Jio’s ARPU falls sharply – Good news for the industry..

It is a good news for the Indian telecom industry that the ARPU of Reliance Jio is falling sharply. ARPU is the total revenue of the operator, divided by the number of customers that the company is having. So, a company will become more profitable, if it’s ARPU increases, and vice-versa. . News has come that Reliance Jio’s ARPU keeps falling. It’s ARPU was Rs.154 in December 2017. Then, it fell to Rs.130 in December, 2018. It has fallen further to Rs.126.2 in March 2019. It is a known fact that all the telecom companies, including BSNL have gone into loss, because of the brutal tariff war unleashed by Jio. It wants to close down all other telecom companies, so that it can monopolise the telecom industry and thereafter loot the people. Already industry analysts have predicted that telecom tariffs will increase soon. Now, the sharp fall in Jio’s ARPU indicates that Jio has to increase it’s tariffs soon, which will be a good news for BSNL and other operators.

(BSNLEU Website)

BALASORE DISTRICT GENERAL BODY MEETING.

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A well attended generalbody meeting of Balasore District was held at Bhadrak on 21-04-2019. Com.Gadadhar  Panda , District President controlled the proceedings. Com.P K Pradhan, District Secretary welcomed all and presented a brief report. Coms. A C Mohanty, Circle Secretary and A Dhupal, CHQ Vice President spoke elaborately on the issues of pension revision, revival of BSNL and decisions of Kolkata AIC. Coms. Pratap Ch Jena, Circle Org Secretary and Sridhar Das, Circle Asst Secretary also addressed.

MODI GOVERNMENT PROMISED TWO CRORE JOB EVERY YEAR- BUT A STUDY SAYS 5 MILLION JOBS LOST BETWEEN 2016-18.

5 million jobs lost between 2016 and 2018 – says a study of the Azim Premji University.

It is shocking to know that 5 million Indians have lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018. This is mentioned in the State of Working India (SWI) 2019 Report, released yesterday by the Bengaluru based Azim Premji University. It may be recollected that the Demonetisation was implemented in November,2016. This report of Azim Premji University confirms the accusations of economists that lakhs of jobs were lost due to Demonetisation. Unemployment is one of the biggest problems being faced by the nation. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi came to power, by assuring to create 2 crore jobs per year. He miserably failed in fulfilling this promise.

(BSNLEU Website)

 

KRISHNA DISTRICT HELD GENERAL BODY MEETING.

General body meeting of AIBDPA, Krishna District was held on 13.04.2019 at MB Vignana Kendram, Vijayawada.The meeting was presided over by Com.N.Syam Prasad and Com.G.Gopal Rao.District Secretary Com. R.Madhava Rao gave the activities report and Com. B.Mohan Rao submitted financial report. Activists from different places spoke on the organisation and membership and problems.Com.K.S.C.Bose, Circle Secretary in his address explained to the members regarding the organisational position in districts,Circle and on the All India conference held at Calcutta and its decisions.The meeting congratulated Com. P.Asokababu for his reelection as Vice-President CHQ.

 Com.P.Asokababu, Vice-President CHQ, in his elaborated address explained to the members the present position of Pension revision, medical facilities, wage revision, financial position of BSNL, VRS proposal, non-implementation of MOC assurance, programmes of AUAB and the need to strengthen the organisation and united struggles.
Com. B.Mohan Rao proposed vote of thanks

TELE PENSIONER EDITORIAL OF JANUARY-MARCH,2019

Editorial

 

LET US UTILIZE THE OPPORTUNITY WISELY.

 

The pension revision of BSNL retirees from 01-01-2017 stands frozen now. But why? The Hon’ble Minister of Communications  and the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications had given categorical assurance for pension revision delinking wage revision in the discussion had with AUAB on 2nd and 3rd December, 2018. But the DoT has not initiated any action on it and are still pursuing for pension revision after wage revision. How can the buerocracy dare to take such a stand without the support of the government.? Yes, it is a treacherous game plan being enacted by both the government and the dominant section of buerocracy in DoT. Is it an isolated issue.? Certainly not. In the same meeting with AUAB, the Minister had given some other assurances also,viz, wage revision, 4G spectrum to BSNL, Pension contribution on actual pay instead of maximum of the pay scale. None of these have been implemented so far and the entire BSNL employees had to go for a three days strike from 18th February, 2019 against the cheating..

Meanwhile BSNL was pushed back to an acute  situation that the salary to the employees for February , 2019 had to be deferred. It is no secret that Reliance Jio is allowed by the government to operate freely with predatory pricing violating the rules and license provisions.ever since its launching in September, 2016. This has virtually put the entire telecom sector to great crisis and all the service providers are incurring huge losses. The aim of Mukesh Ambani, the richest corporate in India and owner of Reliance Jio is to dominate the telecom service sector by grabbing the customers of other companies and to increase the market share and revenue share to 50%.. However, BSNL is the only operator resisting the Reliance Jio to a great extent with comparitively less liability. This has embarassed Mukesh Ambani and is pressurising the Modi government to eliminate BSNL from the telecom sector and naturally the government has to oblige as it is the government for the corporates . This is the real backgound for the present  created crisis in BSNL.This is nothing but part of the anti-PSU policy of Modi government, another glaring example seen recently is ignoring the reputed Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd in the corrupt Rafale deal for the sake of Anil Ambani’s company.

The cheating of workers and pensioners is nothing new and the on the contrary has become the hallmark of Modi government. The retrograde recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission was implemented unilaterally by Modi government against which an indefinite strike from 11th July, 2016 was declared by the Joint Action Council of Central government organisations. The Modi government was thus compelled for a negotiation with the JAC on 30-06-2016 and the Group of Ministers headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave assurances on increased minimum pay and fitment, Option 1 (Parity in pension), the only positive recommendation for the pensioners and increase in medical allowance. But the government did not honour its commitment and central government employees and pensioners were cheated. Despite sustained struggles, Modi government has not done anything on the New Contributory Pension Scheme which is proved now to be a No Pension Scheme.

Modi government during its five year term never wanted to concede any of the demands of the workers, put forward by the Central Trade Unions against which many struggles including nation wide strikes were conducted. Labour laws were amended to suit the interests of the employers and the fixed term job amendment is nothing short of enslaving the workers. The farmers and agricultural workers were also compelled to wage several struggles against non-implementation of assurances and the worsening situation in the farm sector. Now the people are convinced enough as to how the adverse impacts of the neo-liberal policies being implemented vigorously by the Modi government have affected their life.

It is pertinent to mention here about the hollow promises given by the BJP during the last  Lok Sabha elections in 2014; Rs.15 lakh to the bank account of every Indian, 2 crore jobs every year, Petrol @ Rs.40 per litre etc. In addition to these enormous damage is done to the secular fabric and communal harmony of the country during the last five years. Constitutional institutions are filled with ‘yes men’.; even judiciary is not spared. Now, we have to think very seriously what will be our future if the same BJP is voted to power? No doubt,it will be a complete disaster. The need of the hour is a secular and democratic government in the country which will have an alternate policy focusing on the welfare of the poor and common people.. So let us be careful while utilizing the franchise in the ensuing general elections.

SALEM DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD BEFITTINGLY

Salem District Branch held its 4th biennial conference on 07-04-2019 at Telephone Exchange, Namackal. Com.P.Ramasamy, District President controlled the proceedings. Namackal Branch Secretary, Com.V.Gopal welcomed one and all. 

Inaugurating the conference, Com.C K Narasimhan, Circle Secretary spoke elaborately on the issues, Kolkata AIC decisions, Sanchar Bhawan March and AUAB agitations, the ensuing 5th Circle Conference at Coimbatore. Com.N Kuppusamy, Asst Circle Secretary made a special address and narrated the importance of the general election and appealed to utilize the ballot effectively so that a secular and democratic government is voted to power. A host of leaders including Com. S Tamilmani, Circle Vice President , BSNLEU addressed.

Office bearers were elected unanimously with Coms.P.Ramasamy (President) M Mathiazhakan (district Secretary) and Com S Michael Antony (Treasurer) 

FAST AT THE CALL OF NCCPA BEFORE PARLIAMENT- NCCPA CIRCULAR

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE

OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS

New Delhi. 110 001.

 

President: Com.Shiv Gopal Misra.      9717647594

Secretary General.  Com.KKN Kutty. 98110 48303

Dated: 20th March, 2019

Dear Comrades,

Dharna fast at Jantar Mantar on 15.3.2019

                As has been decided by the National Executive Committee at its meeting held at Chennai on 5.08.2019 the dharna fast programme was carried out on 15thMarch, 2019 at Jantar Mantar.  We had to encounter quite a number of problems as has been the case on the earlier occasions to get the permission of the Police authorities of Delhi to conduct the programme.  This time, the excuse for refusing permission was the notification (Press release) of the Election  Commission declaring election for the 17th Lok Sabha.  The Police authorities  wanted us to get the permission of the Election observer  at Delhi for which our comrades at Delhi has to endeavour for a whole day.  At the end of the day,  the Election Observer rightly observed that she was appointed as an observer for holding the election and  not for holding Dharna.  In the evening, a meeting of the available comrades was held  and it was decided that what may, we will hold the Dharna Fast at Jantar Mantar.  The Police ultimately did not object and the programme went on without any further hindrance.

                The programme commenced at about 11.30 AM.  Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,  Patron NCCPA was the first speaker and detailed the purport of the programme.  Com. Shiv Gopal Misra , President, NCCPA inaugurated the programme and the same was conducted by the Secretary General, Com. KKN. Kutty.  We had invited all the Federations and Associations of the working employees and most of them could come and greet the programme.  Com. Deep Chand on behalf of the Delhi Unit  welcomed the participants.  Other speakers included Com. Pavitra Chakraborty, Com. K. Raghavendran, Com.K G  Jayaraj,  Com. I.S. Dabas, Com. H.S. Sidhu, Com. Rehman,  Com. T.S. Parameswaran.  Com.R N  Parasar,  Com. Giriraj Singh, (Both from NFPE) Com. Brighu Bhattacharya,(Civil Accounts) Com. Ashok Kanojia, (Confederation)Com. Ajoy Tewari, (ITEF) were the  speakers  who greeted the dharna fast programme.  Almost all the speakers exhorted the participants to take note of the nugatory attitude of the Government towards Central Government pensioners  for the past 5 years and utilize the strength and power to  vote them out of power .  The programme was concluded at 2.30 PM.

                The National Executive had targeted to ensure the participation of about 2000 comrades in the programme.  Though we could not achieve it ( the participation was estimated to be about 1500), it had been a fantastic programme.  We publish hereunder a photograph we have taken almost about 1.00PM, when the programme was going on, which no doubt will bring out the success of it in clear terms.  The National Secretariat which met on 16th had unanimously opined that despite the hurdles created ,( the  IB and its sleuths spreading the canard of cancellation of the programme on the pretext of the declaration of the election)  was nassive and magnificent. .  Some of the comrades, unfortunately  without even verifying the facts had cancelled the tickets believing the rumour spread.   There had been some other cancellations too as the last minute problem  of physical disabilities of the participating comrades and cancellation of flights especially the Jet flights. .  It was heartening to note that every affiliate of the NCCPA had tried to adhere to the quota, some exceeding .  As on the last occasion, this time also the best participation  came from the All India BSNL  DOT  Pensioners Association, who had earlier organized a march to Sanchar Bhawan from Eastern Court to highlight their own specific demands and problems.  The NCCPA  Sectt. has requested its affiliates and State Units to undertake a proper review  to identify the deficiencies so that it could be removed effectively before we could undertake further programmes.  The NCCPA will be grateful if the affiliates and the State Units convey to us immediately on receipt of this communication of the extent of participation of their members (State-wise) to have a clear picture.  Before I conclude, let me place on record that the programme had been a grand success in as much as we could demonstrate the discontent and grievances of the Central Government pensioners in an extremely magnificent manner and the credit for which goes to each and every participant and the leaders at the State and district levels who took the pains to elicit their participation, look after them properly and ensure that they return to their homes with fond memories .  The message that the time has come to think seriously to bring in a government which will think in terms of the welfare of the Senior Citizens and the poor in the country has gone unambiguously and loudly amongst the pensioner community.

National Sectt. Meeting: 16.3.2019.

                The meeting was held at AIRF Library Hall, presided over by Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron of NCCPA.  The Secretariat reviewed the conduct of and participation in the programme, the conclusion of which has been detailed in the preceding paragraph.  In order to comprehend the strength and weakness , which is the very purpose of such reviews, the meeting has decided to call for details of participation from each of the affiliate and State Unit so  that corrective steps could be taken to remove the weakness in the organisation.  The meeting noted that the absence of the important office bearers of NCCPA, i.e. Secretary General, Deputy and Assistant Secretary Generals, who had to be  away from 24th Feb. to 9th March, to attend the TUI  meeting at Bogota must have acted as a debilitating factor, which was in any case unavoidable. 

                Agenda Item No. 2. Court Cases:

                Option No. 1.  The suggestion of the Secretary General, emanating from the discussions, he had with the Advocates to the effect that petition must be filed before the Pr. Bench of the Tribunal was accepted by the house.  The proposal of CGPA Kerala to engage Shri Kaleeswaramraj & Associates was also accepted.  The package deal for the case is reported to be Rs. 2 lakhs, of which one lakh has to be paid at the time of filing the case.  The Secretary General will meet the Advocates in the first week of April and  will finalise the  matter so that the petition could be filed when the court re-opens after the summer vacation.  It was decided that   each affiliate and the State Committee will contribute to the litigation fund.  The amount to be contributed will be worked out by the Secretary General after ascertaining the membership base of each of them. 

                MACP Case.  It was decided to file the case after obtaining application from those who are affected or benefitted.  Each applicant will be asked to pay Rs. 1000 initially and the advocate identified at the instance of AIPRPA will be engaged.  All affiliates and State units will collect the applications and forward the same to the CHQ without further loss of time. 

                NCCPA Journal.  The journal, it was noted, is running in losses.  To obviate the difficulties the only way was to increase its price, which can  only be done at the next conference.  In the meantime, the Assistant Treasurer and the comrade  in charge of printing the magazine at Kolkata will prepare an Income and Expenditure Statement  from 2015 to date and send the same to the CHQ.  They will also indicate the amount of dues outstanding so that steps could be taken to recover it. 

                Finance:   It was brought to the notice of the house that the travelling expenses to go over to Bogota had to be met  by the Secretary General from his personal funds and the same has to be reimbursed.  While the outstanding dues as per the present provisions of the constitution will be worked out by the treasurer it was decided by the house to seek donation to carry out the day to day activities of the CHQ.  The Secretary General indicated that he was not in possession of the list of all the affiliates till date and Com. Pavitra Chakraborty has promised to provide him a copy thereof immediately.  In the meantime, all affiliates are requested to provide the details of membership for the year F.Y. 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 separately.  This will enable the Sectt. To work out the details of outstanding. 

                Next Conference:  At the last National Executive Committee meeting,  Comrades from Rajasthan CGPA had been requested to undertake the exercise of feasibility of conducting the conference.  It was informed to the house that so far no concrete suggestion has come from them.  The house discussed the matter further as the Conference was overdue.  The meeting decided that in any case conference must be held before the end of 2019. A final reply from Rajasthan may be solicited before the end of the month.  AIPRPA, Tamilnadu State Unit will in the meantime explore the possibility of holding the conference at Chennai and intimate the outcome of their discussions to the Secretary General. 

                Affiliation application.  The application from the Punjab National Bank Pensioners association was considered.  The representatives of the said organization were present at the meeting.  The members had the opportunity to hear them explain their case.  The Bank Comrades will be provided with the copy of the constitution  of NCCPA.  The meeting authorized the Secretary General to grant affiliation to them. 

                Any other matter.  Com. Somayya presented a paper containing the grievances of the CGHS beneficiaries to the meeting.  It was told that JCM is making efforts to have a meeting with the health secretary to discuss the issues.

                Com. Secretary General informed the house that the NCCPA has been granted the PAN No. though the communication is yet to be received in writing.  He hoped that the same will be delivered at the Treasurer’s residence soon. 

                TUI WORLD CONGRESS:

                The Second world congress of the TUI (Pensioners and Retirees) was held at Bogota in Columbia.  The NCCPA was represented by its Secretary General, Com. K.K.N. Kutty and oln behalf of AIPRPA, Com. K. Raghavendran and on behalf of AIBDPA, Com. K.G. Jayaraj attended the congress.  A detailed report over the congress has been placed on the website and the same is carried by our journal for this month.  It is to be noted that there had been no other representatives from India. All the Indian delegates have been elected to the administering Committees of the TUI.   Com. K.G. Jayaraj has been elected to be one of the Executive Committee member, Com. K.Ragavendran in the Technical and Research Commission and Com. K.K.N. Kutty in the Finance Control commission. The TUI (P &R) is a vibrant international body and had been functioning in the last five years very well and have extended its influence to all continents.  The responsibility of the expanding its base in Asia particularly is now cast upon NCCPA, even though the Nepalese delegation has been elected to be one of the office bearers.  Com. K.G. Jayaraj particularly will have this carved out for him and our success will make NCCPA a world respected body. 

                With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

Sd/-

K.K.N. Kutty

Secretary General.