There were rumours that the Central Government was proposing for 6 days week for the Central Secretariat staff. Now it has been clearly stated in the Lok Sabha by the Minister that there is no proposal for 6 days week and the present 5 days week will continue.
On the continued pressure from AIBDPA and BSNLEU with regard to the acute delay in settlement of pension cases, the Member (Finance), DOT has issued an Immediate letter to BSNL asking to take necessary steps to ensure that the Pension cases are sent to CCA strictly not later than six months before the retirement of the employee. The copy of the letter has already been posted in our websites along with the letter of the BSNL C.o. to the CGMs to implement the directions strictly.
The retired officials are put to much difficulties due to the delay in settlement of the cases. The Circle Secretaries of both BSNLEU as well as AIBDPA should see to that that the SSA office forward the pension papers to the CCA as directed by the Corporate office, so that the cases are settled in time.
In a reply to the Rajya Sabha, Labour and Employment State Minister Shri Vishnu Deo Sai stated that there are 46.5 crore in the country out of which 43.67 crore (93.91%) are in the unorganised sector. What the minister did not say is that these workers are being brutally exploited. What the government is going to do to save these workers from exploitation and to get implemented the labour laws these unorganised workers.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 23rd July, MoS for Labour and Employment, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has sated that there is a proposal to reduce limit from 20 persons to 10 for coverage under the EPF Rules. However, the time frame has not been announced.
Executive Committee Meeting of Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation (BCPC) will meet on 25th July at D-7, Telegraph Place, Gole Market, New Delhi at 1100 hours.
A meeting of the ‘Change of Designations Committee’ in BSNL was held today, 23rd July. The Official side agreed for the change of designations of RM to Telecom Assistant and TM to Telecom Technician. The designation for Sr.TOA and TTA are yet to be finalised since the designations suggested by the staff side were not accepted by the management. Discussions will continue to sort out the issue. Coms. P.Abhimanyu, V.A.N.Namboodiri and Animesh Mitra participated from BSNLEU.
As per the invitation of the VII Central Pay Commission, the leaders of the Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation (BCPC), Coms. Maheswari, President, S.K.Vyas, Secretary General, V.A.N.Namboodiri, DY.SG(HQ), R.L.Bhattacharjee and others met the VII CPC today, 23rd July and presented in detail the demands of the Central and BSNL Pensioners. They demanded the abolition of the NPS and to include all new employees in the old pension scheme, 67% of pay as Pension, the minimum pay scale as minimum pension, merger of DA with pay, Interim Relief, CGHS to be available to the Postal employees etc. which are all included in the memorandum. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri brought to the notice of the CPC about the difficulties experienced by the BSNL absorbed DOT employees with regard to Pension Revision and demanded that the Government should grant Pension Revision on the the basis of the BSNL wages without any hindrance. The issue of 78.2% IDA pension revision and the need for early resolving were also mentioned.
The VII Central Pay Commission Members with Chairman Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur and all other members were present. Though the meeting was scheduled for 45 minutes, discussion took place for about one and half hours. The Commission heard the delegation keenly and put many questions which were answered effectively.
The Standing Committee Meeting of the BSNL National Council was held today, 22nd july 2014 to review about the stage of issues discussed in the National Council. Coms. P.Abhimanyu, Staff Side Secretary, V.A.N.Namboodiri and Animesh Mitra participated from BSNLEU.
All the pending issues were discussed. A brief report of the same will be posted in the BSNLEU website.
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has created record in settling the cases. It settled 90.5 lakh in 2011-12, 111.42 lakh in 2012-13, 123.36 lakh in 2013-14 and 37.41 lakh in the present financial year till July 2014.
This was stated by Minister of State for labour Shri Vishnu Deo Sai to a reply in the Lok Sabha. But however, it is not reported, how many cases are pending settlement.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended to allow sharing of the spectrum between two operators in the same circle. The spectrum should be of the same bandwidth. This will benefit the private telecom operators in a big way.