The government has allotted 4G Spectrum to BSNL. After much pressure it has also allowed participation of foreign companies for providing 4G infrastructure by BSNL as by private companies, ending the discrimination to BSNL. Is one year necessary to float the tender and finalise it? The issue should be taken with utmost seriousness and urgency by the management without any delay as 4G service is vital to the growth of the company.
As per the latest Consumer Price Index, released by the Labour Bureau yesterday, the 31st March, 2021, IDA rate is to get reduced by 1.1%, w.e.f. 01st April, 2021. Accordingly, the 171.5% IDA that has become due from 01.01.2021, will get reduced to 170.4%, w.e.f. 01.04.2021. Hence, the quantum of IDA increase, that remains to be paid to the Non-Executives of BSNL is 10.5%. The CHQ of BSNLEU is pressurising the BSNL Management to take steps to pay this IDA increase at the earliest. BSNL Management has referred the matter to the DoT. (BSNLEU Website)
Contract labours are workers who maintain their families with the meagre wages they are getting. Even delay of one month in payment puts them in much difficulty and hardship. Now, they have not been paid wages for months. As per reply in the Parliament, there is no loss for BSNL. More than Rs. 8000 crore are saved yearly on wages due to retrenchment of about 80,000 employees through VRS. Then why not pay the arrears of wages?
BSNLCCWF has demanded the BSNL management to pay the wage arrears at the earliest.
It is understood that BSNL is moving for monetizing its land assets in many circles. It is advisable that a committee be formed including members from the recognised unions so that which assets can be monetised, which are not to be monetised, what should be the criteria of assessing the value etc. can be discussed so that important and useful assets to BSNL are not monetised and real value is ensured for the assets. These committees can be formed at circle levels so that the actual market rate etc. can be found out correctly.
There are many corporate hawks waiting to grab these assets for a song with the covert and overt support of the government in power. A joint committee of recognised unions and administration will ensure maximum price for the assets which can be monetised.
West Bengal comrades, the Circle Branches of Kolkata Telephones, West Bangal, Telecom Factory & Stores, Kolkata and our strong affiliate, CORTO took up the responsibility of holding the 3rd triennial All India Conference at Kolkata braving the peculiar, rather adverse conditions prevailed in West Bengal. There were serious concerns about the successfull conduct of the conference and the Reception Committee faced certain challenges in the form of denial of accommodation in the last minute. However, our comrades rose to the occasion and overcame all these challenges and made the AIC a historic success.
Now, the Reception Committee has finalised the accounts and has donated Rs. 2,00,000 to the CHQ from the surplus on 29-03-2021. CHQ heartily congratulates and thanks the Reception Committee for completing the accounts and donating Rs.2 lakh to CHQ. (AIBDPA website)
The central government headed by Shri Narendra Modi is closing or privatising Public sector units one after another. Air India, Railways, LIC, General Insurance, banks, Defence factories etc. are on the line to be privatised. BSNL is being killed through nefarious methods.
At the same time, the Kerala LDF government is making all out efforts to improve the PSUs, make them viable and profitable. While taking over almost all the PSUs were in loss. Within the last five years almost all of them are in profit.
Two governments, two policies and actions.
As per call of BSNLEU, street corner meetings were held all over India to explain to the people the anti-BSNL actions of the government and the need to revive BSNL. In Kerala, the programme was conducted jointly with AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF in most of the places. Pamphlets with details were circulated to the people. Such programmes should be conducted continuously.
The Central government is putting all kinds of obstruction in launching of 4 G service by BSNL. While foreign companies are allowed for private telcos to launch their services, it is denied to BSNL with the intention to delay BSNL services. This discrimination against BSNL, 100 % government owned company, should be put an end to. Govt should ensure that NSNL 4 G service is started with out any delay.
In this connection, BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF are congratulated for starting a public campaign in this respect.
Continued LDF rule in Kerala is a must for implementation of pro-people policies, relief to various sections of people and also for a corruption free government.