ITS Absorption, Anti-Disinvestment Agitation

The non-absorption of ITS Officers in BSNL is one of the major issues connected with the functioning of BSNL. As per the decision of the Joint Forum, demonstration and black badge wearing were organized on 24-02-2009 demanding immediate absorption of ITS officers in BSNL. This was followed by one day dharna on 17-03-2009. The strike call given for 25-03-2009 was deferred after discussion with CMD on 16-03-2009 in which the management assured to take necessary action for the absorption.
The joint Forum strongly protested against the government guide lines increasing the FDI in the telecom, Insurance, Defence sector etc.
Anti-Disinvestment / IPO agitation
During the period, the government was moving for disinvestment of BSNL through IPO route. The JF met on 8th June 2009 and decided to organize protest action against the same. A strong resolution against IPO/Disinvestment was adopted. An “Anti-Disinvestment Day” was organized on 22-07-2009 by holding rallies and sending telegrams by all the SSAs and Circles to the Prime Minister and Communications Minister. Tens of thousands of messages were sent. A meeting with the CMD was held on 16-07-2009 in which the absorption of ITS, opposition to IPO/disinvestment and other issues were discussed. (To be continued).