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Meeting with CMD BSNL (28/08/2017):

GS met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding implementation of 3rdPRC with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL.

GS explained him that there are some rumors that BSNL management is delaying the approval of BSNL Board and may propose 0% fitment benefit on 3rd PRC implementation.

CMD BSNL clarified that the committee has prepared the report and shortly proposal will be put up to the BSNL Management committee and thereafter to the BSNL Board for its approval.

CMD assured to recommend 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit only and he will make sincere efforts to get approved from DOT.

He further mentioned that at this juncture we all should concentrate to increase the revenue of BSNL to get the positive result from DOT in this regard.

Misleading reporting by SNEA on CPSU Cadre hierarchy:-

SNEA on its CHQ website has put some misleading information regarding their negotiation with Management on CPSU Cadre hierarchy.

The fact remains that in the earlier updates of SNEA in its CHQ Website it never mentioned about its stand on CPSU Cadre hierarchy and discussions held with PGM (Pers.). SNEA always mentioned that CPSU Cadre hierarchy is being implemented with the efforts of them. The fact remains that PGM (Pers.) had several rounds of meeting with SNEA before preparing the draft proposal of CPSU hierarchy which he presented to CMD BSNL in the presence of Director (HR) after the consent given by SNEA wherein PGM (Pers.) pleaded non-post based time bound promotions up to SDE/AO level only and post based promotions DE/CAO onwards.

This was not agreed by CMD BSNL and Director (HR) and they directed PGM (Pers.) to modify the proposal to provide non-post based time bound promotions up to DE/CAO grade and post based promotions from DGM and onwards grade.This fact was confirmed by PGM (Pers.) and Director (HR) to AIBSNLEA in the recent informal meetings.

AIBSNLEA stand was always to implement CPSU Cadre hierarchy as per the Khan Committee recommendation only. Now seeing the developments and the stand taken by CMD BSNL and Director (HR) on CPSU cadre hierarchy, SNEA is changing its stand. However, it is good that good sins has prevailed to them.

As per our circle union request to issue the CAO Look on arrangement Orders in one lump for entire Circle it was processed and now 67 CAO (L/A) orders issued in one lump for entire circle.

Some left out cases, for want of VC, orders will be issued separately.

Next, requested to follow the same procedure for AO (L/A) also in one lump for entire circle.

Thanks to PGM(F)/DGM(F) and Finance Team.  

Need of united struggles for the settlement of wage revision (18/08/2017):

GS replies Shri P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNL Employees Union, CHQ in reference to his letter number BSNLEU/103 (Forum) dated 10.08.2017 on the subject the need of united struggles for the settlement of wage revision. While appreciating his feelings that the wage revision of BSNL employees is must GS has categorically mentioned that DoT and Government should give a special consideration to dispense the affordability clause of 3rdPRC with reference to BSNL as it is discharging certain important responsibilities on behalf of the Govt. of India by implementing NOFN successfully, NFS and LWE projects assigned to BSNL. BSNL also provides reliable telecom services to customers during natural calamities in the country on priority without getting any extra financial support from the government. BSNL also governs the tariffs in telecom sector and ensure telecom services on affordable rates to the customers.

At present CMD BSNL along with complete BSNL Board is making its sincere and honest efforts for the implementation of 3rd PRC report in BSNL. Hon’ble MoSC (I/C) is also of the same view and making efforts to get the Govt. approval for dispension of the said affordability clause of 3rd PRC report for BSNL. In this connection as per our discussions held with CMD BSNL on 09.08.2017, an internal committee of BSNL officers has been constituted to explore the modalities for 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit. The committee meeting is over and the report is being submitted shortly which will be placed before the Management committee of BSNL and thereafter to the BSNL Board for approval. As assured by CMD BSNL after the approval of BSNL Board, he will take up the matter in DoT for its approval and issuance of Presidential Directives.

In our opinion, we should closely monitor all these developments and in case we find any difficulty at any level in this regard then immediately we all BSNL Unions and Associations should discuss and decide the strategy to impress upon the DoT / Govt. for 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL through our decisive struggle. We assure our fullest participation in the struggle, if need be.

Important Decisions of the CWC held at Trivandrum (11 & 12/08/2017):

The General Secretary presented his report on the activities of the Association during the period.  The report, including the HR issues, was discussed in detail and the action taken by the CHQ with the present status of each and every case was elaborated. The followings have been decided:
1. The subscription of the association will be increased to Rs.80/- from the existing Rs.50/- and the quota ratio will be Rs.40/- to CHQ, Rs.20/- Circle and Rs.20/- District.  The same will be effective from 01.01.2018.
2. A sum of Rs.200/- per member will be collected towards the legal fund to meet the expenditure being incurred on various court cases filed by the CHQ in different Hon’ble courts. 
3. All the circles who are not updating the circle website were requested to make arrangements for regular update of their website.
5. The new welfare scheme already approved by the AIC Mysuru may be commenced from the 01.09.2017.
6. It was decided to co-opt Shri Deepak Sharma, AM, BSNL Corporate office as AGS (DR) and Shri S. S. Rawat AGM Rajasthan Circle as Advisor (G) against Shri Ajay Kaswan and Shri Dinesh Meghwal respectively.
7. It was decided to enroll Direct Recruit executives as member of AIBSNLEA.
8. It was also decided that in case if the 3rd PRC recommendation are not implemented in BSNL then CHQ may start a joint united struggle with other unions / associations in due course of time.

AIBSNLEA fight against withdrawal of additional increment

 AIBSNLEA filed an OA vide O.A./100/2649/2017 in Hon'ble Principal Bench CAT New Delhi against the DOT order dated 05.07.2017 regarding withdrawal of additional increment by fixation in same scale on post based promotion under EPP.  Hon'ble PB CAT New Delhi has interim stayed said order today . DOT will file rejoinder on 24.08.2017. Details follows.

CMD BSNL meeting with BSNL Unions and Associations Core Group:

GS along with GS of BSNLEU and GS SNEA was invited by CMD BSNL today at 12 PM to discuss regarding implementation of 3rd PRC report in BSNL. GS NFTE BSNL was also invited but due to lack of communication he could not attend the meeting. CMD BSNL initiated the discussion on 3rd PRC report implementation in BSNL. He mentioned that in 3rd PRC report some relaxation in the affordability clause to some specific PSUs have been recommended. On this basis, we can make a case to the Administrative Ministry i.e. DoT for approval. He explained that in general, the 3rd PRC recommendations are not favourable to BSNL but we have to take some favoarble points to get implemented the 3rd PRC report in BSNL. Comrade GS AIBSNLEA suggested him to immediately form a committee in BSNL Corporate Office to study the 3rd PRC report and to submit a report with in one week for consideration of BSNL Management committee and thereafter to the BSNL Board. CMD BSNL appreciated our suggestion and mentioned that immediately a committee will be formed in BSNL Corporate Office which will submit its report with in one week to place in the next BSNL Management Committee meeting and hereafter immediately in the BSNL Board for approval. CMD BSNL explained that he has already discussed in DoT with senior officers on this issue wherein Additional Secretary (T), who is the Govt nominee Board of Director also in BSNL Board, has mentioned that since he has already supported BSNL’s view point in the Cabinet Secretary meeting. In view of that he is in support with BSNL on this issue. CMD BSNL explained that BSNL is not getting any financial support from the Govt. and regulating the tariffs in Telecom Sector of the country. BSNL has paid more than Rs. 2 lakh Crores to the Govt. in terms of license fee, taxes dividend etc after its inception. Against the notional loan of Rs. 7500 Crores, BSNL has paid Rs.14000 Crores as interest amount only @ 14.5% to DoT. After its formation, BSNL has never been given any financial support by the Govt. rather BSNL is implementing Govt. prestigious projects for example NOFN, NFS, LWE, etc. with out getting much profit.

CMD BSNL further explained that Member (F) of DoT is of the opinion that in case if the 3rd PRC report is implemented in BSNL than BSNL will be closed with in three years. But, in his opinion in case if the 3rd PRC report is not implemented in BSNL than BSNL may be closed with in three months time. The additional burden of Rs. 2800 Crores on implementation of 3rd PRC report with full 15% fitment benefit in BSNL may be earned with the help of all the BSNL employees but to save the Rs. 2800 Crores by not implementing 3rd PRC report may give three times loss to BSNL. In view of this Govt should consider 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL. He advised all to work together for the implementation of 3rd PRC report in BSNL on proiority. He further reiteriated that he is ready to resign from the post of CMD BSNL in case if the 3rd PRC report is not impelemnetd in BSNL. We further suggested him that first CMD BSNL should get the approval of BSNL Board on 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL and then sent to DoT for approval thereafter only we will be able impress upon to DoT for its implementation in BSNL.

Let all the BSNL Unions and Assocations come together to get implemented the 3rd PRC report in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit as a single and common demand through negotiations or the decisive struggle keeping aside all the differences at this crucial juncture.

Implementation of 3rd PRC

DPE has issued OM W-02/0028/2017-DPE (WC)-GL-XIII/17 dated 3rd August, 2017 regarding Pay Revision of Board Level and below Board Level executives and Non-Unionised Supervisors of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) w.e.f. 01.01/2017.

As per the presentation submitted by AIBSNLEA CHQ and consistent efforts taken with the Hon’ble MOC , Secretary Telecom, Secretary DPE, and CMD BSNL  for the dispension  in the  affordability clause for BSNL  and extension of 3rd  PRC to BSNL Employees has now been reflected in DPE OM dated 03.08.2017.

In this regard, AIBSNLEA CHQ has written so many letters to Hon’ble MOC/Secretary  DOT/DPE  /CMD BSNL and met them personally stating that as per the Para 5 of the 3 PRC committee recommendations as per the Telecom Policy 1999,  BSNL has been formed to meet out the specific agenda  of Government of India. i.e. providing Telecom Services without any budgetary support and BSNL is paying License Fee, Spectrum charges, and other charges  as per the order of the Government of India from time to time deviating to the agreed principles on 01/10/2000.

A letter written by GS CHQ to Honorable MOC Shri Manoj Sinha Ji  on 08.06.2017  has been furnished for the reference of our members.  The DPE OM dated 03/08/2017 vide Annexure-II Para II of Page No 19 which is reproduced below.
Affordability to certain types of CPSEs:
b)  The affordability condition shall also be applicable to the CPSEs registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, or under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 (which by the very nature of their business are not-for profit companies) for implementation of the revised compensation structure (including Performance Related Pay) as being recommended for other CPSEs.
c)  There are also certain CPSEs which have been formed as independent Government companies under a statute to perform a specific agenda / regulatory functions. The revenue stream of such CPSEs are not linked to profits from the open market in a competitive scenario but are governed through the fees & charges, as prescribed and amended from time to time by the Government. There is no budgetary support provided by the Government to such CPSEs. In consideration that the impact of the revised compensation structure (including Performance Related Pay) would supposedly form the part of revenue stream for such CPSEs, the affordability condition shall not be applicable to these CPSEs; however the implementation of same shall be subject to the approval of Administrative Ministry upon agreeing and ensuring to incorporate the impact of the revised compensation structure into the revenue stream.

On the basis of the above recommendations now BSNL Board has to recommend implementation of 3rd PRC report with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL and thereafter it has to be sent to DoT for the approval and issuance of the Presidential Directives. We have to impress upon BSNL Management in this regard for an early Board approval and sending to DoT thereafter we have to pursue in DoT for the approval of BSNL Board proposal and early issuance of presidential directives.  

Comrades, as assured by CMD BSNL, the 3rd PRC recommendations has to be approved by BSNL Board for its implementation in BSNL and thereafter to get the approval of DoT for issuance of Presidential Directives.   We are confident that CMD BSNL will fulfill his commitment in this regard. Let us,  concentrate on this issue and pursue vigorously for 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL.