Kolkata, Feb 21:The Left Front today took out a rally here in protest against the arrest of the JNU students’ union President Kanhaiya Kumar and also questioned the silence of Trinamool Congress over the issue.
“The BJP government at the Centre is trying to curb the democratic rights of the country. We protest against the attack on the higher educational institutions by BJP and RSS. We also condemned the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar,” West Bengal Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said.
Bose also questioned the silence of Trinamool Congress over the JNU row.
The protesters marched for about 3 kms from Curzon Park in central part of the city and ended the rally at the historic Mahajati Sadan.
The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Employees Union held at Ahmed Nagar on 19-21 February has decided to celebrate the 15th Birth Anniversary of BSNLEU, which falls on 22nd March 2016, in a big way.
BSNLEU, the beloved organisation of the BSNL Employees, was formed on 22nd March 2001 in the National Convention held at Visakhapatnam (A.P), 15 years back. It was formed by merging 7 existing unions, including E.III, T.III, Administrative Union, Civil Wing Union, ITEU and P&T Industrial Workers Union. It was formed in the august presence of Com.E.Balanandan, respected leader of the Working Class and President CITU, Com.K.Adinarayana, Secretary General, NFPE, Com.N.M.Sundaram, General Secretary, AIIEA and other leaders.
Veteran leaders Coms. Sisir Bhattacharjee and Moni Bose were elected Patrons. Coms. J.N.Mishra and V.A.N.Namboodiri were elected President and General Secretary respectively.
During the last 15 years, BSNLEU has continuously grown and is the recognised union since 2004. More than 50% of the entire non-executive employees are members of BSNLEU. During these years it has taken up the issues of BSNL employees effectively and settled most of the problems to the satisfaction of the workers.
The VII Membership Verification is going to be held on 10th May 2016. BSNLEU will certainly will win with the first position. But that is not sufficient. The majority in membership should be reflected in the verification with BSNLEU getting more than 50% of the total employees in BSNL. A big campaign has o be organised for this purpose.
As per the call of the Ahmednagar CEC, BSNLEU Day should be celebrated throughout the country with various programmes like rallies, meetings, seminars, symposium etc.
It is reported that the flight charges from Chandigarh to Delhi and vice-versa was increased to Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 or so, four to seven times, during the Jat agitation in Haryana. This is nothing but looting the public and unethical profiteering utilising the plight of the people. These airlines are just like the black-marketeers and thugs. This should stop. The government should take strict action against such looting.
The government has decided to further disinvest NTPC by 5%, with the idea of getting about Rs. 5,000 crores to reduce its deficit. 412.2 million shares are proposed to be sold at the rate of Rs. 122 per share. The share of the government in this prestigious and profitable PSU will be reduced from 74.96% to 69.96% after the sale.
The government has already sold shares of Oil India Limited, Container Corporation of India, NDMC, MMTC and ITDC in this fiscal garnering Rs.13,277 crore.
‘Disinvestment’ is a negative process and the word itself is negative. Hence the government and finance experts have started using another word for it, ‘Divestment’. But whether the negativeness of disinvestment will go if the word is changed to divestment? NO!
In the recent days, a lot of criticism is placed on the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) for the huge Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) or the bad loans which are not recovered. These bad loans come to about an average of 6-7%, something more or less, in the PSBs, which creates financial problems to the concerned banks. These are known to all. And the PSBs are criticised for this by government, public and the big business.
Certain questions naturally come to our minds:
- Who are these individuals or companies who have not re-paid these huge loans taken years back? Neither the government nor the banks disclose the names. It means that these are very influential persons/companies and not ordinary persons.
- Who are the persons/companies who guaranteed these loans? Why not disclose their names?
- What action has been taken to recover the loans? Whether court proceedings have been initiated?
- Why the government and the PSBs are not putting the names of the defaulters in public? Will it not shame them so that they will be compelled to pay the loans back?
The answers to these questions will reveal certain facts. Who are all involved in these cheating of the Public Sector Banks. The government and the Banks have got the responsibility to reveal all these information so that the public is aware of the same.
This looting of the Public Sector Banks should be stopped.
Along with CHQ BSNLEU comrades Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, S.Chellappa, AGS, R.S.Chauhan, Org. Secretary and T.A.Biju Office Secretary, me and my wife reached Ahmednagar on February 16th noon to attend the CEC of BSNLEU. We left Ahmed Nagar in the evening of 21st February 2016 after the CEC was over.
During all this time, from the reception at the Railway Station till saying good bye, the Ahmed Nagar and Maharashtra comrades were there to make everything easy. Whether at the Conference Hall, or at the time of food, they were always there to help us. It was just like you were with your family. And always the presence of senior comrade and Advisor Reception Committee, Appa Saheb Gagare was there. Others were not behind.
The surprise came after General Secretary Com.P.Abhimanyu had completed his summing up and the President Com. Balbir Singh was to make his concluding speech. The Reception Committee leaders came to the stage and honoured me and my wife Pankajam (who is a BSNL Pensioner) with shawls, bouquet etc. I felt a bit embarrassed but, I understood that they loved us and this was an expression of the same.
I express our sincere thanks to and appreciation of the dedicated service of the Reception Committee comrades for making the CEC a complete success. Maharashtra Circle Secretary Com. Nallwade and CHQ AGS, Com. John Verghese ensured that there is nothing massing in making arrangements.
My heartfelt thanks to the Reception Committee and Maharashtra Circle comrades!
The Extended CEC Meeting of BSNLEU held at Ahmednagar on 19-21 February 2016 has demanded for Wage revision for the employees from 01-01-2017. Only 10 months are left for the date. Hence BSNLEU CEC has demanded the DOT and the CMD BSNL, through a resolution, to start negotiation immediately.
An examination of all the membership verifications of non-executive unions conducted in BSNL since 2002, it can be seen that BSNL Employees Union is the only union which has been the recognised union since the II verification. It was a surprise that despite thousands of employees retiring every year, it increased the membership for many years.
Why BSNLEU is increasing its strength continuously which no other union is able to do? the following are some of the reasons:
- BSNLEU upholds the working class ideology. Since 1991 Bhopal AIC where Coms. VAN Namboodiri and Moni Bose have been elected as President and General Secretary respectively, a big change has come in the telecom unions. The reformist ideology which the earlier leadership has been imposing has been replaced by the forward, progressive and working class ideology and the workers are happy. After formation of BSNL Employees Union, it continued the great tradition of K.G.Bose. The majority of the workers have taken BSNLEU to their hearts.
- A trade union has as its most important task, the settlement of issues of the workers, big or small. BSNLEU since its inception has been implementing this responsibility with success. Whether it is wage revision, promotion or any other issue, BSNLEU has taken the issue and settled.
- BSNLEU is part of the national and international working class. It is affiliated with CPSTU and has implemented all the calls given by the Central Trade Unions since its inception. It is affiliated to Trade Union International (Public Services) which is part of the World Federation of Trade Unions(WFTU).
- BSNLEU always function democratically from top to bottom. Conferences and committees are held in time and democratic discussions take place. The opinions of the members and functionaries are given importance and acted upon.
- As long as this connection with the workers is maintained, no union can defeat BSNLEU.
According to an RTI reply, there are 13,75,483 Railways Pensioners at present, out of which 2.86 lakhs are in the range of 80-90 years old. The total number of pensioners in Railways are liable to be more than the existing workers. This is mainly because, the retirements are more comparing to the new recruitment. This is the condition of most of the central government establishments. It was reported earlier that while there are about 40 lakh CG employees, the pensioners number is around 52 lakh.
In order to improve the services, fresh blood is required and there should be adequate recruitment. There should be strong pressure from the unions for increased recruitment. The ban on recruitment should be rescinded. It will result in jobs for the youngsters who are jobless. Is the government hearing?