BSNL on Revival Path, But much more to be done


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BSNL is on the revival path after a weak performance for 4-5 years. It has increased its wireless connections systematically during the last few months at an accelerated rate of 1.41% putting Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea behind in increase of numbers. BSNL market share has been increased to 8.16% from the earlier 8.06%. However, BSNL has to much improve its revival package to compete with the private companies:

As per the TRAI report for December 2015, the statistics are as below:

I. Land Line Sector

First position BSNL with 59.31% market share.

II. Wireless Sector

  1. Bharti Airtel : 24.07%
  2. Vodafone     : 19.15%
  3. Idea            :  17.01%
  4. Reliance      :    9.98%
  5. Aircel          :    8.47%
  6. BSNL          :    8.16%

III. Broadband

  1. Bharti Airtel  : 23.07%
  2. Vodafone      : 18.98%
  3. Idea             : 15.54%
  4. BSNL            : 14.54%

Both the BSNL Management, the Unions and the workers have to make maximum efforts to improve the financial position of BSNL as also the service to the customers. It is not as simple and easy as telling. The main obstruction is the anti-PSU policy of the government which refuses to assist BSNL and even deny the financial dues to be paid by Government. Now the BSNL Management and Unions have initiated the ‘Service With A Smile’ (SWAS) programme, which has improved the BSNL position. But still, BSNL is far behind, except in the Landline sector, where it is still in the leading position with about 60% market share. The strategy should be to maintain and improve its position in Landlines and improve in the other sectors.

Let us make the ‘SWAS’ campaign a great success through dedicated and efficient work and save BSNL and its workers.

D-7, Telegraph Place, New Delhi no more – a peep in to the past

D-7, Telegraph Place, New Delhi – 110001 was the Quarters allotted to BSNL Employees Union since its formation. Earlier it was allotted to T.III Union and its GS Com. P.S.Raman Kutty stayed there. It is in the Gole Market area directly opposite  to the Sucheta Kripalani Hospital.

Since 2003, I had been staying there till 12th January 2016, on which day I shifted to the Quarters allotted to BSNLEU at T-18 C, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi -110001. The shift became necessary as the Telegraph Place was sold to the Jharkhand government by the Central government. The quarters in the Telegraph Place are being demolished and a  ‘Jharkhand Bhawan’ will be constructed there. The Bhoomi Puja attended by the Governor and Chief Minister of Jharkhand was held on 19th January 2016.

It was at  D-7 that the meetings of the Joint Action Committee/Joint Forum, United Forum etc. used to meet while I was the Convener of those committees. BSNLEU was first registered at this address. And also AIBDPA. AIBDPA, NCCPA meetings also used to be held here. The office of the RMS Union Class III was in D-2, Telegraph Place which is in the same complex, has now been shifted to Postal Quarters Kalibari. Com.N.J.Iyer, B.K.Banerjee and C.C.Pillai(1994- 2010) General Secretaries of R.III Union,who were  also office bearers of NFPE and Confederation of CG employees functioned from there. Com.Giriraj Singh, President, NFPE and GS R III also functioned from  D-2 till the present shift.

NFPTE and all the All India Unions affiliated to it were accommodated in the ‘P and T House’, 9 Pusa Road, New Delhi since its inception in 1954. Later  the offices were shifted to Dada Ghosh Bhawan in the 1960s, when the owner of 9,Pusa Road wanted the building vacated. However, R.III Union continued in the out house of 9, Pusa Road for some more time.

Later NFTE and some of its affiliates were allotted quarters by DOT at Gole Market. T.III got another quarters (D-7) in Gole market. Quarters granted to NFTE was demolished and another quarter was allotted at Kali Mandir Marg for NFTE, which now has been shifted near Corporate office.

Change is  a constant factor. There is nothing which is not changing. In the same way, the NFPTE, NFTE, E.III/T.III – all had shifted offices several times. That is part of history. However, shifting from D-7, Telegraph Place reminds me about the past, its activities. It is also not sure how many days I will stay at the new place, since the allotment is only temporary.

The History of the P and T TU movement is full of struggles, crises and advances. These offices/quarters also have their part in the same.

Stop Violent Attacks on Citizens – CPI(M)




 New Delhi, February 24: The Polit Bureau of the communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI (M) expresses its grave concern and anguish over the growing signs of hatred and use of violence unilaterally to intimidate individuals, groups, identities who hold views contrary to those of the perpetrators.

We are shocked over the acid attack on the social activist turned AAP functionary Soni Sori in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. Sori had to be brought to Delhi for urgent medical attention and continue to be in hospital.

We are outraged by the brazen violence by the mob belonging to an extreme right wing group to force a policeman, Yusuf Sheikh in Latur in Maharashtra, to be paraded and install a saffron flag in Ambedkar Chowk which was in a sensitive part of the town. As a part his call of duty he was trying to restrict these miscreants to carry out their intention which could lead to repercussions leading to law and order problem. Sheikh grievously injured and undergoing treatment in Latur has reportedly complained “I phoned the control room and appraised them about the situation. Using my mobile, I called the in-charge of the Renapur station on his cell phone. But still, they failed to send reinforcements in time. The policemen reached Pangaon by 10.10 am. By then, the mob had assaulted me brutally and humiliated me by parading me.”

Similar violence was let loose on Kanhaiya Kumar and academics and journalists while he was in police custody and was being produced in the Sessions Court in the Patiala House precinct.

Particularly disturbing is the inaction, complicity and failure to apprehend the perpetrators by the law enforcement agencies. It is also clear that such brazen acts which show utter disregard for laws of the land could not be spreading rapidly but for this complicit role. No doubt, the overall atmosphere in the country which smacks of intolerance, hatred and polarisation has apparently emboldened the perpetrators.

We demand that the Central Government, particularly the Prime Minister, who recently claimed that he is the PM of the whole country and not just of the BJP, to come out categorically and initiate measures to stop such blatant violations of law and the constitutional principles. Citizens must be emphatically reassured, constitutionally will not be allowed to be breached.

Massive Protest against US Marine Base in Okinawa, Japan


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Japan Okinawa

About 30,000 people demonstrated outside the Japan Parliament forming a Human Chain protesting  against the construction of a US Marine Base in Okinawa, which is part of Japan. The protest has been swelling as the US is strengthening its military bases in Japan. The people shouted “No more US bases in Japan.”

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