Parliamentary Standing Committee Meeting on Casual/Contract Workers.

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A meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour was held today, 29th September 2014, at Parliament Annexe. In addition to the Chairman and about 20 Members of Parliament, Chief Labour Commissioner, Central Provident Fund Commissioner and Chairman Employees State Insurance were also present. Evidence was taken from the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation representatives. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, Tapas Ghosh Secretary General, P.Abhimanyu, Vice-President and Animesh Mitra, Vice-President participated in the meeting. On the basis of the written Memorandum presented to the Chairman, Standing committee, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and other comrades presented the issues of regularisation of the TSM/Casual labour, Wages, DA, HRA, CCA etc. to be paid. The wage of the casual labour/TSM has to be on the basis of the BSNL payscale (IDA) and not on CDA, which is being paid at present. The non-implementation of minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. for the contract labour was brought to the notice of Committee.
The Chairman and the M.P.s who are members of the committee sought many details from the BSNLCCWF representatives which were given. The representatives also gave many documents to the committee in connection with the subject. The Chairman asked the BSNLCCWF members to give further details about where the labour laws on minimum wage etc. are not implemented. The Chairman and Committee members patiently heard about the grievances of the Federation.
Later, the committee also met the officers of DOT as well as CMD BSNL, and BSNL Officers.
District Secretaries of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF are requested to immediately inform the CHQ where the minimum wage is not implemented, EPF, ESI is not introduced etc. The details should include the name of the worker, when he was engaged, what is the work he is doing, how much he is paid, whether EPF and ESI is implemented. These should reach the CHQ at the earliest. The information may be addressed to: V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, D-7, Telegraph Place, Gole Market, New Delhi – 110001.
This is most immediate.

After Chief Minister’s entry temple and idol cleaned and washed !

Times are going forward or backwards? The latest news is that a temple and idol in Bihar was cleaned and washed after the Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, a mahadalit, visited the temple. It happened in a temple in Madhubani District in Bihar.

This is outrageous. Everybody has got a right to enter the temple in this free country. The priest and others who had done the wrong thing should be taken to task.

Parliament Standing Committee on Casual and Contract Workers in BSNL

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour is meeting on 29th September 2014 to discuss on the ‘Deployment of Contract/Casual Workers for perennial nature of jobs in BSNL’. BSNLCCWF has been invited to the meeting for taking our suggestions, views in the matter.
We will submit and give evidence before the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

Yes, Jayalalitha convicted on disproportionate assets

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The judgment convicting Miss Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of T.Nadu, for 4 years imprisonment in a case of disproportinate assets gives a good lesson that the justice can be real justice without fear or favour, at least some times.
Let this be a lesson to the corrupt politicians that someday they will be caught.

TRAI acts as Private telecom spokesman

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NOFN project has been entrusted with the three PSUs, BSNL, Railtel and Power Grid. The process is going on. There has been some delay due to tender and connected matters. This delay is being utilised by the TRAI Chairman to include private telecom companies also in the project.
We strongly protest against the unusual intervention of the TRAI to hand over the project to private companies. This project should be done by the PSUs who are fully capable to do the work. BSNL and other two PSUs should also ensure that the work is completed early so that people will get the benefit early.

Meeting with CMD BSNL

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AIBDPA leaders Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, M.P.Kunhanandan, Treasurer and J.N.Mishra former president BSNLEU met Shri A.N.Rai, CMD BSNL and discussed about the problems of the DOT/BSNL pensioners. They requested that the rent for the staff quarters be reduced, Concession on Broadband connection be extended to the DOT retirees, Early settlement of pensionary benefits to the retirees, restoration of medical allowance without voucher to the pensioners etc. CMD assured that the issues will be favourably considered.

BSNL issues Appeal for J&K Relief Fund

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The CMD BSNL has issued an Appeal to all BSNL employees to donate to the J and K Relief fund by contributing one day basic salary as requested by the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations.

Let all of us donate and make the Relief Collection successful.Let us Support the J and K people who are in distress.

Govt. moves to shut down HMT, Hindustan Cablez

The Heavy  Industries Ministry is moving fast to close the once prestigeous PSUs HMT Watches and Hindustan Cables along With HMTBarings, HMT Chinar Watch, Hindustan .Photo Films, Hindustan Cables and Tungabhadra Steel.
According to the proposal, the Govt. will spend about Rs.1,100 crores for one time settlement of the dues of the employees who lose jobs when the PSUs are closed.
After sale, the assets of the companies, including land will be sold.
Of course, BJP Government is repaying its debts to the corporates for the huge election funds received.

Rs.1,000 Minimum Pension will continue even after one year – Minister

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New Delhi, Sept 25 In order to remove uncertainty over the payment of minimum Rs 1,000 monthly pension under the Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS-95) beyond March 31, the government will amend the scheme to make it a permanent feature.
“When we have planned that (Rs 1,000 minimum monthly) pension will be given, then it would not be for one year. That would be done,” Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said when asked if there is a move to amend EPS-95 to make the entitlement perpetual.
The government order currently provides that the pension under the EPS-95 scheme, run by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), will be implemented from September 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
In the present scenario, for paying minimum pension of Rs 1,000 under EPS-95, either the government would re-notify the decision again and again for a specified period or bring an order to make it a permanent feature of the EPS-95.
Tomar said: “We still have time to do that. The minimum pension will be an entitlement for a time-frame. You can ask about it if we don’t do it within the set time-frame (till March 31).”
The minister said that under the scheme around 32 lakh pensioner under the scheme who get less than Rs 1000 every month as pension would be immediately benefited. There are 49 lakh pensioners under the scheme at present.
According to him there are about 13 lakh pensioners under the scheme who get even less than Rs 500 every month as pension.
Marking the launch of a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month, the central government has decided to organise functions in every office of the EPFO across the country on September. EPFO has over 120 offices in India.
The minister said: “It has also been decided that in 37 locations, the Union Ministers will preside over the functions and felicitate the pensioners whose pension is getting increased.”
Among the union ministers who would be present at 37 different locations include Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Kolkata), Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda (Manglore), Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti (Allahabad).
Labour Minister will attend the similar function at Gwalior. The list provides names of two union ministers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to preside over the function at Delhi in view of medical treatment of the former.
During this simultaneous launch of the entitlement, the EPFO’s field offices would have a separate time slot for redressing grievances of pensioners and pension claim applicants during the event.(PTI)

Dharna at W.Bengal , Kolkata

Well attended dharna was organised both at CGM Office, Kolkata as also CGM Office W.Bengal. The dharna in Kolkata Circle was held at Telephone Bhawan which was attended by about 1000 casual/contract workers. Coms. Saibal Sen Gupta, CS, BSNLEU, Tapas Ghosh GS, BSNLCCWF, Sisir Roy and other leaders addressed at Telephone Bhawan.
The dharna of W.Bengal Circle was held at the CTO office premises. About 1000 workers participated. Coms. Tapas Ghosh, Tapos Banerjee, Biplab Das and other leaders addressed the dharna.
W>Bengal and Kolkata casual and contract workers were always in the forefront of the struggles. We congratulate them.

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