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UNITED, WE MARCH AHEAD

WITH SINGLE VOICE

28/11

On 21-11-2018 in New Delhi, leaders of various organizations of

BSNL and MTNL pensioners

discuss issues and programme of action to achieve our demands.

28/11

Comrades,

Normally I do not easily admit defeat. I would try, try and try. But, here I admit defeat. I expected some 100 photos of the dharna programme on 22-11-2018. But before 12 noon, about 150 photos reached my phone. By 1.30 PM 438 photos came. Then it was increasing every minute. After inaugurating the dharna at Kochi I had to go to my village for a wedding function. There was no wifi. There were no signals. And photos were coming. By 7.30 PM it reached around 900. By night 11 PM the number became 1600. Some branches sent 25-30 photos. Such was the enthusiasm. Such was the spirit. It was an astounding success. In every circle. In MP police denied permission due to election. In Chennai it was raining heavily. Nothing stopped our comrades. After reaching my home at Trivandrum today I have to select few photos for the website and Patrika. Here I faced the defeat. I deleted those photos repeated. Finally there are about 400 photos. Since my phone got jammed on 22-11-2018 I am unable to identify the places. So I have no way but to upload the photos without naming the station. I admit defeat before the amazing enthusiasm of our comrades.


27/11

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CIRCULAR No 2 FROM OUR CHQ

chq-circular-2.pdf


21/11

Ramankutty P S:

Both BSNL serving staff and BSNL retirees face a very tough time. DoT is taking negative attitude towards Pay Revision and Pension Revision.

Tomorrow Pensioners should express their strong emphatic protest by participating in the programme enmasse.

Now there is no Cabinet Minister for Communications.

Govt. is not ready to bail out BSNL or MTNL.

On the other hand Reliance get all patronage.

It is time for us to move unitedly.

20/11

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL (BSNL) WAS HELD ON 20-11-2018 . SMT. SUJATA RAY, DIRECTOR (HR) PRESIDED OVER. THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM GIVEN BY STAFF WIDE WAS PAY REVISION OF STAFF IN BSNL.

BSNLEU website reports about the discussion on the above most important issue as:

"Wage negotiation of the Non-Executives.

Staff Side pointed out that the wage revision of Non-Executives have come to a halt, due to the reason that the Management Side is insisting for freezing of the HRA. The Staff Side have not accepted it. In today’s meeting, Staff Side forcefully demanded that, the wage revision talks should once again start and agreement should be signed without delay, by considering HRA revision. The Chairperson replied that, she has not seen the file and assured to do the needful...."

We can understand the attitude of BSNL management when the chairperson of National Council comes without seeing the files on the most crucial issue.

18/11

The furious nature blows from Bay of Bengal in the form of GAJA Cyclone today. Few pictures from Vedaranyam, about 100 Km away from Thanjavur in Tamilnadu.




14/11

"DOT is determined to complicate the case of BSNL Employees Pay revision in all possible ways. AUAB is likely to intensify its struggle in future. AIBSNLPWA extends its solidarity with all the programms of employees. We call upon all our Units to actively support wherever possible and feasible".

.................................. P Gangadhara Rao, General Secretary.



bsnleu website ways:

DoT virtually rejects the key demands - now there is no other option, but to go on strike.

In the meeting held between the AUAB and the Secretary, Telecom, on 02.11.2018, it was informed that, the DoT would raise certain queries from BSNL. Further it was also assured that the DoT would finalise the Cabinet Note on the 3rd pay revision issue, on receipt of reply from BSNL. Now it is learnt that the DoT has written letter to BSNL, raising certain queries. It is also learnt that, in that letter, the DoT has virtually rejected the demands for 3rd pay revision, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay.

The DoT has not taken any action for the last 8 months, to implement the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C). Now, they have virtually rejected all the important demands. Hence, CHQ would like to inform the circle and district unions that now we are left with no other option, but to go on strike, including an indefinite one. Circle and district unions are requested to give vide publicity to the employees on this development, and take all out efforts to mobilise the employees for strike action.


14/11

PROMISES, DECLARATIONS, CLAIMS, ILLUSIONS ARE OVER.

REALITY IS THAT DEPARTMENT OF TELECOM IS NOT PREPARED TO IMPLEMENT THE PRC REPORT FOR PAY REVISION. THE WORKING STAFF OF BSNL HAS NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO GO ON ACTION.

WE SUPPORT THEIR JOINT PROGRAMMES.

12/11

HON Union minister HN Ananth Kumar, 59, passes away in Bengaluru in the wee hours on Monday
He was undergoing treatment for cancer at at Shankara Cancer Hospital in Bengaluru.

SRI ANANTHKUMAR WAS A LEADER WITH DIFFERENCE. He never talked politics to us. He helped us knowing that our Association had members of diverse political views. He was practical in approach. Quick in action. Polite and Positive.
IT IS A GREAT LOSS TO US.

HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN ENSURING TO BSNL PENSIONERS THAT OUR PENSION IS PAID BY GOVT. BY REMOVING 60:40 AND SETTLING 78.2 PENSION REVISION.

Our heartfelt condelonces to the brave Heart of Sri Ananthakumar.

30/10


The AUAB is holding protest demonstrations today. One of the demands placed by AUAB is Pension Revision. In its letter the AUAB has pointed out that last time, after implementation of Wage Revision of serving staff in BSNL, there was undue delay in pension revision. It should not happen this time. Hence AUAB demands immediate pension revision for BSNL absorbees. AUAB did not demand CPC fitment benefit. Immediate pension revision means; there should not be much delay after wage revision. So, I feel that the pension revision is indirectly linked with pay revision of serving staff.

At the same time, the BSNLEU CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Ghaziabad on 22-23 October 2018 adopted a clear resolution on Pension revision.The resolution says:

“As regards the pension revision of the absorbed BSNL retirees, the DoT has always maintained that it is linked with the wage revision of BSNL employees, which is totally unacceptable. At par with the pension revision given to the other pensioners covered under CCS Pension Rule 1972, the absorbed BSNL pensioners should also be given pension revision immediately and without waiting for the wage revision of the serving employees to get completed…..”

It is a clear and correct stand. I welcome the stand taken by BSNLEU. I hope AUAB will also come out with such a clear unambiguous demand on pension revision. Pension revision and pay revision are two different issues to be decided by two authorities. Do not link the both. Grant the pension revision to BSNL retirees immediately at par with other central service pensioners. Already two years are over. Do not wait further.

….P S RAMANKUTTY…

23/10

Hereunder we reproduce the posting in the website of AIBSNLOA:

22-10-2018 Meeting with Director (PSU), DoT:

Today GS along with Shri S.P. Sharma GS BSNL WRU met Shri Pawan Gupta Director (PSU) DoT and enquired about the status of cabinet note for relaxation of affordability clause for implementation of 3rd PRC recommendation in BSNL. Director (PSU) DoT informed us that DoT Finance had earlier raised some points and DoT had written to BSNL for clarifying the points raised by DoT Finance. The clarification submitted by BSNL is being examined by DoT Finance. After clearance by DoT Finance, the cabinet note will be sent to all the concerned Ministries for their comments. Director (PSU), DoT assured us that all efforts are being taken for implementing 3rd pay revision in the coming months, but the main concern is the 22% fall in revenue in 2017-18 when compared to the revenue of 2016-17. In the present financial year also BSNL revenue has been coming down and this may be a stumbling block in getting cabinet approval.

22/10

APPEAL FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TELECOM AGAINST THE JUDGEMENT OF CAT PRINCIPAL BENCH IN THE CASE OF PENSION ANOMALY, FILED BY OUR ASSOCIATION AND WON BY US, CAME UP FOR HEARING IN DELHI HIGH COURT TODAY. IT CAME UP AFTER LONG TEN MONTHS. EVEN THEN, THE DEPARTMENT DID NOT COMPLY WITH THE COURT ORDERS. ADVOCATE FOR DEPARTMENT SOUGHT FURTHER TIME. A SHORT POSTPONMENT IS ALLOWED. NEXT DATE OF HEARING IS 8-2-2019.

When justice is denied by the Government we are compelled to approach the court. It is the last resort for people like pensioners. Even at that stage the Government departments can play games and delay the justice further. Latest instance is the Pension Anomaly Case that came up before Delhi high court. Last time, the high court gave a long period of ten months to the Department of Telecom to file their counter. But after ten months, when the case was taken up the Department lawyer wants more time. Of course, this time it is only 4 months’ time is given. But there is no guarantee that Department will file their counter before that date.

THE TWO OTHER CASES

Our Association has filed two cases in Ernakulam CAT.

1. For getting arrears on account of 78.2% IDA revision from 1-1-2007 instead of 10.6.2013.

2. To get pension re-fixed @ 50% of last pay drawn to all BSNL retirees who retired before 1-1-2006.

CAT admitted both the cases. But, a date for hearing is not yet given by the CAT.

Reason?

There is only Judge in CAT Ernakulam bench. Only when two judges are available the case will be heard.

Government is responsible for this situation. A judge had retired in December 2017. 10 months have gone. The vacancy is not yet filled up. This is the case with Chennai bench of CAT also. It is the case with many other benches of CAT.

CAT was introduced to ensure justice as quickly as possible to the central government employees and pensioners.The very purpose is defeated by not posting sufficient number of judges.

The government, the bureaucracy, the authorities can deny justice; they can delay the justice also. The ordinary people are helpless.

Most of the people affected by the pension anomaly have left this world. But, justice is a distant cry for their families…..


EVEN THE COURT OF JUSTICE DOES NOT OPEN ITS EYES.

16/10

As on 30-9-2018, there are 1,74,216 staff in BSNL. Out of them 1,26,534 will retire from service during next ten years. So, there will be hardly 50,000 people after ten years.

16/10

Shri V A Harsulkar was General Secretary of T III Union for two decades. In 1987, I took over from him only. From 1987 to 2001, till the T III merged in BSNLEU, Harsulakr continued as President. He is now 92 years old and living in Noida, near New Delhi.

On 14th October 2018, he lost his SON, Vivek Harsulkar.

Vivek retired as a senior engineer from Central Electronics Ltd New Delhi. All along he was active in the RSS. On 14th Vivek brought milk and prepared coffee for his father Shri V A Harsulkar. After serving coffee to the father, Vivek felt severe chest pain. Immediately a doctor was called. On his advice Vivek was taken to nearby Dharamsila Hospital. The doctor declared that he was brought dead. It was a massive heart attack.

I spoke to younger brother of Shri V A Harsulkar. I did not want to disturb the 92 years old gentleman. I conveyed my condolences through his brother who came down from Nagpur.

Vivek Harsulkar (65) was an affectionate son, proud father of two children and a disciplined man in all spheres. ......P S Ramankutty

15/10

EACH SSA HAS TO NOMINATE AN OFFICER AS ASSISTANT COORDINATING OFFICER FOR CPMS

cpms-oct.pdf