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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

IMP. Facts of Life-inf. by Ashok Hindocha (M-9426201999)

BHARAT SANCHARB NIGAM LIMITED
EMPLOYEES UNION
WESTERN TELECOM REGION

“Important Facts Of Life”

Health is the first of life
Wealth is the next of life
Character’s courage is the best of life
Respect is must in life
Turning is the test of life
God’s blessing is the crest of life
Love is crucial for life
Happiness is the perfume of life
Truth is the search of life
Death is the rest of life…
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લંડન, તા.૨૯
ચાના રસિયાઓ માટે આ એક સારા સમાચાર છે. બ્રિટિશ સંશોધકોનું કહેવું છે કે, રોજની ત્રણ કે તેથી વધુ કપ ચા પીવી એ શરીર માટે પૂરતી માત્રામાં પાણી પીવા જેટલું લાભકારક છે. એટલું જ નહીં, સ્વાસ્થ્ય માટે ચા વધુ ફાયદાકારક પણ સાબિત થઇ શકે છે.
યુરોપિયન જર્નલ ઓફ ક્લિનિકલ ન્યુટ્રિશનમાં પ્રસિદ્ધ થયેલા સંશોધનના તારણોમાં એવી સામાન્ય માન્યતાને રદિયો આપવામાં આવ્યો છે કે ચા શરીરમાંથી પાણી શોષી લે છે. ઊલટાનું તારણોમાં તો એમ જણાવાયું છે કે ચા શરીરને જરૃરી પૂરતી માત્રામાં પાણીની ગરજ સારે છે. વળી, હૃદયરોગ તેમ જ કેટલાક કેન્સર સામે પણ ચા રક્ષણ પૂરું પાડે છે.

•રોજની ત્રણ-ચાર કપ ચા પીવાથી હૃદયરોગનું જોખમ ઘટે છે•ચા શરીરમાંથી પાણી શોષી લેતી હોવાની માન્યતાને બ્રિટિશ સંશોધકોનો રદિયો
નિષ્ણાતોના મતે, ચામાં રહેલું ફ્લેવોનોઇડ નામનું તત્ત્વ તંદુરસ્તી માટે ખૂબ જ લાભકારક છે. આ પ્રકારના પોલીફેનોલ એન્ટિઓક્સિડન્ટ્સ ચાની પત્તી સહિત ઘણાં ખાદ્ય પદાર્થો અને વનસ્પતિઓમાં રહેલા હોય છે અને શરીરના કોષોને નુકસાનથી રક્ષણ આપવામાં મદદરૃપ થતાં હોવાનું જણાયું છે.
કિંગ્સ કોલેજ, લંડનના જાહેર સ્વાસ્થ્ય પોષણવિદ્ ડો. કેરી રુક્સટન અને તેમના સાથીઓએ જણાવ્યાનુસાર, રોજની ત્રણ-ચાર કપ ચા પીવાથી હૃદયરોગનું જોખમ ઘટતું હોવાના તેમને સ્પષ્ટ પુરાવા મળ્યા છે. ચા કેન્સર સામે રક્ષણ પૂરું પાડતી હોવાનું પણ અમુક અભ્યાસો સૂચવે છે પરંતુ આ અસર હજુ સંપૂર્ણપણે સ્પષ્ટ નથી.
ચામાં ફ્લુઅરાઇડ નામનું તત્ત્વ પણ હોય છે જે દાંત માટે લાભકારક છે. ચા પીવી સ્વાસ્થ્ય માટે હાનિકારક હોવાનું સૂચવતા કોઇ જ પુરાવા નથી. જોકે કેટલાક અભ્યાસો સૂચવે છે કે. ચા આહારમાંથી લોહતત્ત્વને શોષવાની શરીરની ક્ષમતાને હાનિ પહોંચાડી શકે છે. તેથી એનિમિયા (પાંડુરોગ)નું જોખમ ધરાવતી વ્યક્તિઓએ ભોજનના સમય દરમિયાન ચા પીવાનું ટાળવું જોઇએ, તેમ ડો. રુક્સટને ઉમેર્યું હતું.



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Barack Obama was elected in part to fix America’s health-care system. Now is the time for him to keep his word


Getty ImagesDIAGNOSING what is wrong with America’s health-care system is the easy part. Even though one dollar in every six generated by the world’s richest economy is spent on health—almost twice the average for rich countries—infant mortality, life expectancy and survival-rates for heart attacks are all worse than the OECD average. Meanwhile, because health insurance is so expensive, nearly 50m Americans, an obscene number in such a rich place, have none; those that are insured pay through the nose for their cover, and often find it bankruptingly inadequate if they get seriously ill or injured.

The costs of health care hurt America in three other ways. First, since half the population (most children, the very poor, the old, public-sector workers) get their health care via the government, the burden on the taxpayer is heavier than it needs to be, and is slowly but surely eating up federal and state budgets. Second, private insurance schemes are a huge problem for employers: the cost of health insurance helped bring down GM, and many smaller firms are giving up covering employees. Third, expensive premiums depress workers’ wages.

Every rich country faces some of these problems (see article), but nobody suffers worse from them than America. This summer’s debate about health care may determine the success of Barack Obama’s presidency. What should he do?

Uncomfortably numb
If he were starting from scratch, there would be a strong case (even to a newspaper as economically liberal as this one) for a system based mostly around publicly funded health care. But America is not starting from scratch, and none of the plans in Congress shows an appetite for such a European solution. America wants to keep a mostly private system—but one that brings in the uninsured and cuts costs. That will be painful, and require more audacity than Mr Obama has shown so far.

The uninsured are the relatively straightforward bit. All you need do is “mandate” everyone to take out health insurance, much as drivers are legally required to have car insurance. Poorer Americans would get subsidies, and (as with car insurance) insurance-providers would be forced to offer affordable plans and not exclude the sick or the old. This has already happened in Massachusetts as well as in a raft of countries, including the Netherlands, Israel and Singapore. All the main proposals now working their way through Congress include some version of a mandate. Mr Obama opposed a mandate on the campaign trail, but since he has not come up with any plausible alternative, he should quietly swallow one.

The snag is that all these subsidies are expensive. Those congressional plans might cost $1.2 trillion to $1.6 trillion over ten years: the White House is feverishly trying to massage the estimates downward, as well as working out how to plug the hole through various savings and tax increases. But the sticker-shock for the mandate is really just a reflection of the second big problem: the overall cost structure of American health care. Indeed, one of the worst things about Mr Obama’s oddly hands-off approach to health reform (see article) is that he is concentrating on a symptom, not the underlying disease.

A bolder president would start by attacking two huge distortions that make American health care more expensive than it needs to be. The first is that employer-provided health-care packages are tax-deductible. This is unfair to those without such insurance, who still have to subsidise it via their taxes. It also encourages gold-plated insurance schemes, since their full cost is not transparent. This tax break costs the government at least $250 billion a year. Mr Obama still shies away from axing it, as do the main congressional plans on offer; but it ought to go (albeit perhaps in stages).

Perversity on stilts, or crutches
The second big distortion is that most doctors in America work on a fee-for-service basis; the more pills they prescribe, or tests they order, or procedures they perform, the more money they get—even though there is abundant clinical evidence that more spending does not reliably lead to better outcomes. Private providers everywhere are vulnerable to this perverse incentive, but in America, where most health care is delivered by the private sector rather than by salaried public-sector staff, the problem is worse than anywhere else.

The trouble is that many Americans are understandably happy with all-you-can-eat health care, which allows them to see any doctor they like and get any test that they are talked into thinking they need. Forcing people into “managed” health schemes, where some species of bureaucrat decides which treatments are cost-effective, is politically toxic; it was the central tenet of Hillary Clinton’s disastrous failed reform in 1994.

But to some extent it will have to be done. There is solid evidence to suggest that by cutting back on unnecessarily expensive procedures and prescriptions, anything from 10% to 30% of health costs could be saved: a gigantic sum. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the California-based Kaiser Permanente system have shown that it is possible to save money and produce better outcomes at the same time. So reform must aim to encourage more use of managed health care, provided by doctors who are salaried, or paid by results rather than for every catheter they insert. Medicare, the government-run insurance scheme for those over 65, could show the way, by making much more use of results-based schemes and encouraging more competition among its various providers and insurers.

But in the end it will be up to the private health-care system. One thing that should be unleashed immediately is antitrust: on a local level many hospitals and doctors work as price-fixing cabals. Another option, favoured by many Democrats and the president, is for the government to step in with a results-based plan of its own, to compete against the private industry. That could harm innovation and distort the market further. Mr Obama should use it as a threat, rather than implement it now. If the private sector does not meet certain cost-cutting targets in, say, five years, a public-sector plan should automatically kick in. Such a prospect would encourage hospitals and doctors to accept a painful but necessary reform now.
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Trade union boss bemoans loss of jobs
June 29, 2009
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By Our Correspondent

HARARE – Visiting Netherlands Trade Union Confederation President, Agnes Jongerius, says government should initiate moves to compensate thousands of farm workers who lost their jobs during the height of Zimbabwe’s land reform programme a few years ago.


Agnes Jongerius

Jongerius said although Zimbabwe’s land reform programme was intended to benefit ordinary Zimbabweans, her delegation has noted that the programme also left farm workers who had survived for years working in the farms now struggling to survive.

“The land reform programme which took place in the name of addressing the historical injustices, has made hundreds of thousands farm workers unemployed and homeless,” she said.

She was speaking to journalists at the end of her five day tour of Zimbabwe where she had come to assess the situation in the country in as far as the respect of trade union rights and workers rights was concerned.

Her visit was also meant to assess the political and socio economic conditions of workers and see if they were consistent with internationally recognized standards.

During her visit, she met workers from both the formal and informal sectors, Non Governmental Organisations and some workers who lost their jobs for various reasons.

She failed however to meet any government official.

She added, “Farm invasions have intensified since the inclusive government was formed and thousands of workers lost their income and have no roofs above their heads.

“The workers who have worked on these farms for many years, with some living for generations, have no say in the future of those farms.

“We have seen horrible cases of people camping by the roadside, and in needless suffering. The land audit, which is mentioned in the GPA, has not yet started. The compensations, which should be paid to former workers of expropriated farms, have not been paid.”

Jongerius also bemoaned the absence of what she said was a national policy to guarantee a minimum wage for all workers saying those working on the farms and within households were being paid wages of below $50.

She also said there were still laws that inhibited the enjoyment of basic rights among Zimbabwean workers and called on government to start paying workers living wages as opposed to the $100 day allowances each government worker is currently getting across the board.

She concurred with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)’s demands of a minimum $454 salary per month for all Zimbabwean workers.

Jongerius further lamented what she found to be lack of will on the part of local authorities to build suitable structures that would accommodate millions of workers who lost their jobs and were now engaged in self help projects.

“The workers surviving in the informal economy are extremely vulnerable,” she said.

“They have no social protection, no safe places to work, and although those who are organized in the ZCIEA sometimes experience support from the side of the local authorities, there are no proper policies in place on the national level to protect their livelihood and social well-being.”

She also called on government to allow its workers to participate in trade union activities as this allowed them to assert their rights as workers.

Zimbabwe’s civil servants face political victimization if they go on strike or take part in other activities which government finds as tantamount to making a political statement against the establishment
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Govt. to hike FDI in Telecom to 74 percentage-inf. by Ashok Hindocha(M_9426201999)

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Govt to hike FDI cap in telecom to 74 percent
By siliconindia news bureau
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Bangalore: The government is expected to raise foreign direct investment (FDI) cap in the telecom sector to 74 percent. This matter will be finally decided by a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Prime Minister(PM) Manmohan Singh. In March 2007, the government had raised FDI from 49 percent to 74 percent to bolster investment in India's telecom sector.
According to the Department of Telecom (DoT), a five-member GoM is to be formed under the PM which includes the Telecom Minister A.Raja, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P.Chidambaram and HRD Minister and Former Commerce Minister Kapil Sibal. The GoM would be taking decisions on all spectrum-related matters (particularly the allocation and pricing of 2G and 3G spectrum) as well as the lock-in period for the sale of promoters' equity and raising the FDI capital in the telecom sector.

The government took several years to raise the FDI limit from 49 percent to 74 percent. In 2004, Finance Minister P.Chidambaram had proposed in the Budget that the FDI capital in telecom should go up to 74 percent, but the Left parties opposed the move. So, in 2007, the FDI limit was first raised to 74 percent in the telecom sector.

However, commenting on the current move for raising 74 percent FDI limit in telecom sector, Raja told Times of India, "We have not discussed on raising the FDI limit. Also, the setting up of an empowered GoM is under process and it would be headed by the FM, not the PM."
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Congratulations to Shri Vajubhai vala-gujarat state Finance Minister-inf. by ashok Hindocha (M-9426201999)


Honarale Vajubhai Vala-Gujarat state Finance Minister
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વજુભાઇનું આજે 'વિક્રમ' બજેટ !

ગાંધીનગર, મંગળ, 30 જૂન 2009( 12:51 IST )

ગુજરાત વિધાનસભામાં આજે બપોરે 14મી વખત રાજ્યનું બજેટ રજુ કરી નાણામંત્રી વજુભાઇ વાળા વિક્રમ નોંધાવશે. અત્રે ઉલ્લેખનિય છે કે, તેર વખત બજેટ રજુ કરવાનો પોતાનો જ રેકોર્ડ તોડી તે આજે એક નવો વિક્રમ કરનાર છે.

ગુજરાત રાજ્યના નાણામંત્રી વજુભાઇ વાળા રાજ્યના એક વિશિષ્ટ નાણામંત્રી બન્યા છે. 1995માં પ્રથમ વખત બજેટ રજુ કરનાર આ નાણામંત્રી આજે 14મું બજેટ રજુ કરનાર છે. અત્યાર સુધી તેમણે 13 બજેટ રજુ કર્યા છે. અત્રે ઉલ્લેખનિય છે કે, ચાર વખત વચગાળાના બજેટ રજુ કરનાર આ મંત્રીના નામે સૌથી વધુ લેખાનુંદાન રજુ કરવાનો પણ રેકોર્ડ કાયમ છે.
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સંબંધિત જાણકારી શોધો
ગુજરાત વિધાનસભામાં નાણામંત્રી વજુભાઇ gujarat vidhansabha vajubhai vala

આ પણ શોધો: ગુજરાત વિધાનસભામાં નાણામંત્રી વજુભાઇ વાળા, gujarat vidhansabha vajubhai vala


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Regarding Spectrum policy-inf. by Ashok Hindocha (M-9426201999)

Grey bands in spectrum policy

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The Government-appointed committee’s recommendation of market-based pricing of spectrum and a transparent method of allocation through auction is the right way ahead, says D. P. S. SETH
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As broadband demand grows, the currently available spectrum will not suffice.

Importance of spectrum — air waves on which the mobile signals ride — for the telecommunications sector has been repeatedly brought out by various columnists and industry leaders. Yet, the Government’s reactions have invariably been delayed and the policy responses mostly knee-jerk and devoid of vision.

The usual approach has been to appoint a committee with the mandate to work out at what subscriber base an operator should be given additional spectrum. There are several such reports, but these have hardly been of any help to the industry.

Surprisingly, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) too got into the act when it came up with a revised subscriber base criterion last year — some claim without the usual consultation process needed for transparency. The net result has been further confusion on the spectrum policy front with more ad-hoc allocations.

Committee recommendations


The first genuine attempt by the Government was when it appointed a committee on spectrum with clear and far-reaching terms of reference and with good representation from the academia and comprising experts in the complex field of spectrum management and telecommunication policy.

Press reports give some indications of the major recommendations of this committee. It wants to remove the subscriber base criterion and substitute it with auction — a practice followed the world-over. Also, the committee wants the mergers and acquisition (M&A) guidelines to be revised to arrive at the optimal number of operators; the current criterion does not encourage M&A. In addition, it would like the Government to work towards creation of more spectrum for wireless services.


Spectrum availability


What are the major issues in spectrum policy? The first is: Are the operators working at maximum possible spectral efficiency in terms of spectrum available to them and whether the equipment deployment is optimal? It is well known from telecom traffic theory that for every single MHz increase in spectrum, the traffic handling capability goes up more than in direct proportion (due to trunking efficiency) up to a point; beyond that diminishing results set in.

At the same time, for a given spectrum, an optimal level of equipment needs to be deployed to maximise the traffic-handling capability and number of subscribers that can be accommodated, depending on the pattern of user mobility and the type of data being generated (only voice, or voice plus data, etc.).

There is a cost associated with both spectrum and network infrastructure. If the spectrum is priced below its value and because of the fact that it is scarce (not enough for all operators), operators tend to obtain as much of it as they can, depriving thereby other genuinely needy operators from getting it.

It is claimed that this, along with the archaic and arbitrary subscriber base criterion for spectrum allocation, has prompted operators to falsify their data, claiming more subscribers than they actually possess.

If the acquisition cost of spectrum is in line with market demand, hoarding and reckless acquisition cannot occur. But market driven automatic control is possible only in a controlled auction arrangement.

It is therefore quite logical for the committee to have recommended departure from the old subscriber base criterion and suggested auction even for the remainder 2G spectrum.


When players enter a market at different points of time, the market does not realign itself for the convenience of new operators. The operators have to align themselves to market conditions. The problem arose in the first place when the Government decided that more the number of operators the greater will be the competition and, therefore, the tariffs will be lower.

But beyond a certain level, adding more operators will not enhance competition. In the present situation of limited spectrum, such a step can only lead to small allocations to each operator that there are no economies of scale and return on invested capital goes down.

A market-based approach would have made even start-up spectrum unattractive to new operators without any harm coming to the users of telecom service. There is, therefore, no other approach but to auction the remainder 2G spectrum and this is what the committee has recommended.

Number of operators


The second issue that indirectly affects spectrum efficiency is: How many operators should exist for spectrum utilisation to be optimal and without impacting competition?

While it is neither possible nor desirable in a liberalised market to define the maximum number of operators, the telecom policy can fix a minimum number, say four or five, to ensure the market is not distorted.

Incidentally, the number of mobile operators in well-developed markets is typically four or five. The market forces can best determine the maximum number and, therefore, government policy must incorporate guidelines which help the market operate freely.

It is in this context that M&A guidelines should be framed. An important aspect in this regard is the spectrum that should be permitted to be retained by the merged entities to ensure that they are not able to distort the market. If the total available spectrum is known, this limit has to be in the 20-25 per cent range if the minimum number of operators set by the policy is four or five.

Tech neutrality


The third important aspect is technology neutrality. In the past, the deployed technology was dependent on the availability of equipment. Now 3G equipments (WCDMA and HSPA) are available and have been deployed in several countries in the 900 and 800 MHz bands.

As 3G equipment is able to offer 2G services (mainly voice) far more efficiently than 2G equipment, the operators should have the freedom to deploy the former in the 2G bands. It is not known whether the committee has given any recommendations in this regard. Now that the report has been referred to TRAI, a specific proposal on this issue is required.

Finally, as broadband demand grows, the currently available spectrum will not suffice (it is already in short supply). There is, therefore, a clear need to identify more spectrum for wireless services.

The Government has been pursuing the defence services to release more spectrum with little success. These efforts will have to be strengthened. In addition, if the current analog TV broadcasting is replaced by digital, a substantial chunk of 700 MHz band can be released.

This is a very attractive band for creating more spectrum space and is most suitable for non-LOS (line of sight) mobile communications, including mobile TV. Steps should be taken by DOT, in coordination with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, to get this band released, and then allocate certain sub-bands for specific services. On the aspect of creation of more spectrum, a time line should be added.


The Government would do well to accept the committee’s recommendations. However, referring the committee’s report to TRAI will only delay the spectrum allocation process. This could only be justified if the Government hands over the spectrum policy and management work to TRAI in line with the practice in most other countries.

(The author is a former member of TRAI and ex-chairman of BSNL.)

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Why disinvest when profits are booming?

There is need to revisit the arguments for disinvestment and ask whether the PSEs’ recent performance calls for a sale of public sector equity.
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Disinvestment is back. Policy-makers believe that there is no reason to oppose it, since at least 51 per cent of the equity holding in the public sector enterprises (PSEs) would continue to remain with the government, which would retain their managerial control. However, this calls for revisiting the arguments for disinvestment, and asking whether the PSEs’ recent performance calls for a sale of public sector equity.

Dilution of public ownership is meant to bring down the fiscal deficit, thus potentially reducing the adverse inflation and balance of payment effects. Growing fiscal deficit could also lead to downgrading of the nation’s credit rating, raising the cost of international borrowing. Disinvestment is also expected to impart stock market-based discipline on enterprises’ performance, and reducing their losses.

Such reasoning assumes that the economy is currently in “full employment,” that is, any additional deficit would only translate into higher inflation, additional imports and deterioration in the external balance. But what if there are large underutilised resources, as in a labour surplus economy like ours with 56 per cent of the labour force still subsisting on agriculture? If deficits are productively used, they could yield additional output; hence the ratio of the fiscal deficit to GDP may not rise. So, in principle, what matters is not the deficit per se, but what is done with it.

Empirically, the relationship between the fiscal deficit, inflation and balance of payments is far from robust, denting the validity of the widely advocated policy to maintain a low deficit at all times. It, however, does not mean that the fiscal deficit can be ignored. They do matter in specific situations, depending on the state of the economy, the composition of debt, how it is financed and what they are used for.

A firm’s efficiency depends on the market structure: competitive markets, in principle, yield the desirable outcomes. But the bulk of public investments, almost by definition, are in industries that display decreasing costs or have considerable externalities – inviting public regulation to correct for market failures. Often these industries also have strategic value to the nation. Such market failures are most acute in networked industries like electricity (for that matter most infrastructure), which is why, the dividing line between regulated private industries (as in the U.S.) or public monopolies often gets blurred. In such situations, it is hard to argue that form of ownership makes a difference to performance.

However, it is finance theorists who argue the superiority of private ownership, based on the disciplining function that the secondary stock markets impart on a firm’s performance, via the threat of takeover or bankruptcy. Is the threat credible? No, not for the PSEs, as only a small fraction of their equity is sold and traded in the market. Evidence suggests that stock market based discipline on a firm’s performance has rarely worked to improve corporate efficiency even in the advanced economies. One only has to recall the recent experience to realise how, given the information imperfections in financial markets, corporate managers (or, promoters in Indian parlance) in the U.S. enriched themselves at the expense of their stakeholders and the economy (one only has to read Joseph Stiglitz’s The Roaring Nineties for evidence of this).

So, even in principle, disinvestment is unlikely to enhance efficiency. If, however, the objective is to raise revenue to reduce fiscal deficit (as seems to be the case now), its contribution is likely to be minuscule. For instance, during the 13 years since 1991-92 when disinvestment began, the cumulative proceeds of disinvestment was Rs. 29, 520 crores — amounting to less than 1 per cent of the cumulative fiscal deficit. Is it then cost effective? No, because it is a much costlier source of finance than debt; the average yield on equity is distinctly higher than the average interest rate on government bond. As the risk of default on government bond is zero, it would be cheaper to issue bonds than sell shares. Moreover, transaction costs of public issues (listing, underwriting, advertising and so on) are often too high. But, won’t debt increase the future burden of its repayment? It will not, if used productively. Perhaps the only robust rule one could think of is that as long as the national output grows at a faster rate than the interest rate (in nominal or real terms), there is little danger of explosive debt growth and national insolvency. Perhaps it is worth quoting Evsey Domar’s celebrated passage written in 1952, “… the problem of the debt burden is essentially a problem of achieving a growing national income. A rising income is of course desired on general grounds, but in addition to its many other advantages it also solves the most important aspect of the problem of debt. The faster the income grows, the lighter will be the burden of debt”.


Disinvestment also means forgoing the future stream of dividends from public investment. Why should the government forgo them, especially now that the PSEs profits are booming? (See my “Public Sector Performance since 1950: A Fresh Look”, Economic and Political Weekly, June 24, 2006). Central PSEs’ profitability – as measured by gross profits to capital employed – has almost doubled from 10.9 to 20.3, between 1990-91 and 2007-08. This is commendable by any yardstick considering that the petroleum companies had to bear the brunt of the administered prices of oil during the recent boom. Since 2003-04, the sustained improvement in profits (along with a turnaround in tax-GDP ratio) has wiped out government dis-saving, boosting the domestic saving rate to 37.7 per cent of GDP in 2007-08; a level close to what the fast growing East Asian nations have achieved. Over a longer period of the last 25 years, in the aggregate, capital-output ratio has steadily declined implying an undeniable rise in public sector efficiency. This is also evident in perceptible decline in employment, contributing to the improved financial returns.

Surely, many problems remain. The crux of the public sector financial losses lay with the utilities and transport. For instance, despite a steady raise in the physical efficiency of power generation for over the last quarter century (as measured by the plant load factor for thermal power plants), the state electricity boards incur huge losses because they cannot raise prices or enforce collection of user charges, as these are outside the enterprises’ purview; government is responsible for these policy decisions. Instead of squarely facing these hard questions of pricing of public services, the government is resorting to the softer option of selling shares of PSEs’, which are yielding improved returns year after year.

This is not to suggest that all is well with the PSEs. Surely there is an enormous need and scope for securing better returns on these investments, and to achieve their strategic objectives (wherever applicable). Despite the disinvestment, the owner’s (politicians and bureaucrats) dysfunctional interference in PSEs’ would persist, as they have little to fear from the market; the procedural audit of CAG would also continue. So if one is serious about improving public sector efficiency, then one should bother about changing the relationship between the government (the owner) and the enterprises — that is, reforming the corporate governance; an issue nowhere on the policy horizon.

As stock market-based discipline seems unworkable, what then is the alternative? We suggest a bank centric governance structure, patterned after the Japanese form of Kereitsu. Disinvest PSEs’ shares among interdependent PSEs and tying them around a large public sector bank (the main bank). As government holding in the PSEs falls below 51 per cent, direct interference from the government, and the parliament will get reduced, and the CAG audit will cease. Compared to stock market, banks, in principle, are better at screening investment projects, and monitoring fund utilisation to safeguard their reputational capital. As performance of a particular enterprise would depend on the other firms in the Kereitsu, there would be peer monitoring and better coordination by the main bank. To safeguard their loans, banks would be in a better position to appoint managers offering them long-term contracts with suitable incentives (for details see my paper, “Disinvestment and Privatization in India: Assessment and Options”, in Trade Policy, Industrial Performance and Private Sector Development in India, Oxford University Press, for the Asian Development Bank).

Surely this will not solve the problem of monitoring the monitors (the banks in this case), as government remains the ultimate owner. But with delegated monitoring and with multiple monitors like other regulators in place, there is a distinct possibility of greater professionalism and minimisation of dysfunctional interference.

In sum, disinvestment is unlikely to impart the expected efficiency gains; resources thus mobilised are costly and their quantum, as a proportion of the fiscal deficit, will be minuscule. The infrastructure deficit is perhaps a far greater danger than the fiscal deficit. So as long as the public debt is used for productive investment that yields additional output, extinguishing the additional debt burden would not pose a threat. Moreover, selling shares when the profits are booming makes little economic sense.

(R. Nagaraj is a professor with the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai; email: nagaraj@igidr.ac.in )








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BSNLEU-CHQ-ND-DGS Shri P. Abhimanyuji on International Tour-we wish all the Best & happy journey-ashokhindocha (M-9426201999)


Com. P.Abhimanyuji-DGS-BSNLEU-CHQ-ND is on Foreign Tour for attending International Congress of TUI of Brazil. We Wish Every Success & Wish you Happy Journey
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TUI Congress at Brazilia, Brazil: - Com. P. Abhimanyu, Dy. General Secretary, BSNLEU will be attending International Congress of the Trade Union International of Public & Allied Employees, being held on 28th and 29th June, 2009 at Brazilia, Brazil as the delegate from BSNL Employees union. He leaves for Brazilia on 27th June, 2009 and will return on 6th July, 2009.
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Friday, June 26, 2009

BSNL Reduce the Rate og NIC & EVDO-inf. by Ashok Hindocha (M-9426201999)

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Promotional Offer – BSNL has reduced the sale price of PCMCIA type of NIC and EVDO cards to Rs. 1680/- and Rs 2100/- respectively.

Offer valid till stock lasts or upto 30-9-09 whichever is earlier.
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ધો. ૧૨માં દેશભરમાં એક જ બોર્ડ પરીક્ષા લેશે
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નવી દિલ્હી, તા. ૨૫

એક દૂરોગામી સુધારામાં આજે કેન્દ્ર સરકારે ધોરણ ૧૦ની બોર્ડની પરીક્ષાને વૈકલ્પિક બનાવવાની અને દેશભરમાં ધોરણ ૧૨ની પરીક્ષા એક જ બોર્ડ લે તેવી દરખાસ્ત મૂકી છે. દેશભરમાં ધોરણ ૧૨ની પરીક્ષા એક જ બોર્ડ લે તે માટે દેશભરમાં હાલમાં ધો.૧૨ની પરીક્ષા લેતાં સીબીએસઈ તથા સીઆઈએસસીઈ સહિતનાં ૩૩ બોર્ડને સ્થાને એક નવું જ બોર્ડ રચાશે. કેન્દ્રના આ પગલાંથી ધોરણ ૧૦ના વિદ્યાર્થીઓને ભારે રાહત થશે. આ ઉપરાંત કેન્દ્રની યુપીએ સરકારના પ્રથમ ૧૦૦ દિવસમાં આર્થિક રીતે નબળા વિદ્યાર્થીઓને પ્રોફેશનલ કોર્ષો માટે શૈક્ષણિક લોનો પર વ્યાજની સબસિડી આપવાની યોજના પણ અમલમાં મૂકવામાં આવશે.

કેન્દ્ર સરકારની દરખાસ્તઃ ધોરણ ૧૦ના બોર્ડને વૈકલ્પિક બનાવવાની પણ યોજના
કેન્દ્રીય માનવ સંશાધન પ્રધાન કપિલ સિબ્બલે ધોરણ ૧૦ની બોર્ડની પરીક્ષા રદ કરવાની પણ દરખાસ્ત મૂકી છે. તેમણે કહ્યું હતું કે પરીક્ષા આધારિત વ્યવસ્થાને કારણે વાલીઓ અને વિદ્યાર્થીઓને હેરાનગતિ થાય છે તેને કારણે પરીક્ષાઓ સિવાય પણ ગ્રેડ સિસ્ટમ જેવી વૈકલ્પિક સિસ્ટમ અમલમાં લાવી શકાય છે.

તેમના મતે દસમા ધોરણ પછી પણ વિદ્યાર્થીઓ તે જ સ્કૂલમાં ચાલુ રહેતા હોવાથી આવી બોર્ડની પરીક્ષાઓનો કોઇ અર્થ જ નથી. એચઆરડી મંત્રાલય આ મુદ્દે કોઇ પણ અંતિમ નિર્ણય લેતાં પહેલાં મસલત કરશે અને શિક્ષણ બોર્ડોને વિશ્વાસમાં લેશે. સ્કૂલો સાથે મસલત કરીને જ આ નિર્ણય લેવામાં આવશે.

૧૦માંની બોર્ડની પરીક્ષામાં નાપાસ થવાની બીકે પણ કેટલાક વિદ્યાર્થીઓ આત્મહત્યા કરી લે છે. આ પ્રકારની પરિસ્થિતિમાંથી તેમને બહાર લાવવાનો પણ અમારો પ્રયાસ છે તેમ જણાવતાં તેમણે માર્કની પદ્ધતિમાં ફેરફારની જરૃરિયાત પર ભાર મૂક્યો હતો.

આની જગ્યાએ કેન્દ્ર સરકાર માર્ક્સ આપવાની સમીક્ષા પ્રક્રિયાને બદલે ગ્રેડ્સ આપવાની વ્યવસ્થા અમલમાં મૂકશે. આનાથી વિદ્યાર્થીઓ અને વાલીઓ પરથી તાણ ઘટશે તેમ જણાવતાં તેમણે ઉમેર્યુ હતું કે સેન્ટ્રલ બોર્ડ ઓફ સેકન્ડરી એજ્યુકેશન (સીબીએસઇ) દેશમાં ગ્રેડિંગ સિસ્ટમ દાખલ કરતું પ્રથમ બોર્ડ હશે. આ અંગેની એક દરખાસ્ત અનિર્ણીત છે.

દેશના ૩૩ બોર્ડોની જગ્યાએ એકમાત્ર બોર્ડ રાખવાની અમારી નેમ છે તેમ જણાવતાં સિબ્બલે કહ્યું હતું કે કાયદાનો અભ્યાસ કરતી સંસ્થાઓમાં પ્રવેશ માટે સંયુક્ત કાયદા પ્રવેશ ટેસ્ટની પેટર્ન પર તમામ વિદ્યાર્થીઓ માટે એક જ પરીક્ષા રાખવાની દરખાસ્ત છે.

ભણતરની સારી ગુણવત્તા જાળવવા માટે સ્કૂલો માટે એક સ્વતંત્ર એક્રેડિયેશન સંસ્થાની સ્થાપનાની શક્યતા ચકાસશે. હાલમાં સ્કૂલો કોઇ પણ સંસ્થા સાથે એક્રીડિયેટ કરવામાં આવતી નથી તેમ જણાવતાં સિબ્બલે ઉમેર્યું હતું કે રાઇટ ઓફ ચિલ્ડ્રન ટૂ ફ્રી એન્ડ કમ્પલસરી એજ્યુકેશન બિલને ઘડવા માટે તમામ પગલાં લેવામાં આવશે. આ ખરડામાં છથી ૧૪ વર્ષના દરેક બાળકને શિક્ષણના મૂળભૂત હક્કોના સમાવેશની દરખાસ્ત છે.

વધુમાં સિબ્બલે કહ્યું હતું કે આ બિલ આ સેશનમાં પાસ થવું જોઇએ. જેથી કરીને તમામ બાળકને ફરજિયાત શિક્ષણનો હક્ક મળી જશે. આ ઉપરાંત સરકાર ઓલ ઇન્ડિયા મદરેસા બોર્ડ સ્થાપવા પણ ઇચ્છે છે. જે સીબીએસઇ અને અન્ય બોર્ડોની સમકક્ષ ડિગ્રીઓ ફાળવશે. બોર્ડ ર્ધાિમક શિક્ષણોમાં દરમિયાનગીરી કર્યા વગર મુસ્લિમોને બિનસાંપ્રદાયિક અને ટેક્નિકલ શિક્ષણ આપવા માટે એક પોલિસી તૈયાર કરશે.

તેમનું કહેવું હતું કે આ મુદ્દે એક સર્વસંમતિ સાધવાનો અમારો પ્રયાસ રહેશે. નેશનલ કમિશન ફોર માઇનોરિટી એજ્યુકેશનલ ઇન્સ્ટિટયૂશન્સ એક્ટને વધુ મજબૂત બનાવવા માટે તેમાં સુધારાનો પ્રયાસ પણ કરવામાં આવશે.


કપિલ સિબ્બલે કરેલી દરખાસ્તો

-ધોરણ ૧૨ માટે રાષ્ટ્રીયસ્તરે એકસમાન પરીક્ષા.

-ધોરણ ૧૦ના બોર્ડની પરીક્ષા વૈકલ્પિક બનાવવા.

-શૈક્ષણિક લોનના વ્યાજ પર સબસિડીની નવી યોજના

-૫૦૦૦ કોલેજો અને યુનિર્વિસટીઓને બ્રોડ બેન્ડ કનેક્ટિવિટી.

-શિક્ષકોના શિક્ષણ માટે એક નવી નીતિ તૈયાર કરવાની.

-૧૦૦ જેટલા પોલિટેક્નિક્સ અને છ નવા આઇઆઇટી સ્થાપવા.

-ઉચ્ચ શિક્ષણ લેતાં વિદ્યાર્થીની શૈક્ષણિક લોન પરનું વ્યાજ સરકાર ભોગવશે.

-૬થી ૧૪ વર્ષના બાળક માટે મફત અને ફરજિયાત શિક્ષણ માટે બિલ પસાર કરવું.

-ઓલ ઇન્ડિયા મદરેસા બોર્ડની સ્થાપના.

-નેશનન કમિશન ફોર માઇનોરિટી એજ્યુકેશનલ ઇન્સ્ટિટયૂશન્સ એક્ટમાં સુધારો.

-નબળા વર્ગો અને લઘુમતીઓના કલ્યાણ માટેની યોજનાઓના વ્યવસ્થિત અમલીકરણ માટે દરેક યુનિર્વિસટીમાં ઇક્વલ ઓપોર્ચ્યુનિટી ઓફિસ (ઇઓઓ) ખોલવામાં આવશે.





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Thursday, June 25, 2009

BSNL Listing? ?-Imp. Information by Ashok Hindocha (M-9426201999)


Government may announce BSNL listing in the Budget
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NEW DELHI: The government is likely to announce BSNL's proposed listing in the upcoming Budget, a top official in the communications ministry told ET NOW. The official also said that the IPO is likely to be included as a statement of intent in the Budget and added that the both the department of telecom (DoT) and BSNL would begin working on the initial public offer after the budget session of Parliament.

"Once the IPO is announced, the government will go ahead with the listing even if a section of the employees are opposed to it," the official added.

Last year, BSNL had announced that it plans to sell 10% and raise about Rs 40,000 crores, but the telco was forced to defer its listing after opposition from its employee unions coupled with the meltdown of the stock market. But, the UPA regime is keen on BSNL's listing and telecoms minister A Raja has already asked the telco's mamagement to begin talks with employee unions and address their concerns.

Meanwhile, BSNL on Tuesday said that awaiting the government's approval for its IPO while adding that the company was scouting for acquisitions and telecom licenses in African countries. "We will start negotiating with the employee unions once we get the approval from the government to go ahead with the IPO," the company's chairman and managing director Kuldeep Goyal told ET NOW.

"We are confident of resolving all issues with the employee unions. Once the government takes a decision on the IPO, then we will convince the unions. Even last year, when we held talks, there was a section of the union that was willing to consider it. I think they if we explain the move in perspective they will come on board," Mr Goyal added.

As part of the deal with the unions, BSNL is exploring the option of sweetening its earlier offer to give all its three-lakh employees 500 shares
at Rs 10 each (which would have given each employee a minimum of Rs 1.5-2 lakh at the time of BSNL’s listing on the bourses) in exchange for the employee unions to drop their opposition to BSNL’s proposed IPO.

In August 2008, BSNL employee unions had rejected communications minister A Raja’s offer of 500 shares at Rs 10 each per employee thereby preventing BSNL from going ahead with its IPO. The BSNL management in consultation with the communications ministry now plans to give employees a ‘better’ offer, but have not finalised the finer details.

With a revised offer, BSNL is hopeful of a breakthrough this time around as the management is confident that a large number of employees and even the smaller unions are open to negotiate on the stock offer. In a bid to win over some of the employee unions, BSNL is likely to widen the scope of the discussions related to the listings to include other issues such as long pending employee demands for higher way, allowances, promotions and other benefits in line with private sector companies. Besides, the BSNL management may also ask the Centre to give the company ‘Maharatna’ status, which the unions have been demanding for over a decade now.

According to Goyal, the telco planed to expand its operations to Africa. Earlier this month, BSNL had appointed eight consultants to advise the company on its international forays. Mr Goyal also said that the telco had over Rs 30,000 crores in reserves and sad that a part of this would be used for acquisitions and expansions in international markets.
BSNL also said that it had opened financial bids from Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei for its GSM equipment contract and added that price negotiations were currently on with the two equipment companies.

He said that Ericsson was the only qualified bidder for the north and east zones which has a total of 43 million lines Huawei had qualified for 25 million lines in the southern zone. "A dialogue is going on with them. If the rates are reasonable, they should get the orders," he said.

Asked on Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), which had gone to courts challenging BSNL's decision to disqualify the company from its tender for 93 million lines, Mr Goyal said: "We have shortlisted the technically qualified bidders. They (NSN) did not make the cut".

Mr Goyal also added that the opening of the financial bids meant that BSNL had finalised the vendors for the North, East and South regions. He also said that BSNL was yet to decide on the 25 million new lines planned for the western zone.

Meanwhile, as reported earlier by ET, the umbrella body representing all employee unions of BSNL, has asked the telco's management to act against NSN for 'delaying BSNL's expansion plans'. The employee unions are upset with NSN's move to approach the courts challenging BSNL's decision to disqualify the company's bid.
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એર ઇન્ડિયાને સરકાર ટેકો આપશે પણ બ્લેન્ક ચેક નહીં આપે
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નવી દિલ્હી,તા. ૨૪

વડાપ્રધાન મનમોહન સિંહે આજે ખાતરી આપી હતી કે સરકાર એર ઇન્ડિયાને સંપૂર્ણ ટેકો આપશે પરંતુ બ્લેન્ક ચેક આપવાનો સાફ ઇનકાર કર્યો હતો. સિંહે કહ્યું હતું કે કટોકટીગ્રસ્ત એર ઇન્ડિયાએ ખર્ચમાં કાપ મુકી તથા તેના ટોચના મેનેજમેન્ટને ફરી વ્યવસ્થિત કરી પુનઃ રચનાની પ્રક્રિયા તાત્કાલિક હાથ ધરવી જોઇએ. નાગરિક ઉડ્ડયન પ્રધાન પ્રફુલ્લ પટેલ વડાપ્રધાનને મળ્યા હતા અને એર ઇન્ડિયાનો કેસ તેમની સમક્ષ રજૂ કર્યો હતો.પ્રફુલ પટેલ સાથેની વાતચીત દરમિયાન સિંહે આ ખાતરી આપી હતી.

એર ઇન્ડિયા દ્વારા કટોકટીમાંથી બહાર નીકળવા પહેલાથી જ જંગી પેકેજની માગણી કરી છે. પટેલે કહ્યું હતું કે કેબિનેટ સેક્રેટરીના નેતૃત્વમાં સચિવોની સમિતિની બેઠક પહેલા શક્ય તેટલી વહેલી તકે તેની પુન : રચનાની યોજના અંગે વિગત આપવા એર ઇન્ડિયાને સૂચના આપવામાં આવી છે. વડાપ્રધાને કહ્યું હતું કે સરકાર એર ઇન્ડિયા તરફ ધ્યાન આપશે. તે એક નેશનલ કેરિયર છે અને અમારા માટે ગર્વ સમાન છે. પરંતુ એવી શરત મૂકવામાં આવી છે કે એર ઇન્ડિયા તેની સર્વશ્રેષ્ઠ યોજના રજૂ કરે. બીજી બાજુ પટેલે કહ્યું હતું કે કર્મચારીઓને સમજવું જોઇએ કે હાલ સમસ્યા પ્રવર્તી રહી છે.

ખર્ચમાં કાપ મુકી પુન : રચનાની પ્રક્રિયા તરત હાથ ધરવા સિંહનું સુચન
આ સમસ્યાને સાથે મળીને દૂર કરવા કામ કરવું જોઇએ. પટેલે વધુમાં જણાવ્યું હતું કે એર ઇન્ડિયાને સંસ્થાકીય અને નાણાકીય રીતે પુનઃ રચનાની દિશામાં વધવું જોઇએ. સાથે સાથે કર્મચારીઓની તરફ પણ ધ્યાન આપી નવી યોજના તૈયાર કરવાની જરૂર છે. જ્યાં સુધી કામગીરી અને નાણાકીય સ્થિતિને સુધારવા ગંભીર પગલાં લેવામાં આવશે નહીં ત્યાં સુધી એર લાઇનને ટેકો આપવાની બાબત ખૂબ મુશ્કેલ રહેશે. પ્રધાને કહ્યું હતું કે બેલ આઉટ માટે કોઇ આંકડો આપવામાં આવ્યો નથી. મીડિયામાં પ્રકાશિત થયેલા અહેવાલ પાયા વગરના છે.



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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

BSNLEU CHQ-Nd Latest News by Ashok Hindocha

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[24.06.2009]A letter to Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare - Merger of 50% IDA for the BSNL absorbed employees retired before 1-1-2007 <>
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[24.06.2009]A letter to Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare - Pensionary benefits to the DoT officials absorbed in BSNL, but retired within ten months after formation of BSNL <>

[24.06.2009]A note on the discussions / decisions of the National Council meeting, held on 23.06.2009<>

[20.06.2009]Wage negotiation of non-executive employees in BSNL - Minutes of the meeting held on 05.06.2009 <>

[20.06.2009]A brief report on the deliberations of the Committee for Review of the Medical Policy - Telemessage July'09<>

[19.06.2009]Transfer of EPF balance from one EPF region to another EPF region. <>

[16.06.2009]Don't misread the mandate - Telemessage Editorial <>

[16.06.2009]8th Meeting of BSNL Staff Welfare Board - Regarding decision taken <>

[16.06.2009]Meeting with GM (Estt.) BSNL CO: - Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President, Com. P. Asokababu, AGS, and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU met Shri D.P. De, GM (Estt.), BSNL CO today (16.06.2009) and discussed the issues related to compassionate appointments and casual labour. The GM (Estt.) stated the following:-

Compassionate appointment cases are being settled as per priority, based on date of death of the expired official. Settlement of compassionate appointment cases will be expedited.

On our demand for payment of advance for TSMs pending their wage revision, a proposal was put up for the consideration of the management.

Revision of casual labour wages on CDA pattern is under consideration.

On the demand of the union for regularization of casual labour management appointed a committee to examine the same.

[16.06.2009]A letter to CMD - Absorption of ITS Officers <>

[16.06.2009]A letter to GM (Estt.) - Revision of wages of Casual Labour <>

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Photographs of First CCM Meeting of WTR-Mumbai held on 20-06-2009








First CCM-WTR-MUMBAI Meeting was held on 20-06-2009 at MUMBAI







First Circle Council Meeting of WTR-MUMBAI Was held on 20-06-2009 at % The CGMM,WTR-MUMBAI under the chairmanship of Shri J.K. Roy CGMM,WTR-MUMBAI. Shri M.M. Gupta,G.M.(H/Q)%the CGMM,WTR-MUMBAI along with GM Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, CAO % all the Top levels officers were remain Present in the Meeting. From Staff side Com. P.P. Betkar,(Leader) S.S. Mishra,(Secretary) Vikas Redkar, Ashok Hindocha, A.K. Solanki, A.K. Saxena, S.B.Survey,Smt. N.P. Shah, G.B. Gholap,D.G.Pidurkar,N.K. Upadhyayay, A.K. singh,S.L.Dal, M.S. Murudkar, Smt. S.S. Paranjape were remain present. Meeting was held as per Agenda & it was very succsessful
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A briief report on the delliiberatiions of the
Commiittee for Reviiew of the Mediicall Polliicy
- P..Abhiimanyu,, DY..GS,, BSNLEU
A commiittttee fforr Reviiew off tthe Mediicall Polliicy has been consttiittutted by tthe Corrporratte Offffiice..
The ffollllowiing arre tthe memberrs off tthe commiittttee..
Offffiiciiall Siide Sttaffff Siide
((ii)) GM ((Admn..)) ((ii)) Com.. P.. Ahiimanyu,, Dy.. Generrall Secrrettarry,, BSNLEU..
((iiii)) GM ((Esstttt..)) ((iiii)) Com.. G..R.. Sharrma,, Fiinanciiall Secrrettarry,, AIIBSNLEA..
((iiiiii)) DGM ((WL & Sporrtts)) ((iiiiii)) Com.. B..G.. Pattell,, Ciirrclle Prresiidentt,, SNEA,, Gujjarratt..
The Commiittttee has so ffarr helld tthrree meettiings,, ii..e..,, on 16..03..2009,, 14..05..2009 and
10..06..2009..
Back ground ffor fformattiion off tthe Commiittttee
BSNL has iimpllementted a mediicall scheme calllled BSNL Mediicall Reiimburrsementt Scheme.. Forr
rreiimburrsementt off tthe mediicall biilllls,, BSNL iis ffollllowiing tthe CGHS rrattes.. Prrobllem sttarrtted when
Healltth Miiniisttrry rreduced tthe rrattes fforr tthe varriious ttrreattmentts.. IIn rrespectt off some ttrreattmentts,,
tthe rrattes arre rreduced even up tto 40%.. Because off tthiis cutt iin tthe CGHS rrattes,, good qualliitty
hospiittalls arre nott prreparred tto siign MoU wiitth BSNL.. As a rresulltt,, BSNL emplloyees arre sufffferriing
fforr wantt off ttrreattmentt ffrrom good qualliitty hospiittalls.. To overrcome tthiis prrobllem,, sttaffff siide
demanded modiiffiicattiions tto tthe BSNLMRS.. Based on tthiis demand,, managementt has
consttiittutted tthe commiittttee tto rreviiew iitt’’s mediicall polliicy..
Our Probllems
IIn tthe ffiirrstt meettiing,, Managementt Siide gave tthe ffollllowiing ffiigurres wiitth rregarrds tto tthe
company’’s prresentt expendiitturre on BSNLMRS::--
Expendiitturre on IIndoorr ttrreattmentt = Rs..114..74 crrorre..
Expendiitturre on Outtdoorr ttrreattmentt::--
Wiitthoutt voucherr = Rs..249 crrorre..
Wiitth Voucherr = Rs..68..5 crrorre..
—————----———
Tottall = Rs..432..24 crore..
IIn tthe ffiirrstt pllace,, we demanded tthatt tthe olld CGHs rrattes shoulld be rresttorred,, siince tthatt allone
wiillll sollve tthe prresentt prrobllem beiing ffaced by tthe emplloyees.. Howeverr,, tthiis prroposall was
rrejjectted by tthe managementt siide.. They maiinttaiined tthatt ttherre cannott be any deviiattiion ffrrom
tthe CGHS rrattes whiich arre iin vogue..
Secondlly,, we suggestted tthatt tthe conceptt off ““Modell Hospiittalls”” whiich iis beiing ffollllowed by
some PSUs,, can be ffollllowed by BSNL allso.. Forr examplle,, tthe IIndiian Oiill Corrporrattiion has
iidenttiiffiied Siirr Gangarram Hospiittall ((Dellhii)),, Nanawattii Hospiittall ((Mumbaii)),, Viijjaya Hospiittall
((Chennaii)) and Callcutttta Mediicall Researrch IInsttiittutte ((Kollkatta)) as Modell Hospiittalls.. IIOC iis
rreiimburrsiing biilllls att tthe hiighestt rrattes prrescrriibed by tthese hospiittalls fforr varriious ttrreattmentts..
Howeverr,, tthiis prroposall iis allso nott acceptted by tthe managementt siide..
Therreafftterr,, iitt was deciided tto sttudy tthe mediicall schemes beiing ffollllowed by varriious ottherr
PSUs..
Schemes off Otther PSUs
Therrefforre,, tthe mediicall schemes off varriious ottherr PSUs arre sttudiied.. Two notteworrtthy schemes
among tthem arre tthatt off tthe Sttatte Bank off IIndiia and tthe LIIC.. These arre allso tthe ttwo PSUs
whiich have prresence tthrroughoutt tthe counttrry,, lliike BSNL..
The SBII iis haviing iitts own mediicall polliicy.. IItt has a chaiin off apprroved hospiittalls tthrroughoutt tthe
counttrry and iitt iis allso haviing an apprroved lliistt off rrattes fforr varriious ttrreattmentts.. Butt tthe
diisadvanttage off tthiis scheme iis tthatt onlly tthe emplloyee iis elliigiiblle fforr 100% rreiimburrsementt off
tthe mediicall expenses.. The spouse as wellll as ottherr dependantts arre enttiittlled onlly fforr 75%
rreiimburrsementt..
The LIIC scheme iis a betttterr one tthan tthe SBII scheme.. Forr iindoorr ttrreattmentt off orrdiinarry
diiseases,, LIIC iis haviing a mediicllaiim polliicy.. As ffarr as tthe prremiium off tthiis mediicllaiim iis
concerrned,, ¾ amountt iis paiid by tthe company and ¼ off tthe amountt has tto be borrne by tthe
emplloyee.. IIn addiittiion tto tthiis mediicllaiim scheme,, LIIC iis allso haviing one morre rreiimburrsementt
scheme fforr costtlly ttrreattmentts.. Accorrdiing tto tthiis scheme,, an emplloyee can gett rreiimburrsementt
uptto Rs..5 llakh and tthiis ffaciilliitty can be avaiilled ttwiice iin one’’s serrviice..
IIn tthe meettiing helld on 10--06--2009,, diiscussiions ttook pllace on tthe SBII and LIIC schemes.. We
rrejjectted tthe SBII scheme,, siince tthe emplloyee allone wiillll gett 100% rreiimburrsementt and ottherr
dependentts wiillll gett onlly 75% rreiimburrsementt..
As rregarrds tthe LIIC scheme,, iitt iis some whatt accepttablle.. We can demand tthe managementt tto
iimpllementt a scheme siimiillarr tto tthe LIIC one.. Butt iin tthatt case tthe prresentt BSNLMRS scheme
wiillll be compllettelly rrepllaced,, saiid tthe managementt siide.. Thiis means tthe amountt tthatt tthe
BSNL emplloyees arre gettttiing att prresentt fforr outt doorr ttrreattmentt ((ii..e..,, 50% off one montth’’s pay
pllus DA fforr paymentt wiitthoutt voucherr and one montth’’s pay pllus DA fforr paymentt wiitth voucherrs))
wiillll allso be abolliished.. Howeverr,, we sttrronglly ffeell tthatt tthe systtem off paymentts ((wiitth orr wiitthoutt
voucherr)) fforr outt doorr ttrreattmentt shoulld conttiinue iin any case..
Afftterr much delliiberrattiions on tthe varriious ottherr schemes,, once agaiin tthe ways and means off
iimprroviing tthe prresentt BSNLMRS was diiscussed.. We sttrronglly plleaded tthatt managementt
shoulld consiiderr iincrreasiing tthe New CGHS Rattes.. Fiinalllly,, managementt siide made tthe
ffollllowiing prroposalls::--
((ii)) 20% iincrrease iin CGHS rrattes wiillll be consiiderred fforr emplloyees..
((iiii)) Howeverr,, iin rrespectt off dependentts,, a cutt off 10% iin tthe CGHS rrattes woulld be
effffectted..
We wellcomed tthe prroposall tto iincrrease tthe CGHS rrattes by 20% fforr emplloyees.. Att tthe same
ttiime we ffiirrmlly saiid tthatt ttherre shoulld nott be any cutt iin tthe CGHS rrattes iin rrespectt off
dependentts.. Butt managementt siide diid nott acceptt tthiis.. Thiis iissue wiillll be conttiinued tto be
diiscussed iin tthe nextt meettiing tto be helld on 22..06..2009..
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Monday, June 15, 2009

New Office Bearers of BSNLEU-Gujarat Circle-Inf. by Ashok Hindocha

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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW OFFICE BEARERS OF BSNLEU-GUJARAT

Com M.K. DAVE- Circle Secretary-BSNLEU-Gujarat
Com. N.K. Trivedi Circle President-BSNLEU-Gujarat



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BSNL EMPLOYEES UNION-GUJARAT CIRCLE
To,
The Chief General Manager, Telecom.,
Gujarat Telecom. Circle,
AHMEDABAD – 380 006.

SUB : Office-bearers of BSNL Employees Union, Gujarat Circle.

My Dear Sir,

3rd Circle Conference of BSNL Employees Union, Gujarat Circle was held on 12th and 13th June,2009 at Prerna Dham, Junagadh.

Com. VAN Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU & Com. Ganesh Mathpati, AGS, BSNLEU, CHQ, New Delhi were present in the Conference.

Following members were unanimously elected at office-bearers of BSNLEU, Gujarat Circle in the conference.

1. Circle President : Shri N.K. Trivedi, Sr.TOA(P), TRA-1, Rajkot.
2. Vice President : Shri D.S. Pathan, GMTD., Mehsana.
: Shri Gurucharan Kori, ATD.
: Shri R.M. Patel, Surat.
: Shri J.S. Rehavar, HMR.
: Shri P.K. Makvana, NAD.
3. Circle Secretary : Shri M.K. Dave, Sr.TOA(P), TRA, Navsari.
4. Asstt. Circle Secy. : Shri J.G. Naik, Circle Office, AM.
: Shri M.B. Chaniyara, JMN.
: Shri M.N. Darji, GDR.
: Shri J.K. Bhatt, BV.
: Shri I.S. Khan, ATD.
5. Treasurer : Shri K.V. Patel, AM.
6. Asstt. Treasurer : Shri B.R. Desai, TRA, Navsari.
7. Organizing Secy. : Shri F.S. Pal, Nadiad.
: Shri Md. Ataullah, SEN.
: Shri Gyan chand Sing, Jamkhambhalia.
: Shri K.R. Joshi, AMR.
: Shri K.T. Modi, BCH.
: Shri S.D. Darji, Deesa.
: Shri Y.D. Pathan, ATD.

This is for favor of your kind intimation please.

Yours sincerely,

( M.K.DAVE )
Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Gujarat Circle.
Copy fwd. with Compliments to :
1. All SSA Heads in Gujarat Telecom. Circle.
for favor of kind information please.
2. Com. VAN Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU, CHQ, New Delhi.
3. Com. Ganesh Mathpati, Asstt. General Secretary, BSNLEU,CHQ, New Delhi.
4. All Office-bearers.
for favor of kind information please.
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Imp. Telephone NO'S of BSNL-WTR-Rajkot Sub.Region-Inf. By Ashok Hindocha

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OFFICER'S DIRECTORY JUNE-2009
BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
WESTON TELECOM REGION
SUB REGION RAJKOT
OFFICE OF THE DY.GENERAL MANAGER MTCE W.T.R.
4st Floor Kasturba road Exchange Building, RAJKOT-360 001.

NAME DESIGN STN CODE OFFICE Resident No. Fax No. MOBILE E-MAIL Address
DEEPAK PATHAK DGM(M) RJ 281 2477222 2588466 2477288 9426208466 dpathakits@mail.com
A.N.MEHTA PS TO DGM RJ 281 2477222 2386329 2479590 9427214590 ammehta65@gmail.com
R.D.PARMAR SDE(NWP) RJ 281 2455647 2577677 9427214677 rdparmar@bsnl.co.in
B.V.VIRADIA SDE(ADMN) RJ 281 2440331 2574755 9426085497 bvviradia@gmail.com
D.P. MEHTA SDE (TECH) RJ 281 2477222 2453600 9427213977 dpmehta@gmail.com
J.Z.MEHTA SR A.O. RJ 281 2441090 2332211 2452200 9427214794 rjsaowtr@gmail.com
M.R.AMIPARA J.A.O. RJ 281 2455648 2332221 9427255337 mramipara.ao@gmail.com

D.K.Mehta DE TAX RJ 281 2444777 2445114 2444999 9426802777 dkmehta.bsnl@gmail.com
B.G.Raningha SDE TAX BKT RJ 281 2382222 2444777 9427214402 rjbkttax@rediffmail.com
M.M.Rank SDE TAX BKT RJ 281 2382222 2561705 9427214711 mmrank@bsnl.co.in
L.P.Paghadar SDE TAX KR RJ 281 2455700 2562260 9427214643 lppaghadar@gmail.com
Swami sharan Prasad JTO TAX KR RJ 281 2478811 9429388771 swamiaerf@gmail.com

Sri. R.J.Bavalia DE LD RJ 281 2455788 2479684 2455787 9426089992 rjbavalia@gmail.com
B.K.KYADA SDE TX-3 RJ 281 2455643 2707100 9427214790 kyadabk@gmail.com
M.D.DESAI SDE TX-1 RJ 281 2455674 2576667 9426783636 mddesai01@gmail.com
D.G.HUBAL SDE Tx-4 RJ 281 2455675 2578678 9426085498 dghubal@mail.com
H.T.PATEL SDE Tx(BKT) RJ 281 2383770 2588290 9427214684 htpatelh@gmail.com
M.P.MEENA JTO Trans RJ RJ 281 2455676 2584290 9427505588 mpmeena01@gmail.com
Shudhagar V.N. JTO Trans RJ RJ 281 2455676 9429388895 sudhagarceg@gmail.Com
N.L.Rathod JTO Trans RJ RJ 281 2455642 9472717037 rathodnilesh99@gmail.com

R.R.TILALA DE-OFC RJ 281 2455791 2371133 2455789 9426089993 rrtilala@gmail.com
M.N. Sachala. SDE-OFC-I RJ 281 2455645 2584290 9426089977 mnsachal@radiffmail.com
M.M. Vaishnav. SDE-OFC-II RJ 281 2474140 2589899 9426089975 mmvaishnav@gmail.com
P.R. Pansuria. SDE-OFC DRJ 2824 220220 22500 9426085490 sdeofcdhoraji@yahoo.com
A.P. Dave. SDE-OFC MRV 2822 227900 230670 9427216761 sdeofcmrv@gmail.com
H.M. Patel JTO-OFC RJ 2821 2474140 2579599 9426738883 patelharesh1@gmail.com
V.B. Vamja. JTO-OFC DRJ 2824 221894 221199 9427214915 vbvamja@gmai.com

A.M.JAGOT D.E. OFC JND 285 2655115 2629401 2625102 9426673786 amjagot@gmail.com
D.P.Bhadania SDE OFC JND 285 2652300 2672401 9426602777 dpbhadania@gmail.com
G.N.Suva SDE Tx-3 JND 285 2657401 2672499 9426621700 gnsuva@gmail.com
D.B.Ram SDE Tx-1 JND 285 2629410 2636200 9427216765 dbram.bsnl@gmail.com
S.M.RATHOD JTO Tx JND 285 smrathod.bsnl@gmail.com
V.R.Radadia SDE OFC VRL 2876 242855 9426918815 vithalbhairadadia@gmail.com
R.M.Chocha SDE OFC PBR 286 2240905 2240907 9426604320 ramchocha@gmail.com
G.D.Padhiar JTO Tx VRL 2876 222072 221722 9426621300 gdpadhiyar@yahoo.co.in
V.L.Tank JTO Tx JND 285 2624400 2624401 9426624401 vijay_tank59@yahoo.com

Sri. R.J.Bavalia DE OFC SEN 2752 236040 236030 9426089992 rjbavalia@gmail.com
Sri. P.P. Dhedhi SDE OFC SEN 2752 230300 230434 9426085495 sdeofc1.sen@gmail.com
Sri. B. A. Patel SDE TX SEN 2752 230900 236026 9426718618 patel.ba@gmail.com
Sri J.K.Takoliya SDE TX DGD 2754 283252 282336 9426738770 jktakoliya@gmail.com
sri H.M.Patel JTO OFC SEN 2754 230300 9427667788 harimpatel@rediffmail.com
N.B.GOHIL JTO Trans SEN 2754 236124 9974617967 nbgohil@gmail.com

K.B.TRIVEDI DE OFC BV 278 2420530 2420630 2525500 9427214414 trivedikb@gmail.com
B.H.Mehta SDE TX-I BV 278 2428403 2209000 9426710600 bhmaheta@gmail.com
M.P.Joshi SDE OFC-I BV 278 2420606 2563850 94260 89978 mpjoshibsnl@gmail.com
H.V.Shah SDE OFCII BV 278 2427870 2428780 94260 85496 haresh.hv@gmail.com
V.H.Lunagaria SDE OFC-I AMR 2792 222419 222703 9427217475 vhlsdeofc@gmail.com
B.A.Sardar JTO TX-I BV 278 2429700 2422040 9428401900 sardarbhupendrasingh@gmail.com
M,.B.SAVSANI JTO OFC AMR 2792 231818 228642 9427184105 mbsavsani@yahoo.com

V.S.MODI D.E. OFC BHUJ 2832 251620 231410 231570 9427319450 vsmodi1@gmail.com
A. V. LUNAGARIA. S. D.E.OFC BHUJ 2832 230779 231952 9426085492 lunagariaav@gmail.com
T.D. VIRADIA. S. D.E.OFC BHUJ 2832 222653 231952 9427214811 sdemw2007@rediffmail.com
J.S. SHARMA. S.D.E. TRANS GDM 2836 226655 224655 9427216763 shramajaydutt@gmail.com
M.M. PARMAR. S.D.E. OFC GDM 2836 232333 9427214833 mmparmar01@gmail.com
N.N. SINDHI. S.D.E. TRANS BHACHAU 2837 223432 (02836)237333 9427216762 nnsindhi@gmail.com
AWADHESHKUMAR JTO TRANS BHUJ 2832 222653 230757 9427216764 avinit30@rediffmail.com
HARPHOOL SINGH JTO TRANS GDM 2836 231244 227260 9428401113 erhsmeena@gmail.com


D.K.Shah D.E.OFC JMN 0'288 2679918 2754002 2661118 9427613190 dipakshah.bsnl@gmail.com
H.K.Chauhan SDE TX-I JMN 0'288 2711060 2554248 9426058493 haresh.kchauahan@gmail.com
H.P.Sanghani SDE TX-II JMN 0'288 2711060 2711818 9427217050 hpsanghani@gmail.com
C.G.Kachhadia SDE OFC KBL 0'2833 234406 9427214877 cgkachhadiya@gmail.com
MANOJ KUMAR JTO OFC KBL 0'2833 234406 9429388750 manoj.acharyajlr@gmail.com
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Cellular Subscribers as on 31-03-2009 Inf. By ashok Hindocha (M-9426201999)

Cellular Subscribers as on 31st May,2009.
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City/Circle Operators Apr'2009 May'2009 % Growth over previous month
Metros Delhi Bharti Airtel 4913281 5013775
Vodafone Essar 4151163 4203442
MTNL 1934015 1947107
IDEA 2356703 2326058
Aircel Ltd 140010 239254
Delhi 13495172 13729636 1.74%
Mumbai Loop Mobile 2204676 2256862
Vodafone Essar 4445950 4517438
MTNL 2288214 2313158
Bharti Airtel 2811299 2821221
IDEA 825989 856365
Aircel Limited 61292 140627
Mumbai 12637420 12905671 2.12%
Chennai Aircel Cellular Ltd 2582580 2613806
Bharti Airtel 2207830 2268110
Vodafone Essar 1585998 1606108
BSNL 1103855 1109193
Chennai 7480263 7597217 1.56%
Kolkata Bharti Airtel 2506825 2527010
Vodafone Essar 2898756 2970734
BSNL 1591774 1582600
Reliable Internet 854217 854217
Aircel Cellular Ltd 548670 552914
Kolkata 8400242 8487475 1.04%
All Metros 42013097 42719999 1.68%

A' Circle Maharashtra Vodafone Essar 4917148 5141142
IDEA 7628044 7800638
Bharti Airtel 6018396 6036123
BSNL 3639056 3619217
22202644 22597120 1.78%
Gujarat Vodafone Essar 8207673 8415802
IDEA 4020894 4082321
Bharti Airtel 4202918 4253725
BSNL 2396780 2396819
18828265 19148667 1.70%
A.P. IDEA 5188665 5292520
Bharti Airtel 9471463 9821762
Vodafone Essar 4107549 4257943
BSNL 3206400 3280453
Aircel Limited 86350 157237
22060427 22809915 3.40%
Karnatka Bharti Airtel 10136069 10322015
Spice Comm. 1683662 1715291
Vodafone Essar 3820630 3946252
BSNL 2397629 2462645
Aircel Limited 96670 145026
18134660 18591229 2.52%
T.N. Vodafone Essar 5398603 5550119
Aircel Limited 8346805 8654732
BSNL 3220697 3271811
Bharti Airtel 6360685 6569274
IDEA 6066
23326790 24052002 3.11%
A' Circle 104552786 107198933 2.53%
B' Circle Kerala IDEA 4472053 4607373
Vodafone Essar 3255172 3370227
Bharti Airtel 2420281 2502433
BSNL 2560514 2588012
Aircel Limited 93263 133195
12801283 13201240 3.12%
Punjab Spice Comm. 2487925 2519732
Bharti Airtel 3821780 3858426
BSNL 2852974 2873503
Vodafone Essar 2269320 2303023
11431999 11554684 1.07%
Haryana IDEA 1577879 1597891
Vodafone Essar 2260750 2310951
Bharti Airtel 1270229 1280162
BSNL 1685635 1762073
6794493 6951077 2.30%
U.P.(W) IDEA 4205253 4282063
Bharti Airtel 2415305 2468395
BSNL 2481615 2496465
Vodafone Essar 4541351 4674719
Aircel Limited 31697 78358
13675221 14000000 2.37%
U.P.(E) Vodafone Essar 6879931 7176532
BSNL 5809362 5858803
Bharti Airtel 6147131 6467537
IDEA 2085662 2251382
Aircel Limited 41361 77173
20963447 21831427 4.14%
Rajasthan Vodafone Essar 5219675 5401156
Bharti Airtel 7267379 7572262
BSNL 2881541 2831732
IDEA 1249702 1288417
16618297 17093567 2.86%
M.P. IDEA 5210915 5400258
Reliance Telecom 2687646 2687646
Bharti Airtel 4830061 5001125
BSNL 2465882 2454994
Vodafone Essar 445847 534564
15640351 16078587 2.80%
W.B. & A & N Reliance Telecom 1465351 1465351
BSNL 1919483 1947089
Bharti Airtel 3758817 3886556
Vodafone Essar 5091979 5249681
Dishnet Wireless 1216235 1295658
13451865 13844335 2.92%
B' Circle 111376956 114554917 2.85%
C' Circle H.P. Bharti Airtel 974495 991275
Reliance Telecom 740553 740553
BSNL 847435 869908
IDEA 143770 150247
Dishnet Wireless 138616 149604
Vodafone Essar 56894 63517
2901763 2965104 2.18%
Bihar Reliance Telecom 2931877 2931877
BSNL 2748449 2772670
Bharti Airtel 7778055 8159469
Dishnet Wireless 1462983 1502738
ABTL (IDEA) 1002106 1201417
Vodafone Essar 1048748 1251331
16972218 17819502 4.99%
Orissa Reliance Telecom 1393525 1393525
BSNL 1482198 1539364
Bharti Airtel 3122778 3253456
Dishnet Wireless 970150 990903
Vodafone Essar 481880 572757
IDEA 35019 100237
7485550 7850242 4.87%
Assam Reliance Telecom 1425863 1425863
BSNL 891616 898328
Bharti Airtel 1622477 1684159
Dishnet Wireless 1808533 1880377
Vodafone Essar 190474 231625
5938963 6120352 3.05%
N.E. Reliance Telecom 466344 466344
Bharti Airtel 969504 1005121
BSNL 701036 718646
Dishnet Wireless 1073893 1143859
Vodafone Essar 210129 245980
3420906 3579950 4.65%

J & K BSNL 839672 842860
Bharti Airtel 1708248 1785817
Dishnet Wireless 886191 930250
Vodafone Essar 56268 85664
3490379 3644591 4.42%
C' Circle 40209779 41979741 4.40%

Apr'2009 May'2009
All India 298152618 306453590 2.78%
Additions 8300972

Company wise % market share - May,2009

Sl. No. Name of Company Total Sub Figures % Market Share
1 Bharti Airtel 99549208 32.48%
2 Vodafone Essar 74080707 24.17%
3 BSNL 48177185 15.72%
4 IDEA 45478276 14.84%
5 Aircel 20685711 6.75%
6 Reliance Telecom 11965376 3.90%
8 MTNL 4260265 1.39%
9 BPL 2256862 0.74%
All India 306453590 100.00%

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SNEA-Gujarat Circle Union News-inf. by Ashok Hindocha (M-9426201999)

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To,
The Chief General Manager,
Gujarat Telecom Circle,
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.

Earlier Ref.Ltr No: (I) SNEA/Guj/09-10/05b09 dated: 18 /05 /2009.
(II)SNEA (I)/ GUJ/09-10/04b09 dated 20 /04 /2009.

Letter No: SNEA (I)/ GUJ/09-10/06a09 dated 08 /06 /2009.

Subject: Request for consideration of pending and new Issue Pertaining to various executives cadre along with taking necessary actions on various issues covered in above earlier reference letters.
Respected sir,
In continuation of our earlier above reference letters we are once again submitting following issues for solutions please.
(1) In connections of above reference letter at ( I ), we are very much thankful to Hon’ble CGMT-Gujarat for taking up the cases of JTOs who are posted to other Circles on their promotion to SDEs, with Hon’ble Director(HRD) for modifications of their posting to Gujarat taking the prevailing of acute shortage of JTOs and above to them in terms of sanctioned / working post compare to other Circles . In this connection it is our further request that.
1a please perused the same at BSNL-HQ with Hon’ble Director (HRD) for their modification at an earliest. Because it is contradicting that the genuine cases of JTOs for their deputation / Rule-38 transfers are not being materialized, while unwilling are being transferred. This situation is being projected to BSNL-HQ. Hence such undesirable transfers can be avoided and while allotting JTOs during recruitment maximum JTOs should be allotted to Gujarat, which can be helpful to balance the situation.
1b It is requested that the reliving of all these JTOs is to be kept pending till their modification to Gujarat, as most of them are interested to tender refusal taking their various problems, if their request for retention in Gujarat is not considered .
1c It is our humble request to your good self, that the issue of “declaring the Gujarat as a tenure Circle” is to be taken up with BSNL-HQ very rigorously. Because It is fact that in Gujarat almost 50 % shortage in various executives cadres right from JTOs to SAG is prevailing since long, and after withdrawing Gujarat as a tenure Circle,the shortage is continuously increasing. Consequently the growth of BSNL-Gujarat is affecting severely, despite availability of market potential.
(2) Looking to the acute shortage in the cadre of JAG, it is our humble request that the regular DEs who are, drawing the scale of JAG, due for JAG scale and senior in regular DEs are to be given officiating in JAG-post, without much disturbance and if it quite unavoidable then within zone of SSAs. This will be helpful to full fill the administrative need & to boost up the moral.
(3) While issuing the DE-Officiating order it is requested to consider the registered request transfers of regular / officiating DEs who are completing their tenure up to June-2009.
At the same time it is also our humble request to consider the pending request transfer in the cadre of SDEs with internal chain from wait list or during the time of reviewing the JTOs to SDEs officiating, or availability of any opportunity of getting SDEs on modification of their regular promotion.


(4) It is learnt that in many SSAs, Civil, & Electrical wing the distribution of Scholarship & Book award is pending want of availability of welfare fund. It is requested that after necessary assessment by seeking information from all SSAs, Civil, &Electrical wing the required fund is to be demanded from BSNL-HQ. As it was committed by BSNL welfare board to grant the additional fund if demanded by any Circle.
(5) In connection of restriction imposed in our Gujarat Circle in reimbursement / granting advances under BSNLMRS vide letter no: WLF/10-1/Medicle policy /III/05-06 /31 Dated at A’ bad The 03Jan.2006 in Reference of BSNL’s letter No BSNL/aDMN.I/15-2/05(pt) Dated 08-08-2005 . Same is contradicting to the content of Reference of BSNL’s letter No BSNL/aDMN.I/15-2/05 (pt) Dated 08-08-2005.and same is conveyed at point (5) of the BSNL minutes letter no: BSNL/Admin-i/15-10/07 dated 03/06/2009.Accordingly we request to restore the same as per HQ-Guideline.
(6) We are very much thankful to the Circle finance wing for launching the medical reimbursement / advance status. we are still requesting that status of medical reimbursement & advance, both in separate table is to be updated as soon any case is approved or at least once in the week. This will be very much helpelfull and blessing full for those who are working in remote SSAs.
(7) In various SSAs in the cadre of promoted JTOs the issue of fixation as per revised pay scale and in the cadre of TTAs to JTOs Officiating the issue of perks & bonus as per JTO is not settled. We request that from finance and establishment wing necessary instructions are to be issued to all SSAs for uniform implementation of the guideline and there by removing disparity.
(8) While posting the fresh recruited JTOs, care is to be taken that as far as possible one of their three choices (Where Wait list is not existing) as per merit is to be considered to full fill the administrative need. At the same time we once again reiterate that the SSAs / Station / Units & establishments where wait list is exists, there direct posting is to be avoided by side lining the pending request from wait listed JTOs, by their ignoring legitimate right.
(9) The SSAs / Station wise need of JTOs / SDEs for IMPCS, CMTS, ERP/IT, is to be worked out by consulting the respective Head of the concern units & establishments. And accordingly for these various Units & establishments, SSAs / Station wise willingness is to be called for, from all the working officials of Circle. Accordingly the Head of respective Units & establishment is to be empowered for empanelment / selection panel / scrutiny as per certain merit & eligibilities. Thus the eligible working candidates are to be given first priority in such areas.
And as per requirement the substitute are to be posted / provided from new batches of fresh recruitment (JTOs) or during event of local officiating / regular promotion (SDEs). Further case of Smt. Kamini JTO (ERP) for deputation to Mumbai was recommended and forwarded by circle office. Looking to her problems which are very genuine in nature your good self is once again requested to take up the case with corporate office.
(10) We have time and again discussed & drawn attention that in past, that by quoting rule 11(k) of Section B of transfer policy, the benefit was extended to some specific executive while posting, and who was retiring after 1st April 2011 but before 31st March 2012.
Contradicting to that in prior to that on same ground, when many officials have represented their grievance, which are yet to consider. The list of such grieved candidates was submitted in point 4(a) of above reference letter at (II) for review the cases as early as possible and it also requested to ensure that while reviewing such cases their relievers are to be provided from the forth coming JTO-batches ly.



(11) While posting & transfer during last year many of the Lady & Gents JTOs (Departmental) were posted to extreme far SSAs from their SSAs. From these some of the Lady & Gents JTOs have requested & represented through their concern SSAs, either for cancellation of their order or to post them to their near / adjusant SSAs, due to the genuine reasons. But their cases were not considered that time. Now this is right time to consider the request of such grieved JTOs / SDEs for their posting to near by / Zone by providing relievers from the Fresh batches of JTOs.

(12) Despite our repeated discussion necessary action are yet to initiate in relation to T.P. to equalize the shortage in various executives cadre of PAs/PSs at par with other executives cadres of Telecom,Civil,Electricle wing. On the contrary they are always protected by diverting more then 20% of the sanctioned post to only one SSA. Eventhogh roll of each & every cadre is important for the interest of BSNL. We solicit necessary actions in this regard. This will further helpful to wipeout disparity amongst executive cadres.

(13) As per the BSNL HQ- letter no: 5-21 /2008 –Pers.IV Dated:Nov 19th 2008 and provisions in the T.P. point 8(L)all necessary formalities is to be carry out for JTOs who have applied for Rule-38 inter Circle transfer. At the same time some genuine & eligible cases of JTOs who have completed five years and falls in spouse serving criteria, are requested to be consider on priority & humanity ground. And the cases which were sent on compassionate / spouse working ground, for which consent of counter circle is received and the cases for which order are issued are requested to be relieved & implemented.

(14) The necessary action for conducting DPC for confirmation of JTOs, release of security deposit of JTOs who are due and updating of gradation list of JTO is to be carrying out.

(15) For the various executives cadres of telecom, finance, civil, electrical wing the necessary action for considering pending & eligible cases of T.B.Promotion for the period up to October-2007, October-2008 and October-2009 is requested to initiate & consider at an earliest.

We are hopeful that our issues and suggestion will be viewed & considered true spiritedly by giving them justice. Which will be further helpful to motivate one and we all.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,

(B.G.Patel).Circle President and In charge Circle Secretary SNEA (I)-Gujarat.

Copy to:
(1)The General Manager (Admn.) Gujarat Telecom Circle for information and necessary action Pl.
(2)The General Manager (Fin.) Gujarat Telecom Circle for information and necessary action Pl.
(3)The Deputy General Manager (Admn.) Gujarat Telecom Circle for information and necessary action Pl.

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Telecom tops new Govt’s agenda

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NEW DELHI: India boasts of the fastest growing telecom market in the world, but to sustain this momentum, the sector needs major policy changes. T
he telecom space, whose growth has a direct bearing on the country’s GDP, is set to see a series of decisive policy changes in the first 100 days of the new government.

According to telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, the agenda is already full: “Our first priority is to go ahead with the much-delayed auctions for both third generation (3G) and WiMAX spectrum,” he says.

The auction for the 3G spectrum has been delayed since 2007, denying Indian consumers the joy of experiencing high-end data applications on their mobiles. The new government’s first priority should be to end the constant sparring among different ministries and to decide the base price for the airwaves.

Confronted with falling average revenue per user (ARPU), 3G and WiMAX will open up new revenue streams for Indian telcos. The potential for WiMAX, or wireless broadband, is huge, especially considering the poor broadband penetration and the difficulties associated with linking rural Indian and unconnected villages with fibre.

Behura said another priority area of the new regime is to have a new spectrum policy in place at the earliest. “We hope to finish the consultation process within the next three months. We are studying the spectrum panel report. It has far reaching consequences, as it proposes major reforms,” he said.

The introduction of a new spectrum allotment policy, where additional airwaves are given through an auction route, is vital as it would enable the new regime bury all ongoing controversies associated with the allotment of airwaves.

Spectrum related controversies have plagued the country’s telecom sector for years, and the previous regime had failed to come up with a comprehensive solution. The government should also implement the spectrum panel’s recommendations on changing the country’s M&A norms to allow consolidation. Existing policies have led to a fragmentation of the sector.

The telecom secretary also said that the new government would soon take a call on permitting internet telephony. It is vital that all existing curbs on internet telephony are lifted paving the way for customers to make STD calls for as cheap as 10-40 paise per minute and also make free local calls from their computers.

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BSNLEU-GUJARAT Circle Branch 3 rd Circle Conference-CWC-Delegates Session Open Session will be Held at BhavNath Taleti-Prena Dham-JUNAGADH w.e.f. 12-06-2009 to 13-03-2009
Com. VAN Namboodiri-GS-BSNLEU-CHQ-ND
COM. Ganesh Mathpati AGS-CHQ-ND(C.P-BSNLEU-Maharashatra)Shri SatyapalSir-CGMT-Gujarat Circle-BSNL, GM Finance-BSNL-AM, GM Junagadh-BSNL
Com J.M Prajapati-C/S-BSNLEU-GJ Com .N.V. Jani C/P-Gujarat, All the D/S CWC Members, Delegates will remain Present in the conference
CWC Meeting on 12-06-2009 at 10.00 AM
Open session on 12-06-2009 at 4.p.m. Musical Progrramme 8.p.m.
Delegates Session on 13-06 10.00 a.m. Circle Election on 13-06 at 3.30 pm. onwards
All are Most Wel Come to JUNAGADH-saurashtra, we are heartly welcomes to all
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