3 lakh jobs lost in automobile industry – SB Account rates to be reduced?

It was reported earlier that about  2 lakh jobs have been lost in automobile industry including the house of Tatas. But the latest information is more serious. The job loss is more than three lakhs, it is stated. It is also  stated that  the demand is lowest in  the last ten  years.

Banks are planning to reduce the interest for the SB Accounts. This will hit the ordinary people who put their savings in the banks.

Is it going to an economic crisis?

BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF workers March to Labour Officers.


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Hundreds of BSNL employees and casual-contract workers will march to the Labour Officers in their respective places on 13th August demanding intervention for payment of wages to contract workers and their arbitrary retrenchment by the contractor/BSNL. Despite the issues taken with the CMD BSNL and other authorities, no favourable decision has been taken so far. The issue was brought to the notice of the CLC also, but no result. It is in this context that the March to Labour Office is being organised. Let us fully participate and make the programme a full success.

( Due to floods and landslides etc. the programme in Kerala Circle is postponed.)

Ordnance Factory Employees to go on 30 Days Strike against corporatization from 20th August 2019

According to Defence Ministry Sources, the Central Government is all set to Corporatize 41 Ordnance Factories to bring more accountability and enhance efficiency. But the 82000 Employees of this 218 year old organisation are fearing that their Job Security will be at risk. Hence three Defence Federations have decided to protest against this proposal and declared 30 days Strike from 20-8-2019 to 19-9-2019 . Three Federations made Joint representation to Minister of Defence to withdraw the decision of the Central Government. The following demand was made in the representation.


We appeal to your honour considering all the above aspects and also the fact that the future life of more than 82000 employees and their family members will be ruined in case Ordnance Factories become a Corporation / PSU. Out of the 82000 employees more than 44000 are recruited after 01.01.2004 and at the age group of 25 to 40 years. They have all joined the Ordnance Factories with lot of aspiration and expectations. Their Pension right is already taken away since they are governed under the no guarantee NPS Pension Scheme. They have planned their life requirement based on the present income which they are getting as wages from the Ordnance Factories. All these will be completely disturbed and destroyed for no fault of theirs. All of them including the young talented Officers and Workers are worried about their future which has now become uncertain. Therefore, in the interest of national security and achieving self reliance in Defence the decision of corporatization of OFB may be withdrawn.


In view of all the above justifications given by us, the three Federations unanimously have come to the conclusion that corporatization of OFB is not going to help either the Armed Forces or the employees and hence to outright reject the same and we propose that the Ordnance Factories should continue to remain in its present structure and if the Government wants further improvement in the functioning of the Ordnance Factories. we are open for a discussion and a negotiated settlement in this regard.

We are confident that the Hon’ble RM will appreciate the concern expressed by us and do the needful by withdrawing the proposed decision of corporatizing the Ordnance Factories.

It is also pertinent to mention here that considering the un helpful nature of the Government so far on the subject matter the three Federations have now decided to observe one month (30 days) 20/08/2019 to 19/09/2019 strike by the employees of Ordnance Factories and DGQA Units attached with Ordnance Factories demanding to withdraw the decision of the Government to Corporatize the Ordnance Factories.

Awaiting for your earlier and favourable response please.

Yours Sincerely,

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2019.


Assam Circle Branch has consented to host the next Central Executive Committee meeting and accordingly they have decided, in consultation with CHQ, to hold the CEC at Guwahati on 24th and 25th November, 2019.

The CEC will start at 10AM on 24th November and concude by 5PM on 25-11-2019. All the CHQ office bearers and circle secretaries are requested to book their to and fro tickets well in advance to ensure their full participation.

The details will be intimated in due course.

Memorandum submitted to the CMD BSNL – BSNLCCWF Discussed the matter with CLC New Delhi on 17th July.

Memorandum submitted to the CMD BSNL – BSNLCCWF Discussed the matter with CLC New Delhi on 17th July.

We have successfully conducted the Dharna programme on 16th July, 2019 at Corporate Office as well as throughout the country. After the Dharna programme we had submitted the memorandum to the CMD and urged upon him for the payment of pending wages of the contract labourers. It is learnt that the department is trying to clear a portion of pending wages of the contract workers by taking bank loan at the end of this month.

On 17th July, 2019 Secretary General, CCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra, met Chief Labour Commissioner, Sri Rajen Varma and apprised him of the latest position about the non-payment of the wages to the contract workers for 6 months and retrenchment of these labourers and as a whole the situation persisting in BSNL. A memorandum was also submitted to him on this day. He said that as per the notice served to BSNL in regard to the strike on December, 2017 the Astt. labour Commissioner, New Delhi had intervened and series of discussions took place with the officers of BSNL. But it is unfortunate that the department has ignored to the directives of the Labour Commissioner. Under this circumstance the Secretary General asked the favour of the Chief Labour Commissioner for intervening on the issue. The Hon’ble CLC assured the leadership to do the needful (BSNLCCWF website)

CLC meeting on contract workers’ issues

BSNLEU and BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation organised massive dharnas throughout the country on 16.07.2019, demanding immediate payment of the wages arrears, which is not paid for the past 6 months. Notice was also issued to the RLC(C) for his intervention. Consequent to this, the RLC(C) conducted a conciliation yesterday the 26.07.2019. From BSNLEU, Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer, attended.

Representatives of BSNLEU complained that almost 80,000 contract workers, working in BSNL throughout the country, are not paid wages for the past 6 months and as a result of which 5 contract workers have committed suicide. They also reported that, issue was already raised with the CMD BSNL, Director (Finance), BSNL and Director (HR), BSNL, on a number of occasions, but no result has arrived. The Management, representatives submitted that due to the acute financial crisis they were not in a position to make payment. From the meeting, the RLC(C), spoke to the CMD BSNL over phone. The CMD BSNL told the RLC(C) that, he is trying to overcome the problem. Thereafter, the RLC(C) adjourned the meeting with an intent to discuss the matter either by calling or by visiting the Apex level Management of BSNL within a short period and come to reach a settlement, so that at least a part payment is made at the earliest.(BSNLEU Website)

Closure / Privatisation of PSUs will be a national disaster – SAVE PSU , SAVE NATION!


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Move to close or privatise the central PSUs, one after another, by the Modi government will, no doubt, lead the country to a national disaster. It is these 340 and more PSUs, which built up the infrastructure in various sectors and strengthened the economy. It is the nationalised banks which saved India from the financial crisis of 2007, which engulfed almost all the countries in the world. LIC, despite its moderate start, is one of the mighty PSUs, which gives financial assistance to the centre, whenever required and demanded. The dividend and taxes paid by the PSUs to the government come to  lakhs of crores of rupees.

It is only the machinations of the government and the corporates, that some of the major PSUs like BSNL, Air India, ITI, HMT have become loss making. Air India and Indian Airlines were profitable till they were arbitrarily merged and also till orders for 111 flights were ordered at the behest of the Minister when only one third of that number was required for the company. ITI was made loss making by not giving it orders for telecom equipment by BSNL and MTNL as also under-utilising the manufacturing  equipments. The case of HMT is not different. HAL is being weakened by not giving its due order for manufacture of planes, by diverting the same to the unskilled, newly formed company of Anil Ambani. Nationalised Banks are being weakened by merger, reducing the customer base as also weakening the entire sector. Profitable railway stations and trains are being handed over to private companies, leaving the loss making stations and trains with the Indian Railways. Privatising the Airports were done after all the modernisation has been done by the Airport Authority of India spending thousands of crores of rupees.

It is the ordinary people who are at the receiving end. Train and Air charges and mobile charges will be increased as in the case huge increase in petrol and diesel prices. Prices of essential commodities will be increased.

Unless this reckless and anti-people privatisation is stopped, the common people are going to suffer much more.




Shri Anshu Prakash appointed as Secretary DOT.



The Appointment Committee of the Central Cabinet ,in its meeting held on 24-07-2019, is reported to have selected Shri.Anshu Prakash as the new Secretary, Department of Telecommunications in place of Ms. Aruna Sundararajan who is retiring on superannuation on 31-07-2019. Shri.Anshu Prakash is currently Additional Secretary, Telecom.

AIBDPA congratulates Shri. Anshu Prakash on his appointment to the coveted post and wish him all success in the new venture. We also hope to have a cordial relationship to ensure smooth settlement of the genuine issues of the pensioners. AIBDPA Website)




The media reports are always mentioning BSNL with adjectives like sick, incipient, loss making etc. with the ill motive of denigrating it and also giving a wrong signal to the public that BSNL is going to be privatised or closed. The government also wants the same, though Communications Minister has some Revival plan.

But is BSNL so sick and incipient? No sir, it is still vibrant, got good infrastructure, committed employees and increasing number of mobile subscribers every month. Let us look in to the details:( as on 31-03-2019)


12.68 crore subscribers – 11.56 crore Mobile 1.11 crore landline.( 3.94 crore rural including landline and GSM)
2.15 crore Broadband customers, including ADSL, FTTH, Wi-MAX, Wi-Fi etc.
32,760 Telephone Exchanges – 8,641 urban and 24,029 rural.
8.49 lakh Route Kms of OFC network
2,548 Microwave Route Kms and 95 Satellite Earth Stations
67,618 Towers.
GSM BTS – 1,46,065, including rural, urban (2G, 3G)
3G coverage in 6,383 cities.
1,32,229 villages connectivity
10.58% Market Share of both GSM & Landline combined.(4th position after Vodafone-Idea, Bharti Airtel and reliance Jio)

Number of employees 1,66,974
Reduction of employees in 2018-19 = 16,548

Approximate land and building will be worth several lakhs of crores of rupees
Staff Quarters in all important centres.
7 Telecom Factories in W.Bengal, M.P., Chhattisgarh and Mumbai.
2 Advanced Training centres at Ghaziabad and Jabalpur.
About 20 RTTCs and CTTCs (Training centres)

No other institution in India has got so much land and building assets, except Railways.

BSNL has been increasing its mobile connections every month, when all other telcos except Reliance Jio is losing customers.

What is the Revenue, Expenditure, Loss? Depreciation
2013- 14 Rs. 27,996 cr. 34,930 cr. Rs. 7020 cr. Rs. 6023cr
2014-15 Rs. 28,645 cr. 37,292 cr Rs. 8234 cr. Rs. 8,817cr
2015-16 Rs. 32,411 cr 37,270 cr. Rs. 4859 cr. Rs 7,206cr
2016-17 Rs. 31,533 cr 36,327 cr. Rs. 4,793 cr Rs. 6330cr
2017-18 Rs. 25,071 cr. 33,808 cr. Rs. 7993 cr Rs. 5832cr
The loss is mainly due to the amount of depreciation counted in the expenditure. This is not an actual expenditure, but the % of depreciation calculated for the building and other assets. If the depreciation is removed and only the actual expenditure is taken, the loss is minimal.

The wage bill has not increased, but was almost static, since almost 10,000 to 17,000 employees were retiring every year without substitute. The number of staff in 2000 was 3.5 lakhs which at present is only 1.6 lakhs.

The main reason for the loss is due to non- allotment of 4G Spectrum, non-refund of about Rs.14,000 crores by the DOT/Government including increased pension contribution taken from BSNL and not honouring the assurances on financial viability by the government at the time of corporatisation in 2000.

The debt of BSNL is about Rs. 14,000 crore, while that of each of the private telcos are more than Rs. one lakh crore. The predatory pricing and violation of rules by Reliance Jio is another reason for loss of all the companies.

This government’s policy is to privatise/close all the PSUs one after another as recommended by NITI Ayog. Privatisation or closure of a profitable PSU will naturally be questioned by the people, Hence BSNL has to be made loss making before privatisation/Closure. VRS is also another weapon to destroy the services and this is what the govt want to implement in BSNL. This has to be fought and defeated.

The public and the customers are not fully aware that the closure/privatisation of BSNL and MTNL will result in increased rent, charges etc. for telephone services. Just like the price of the petrol nowadays, the telephone charges also will increase almost daily. It will adversely affect all the 120 crore subscribers of all the telcos.

The workers also have to improve the services to the maximum possible, which will ensure public support for the PSU. BSNL employees are getting comparatively good wages and the work should be better. There are many genuine and fully justified demands of the workers including wage revision etc. and struggle has to take place for those. But immediate issue is the survival of BSNL and maximum effort form the part of the workers is very important.

As shown above BSNL is neither weak nor to be written off. Once the 7th biggest telecom company in the world, it can come back again to the glorious position that it held earlier.

We seek full support of the people in making BSNL strong and an efficient organisation to give the best service to the customers.