AIBDPA has called upon its members to donate liberally to the Prime Minister Relief Fund / Chief Minister Relief Fund liberally as in the past, when natural calamities have occurred.
This is our responsibility. The amount remitted to the Relief funds may be intimated to AIBDPA head quarters.
Govt of India, Ministry of Finance has issued orders that contractual, casual and outsourced staff required to stay at home in view of Lock Down will be treated as ‘duty’ and payment made. BSNL should immediately pay the contract workers their wages at present as of the past one year. Order is given below:
March 24, 2020 admin
Contractual, casual and outsourced staff is required to stay at home in view of lockdown order regarding COVID-19 prevention and they shall be treated as “on duty” during such period of absence and necessary pay/wages would be paid accordingly
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Sub: Payment of wages to outsourced persons of Ministries / Departments and other organizations of Government of India during lockdown period due to COVID-19
As part of social distancing and isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, various State/UT Governments have announced lockdown at different places. Instructions have been separately issued by DOP&T regarding maintenance of essential services in Ministries / Departments.
Due to these measures, there is a likelihood of a number of contractual, casual and outsourced staff such as house-keeping staff etc. being required to stay at home, which under normal circumstances would result in deduction in their pay/wages. In order to avoid any undue hardships under the prevailing extraordinary circumstances, it has been decided that wherever any such contractual, casual and outsourced staff of Ministries / Departments and other organizations of Government of India, is required to stay at home in view of lockdown order regarding COVID-19 prevention, as announced by various States /UT Governments, they shall be treated as “on duty” during such period of absence and necessary pay/wages would be paid accordingly.
These instructions shall also apply to Attached/Subordinate Offices, Autonomous / Statutory Bodies of Government of India.
These instructions shall apply till 30th April, 2020.
In all the countries so far affected by COVID-19, more casualties are aged people, since they are comparatively weak and is prone to illness. Under this situation, they are to fully observe the Lock Down and stay at home. Light exercises, rest, timely food, reading, writing, seeing TV etc as also contacting friends and relatives over phone, visiting face book, whats-app etc. will fill the time and keep energy. One should not allow anxiety, dismay etc. to take over them.
We shall pass this crisis and reach normalcy.
After much delay, DOT has released the funds for payment of first installment of Exgratia amount to VRS retirees in BSNL, coming to Rs. 4,156 crore. According to the order dated 26th March, the payment is to be made within 21 days and that this fund can not be used for any other purpose.
In the present circumstances of COVID-19, maximum efforts on the part of BSNL is required to ensure that the payment is made in time.
Happy that Centre has at last announced a Relief Package of Rs 1.7 lakh crore in view of COVID-19.
But compare it with Rs. 8 lakh crore NPA written off for corporates and Rs. One lakh crore concessions being given to private telecom companies on AGR despite Court warning.
The Nation is making all preparations to face COVID-19 and 21 days Lock Down has been declared by the central government. Government has advised people to stay at home. Now people will be using mobile, phone etc. in a large way to get the information and to contact their near and dear ones. Most of the govt employees and others are working from home.
In this situation, BSNL has the scope to increase its subscribers and also to improve the facilities. Govt should allocate funds, allot 4G Spectrum and plan future activities with the unions and associations, so that better and more efficient service can be given and also expanded.
The Central government has ordered for 21 days complete Lock Down from 25th March till 14th April 2020 to face the COVID-19, which has entered India also. Almost all the countries in the world are attacked by the Coronavirus. Major European countries are reeling under the attack. Already more than 19,000 people have died. In India also many have died. Lakhs of people are under observation in the various hospitals and at homes also.
It is under this serious situation that the 21 days Lock Down has been declared. Along with that, arrangements should be made for the people to get essential items to sustain their day to day life. Medical facilities should be sufficient. People and workers who manage their day to day life from hand to mouth should be given free ration and other help. It seems that the Rs 15,000 crore package will be insufficient. It should be increased.
25th March 2020 is the 12th death anniversary of Com.K.T.Muhammed, Bhishmapithamaha or Nataka Kulapathy of drama writers / artists of Kerala. He has written about 40 dramas, including ‘Ithu Bhumiyanu’ (‘This is the earth’), ‘Kandam Becha Kottu'(‘Coat with stitched parts’)etc. He has also written screen plays for a lot of Films. He had his own drama team and club. He was honoured with many awards including Kerala State Film Award for best screen play.
Com. K.T. was an employee of the Posts and Telegraph Department. He first worked as an ED Packer and after passing examinations was promoted to Postmen and then to Postal Clerk. He was very active in the union and participated in all the strikes and struggles organised in P and T. He was suspended for his leading role in the Token Strike of 19th September 1968. He resigned protesting against the anti-worker victimization imposed on the strikers by the government and merged fully himself in writing drama and other cultural activities. But he continued his connection with the P and T Movement and his erstwhile comrades till the last.
I had the fortune to work in the union along with him. Many times visited his drama club. Even when functioning at Delhi, while visiting Kozhikode, I met him more than once at his residence along with late Com. K.Rajan, who was the Convener of the Co-ordinating Committee at that time. Once I gave him a copy of the one page article about him published in the journal of the Postal Union at the time when he was given an International Short Story Award award for his short story ” Kannukal ” (‘The Eyes’) in 1952.
There is a big Statue of Com. K.T.Muhammed installed in his honour in the centre of the Kozhikode Town. But by oversight or so, the name and other particulars are not noted on the statue. We hope the Corporation of Kozhikode will certainly fulfill its responsibility at the earliest.
Red Salute to Com.K.T.Muhammed!