Meeting of leaders of AUAB with the officials of DoT on 24.11.2021

Meeting of leaders of AUAB with the officials of DoT on 24.11.2021

A meeting of the General secretaries and representatives of Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) held today (24.11.2021) with the officials of the Dept of Telecom at Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi on call of the DoT, where Sr GM(SR) Smt Anita Johri also participated from the BSNL side. The department of Telecom side was lead by the DDG (PM), who is also in charge of the JS(Admin) with DDG (PSU) and other officials. The AUAB was represented by General Secretaries of Associations and Unions in which AIGETOA was represented through General Secretary, Shri Wasi Ahmad. The meeting of Associations and Unions with the DoT officials held after a long time due to Covid Pandemic. The meeting deliberated on all agenda points submitted by AUAB including 4G roll out, 3rd PRC, Standard Pay Scale of E2-E3 and SAB to BSNL Recruits.

In the meeting, it was apprised that indigenous 4G Technology is the rout to be deployed in BSNL and government is ready to extend all possible support. The PoC with Indian Core through the consortium of TCS, C-Dot and Tejas has already been deployed and testing is going on in advance stage and it is expected to be completed by 31st Dec, 2021. The commercial supply and actual roll out of 4G in BSNL through the indigenous technology may start by July-August, 2022.

It was apprised that BSNL is unable to improve its financial health due to non availability of the most important services of the 4G, which is resulting in serious stagnant cash inflow and no major investment in CAPEX in aging network resulting in serious constraint in expansion of various services and finally the employees are the end sufferer in all terms. The debt on BSNL is also standing rock high and not settling in the absence of much talked Land Monetization and the payable by the DoT is also unaddressed. Similarly, other pending dues and support from the government as assured at the time of Revival Package. The employees are paying the price for the government policies.

It was apprised to us that the government is fully aware of the situation and committed to extend all due supports to BSNL, which is supporting country’s First Indigenous 4G deployment and so the government will very soon come up with a very good package for BSNL to sustain in the market. There were various items deliberated in the meeting including CAPEX of the 4G, Supported Transmission Network, Spectrum for 2G, AGR dues of BSNL, PS redemption etc. A decision in this regard is expected within December, 2021 itself, which will be helpful to BSNL. Further. The land monetization process has been started, which will pave the way to expedite it.

Discussion on 3rd PRC and Wage Revision also held but no assurance could be achieved in that direction and further dialogue will continue.

The issue of approval of standard scale of E2 for E1A for JAO/JTO equivalent and E3 for E2A for AO/SDE equivalent executives have still not been approved by the DoT as per the proposal sent by the BSNL on 06.06.2016 after its approval by the Management Committee of BSNL Board. Is a residual due of the 2nd PRC and resulting in the huge loss and demotivation to the initial grades of the executives? It was apprised that the PO released by DoT on 28.03.2017 was not implemented in BSNL on the ground that it was violating the DPE guidelines and degrading the scale of the executives. Hence it was requested to approve these two pending scales by the DoT at the earliest as 3rd PRC discussion is already going on, whereas our due of 2nd PRC are pending.

Thereafter the issue of Superannuation Benefit Fund (SAB) was raised to the DDG (PM) and apprised that against the 30% of SAB value, the BSNL recruited employees (executives as well as non executives) are getting just 21.8% (EPF-12%, Gratuity-4.5% & SAB Pension Fund-5%), which is a shortfall of 8.2%. Further it was started very late i.e. 3% wef 04.05.2016 and then 5% wef 01.04.2017. Whereas it was directed by the government at the time of formation of BSNL to make a mechanism of Pension for the employees being recruited by BSNL also as the employees absorbed from the DoT was protected Govt Pension through Rule 37A.

On these two issues of standard scale of E2-E3 and SAB enhancement, AIGETOA also submitted detail presentation and supporting documents to the DDG(PM) for consideration. The DDG(PM) was kind enough to deliberate it and further agreed to provide time to discuss on these two issues separately with the Recognized Association, AIGETOA. It will definably pave the way to start these two old issues, which is residual due of the 2nd PRC before implantation of 3rd PRC.

The meeting lasted for about One and half hours in a very positive atmosphere and started the dialogue process once again with the DoT. Although, no concrete could come out in the meeting but it has started the ball rolling once again for the various issues of the BSNL Sustainability as well as Employees matters.

Thereafter, GS AIGETOA requested for a separate meeting with the DDG(PSU) Shri Ravindra Prasad ji in his chamber to apprise the E2-E3 Scale issue, which he agrees and we discussed for about an hour on the issue and its journey from beginning till date. He is the officer dealing the subject from the DoT side. The meeting was very fruitful and further dialogue will continue with more submissions on the issue.

All Unions and Associations of BSNL submitted Agendas for Discussion with DoT

All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) submitted agenda for the discussion to be held on 24.11.2021 between the leaders and DoT side at Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi. The much awaited pan India roll out of 4G, Pending payable by DoT, Non monetization of Core Asset, off-set of BSNL Debt are prime agenda of the departments. Whereas 3rd PRC, approval of E2-E3 scale for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent grades, Pension contribution on actual basic are the prime issues of the employees have been included in the letter.

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Meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL to be held with BSNL Board of Directors and CMD BSNL on 6th October, 2021:

A meeting of the leaders of All Unions and Associations has been called by the BSNL Management on 6th October at 16:00 Hours. The meeting will be held with BSNL Board of Directors and CMD BSNL to discuss the issue raised in the circular dated 27.09.2021. 

In view of the scheduled meeting of All Unions and Associations on the invitation of BSNL management, the proposed Twitter Campaign on 6thOctober 2021 has been postponed, as decided by the forum.

AUAB issued circular with decisions of the meetings held on 23rd and 25th Sep, 2021:

The meeting of All Unions and Association of BSNL (AUAB) was held at New Delhi on 23.09.2021 and 25.09.2021. General Secretaries/Representatives of AIGETOA, BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, SEWA BSNL, FNTO, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM, TEPU and BSNL OA, attended the meeting. The meeting reviewed the three day Dharna organised at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and also discussed about the future course of action. The decision has been taken to organise a Twitter campaign on 06.10.2021 and a black flag/ black badge wearing demonstrations on 26.10.2021. The AUAB has issued the following circular carrying the decisions. The Circle and District Units are requested to implement the decisions taken in the meeting. AUAB has also issued a circular in this regard.

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Three days Dharna (21-23 Sep, 2021) organized by All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi:

The AUAB meeting held at New Delhi on 23.09.2021 noted with satisfaction that the 3 days Dharna programme organized by the AUAB at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi from 21-23 September, 2021 has become highly successful. Large number of employees and Pensioners from Delhi as well as from nearby Circles of UP (West), Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and UP (East) have enthusiastically participated in the 3 days Dharna programme. AUAB meeting also noted with satisfaction that the 3 days Dharna programme has created a great amount of zeal and motivation among the BSNL employees and the Pensioners throughout the country. The AUAB meeting conveyed its special thanks to all the employees and Pensioners who have participated in the programme from Delhi, UP(West), Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and UP(East) and also puts on record it’s appreciation to all the Circle Union/Associations of the constituents of AUAB.

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Further this meeting severely condemns the BSNL Management for issuing a very retrograde letter on 17.09.2021 to create a fear psychosis among the employees and to stop them from participating in this Dharna. By such letters, management is trying to snatch the DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS OF THE EMPLOYEES TO PROTEST, which we cannot be allowed.

The forum of All Unions and Association of BSNL assures that further struggles will be organized in the coming days, demanding settlement of the issues contained in the charter of demands as detailed below:

  1. Immediate launching of BSNLs 4G Service, by way of up-gradation of the BTSs and also steps for moving towards the launching of 5G service.
  2. Immediate settlement of the dues to BSNL, amounting Rs.39,000 Cr, by DoT.
  3. Immediate steps to off-set BSNLs debt, through the Monetization of lands.
  4. Disbursement of salary on the last date of every month.
  5. No selling out of BSNLs 13,567 mobile towers, in the name of National Monetization Pipeline.
  6. Complete review of the Cluster based Outsourcing System.
  7. Immediate settlement of 3rd Pay Revision, Pension Revision and Enhancement of Superannuation Benefits (SAB) up to 30%, for the BSNL Directly Recruited Employees.
  8. Speedy measures to improve the quality of BSNLs FTTH service.
  9. Prompt maintenance of BTSs, proper up-keep of the power plants, as well as availability of batteries.
  10. Strengthen the transmission networks by carrying out the speedy maintenance works. The leaders of the All Unions and Association of BSNL (AUAB) will hold a meeting with CMD BSNL today also.

AUAB 3 Days Dharna at Jantar Mantar

All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) will be organizing a Three Day Dharna Program at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on 21st, 22nd & 23rd September, 2021 in support of their demands as stated in the notice. The Unions and Associations of BSNL are regularly taking up the issues of importance of BSNL and its employees through this joint platform. The Program is important to attract the attention of Government of India, Dept of Telecom and BSNL Management considering the fact that sustainability of BSNL is facing serious challenges due to non implementation of some important arms of BSNL Revival Program including non rollout of 4G services despite passage of more than one and half years.

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All Unions and Associations of BSNL hold crucial discussions with CMD BSNL:

Today, All Unions and Associations of BSNL hold a crucial meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD BSNL in presence of full BSNL Board. The General Secretaries and Representatives of AIGETOA, BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, SEWA BSNL, BSNL MS, SNATTA, AITEEA, BSNL ATM, TEPU, BSNL OA and BEA participated in this meeting. AIGETOA was represented by the General Secretary. The Director (HR), Director (CFA), Director (CM), Director (EB), Director (Finance) and Senior Officers of the Corporate Office participated from the management side.

The leaders forcefully demanded prompt up gradation of the BTSs for immediate launch of BSNL’s 4G service. Immediate payment of salary of June month and regular salary on due date of every month was prominently raised. Improving the FTTH service, improving the maintenance of transmission, Cluster System, landline and broadband services, Battery and Power Plant etc. were raised. The Government’s plan for raising Rs 40,000 Cr by monetizing BSNL’s towers and optic fiber was severely opposed. Proposals of the Management for Man Power Restructuring of BSNL came under severe criticism. Regarding the Superannuation Benefits, it was firmly demanded that BSNL Management should immediately take steps to increase its contribution up to 30%. The BSNL Management’s policy of continuing to rely on the ITS officers to run the Company was severely criticized. Many other l related to the employees and the Company’s revival was also raised.

Submission of Memorandum by AUAB

The AUAB leaders met the CMD BSNL at 11:00 am today and presented the memorandum. Director (HR) and Director (Finance) were also present. The AUAB leaders severely criticized the Management for not disbursing salary on the due date of every month. After prolonged discussion, the CMD BSNL agreed to release the funds for May salary today itself. The leaders insisted for disbursement of June Salary immediately and also disbursement of salary on the due date of every month hereafter.

Further, a meeting between the AUAB leaders and the CMD BSNL is again fixed to be held at 12:00 hrs on 02-07-2021, to discuss the issues related to the revival of BSNL.

AIGETOA represented by the General Secretary along with GS of other Associations and Unions under AUAB.

AUAB Served Notice for Lunch Hour Demonstration and Memorandum

In accordance to the decisions taken in the meeting held on 21.6.2021 by all major Unions and Association, AUAB Served Notice against delay in disbursal of the Salary. It is worth to note that even after our all efforts; the management has not disbursed the Salary of May, 2021 till date and delay is continuing since more than one and half year. Hence, it’s a high time to give a united protest on this account and so the program has been scheduled as follows.

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• Holding of Lunch Hour Demonstration (LHD) on 25.6.2021 &

• Submission of Memorandum to CMD/CGMs/BA & SSA Heads

LHD will be hold through the country on 25.06.2021 to demand salary of May, 2021 and its regularization. The General Secretaries will present Memorandum to the CMD BSNL at New Delhi, Circle Secretaries at Circle Office and District Secretaries at BA and SSA HQs on 30th June.