AIBDPA, the Association of Pensioners in BSNL, has extended full solidarity and called upon its members to participate in full strength in the programme.
Despite clear direction from the TRAI to stop the summer special offers extended for more than 90 days to customers, Reliance Jio has given advertisements continuing the offer for more than 15 days.
Probably, Reliance Jio will be thinking that Modi government will not take any action against it, since it was Prime Minister Modi’s photo that they put in their full page advertisements earlier.
TRAI and DOT should take serious action against the violation of rules by Reliance Jio, which has resulted in great loss to the government, in terms of licence fee to the extent of 30% as reported bt DOT to the Minister.
Shri. J.S.Deepak , Secretary, Department of Telecom has assured the AIBDPA delegation that he will do the needful in extending the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger to BSNL pensioners. The delegation consisting Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary and Com.R.A.Nair, Treasurer handed over him the letter of intimation of the Tirupati AIC’s decision for countrywide Mass Dharna on 10-03-2016 demanding immediate settlement of 78.2% IDA merger and the list of new office bearers elected by the All India Conference.
However unless and until something emerges positively in clear terms there will not be any change in our decision of Mass Dharna on 10-03-2016.
The core committee members of Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations Com.P.Abhimayu, Convenor, Com.Chandeswar Singh, President, Com.K.Sebastian, General Secretary, SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, General Secretary, AIBSNLEA met Shri.Rakesh Garg,Secretary,DoT today,7th October,2015. The leaders conveyed dissatisfaction to the inordinate delay in the settlement of 78.2% IDA merger to BSNL pensioners despite assurance in the discussion on 1st May, 2015. The Secretary,DoT assured the delegation to do the needful. The leaders also met Shri.N.Sivasailam, Addl Secretary also and discussed the issue.
In the meeting with the Forum on 1st May 2015 consequent to the 2 days strike on 21-22 April and discussion later, the DOT had assured that the payment of Rs.1,250 crores approved for the financial year 2012-13 as well as part of refund of spectrum surrendered by the BSNL will be made without further delay. But so far, it is yet to be paid. Why so much delay? BSNL is in a big move to expand and improve its services to the customers. This is the time when the funds are required for the company.
The DOT should act immediately and ensure that the due funds are paid to BSNL immediately.
The Department of Telecom will undertake special audit to assess the coverage and quality of service of all mobile operators in the metro cities to assess the gravity of problem to call drops. This was stated in a written reply given in the Parliament by the Minister of Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad.
“The TERM cells (field unit of DoT) have been asked to take up the special audit to assess the coverage/quality of service in metro/capital cities of all mobile operators network in order to assess the gravity of problem of call drops,” the Communications Minister stated.
There has been several complaints of call drops, especially in the metro cities. Many MPs had also raised the issue in the Parliament.
Though the call drops of BSNL is stated to be less than others, it also will have to seriously look in to the matter and ensure for a better service, which will attract more customers.
The report of the CAG on Telecom bring out so many facts. The private companies like Reliance, Airtel etc. are brazenly violating the rules on spectrum licence, roaming and on many other counts, resulting in thousands of crores of rupees to the government. In addition, the security concerns of the country are violated.
Despite all these being brought to the notice of the DOT and TERM, no action is taken against these private companies. 2 G scam is known to all, resulting in loss of about 1.72 lakh crore. It seems that whichever ministry comes, the private companies are capable of continuing their violation of rules to maximise their profit and escape unscathed.
Communications Minister should take strong action in these cases.
FORUM OF BSNL UNIONS/ASSOCIATIONS
D-7, Telegraph Place, Gole Market, New Delhi –
A Brief Report of the Secretary DOT’s Meeting with the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations held on 1st May 2015 on the 21-22 April strike issues
A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations with the Secretary DOT, Shri Rakesh Garg, was held on 1st May 2015 at the Committee Room of Sanchar Bhawan to discuss about the issues raised in the Two Days Strike of BSNL employees on21-22 April 2015.
In addition to the secretary DOT, Special Secretary (T) Smt. Rita Teotia, Member (Finance) Smt. Annie Moraes, Member (Services) Shri N.K.Yadav, Administrator USOF Smt. Aruna Sunderarajan, Joint Secretary(T) Shri V.Umashankar, Director(PSU) Shri Sanjeev Gupta and other officers were present from DOT. BSNL was represented by CMD Shri Anupam Shrivastava, ED(Finance) Smt. Sujata Ray, Sr.GM(SR) Shri Shamim Akhtar and other officers.
From the Forum side Coms. C.Singh (NFTE) Chariman, V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener Forum, P.Abhimanyu(BSNLEU), K.Jayaprakash(FNTO), Prahlad Rai(AIBSNLEA), K.Sebastin (SNEA), S.V.S.Subrahmaniam(BTEU), Suresh Kumar(BSNLMS), Rasheed Khan(TEPU), H.P.Singh(BSNLOA), Sunil Gautam (SNATTA), R.P.Sahu (AIGETOA), Rakesh Sethi (AIBSNLOA), Hari Singh(BTU BSNL), Rana Pratap(BEA) and S.Raveendran(SEWA BSNL) participated.
The meeting started at 17.15 hours. Secretary DOT welcomed. All the participants introduced themselves. Convener Forum thanked the Secretary DOT for holding the meeting, though only after the strike. He conveyed May Day Greetings to all the participants. He also mentioned about the statements of the Communications Minister regarding his concerns for the revival of BSNL, which is a good sign. Then the issues connected with the strike issues were discussed, a brief report of which is given below:
- 1. Financial Assistance from Government and implementation of assurances given at the time of Corporatisation of BSNL
The Forum leaders pointed out that at the time of Corporatisation, the then Communications Minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, had assured full support for the new entity and orders were issued to financially assist BSNL through payment of ADC, Reimbursement of Licence Fee and also liberal subsidy from the USO Fund. Within a few years, all these have been discontinued creating a heavy financial burden of the BSNL resulting in loss for the last five years. The Forum representatives demanded that all these assurances be implemented/ restored.
The amount of Rs. 1,250 crore recommended from the USOF in lieu of ADC for 2012-13 is not yet paid to BSNL. It needs to be paid urgently and such allotments should be made for next years also. BSNL is having a loss of about Rs.10,000 crore yearly for providing rural connections etc. as per the universal service policy of the government, which should be fully compensated by the Government.
Further, the Forum demanded that refund of charges for the BWA spectrum surrendered by BSNL coming to about Rs. 6,700 crore be paid without any further delay.
BSNL is eligible for refund of Income Tax paid, considering its payment to DOT on various counts. This may come to about Rs. 7,000 crore. This should be refunded.
By making payment of pension contribution on the basis of the maximum of the pay scale, BSNL was compelled to pay about Rs. 2,400 crore extra, which may be refunded. The government order on payment of pension contribution on the actual basic pay should be implemented in the case of BSNL.
The salary of the employees in the TERM CELL, which is part of DOT, is being paid by BSNL, which should be repaid to BSNL.
Further for immediate purchase of urgently required equipments, the DOT may give a soft loan of about Rs.10,000 crore to BSNL.
The Secretary DOT stated that the amount in lieu of ADC from USOF is given as per recommendations of TRAI and DOT will do accordingly in future also. Process for payment of Rs. 1,250 crore allotted has started and will be paid early.
The refund of charges of BWA Spectrum is being considered. The reconciliation for the refund of the Income Tax paid has started and will be finalised soon. The issue of payment of pension contribution on the basis of the actual pay will be taken up with the government. The question of repayment of payment made to TERM CELL on salary etc. also will be considered. With regard to Soft Loan of Rs. 10,000 crore, Secretary DOT stated that BSNL can take loan from banks.
He further stated that the government has to provide level playing field to all operators to which the Forum leaders pointed out that in fact the private players are being favoured as in the case of giving earlier licence for mobile services.
- 2. Revision of Pension of BSNL Retirees and orders for 78.2% IDA Pension fixation for pre-2007 and post 2007 retirees up to June 2013:
The Forum leaders expressed strong resentment at the undue delay in issue of orders on 78.2% IDA Pension fixation for the BSNL retires up to June 2013. Those who retired after June 2013 have already received the same. The pensioners are put to much loss in their pension. Already it had been delayed for years and early orders are required. They also demanded that Pension Revision should be made whenever there is a wage/pay revision for employees. They also demanded that the condition of 60%-40% condition on payment of pension is unjustified and should be done away with.
The Secretary DOT agreed to take up the matter of Pension revision with the government. He assured that the Cabinet Note of 78.2% is being prepared and will be finalised soon. With regard to removal of 60% :40% condition on pension payment, the earlier DOT orders mentioned by the Forum will be examined.
- No Merger of BSNL and MTNL:
The Forum demanded that before any merger decision is taken, the liabilities of MTNL to the extent of Rs. 20,000 crore has to be waived, the disinvested shares to be purchased back and HR issues settled. Secretary DOT told that no decision has been taken and the concerns raised by the Forum will be attended to before any decision is taken.
- 4. Filling up of Posts of Directors in BSNL.
To the demand of the Forum for filling up posts of Directors in BSNL, Secretary DOT stated that government is taking action in the matter.
- 5. Transfer of all assets to BSNL
Forum demanded that all the assets of BSNL should transferred to it without delay. Further, the representatives stated that many BSNL buildings are being taken by CCA etc arbitrarily. This should be stopped.
DOT stated that the demarcation between the DOP and DOT are still pending in some places. This has to be identified. The transfer of assets to BSNL is being examined.
- BSNL Service to be mandatory to Central/State governments and PSUs
The demand of the Forum for making that the BSNL services should be made mandatory for the governments etc. is not accepted. There are a lot of complaints about BSNL services and in this situation, the government will not accept any such proposal. The Forum leaders explained the reasons for the present position of inefficiency and intimated that suggestions for improvement of the same have been made by them.
Other issues like 30% of superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited officials, reduced pay scales etc. were raised, but the Secretary DOT stated that these are in the domain of the BSNL.
The meeting ended at about 19.00 hours, after vote of thanks to the Chair and to all. The Convener, Forum proposed that such meetings should be held in future also to sort out pending issues.
NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked its monitoring wing TERM to carry out a media campaign to allay “undue apprehensions” about possible health effects of radiation from telecom towers.
In a letter to Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cells, the DoT said the Gujarat High Court has directed, through a judgement, that necessary steps be taken regarding awareness of general public to mitigate their general fear and apprehension about radiation from towers. (Based on reports in the press)