Yesterday, 24th February 2017, I have shifted to my home at Kozhikode after a long period of work and stay at New Delhi. Exactly it is more than 25 years back in November 1991 that I shifted from Calicut to New Delhi, immediately after being elected as the President of E.3 Union at its All India Conference at Bhopal.
The last 25 years of my stay at New Delhi has been eventful. Organising and strengthening the union,fight for the cause of the workers, unite and co-ordinate the various executive and Non-Executive Unions/Associations in BSNL – these were the main tasks. I hope that I have made maximum efforts for the above.
At the time of leaving Delhi, I wish to express thanks to all comrades and friends, who helped and assisted me in discharging my duties effectively.
My address and phone numbers at Kozhikode:
V.A.N.Namboodiri, S- 8, Alhind Elite Apartments, Nedungadi Gardens Road, Nadakkavu P.O., Kozhikode – 673011.
Mob: 9868231431. Phone : 0495 2360700 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Blog: vannamboodiri.com
The beautiful Palace city of Mysuru in Karnataka witnessed effective deliberations, active discussions and appropriate decisions. The occasion was the Central Executive Committee Meeting held at Com.M.P.Kunhanandan Nagar in Regional Telecom Training Centre on 23rd and 24th February, 2017. The CEC started with hoisting of National Flag by Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri , Advisor and AIBDPA flag by Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary. Thereafter the participants paid homage to the martyrs. The Open session at 11AM on 23-02-2017 was inaugurated by Com.K.K.N.Kutty, Secretary General, NCCPA. He narrated the developments in connection with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and the nefarious and treacherous game by the central government to deny the genuine modifications sought by the National Joint Action Council. He came down heavily on the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare for rejecting Option 1, the only positive recommendations for the pensioners. In this context the decision of Confederation for a one day strike is most justified and the pensioners have to support it. Com.S.Mohandoss, Vice President presided. Delivering the Key note address, Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri while congratulating the comrades for the growth of AIBDPA as a mighty organisation of pensioners, he appealed to further strengthen it by enrolling more pensioners. He also explained the efforts of CHQ to achieve mandatory pension revision from 01-01-2017. Coms.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, C.K.Gundanna, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, H.V.Sudarshan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU CHQ and G.G.Patil, AGS addressed the open session. Com.N.Vijayakumar, Chairman, Reception Committee welcomed the gathering and Com.S.A.Bilagi, Circle Secretary, Karnataka proposed vote of thanks. The subject session started at 1430hrs on 23-02-2017 continued upto 1600hrs on 24-02-2017 with the usual breaks. Coms.S.Mohandoss, Supriya Mitra and S.V.Shrivastava, Vice Presidents jointly presided. Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary and Com.R.Aravindakshan Nair, Treasurer presented the report and accounts, respectively. 26 comrades participated in the discussion and raised various issues in a matured manner.Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri and K.G.Jayaraj replied appropriately after which the report and accounts were adopted. The CEC decided to launch a phased program of agitation on the demands identified in the charter of demands, including Mandatory Pension Revision consequent on pay revision in BSNL from 01-01-2017, 50% IDA merger, Fixed Monthly Medical Allowance, implementation of Option 1 etc, as follows.
Campaign Week- Last week of March,
2017 Call Attention day_ 20 April, 2017 and
Mass Dharna at SSA level- 25 May, 2017
Resolutions were adopted on important issues. CEC congratulated the Recepetion Committee led by Com.N.Vijayakumar and Basavaraju and effectively guided by Coms.C.K.Gundanna and G.G.Patil for the excellent arrangements for the successful conduct of the CEC.
All preparations are going on for making the Parliament March on 22nd February to be successful. About 2,500 workers will be participating. The March will start from Eastern Court, BSNL Corporate Office, and will culminate in a Rally at Jantar Mantar / Parliament Street. Coms. A.K.Padmanabhan, Vice-President CITU and Tapan Sen, M.P., General Secretary CITU will address the rally. All circle secretaries should inform Secretary General BSNLCCWF (Mob. No. 9433009450) about the actual number of participants from their circle and the dates of their arrival and departure.
Next wage revision for PSU employees is due from January 2017. The III Pay Revision Committee for Executives has already submitted its report, on which decision is yet to be taken. But the wage negotiation for the non-executives has not started yet. This is completely un-acceptable.
The DPE should direct the PSUs to start the wage negotiations immediately. The Central Trade Unions and the Federations in the PSUs should urgently take up the issues seriously.
The Central government has taken decision to list all the PSUs making profit for the last three years in the market for disinvestment / strategic sale.The expected amount to the government through strategic sale /disinvestment for the next financial year is a whooping Rs. 72,500 crore. There are 71 PSUs making profit continuously.
The Modi government is aggressively continuing its ‘selling the family silver’ to benefit the private corporates and big business. Whatever disinvestment or strategic sale so far done has shown how the people’s wealth is being handed over to the corporates for paltry sums.
Not only the trade unions, but a massive movement by the people is needed to stop this anti-national move of disposing of the nation’s wealth.
Kerala State is first in many spheres including literacy. Now the Central Government has congratulated the state government for best implementation of free lunch to school children. As per the report 90% school children in the Primary level and 90% in the Upper Primary level are being supplied lunch, the highest in any state. Congratulations to Kerala Government and people!
The recent collapse of two buildings in New Delhi’s Connaught Place has created doubt about the heritage Connaught place buildings. Now the Expert Committee with representatives from NDMC, IIT, CPWD, Sub Divisional Magistrate and others have stated that about 900 buildings in Connaught Place are in danger of collapse.
This is serious. Connaught is in the centre of th Capital and is visited by lakhs of people every day including foreign tourists. These are also heritage builds of Leuton’s Delhi. Immediate renovation is needed.
Leaders of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met Smt. Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office on 16th February 2017 and discussed the various issues of the casual labours.
1. Regularisation – The unions demanded that a scheme be formulated for the regularisation of the casual labour as suggested by the unions.
2. The casual labour be paid the minimum pay of the CDA pay ie. Rs.18,000. GM told that a Committee has been formed and that its report is being studied. The union stated that there should not be any delay in the matter.
2. DA to Casual labour – Orders have been issued. But the union representatives wanted that a direction be issued to the order stating that this is applicable to casual labour also, as some of the circles are not implementing. It was agreed by the GM.
Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Balbir Singh, President BSNLEU, Animesh Mitra, SG BSNLCCWF, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS BSNLEU and Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF participated in the discussions.