It is stated by Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, that all the projected 2199 mobile towers in the naxalite areas have been installed, before the target period of December 2016. This is a great achievement of the management and the workers of BSNL. Hearty Congratulations to all involved! It is to be noted here that the private companies are shying away from erecting mobile towers and giving service in the naxalite and other troubled areas. They are only interested in profit. It is only BSNL, the telecom PSU, which enters these domains and provide service.
It is with shock that the sad news of the death of Comrade V.Mukundan, Retd.JTO, Karnataka Circle and a veteran leader of the telecom workers was received by all who knew him. He was only 67 years.He passed away due to a massive heart attack at 15.00 hours on 28th June 2016 at HD Kote, Mysuru.
Com.Mukundan was one of the founders of the E.III(N) union in Karnataka, along with Coms. M.Sadananda, (late)Mukundan(Kundapuram) and R.G.Bhandari. He was the District Secretary of E.III(N) in Mysuru and also the Circle President of SNEA(I) later. During the 1990s, several times I had toured many places in Karnataka along with Com. Mukundan and other comrades, while organising the union.
He was a good organiser and speaker and was sincere to the core.
My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends and Comrades!
COAI, the cellular Operators Association of India, has assured the Communications Minister that they will invest Rs.12,000 crores in the telecom sector for improving the connectivity and services. The assurance is given in the backdrop of the TRAI decision to penalise the telecom operators for call drops. COAI also requested that they many not be penalised for call drops.
The government has formed the 3rd Pay Revision Committee (PRC) for the revision of pay scales, perquisites, etc., of the Board Level and Below Board level officers and Non-Unionised supervisors in the Central PSUs. . Justice Satish Chandra (Retd.) is the Chairman. The PRC will submit it’s report within 6 months and the wage revision will be implemented from 01.01.2017.It is to be mentioned that the PRC is formed after a lot of agitation by the executives associations in the Central PSUs.
The Members of the III PRC are:
Chairman : Justice Satish Chandra (Retd)
(i) Shri Jugal Mohapatra, Ex-IAS Officer
(ii) Prof. Manoj Panda, Director, Institute for Economic Growth, Delhi
(iii) Shri Shailendra Pal Singh, Ex Director (HR), NTPC Ltd.
Ex-Officio Member : Secretary, DPE, Government of India
Member Secretary:Jt. Secretary/Additional Secretary, DPE, GOI.
Salient terms of reference:
1. The Committee will make its recommendations to the Government within a period of six months from the date of its constitution and have its headquarters in Delhi.
2. The decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Committee will take effect from 1.1.2017.
It is high time that the wage negotiations start in BSNL for the non-executives.
Glad News! It is reported that Income Tax Department has decided to refund Rs. 4,900 crore to BSNL. Forum, BSNLEU and other unions have been long demanding for the same. This refund will benefit BSNL in reducing the loss in 2016-17 and also for procurement and up-gradation of BSNL.
The balance amount also be refunded at the earliest.
The VII Membership Verification has shown that 6.10 % of the employees ( 9980 employees out of a total number of 1,63,820) has not participated in the membership Verification. This is very high absentee % for such an internal secret ballot, for which all unions have made extra-ordinary campaign for about two months. Of course, in all the verifications, there have been absentees.
The lower % of voting has an adverse effect on the results of the verification in BSNL, since the % of votes received by each union is shown as compared to the total votes, instead of the polled votes. Compared to polled votes, as is calculated in the Parliament, Assembly elections etc., BSNLEU has got 52.77%, NFTE 34.03%, FNTO 5.65% and BTEU 3.15%, while according to the declaration of the results based on total votes is only 49.56%, 31.97%, 5.31% and 2.0% respectively.
The unions from the first membership verification has been demanding that the % should be based on the polled votes only. The present results are already over. But at least from the next on wards, the method needs to be corrected. The recognised unions should take up the issue as many other methods to be corrected as pointed out in this blog, including the increasing of number of council members to 20, which was also demanded earlier.
The campaign by the non-executive unions in BSNL in connection with the membership verification for grant of recognition to the union/s ends by evening of today, 8th May 2016. The polling will take place on 10th May through out the country. The results will be announced on 12th May. All the Unions are trying their maximum to canvass at the end of the campaign.
Though it was not possible to cover all the circles/ states as in the past verifications, I attended campaign meetings in Kerala, Andhra, Karnataka, Maharashtra, ALTTC, Telecom Factory Mumbai, Rajasthan, Uttarakahnd, Odisha, UP East and UP West. (I was compelled to cancel the programme to Bihar in the last moment due to illness of my wife.). While General Secretary might have visited almost all the circles, other CHQ office-bearers shared the responsibility covering the entire SSAs. This was a great campaign in which hundreds of meetings were held, at least one in each SSA and much more. The exercise might have been done by other unions participating in the verification also.
All the BSNL buildings – offices, exchanges etc. were full of wall posters, banners, flags and other campaign materials of the unions. The social media like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, website, blogs etc.were also used. But one thing I noted was that the maximum publicity was done by BSNLEU, the main recognised union. With regard to the participation of workers in the meetings also, it always had the first position. Of course, the retirement of more than thirty thousand workers since the last verification reflected in the number of workers present.
The allies who changed sides – TEPU and NFTBE from BSNLEU camp to NFTE and SNATTA from NFTE camp to BSNLEU – naturally explained the reasons for their change. BSNLEU had a lot of achievements to campaign, while NFTE mainly concentrated in attacking BSNLEU. This is usual in any election, nothing special. Generally it did not go beyond the permissible limits and cordiality between the leaders and workers were maintained.
The third alliance lead by FNTO aimed not at getting recognition, but at least to get one seat in the councils, which it missed last time by a small margin of votes.
The trend as per my interaction with the workers, participation in the meetings and the general discussions is that BSNLEU, the present main recognised union, which got 48.6% of total votes last time, may get 52% to 55% or more and is expected to become the Sole Bargaining Agent and the only recognised union. The % of votes by NFTE is expected to come down marginally, despite its massive campaign.
Anyway, my assessment is on the basis of my experience in the areas I campaigned. For a better assessment, more statistical calculation is required. It can be done after the voting is over. Anyway, by 12th, the results will be out.
If BSNLEU gets more than 50% of votes as expected and become the Sole Bargaining Agent, the entire basic situation in negotiation will take a new form. BSNLEU will have to bear more responsibilities, being the lone recognised union.
Whatever is the result, all the unions/associations will have to jointly work for strengthening BSNL and also for improving the position of the workers.’STRUGGLE FOR UNITY, UNITY FOR STRUGGLE AND STRUGGLE AND UNITY FOR PROGRESS’ will have to continue as our main guiding policy.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL on 29th April 2016 and pressed for early restoration of the medical allowance to the pensioners, which was withdrawn earlier on the plea of lack of funds. The hardships being faced by the retired officials were brought to the notice of the CMD BSNL in detail. Com. Namboodiri stated that even the National Council, the priority of restoring it to pensioners has been demanded.
CMD stated that the matter will be considered.
Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated in Parliament on 27th April 2016 that BSNL will be increasing its market share from 9.43% in December 2015 to 10% in March 2016. Good News! The initiative of the workers andmanagement are getting results
Along with making statements, the Minister should ensure that the refund of spectrum charges (Rs. 6,000 crore), USOF assistance (Rs. 1,250 crore) and Income Tax Refund (about Rs. 8,000 – 10,000) to enable it to purchase equipment, upgrading etc.
The BSNL Management has announced the total number of employees eligible to vote in the VII Membership verification for electing the Recognised Union/s. The number is 1,64,224. A.P.Circle has the maximum number with 19,046 followed by Maharashtra (16,221), Gujarat (13,752), Karnataka(12,466) and T.Nadu(12,126). The circles with the lowest number of voters are T and D Circle ( 46) and BRBRAITT (70).
In the last Membership Verification the total number of voters was 2,04,463. The number of voters has come down by 40,239. BSNLEU got 99,380 and got the first position. The maximum number of votes for BSNLEU were received in the last verification from AP (11,056), Maharashtra (10,394), Karnataka (7,937) Kerala (7,734) and Gujarat (6843) circles.