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KERALA FLOOD SITUATION TO ITS WORST- LET US HELP THE PEOPLE IN DISTRESS.

The unprecedented heavy rains continue to play havoc in the flood situation in Kerala to its worst. 357 people have lost their lives up to the morning on 18h August, lakhs of people are shifted to relief camps, thousands are stranded and rescue operations are in full swing despite bad weather. Lakhs of people have lost everything as their houses are swept away in the floods. 27 dams were compelled to be opened which aggravated the flood situation and all the rivers are overflowing. Bridges, roads, electrical and telecom installations, rails etc are damaged and in some cases destroyed completely. So, life in Kerala has virtually come to a stand still as traffic through road, rail and air is stopped.

This is an unusual situation in the history of Kerala for the last 100 years. The government of Kerala is managing the situation most effectively with the support of the people, army, navy, air force, police, fire force and numerous non-government organisations. The huge financial burden of the devastating disaster cannot be borne with the government fund alone. The Chief Minister of Kerala has appealed to all for generous contributions to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. AIBDPA CHQ requests all the units to extend an helping hand to the people of Kerala at this period of distress by contributing, what ever little it may be, to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund directly to bank account ; State Bank Of India, City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram- account No.67319948232, IFSC : SBIN0070028 , with intimation to CHQ.

Kerala Circle Branch has already taken the initiative to collect the relief fund and it is worth mentioning that Kannur District Branch donated Rs.1 lakh on 13-08-2018 and Kollam District Rs.50,000 on 15-08-2018.

So let us rush the donations; no time to lose.

Vellore District Branch has contributed Rs.20,000.

Alappuzha District Branch has donated Rs.1,00,000.

Thiruvananthapuram District handed over Rs.50,000 as first installment to the Chief Minister on 20-08-2018.

Com.S.C.Shrivastava, CHQ Vice President (MP) donated Rs.10,000 on 20-08-2018.

Kozhikode District handed over Rs.50,000 to the District Collector on 21-08-2018.

Nagercoil District donated Rs.10,000 on 21-08-2018.

Palakkad District Committee donated Rs.50,000 on 21-08-2018.

Thrissur District donated Rs.50,000 on 23-08-2018.

Pathanamthitta District donated Rs.10,000 on 23-08-2018.

Kurnool District in Andhra Pradesh donated Rs.5000 on 23-08-2018.

Tamil Nadu Circle Secretary Com.C.K.Narasimhan has reported that the following donations have been made.

Tamil Nadu Circle Branch : Rs.20,000

Tuticorin District : Rs.10,000

Chennai Telecom District : Rs.10,000

Tiruppur comrades :Rs.18,000

Virudhunagar District : Rs.10,000.

Pondicherry District has donated Rs.11,500 on 24-08-2018.

Com.P.Sakthivel, District President ,Pondicherry separately donated Rs.2000.

Tirunelveli district has donated Rs.10,000 on 27-08-2018.

Com.B.Subramanian, Circle President, Chennai Telephones has donated one month’s pension of Rs.25,150 on 28-08-2018. Hearty Congratulations to Com.B.Subramanian.

Com.N.Sreenivasan, Retd SDE, Kollam and an active member of AIBDPA has contributed Rs.20,000 on 14-08-2018. Thank you Com.Sreenivasan for your great gesture.

Malappuram District has donated Rs.30,000 on 30-08-2018

Ernakulam District donated Rs.77,000 on 30-08-2018

Vellore District has further donated Rs.30,000 also on 30-08-2018 (Total Rs.50,000)

Andhra Pradesh Circle Branch has donated Rs.20,000 on 31-08-2018

Coimbatore District has donated a total amount of Rs.89,000. inclusive of Tirupur (Coimbatore Rs.54,500 + Tirupur Rs.34,500)

Saharanpur District Branch, UP (W) has donated Rs.2100 on 06-09-2018.

Guntakal District Secretary, AP has donated Rs.1000 on 01-09-2018

Com.R.Seethalakshmy, District Vice President, Kollam has donated Rs. 35,000 on 07-09-2018- Hearty Congratulations, Comrade.

Chittoor in Tirupaty District, AP has contributed Rs.15,000 on 07-09-2018

Kollam district has donated it’s second installment of Rs.60,000 on 08-09-2018(Total now is Rs.1,10,000) In addition,Coms.R.Seethalaksmi and  N.Sreenivasan have contributed directly Rs.35,000 and Rs.20,000, respectively.

Chennai Telephones has donated Rs.10,000 on 10-09-2018. Earlier Circle President Com.B.Subramonian had donated Rs.25,150 and so the total is Rs.35,150.

Kottayam District has donated Rs.1,00,000 on 11-09-2018

CORTO (Center of Retired Telecom Officers), Kolkata, our affiliate has donated Rs.20,000 on 14-09-2018.

VIJAYAWADA (Krishna District) has donated Rs.30,000 on 17-09-2018.

Com.M.Balasubramanian, veteran leader  , Kozhikode donated Rs.25,000, so also his wife, Com. A.K.Rojana, active AIBDPA member Rs.25,000 on 08-09-2018. Congrats to both the comrades for the inspiring gesture.

Com.S.R.K.Panicker, veteran leader, Alappuzha has contributed Rs.25,000 on 18-09-2017. Congrats to Com.SRK.

CHQ donated Rs. 2,00,000 on 21-09-2018

Com.K.G.Jayaraj contributed Rs.26,730 (one Month’s pension) on 21-09-2018

Com.T.G.Syamala, Alappuzha donated Rs.25,970 (one month’s pension) on 21-09-2018

Kolkata Telephones Circle donated Rs.20,000 on 18-09-2018

West Bengal Circle donated Rs. 20,000 on 18-09-2018

Telecom Factory & Stores Circle Kolkata donated Rs.5,000 on 18-09-2018

Telecom Factorty, Mumbai Circle has donated Rs.5,000 on 06-09-2018.

Trichy District Branch in Tamil Nadu has donated Rs.6,000 on 20-09-2018

Guntur District, AP has donated Rs.5,000 on 20-09-2018

Cuddalore District in Tamil Nadu has donated Rs.20,000 on 22-09-2018

Com.P.Surendran, District Secretary, Alappuzha has donated his one month’s pension of Rs.29,500 on 24-09-2018. Hearty Congrats to Com.P.Surendran.

ANDHRA PRADESH CIRCLE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

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The Circle executive committee meeting of AP Circle was held on 23/09/2018 at Youth Hostel, New Balajinagar , Tirupati.The Circle president Com.M.Yacob in his opening remarks gave detailed information on the status of wage revision and pension revision in BSNL and the struggles conducted by AIBDPA in co-ordination with BSNLEU and AUAB.The open session was addressed by Com.G.Venkatesh, Secretary,TTD staff & workers Federation, Com. Prasada Rao, CITU leader, Sri Y.V.Narayana, Ex- GM Tirupati ,Sri L.V.Sudhakar, DGM (Admn) Tirupati and Com.K.S.C.Bose CIrcle Secretary. Com.P.Ellaiah, DS AIBDPA Tirupati proposed vote of thanks.
The CEC unanimously approved  the  activities report submitted by Circle Secretary Com.K.S.C.Bose and Income and Expenditure statement submitted by Treasurer Com M.S.N.Reddy since the last CEC held at Vijayawada. All the District Secretaries and most of the Circle office bearers participated in the discussion on organisation.
The Circle Secretary in his concluding speech explained the task of making the calls of CEC Jalgaon successful and to strengthen the organisation. All the CEC members appreciated the arrangements made by Tirupati comrades.Com. C.J.Shanmugam proposed vote thanks.

MAKE THE POST CARD CAMPAIGN A STUPENDOUS SUCCESS.

The second phase of the agitation, decided by the Jalgaon CEC, the Post Card Campaign is to be conducted on this week. The address and matter are given under once again for ready reference.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister,

Government of India

South Block

New Delhi-110001

Respected Prime Minister,

Seek your kind intervention for immediate pension revision of BSNL retirees from 01-01-2017 with 15% fitment recommended by the 3rd PRC and approved by the government, delinking wage revision.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Signature

Name

Date &Place.

All functionaries are requested to reach out to each and every  pensioner and get the post card signed and send it at the earliest. 

So, as in the case of the first phase, Pension Revision Day on 30-08-2018, let us make the Post Card Campaign also a grand success.

COIMBATORE DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD SUCCESSFULLY.

 The 5th biennial conference of Coimbatore District was held on 18-09-2018.

Com.C.K.Narasimhan, Circle Secretary inaugurated the conference with a detailed speech covering the current issues of wage revision, pension revision, BSNL MRS and the struggles being waged . Com.K.Chandrasekharan, District Vice President presided over the conference. Coms.S.Mohandoss, CHQ Vice President and P.Manickamurthy, Circle President delivered special address. Coms. P.Soundryapandian, ACS, K.Pankajavally, Circle Vice President, C.Rajendran, District Secretary, BSNLEU, T.K.Presannan, District Secretary, SNEA and S.Shanmugasundaram, District Secretary, TNTCWU greeted the conference.

The report and audited accounts presented by the District Secretary and Treasurer were adopted after discussion. A 22 member office bearers were elected unanimously.

Com.M.Raja (President) Com.V.Venkatraman (District Secretary) and Com. Venkatarajulu (Treasurer)

NCCPA SECRETARY GENERAL WRITES ON FILING COURT CASES ON OPTION-1 AND MACP.

NCCPA will move the Court of Law for Option 1 and MACP from 1.1.2006!

The NCCPA National Executive held at Chennai had decided to move CAT Principal Bench on both issues. This was communicated in NCCPA circular already.
But before filing the case on MACP implementation, in addition to NCCPA organisation, many individual petitioners are also required. Therefore all our affiliates are requested to guide their members to represent appropriate authorities requesting implementation from 1.1.2006. These representations should be sent by speed post or registered post to have proof of sending.Such representations (copy) together with reply from authorities should’ve collected by affiliates for transmitting to NCCPA CHQ. This is very urgent.

KKN Kutty
Secretary General 
AIBDPA MEMBERS DRAWING CDA PENSION MAY SEND THE REPRESENTATION TO SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS, SANCHAR BHAWAN, ASHOKA ROAD, NEW DELHI-110001 BY SPEED POST/REGISTERED POST. COPY OF REPRESENTATION AND REPLY RECEIVED MAY PLEASE BE SENT TO CHQ BY EMAIL/SPEED POST.

TUTICORIN DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD ENTHUSIASTICALLY.

Tuticorin District Conference has been held with good participation of pensioners on 17-09-2018. Com.T.Subramonian, District President controlled the proceedings. Com.K.Kandasamy, Asst.District Secretary welcomed all. Com.C.K.Narasimhan, Circle Secretary inaugurated the conference and explained the current developments. Com.S.Mohadoss, CHQ Vice President delivered the key note address. Coms.Manuel Paulraj, District Secretary, Madurai, S.Dhanmaypandian, District Vice President, BSNLEU and Shri.Xavier Hruthsamy, DGM greeted the conference. After adopting the report and accounts, a new set of office bearers were elected unanimously.

Com.T.Subramonian (President) Com.P.Ramar (District Secretary) and Com.K.Ganesan (Treasurer)

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GLORIOUS STRIKE OF SEPTEMBER 19, 1968 OBSERVED BEFITTINGLY.

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ALAPPUZHA- COM.K.G.JAYARAJ, GENERAL SECRETARY INAUGURATING.

September 19th, 1968 is an unforgettable Day for the central government employees. It was on this day that a massive one day strike was waged by the central government employees. The demands put forward were nothing new; need based minimum wage, Full nuetralisation of DA, Merger of DA with pay, Proportionate wages for ED employees (now GDS) etc. Strike was warranted due to the arrogant and unjustified stand of the central government. The Indira Gandhi government resorted to all sorts of repressive measures, including promulgating Essential Service Maintenance Ordinance, to frighten the employees and defeat the strike. Leaders including Coms. D.Gnanaiah, Secretary General, NFPTE and N.J.Iyer, General Secretary, R-3 and thousands of workers were arrested on 18th September itself. But these provocations were just adding fuel to the fire and in certain places the strike started on 18th September. Army and para military forces were deployed to crush the strike and 17 comrades, mostly from railways were made martyrs.  

In P&T Department, the strike was total and  all telecommunications and postal services were paralised. So the victimisation also was brutal and large. 1171 were summarily terminated, 3756 suspensions with 49 dismissals, 64,000 termination notices were served to the temporary employees, 3677 were arrested and more than 1 lakh faced various disciplinary proceedings and punishments. In Kerala the LDF government supported the strike and refused to use police, army or para military forces against the strike despite threat of dismissal by the central government. Therefore the central government through the buerocracy resorted to large scale victimisation. But the organisation faced these challenges with more vigour and determination by sustained struggle and massive and unparallel relief activities with the support of other organisations and the people. The immense help we got from some of the MPs like Com.A.K.Gopalan is worth mentioning. Finally we could overcome these onslaughts by the government within a reasonable period and government was compelled to appoint the 3rd Pay Commission.

This time it is the golden jubilee of the glorious struggle and being observed all over the country befittingly. When we proudly commemorate the sacrifices of the brave hearts, let us reaffirm to resolve to fight against all sorts of onslaughts of government which is pursuing the anti-people neo liberal policies and divisive tactics.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM- COM. P.V.CHANDRASEKHARAN DELIVERING THE COMMEMORATIVE ADDRESS.

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ERODE- COM.C.K.NARASIMHAN, CIRCLE SECRETARY INAUGURATING.

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VELLORE- COM.S.MOHANDOSS, CHQ VICE PRESIDENT HONOURING THE STRIKE HEROES.

 

 

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BSNLEU REPLIES TO THE WILD AND MISCHIEVOUS PROPAGANDA.

Wage settlement in BSNL with less than 15% fitment ?

Some mischievous elements are trying to confuse the workers by spreading rumours that the recognised unions are trying to finalise Wage settlement with less than 15% fitment. We know that these mischievous elements are trying to get some cheap publicity for themselves, by spreading such rumours. Still, it is our duty to tell the workers that both the recognised unions are determined to get 15% fitment in the wage revision. Both the recognised unions will not sign any agreement with less than 15% fitment. All the employees who were on service as on 01-01-2017, will get 15% fitment.

At the same time, pay scales are different. Whatever formula, the 3rd PRC has adopted to determine the minimum of the Executive pay scales, will also be made applicable, for the Non-Executive pay scales. Confusing the fitment formula, with the formula adopted to create the pay scales, only shows the ignorance and hollowness of these mischievous elements.
After the 2nd Wage Revision settled by BSNLEU, BSNL employees were drawing higher salary than the bank employees. This is an undeniable fact. BSNLEU organised a two day nation wide strike to achieve that wage settlement. But, in that strike, FNTO stabbed on the back of the employees. It wrote letter to the Management saying that, the union was not participating in that strike. Employees have not forgotten all these facts.

(BSNLEU Website)

SPECIAL GENERAL BODY MEETING HELD AT JALPAIGURI.

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Com.Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary inaugurated the special general body meeting of Jalpaiguri district on 10-09-2018. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Circle President was the other main speaker. Com.D.N.Ghosh presided over the meeting. Com.Prabir Ghosh, Acting District Secretary welcomed the gathering.