Com.K.G.jayaraj, General Secretary has met Shri. S.K.Sinha, PGM (Admn) on 21-05-2018 and had a detailed discussion on BSNL MRS and the difficulties being faced by the retirees. He pointed out that some of the retirees, particularly from remote areas could not submit option to avail the restored quarterly medical allowance due to lack of communication. In such cases necessary directives may have to be issued by the Corporate Office to give them another chance to exercise the option. Also those who have retired subsequently are not being given an opportunity to give option. A letter in this regard was handed over to him.
General Secretary also asked the PGM about extending the quarterly medical allowance beyond the year 2017-18 and he has replied that the same is under process.
The demand of AIBDPA for monthly medical allowance of Rs.2000 was raised during the discussion. General Secretary pointed out that if it is made uniform to all, much confusion and complication of the present criteria and the discrimination to the pre 2007 retirees could be avoided . The PGM had a patient hearing and replied that these will be considered.
The issue is being pursued by CHQ since 2013 and much correspondence made for the settlement of the case. In between Ms.Sujata T Ray , Director, Finance had also intervened. Despite all these efforts Shri Harinath could not get the justice, as he passed away on 14-04-2018. This has been highlighted in CHQ letter addressed to Director(Finance) and even though Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary wanted to meet her in person on 21-05-2018, she had to hurriedly go for some meeting and the letter was handed over to her personal assistant.
Thereafter General Secretary met the Deputy Manager, Estt II and collected the information of the case. They are waiting for a reply from Chennai Telephones Circle and a reminder also is sent to the circle on 10-05-2018 also.
The eighth death anniversary of Com. Moni Bose, veteran leader and former General Secretary of AITEU Cl III was observed throughout the country on 19-05-2018. BSNLEU CHQ arranged a good programme at K.G.Bose Bhawan, New Delhi to commemorate the occasion. Com.Susmita Bose, daughter of Com.Moni Bose also participated and spoke briefly. Coms.P Abhimanu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy General Secretary also addressed. An effective lecture on Neo-Liberal policies and Communal Harmony was handled by Coms. Satyaki Roy and Prabhir Purkayastha.
The issue of permanent absorption in BSNL by issuing the Presidential order for Shri.N.C.Kinake, Senior Accountant Bhandara is pending for a long time. The DoT had issued a letter to the AGM(SEA), Corporate Office to the effect that the case could be settled by the CCA, Maharashtra, if necessary documents are provided to him by the BSNL Circle office, Maharashtra. The DGM (SEA) and AGM (SEA) had told Com.K.G.jayaraj, General Secretary when he discussed the issue on 04-10-2017 , that this has been conveyed to the AGM( Estt) ,CGMT office, Maharashtra. But when our Circle Secretary and other Office bearers met the AGM(Estt), CGMTOffice, Mumbai, he has flatly refused to initiate any action unless and until he gets a reply from the Corporate Office. Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary has met today Shri. Sunil Dutt Jingan,DGM(SEA), Corporate office and handed over a letter for his early intervention. The DGM had a patient hearing and assured to do the needful at his end. <<view letter>>
The issue of denial of family pension and other pensionary benefits to the family of the missing Phone Mechanic, Krishnappa Balappa Kumbhar of Kolhapur SSA, Maharashtra is pending unsettled due to the negative approach of the Maharashtra Circle. Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary today discussed the issue again with Shri. Saurabh Tyagi, GM (Estt), Corporate Office and requested early settlement as the family is in complete distress for the last 15 years. A letter in this regard was handed over to him. The GM stated that he is not aware of the case and will definitely do the needful. General Secretary also met the Deputy Manager , Estt III Shri. Ravi Shankar who stated that Smt. Sujata T Ray, Director, HR has written a strong DO letter on 08th November,2017 to the CGMT, Maharashtra based on the CHQ letter for his personal intervention and again a reminder on 16th April, 2018 as there was no response.<<view letter>> Continue reading
The Circle Conference of Uttar Pradesh (East) was held successfully on 15-04-2018 at Varanasi. Com.D.Basu, Acting General Secretary inaugurated the conference and explained the issues of the pensioners including pension revision and the continuous struggles being waged by AIBDPA, BSNLEU and All Unions and Associations of BSNL. He appealed to strengthen the organisation to face the serious challenges and achieve the demands. Com.K.R.Yadav, National Vice President, BSNLEU delivered the keynote address and narrated the present position of BSNL, Separate tower company and the 3rd PRC. Com.R.K.Mishra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU also addressed and highlighted the importance of joint struggle and assured all co-operation in the functioning of AIBDPA.
The report and audited accounts presented by Com.R.K.Dwivedi, Circle Secretary was adopted after discussion.
The conference, then elected the office bearers unanimously and the following comrades are the important functionaries.
President : Com. B.N.Singh, Circle Secretary : Com.K.R.Yadav and Treasurer : Com.Chandrasekhar Singh.
The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) has issued order on 03.04.2018, revising the minimum wages (applicable to the contract workers in BSNL) based on the increase in Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA). The BSNL Corporate Office has endorsed this letter to all the Chief General Managers of BSNL. Circle and district secretaries are requested to ensure the implementation of the revised wages for the contract workers.
A well attended special generalbody meeting of Tuticorin District held on 11-05-2018 was inaugurated by Com.S.Mohandoss, CHQ Vice President. Com.T.Subramonian, District President presided over the meeting. Com.P.Ramar, District Secretary welcomed and Com. K.Ganesan, District Treasurer proposed vote of thanks.