AIGETOA meeting with Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, Govt of India at BSNL CO, New Delhi:

AIGETOA meeting with Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, Govt of India at BSNL CO, New Delhi:

Hon’ble Minister of State for Communication visited BSNLCO, New Delhi on 24.07.2021 to have interaction with BSNL management (Board Members & senior officers). The CMD BSNL given presentation and apprised various dimensions and need of the company to the Hon’ble Minister. It has been learnt that the Hon’ble Minister in the meeting with management has asked for a detailed roadmap for next five years for the sustainability and growth of the organisation. Thereafter, a meeting with the leaders of Recognized Associations and Unions was also arranged with the Hon’ble Minister by the CMD BSNL.

In the meeting with associations and unions, AIGETOA was represented by GS Wasi Ahmad and Vice President Shri Badri Kumar Mehta while AGS Sunil Gautam and CS Delhi Shri Rajeev Meena remain present. The other participants of the meeting were SNEA, BSNLEU and NFTE.

The leaders raised major issues specifically associated with BSNL sustainability and employees hardships. Following points were raised in the meeting to the Hon’ble Minister.

  1. Immediate launching of 4G service by way of up-gradation of the BTSs and procurement and steps for moving towards the launching of 5G service.
  2. Immediate settlement of dues to BSNL, amounting Rs.39,000 Cr, by the DoT.
  3. Immediate steps to off-set BSNL debt, through the monetization of lands.
  4. Disbursement of salary on the last date of every month.
  5. No monetization of BSNL towers and Optical Fibre as is being planned by the Finance Ministry / Government of India.
  6. Improvement in BSNL service through investment in the network, which is in depleted conditions.
  7. Better utilization of the capabilities of 22000 Engineering and Account professionals by way of timely promoting them in middle level management for contributing in better way in the growth of department, as these officers were recruited by BSNL directly from the market through all India selection mechanism and have good potential to be utilized at proper level. Inspite of the formation of 20 Yrs, BSNL couldn’t grow its own recruited officers under management succession plan was also raised.

Earlier AIGETOA welcomed the Hon’ble Minister with a flower bouquet and shawl as mark of respect.

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AIGETOA meeting with Director (HR) on 22.07.2021:

In view of the protest call, a meeting of the association leaders with management arranged on 22th July, 2021 over zoom to discuss the pending issues and resentment lead for the organizational activities by the association. The meeting was arranged on the initiative of Sr GM SR to take stock of the issues and hold a dialogue between the association and management in the larger interest of the organisation. The meeting held under chairmanship of Director HR and it was attended by PGM Pers, Sr Estab, Sr GM SR, GM Restg, DGM SR and other officers of the BSNL Corporate Office. The association side was represented by Shri Ravi Shil Verma, Shri Wasi Ahmad, Shri Yogendra Jharwal, Shri Badri Mehta and Shri Pavan Akhand.

The meeting held in cordial atmosphere and association extended thanks to the management for releasing long pending JTO to SDE Order but apprised that a serious resentment is prevailing in the field due to lukewarm response on many other long pending issues, recent release of inconsistent speaking order and curtailment of promotional posts in the initial proposal of restructuring, which will result in serious stagnation in the career of all executives. The association raised every issue in length and its repercussion and fallout on the executives and the organisation. The meeting lasted for two hours due to discussion on all issues between the two sides.

Finally, Director (HR) assured for his personal efforts to resolve the issues one by one in a timely manner and requested the association to defer the call at least for 2-3 months and continue the ongoing dialogue process for the settlements of all outstanding issues in the larger interest of the department. The association requested Director (HR) to issue a record of discussion of the meeting to instill confidence in the infuriated executives so that association can arrive at a decision as per the assurance. The Director (HR) assures for release of the RoD.

Accordingly, the association has decided to take a call on the ongoing program after release of the record of discussion.

AIGETOA invited for Hon’ble MoSC Meet:

Sr GM SR called on GS AIGETOA and formally invited the association to attend the proposed meeting of Hon’ble Minister of State for Communication, Govt of India. The proposed meeting is scheduled to be held in Corporate Office New Delhi on 24-07-2021. The association will raise the issue of importance for BSNL and it’s executives fraternity infront of the Hon’ble Minister.

Team AIGETOA meeting with CMD BSNL and Director HR on 12.07.2021

Team AIGETOA comprising of Shri Ravi Shil Verma AIP, Shri Wasi Ahmad GS and Shri Badri Kumar Mehta met with the CMD BSNL in the afternoon and again the team comprising of Shri Wasi Ahmad GS, Shri Badri Kumar Mehta VP and Shri Vaibhav Goyal CHQ Adv met Dir HR in the evening for more than an hour on 12.07.2021 to lodge the protest against the unreasonable Speaking Order released on 09.07.2021 and demand for the promotion in grades and sufficient posts in restructuring.

Speaking Order and seniority list: The association lodged strong protest and argued against the unreasonable speaking order with both CMD & Dir HR and demanded to consider the demand of association to not go ahead to revise the seniority list and wait for the legal opinion to reach. It was told to them that the released order is against the basic ethos of the SDE RR 2002 which defines the Quota for LDCE and SCF in each vacancy year. It is a gross injustice to place and LDCE qualified SDE of VY 2006-07 below to 2008-09 SCF Promoted SDE in the seniority list. This thought process of denying justice to the meritorious executives due to one reason or other has always causes loss to the BSNL Recruited Employees and a setback to the organisation. The CMD BSNL and Director HR have given positive assurance to consider our requests.

Restructuring & Promotion: The CMD and Dir HR agreed with concern of the association that stagnation in same grade beyond a reasonable period by the executives is detrimental for the organisation growth. We argued that every executive has a right to grow in his career to a sufficient position in his career life but the initial proposal of the Man Power Planning is totally contrary to the principle due to drastic reduction in the promotion post. The CMD and Director HR both asked to submit the presentation on the restructuring by the due date of 16.07.2021. We demanded for holding of a restructuring meeting with the association and management under chairmanship of the CMD BSNL, to which he agreed. The CMD BSNL told that he is ready to listen the view points of the association and not averse to the promotion of our officers. The association will be holding meeting with CMD BSNL soon after the submission of proposal. The promotion of the AGM and CAO grades were also discussed with the Director (HR) but it was apprised by him that due to SLP filed in Hon’ble SC, the promotion on these posts is not feasible till decision on the SLP. The association demanded to extend one promotion to all executives including AGM/CAO, who have completed their residency period in the substantive grade.

DPC for left JTOs of 2008 batch: We requested the Director (HR) that left out JTOs of 2008 batch are completely frustrated and so their promotion should be ensured. We apprised him that recalculating of vacancies can give sufficient number of posts to cater the need. The Dir(HR) agreed to our request and assured to direct the Pers Cell for the same. We also demanded holding of LDCEs for SDET and LICE for JTOs for all pending vacancy years at a short interval of one month time separately to which he agreed and apprised that the management is also contemplating to hold the LDCE for SDE and LICE for JTO on immediate basis. This is also one of our long pending demands.

ERP Posting: It was apprised to the Dir HR that it was agreed by the Dir CFA to accommodate all remaining executives of ERP in NCR who couldn’t get posted in ERP modules. He assured to settle all cases within NCR as per their request. The available list of 13 request cases of ERP Ghaziabad handed over to the Dir HR for their choice posting.

GS AIGETOA taken up the matter of left out cases of DPC Promotion Order with Dir (HR)

GS AIGETOA taken up the matter with Dir (HR) on 9th July Morning about left out of candidates and appraised the serious resentment prevailing across the BSNL and demanded to address the issue immediately. The Director (HR) has assured to address the issue and advised all such executives to have patience and management is committed for the solution. The Director(HR) also agreed to hold the LDCE very soon and subsequent.

Meeting with Sr GM (Estt), GM (Recruitment) GM(Restg) and CLO

Team AIGETOA with GS, VP, AGS met the above authorities in BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi on various issues as discussed in the agenda meeting. The issuance of E2-E3 letter, Rule-9 Policy for the temporary transfer of JTO/JAO were discussed with Sr GM(Estt) on which he apprised that some calculation are going on after it finishes the E2 letter will be approved and issues and Rule-9 policy is already in movement and he is waiting for its approval.  

The team met with GM(Recruitment) and enquired about the status of holding the LDCE Exam and apprised about our discussion with the Director(HR) on holding the LDCE. The GM(Rect) appraised that major of the activities related with the process has been completed and the matter will be taken up with the competent authority. The Team also met with the CLO and requested for revisit the roaster register for true calculation of vacancies as well requested for preparing and finalization of the roaster register for next year at the earliest.  

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.

Team AIGETOA meeting PGM (Pers) at CO New Delhi:

Shri Badri Kumar Mehta Vice President and Shri Sudhakar Pathak Org Sec HQ met PGM(Pers) in his chamber and held elaborate discussion on following issues.


The team enquired about the progress for JTO to SDE Promotion through DPC. It was intimated once again that serious resentment is prevailing in the cadre of JTOs. A timeline of June 30th was fixed for the issuance of promotion but the progress is not visible inspite of passage of two weeks. He intimated that all necessary formalities for DPC have been readied and clearance from the court is wanted to move ahead and the order will be issued after the verdict of Hon’ble Jabalpur CAT.

Publishing of JAO Gradation list:

It was reminded to him that issuance of the JAO Gradation List was an item of the second agenda meeting of the recognized association i.e. AIGETOA held with the management under chairmanship of the Director(HR) on 11.06.2021, where it was categorical assured to issue the JAO Gradation List within the June, 2021. But the list is not issued till date despite of passage of two weeks of the meeting. We requested for immediate publication of the list. The PGM Per told that everything is ready and the same will be published as per the committed timeline. We extended thank to the PGM Pers for this firm assurance.

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Finalisation of SDE seniority List 9 for the Vacancy Year 2006-07:

It was once again argued by the team that the provisional list was prepared after considering all aspects prevailing on the date i.e. the provisions of the recruitment rule and its amendment and no materialistic change has made since then and so the list should be finalized in same pattern extending quota in the particular vacancy year and subsequent list should also be prepared. It was once again requested to finalize the list-9 for vacancy year 2006-07 by extending quota within the vacancy year to ensure justice and due consideration of the merit of the competitive quota executives.

Rescheduling of proposed 2nd Agenda Meeting of AIGETOA dated 10.05.2021

The proposed second formal agenda meeting of dated 10.05.2021 of AIGETOA with the management has been rescheduled by mutual agreement between the association and management in view of the expected Board Meeting to be held on 11.05.021 for creation of Benevolent Fund as discussed in the associations and unions meeting with management on 6th May-2021 over ZOOM.

Now, the proposed meeting of AIGETOA will be held on the next working day of the Board Meeting as decided in the discussion held between the association and Sr GM SR, BSNL CO New Delhi. The association agreed to reschedule the meeting in the light of the fact that creation of Benevolent Fund was initially spearheaded by AIGETOA, which was later welcomed by the management and the works in its direction started by the management to get it realize in a time frame and the proposal of AIGETOA for equal contribution by Employer and Employees was also agreed by all stakeholders. Hence considering sensitivity of the issue of creation of the Benevolent Fund, we agreed to reschedule the meeting by 2-3 days.

Meeting convened by Management with first two Association and Unions and SEWA on 06.05.2021:

A meeting was convened by the management today to discuss upon the modalities of creating a benevolent fund for all the employees who met untimely death due to Covid.

AIGETOA was represented by ALL India President Shri Ravi Shil Verma and General Secretary Shri Wasi Ahmad. Other participants in the meeting were President SNEA, GS SEWA, GS and President NFTE and GS BSNLEU. From management side meeting was attended by Committee members i.e. Shri R K Goyal, PGM Pers, Shri A. M. Gupta, Sr GM Admin, Ms Anita Johari, Sr GM SR and Shri K.D Chirania, Sr GM Finance.

We put forward the following points before the committee:

  1. Creating of a Corpus immediately to provide an adequate compensation to the family of the Employees who met untimely death in last one year and from hereinafter for all such cases. Management should pay and equal contribution matching to the contribution by Employees. This fund should be reviewed and recouped every time, there is deficit. We also suggested that this fund should be made operational permanently by making a monthly contribution by employees and employer. It was also told that the contribution by Employee should be refunded back to him at the time of retirement. This will promote maximum Employees to participate in the scheme.
  2. To immediately restart the CGA appointment for all those who met death due to Covid -19, by considering this as death on duty.
  3. To immediately pay the pending SAB and GPF contribution and make the fund Up to date.
  4. To enhance the SAB Contribution for BSNL Recruits to 30% of the Basic plus DA.
  5. Immediately disbursement of Salary and we put the displeasure of association on record that even during this critical time, the disbursement of Salary was not prioritised.

A broad consensus has been arrived at the following:

  1. Family of the Diseased Employee should be extended with an immediate compensation of Rs 10 lacs. Currently it will cover death due to Covid to overcome the unprecedented emergency scenario. Employees will contribute ONE DAY salary and BSNL will contribute equally. This will be a voluntary contribution and those don’t want to be in the Corpus, may kept themselves out. If shortfall of funds occur, further contribution (one time/monthly) can be asked from Employees in due course of time.

Decision to include all deaths shall be taken subsequently once this emergency phase is over.

  1. Proposal to reinstate the CGA appointment shall be conveyed to management for decision by the board.
  2. Need for immediate disbursal of Salary to Employees shall be conveyed to management firmly.
  3. The proposals suggested by AIGETOA and supported by other association and unions on SAB, EPF & GPF pending Payment and enhancement of SAB quantum will also be put up before the CMD/Directors.

We extend our thanks to the leaders, i.e. GS SEWA, President SNEA, GS BSNLEU, GS & President NFTE for support and arriving consensus for above measures. We acknowledge the efforts initiated by the management and hope that some tangible results will be visible on all points as mentioned above.