Protest government decision to put workers pension fund in share market

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The Government has decided to invest 5 to 15 percent of workers Provident Fund amount in share market,  ignoring the strong opposition by the entire trade union movement.  In the EPF Organisation, the Central Trade Unions have vehemently opposed the same earlier.

The entire workers have to protest and defeat the anti-worker decision of the government. The 11 Central Trade Unions are expected to organise the protest effectively.

Former Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran’s property worth Rs. 700 crore attached by ED

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NEW DELHI: Enforcement Directorate officials on Wednesday attached DMK leader and former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran’s properties worth over Rs 700 crore in the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal.

Earlier, Dayanidhi Maran was interrogated over 2-3 days at ED’s Delhi office in the first week of December, 2014.

The agency had registered a case against the Marans under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and is trailing “proceeds of crime” to the tune of Rs 742 crore allegedly laundered by the brothers. (TOI)

Sukh Ram, A.Raja, now Dayanidhi Maran! The Communications Ministry is a gold pot.

Private Telecom Operators may raise tariff by about 12-15%

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The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the association of the private telcos has stated that in view of the high bid spectrum auction, the tariffs will have to be increased by about 12% to 15%. This is against the  view of the Communications Minister that increase of about 1.30 paise per minute will be sufficient.

The private operators are utilisng the opportunity to maximise their profits. Though the Minister has stated that there is no justification for more increase, as usual, the private companies will have their way and the customers will suffer. How can a party which has got huge donations from the corporates, deny their demand?

Bibek Debroy Committee recommends Railway Privatisation?

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The high level committee headed by Bibek Debroy has recommended for setting up of a railway Infrastructure Company which may be disinvested later. This is part of a strategy to privatise sections of railways which are much profitable.

The increase of FDI in Railways, the forming of a separate company – all these points out to  privatisation. Unless stopped in the initial stage itself, these moves are going to have  a very adverse effect on the nation.

Convention on ” Relevance of PSUs in Telecom”.

A well attended Seminar on ” Relevance of PSUs in Telecom” was held in Press Club, Lucknow today, 31 March 2015, under the auspices of Forum of BSNL unions and Associtions. Com.Anoop Kumar Mishra (SNEA) presided. Com.R.K.Mishra, Convener Forum, welcomed. Dr. C.S.Verma, Shri Shailendra Dubey and Com. VAN Namboodiri, National Convener  Forum addressed.  Various aspects of the subject was debated. It was a very educative seminar which gave a lot of necessary information. The entire house decided to make the 21-22 April strike demanding Revival of BSNL a great success.

BSNLCCWF meeting at Lucknow

A Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLCCWF was held today, 31st March 2015 at Lucknow. Com.R.K.Mishra, Circle President presided. The report on activities was presented by Com.Jeet Lal Maurya, Circle Secretary. Coms.K.R.Yadav, All India Vice President, Com.G.R.Varma, Circle Secretary AIBDPA and other leaders addressed. All the district secretaries reported about the organisational issues and problems in their districts.
Com. VAN Namboodiri, All India President, BSNLCCWF, addressed the house and spoke in detail about the demands of casual and contract workers, the struggles organised by the union etc
The CEC took important decisions both about the programmes and other activities.

Is India’s telecom tariff the lowest in the world?

The private telecom companies are continuously pressing for increasing  telecom tatiffs, stating that India’ s tariff is the lowest, high amount paid for recent spectrum has to be compensated and even now companies are under loss.
These are not fully correct. These private companies are not in loss. There are 82 countries in the world which are having lower tariffs. And the present bid money is to be paid in instalments of a number of years.
This pressure for increase for tariff is to maximise profit only.

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