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Meeting with CMD BSNL on 22nd July 2006

In the backdrop of the notice given by the Joint Forum for agitational programme, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Shri A.K.Sinha, CMD BSNL on 22-07-2006. The gist of the official minutes released is given below:

No Disinvestment of BSNL/MTNL: The JF strongly opposed to the proposal of IPO worth 10% of paid up capital over and above the existing shares, which is only leading to privatization. CMD stated that there is no requirement of funds at present and that there is no substance in the apprehension.

No Unbundling of local loop: Though a committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary DOT has been formed, no decision has been taken. The committee will look in to all options. Minister’s assurance also is there.

No sharing of infrastructure: The Unions strongly opposed the move to share infrastructure of the BSNL with private companies.

No Increase in FDI:  Unions strongly opposed any increase in FDI. The CMD stated that the issue is dealt with at the highest level.

No reduction in revenue sharing, immediate grant of Navaratna Status to BSNL, Grant of Autonomy to BSNL, Expansion of mobile and broadband services and amicable settlement of ITS absorption issues were also discussed.

Demonstrations on 27-07-2006

The Demonstrations on 27th July 2006 was successfully organized and telegrams sent to the Prime Minister as decided.

Historic Parliament March on 3rd August 2006.

The March to Parliament on 3rd August 2006 was participated by more than twelve thousand workers of BSNL and MTNL.  The mobilization was mainly from MTNL Delhi and BSNL from nearby circles. The workers led by the JF leaders started from the CTO (Eastern Court) premises and marched via Jantar Mantar . The march was stopped by the police at the Parliament Street, where a massive rally was held. Coms. Sitaram Yechuri, M.P., Basudev Acharya, M.P., Tapan Sen, M.P. and Roop Chand Pal, M.P. addressed the rally and gave all support to the demands raised by the Joint Forum. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, GS BSNLEU & Convener JF and General Secretaries of the unions/associations addressed the March.

This was the biggest participation of the telecom workers opposing the neo-labour policies of the government after the formation of BSNL and MTNL.

Pension issue – Meeting with Secretary DOT on 06-09-2006

The leaders of the Joint Forum of BSNL/MTNL Associations met Shri D.S.Mathur, Secretary, DOT and chairman, Telecom Commission, on 6th September 2006 and discussed following:

1.Pension issue: The unions brought to the notice of the Secretary, DOT about the latest orders of DOT directing BSNL to pay the pension of BSNL employees , if it exceeds more than 60% of the payments by the BSNL & MTNL to DOT including dividend, licence fee, corporate tax etc. which is in utter violation of Rule 37-A and earlier orders of DOT that the pension will be paid by the Government. Secretary DOT assured that the matter will be re-examined.

  1. CGEGIS Refund: Secretary DOT assured that the files are already with the Finance Ministry and he will speak to Secretary Finance for speeding up the payment.
  2. DOT Secretary also assured that the meeting of the BSNL and DOT officers will be held shortly to discuss about the issues referred by BSNL to DOT which were raised by the unions in their meeting with DOT on 7th August 2006.

The Joint Forum met the CMD BSNL Shri A.K.Sinha on 06-09-2006 and strongly opposed the proposal for sharing of BSNL infrastructure with private operators.