipments so far purchased right from Phase 1 to Phase VII+.

2) The VLR of many Circles are below 50% which indicate that the numbers which are not in use are not removed from HLR after expiry of cooling period. This escalates the AMC cost.

3) The numbers catered from old equipments are not migrated to equipments installed newly though they are having sufficient capacity.

4) All installed equipments are retained in the in the network and AMC is awarded against the P.O whether they are actually required in the network or working at present.


The per line AMC cost is exorbitantly high in J&K, GUJ, TN, AP, UPW, PB, NE, MP, MH, RAJ & WB Circles, more than Rs 100/- per subscriber.
It is suggested to take immediate action by all Circles to minimise the AMC cost by optimising the network elements actually required as done by few Circles like Kerala, Odisha and UPE. This can have a saving of about 1000 Crores in CM vertical alone.

GS letter to CMD on reduction of AMC cost for CM vertical || AMC cost of different Circles || VlR & HLR data of different Circles during July 2018


31/10/2018: Circle News

View Glimpse of Photos of Dharna held on 30-10-2018 by AUAB.

View Photos



31/10/2018: Circle News

Circle Conference on 9th and 10th of Nov at Ernakulam View Notice
XXIVth Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala Circle will be held on 9th and 10th November 2018 at Ernakulam. As a prelude to the Circle Conference, Pre-Circle Conference CEC will be held at Paulson Tourist Home, Ernakulam on 8th November 2018.

First day of Circle Conference including Open Session on 9/11/18 will be held at Hotel Highway Gardens (opposite Oberon Mall), NH Bypass, Palarivattom. Hon'ble MP Shri M.B.Rajesh will inaugurate the Open Session. CHQ Leaders - GS Com.Sebastin and CHQ President Com.A.A.Khan are also attending the Open Session.

Second day of Circle Conference on 10/11/18 will be held at YMCA Hall, Chitoor Rd. Stay for the Delegates are arranged at Paulson Tourist Home, a 5 min walk from Ernakulam South Railway Station.

A review meeting for organising the Circle Conference was held at SNEA Bhavan, Ernakulam on 30/10/2018. Circle Leaders - CP Com.George Varghese, CS Com.Santhosh Kumar, CT Com.Premkumar, CVP Com.K.O.Aleyas, ACS Com.Ramana, DS-ENK Com.Joseph Lukose, DS-ALP Com.Vipin, DS-TCR Com.Gokulan and other District Executive Committee members of Ernakulam BA attended the meeting and reviewed the arrangements.

Dear District Secretaries, an online link will be opened shortly for the registration of delegates. All Branches shall elect Delegates as per the provision of the Constitution and remit all Circle/CHQ Quota before the Conference


29/10/2018: CHQ News

Dharna at all levels on 30.10.2018 by All Unions & Associations in BSNL (AUAB) demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018. Make all out preparations for the success of the day long Dharna with massive participation.

Demands:

(a) 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.
(b) Implementation of Government Rules in payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL.
(c) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL as per the proposal submitted by the BSNL Management.
(d) Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners.
e) Settlement of left out issues of the 2nd PRC.



29/10/2018: CHQ News

View Copy of PRESS RELEASE to be issued by AUAB in the proposed Press meet on 29-10-18.


29/10/2018: CHQ News

AUAB Struggle Call Update
There was a meeting at DoT yesterday on the charter of demands. In fact, Secretary called the AUAB for the discussion yesterday at 10.30 AM. Due to communication gap between BSNL and DoT, it could not communicate to AUAB. BSNL Management and Secretary DoT meeting took place. Meeting with AUAB is fixed on 02.11.2018 after Secretary returning from tour. We are getting further updates...
View Letter


27/10/2018: Circle News

Dharna on 30/10/2018 :
All Unions & Associations in BSNL (AUAB) has served notice on 17/10/2018, to the Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL for Dharna and rallies, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018.

Demands:

(a) 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.
(b) Implementation of Government Rules in payment of Pension contribution by BSNL.
(c) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL as per the proposal submitted by the BSNL Management.
(d) Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners.
(e) Settlement of left out issues of the 2nd PRC.

Programs:

1) Dharna at all levels on 30-10-2018.
2) Rallies at circle and districts levels on 14-11-2018.


25/10/2018: Circle News

Annual General Body Meeting of Malappuram BA was held on 25/10/2018 at NGO Hall, Malappuram
Circle Leaders - Circle Secretary Com.Santhosh Kumar, Area Secretary North Com.Gafoor and Circle Organising Secretary Com.Kamalraj attended the meeting. The AGB unanimously elected the new District body:

Dist Secretary : Mohammed Niyas
President : Pradeepkumar E
Dist Treasurer: Abdussalim Babu
CEC Member : Siddique T





24/10/2018: CHQ News

Contempt case against CMD BSNL and GM Pers came up for hearing before Hon. CAT Ernakulam on 23.10.18. BSNL counsel filed application for exemption from personal appearance of CMD & GM(P) as directed by Hon.High Court. The bench postponed the case to next week for placing the matter before the same bench heard the case earlier.


22/10/2018: Circle News

Emerging Star from the Family of SNEA.

Circle Treasurer Com.PREMKUMAR.G successfully completed Doctoral Research in Customer Care Activities related to BSNL. He has been awarded Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Management Studies by University of Kerala. He has completed the study under the guidance of Dr. J.Rajan, Director (Rtd.), Institute of Management in Kerala (IMK), Trivandrum.

Congratulations to Com. Dr.Premkumar.G!!!

The title of the Ph.D Thesis is :
“A study on customer care activities in BSNL Telecommunication Services – A comparative study with private telecom service providers in Kerala”
View Synopsis || View Open Defence



20/10/2018: CHQ News

GS writes to Hon MoSC Shri Manoj Sinha: It is high time for the Govt intervention for the revival of BSNL. As a first step, more than 6400 Crores rupees due from DoT, the administrative Ministry to BSNL is to be released immediately. Abnormal delay in reimbursement of huge amount is seriously affecting the cash flow and functioning of BSNL
GS letter to Hon MoSC regarding reimbursement of Rs 6400 Crores due for BSNL


18/10/2018:



18/10/2018: Circle News

CS writes to CGMT regarding outsourcing of BTS Infra O&M to a vendor which would also put huge financial burden over the circle which is already finding it difficult to improve revenue and profit figures
View Letter
We are deeply perturbed and very much disappointed to see the BSNL Corporate Office order issuing AWO to M/s.Mahindra & Mahindra Pvt. Ltd for carrying out O&M activities of BTS sites in Kerala Circle. It is understood that the vendor would be taking over all passive infrastructure in those sites and will be the custodian of entire infra elements for ten years. BSNL would be one of the tenants in those sites and hence would be under the mercy of the vendor even to carry out any service/capacity/radio resource additions, reengineering, reutilization and redeployment. This outsourcing model would be catastrophically dangerous for BSNL especially in a circle like Kerala where foolproof and tested mechanisms are already in place, unlike in many other circles, for carrying out operation and maintenance of BTS sites ensuring more than 99% network availability. The outsourcing model may double BTS operational expenditure in the circle as seen from the financial tables signed with the vendor. Hence, we are very much concerned about BSNL Corporate Office’ decision to include the best performing circle in the infra outsourcing list where we would be forced to pay around Rs.80k per site to the vendor where as it is nearly half at present.

It is therefore humbly requested that the circle administration may kindly consider the following as well:
1. The network uptime of BTS sites in Kerala has been consistently above 99% ever since operation commenced in the circle in 2002.
2. Kerala circle has already deployed the best O&M model for ensuring infra maintenance by employing housekeeping contracts with vendors including diesel filling, site maintenance etc.
3. Kerala circle has been using an online O&M portal by name “OMCWEB” which is developed and maintained by the in house talents for efficient management of all radio elements and passive infra items.
4. Proper and thoroughly audited AMC contracts are being deployed for efficient OAM of infra elements.
5. The circle has always achieved the Infra sharing target set by the BSNL corporate office for earning consistent revenue from time to time.
6. It is to be noted that we are hiring sites from passive infrastructure providers by incurring monthly expenditure of around Rs.35, 000/- per site.
7. The monthly OPEX charges of BSNL owned and operated GSM sites may come around Rs. 30,000/- per site.
8. There are good number of GSM sites working in the circle where BTS space has been provided by many agencies including state/central government departments with zero rentals and even zero energy charges in many sites.
9. Kerala circle has already replaced almost all infra elements including Power Plant and Battery in majority of the sites in the recent past and the process is still going on at great pace.
10. The O&M vendor will be taking over all these newly deployed infra and BSNL’ scope of redeployment of elements will be ceased forever.
11. BSNL will be at the liberty of the vendor for adding any radio elements for service/capacity augmentations like sector additions, tech additions in future which would affect network optimisation and QoS very badly.


Thus considering the above mentioned facts we don’t find any sufficient reasons for outsourcing the BTS Infra OAM to a vendor which would also put huge financial burden over the circle which is already finding it difficult to improve revenue and profit figures in the post JIO scenario. We don’t know whether the circle administration has been consulted before taking such a major policy decision which would neither improve operational efficiency nor revenue prospects but would incur additional expenditure by way of increased OPEX charges. Hence, it is requested that BSNL Kerala circle administration may kindly inform BSNL Corporate Office about the existing operational as well as financial statements regarding the existing O&M model already deployed in the circle and to review the decision positively to Kerala Circle.


18/10/2018: Circle News

CS writes to CGMT regarding enabling the HSDP+ feature in Huawei Node Bs at the earliest
View Letter
After the latest version upgrade done by M/S Huawei High speed 21.1 Mbps 3G data (HSDPA+) feature has been provided in the Huawei RNCs. Through put license of the RNCs are also increased considerably by this upgrade. During the testing period, the Node Bs in Huawei 408 RNC were supporting the HSDPA+ feature and through put of the Node Bs increased considerably. But when the original license was provided by Huawei in Node Bs after the upgrade, the HSDPA+ features is not available and the maximum through put is reduced to H 14.4 Mbps (HSDPA only). Many of the Node Bs in Huawei RNC area are capable to come under the VHT data traffic category if the HSDPA+ feature is made available .There are 949 Huawei Node Bs are radiating in Huawei area at present out of which only 62 are VHT sites. So kindly take necessary action to enable the HSDP+ feature in Huawei Node Bs at the earliest


17/10/2018: CHQ News

All Unions & Associations in BSNL (AUAB) has served notice today, to the Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL for Dharna and rallies, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018.

Demands:

(a) 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.
(b) Implementation of Government Rules in payment of Pension contribution by BSNL.
(c) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL as per the proposal submitted by the BSNL Management.
(d) Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners.
e) Settlement of left out issues of the 2nd PRC.

Programs:
1) Dharna at all levels on 30-10-2018.
2) Rallies at circle and districts levels on 14-11-2018.


17/10/2018: CHQ News

GS writes to CMD, BSNL on austerity measures:
Measures to reduce the expenditure in view of the prevailing situation in BSNL:

1) Moratorium on sports and cultural activities for a period of two years:
2) Curtailment of expenditure towards appointment of consultants:
GS letter to CMD


16/10/2018: CHQ News

DE to DGM promotion: The MA filed by BSNL for vacation of stay on DGM promotion was listed for hearing on 15.10.2018 at Hon CAT, Chandigarh. Due to paucity of time, MA postponed to 29.10.2018. On 29.10.2018, it will be heard along with the main OA, Hon Court told.

Appeal in the Hon Delhi High court on additional increment on post based promotion as per EPP: The appeal filed by DoT in the Hon Delhi HC against the Hon PCAT judgment quashing the DoT order dated 05.07.2017, rescinding the EPP provision for additional increment on post based promotion in the same pay scale was listed for hearing on 16.10.2018. Due to paucity of time, it is listed to Feb, 2019.


16/10/2018: CHQ News

GS writes to Hon Minister Shri Manoj Sinhna on E2/E3 pay scales: Approval of BSNL proposal for revision of intermediary pay scales of 9850-250-14600 (E1A) and 11875-300-17275 (E2A) with the next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for the JTO and SDE equivalent cadres in BSNL w.e.f. 01.01.2007 based on the clarification given by DPE on 29.08.2018. DPE directed DoT to decide the pay scales based on 1) affordability clause in the DPE OM dated 26.11.2008, ie. PBT for the year 2007-08, 2) intermediary pay scales are not allowed and 3) the pay scales are to be implemented by the CPSE in consultation with the Administrative Ministry.
GS letter to Hon MoSC


13/10/2018: Circle News

Meeting with GM (HR) and DGM (HR)
On 12/10/2018 CS along with CT Com. G Premkumar, VP Com S Narendra kumar, DS Tvm Com.VG Sabu and DS CO Com S Suneer met GM HR and DGM HR and discussed the pending transfer cases of those who have completed 2 years. During the discussion we have pointed out the omission of some of the eligible executives (the cases of Vivek, Nissar and Nazeer) in the transfer order issued on 11/10/2018. GM HR intimated that the omission is due to oversight and assured that it will be rectified soon.

We also discussed he pending transfer cases at Malappuram and Kannur BAs. GM HR opined that it is better to discuss the matter with CGM. We requested CGM to grant a meeting to our Association to discuss the pending transfer cases. We expected that meeting will be allotted soon.

13/10/2018: Circle News

High Court Verdict on EPF Full Pension Case will Pave way for All Beneficiaries to get a chance of giving New Options. Calculation of Pension Basic on the Basis of Last 60 months of Service also cancelled
The Hon. High Court has announced the verdict on EPF Full Pension Case given by a Large Number of Employees from different PSUs and other Sectors. In the verdict, Hon. High Court of Kerala Cancelled the anti employee clauses like Cut Off Date for exercising Full Pension option and Calculation of Pension Basic on the Basis of Last 60 Months.

Our Co-Members in NCOA from different PSUs were conducting this case and as per their advises we were waiting for this order from Hon. High Court before going for any case to Supreme Court or any other Courts in India. We are now waiting for the Modified direction from EPFO. If it is limited to the parties of the Petitions for which the Judgement was pronounced, then we will also move to Court as declared by CHQ in line with this favorable order from Hon High Court of Kerala. SNEA CHQ has already decided to file the Petition with all interested Beneficiaries as parties for Full Pension Option. So all Members are advised to stay some more time for the direction from CHQ for further movement.

Meanwhile, We have noticed that very massive Fund Collections were made by Leaders of Other Association for Filing the Case for EPF Full Pension by creating a Panic Situation among all DR Executives that opportunity for exercising Full Pension Option will be given only for those who can file a petition before a Particular Date. Since SNEA is fully aware of the developments through our NCOA Leaders from other PSUs having EPF Pension Option issues for both Retired and Serving Employees, We were advising the Members of SNEA to stay calm for further direction from High Court of Kerala. Here once again, it is informing that, SNEA CHQ will initiate the Case from the Legal Fund if any Directions issued against the Employees from EPFO on the basis of this Order from Hon High Court of Kerala and if any further requirement from the members for our Legal Fight, it will be informed to all Members through Association Platforms.

View More News about EPF Full Pension Verdict
Desabhimani News on 13-08-2018
Mathrubhoomi News on 13-08-2018
Mathrubhoomi News on 13-08-2018

12/10/2018: CHQ News

Group Term Insurance(GTI): The final premium quote received from LIC is Rs 1.6 per thousand rupees for a coverage of 50 lakhs for the age group upto 50 years. The rate will be reviewed after 3 years. The same slab will continue till they attain 60 years. The Committee will be submitting its report to DIR(HR) in this regard shortly. GS met GM(Trg) who coordinates the GTI scheme and held discussions today and requested to expedite the proposal. GS asked simultaneously to work out for an option if any Executive wants to opt out of the scheme.


12/10/2018: CHQ News

All India Conference at Ludhiana, Punjab, from 28th to 30th November, 2018.

The delegate election should be done by the remaining Branches/Divisions/Districts/SSAs immediately by convening the General Body meetings, after notifying it. The number of delegates should be elected as per the provisions of the constitution. [One(01) delegate for every 30 members or part thereof being not less than 20, subject to a minimum of one per Branch/Division/District/SSA]. CHQ Office Bearers, CSs and CWC members shall be ex-officio delegates, in addition to the eligible delegates.

Considering the huge expenditure, the delegate fee is retained as Rs 1,250 per delegate, as in the last AIC. Host Circle made all the arrangements for the delegates. Observers are not allowed. Due to constraints, the host Circle made accommodation arrangements only to the eligible delegates. Host Circle requested that the observers if any reaching the AIC venue should make their own arrangements for the Accommodation.

Circles/SSAs/Branches not having held their respective Conferences within time frame stipulated in the constitution must hold their conferences immediately to be eligible to attend AIC.


10/10/2018: CHQ News

GS writes to DIR(HR): Fixation of pay under FR22(1)(a)(1) and its consequential benefit on pay revision to the officiating JTOs.
GS letter to DIR(HR)


10/10/2018: CHQ News

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR&Fin) on 09.10.2018:

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) and reviewed the progress on the various issues in our charter of demands of the agitation programs. GM(SR) also present.

Initially we discussed the financial problems in the field units. All the payments are getting delayed and maintenance is severely affected. DIR(Fin) informed that the situation will improve shortly as the formalities for taking loan for CAPEX is getting cleared at various levels.

1) On CPSU Hierarchy notification, the committee is finalizing the report and it will be submitted to the competent authority. Some delay occurred due to unavoidable reasons.

On promotions, the recent SC judgment on reservation in promotion is to be examined thouroughly. The legal opinion received is to wait for the DoPT guidelines in this regard. At the same time, due to the election year, whether DoPT will take a quick decision in this regard is also doubtful. Management will work out some alternative mechanism also parallaly, DIR(HR) informed.

On JTO to SDE promotion, we requested to issue the promotion orders to the extent possible from the remaining JTOs, pending finalization of AIEL and the seniority can be finalized later on. DIR(HR) informed that now Pers section is pre-occuppied with the contempt case at Ernakulam and immediately after that we will try to find some way out. Management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition. We requested to reconsider it as more than 5000 vacancies are lying vacant and innocent JTOs are punished for none of their fault. Finally DIR(HR) told us to have further discussion with GM(Pers).

On AO to CAO promotion, legal opinion is to wait for the DoPT guidelines on reservation issue. We shared our apprehension that the decision on creamy layer may take much time as it is a political decision and it has to be worked out by the Govt before notification, with the approval of Union Cabinet. This means, on promotion, we are back to the same situation we had, few months back. Entire promotion should not be held up again we requested. DIR(HR) assured to find some way out.

Similarly AGM promotion also, management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition, DIR(HR) informed. Thereafter only it can be decided how to proceed further. After the recent judgment, it become more complicated.

2. Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007: A DO letter from CMD to Secretary, DoT requesting to approve E2 and E3 scales as recommend by BSNL will be sent in a day or two as discussed with the Assn and thereafter it will be pursued.

3. First Time Bound Financial Upgradation as per EPP-2007, uniformly after 4 years, instead of 4 to 6 years: After lot of pursuation at different level, the proposal now moved from Pers section.

4. E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs and equivalent cadres: Estt section examining the possibility to do it within the powers of MC. Since proposal is already in the Board for the rect upto 2014, matter is to be examined.

5. E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch, PA, PS etc and equivalent cadres: : Estt section examining it.

6. Increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 for maintaining a ratio 1:4 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis. The matter is under examination. The need for increase in the DGM posts is accepted. But a mechanism is to be worked out through HR Plan. Meanwhile work on finalization of HR plan is picking momentum. Meanwhile DIR(HR) assured to expedite the DPC work for DGM(T) posts pending vacation of stay on promotions.

On issuing orders for soft tenure break, it was informed that the file is resubmitted for the approval of DIR(HR) with positive recommendation to restore the Circle break on soft tenure posting.


09/10/2018: CHQ News

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Urgent need to increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis. The number of DGMs working is hardly 650 against the sanctioned strength of 1331. Recently the AGM(T) posts increased from 5303 to 8,713. The DGM(T) posts also to be increased proportionately. The number of DGM(T) posts are very less in Telecom Engineering side, resulting huge stagnation.
GS letter to CMD


09/10/2018: CHQ News

All Unions and Associations of BSNL held its meeting at New Delhi on 08.10.2018. AUAB discussed the non-implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held on 24.02.2018. AUAB decided to launch agitational programs for the implementation of the assurances given on
1) 3rd PRC implementation,
2) 4G spectrum allotment,
3) Pension revision and
4) Pension Contribution on actual basic pay.

AUAB also discussed:

a) 30% Superannuation benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees.
b) Outsourcing of Passive Infra Maintenance of Non BSNL Sites and
c) Repatriation of excess ITS Officers against the Cabinet decision for diminishing order.

Details will be updated----


05/10/2018: CHQ News

Reply from DoT on the status of filling the vacant Functional Director posts [DIR(Fin), DIR(CFA) and DIR(CM)] in BSNL. SNEA has written to Hon Prime Minister on 30.08.2018 --- For the revival of BSNL, first and foremost requirement is to fill up all the three vacant functional Director posts in BSNL, Director(Finance), Director(CFA) and Director(CM) on urgent basis.
Reply from DoT on the PMO reference || GS letter to Hon PM on 30.08.2018


05/10/2018: CHQ News

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 04.10.2018: GS met CMD/BSNL and held discussion on the proposal of E2/E3 scales and its approval by DoT. GS informed CMD that the reply given by DPE is processed by DoT and the file is with Secretary/DoT for further directions. GS requested immediate intervention of CMD by personally taking up the matter with Secretary. CMD assured to discuss with Secretary once she returns to the office on 14.10.2018. Meanwhile a DO letter regarding early approval of E2/E3 pay scales will be sent from CMD, it is assured.


05/10/2018: CHQ News

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers) on 04.10.2018: GS, President, AGS and Jt sec met GM(Pers) and held discussion on 1) resubmitting the Committee report on CPSU Hierarchy, 2) JTO to SDE promotion, 3) Soft tenure break and 4) promotion for the missing cases.

1) On the Committee report, it is informed that it may take few more days as some feedback is yet to get from some section.

2) On JTO to SDE promotion, we held detailed discussion based on our letter dated 17.09.2018. Since Hon HC permitted to give promotions even before finalization of AIEL, all possibility is to be explored for the promotions from the remaining JTOs, to the extent possible. The AIEL is finalized for the DoT rect upto 1999, DoT rect and BSNL rect are segregated by Hon HC and promotion orders are issued. Remaining JTOs can be promoted on interim measure. The promotion can be regularized after finalization of AIEL, we suggested. Management is trying to establish that there is no contempt and of opined that after giving much awaited promotions, management is facing contempt and other court cases which is not a positive sign. Finally GM(P) assured to examine the matter and continue the discussions next week.

3) Soft tenure break: The matter will be discussed with DIR(HR) for approval.

4) Promotion for the missing cases: Due to the contempt cases, further promotions are not processing, GM(P) informed. We explained that the pending cases are nothing to do with the contempt cases and they are very seniors, their juniors are already promoted. Finally GM(P) assured to discuss this with DIR(HR) and do the needful.


04/10/2018: CHQ News

Meeting with Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr GM(Estt) on 04.10.2018: GS met Sr GM(Estt) and held discussion on 1) sending a DO letter regarding early approval of E2/E3 pay scales and 2) Board approval for E1/E2A pay scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for the Civil/Electrical/TF/Arch/PA/Ps etc and 3) Board approval for the AD(OL) scale:

Based on the discussions held earlier with CMD, DIR(HR) and GM(Estt), a draft DO letter is prepared, GM(Estt) informed.

On approval of E1A/E2A scales from 01.10.2000, the possibility of settling the issue without altering the Presidential order is under examination. Whether it can be shifted to another date to overcome the objections of DOT, it is under examination.

The AD(OL) pay scale proposal is an agenda in todays Board meeting and in all probability, it will be approved, informed GM(Estt).


04/10/2018: CHQ News

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Outsourcing of O&M activities of passive infra of Non-collocated BTS sites – the rates needed to be revisited again in view of 1) huge investment BSNL already made in the last few years, 2) the exorbitantly higher rates and 3) revenue from the BTSs.
GS letter to CMD


03/10/2018: CHQ News

Meeting with Smt Smita Chaudhary, GM(FP): GS and AGS met GM(FP) on 03.10.2018 and held discussion of AO to CAO and CAO to DGM(F) promotions: On AO to CAO promotion, the legal opinion based on the final judgment of the Hon SC on reservation issue is expected from the Sr Lawyer. Earlier BSNL sought the legal opinion on application of reservation based on the interim order of the Supreme Court. However last week Hon Supreme Court delivered the final judgment and now the legal opinion is sought on the final judgment. The legal opinion is expected this week.
The CAO to DGM(F) promotion is resubmitted to the competent authority for approval.


02/10/2018:




01/10/2018: Circle News

Switching OFF of GTL Sites :
Circle President Com.George Varghese spoke to PGM Finance and GM Mobile Services in the morning regarding the unethical and illegal action taken by one of the Infra Providers M/s. GTL /CNIL by switching off 50 out of 98 BTS sites hired from them. We requested administration to inform BSNL Corporate Office about the developments which led to mass customer dissatisfaction and revenue loss to BSNL. Administration informed that the matter is reported to BSNL corporate office. It is reported that the pending payments to the IP has been sent to the bank in the afternoon. But, even after intimating payment details to the IP, no action has been taken by the IP for restoration of our BTSs. We suspect conspiracy against BSNL in Kerala Circle from some corners as shut down of BTSs has not done in any other circles. It is to be noted that sharing agreements have been executed at corporate level not in circle level. The issue is very serious. So, we are demanding the administration to conduct proper enquiry and initiate possible legal and penal proceedings against the IP for going to the extent of interrupting the most essential mobile services of the state run telecom service provider, BSNL in Kerala Circle and causing huge revenue loss.


01/10/2018:


View Message of Director HR on 18th BSNL FOUNDATION DAY.



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