Pension Revision of BSNL absorbed DOT Pensioners

By refusing to revise the pension by 15% as per the recommendations of the III Pay Revision Committee for PSUs, the Government is violating the assurances given at the time of corporatisation. The condition of affordability mentioned in the report is not applicable to the pensioners as the full pension is given by government as per Rule 37A of the CCS (Pension) Rules. BSNL has already paid pension contribution at the maximum of the scale. It is gross injustice not to grant pension revision to these pensioners.

AIBDPA has taken the issue with the government and is perusing the case strongly.

Value of assets of BSNL and MTNL

In a reply to a Parliament Question, Minister of State for Communications, Shri Devu Singh Chsuhan has stated that the assets of BSNL &MTNL are worth Rs. 1,33,952 crore and Rs. 3,556 crore respctively as on 30.09.2021. Net block of property, plant and equipment in respect of these companies are of Rs. 89,878 crore and Rs. 3252 crore respectively as on 31.03.2021.

These valuations are compltely undervalued and without correctly assessing the valuation. BSNL is having maximum land assets through out the country, including in central places in all cities and towns only next to Railways. In addition there are 7 Telecom Factories, 2 major Training Centres, about 30 minor traing centres having thousnds of acres of land. There are many heritage buildings, the value of which may be beyond description. ( Photoes of only CTO buildings at Mumbai and Kolkata as also BSNL HQ only are given here).

These most undervalued statistics are given only to justify their plan to sell the assets to private corporates, not only below market price, but also far below the average price which are shown in other land sale registrations.

The govt conspiracy should be exposed and defeated.

Convention of BSNLEU-AIBDPA-BSNLCCWF at Ernakulam on 30th November 2021

Kerala Circle Coordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA & BSNL CCWF organised an effective convention against handing over of national assets to the corporates by the Modi government at YMCA Hall, Ernakulam on 30-11-2021. Com. N Guruprasad, Circle Chairman presided over the convention. Com.C Santhoshkumar, Convenor welcomed one and all. Com.S S Sunil, State General Secretary, BEFI inaugurated the convention. Coms. V A N Namboodiri, President, BSNL CCWF, K G Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, M Vijayakumar, AGS, BSNLEU, K Mohanan, Dy Secretary General, BSNL CCWF and P Manoharan, Circle President, BSNLEU addressed the convention.

All the three private telecom companies drastically raise the tariffs.

All the three private telecom companies drastically raise the tariffs.

All the three private telecom companies have raised their tariffs drastically. While Airtel and Vodafone Idea have raised their tariffs by 20 to 25 per cent, Reliance Jio has raised it’s tariffs by 21 per cent. As a result, a customer who is paying Rs.129/- for 28 days, with unlimited voice calls and 2GB data per day, will hereafter has to pay Rs.155/-. Similarly, a tariff plan with 2GB data per day, with validity of 365 days, will increase from Rs.2,599/- to Rs.2,879/-. The Reliance Jio, with it’s predatory pricing, has closed down all other private telecom companies, except Airtel and Vodafone Idea. Now, all these three private telecom companies have come to an understating and have simultaneously raised the tariff. (Courtesy: BSNLEU website)

Com.G.Sasidharan Achari, AIBDPA leader passed away.

Com.G.Sasidharan Achari, senior leader of BSNLEU as well AIBDPA passed away at Thiruvananthapuram on 25th November. He was 73. He has been the Circle Treasurer of AITEU Class iii and BSNLEU for more than two decades. His death is a great loss to the movement. His wife, Com.K.Leelamma was the convener of the Mahila Committee of E.III Circle Union and is still active in the progressive movement. Daughters: Priya and Prita.

My heartfelt condolences to the bereave family.

Red Salute to Com. Sasidharan Achari !

AIBDPA CWC at Tiruchirappalli.

On invitation from the T.Nadu Circle Union, AIBDPA, I had the opportunity to attend the Circle Working Committee Meeting of AIBDPA. at Tiruchirappally on 19th November 2021. In my inaugural speech , I touched upon the major issues of the pensioners, including Pension Revision, Medical Allowance, Medical Bills, Anomalies etc.

Com.C.K.Narasimhan, Circle President presided. Com. N.Kuppusamy, Circle Secretary presented the report since the last CWC. Com.S.Mohandoss, All India Vice-President and Com. Pankajavalli, All India Asst Treasurer addressed. The working committee discussed important issues and took decisions to improve the membership and increase the subscribers to Tele-Pensioner.

BSNL – Executives more than Non-Executives !

For the first time in the history of 21 years of BSNL, the number of executives has surpassed that of non-executives. The number of executives is 36,101 and that of non-executives 35,341. When BSNL was formed it was almost 3.0 lakh non-executives and about 50,000 executives.

Years after years, the number of non-executives have been reduced by reducing the sanctioned posts, changing the standards of posts, not-filling up the vacancies as also not sanctioning any fresh posts. There is very less staff even to attend to regular immediate works. In addition, almost 60,000 or more contract workers have been retrenched.

This is another well planned programme to make BSNL most unviable. It has to be opposed and defeated.

Meeting held between the AUAB and the DoT.

Meeting held between the AUAB and the DoT.

A meeting is held today, 24th Nov. 2021, between the AUAB and the DoT. Shri Sajeev Gupta, DDG(PM), who is also looking after as the Joint Secretary (Admin.) and other officers participated. BSNL is represented by Ms. Anita Johri, Sr.GM(SR). All the General Secretaries / Representatives of the constituents of the AUAB participated in the meeting. The AUAB had given 7 agenda items for  discussion in this meeting. Detailed discussion is held in a cordial atmosphere.  A note on today’s discussion will be issued by the AUAB shortly. (Courtesy: BSNLEU website)