The total telephone connections in India has reached 120.54 crores as on 28-02-2019. BSNL connections are 12.75 crore and market share 10.58%. Vodafone Idea combine stands first with 40.96 crore connections and 33.99% market share. Though small increase,BSNL is moving upward, despite all obstructions created by the government.
It is 4 months all over India and 10 months in some circles that the contract workers have been paid their wages. All of them continue to work, but the management is not allocating funds stating that there are no funds with them. How can the workers maintain their families, if the wages are not paid for months together.
The day to day functioning of BSNL largely depends upon the contract workers. They are working but no wages.
Agitations are going in many centres. BSNLCCWF is expected to meet its working committee shortly after the announcement of the elections to the Lok Sabha and plan the future course, including strong agitational programmes.
The American magazine, Time in it’s May 20, 2019 international editions – the Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and South Pacific – feature the Modi cover story with the main headline “India’s Divider in Chief”. A detailed article on the cover story is also published.
The article indicates that the international media is also aware of the latest developments, including the general elections.
Influential corporate houses had managed to penetrate the judiciary – says Justice Arun Mishra of the Supreme Court.
We know that the government policies are being influenced by the big corporates. One good example for this is the privatisation of the public sector companies. But, we are shocked to know that, the big corporates have penetrated into the Supreme Court also. This was revealed by none other than Justice Arun Mishra, of the Supreme Court. He has told that the influential corporate houses had managed to penetrate the judiciary. This statement is made by Justice Arun Mishra, because the judgement delivered by him in the open court, has been changed by the court staff, in the case of controversial builder, Amrapali.
(Courtesy: The Times of India dt. 09-05-2019 )(Courtesy: bsnleu.in)
May 9, 2019 is the 74th anniversary of the victory of USSR over Hitler and the Nazi Germany. It was on 9th May in 1945, that the Soviet Red Army reached Berlin and raised the Red Flag there ending the dictatorship of Hitler and putting the last nail on his dream of subjugating the entire world.
After capturing France and other countries of the Europe, Hitler turned to USSR with his unstoppable mega army machine with the latest tanks, war planes etc. with lakhs of well trained army. They could invade deep in to the newly formed USSR. USSR requested Britain, France etc. to open a second line in Europe, so that the fierce attack on USSR could be weakened. But nothing was done. The imperialist countries were thinking that after USSR is defeated, then the attack on Hitler can be started.
USSR was determined to defend their Republic. At each and every step, the Nazi army had to face the defence of not only the army, but the common people. It was in Leningrad, that inch by inch fighting took place and the so called unbreakable Nazi Army was defeated. Nazi army was compelled to retreat. The USSR army not only liberated their country, but went after the Nazi army and reached Berlin, the capital of Germany, and raised the Red Flag there on Reichstag (Parliament) on 9th May 1945. It was almost the end of the II World War. Hitler committed suicide. The world escaped from a Nazist and Fascist dictatorship.
Although USSR is no more, Russian people still celebrates the victory over Fascism. This year also the anniversary was celebrated with military parade etc.
(Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile systems roll through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow on May 9, 2019. Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.)
Despite all adverse conditions and discrimination by government, BSNL has increased its market share from 10.22% to 10.63% during March 2018 to February 2019. This was announced by BSNL Director (CN) Sheetla Prasad. This is when all telcos are losing market share except Reliance Jio, the favourite of the Modi government.
BSNL in a statement also said that it has installed 54,000 towers during 2018-2019, which is higher than the combined figures of previous three years.
Yes, BSNL can not be defeated. It is moving forward, though slowly.
BSNL is a 100% Government company and dictated by the policies of the government. Whether required or not, the government is interfering in all matters to ensure that BSNL does not expand and is finished so that the private telcos, especially Reliance Jio can capture the entire market. BSNL is a thorn for the Reliance Jio and hence it has to be finished. And it is towards this idea, that central government is acting against BSNL.
But it has gone too far. The one lakh or so contract workers who are working continuously to keep the service maintained in good condition, are not paid their meagre wages for the last 4 months. This is totally unacceptable.
Mr. Prime Minister, while thousands of crores of rupees are being arranged through loans etc. to the big corporates like Ambani, Adani etc. by you and your government, you are not even allowing BSNL to take loan from the banks to pay the wages to the contract employees.
In your own constituency, Varanasi, the contract workers are only paid about Rs. 1,500 /2000 monthly ( whereas the wages to be paid are Rs.10,500), and that also is not paid for ten months. Cruelty and inhuman action has a limit!
In similar situation in the KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation), when due to loss the company could not pay the wages and pension, the LDF government took up the responsibility and paid the wages and pension, despite the fact the government was in financial difficulty due to floods etc.
Mr. Prime minister, at least show human consideration to the starving families of the contract workers in BSNL. They dont require 50,000 or 60,000 crores of rupees like Adanis and Ambanis, not even 1% of that. You spend thousands of crores of rupees for your costly dresses, but what about the hungry families, including children?
We request you to act immediately to ensure that the wages with arrears are paid to the BSNL contract workers.
The Fani storm has ravaged Odisha, with about 10 people died, hundreds of houses collapsed and more than 12 lakh people in the relief camps. The situation is very grave and the support and solidarity from all are required.
As in any time of natural calamities like floods, storms etc. BSNL is always there providing service to the affected people, while the private telcos are mostly absent. This is the same with the Fani storm in Odisha. Though initially, there was some problem, BSNL has quickly come back providing service and all help to the people.
BSNL always stand with the people!
The government and DOT seems to be always thinking about merger and or bifurcation with regard to BSNL. Earlier it was the proposal for Merger of BSNL and MTNL. Later there was bifurcation of BSNL in to Tower Company. Both did not work out due to strong opposition from the unions.
As per media reports the present proposal is to merge certain circles in the name of loss and non-viability. The circles proposed to merge are Bihar and Jharkhand, M.P. and Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Haryana, East UP and West UP etc. These are all circles which had been bifurcated earlier, after formation of new states, except that of East UP and West UP. It is not known whether the issue has been discussed with the Unions/Associations in BSNL, who are always very much anxious to improve the efficiency. By merging these circles, whether the efficiency will go up? Or is it due to non-availability of senior officers to hold the posts and reluctance to post promoted officials?
These are things which adversely affect the efficiency of the services and need to be discussed with the staff/union representatives. They should be informed and their viewpoints also taken in to consideration.
BSNL is a 100% owned government Company. About one lakh contract workers in BSNL have not been paid wages for these workers for four months or so. In some circles wages for 10 months or so have not been paid, This is horrible. How can the low paid workers feed their families? They manage their lives on day to day basis and denial of wages for months have destroyed their lives.
The government, at the time of corporatisation, assured the workers that BSNL will be assisted and their future will be safe. What is happening to the government’s assurance?
Is it not discrimination and a cruel joke, that while those who gets lakhs of rupees and who are in better position are paid, while those at the lowest position and managing hand to mouth are denied their wages?
The immediate demand is that the government / DOT should assist the BSNL and grant sufficient funds to pay the wages of the contract workers.