Digital India Inauguration – BSNL neglected

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BSNL is the main telecom company to implement the Digital India Project with its vast network all over India. It is the fully government owned PSU.

But it was ignored and humiliated at the Digital India inauguration function at New Delhi. While even the private company heads were given seats in the dais where the Communications Minister was present, the CMD BSNL was not given a seat and was allotted a seat below among the audience.

This is the treatment being given to the BSNL by the Government. It is being ignored and neglected by the government in every way.

We express our strong protest against the humiliation of BSNL and its CMD!

All India Protest Day on 20th July – Call by Left Parties.

July 20 – All India Protest Day

The Left parties decided to hold an all India protest exposing corruption at high levels in this BJP central government as well as in various states on July 20. State level protest actions will be held demanding the removal and action against all those involved in corruption and nepotism.
The following Left parties gave the call: CPI(M), CPI, AIFB, RSP, CPI(ML)-Liberation and SUCI(C).

‘People’sDemocracy’ completed 50 years of service! Congratulations!

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On 17th June 2015, ‘PEOPLE’S DEMOCRACY’, the weekly organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), completed 50 years of service to the people since 1965. It has faced several challenges and attacks, including during the ‘Emergency 1975′, but had continued its publication without fail.

It was first published from Calcutta, which was the head quarters of the CPI(M). Comrade Jyoti Basu was the first Editor and continued till 1967. Later it was shifted to Delhi along with the shifting of the Party headquarters. Comrades B.T.Ranadive, M.Basavapunniah, E.M.S.Namboodiripad, Sunil Maitra and Sitaram Yechury worked as its editors later. Com. Prakash Karat is the present editor. Lok Lahar is the Hindi version of the PD.

The PD and Lok Lahar are the mouth piece of the CPI(M) which is necessary to be read by any communist. It clearly gives the view point of the party on each and every important issue and publishes the struggles of the people and the toiling masses.

Best Wishes to the PD and its wide readership!

 

 

Struggles by Workers to Defend and Save BSNL : 2004 – 2015 ( 22 )

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2012

Affiliation of unions to JAC

The meeting of the Joint Action Committee held on 25th April 2012 discussed the requests of NFTBE and FNTOBEA  for affiliation to JAC and the same were accepted.

JAC renamed as Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations

The meeting of the JAC held on 28th May 2012 was attended by NFTE.  In order to include all the new unions and to have no embarrassment to any union, it was decided to re-name the Joint action Committee in to Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations of Non-Executives and Executives. Coms.C.Singh and  V.A.N.Namboodiri were  unanimously elected as President and  Convener of the Forum respectively.

Forum decides agitational programmes

The meeting of the newly constituted Forum met on 29th May 2012 and discussed about the pending issues of the BSNL employees. It was surprised to find that while the Management has denied 78.2% to the executives, it has fully implemented the VI CPC recommendations for the ITS who are on deputation and who have already opted for DOT. This is a stark discrimination towards BSNL absorbed employees.

As such the Forum decided to organize agitational programme immediately. The following programme of action was finalized:

  1. Massive demonstrations at all Circle/SSA HQs and day long dharna at BSNL Corporate office on 31st May 2012
  2. Mass Dharna at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA HQs on 6th June 2012
  3. Indefinite Strike w.e.f. 13th June 2012

The following are the demands:

  • Immediate implementation of DPE OM. No. 2(70)/08-DPE(WC)/09 dated 26th November 2008 and OM No. 2(70)/08-DPE(WC)-GL-VII/09 dated 2nd April 2009 i.e
  • Revision of pay as per fitment benefit @78.2% w.e.f. 01-01-2007.
  • Revision of Perks & Allowances after revision of pay scales.
  • Transport Allowance
  • Children Education Allowance/Tution Fees/Hostel Subsidy etc.
  • Family Planning Allowance
  • Professional Upgradation Allowance
  • Payment of Medical Allowances on quarterly basis as per BSNLMRS
  • Restoration of All india LTC/Leave Encashment
  • Implement Child care leave.
  • Provision of Superannuation benefits to directly recruited employees as per DPE guidelines.

The Strike Notice was issued on 29th May 2012 and was signed by ComradesV.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum, Prahlad Rai(AIBSNLEA), P.Abhimanyu(BSNLEU), Raj Mouli(NFTE), V.Subburaman(TEPU), S.P.Sharma(BSNLWRU), Hari Singh(BTU BSNL), R.S.Yadav(ATM), R.K.Kohli(NFTBE), Suresh Kumar(BSNLMS), H.P.Singh(BSNLOA), Gajendra Kumar(BTEU BSNL), (AIGETOA), K.Sebastin(SNEA(I) and D.P.Patwa(AIBCTES).

A Circular by Forum signed by the Convener and all the General Secretaries was issued on 7th June 2012 calling upon the employees to fully participate in the ensuing Indefinite Strike from 13th June. Wall Posters designed was put in the website and the Circle Forum Conveners asked to print the same in local languages.  A Press statement was issued by the Convener on the strike. An effort was made to meet the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications. Circles were asked to form the Forum so that co-ordinated efforts could be made.

Discussion with CMD BSNL

After receipt of the Strike notice, a meeting was called by the CMD BSNL on 11-06-2012 continued on 12-06-2012. All the General Secretaries were present. After protracted discussion, the following agreement was reached between the Forum and the BSNL Management:

Agreement on 12-06-2012

  1. Revision of pay is agreed as per fitment benefit @ 78.2% w.e.f.01-01-2007 subject to approval by the competent authority. However, actual payment will be made prospectively and the arrears will be deferred for the time being and will be paid only when the financial position of the company improves. This will be applicable for the pensioners also.
  2. Medical reimbursement with voucher for out-door treatment, Professional Upgradation Allowance and HRA will continued to be paid at basic pay with 68.8% fitment. Payment of these allowances will be reviewed on 01-04-2013, subject to the financial position of the company.
  3. All other allowances ie. Children Education Allowance, Tution Fee, Hostel Subsidy, Family Planning Allowance etc. will continue to be paid at the present rates.
  4. The issue of implementation of Child care Leave will be taken up with the BSNL Board for re-consideration
  5. For the purpose of provision of superannuation benefits to directly recruited employees, as per DPE Guide Lines, a committee will be constituted to re-examine the issue and give its recommendations.

With the signing of this agreement, the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations and the National Unions of BSNL Workers (FNTO) has decided to defer its proposed indefinite strike from 13th June 2012.

The agreement was signed by Shri N.K.Narang, GM(SR) on behalf of BSNL Management. The following signed on behalf of Forum:

Comrades P.Abhimanyu(BSNLEU), Prahlad Rai(AIBSNLEA), Islam Ahmed(NFTE), S.V.S.Subrahmaniam(BTEU BSNL), Suresh Kumar(BSNLMS), N.D.Ram(SEWA BSNL), K.Sebastin(SNEA(I), Zile Singh (NTSU), H.P.Singh(BSNLOA), R.P.Shahu(AIGETOA), K.Jayaprakash (FNTO), S.P.Sharma(WRU), Hari Singh(BTU), D.P.Patwa (AIBCTES).

The agreement was a great success in the situation when the company was in loss. The struggle of the workers was not in vain. The large mobilization of the workers, their preparation for strike to ensure justice – all created a situation, where the management was compelled to discuss and agree to the demands of the workers.

The meeting of the Forum on 4th September 2012 discussed in detail about the pending issues and also the implementation of the agreement signed on 12th June 2012. It was understood that the BSNL Board has approved 78.2% IDA fixation, but the same will have to be approved by the DOT. No decision has been taken about the Child Care Leave. (To be continued)

 

Vyapam Scam – order CBI enquiry, CM MP should resign

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The death of more than 40, mostly those exposed the Vyapam Scam and also witnesses have died, many under mysterious circumstances. Those against who FIR is filed are those in the top of political power and top executives. Their hands can not be ruled out in these deaths.

It is not only necessary that a CBI enquiry is ordered, but the MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should resign also.

By declining to order a CBI inquiry, the Modi Government is treading the same path of the  Congress government by keeping silent on corruption.

Reception Committee for AIC of AIBDPA formed.

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In a well attended meeting of the BSNLEU, AIBDPA, Trade Unions etc. held today, 6th July at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, the Reception Committee for holding of the Triennial All India Conference of All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association was formed. Com. Y.N.Murthy, President, AIBDPA, Tirupati presided. Com.Y.S.Raju, Dist. Secretary BSNLEU welcomed all and conducted the proceedings. Comrades V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA and Patron BSNLEU, G.Mohan Reddy, Circle President, BSNLEU, J.Sampath Rao, AGS and Circle Secretary BSNLEU, Muralidharan (CITU), Balasubramaniam (APRTC), Ramachandrudu, Circle Secretary AIBDPA, M.Taranath, ACS BSNLEU, M.Raja Reddy, DS AIBDPA, M.Ramachandraiah, retd. DGM and other leaders addressed.

After discussion about the holding of the AIC etc. a Reception Committee was formed with Shri Y Srinivasareddy, MLC, as   Chairman and Com. Y.S Raju, District Secretary, BSNLEU as General Secretary. Com. M.Rajareddy, is elected as Joint General Secretary and com. R.D.V.Prasad is elected as  Treasurer. The Reception Committee includes all important leaders and activists.

The dates and other details will be decided in consultation with CHQ AIBDPA. Our Hearty Congratulations and Thanks to the TIrupati Comrades and also to A.P.Circle secretaries Coms. J.Sampath Rao and Ramachandrudu for taking this great responsibility.

Congratulations to the people of Greece for rejecting the anti-people conditions by European Union.

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The people of Greece has voted a ‘NO’ with 61. 3% in the referendum against the bail-out plan of European union, which stipulates austerity, cutting of social expenditure etc. We congratulate the people of Greece for heir bold decision.

The statement issued by the CPI(M) in this connection is reproduced below:

New Delhi, July 6: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), now in session at Delhi, has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) warmly congratulates the people of Greece who have given a resounding “No” verdict in the referendum.  With a 61.3 per cent vote, the Greek people have resoundingly rejected the bailout austerity measures sought to be imposed upon them by the neo-liberal forces represented by the Troika comprising the IMF, European Central Bank and the European Commission.

The European Union and the Troika will have to heed the voice of the Greek people and their democratic verdict.

 

Freedom of Expression to criticise the policies of the Government can not be taken away.

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A._K._Gopalan
“What is freedom? It was said from the Government side that freedom is to say that we support everything what the Government is doing. Our freedom is freedom of expression to criticize about the policies of the Government.”
(From the speech of Comrade A.K. Gopalan, M.P. in Lok Sabha against emergency)
Is the mindset of Emergency emerging in Modi Government?

4th July, Independence Day of US

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“The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. ”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ( From the Declaration of American Independence 4th July 1776).

US got independence fighting against British. One part of the Declaration of Independence in quoted above. But the past history of about 70 years shows that rulers of USA have forgotten its own Declaration. How many countries they had attacked and how much military help they had given to some other countries to continue aggression is well known.

On this anniversary of Declaration of Independence, we greet the people of US. We also hope that the process of improving relations with Cuba will be carried forward to its logical conclusion.

 

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