‘Either perform or take VRS’ – Manoj Sinha to BSNL and its employees

Manoj Sinha, Communications Minister yesterday told the BSNL Management and employees to perform well. He also spoke about ‘performance related pay’ and VRS for ‘inefficient employees’. Well advice!
Shall we remind the Minister that it was not because of non-performance of the employees that BSNL came down; It is the same employees who had made BSNL grow year after year, increasing profit to Rs.10,000 to Rs. 12,000 crore with a revenue of Rs.40,000 crore.
It was the Communications Minister and government who cut the procurement of equipment, taken the funds of BSNL on one pretext or other and made the PSU loss making. We appreciate the new Minister for making payment of the 2014-15 USO Fund of Rs.1250 crore to BSNL, but much more is to be done. Refund the charges for spectrum returned, waive licence fee and taxes of BSNL, recruit sufficient staff, procure adequate equipment, give sufficient training to staff etc. will make a great change. Is the government ready for the same?
Due to the sustained efforts of management and workers the market share has gone up to more than 10%, thousands of additional towers are erected, BSNL has become the maximum new mobile provider – yes BSNL is advancing. The Minister should help the BSNL to restore its past glory.

BSNL Management should open their eyes and settle issues of its casual and Contract workers

The massive dharnas yesterday (27th September) all over India by BSNL Casual and Contract workers should open the eyes of the management to the genuine problems of the workers and settle the same. The brutal exploitation of the low paid employees should be put an end to.
The BSNL Management should remember that it’s credibility and honour are at the lowest level as a result of this exploitation and corrupt practices by denying the due wages and social security measures to the casual contract workers engaged for BSNL.

Pay cut for govt. employees in Saudi Arabia

The reduction of international oil prices has its repercussion in the salary of government employees in Saudi. The

government has issued orders reducing the salary by 20% including for Ministers. The main revenue for the country comes from oil.

This crisis  will have its impact on the employment chances for Indians.

Unemployment at 8.7% from 7.7%

Under Modi government, the joblessness  is increasing continuously. The unemployment rate has increased from the 7.7% to 8.7% in 2015-16 which means that more than 70 lakh  youths have been added in the last year.

Public Sector units are disinvested or closed, retrenchment takes place, no new recruitment in govt services/ PSUs – this is the policy of the govt. While the govt. claims more investment in the country, the youths are wandering in the streets for a living. This is ‘Ache Din’.

Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers


As per the decision of the Central Executive Committee of BSNLCCWF, massive dharnas were held today, 27th September by the casual contract workers in many centres with massive participation. In Kolkata more than 500 comrades participated. In Kerala dharna was organised in all the  districts with large number of workers participating. In T.Nadu also it was not different. In W.Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, M.P., Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and other states also the dharna was well organised.

The demands included a minimum wage of Rs.18,000, implementation of EPF, ESI, Gratuity for casual and contract workers, Bonus, regularisation etc. The demand of implementing the VII CPC pay scales for the casual labour is also pending with the BSNL Management.

We congratulate all the workers and leaders who organised and participated in the struggle. We demand the government to urgently settle these fully justified demands.

Condemn the government move to close 15 loss making PSUs

Reports are coming everyday in the press about the move of the government to close down the central PSUs. The latest is that 15 PSUs are going to be closed. Further many PSUs are targeted for strategic sale. Some others are for disinvestment. In order to help the MNCs and corporates, BJP government is going to demolish the Public Sector which has contributed much for the economic improvement of the country.

Condemn the government move to destroy the PSUs.

Remembering Shaheed Bhagat Singh



27th / 28th September 2016 is the 109th Birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter and Martyr Bhagat Singh, whose life is synonymous with the revolutionary activities of the Indian youth and their sacrifice. He was hanged on 23rd March 1931 at the young age of 23.

His life is always an inspiration for the young in the country. His sacrifice will not be in vain.

Red Salute to the Red Star of India, Shaheed Bhagat Singh!


Com. Desraj Sharma cremated. Red Salute to Com. Desraj!



Comrade Desraj Sharma, former General Secretary of P-IV Union and Dy. Secretary General of NFPE, who passed away on 24th September 2016 was cremated today at the Nigambodh Ghat, Delhi in the presence of a large number of relatives and comrades. Earlier, Com. Prakash Karat, PBM CPI(M) along with Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri and K.G.Jayaraj paid last respects to the deceased at his residence.

On behalf of NFPE etc. wreaths were placed. On behalf of BSNLEU and AIBDPA, red shawl was placed. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri and K.G.Jayaraj along with comrades including Com. Diwas, former GS P.IV, were there at the cremation.

Com.Desraj was a close disciple and companion of Com.K.Adinarayana, former Secretary General of NFPE and legendary leader of the P and T Employees. Even after retirement in 2007, Com. Desraj continued to take active interest in the union activities.

I had close association with Com. Desraj for about 40 years, especially after I shifted to Delhi in 1991. In the fight against revisionist leaders in the P and T movement, he had contributed in a good way.

His death is a big loss to the P and T trade union movement. I pay my last respects and convey my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and friends!

Name Chandigarh Airport as Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport – CPI(M)

Chandigarh, September 23: The Punjab State Committee of Communist Party of India ( Marxist ) strongly feels that the Chandigarh International Airport should be named as Shaheed – E – Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh International Airport . Comrade Charan Singh Virdi, Secretary Punjab State Committee of CPI(M) in a written Press Note issued here today has suggested that it will be appropriate to make the declaration to this effect on 28th September, 2016 the day on which the nation will be celebrating his 109th Birth Day.

Comrade Virdi further said that Sardar Bhagat Singh is the most deserving freedom struggle martyr to be given this name as he happens to be the loved, respected and revered icon of the youth and student community of the country. At the present juncture when we are facing threats to our unity and integrity and communal harmony from fundamentalist , extremist and terrorist elements bent on disturbing peace in the country, it will motivate especially the youth along with all other citizens for inculcating patriotic and secular feelings.(Courtesy: Ganashakti)