As per the Supreme Court judgment and based on the recommendations of the TRAI, the DOT has formed a committee headed by Shri J.S.Deepak, former Joint Secretary DOT and at present in Commerce Ministry to conduct the 3 G auctions. Shri Deepak is being deputed to DOT in order to conduct the auctions.
The latest reports indicate that South Korean company Samsung has marched past Finnish company Nokia to become the largest manufacturer of mobile phone equipments. It has manufactured 93.5 million instruments last year compared to 82.7 million of Nokia. Since 1998, Nokia has been the largest manufacturer, out passing the US-based Motorola which was the largest before that. However Nokia is still the largest instrument supplier in India.
The Parliament has adopted an important bill which extends reservation for SC/ST/OBC in educational institutions from a period of three years to six years. The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation and Admission) Bill 2010 passed by the Rajgya Sabha yesterday has become an act since the Lok Sabha had already adopted it. The original Act of 2008 had given the benefit up to 2011, which will now be extended up to 2014.
The circle conference of BSNLCCWF will be held at Pathanamthitta on 29th and 30th of this month. The workers are well organised in Kerala. I will be attending the meeting on both the days. The book by BSNLCCWF on the Casual and Contract Labour will be released in the Conference. Coms. K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary BSNLEU, R.Muralidharan Nair, AGS BSNLEU and other leaders will attend the conference.
The central government, in this case DOT, has done an unpardonable injustice to BSNL and the common peole of the country by stopping the annual subsidy of Rs. 2,000 crore in this year which was being paid in lieu of ADC for the last three years.
At the time of corporatisation, the Government assured that to cover up the loss to BSNL for providing loss-making connections in rural areas/villages, Access Deficit Charges (ADC) will be collected from all the telecom companies and will be paid to BSNL. This was coming to about Rs. 4,000 to 6,000 crores. But in 2007 this was arbitrarily stopped by the government. After much pressure by the JAC and also BSNL, DOT assured to pay Rs. 2,000 annually to BSNL in-lieu of ADC. This was paid till last year. This year it is also stopped. This is complete injustice. When BSNL is in dire need of funds and when there has not been any change with regard to the loss making connections, the grant should continue.
We strongly demand the government /DOT to continue the grant of Rs. 2000 crores to BSNL without any further delay.
Today I made an effort to meet the Labour Minister to present the issues of the casual and contract labour, but could not meet. However, I went to the Minister’s office and submitted a detailed letter rquesting his intervention in the matter. It is hoped that a meeting will be arranged by next week.
I sought a meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner and the same was granted today itself. Though Shri Prasad, CLC, has only joined two days back after leave for a period of more than one month, he found time to meet me.
I discussed about the conciliation proceedings with regard to the issues of the 15 December strike. CLC said that the next meeting will be held shortly. I also discussed about the non-implementation of the labour laws and social security measures for the casual and contract labour. He assured that necessary action will be taken in the matter. I also submitted a representation in this regard.
Today the leaders of the JAC met Shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and discussed about the developmental and expansion programmes as also improvement of services. Coms. VAN Namboodiri, Convener, P.Asokababu(BSNLEU) Prahlad Rai (AIBSNLEA), K.Sebastian (SNEA) Suresh Kumar (BSNLMS), R.K.KOhli (NFTBE), Hari Singh (BTU BSNL) and other leaders participated.
A separate formal meeting will be held to discuss the issues of the 15 December strike.
(For Further details of the meeting, please see the BSNLEU website)
The Joint Action Committee will meet the CMD BSNL today, 27th April to discuss about the demands raised in the 15th December Strike. The details will be posted in the evening.
The Reuter has reported that an international group of 23 scientists have asked the developed countries to think and reduce the high consumption level so that it will help the developing and underdeveloped countries in more than one count. They also suggest that life-style choices, human volition and incentives enshrined in government policies can make a significant difference to patterns of consumption.
They argue that this will help in control of the population especially in the developing and underdeveloped countries whose population is increasing on a large-scale. The world population has crossed 7 billion ( 700 core) last year and is expected to grow further.