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MAVELIKARA AREA BRANCH CONFERENCE HELD WITH MASSIVE PARTICIPATION.

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The 5th biennial conference of Mavelikara Area Branch under Alappuzha District has been held befittingly on 04-08-2018 at Com.S.Divakaran Nagar, Mavelikara. Com.K.P.Kesavan Nair, President presided over the conference. Com.P.Sasidharan, Area Secretary welcomed one and all. Com.R.Rajesh MLA inaugurated the Conference with particular reference to situation prevailing in our country and portrayed how Kerala differentiates. Com.Leela Abhilash, Municipal Chair-person delivered the key note address. Coms. N.Guruprasad, Circle Secretary and P.Surendran, District Secretary also addressed on issues of the pensioners and need to further strengthening of the organisation.

Coms. K.P.Kesavan Nair, P.Sasidharan and R.Krishna Pillai were elected unanimously as Presdent, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.

Com.R.Krishna Pillai proposed vote of thanks.  

A WELCOME AND ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT ON THE ISSUE OF WAGE REVISION.

Staff Side members of BSNLEU and NFTE reach unanimity with regards to the construction of new pay scales.

The Staff Side members of the Joint Committee for Negotiating Wage Revision of the Non-Executives, conducted their internal meeting yesterday the 03.08.2018. The Staff Side members who participated in this meeting are:-

BSNLEU :- Com. Balbir Singh, President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, Com. P. Asokababu, Vice President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President.

NFTE:- Com. Islam Ahmed, President, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS and Com. K.S. Sheshadri, Dy.GS.

The Staff Side members of both the Recognised Unions conducted very cordial and detailed discussion about the construction of the new pay scales. In the discussions, concern was expressed that no stagnation should come after introduction of the new pay scales. Finally, the meeting reached unanimity in giving it’s proposals to the Management, with regards to the new pay scales. It was decided that the proposals of the Staff Side, on new pay scales, should be handed over to the Management Side on 06.08.2018, ie., well before the next meeting of the Joint Committee, so that the Management Side gets sufficient time to go through the proposals of the Staff Side, which will help to take concrete decisions in the meeting of the Joint Committee to be held on 09.08.2018.

(BSNLEU Website)

NCCPA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE HELD AT CHENNAI SUCCESSFULLY.

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The National Executive of NCCPA was held effectively at EB Guest Hose, Chennai on 05-08-2018. Com. S. S. Roy, Working President presided in the forenoon session, followed by Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, President. Com.K.K.N.Kutty briefly spoke on the agenda issues and the National Executive discussed the issues with all seriousness. Participating in the discussion, Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary raised the issues of organizing followup action after the 25-10-2017, Pension revision of BSNL pensioners with effect from 01-01-2017 with 15% fitment on IDA pattern , delinking the wage revision, Attempts by BSNL management to curtail the medical facilities and our demand of Rs.2000 as monthly medical allowance, Option 1 ,Exemption of pension from income tax,  denial of full pension to pre 2006 retirees with less than 33 years service and the CGHS issues. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor and Patron, NCCPA, K.Raghavendran, General Secretary, AIPRPA and a host of leaders, representing various constituent organisations spoke.

A four phased programme of action was decided to be conducted as a followup action for the settlement of the 10 point charter of demands.

  1. Mass campaign in Ocober- November, 2018
  2. Post card campaign- December, 2018
  3. Statewide Dharna – January, 2019 and
  4. Mass Dharna at New Delhi in March, 2019.

The National Executive authorised the Secretariat to finalise the details with the exact dates.

Decision was also taken to increase the price of the NCCPA News Letter to Rs.6 and to widen the subscriber base.

On exemption of pension from income tax, the National Executive decided to demand exemption of pensioners with an annual income of Rs,5 lakh from income tax.

Com.Shiv Gopal Mishra briefed on the outcome of the meeting of NJCA  held 17th July, 2018 and stated that another meeting is slated to be held on 18th August, 2018 to review the progress on the important issues and will take appropriate decision including revival of indefinite strike.

The resolution moved by Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri demanding pension of Rs.1000 for all the workers in the country of above 60 years , was adopted unanimously.

After thorough discussion it was decided to explore the possibilities of approaching the court on the issue of Option 1.

 

AUAB meets Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) in the Parliament House.

The representatives of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL met Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) in the Parliament House on 01-08-2018. Shri M.B. Rajesh, MP, Kerala, has taken the initiative to arrange the meeting between the AUAB and the Hon’ble MoSC(I/C), and he was also present during the discussion.

The AUAB leaders who participated in today’s meeting are Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com.Sheshadri, Dy.GS, NFTE BSNL, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA,  Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com. S.D. Sharma, GS, ATM BSNL and Com.J. Vijaya Kumar, Dy.GS, TEPU.

The AUAB leaders expressed their serious concern against the non-implementation of the assurances given by Hon’ble MoSC(I/C), in the meeting held on 24.02.2018, with the representatives of AUAB. They further pointed out that, during the last five months, not even a single meeting has been granted by the Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) and the Secretary (T), to discuss about the implementation of the assurances.

  1. Assurance was given by Hon’ble MoSC(I/C), to get the affordability clause of 3rd PRC relaxed, w.r.t. BSNL. However, the DoT has not started the preparation of the Cabinet Note for getting the affordability clause of the 3rd PRC relaxed for BSNL.
  2. Direction was given by Hon’ble MoSC(IC) to the Secretary(T), to take action for collecting pension contribution from BSNL on actual basic pay, as per the government order, instead of the maximum of the pay scale. DoT has not taken any action in this regard till date.
  3. Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) directed the Secretary, Telecom, in the meeting held on 24.02.2018, to take necessary action for revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners. No action has been taken so far.
  4. Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) gave assurance in the meeting held on 24.02.2018, for allocation of 4G Spectrum to BSNL, but so far same is not allotted to BSNL.

After discussion on the above issues, the Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) stated that the issue of 4G Spectrum allocation is in the hands of the government, and that it would be done shortly. Regarding pay revision, pension contribution on actual basic pay and revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners, the Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) assured that he would discuss all these issues with the Secretary, Telecom, on 3rd August, 2018.

Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) further stated that the employees should earn revenue for BSNL, in addition to raising the demands. The AUAB leaders replied that they are giving tough competition to Reliance JIO, who is providing services based on predatory pricing. Shri M.B. Rajesh, MP, extended his thanks to the Hon’ble MoSC(I/C) for granting the meeting and discussing the issues.

We extended our sincere gratitude and thanks to Hon’ble MoSC (I/C) for granting the meeting and also extended thanks to Shri M.B. Rajesh, MP, for arranging the meeting.

(BSNLEU Website)

JALGAON CEC MEETING- A STUPENDOUS SUCCESS- DECIDES FOR FURTHER STRUGGLES ON PENSION REVISION.

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The Central Executive Committee Meeting held at Kshirsagar Hall , Jain Hills, Jalgaon, Maharashtra on 30-31, July, 2018 turned out to be historic and a milestone in the history of AIBDPA. Veteran leader and President, AIBDPA, Com. A.K.Bhattacharjee presided over the meeting. The CEC started with lighting of lamp by the Guests and leaders. Com.R.N.Patil, Circle Secretary, Maharashtra welcomed all the participants and all the leaders were honoured in the traditional Maharashtra culture. 

Com.Ajit Abhyankar, noted intellectual and member of CITU state council delivered the inaugural address in the open session at 1030 on 30th inst.  He came down heavily on Narendra Modi led central government for the attacks being meted out to the Public Sector Enterprises and the neglect towards BSNL is nothing but part of this anti-PSU policy.The hollowness of its claim of corruption free has since been thoroughly exposed with the Rs.50,000 crore scam in the Rafale fighter jets deal with the French government. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, a renowned PSU, was sidelined and Anil Ambani owned company, formed just days before the deal, was given undue advantage in the deal, showing scant regard to the “make in India” slogan of the BJP government. 

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor spoke on the 3rd PRC, wage revision and pension revision on which many struggles have been launched by AIBDPA and AUAB. Our stand on pension revision is very clear and logical and we have to go forward to achieve it, he said. Shri. K.B.Patel, Vice Chairman, Jain Irrigation, K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, Balachandra Mane, Assistant Circle Secretary, BSNLEU also addressed the open session. 

In the subject session, held in the afternoon, Com.K.G.jayaraj, General Secretary presented the report on activities since the Mysore CEC and Com. R.A. Nair, Treasurer submitted the unaudited accounts for 2016-17 and 2017-18.  22 circle secretaries and the CHQ office bearers participated in the active discussion. The report and accounts were adopted after reply by the General Secretary. The resolution Committee with Com.Susanta Ghosh Vice President (Convenor), Coms. G.G.Patil, AGS, K.R.Yadav, Circle Secretary (UP East), Mihirdas Gupta, Kolkata Telephones and N.Guruprasad, Circle Secretary, Kerala presented resolutions on important issues and were adopted unanimously. The sub committee with Coms.S.Mohandoss, Vice President (Convenor), Adhir Kr Sen, Circle Secretary, Telecom Factory & Stores, Kolkata and K.R.Yadav, Circle Secretary, UP(East) was entrusted to recommend necessary amendments to the constitution for consideration by the 3rd Triennial All India Conference at Kolkata. 

The CEC took the following decisions;

  1. A two phased agitation be launched demanding immediate Pension Revision with 15% fitment recommended by the 3rd PRC and approved by the government, delinking wage revision.    

(i)  Pension Revision Day on 30-08-2018- Demonstration at all levels.

(ii) Post Card campaign by all the pensioners to the Prime Minister, Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110001 in the last week of September, 2018 and the matter should be; 

Respected Prime Minister,

Seek your kind intervention for immediate Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners from 01-01-2017 with 15% fitment, recommended by the 3rd PRC and approved by the government, delinking the wage revision in BSNL, as the entire liability of payment of pensionary benefits to BSNL pensioners lies with the central government.

Thanking you,

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(Name and address)

2. A donation of Rs.100 minimum be collected from all members towards All India Conference Fund and 50% of the total collection should be sent to the Reception Committee, Kolkata and the remaining 50% be utilized by the respective district branches for sending the delegates to the AIC.

All the participants were highly appreciative of the excellent arrangements made by the Reception Committee, particularly the natural and healthy environment of the Jain Hills, and the office bearers of the Reception Committee were felicitated.

 

BSNL Reports Losses of Rs 4,785 Crore in FY18; Telecom Minister Rejects Merger With MTNL

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has narrowed its losses to Rs 4,785 crore during FY18, even as its income declined to Rs 27,818 crore as against the previous fiscal. Telecom Minister, Manoj Sinha informed this news to Parliament today. BSNL posted a loss of Rs 4,859 crore in 2015-16, Rs 4,786 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 4,785 crore (provisional and unaudited) in 2017-18, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Furthermore, BSNL’s income stood at Rs 32,411 crore (FY16), Rs 31,533 crore (FY17) and Rs 27,818 crore in FY18 (provisional and unaudited), Sinha added.

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Since BSNL has incurred losses consecutively for the last three years, it has been declared as ‘Incipient Sick’ as per the guidelines of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), the minister said. This news was reported by Press Trust of India (PTI).

Accordingly, action has been initiated by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for preparation of revival/restructuring plan of BSNL, Manoj Sinha further added.

Moving onto another state-run telecom firm, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), it reported a loss of Rs 2,971 crore in FY18. This was against a similar amount in FY17 and Rs 2,006 crore in FY16. The company, which has operations in Delhi and Mumbai, saw its income declining to Rs 3,116 crore in 2017-18 from Rs 3,552 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 3,513 crore in 2015-16.

Sinha said at present, there is no proposal for merger of BSNL and MTNL. “For merger of BSNL and MTNL, there are various challenges/issues related to their employees, debt, properties, government share holding in MTNL etc,” he added.

There have been a lot of talks in recent times regarding the merger of BSNL and MTNL, but Manoj Sinha declined this news. BSNL has been aggressively competing with private telecom firms both in the telecom sector and broadband sector, while MTNL’s lack of innovation is hurting the telco badly.