Team AIGETOA meeting with Hon’ble MOC Govt of India at Bhubaneswar (Odisha) on 6th Jan 2022

Team AIGETOA meeting with Hon’ble MOC Govt of India at Bhubaneswar (Odisha) on 6th Jan 2022

Team AIGETOA comprising of Shri D K Sahoo AGS CHQ, Shri Ashok Acharya Jt Secy East, Shri P K Mohanty (CP Odisha) and Shri Dhiren Parida (CS Odisha) met Hon’ble MOC Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw ji at Bhubaneswar on 6th January 22 and submitted memorandum. Team also felicitated Honble minister with the traditional shawl (Vesti).

The team requested him for Immediate Launch of 4G services, where MOC assured for early roll out of 4G services in BSNL.

Team informed the Hon’ble MOC that BSNL is having thousands of Engineering Professionals with B.Tech/M.Tech and Account Professionals with CA but BSNL has not devised any mechanism for their fast track promotion to take up the higher responsibilities of DGM/GM/CGM. The existing professionally qualified executives are ready to manage BSNL at middle level and higher management level and looking towards Hon’ble Minister to intervene. Team emphasised firm support of BSNL Employees for the good endeavours taken by Government for the betterment of BSNL.

Team also requested for his kind intervention for approval of the DoT for long pending Standard Pay Scale E2 for JTO/JAO and E3 for SDE/AO Equivalent Cadre.

Hon’ble MOC has assured us to looked into these issues and also agreed to grant a meeting with the association at New Delhi.

Team AIGETOA Meeting with CMD BSNL on 30.12.2021:

Team AIGETOA met with CMD BSNL on 30.12.2021 and held detailed deliberation for more than half an hour on the issues of Implementation of Standard Pay Scale E2 for JTO/JAO Equivalent Grade and E3 for SDE/AO Equivalent Grade, Promotion in various Grades/Streams, Revisiting of stagnation Criteria of JTO/JAO and introduction of same in SDE/AO Equivalent Grades, Fast Track Promotion Channel and ongoing BSNL Revival Measures. Shri Ravi Shil Verma AIP, Shri Wasi Ahmad GS and Shri Badri Kumar Mehta VP attended the meeting from AIGETOA side. The GS/AGS AIBSNLEA also accompanied in the meeting and participated in the deliberation. The meeting held in positive atmosphere and lasted for more than half an hour and detailed deliberations held on each and every point.

Standard Pay Scale E2 for JTO/JAO and E3 for SDE/AO Equivalent Grades:

The association presented the issue of standard pay scale to CMD BSNL and apprised that AIGETOA has held three meetings in the DoT in last Two Months and come to the conclusion that mere sending of reminder letter to the DoT as done on our request may not be sufficient to get the desired result. The current reminder letter has brought the issue once again on the discussion table but more needs to be done for the final settlement. This issue is Residual of 2nd PRC and sent to the DoT after Approval of Management Committee of BSNL BOARD on 06.06.2016. The Backbone Cadre of BSNL, JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent grades are still working with Provisional Scales of E1 and E2 despite passage of 14 years of 2nd PRC in BSNL. MTNL merger is again under discussion and it is the most appropriate time to settle the issue of E2-E3 to bring parity among the entry grade executives i.e. JTO/JAO Equivalent Grade of the two organizations’. The scale of JTO/JAO in MTNL is E2, whereas the scale is provisionally E1 in BSNL till date and so any possible merger will face challenges both legally as well as organizationally and damper the prospects of the whole merger process.

After detailed deliberation, it was assured by the CMD BSNL that he will look into it afresh towards solution. He assured us that he will be taking this up with Hon’ble Secretary DoT for initiating reconsideration by DoT. We are of the firm believe that it is the best time to re-initiate serious dialogue through multiple platforms for settlement of the E2 and E3 Scale issue for BSNL. The issue is linked with the approval of DoT and hence the association has again started working in that directions and holding regular meetings on the issue at different level in the DoT and BSNL. With intervention of CMD BSNL with apex at DoT, the issue is going to get a fresh push for resolution.

Promotions in various Grades and Streams:

The discussion held on Promotion in various Grades/Streams including JTO to SDE, SDE to AGM, AO to CAO and AGM to DGM equivalent. It was appraised by CMD BSNL that he is not averse to the Promotion in any grade till not stayed by any Court of Law. Accordingly, he has directed to complete all promotions through DPC of Pre-VRS period in First Phase if not under legal entangle in the Court. Accordingly the process was initiated in all streams and some order also issued. The ongoing JTO to SDE promotion of left out candidates got stuck up due to obstacle created by certain section. Fortunately, intervention of the association at right time brought it back on the track. We assure one and all that the Promotion of subsequent batches is equally important for us as well as it is also our responsibility and we will get it done soon. As we believe in Execution of Promotion and not Creating Obstacle in Promotion. We have ensured more than 4500 Promotions in SDE equivalent Grades across streams in last Six Months and we will ensure further in coming Months with your support.

SDE to AGM Promotion was taken up with CMD BSNL and apprised that our fellow executives are waiting for this from 8-17 years, whereas the required residency period is just 7 years. Field Units are reeling with acute shortage of Officers in the grade of AGM and DGM in both Telecom and Finance Streams. CMD was apprised about the mechanism suggested by Dir HR to call for legal opinion to find out the ways in view of the SLP at Hon’ble Supreme Court, where the case has been heard and Order has been reserved on 26th October, 2021. It was informed to us that BSNL has challenged the decision of Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh, which has declared the June-2018 AGM Promotion provisional and hence department is unable to move forward. The association once again suggested exploring the Promotion in AGM Grade by considering promoting all SDEs, who have competed seven years of residency period in the grade. This will not bring any major deviation in the current structure considering the fact that hardly 5K SDEs are available with the said residency period. The AO to CAO and AGM to DGM equivalent Promotions were also apprised and deliberated. Field requirements and one time relaxation were also discussed for executing these promotion orders.

CMD BSNL patiently listened our arguments and echoed our concern but apprised that without getting legal position he may not arrive on any conclusion and so he suggested us to sit with the HR Team and find the ways to move ahead on these promotions. He told that he himself is concerned for these promotions considering the long stagnation as well as requirement of the officers in these grades and hence any legally tenable solution will be welcomed. We appraised that without ensuring promotions in these grades, we may not move forward and hence some solution must be find out for peace in the organisation. We will further take up the issue with Director HR and PGM Pers as discussed.

Notification of LDCE for Subsequent Batches of JTOs:

We requested for early notification of LDCE examination in such a way that executives from all the subsequent batches can appear in the exam. It was assured to us that association request shall be given due consideration and management will come out with solution soon.

Time Bound Promotion in SDE and AGM and Equivalent Grades through Stagnation:

We appraised that despite of passage of more than twenty one years of formation of BSNL, no definite career progression has been provided to the executive fraternity. BSNL approved policy is not finding the ways to implement and hence it was suggested to ensure the Time Bound Mechanism through Stagnation Route to ensure reaching of the executives to at least up to AGM Equivalent Grades in a definite time period. The stagnation criteria of 12 years introduced in the JTO/JAO Equivalent Grade for Promotion beyond Sanction Posts is not at all acceptable and must be revisited. A stagnation criterion in the SDE Equivalent Grade should also be introduced to Promote Executives to the AGM Equivalent Grade post beyond Sanctioned Strength in a Time Bound Manner.

It is our firm demand to make the Stagnation criteria in such a way that an Executive reaches to AGM grade in a span of around 15 years. Enforcing stagnation as the criteria in RRs for next promotion will make the Promotions Time Bound as well as they will remove the major lacunae of earlier approved policy and hence may be acceptable to all stake holders.

CMD BSNL suggested that the Recruitment Rules framing/modifications are under way and the decisions will be taken only after taking inputs and submission of the association. He suggested for getting into discussion with the HR Team as the Recruitment Rule drafting is underway and submits the suggestions. He assured that the points raised by the association will be judged on merit and incorporated to maximum possible extent. We apprised that the association will not sit quiet without getting a Time Bound Criteria for the Promotions up to AGM Equivalent Grades.

Adoption of Fast Track Promotion Mechanism in BSNL:

We highlighted to start Fast Track Promotion Mechanism in BSNL to give younger generation a suitable path to reach the echelon of their career in BSNL. BSNL has no management succession plan resulting into a crisis in middle and higher middle level management. BSNL is still struggling to introduce a system to push its own recruited executives to take the driving seat in the department and instead depending on the officers from the Department of Telecom. The recent trend has already given a message and delay of incorporation of Fast Track Promotion Mechanism may pose a serious crisis in coming days. We also demanded to convert the DR DGM seats into an Internal Fast Track Mechanism at DGM Level immediately and subsequently add more seats to it.

CMD BSNL appraised that he fully agrees with the idea of the association and more than willing to introduce such system in BSNL and assured to discuss with HR Team and the Association also to bring such changes during ongoing Recruitment Rule Modifications.

BSNL Revival Measures and Pan India 4G roll Out:

It was raised by the association that the healthiness of BSNL has not been achieved despite of the passage of more than two years of revival package by the Govt of India and roll out of the 4G is still pending while no discussion on the testing of 5G.

CMD BSNL once again confirmed that all stake holders are giving a serious push for an early 4G rollout by BSNL and he is very hopeful that it will be started in second quarter of the next financial year as per the target time. The indigenous technology used in the 4G Roll Out is going to play a vital role in the process. He apprised that the PoC phase of 4G testing is going in right direction and expected to meet the time line smoothly. The government is keenly watching the process as well as sustainability of BSNL and all necessary measures are taken to achieve the goal. A comprehensive discussion was held on this topic also but we are restricting ourselves strategically in the interest of the organisation and details will be shared at a suitable time.

We extended our thanks to the CMD BSNL for considering our request and releasing the funds of five months for pending SAB Contribution. We requested that remaining part of the SAB should also be deposited at the earliest. We also requested for clearance of Rule-8/9 cases in the current financial year itself.

The meeting ended on a positive note and association will be following the issues further. We assure the fraternity that our decisions to defer the call and getting into discussion table on the above stated points as well others was need of the hour. Any absentee from the discussion table in this crucial juncture of the formation/modification of Recruitment Rules may cause irreparable damage and hence we decided accordingly. The issue of E2-E3 is crucial and parleys in the DoT from the Association as well as taking up the issue at the level of Secretary (T) by CMD BSNL are equally important for approval. If we found that management is moving away from its promises, the association will not wait and resume the program with full vigor. Accordingly, the period should be utilised to educate all about status and be in readiness mode in case of any eventuality.

Notification for Central Executive Committee Meeting of AIGETOA CHQ on 11th Dec 2021

As per provisions in the constitution of AIGETOA and subsequent discussion/decisions, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) Meet of AIGETOA CHQ is hereby notified to be held through online mode as per the given schedule.

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The schedule is as follows:

Date & Time : 11th December’2021 (SAT) from 11:00 to 18:00 Hrs

Venue : Online Mode [Links will be shared to all participants individually]

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.

AIGETOA Meeting with CMD and Board of Directors:

All India President Shri Ravi Shil Verma, VP Shri Badri Kumar Mehta, AGSs Shri Yogendra Kumar and Shri Sunil Gautam, OS HQ Shri Vivek Kumar Singh, CS Delhi Shri Rajeev Meena and ACS Delhi Shri Mukesh Kumar while extending Diwali Greetings on behalf of AIGETOA had a brief discussion on the promotional aspects post finalisation of HR Plan. CMD BSNL told us that now after finalisation of HR Plan, the next step is to work on promotional avenues and management is keen to ensure that no executive under any stream stagnates in a grade. He further told us that discussion on promotional aspects will be taken up from 15th November as next week after Diwali meetings of Audit Committee, Board Meetings of BSNL as well as MTNL are scheduled. He once again reassured that it will be ensured that stagnation is taken care of and executives do not suffer on this account.

Thereafter Team met Director HR and other Directors of BSNL Board and extended Diwali Wishes. Team also met PGM Pers and had a brief discussion on JTO to SDE Promotions, Publishing of Subsequent SDE Seniority Lists, Next course of action with regard to SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotions and also of other streams. PGM Pers told that there is no reason to panic and all necessary actions shall be taken to ensure that no executive suffers on the part of promotions. He told that slowly and steadily, things are being streamlined and step by step we are moving forward. He also told that preparatory action with regard to further DPC in JTO to SDE has already been initiated and similarly they will move forward in other grades and streams. He told that promotion in AGM cadre is linked to outcome of SLP while we told to ensure that covering all eligible by any means will resolve the reservation issue and the same needs to be explored expeditiously. Action on publishing the subsequent SDE Seniority list is underway and JAO Final Seniority list is also being published. Further discussion on promotional avenues will take place from 15th onwards and we will take all necessary actions to bring all the stakeholders on board and move ahead jointly with consensus.

We once again reaffirm that AIGETOA is fully committed to ensure that promotion happens in a time bound manner and shall take all necessary action to ensure this. AIGETOA as well as Forum of Executive Association has already committed and decided that ensuring promotions in a time bound manner is our priority and we will take all necessary action to ensure this.

The association is closely pursuing the issue and awaiting the actual content of board minutes and management response on ground about execution of promotion in various grades and streams. We are restraining ourselves to give ample chance to the management for execution of long awaited promotion and working in tandem with Forum of Executive Associations in this regard. But we want to apprise the management that the executives are loosing patience and faith due to inordinate delay in issuing of promotions. An early action in this regard from the management is highly required to maintain industrial peace.

AIGETOA CEC held on 18th-19th October, 2021 through online mode:

The Central Executive Committee Meet and Election of New Central Collegiums of AIGETOA was held through online mode on 18th & 19th October, 2021. The meeting was called as per provisions and compliances of the constitution and to deliberate the current status of issues, organizational matters and for the Constitution/Election of New Central Collegiums of AIGETOA in line with the notification issued vide letter number GS/AIGETOA/2021/114 dated 13.09.2021 by General Secretary AIGETOA CHQ, New Delhi. All India Presidents, Shri Ravi Shil Verma presided over the meeting and the General Secretary, Shri Wasi Ahmad placed Agenda Items, Status and Roadmap for the HR Issues of Executives, Development Issues of BSNL and Organizational Matters of AIGETOA in the Meeting. The Returning Officer Shri Sailesh Yadav and Asst Returning Officer Shri Gaurav Garg completed the Election Process of Central Collegiums’ on 19th October, 2021. Brief of the discussion is as follows:

1) Constitution of the New Central Collegiums for the next three years tenure:

According to the decision of CEC held on 2nd and 3rd August 2021, Shri Sailesh Yadav and Shri Gaurav Garg were appointed as Returning Officer & Asst Returning Officer respectively for the Constitution/Election of New Central Collegiums of AIGETOA. As per the notification issued by GS AIGETOA, vide GS/AIGETOA/2021/114 dated 13.09.2021, the collegiums election was completed in accordance with the laid down provisions and details of nomination received from the Circle and after observing all formalities the final Central Collegiums’ of AIGETOA for next three years tenure was announced by the Returning Officer on 19th October, 2021. The Final Strength of the AIGETOA Central Collegiums’ is 158 represents all Circles of AIGETOA, whose list is already uploaded on the website (www.aigeoachq.org).

2) CEC deliberation on the proposed programs All Unions and Association of BSNL (AUAB):

An internal meeting of AUAB also held on 18th October in online mode at 18:00 Hrs to assess the status after its meeting held with CMD and functional Board of Directors on 6th Oct, 2021. The matter with respect to the Twitter Campaign and other program was discussed in the CEC meeting of AIGETOA and Circle Secretaries and Circle Presidents. The status on various issues were informed to them in unambiguous manner and their view was also sought. It was unanimously felt that since there is an appreciable and visible progress on 4G issue as well as other viability related issues and further discussion on all HR issues are also open, it may not be prudent to enter into such action in haste. All were of the view that dialogue and discussion mode should be given preference as of now instead of extreme step of twitter campaign. If all routes fail then only we should continue with the programs. Accordingly, GS AIGETOA conveyed the feeling to the constituents of AUAB in the meeting and suggested to give dialogue more space instead of initiating the withheld program immediately. A fresh discussion should be held with the management to get their view on all issues and concrete resolution.

We sincerely hope the views of AIGETOA will be respected and all stake holders including the Management and AUAB will try to explore the options through mutual dialogues to find a concrete solution, which are the best way to move forward as of now. However it is reiterated that if dialogue and discussion route fails, we should not hesitate in starting organizational programs but any hurried approach should be avoided in the best interest of the organisation as well as cadre.

3) Deliberation on various HR and Organizational issues:

All HR issues including restructuring and promotional avenues were discussed in detailed and status on the issues was appraised to the house. The house raised serious concern over the extreme delay in settling various HR issue, which are raising anguish and frustration in the cadre with each passing day. The deliberation about ongoing restructuring activity and stand of AIGETOA and future action plan of AIGETOA was discussed. The association will continue its deliberation with management and all stake holders to protect the promotional avenues of the executives and oppose any reduction of promotional post. The association understanding with SEWA, SNEA and AIBSNLEA was discussed to work jointly for the welfare of the cadre. Time Bound Promotion Policy passed by the Board and pending at DoT was also discussed and efforts taken till date about its feasibility and implementation came in detailed discussion. The apprehension of SEWA about the policy due non availability of the reservation provision was also discussed and their stand to oppose any policy which undermines the constitutional rights also came under discussion. AIGETOA has categorically assured that we will always go by the laws and stands with the provisions available through constitution. Further deliberation will continue with all stake holders on the matter. A detailed update about the HR issues will be shared through minutes of the CEC.

4) Deliberation on 4G and other development issues of the BSNL:

A detailed deliberation was held on the 4G, Cluster Bottlenecks, FTTH, Long Distance Media, Backbone Network, Battery Power Plant, Fund for urgent Maintenance, Procurement of OFC, Pending Payments of housekeep and other vendors and long clearance of the approved advance. The matter of posting of regular CGMs and BA Heads also figured under discussion. A detailed update about the these issues will be shared through minutes of the CEC.

5) Discussion on the Annual General Meet cum all India Conference of AIGETOA:

The Joint Secretaries of the different zones have been requested to submit their report by 31st October regarding venues for the all India conference by the Circles interested to hold the conference with all relevant details. After receiving the reports by the Joint Secretaries, the central Governing Body will take a decision in this regard.

6) Printing of calendar for the year 2021:

The house unanimously approved the proposal for the printing of calendar for the year 2022. Accordingly one Committee of following members has been constituted to finalize the Theme and Design of the Calendar 2022 by 5th November, 2021. The calendars will be printed centrally at Bhubaneswar, Odisha Circle and house authorized Shri D K Sahoo AGS AIGETOA/CHQ monitor the activity. The Team is comprised of the following:

  • Shri Pavan Akhand
  • Shri Sunil Gautam
  • Shri Anup Mukharjee
  • Shri Trinath Nagella
  • Shri Reyaz Ahmad ITPC
  • Shri Sachin Rawalkar

Calendar will be printed centrally at Bhubaneswar, Odisha Circle and house authorized Shri D K Sahoo AGS AIGETOA/CHQ monitor the activity from CHQ.

6) Regular maintenance of AIGETOA Society office:

The New Office of the Society at Faridabad, Haryana has been selected and Faridabad AIGETOA District Body Team has been authorized to look after day to day maintenance works of the Society office.

The Two Days meeting ended with vote of thanks by Shri Deepak Sahoo ji AGS. The complete details of the meeting will be shared through minutes of the meeting.

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.

Meeting with Committee on Cluster System held on 28.09.2021

A meeting of AIGETOA, SNEA and BSNLEU held with the Members of the Committee formed to look into the drawbacks of Cluster based outsourcing System. The meeting was held through online mode which was attended by the CGMT Kerala and CGMT Karanataka along with other members of the Committee. AIGETOA was represented by Shri Wasi Ahmad GS, Shri Ravi Shil Verma AIP and Shri Ansal Mohammad Adv CHQ.

AIGETOA and other Associations/Unions have kept on raising the serious bottlenecks of Cluster based outsourcing with the management and thereafter the committee was constituted to look into its various aspects for improvement.

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It’s a fact that massive disconnections of copper based LL/BB are continuing despite of huge expenditure in the cluster system by BSNL. Tender for Cluster has several shortcomings including the limitation of penalty clause of 15%, no provisions to ensure sufficient manpower in a cluster/outdoor area and supply of proper store for maintenance etc resulting into severe dissatisfaction among customers and resulting in surrendering of the services. It was also apprised that the net expenditure has increased but quality of service is not meeting the minimum expectation of the customers. Even the top 50 performing BAs list released by the Corporate Office are not matching the standard parameters of SLA i.e. MTTR (4-12 Hrs) and Clearance of 95% Fault within 24 Hrs. This situation is prevailing as Cluster Partner is not providing the required support to maintain the services and our filed officers (JTO/SDE/DET) are struggling hard and facing the ire of various Civil Authorities in absence of optimum service.

AIGETOA presented detail report about the deficiency of the cluster system, challenges in the copper based network and suggestions for improvement to the Committee Members. In fact we have also suggested giving a re-look on the continuity of the Cluster System and investing money in current form and instead we should think to go back to conventional system for at least certain places owing to the fact that the copper based services have its own challenges in present time. SNEA and BSNLEU also gave their presentation on the topic.

Update on Meeting with CMD BSNL on 18th Sept 2021 at Bhubaneswar

AIGETOA team Comprising of Shri D K Sahoo (AGS-I CHQ), Shri Ashok Acharya (JS East), Shri P K Mohanty (CP Odisha) and Shri Dhiren Parida (Circle Secretary Odisha) met CMD BSNL Shri P K Purwar at Bhubaneswar on 18th Setp 2021 & welcomed him to Temple City Bhubaneswar with a flower bouquets and honored him a specialized shawl of Odisha. AIGETOA Team submitted a memorandum containing BSNL revival issue & important HR issues of executives and some Odisha circle specific issues. In spite his busy schedule he discussed some of the important issues.

Promotion to all eligible executives before finalization of restructuring

Detail discussion held with CMD BSNL on the promotion issue. Where CMD BSNL informed about management’s action plan on promotion issue. We informed him that, as BSNL is going for a major structural change, it is utmost necessary to promote all the eligible executives to next grade as one time measure, which will resolve the stagnation issue of executives and definitely motivate employees for better performance. CMD agreed to discuss with his HR team on the issue.

Left out DPC to be done for JTO to SDE

CMD informed that, HR team already working on it. He assured to complete DPC process of remaining executives at the earliest. Reminder letter should be issued to DOT for the E2 for JTO/JAO and E3 for SDE/AO cadre. He informed that, reminder Letter to DOT for the E2 for JTO/JAO and E3 for SDE/AO cadre will be issued soon.

Payment of pending SAB contribution and enhance the quantum from 5%.

We expressed our deep concern over BSNL management’s complete ignorance on pension benefit issue of BSNL recruited employees by the name of financial condition of BSNL. We intimated him that, more than 75% of existing employees failing on this category and this is only hope for their future security and requested CMD to increase contribution. We also requested him to release pending SAB contribution immediately.

CMD BSNL agreed to release outstanding SAB contribution. Regarding enhancement of SAB contribution he informed that, same will be considered only after improvement in BSNL financial condition.

Immediate Launching 4G services and persuasion at the ministry level

CMD BSNL informed that, BSNL management continuously trying at the highest level for the launch of 4G services in BSNL which is invariable delayed due to Govt policy to use indigenous technology for 4G equipments also informed that matter related to up gradation existing N/W to 4G, already communicated to Hon’ble minister for necessary intervention and issuance of instruction for approval of proposal submitted by BSNL Management committee for upgrdation to 4G.

On the Odisha Circle specific issue

Providing CPAN equipment to cater to the demand of high bandwidth. Strengthening the transmission media to provide quality service.

4F and OLT/ONT for FTTH service

He has assured to extend necessary support to Odisha Circle for Strengthening of Tx Network and improvement of Network uptime. BNG equipment not to be diverted and utilized in Orissa. Agreed, not to divert BNG from Odisha Circle.

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