Homage to Com. Moni Bose on his 9th death anniversary!

19th May 2019 is the 9th death anniversary of Com. Moni Bose, veteran leader of P and T employees and the first patron of BSNLEU. He left us on 19th May 2010.

Since his entry in the the P and T department in 1945, he has been fully engaged with the union activities along with his elder brother and historical figure Com. K.G.Bose. He was terminated in connection with the 1949 strike and was never taken back in service. But his life was fully dedicated to the service of the P and T workers and led the movement as Circle Secretary of E.III Union W.Bengal Circle. In 1991, he was elected as the General Secretary of E.III Union, defeating Com.O.P.Gupta, who has been the GS Of the union since its inception in 1954. Later he was elected as the President in 1994. Com. Moni fought for the correct policy and against revisionism.

I had been closely connected with Com. Moni Bose for more than four decades. After death of Com.K.G.Bose in 1974, the leadership of the progressive section in the union fell upon Com. Moni and he led the movement for years. We were elected All India President and General Secretary in the Bhopal Conference in 1991 and had a close relation in our fight for the right of the workers. Com. Moni returned to Calcutta in 1996 after vacating the post of All India President, but continued his activities there. He was appointed as a member in the Pay Commission appointed by W.Bengal government for the state employees. (Life history of Com. Moni Bose and his activities are narrated in the book ‘Great Leaders of P and T TU Movement’ authored by me).

Moni Bose Day is being observed all over India as per the call of BSNLEU by organisisng meetings, seminars, trade union class etc.

On his 9th death anniversary, we remember him and pay our respects. Red Salute to Com. Moni Bose.

EUROPEAN DOCUMENT AGAINST the PePP: “EUROPEAN PLAN OF PARTICULAR PENSIONS”

THE FIRMING DOWN ORGANIZATIONS ARE POSITIONED AGAINST THE RESULT OF THE VOTE PERFORMED IN THE PLENARY OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (the one that approved the PEPP) DONE ON APRIL 4, 2019.

It is clear that the PEPP approval (English acronym for Pan-European Personal Pension Product), by the European Parliament, expresses total social cruelty and total evidence of the capitalist interests of the European Union. The European bourgeoisie bets firmly and harshly in defence of their economic interests, of their class interests. They have voted for the privatization of pensions, which will be marketed by banks, insurance companies, fund management and / or investment managers, i.e., the creme de la creme of European financial capitalism.
The vote this morning is clearly expresses what the European Parliament is, what class interests defends and what political role it has. The vote has faithfully reflected the “social” character of the EU. Only the naive, the uninformed and those who, with treachery and premeditation, deceive the citizens of EU countries, can defend the social character of the EU. Today’s vote historically reflexes that the EU was created to defend the interests of the European and that only it represents that bourgeoisie. It was not intended to defend decent public pensions, nor to fight for wage and social equality: it was born to exploit workers and whatever social sectors that are necessary.
The approval by 338 votes in favour, 143 against, and 139 abstentions is a true reflection of the fact that the EU and its Parliament is an institution that only defends, to the extreme, the interests of the powerful. With the approved tax breaks, which is public money, private pensions or retirement plans will be financed, leading to the perversion that public money will not only contribute in a decisive way to finance private pensions, but will also contribute to blow up public pensions, generating more inequality, more poverty and more social misery.
That EU they say was born to increase rights, social improvements and to increase individual and collective opportunities, has been clearly portrayed as the Europe of capital and merchants, completely alienated from the people’s interests and clearly in the service of oligarchic interests.
What class unions call robbery, depletion of public money, exploitation and consequent popular misery, the EU and its instruments call it financial products, which according to them would have “advantages”, such as choosing a pension plan for retirement while contributing, as in an “Austrian backpack”, even when changing residence, or such as providers both nationally and internationally after having contributed for a minimum of five years, etc., all with the strategic objective of channelling savings, i.e. investments, so that the banks and financial institutions are guaranteed an economic pillar that allows them to speculate long term.
To whom is the “PEPP product” preferentially addressed? According to the European Commission, it will be a product suitable for any savings profile, from workers to unemployed or students. It is clear that the recently approved PEPP Regulation has the strategic objective of substituting public pensions by private ones.
Given this evidence, the struggle in defence of public pensions should be increased. We must add the vast majority of society to these struggles. It is clear that only a unified and consistent struggle for clear class interests can be the determining instrument for the defeat of the perfidious and criminal plans of European capitalism against the working class and the popular sectors.

In Europe, May 2019

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CPI(M) condemns Pragya Singh’s statement on Nathuram Godse

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the outrageous statement of BJP candidate from Bhopal Parliamentary Constituency, Pragya Singh Thakur, describing the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi Nathuram Godse: “was a patriot, is a patriot and will remain a patriot….”. Pragya Thakur is a terror accused out on bail on medical grounds.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described her as “a symbol of India’s civilizational heritage”. By fielding her, the RSS-BJP were seeking to whip up communal polarization and consolidate the ‘Hindutva communal vote bank’. This reflects the RSS-BJP attitude towards terrorism, a terror accused and the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. The apology she has made, at the behest of the BJP, is an eyewash confirming that she adheres to her position.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) refrains from approaching the Election Commission of India, on this score, given its recent track record. The Polit Bureau calls upon the Indian people to defeat and reject the BJP in order to safeguard and strengthen the Indian Constitutional Republic.

No payment of ex-gratia for the employees who go on VRS – surplus employees in BSNL can be taken back by the DoT – says the DoP&PW.

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) has rejected the proposal for making ex-gratia payment for the BSNL employees who opt for VRS. The DoP&PW has stated that the BSNL employees are eligible for payment of government pension after retirement. As such, payment of ex-gratia for those who go on VRS is not permissible, said the DoP&PW. It has also stated that payment of ex-gratia under VRS is eligible only for the Public Sector employees who are not eligible for government pension. An important observation of the DoP&PW is that, surplus employees in BSNL if any, can be taken back by the DoT. (BSNLEU website)

BSNL increase market share to 12.58%

The total telephone connections in India has reached 120.54 crores as  on 28-02-2019. BSNL connections are 12.75 crore and market share 10.58%. Vodafone Idea combine stands first with 40.96 crore connections and 33.99% market share. Though small increase,BSNL is moving upward, despite all obstructions created by the government.

BSNL should ensure payment of wages to contract workers

It is 4 months all over India and 10 months in some circles that the contract workers have been paid their wages. All of them continue to work, but the management is not allocating funds stating that there are no funds with them. How can the workers maintain their families, if the wages are not paid for months together.

The day to day functioning of BSNL largely depends upon the contract workers. They are working but no wages.

Agitations are going in many centres. BSNLCCWF is expected to meet its working committee shortly after the announcement of the elections to the Lok Sabha and plan the future course, including strong  agitational programmes.

Narendra Modi – ‘India’s Divider-in-Chief’ says Time Magazine.

The American magazine, Time in it’s May 20, 2019 international editions – the Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and South Pacific – feature the Modi cover story with the main headline “India’s Divider in Chief”. A detailed article on the cover story is also published.

The article indicates that the international media is also aware of the latest developments, including the general elections.

Corporate penetrate judiciary also.

Influential corporate houses had managed to penetrate the judiciary – says Justice Arun Mishra of the Supreme Court.
We know that the government policies are being influenced by the big corporates. One good example for this is the privatisation of the public sector companies. But, we are shocked to know that, the big corporates have penetrated into the Supreme Court also. This was revealed by none other than Justice Arun Mishra, of the Supreme Court. He has told that the influential corporate houses had managed to penetrate the judiciary. This statement is made by Justice Arun Mishra, because the judgement delivered by him in the open court, has been changed by the court staff, in the case of controversial builder, Amrapali.

(Courtesy: The Times of India dt. 09-05-2019 )(Courtesy: bsnleu.in)

Russia celebrates 74th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.

May 9, 2019 is the 74th anniversary of the victory of USSR over Hitler and the Nazi Germany. It was on 9th May in 1945, that the Soviet Red Army reached Berlin and raised the Red Flag there ending the dictatorship of Hitler and putting the last nail on his dream of subjugating the entire world.

After capturing France and other countries of the Europe, Hitler turned to USSR with his unstoppable mega army machine with the latest tanks, war planes etc. with lakhs of well trained army. They could invade deep in to the newly formed USSR. USSR requested Britain, France etc. to open a second line in Europe, so that the fierce attack on USSR could be weakened. But nothing was done. The imperialist countries were thinking that after USSR is defeated, then the attack on Hitler can be started.

USSR was determined to defend their Republic. At each and every step, the Nazi army had to face the defence of not only the army, but the common people. It was in Leningrad, that inch by inch fighting took place and the so called unbreakable Nazi Army was defeated. Nazi army was compelled to retreat. The USSR army not only liberated their country, but went after the Nazi army and reached Berlin, the capital of Germany, and raised the Red Flag there on Reichstag (Parliament) on 9th May 1945. It was almost the end of the II World War. Hitler committed suicide. The world escaped from a Nazist and Fascist dictatorship.
Although USSR is no more, Russian people still celebrates the victory over Fascism. This year also the anniversary was celebrated with military parade etc.

(Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile systems roll through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow on May 9, 2019. Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.)