Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WEL COME TO RAJKOT- M-94262 54999-BSNLEU-GJ Circle Heartly Wel Comes to all the office Bearers of CEC at Gujarat- Rajkot w..e.f. 7-2-2014 to 9-2-2014 at Rajkot- All are Most Wel come-inf. by Ashok Hindocha M-94262 54999 Rajkot [05.02.2014]BSNL Management calls for the views of the union on the proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.<> [05.02.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Management on the issue of proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.<> [05.02.2014]BSNL Management has extended BSNL MRS facility to the ITS officers on deputation to BSNL.<> [05.02.2014]ITS officers on deputation to BSNL can avail facilities only as per govt. rules. Facilities given by BSNL to it’s own employees should not be extended to ITS officers. Top officers cannot avail all luxuries, while rejecting the very genuine demands of Non-Executives. CHQ writes to CMD BSNL.<> [05.02.2014]Nominations called for the career progression for outstanding sportspersons. BSNLEU has been demanding that outstanding sportspersons should be rewarded with suitable career progression. Even in the letter no. BSNLEU/513 (WLF) dated 31.05.2013, we have expressed our unhappiness regarding the non-implementation of such a scheme in BSNL. Corporate Office has now called for nominations. Circle Secretaries are requested to discuss this with their CGMs and arrange to send the nominations at the earliest.<> [05.02.2014]Corporate Office directs CGM, Madhya Pradesh to look into the complaint of BSNLEU, regarding JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.<> [05.02.2014]Government sets up 7th Central Pay Commission. The government set up the 7th Central Pay Commission yesterday the 04.02.2014. Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur is the chairman of the Commission. The other members of the Commission are Vivek Rae, Petroleum Secretary, Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) and Meena Agarwal of the Finance Ministry. The recommendations are likely to take place from 01.01.2016. [05.02.2014]BSNLEU team meets Shri S.C. Sharma, GM (PP&SM) and discusses about BSNL’s mobile network expansion programme. BSNLEU team, consisting of com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met Shri S.C. Sharma, GM (PP&SM), Corporate Office and had a lengthy and detailed discussion about BSNL’s mobile service. This meeting took place as a sequel to the presentation given by Corporate Management on 30.11.2013, to the unions and associations. The team underscored the necessity to immediately improve the quality of BSNL’s mobile service, which is very essential for the revival of the Company. They also enquired about BSNL’s action plan to counter the 4G service to be provided by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Company. The GM explained about the progress of BSNL’s on going 15 million line equipment installation. He also explained that serious actions are being taken to improve the quality of service through network optimization and also by reducing the BTS outage period due to power failure. As regards facing the competition that is to arise from Reliance Jio’s 4G service, the GM replied that BSNL can provide matching service. Through the 900 Mhz spectrum that BSNL is already having, LTE technology can be adopted for providing 4G service, said the GM. BSNLEU team insisted that the Management should take prompt action to procure equipment for providing 4G service. [04.02.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL regarding media reports on sale of BSNL's landed property.> [04.02.2014]Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, left for Barcelona, to attend world pensioner’s meet. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, and the Advisor of the All India BSNL and DoT Pensioner’s Association (AIBDPA), left for Barcelona (Spain) today. He will be participating as a delegate of the AIBDPA, in the World Pensioners Conference, organized by the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). The Conference will take place on 5th and 6th February, 2014. CHQ congratulates com.V.A.N. Namboodiri and also wishes him Bon Voyage. [04.02.2014]Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU meeting at Rajkot, from 7th to 9th February, 2014. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Rajkot, from 7th to 9th February, 2014. The meeting is taking place at a crucial juncture. It will take stock of the agitational programme conducted by the United Forum, as well as the settlement reached thereon. The meeting will have focused discussion on the issues of the directly recruited employees viz., wage reduction of those who are appointed after 01.01.2007, superannuation benefits, etc. Issues like stagnation, regularization of left out casual labourers and problems of contract workers will also come under serious discussion. [04.02.2014]2G spectrum auctioning started – Bids worth Rs.40,000 crore made. The auctioning for 2G spectrum in the 1800 Mhz and 900 Mhz started yesterday. On the first day itself bids worth Rs.40,000 crore were made. The competition is fierce because the licenses of major private companies like Airtel, Vodafone, etc. will expire in November this year. These private companies tried to get extension for their licenses, but they could not get. Then, they went to the Supreme Court to stay the auctioning of 2G spectrum. That also did not succeed. So, now they are forced to bid in the auctioning for their survival. [04.02.2014]95% of the Railway workers vote in favour of going on strike. The two major Railway employees Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR had conducted strike ballots separately, amongst their members. The ballot was to ascertain whether strike should be conducted or not. The important issues for the strike include the sectional demands of the railwaymen. But it also includes demands like scrapping of the New Pension Scheme and to end the engaging of contract labour as well as outsourcing of jobs in the railways. [03.02.2014]Grant of Special Casual leave on request, to members of Central Executive Committee of BSNLEU for attending their CEC meeting at Rajkot, Gujarat from 7th to 9th February, 2014.> [03.02.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office for payment of 20% HRA to Vellore, Tamil Nadu Circle.> [01.02.2014]Why no films are being produced on the plight of the marginalized and the poor? – Asks actor / film maker Aparna Sen. Actor/film maker Aparna Sen has asked why movies are not being made on the plight of the marginalized communities and the urban and rural poor. She said that she wished the film makers to make films on the marginalised people, the invisible, for whom there is no space in the society. She was talking in during a session at the maiden Kolkata Language and Literature festival at Kolkata. [01.02.2014]Cabinet fixes 5% as spectrum usage charge. The Union Cabinet has finally decided that 5% shall be the Spectrum Usage Charge(SUC). Telecom Service Providers pay a charge to the government, for the spectrum that they purchase. This SUC is calculated as a percentage of their annual revenue. So far, SUC is being collected at the rate of 3% to 8% of the revenue. TRAI has recommended that SUC should be collected at a flat rate. Taking this into consideration, the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has decided that the SUC should be 5% of the revenue. Now, this has been approved by the government. The auctioning for 2G spectrum is going to start on 03-02-2014. [01.02.2014]TDSAT rejects the demand of private telecom operators for extension of licences. The licences of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea for providing mobile services in the circles of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are due to expire in November, 2014. These companies had requested the government to give extension for their above mentioned licences. It was not accepted by the government. So, these companies have made an appeal before the TDSAT. However, the TDSAT has now rejected the appeal of the private companies. [31.01.2014]Submission of additional agenda for the 11th meeting of BSNL Staff Welfare Board - CHQ writes to Sr.GM (Admn.), BSNL C.O.> [31.01.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on promotion to the cadre of Senior Accountant from Junior Accountant – Request to implement the judgement of CAT, Ernakulam.<> [31.01.2014]JTO LDCE results of Punjab circle to be declared by Monday. The JTO LDCE results for Punjab circle has not been declared due to court cases. Now, the court case is disposed and CHQ has been demanding the Corporate Management to advise the Punjab circle administration to declare the results without further delay. Today we are informed by the Management that the Punjab results would be declared by Monday. [31.01.2014]CHQ once again emphatically writes to the Corporate Management to grant five additional increments to solve the wage reduction problem of the Non-Executives appointed on or after 01-01-2007.<> [31.01.2014]JTO LDCE results of Punjab Circle - CHQ writes to GM (Estt.), BSNL C.O.<> [31.01.2014]Com.S.C.Bhattacharya, Treasurer, CHQ, retiring from service today. Com.S.C.Bhattacharya, Treasurer, CHQ, as well as Circle Secretary, Chhattisgarh circle is retiring on superannuation today the 31.01.2014, from BSNL service, after rendering a long innings of meritorious service. CHQ is conveying it's best wishes to com.S.C.Bhattacharya for a happy, healthy and long retired life. [30.01.2014]BSNLEU pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi and pledges to strengthen secularism. Mahatma Gandhi was killed this day, 66 years ago. Three bullets of a religious fanatic took his life away. Who was that religious fanatic, what was his political ideology, are well known to the people of this country. It is also well known to the people of this country that Mahatma stood for secularism and communal harmony, especially for Hindu Muslim unity. It was exactly for this reason that he was killed. After 66 years of Mahatma's killing, communal forces are still active and are spreading hatred among people in the name of religion. While paying our respectful homage to Mahatma, let us also take the pledge that we will work to strengthen communal harmony among the people of all religions. [30.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, demanding to ensure the drawal of full 3% increment, on promotion under NEPP, even to the officials who have reached stagnation.<> [30.01.2014]BSNL Management's total failure in introducing a pension scheme for the directly recruited employees. (Article of Telecrusader February'14).<> [29.01.2014]Corporate Office order on promotion of "One nation, One number, One rupee a day - Roaming free by BSNL".<> <> [29.01.2014]Meeting with Sr.GM (Recruitment) on implementation of DoP&T orders, on Reduction of qualifying marks, for SC/ST employees. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri P.C.Mehta, Sr.GM (Rect.) yesterday the 28-01-2014, and discussed the non-implementation of the decision of the 29th National Council meeting, on the issue of Reduction of qualifying marks for SC/ST employees in the departmental examinations. The Sr.GM (Rect.) assured that action would be taken as per decision of the National Council. CHQ has also sent a detailed letter today the 29.01.2014, to the Sr.GM (Rect.) on the subject. [29.01.2014]Meeting with the Sr.GM (Restructuring), demanding to hold the meeting of the Reconstituted Designations Committee immediately. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met smt.Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Restg.) today the 29.01.2014 and demanded to immediately hold the meeting of the Reconstituted Designations Committee, so that the new designations of the left out mainstream cadres, viz., Sr.TOA and TTA can be finalised soon. BSNLEU has already given the names of it's representatives to the Committee. The Sr.GM (Restg.) assured that the meeting of the Committee would be convened soon after receiving the names of the representatives of the other Recognised Union. [29.01.2014]Minutes of the 29th meeting of the National Council held on 23rd December, 2013 under the chairmanship of Director (HR), BSNL Board.<> [29.01.2014]Pete Seeger, the revolutionary poet and singer of the United States passed away. The working class world over keeps on singing the revolutionary song "we shall overcome", to instil hope and confidence, that we shall win one day, by overcoming all the difficulties. Pete Seeger, the revolutionary poet and singer of the United States, who gave this song to the working class, passed away in New York, on 27-01-2014, at the age of 94. He vociferously opposed the naked aggression of the United States on Vietnam, Afganistan, etc., and stood strongly with the struggles of the working class world over. In his death, the world has lost a great champion who stood for equality and justice. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the great singer. [29.01.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on LTC facility to the employees- adoption of double standards by the BSNL Management.<> [29.01.2014]Discussion with the GM (Estt.) on 28.01.2014, regarding the pending issues that the Union has already taken up with the Management Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met GM (Estt.) yesterday the 28.01.2014 and discussed on the following pending issues. 1) Correct Implementation of the NEPP : - Corporate Office has already called for certain informations from the circles on the subject. Regarding the AGS told the GM (Estt.) that even after the lapse of more than one month , the required informations are not submitted by the circles and the settlement of the issue is getting delayed. He insisted that the Management should now take action at the Corporate Office level without waiting for informations from the circles. The GM (Estt.) assured to process the case. 2) Implementation of E1 Pay Scale: - It is informed by the GM (Estt.) that the Management Committee has already approved the case and it is being shortly sent for the approval of the Board of Directors. 3) Salary deduction of the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2007 : - GM (Estt.) informed that the case is pending before the Management Committee. The AGS expressed his deep dissatisfaction about the delay in the settlement of the case and requested for early decision. 4) Settlement of anomalies of the 1st Wage Revision:- The GM (Estt.) informed that the case is put to up to the CMD and thereafter it will go for the approval of the DoT, since pension is involved. 5) Another examination in the cadre of TM by relaxing the eligibility conditions:- BSNLEU has already raised a demand that one TM examination should be conducted, by relaxing the 10th standard qualification as a one time measure, to enable the RMs who are not having 10th standard qualification to write the exam. The AGS insisted that the demand should be accepted. The GM (Estt.) replied that the circles will be asked to submit vacancy position SSA wise, and thereafter that necessary decisions would be taken. [29.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (Rect.), demanding implementation of the decision of the National Council, with regards to the non-implementation of the DoP&T orders for reduction of qualifying marks to SC/ST employees.<> [28.01.2014]BSNL Employees Union, Indore organises a very successful Customer Delight Mela. Sets an excellent example. In a rare display of the sense of belongingness to the organisation, BSNLEU, Indore, has organized a very successful BSNLEU CUSTOMER DELIGHT MELA on 18-01-2014. Considering the overwhelming response from customers the Mela was extended further in the form of MINI MELA. The organisers sold 522 SIMS in the Mela. It is heartening to note that a group of creamy layer customers from one reputed colony, announced the booking of 100 FTTH connections along with booking of 11 FTTH including 4 with annual plan on the spot. This announcement was made in presence of Shri N.K.Yadav, CGM, MP circle, who inaugurated the Customer Delight Mela. He appreciated the effort of the union and said such motivational actions by the unions will make BSNL financially strong. CHQ heartily congratulates the Indore District Union, which has set an example for the whole country. Fighting against the wrong policies of the government is very necessary to save BSNL. But, simultaneously, our employees should also take initiative in all such manners which will increase the customer base of the Company, as well as it's revenue.<> [28.01.2014]The Competition Commission of India turns down BSNL's complaint against private operators. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has turned down a complaint made by BSNL on private Telecom operators regarding cartelisation. BSNL has made the complaint that in 2010, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea entered into an understanding in the bidding for 3G spectrum. Accordingly, they formed a cartel among themselves and selectively bid for 3G spectrum. In the auction, Airtel bid for13 circles, Vodafone bid for 11 circles and Idea bid for 9 circles. After getting the spectrum, they made illegal roaming arrangements among themselves and provided 3G service even in circles for which they did not bid for 3G spectrum. The CCI, however rejected BSNL's complaint, on the plea that there is no prima facie evidence to prove the complaint. As regards the provision of illegal roaming, the CCI told that it was not the authority to enquire into the matter. The decision of the CCI dated 16-01-2014, was made public yesterday the 27-01-2014. [28.01.2014]Jewel thief said that he conducted robbery to expose the growing inequality in the country. A jewellery shop in Hyderabad was looted last week and jewellery worth Rs.6 crore was looted. The thief entered into the shop by making a hole in the wall of the jewellery shop. In a strange turn of events, the thief, G.Kiran Kumar, walked into a TV studio in Hyderabad last Sunday, and disclosed that he was the person who looted the jewellery. He further told that he did so, to send a message on the growing social inequality and corruption in India. "I am fed up with the way the system is functioning. Politicians are thieves who loot us for 5 years and I became a thief just for a night to show the world the growing inequality", he said. We agree with G.Kiran Kumar, that the economic policies being implemented by the successive BJP and Congress governments at the Centre, has created a big inequality between the "Haves" and the "Have nots" of the country. But robbery is not the way to remove the inequality. It can be removed only through struggles for the correct policy. [27.01.2014]Punjab circle union felicitates com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com.R.L.Moudgil, AGS, on their superannuation from BSNL service.<> [27.01.2014]MoU signed with Canara Bank for extending various Loan Schemes to BSNL Employees - C.O. has issued order.<> [27.01.2014]BSNLEU submitted agenda items for discussion in the forthcoming meeting of the BSNL Welfare Board.<> [25.01.2014]Private company complains to the NSA, against BSNL’s procuring equipment from Chinese Company. Tejas Networks, a private company which manufactures optical networking and switching equipments has raised a complaint with the National Security Advisor, that BSNL is intending to procure equipments from a Chinese Company, ignoring Indian Companies. The company has stated that BSNL’s procuring switching equipment from Chinese Companies, will be a threat to the country’s security. The fact is that, all the private telecom operators are procuring equipments from Chinese Companies. The complaint of Tejas Networks is nothing but a ploy to block BSNL’s equipment procurement and thereby stop it’s network expansion. [24.01.2014]Government decides to increase the monthly pension to Rs.1,000/-. It is reported that the government has decided to raise the minimum pension to Rs.1, 000 per month, which will benefit around 27 lakh workers. It may be noted that at present a large number of employees in the unorganised sector are getting even Rs.20 or Rs.40 as monthly pension. The Central Trade Unions have long been pressurising the government to increase the quantum of pension. Further, it is also reported that the government has decided to raise the ceiling of employer's contribution to EPF from the present Rs.6, 500 to Rs.15, 000. [24.01.2014]BSNL and MTNL are to launch free roaming plans from January 26. Both BSNL and MTNL are going to launch free roaming plans from 26th January. The scheme is likely to be announced by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal within a couple of days. Accordingly, MTNL's Mumbai customer will not have to pay any extra charge, when he comes to Delhi, and vice-versa. It is learnt that BSNL will also have a free roaming plan, however, the BSNL customers may have to pay a nominal charge to avail this facility. [24.01.2014]400 unidentified dead bodies found in the capital since last December. Nearly 400 unidentified dead bodies are found in Delhi so far since December, it is reported by a voluntary organisation called SAM: BKS. All the persons who died are homeless persons who have died due to the severe winter. On one side, the government keeps on tom-toming that India is fast becoming an economic super power, due to the implementation of the Neo-Liberal Economic policies. But it is a hard fact that the economic growth has not benefited the common people of the country. The death of 400 homeless people, that too in the capital of the country, only highlights this fact. [24.01.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on the discrepancies in the question paper of JTO LICE held in Madhya Pradesh Circle.<> [23.01.2014]Corporate Office writes to CGMs, regarding the acute delay in submitting pension papers of the retiring employees to the CCAs.<> [23.01.2014]Corporate Office writes to circles regarding speedy settlement of revision of pre-2006 pension cases.<> [23.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (Restructuring), BSNL CO, demanding to convene the meeting of the Committee on Change of Designations.<> [23.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), demanding early settlement of wage reduction of the officials appointed on or after 01.01.2007.<> [23.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Secretary (DoT), demanding early settlement of the revision of pension to the BSNL retirees, based on 78.2% IDA merger.<> [23.01.2014]CHQ writes to the GM (Estt.), suggesting changes to the draft JTO Recruitment Rules 2014.<> [23.01.2014]The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL CCWF was held at Bhubaneswar on 18-19 January, 2014.<> [22.01.2014]Corporate Management gave presentation on Performance Management System, to the representatives of the Recognised Unions. A presentation was given by the Corporate Management, to the representatives of the Recognised Unions today the 22.01.2014, on the Performance Management System. In the last meeting of the PLI Committee, Management told that it wanted to frame a PLI formula based on Performance Management System. Hence, to study about the (PMS), the Staff Side had sought a presentation. In today’s presentation, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com.R.L.Moudgil, AGS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS and com.S.C.Bhattacharya, Treasurer, participated from BSNLEU. [22.01.2014]High Court order to allow the CAG to audit the accounts of private telecom companies challenged in Supreme Court. Telecom Companies pay Spectrum Usage Change (SUC) to the govt., based on their Annual Gross Revenue (AGR). However, the private telecom companies are understating their AGR with a view to cheat the govt. in the payment of SUC. Hence, recently the Delhi High Court ordered that the accounts of the private telecom companies would be audited by the CAG. Against this order, the private telecom companies have field an appeal in the Supreme Court. [22.01.2014]Finance Ministry favours 3% as spectrum usage charge. The Finance Ministry has favoured the recommendation of the TRAI, that 3% shall be the Spectrum Usage Charge, for the companies that get spectrum in the forthcoming auctioning. For BWA spectrum it is favouring continuation of 1% spectrum usage charge, but to charge them weighted average of 3% and 1%, if they buy spectrum in the forthcoming auctioning. [22.01.2014]Corporate Office allots adhoc grants to various circle Sports and Cultural Boards.<> [21.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), urging to hold the adjourned conciliatory proceedings in the murder case of com. Sukendar Pal Singh.<> [21.01.2014]Corporate Office letter on disciplinary authority for awarding major penalty to a non-executive Group-C official in case of non-availability of DGM level officer.<> [21.01.2014]Anand Sharma says decision to allow FDI in retail trade is irreversible. The Delhi State Government has recently decided to withdraw the earlier decision of the Shiela Dikshit Government to allow 51% FDI in retail trade. The AAP government has done this, taking into account the massive protest expressed by the people of this country against FDI in retail trade. It has already written to the centre, of it’s decision not allow 51% FDI in retail trade. However, the Union Commerce Minister, Anand Sharma has now said that no state govt. will be allowed to reverse it’s decision on FDI in retail trade, since it will spoil the investment climate of the country. The Aam Aadmi Party govt. in Delhi has learned lesson from the defeat of the Congress Party in the elections held for four state assemblies. But it seems the Congress Party will never learn any lesson. [21.01.2014]CHQ has opened a new account in the Corporation Bank at New Delhi, for payment of CHQ quota through NEFT / RTGS. With a view to facilitate payment of CHQ quota through NEFT / RTGS, CHQ has opened a new account in the Corporation Bank at New Delhi. Such of those circle/district unions which require the Bank Account details, may obtain the same from CHQ. [21.01.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) demanding implementation of the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, against withholding of Pension, Gratuity or Leave Encashment due to pending disciplinary/criminal cases.<> [21.01.2014]General Secretary addressed the All India Conference of the All India Insurance Employees Association. The 23rd All India Conference of the All India Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA), started yesterday the 20-01-2014, at Nagpur. More than 1800 delegates and visitors are participating in the 5 day Conference. The inaugural session of the Conference was held at 1700 hrs yesterday. Com.Sitaram Yechury, MP, inaugurated the Conference and gave an account of how the successive NDA and UPA governments at the Centre had taken steps to weaken the Public Sector insurance companies. He also explained how the Left Parties are fighting against such retrograde moves, inside and outside the Parliament. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the inaugural session and greeted the delegates. He explained in detail how the UPA and NDA governments had given support to the private telecom companies and created roadblocks for the growth and development of BSNL. He also gave an account of the united struggles being waged by the Forum to save and strengthen BSNL.<<< view photos >>> [21.01.2014]BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation decides to conduct struggle on the burning issues of casual and contract workers. The BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, in it’s Central Executive Committee meeting held on 18th and 19th January, 2014 at Bhubaneswar, has decided to conduct agitational programme for the settlement of the very genuine grievances of casual and contract workers. All circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to successfully organize the agitational programme, together with the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation. In such of those districts where BSNL C&CWF does not exist, the district unions of BSNLEU are requested to undertake the responsibility to effectively organize the programme.<> [20.01.2014]General Secretary addressed a largely attended meeting at Nagpur.<> [20.01.2014]Renewal of MoU with Canara Bank. The MoU signed with Canara Bank for various loans, had already expired and a new MoU has got to be signed. CHQ is continuously taking up this issue with the GM (BFCI). The matter got delayed because, eventhough BSNL Corporate Office took initiative to renew the tie-up, Corporate Office of Canara Bank did not respond on time. Now, belatedly, Canara Bank has agreed to sign a fresh MoU. But they have quoted higher rates of interests, compared to the last time. Hence, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the issue with the GM (BFCI) today and has requested to renegotiate the rates of interests with the Canara Bank, which she has agreed to. If this is not done, than the employees will be put to loss, due to higher rates of interests. CHQ will persue the matter and ensure early renewal of the tie-up. [20.01.2014]Corporate Office has circulated draft JTO(T) Recruitment Rules. <> [20.01.2014]The upbeat UP (West) circle conference concluded with firm resolutions to improve the services and to strengthen the organisation. The two day upbeat conference of UP(West) circle, concluded yesterday the 19-01-2014, with firm resolutions to improve the services as well as to strengthen our organisation in the circle. A very serious discussion took place in the delegates session of the conference, in which a good number of delegates participated. Among other issues discussed in the Conference, the delegates expressed their serious concern about the non-availability of various materials due to which maintenance works are hampered. Finally, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, explained about the All India level issues that were raised by the delegates. Com.R.S.Fauzdar, circle secretary summed up the discussion and replied to the points. The report of the circle secretary as well as the audited accounts were approved by the house. In the election to the office-bearers, com.Ansar Ali (Saharanpur), is elected as President and com.Upender Singh Teotia (Ghaziabad), is elected as circle secretary. CHQ congratulates the new office-bearers elected in the conference. [20.01.2014]Veteran leader com.R.S.Fauzdar laid down office as the circle secretary of UP (West). Com.R.S.Fauzdar, veteran leader, has laid down the office of circle secretary, in the just concluded conference of the UP (West) circle. During his entire trade union life, com R.S.Fauzdar has selflessly worked for the betterment of the employees. He is a true follower of the ideals of com.K.G.Bose, as well as a militant fighter against injustices. He is the founder circle secretary of our union in UP (West) circle and has spent his entire time and energy to strengthen our movement. The services and sacrifices of com.R.S.Fauzdar will ever be gratefully remembered by our entire movement. [18.01.2014]The two day conference of UP (West) circle started at Bareilly.<> [17.01.2014]Com. P.L. Dua, Treasurer, NFTE passed away. It was shocking to hear that com. P.L. Dua, treasurer, NFTE has passed away today. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to com. P.L. Dua and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the family members of the departed leader and to the leaders and comrades of NFTE. [17.01.2014]Circle secretaries are requested act fast, in sending the inputs sought by Corporate Office regarding NEPP. Due to the efforts taken by the United Forum, to overcome the difficulties experienced by the employees in the implementation of NEPP, an agreement was reached with the Management on 18.10.2013. While order has already been issued on the issue connected with ‘Average entries’, Corporate Office has sought certain inputs from the circles in respect of certain other issues. Prompt reply from circles is very necessary for early solution of those issues. Hence, circle secretaries are requested to discuss the issue with their respective CGMs and to ensure sending of early reply to the Corporate Office. [16.01.2014]Management moving some modifications to the existing policy on Compassionate Ground Appointments. Our Union has been consistently taking up with the Management, the issue of removing the deficiencies contained in the CGA Policy. As a result of this, Management has moved certain amendments to the existing CGA Policy. These amendments will go for the approval of the Management Committee shortly. The amendments relate to:- (i) Son / daughter who is physically handicapped. (ii) Son / daughter who has lost both the parents. (iii) Applicant who is living in a rented house. (iv) Dependant of the deceased employee, who is not covered by the government pension. [16.01.2014]Corporate Office issued order for 5% IDA increased w.e.f. 01.01.2014.<> [16.01.2014]8 Telecom companies to bid in the auction for sale of 2G spectrum. The auctioning for 2G spectrum is to take place on 3rd February, 2014. Yesterday, the 15th January, 2014 was the last date for submitting applications and the last date for withdrawal is 27th January. All the existing companies, excepting Videocon, Systema Shyam and Loop Mobile, are participating in the auctioning. [16.01.2014]BSNL and MTNL should procure 30% equipment through ITI. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs which met yesterday the 15th January, 2014 has decided that BSNL and MTNL should procure 30% of their equipments through ITI. The CCEA has decided this policy will be in effect for one year from September, 2014, after which it will be reviewed. [16.01.2014]CHQ writes to GM (Estt.), seeking one time relaxation in the RR, to allow non 10th standard officials to appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE.<> [15.01.2014]BSNLEU demands that BSNL Management should contribute a minimum of 12% as pension contribution of the Direct Recruited employees.<> [15.01.2014]Meeting on superannuation benefits of BSNL recruited employees. A meeting between the Management and various unions and associations took place today the 15.01.2014, on the subject of superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS represented BSNLEU. Private insurance company, Bajaj Allianz, as well as BSNL Management gave presentations of the subject. Thereafter, Management Side told that it could contribute only 2% of pay+DA of the BSNL recruited employees, towards their pension fund. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, told in unequivocal terms that the proposal for 2% is not at all acceptable to BSNLEU and strongly argued that a minimum of 12% should be contributed by the Management, as per the orders of the DPE. He also cited the quantum of pension contribution being made by various other PSUs. Further, the GS made it very clear that the management of pension fund should be entrusted with the govt. insurance companies and not with private insurance companies. [15.01.2014]Aam Aadmi Party government at Delhi withdraws 51% FDI in multi brand retail trade. The Aam Aadmi Party government at Delhi has withdrawn the decision of the earlier Shiela Dikshit government to allow 51% FDI in multi brand retail trade. The Delhi government has written to the DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion), withdrawing the decision. “If FDI comes in Retail Trade, then crores of small scale Indian businessmen will come on the roads, since they will lose their business and livelihood,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a letter written to the Delhi traders. [15.01.2014]Employees Provident Fund to get 8.75% interest. Over eight crore depositors of the Employees Provident Fund will get an interest of 8.75% for the financial year 2013-14. The interest paid last year was 8.5%. [15.01.2014]MTNL to place Rs.600 crore order for GSM lines. The MTNL is expected to place orders worth Rs.600 crore in the coming few months, for procuring GSM equipments. CMD MTNL has stated that the tender is opened and the companies which have bidded are Nokia, Alcatel, Hua Wei and ZTE. [13.01.2014]Case of denial of promotion under NEPP, due to average entries, is settled. It has been a strong demand of BSNLEU that the difficulty experienced by the Non-Executives in the NEPP, due to the grading criteria, should be mitigated. Particularly, BSNLEU had been demanding that none should be denied promotions under NEPP, due to the “Average” entries made in the CRs, prior to the introduction of NEPP. The issue was taken up in the National Council. This was one of the important demands for the one day strike that was to take place on 25.10.2013. However, Management agreed to settle this issue in the talks held on 18.10.2013. Accordingly, order has been issued today by the Corporate Office. We are thankful to the Management, especially to the GM (Estt.).<> [13.01.2014]DPE issues order for revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2014.<> [13.01.2014]7th Circle Conference of BSNL CMU, West Bengal ended with determination to struggle to save BSNL and to settle the demands of workers.<> [13.01.2014]Corporate Office issues modification regarding Staff Side representation in the Joint Committee for Change of Designations.<> [13.01.2014]CHQ letter, requesting the Management to sanction Special CL for the CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot.<> [13.01.2014]BSNLEU sends it's nominations to the Joint Committee on Change of Designations.<> [13.01.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) on the vindictive actions of the Sr.GM, Jamshedpur.<> [13.01.2014]West Bengal Circle union conducted demonstration and human chain, condemning the ghastly rape and murder of the girl of Madhyamgram.<> [11.01.2014]US is a good competitor to India in corruption. The following is an excerpt from the recent interview of Nobel Laureate and eminent economist Joseph Stiglitz, given at Bangalore. “The US is a good competitor to India in corruption. The US drug industry succeeded in getting a provision incorporated wherein the government cannot bargain with the industry on drug prices. That added $500 billion in costs to the government's healthcare expenditure. Such provisions happen because of campaign contributions that are a form of corruption. We tend to focus on public sector corruption, but there is corruption in the private sector. The US financial sector was rife with corruption. The absence of corporate governance (as demonstrated in the 2008 financial crisis) is a form of corruption. Walmart demonstrated in Mexico that it is an expert in corruption. Credit rating agencies were paid by investment banks — so they competed to give the banks good ratings. So corruption in India is not extraordinary, but you are in the top league. Erosion of honesty and trust has become global. You have to have checks and balances.” [11.01.2014]Notification for the CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot, from 7th to 9th February, 2014.<> [11.01.2014]Bank account of all Head of SSA’s of BSNL frozen by the EPF authority for non-payment of EPF contribution in respect of contract workers. Finally, EPF Commissioner Chhattisgarh Region, Raipur, has implemented its verdict to recover Rs. two crore sixty lacs towards EPF contribution of 300 contract workers. It may be recollected that in the year 2008 a case was filed before EPF Commissioner by the BSNL Theka Mazdoor Union Chhattisgarh stating that EPF act is not implemented. A sample of 300 contract workers cases with the details were submitted before EPF authority. 18 hearings took place before EPF authority, BSNL management was allowed ample opportunity to explain their position but there was no convincing reply on the part of BSNL officers. On the contrary contract worker’s view points were effectively put forth by all leaders under the guidance of CITU. An agitational programme of “March to EPF Commissioner Office” was also organised jointly by the BSNL Theka Mazdoor Union and BSNLEU. Now it is learnt that BSNL management is likely to submit an appeal before Hon’ble Hight Court Chhattisgarh for release of frozen accounts of head of SSA’s. It is an irony that instead of feeling guilt for such kind of violation of labour law’s, the Chhattisgarh management unleashed mischievous propaganda that due to this verdict and the role played by the BSNLEU and BSNL Theka Mazdoor Union, regular employees salary could not be drawn. [10.01.2014]Cabinet decides to refund BSNL’s BWA spectrum charges- a victory for unity and struggle. The Central Cabinet has decided on 09.01.2013, to refund the BWA spectrum charges that has been paid by BSNL. This is in view of the fact that BSNL had already surrendered the BWA spectrum allotted to it, except for few circles. It is learnt that this refund will be adjusted against the future payments of Licence Fee by BSNL. This decision of the Cabinet will give a big relief to BSNL, which is in need of money for it’s capital expenditures. It may also be remembered that the unions and associations have gone on struggle on a number of occasions, under the banner of the Forum, demanding refund of BSNL spectrum charges. The decision of the Cabinet is a victory for our unity and struggle. [10.01.2014]Updating on the website of the Press Information Bureau, on the cabinet decision to refund BWA spectrum charges to BSNL and MTNL <> [09.01.2014]Views of the massive 'Save BSNL' convention, conducted at Chennai, by the Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU, on 07.01.2014.<> [09.01.2014]Views of the meeting, to felicitate com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, held at Chennai on 07.01.2014.<> [09.01.2014]Contact General Secretary on alternative mobile number. General Secretary’s mobile connection 9868231113 is not in a working condition. Hence, all are requested to contact on the alternative number 9013677714. The first connection is expected to work by tomorrow evening. The inconvenience caused is regretted. [09.01.2014]DoT calls for furnishing of information in connection with rectification of anomaly in pension of BSNL employees retired within ten months of their absorption in BSNL w.e.f. 01.10.2000.<> [09.01.2014]Director (HR)'s DO letter to CGMs on effecting rotational transfers of officers holding sensitive posts.<> [08.01.2014]Corporate Office letter on reconstitution of Joint Committee to suggest change in designation of major non-executive cadres.<> [08.01.2014]Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, felicitated by Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions. Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU, conducted a felicitation function at Chennai yesterday the 07.01.2014 for com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, who retired on superannuation on 31.12.2013. The meeting was presided over by com.K.Marimuthu, CP, Tamil Nadu and com.S.Yogalingam, CP, Chennai. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU, Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, com.K.Vallinayagam, Ex.GS, FNTO, com.S.Chellappa, CS, TN, com.K.Govindarajan, CS, Chennai, com.Punitha Udhayakumar, Vice-President, CHQ, com.Subburaman, GS, TEPU, COM.S.Raveendran, GS, SEWA BSNL, com.Pattabiraman, CS, NFTE, com.P.Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, com.Gopinathan, CS, SNEA, com.Sivakumar, CP, AIBSNLEA, Com.Shanmugasundararajan, CS, SNEA, Chennai and a host of other leaders participated in the meeting and felicitated com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. [08.01.2014]Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions conduct massive seminar. The Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU conducted a massive "Save BSNL" seminar at Chennai yesterday the 07-01-2014. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU. inaugurated the seminar, which took place in the sprawling kamarajar Arangam. More than 1800 comrades from all Districts of Tamil Nadu circle and Chennai circle participated in the seminar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, delivered the key note address. Shri A.N.Rai, Director (HR & EB). Shri Ashraf Khan, CGM, Tamil Nadu circle and shri Balasubramanian, CGM, Chennai circle addressed the seminar. Top officers of both the circles also attended. [07.01.2014]Meeting with the representatives of staff unions / associations on the issue of superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees to be held on 15.01.2014.<> [07.01.2014]CAG to audit the accounts of private telecom companies. Almost all the private telecom companies are cheating the government, by not paying the due spectrum usage charge(SUC) to the government. All the telecom companies, including BSNL and MTNL, are paying spectrum usage charge(SUC). This SUC is calculated based on the Annual Gross Revenue of the companies. But the private telecom companies understate their revenue, and thereby cheat the government of due payment of SUC. For example, during 2006-08 period, five private companies, viz, Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone and Tata Teleservices and Idea understated their revenue by Rs.10,268 crore. Thereafter, the DoT audited the accounts of the private companies through private auditors and slapped a penalty of Rs.1,594 crore on those five private companies. Now the government has noted variations in the revenues of the private telecom companies, based on the data given by TRAI and SEBI. So it decided to get the accounts of the private companies audited by the CAG, which is objected by the private companies. But the Delhi High Court in it's judgment delivered yesterday the 06-01-2014, has ruled that the CAG can audit the accounts of private telecom companies. The audit of the CAG will now bring to light the cheatings of the private companies by understating their revenue. [06.01.2014]All union / association meeting to be held on the issue of superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees. BSNLEU is consistently pressurising the BSNL Management to expeditiously finalise the scheme for superannuation benefits of the BSNL recruited employees. Finalisation of this scheme is getting unduly delayed. It was seriously discussed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, with the Director (HR) as well as with the GM (Estt.) on 03-01-2014. With a view to finalise the scheme early, the BSNL Management is intending to convene an all union / association meeting on the issue. The meeting is expected to take place in this month itself. [06.01.2014]The Bali summit and the blackmail of the developed countries. - editorial of Tele Crusader January, 2014.<> [04.01.2014]Why we say religion cannot unite mankind? The people of Iraq have faced untold miseries due to the invasion by the US and NATO forces, which was condemned by the entire world. But now, the people of Iraq are being tormented by the two warring groups, belonging to Islam. The Iraq government is being controlled by the Shia group. The Sunni group has vowed that it would liberate the people of Iraq from the Shia dominated government of that country. Suicide bombings, mindless gun firings and car bomb explosions have become the order of the day in Iraq. Thousands of innocent Iraqi people are being killed, not by Americans, but by their own people. Yesterday the 03.01.2014, the Sunni militants, together with Al-Qaida, fought with the government forces and took over the cities of Falluja and Ramadi. No one knows when these killings would stop. [04.01.2014]Vodafone wants all tax cheating cases to be included in the conciliation. A conciliation is already started between Vodafone and the Indian government in the Rs.11,500 crore tax cheating case by Vodafone. Now, Vodafone has now requested the government to include all it’s tax cheating cases in the ongoing conciliation. It may be noted that very recently the Income Tax department has slapped one more notice on Vodafone, in a case wherein the Company had cheated Rs.3,700 crore as Income Tax. Likewise, Vodafone has involved in so many tax cheating cases. [04.01.2014]Tata Teleservices may be taken over by Vodafone. Vodafone has initiated talks with the Tata Group, for buying it’s shares in Tata Teleservices. Tata Group is having 59.45% stake in Tata Teleservices. The other major share holder of the company is Docomo of Japan. If Tata Teleservices is taken over by Vodafone, than it will become the biggest telecom company. [04.01.2014]“I wanted 2G spectrum to be auctioned.” – says Manmohan Singh, PM. In the press conference held yesterday the 03.01.2014, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told that he wanted the 2G spectrum and coal-blocks to be auctioned. But both the 2G spectrum and coal-blocks were not sold through auction, because of which the country had lost Rs.1,76,000 crore and Rs.1,86,000 crore respectively. Now, the question is, when the 2G spectrum and coal-blocks were sold without auctioning, why Manmohan Singh remained a silent spectator? Was it because he did not want to earn the displeasure of his coalition partners in order to remain in power? [04.01.2014]Tamil Nadu and Chennai Circle unions of BSNLEU are holding a felicitation meeting at Chennai on 07.01.2014, for com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. The Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU are holding a meeting at Chennai on 07.01.2014, to felicitate com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, who retired from service on superannuation on 31.12.2013. Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and many other leaders are addressing the meeting. [04.01.2014]Massive ‘Save BSNL’ seminar to be held at Chennai on 07.01.2014. The Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU, are holding a massive ‘Save BSNL’ convention at Chennai on 07.01.2014. The seminar is to be addressed by top BSNL officers, including Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR & EB) and trade union leaders. 1500 employees are attending the seminar. [04.01.2014]Inputs called for by the BSNL CO in connection with NEPP – Circle Secretaries are requested to act fast. The United Forum, has demanded the BSNL Management to settle the difficulties being faced by the employees in NEPP. As per the agreement reached in the talks held on 18.10.2013, Management has started processing the case. In this connection, Corporate Office has called for certain inputs from the circles vide it’s letter no.13-5/2013-Pen(B) dated 09.12.2013 (Refer to CHQ website updating dated 10.12.2013). Since settlement of this problem very much depends upon the inputs to be sent by the CGMs, all circle secretaries are requested to immediately discuss the issue with their respective CGMs and to arrange for expeditious dispatch of the inputs to the Corporate Office. [03.01.2014]11th meeting of BSNL Staff Welfare Board – Calling for agenda items. Corporate Office has called for agenda items, vide it’s letter dated 27.12.2013, to be discussed in the forthcoming Welfare Board meeting. CHQ has to submit the items to the Corporate Office before 30.01.2014. Hence, Circle / District Secretaries as well as CHQ office bearers who wish to send items, are requested to send the same to CHQ, by E-mail / Fax within a week. [03.01.2014]Times of India editorial dated 03.01.2014 on the ghastly gang-rape and murder of 16 year old girl in Kolkata and the barbaric behaviour of Kolkata police. <> [03.01.2014]Meeting with Director (HR) Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) today the 03.01.2014 and discussed the following issues. (a) Inordinate delay in the implementation of the assurances given in the talks held on 18.10.2013. The General Secretary expressed his anguish and dissatisfaction over the inordinate delay in the implementation of the assurances given in the talks held on 18.10.2013, in respect of the demands of the one day strike proposed to be held on 25.10.2013. He pointed out that the processing of these issues are going on at a very slow speed in the Corporate Office, as a result of which issuing of orders is getting unduly delayed. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. (b) Vindictive transfer of the District Secretary, ETP, Odisha. The General Secretary demanded cancellation of the transfer order, since it is vindictive and also in violation of the Corporate Office order on immunity from transfers available for the District Secretary of the Recognised Union. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. CHQ writes to the Director (HR), expressing the anguish and concern of the Union, over the inordinate delay in the implementation of the assurances, given in the talks held on 18.10.2013. <> [03.01.2014] Wage reduction of the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2007. Com. P. Abhimnyu, GS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt) and expressed his deep concern about the abnormal delay in the settlement of the issue and requested to ensure it’s settlement without further delay. [03.01.2014] Regular Promotion of the officiating JTOs. BSNLEU is continuously persuing this case. The case is being processed in the Corporate Office. We hope that the final order will be issued by the end of March 2014, for the regular JTO promotion of around 1800 officiating JTOs. [03.01.2014] Screening test for non 10+2 candidates to appear TTA LDCE. Corporate Office is finalizing the New Recruitment Rules of the TTA cadre. The demand of BSNLEU to make provision for holding screening test for the non 10+2 candidates for appearing TTA LDCE is not accepted. In the discussion held with shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) today the 03.01.2014, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, demanded that the screening test should be held atleast as a one time measure. The GM (Estt) accepted this and told that the same would be done after the disposal of the court case, that is going on in this connection. [03.01.2014] Finalising of the JTO RR. BSNLEU has long been demanding to make some important changes in the JTO Recruitment Rules. Based on this, the Corporate Office has formed a Committee for finalising the new JTO RR. Soon, Corporate Office will call for the views of the Recognised Unions on the new RR. It is reliably learnt that the Committee has accepted BSNLEU’s demand to include Mechanical Diploma / BE for JTO LICE. In the discussion held with shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), today the 03.01.2014 com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has insisted to accept the demand of BSNLEU for reduction of the qualifying service to appear JTO LICE. [03.01.2014] Revision of pension based on 78.2% IDA merger. The issue of revision of pension, based on 78.2% IDA merger is cleared by the Department of Pension. It is understood that the proposal of the DoT to revise the pension based on 78.2% IDA merger, notionally upto 09.06.2013, and with arrears from 10.06.2013, is approved by the Department of Pension. This applies to those who retired prior to 01.01.2007, as well as to those who retired after 01.01.2007. Now, DoT will send the file for the approval of the Department of Expenditure. [03.01.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) on the vindictive transfer of the District Secretary, ETP, Odisha.<> [02.01.2014]In the name of God and religion!!! All religions, whether it is Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, preach love, fraternity and peace. But, men, in the name of religion kill each other. Religious fanatics are in the back ground of most of the killings that are taking place in the world today. Central African Republic is a country which got it’s independence from France in the year 1960. This is a country, which is very rich in natural resources, including diamonds, gold and petroleum. With such abundant natural resources, this country should be flourishing. But what is happening is to the contrary. A civil war is going on in that country between Muslims and Christians, as a result of which thousands of people are being butchered. The information recently given by the UNICEF (United Nation’s International Children’s Emergency Fund) is extremely shocking. Both the fighting sides are aiming at, and are killing the boys of their rival group. Such the killings may be aimed at the elimination of the future generation of their rival group. What can be more cruel than this? And remember, this is taking place in the name of God and religion. [02.01.2014]Corporates clash in finalizing new SUC. At present, all telecom companies are paying 3% to 8% of their Annual Gross Revenue (AGR) as Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC) to the government. As regards Broadband service, Jio Reliance which has got All India license and BWA spectrum in 2010, the SUC payable is 1%. On this, what the TRAI has recommended is, to fix the SUC at a flat rate of 3% for mobile as well as Broad Band service operators. Mobile operators have welcomed this, since the SUC paid by companies like Airtel and Vodafone will be reduced by Rs.400/- crore. But Jio Reliance promoter Mukesh Ambani has opposed this, since the SUC in his case will increase from 1% to 3%. The Telecom Commission and Group of Ministers are expected to take a final view on this issue shortly. [02.01.2014]Cash rich PSUs may be told to buy the shares of other PSUs. Media reports say, that the government may ask the cash rich PSUs to buy the shares of other PSUs, in order to achieve it's target in disinvestment. So far in this financial year, the government is able to raise only Rs.1, 325 crore, as against it's budgeted target of Rs.40, 000 crore, through disinvestment. This was due to the stiff resistance to government's disinvestment programme. According to the new proposal, a government may ask cash rich PSUs to buy the shares of other PSUs, with which they are having business links. For example, Coal India Limited (CIL) may be asked to pick up the shares of power sector PSUs like NTPC, Power Grid, etc. [02.01.2014]Full fledged MNP may be delayed. National level implementation of the MNP facility is likely to be delayed further. Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is already introduced. However, this is limited to the circle level and not available at All India level. In September 2013, the TRAI has mandated that mobile companies should implement National MNP within a period of 6 months. However, it is reported that the DoT has not accepted the conditions laid down by the TRAI in this regard. As a result, implementation of National level MNP is going to be delayed further. [01.01.2014]The New Year Resolution. The New Year is born. This is the period when the unions and associations in BSNL are straining every nerve to save and strengthen the Company. While fighting against the anti-BSNL policies of the government, we also have to improve the quality of our services. Improving our work culture is very essential to save BSNL. Hence, let each and everyone of us take the New Year resolution to improve our work culture. [01.01.2014]BSNLEU meeting at Salem.<> [31.12.2013]IDA increase is 5% from 01-01-2014. It is learnt that the IDA increase, that has become due w.e.f. 01.01.2014 is 5%. With this IDA increase, the total IDA that has become payable from 01.01.2014 will be 90.5% (85.5% + 5 %). [31.12.2013]CHQ wishes happy retirement to com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.R.L.Moudgil,AGS and Com.P.C. Kandpal, CS, Uttarakhand. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com.R.L.Moudgil, Assistant General Secretary and Com.P.C. Kandpal, Circle Secretary, Uttarakhand Circle are retiring from service today, on superannuation. CHQ wishes a very happy retirement to all the leaders. CHQ also wishes a long, happy and healthy life to all the leaders. [30.12.2013]Corporate Office letter on 11th meeting of BSNL Staff Welfare Board - Calling for Agenda item.<> [30.12.2013]Letters of the Reception Committee for conducting the CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot.<> <>

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