Thursday, July 16, 2015

13.07.2015: 5TH CIRCLE CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLEA, GUJARAT CIRCLE HELD ON 10.07.2015 AT Hotel Rock Regency, C. G. Road, Ahmedabad:Com. P. Venugopal President CHQ, Com. Shri Prahlad Rai, General Secretary hoisted the association flag at 10.30 AM in the presence of Com. R P Shahu, GS, AIGETOA, Com. C M Saste, OS (W), Com. M M Kanani, CHQ Adviser and all the CEC members, DSs, DPs, delegates and other members. Flag hoisted followed by slogan shouting "AIBSNLEA ZINDABAD".

13.07.2015: 5TH CIRCLE CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLEA, GUJARAT CIRCLE HELD ON 10.07.2015 AT  Hotel Rock Regency, C. G. Road, Ahmedabad:Com. P. Venugopal President CHQ, Com. Shri Prahlad Rai, General Secretary hoisted the association flag at 10.30 AM in the presence of Com. R P Shahu, GS, AIGETOA, Com. C M Saste, OS (W), Com. M M Kanani, CHQ  Adviser and all the CEC members, DSs, DPs, delegates and other members.  Flag hoisted followed by slogan shouting "AIBSNLEA ZINDABAD".

Com. Ram Chandran, CP in his opening remarks requested all to cooperate  with the dias in completing agenda by making useful discussions/decisions after self introduction  Com.  Belani, CS placed the CS report, which was approved by the house after some  discussions.
Com. T. Raja, FS, submitted the receipt and payment accounts from 25.08.2012 to 05.07.2015 and  the account was unanimously passed by CEC Members. FS furnished the details of the circle quota received from various branches and remittance of CHQ quota. FS also requested the District Secretaries to remit the remaining balance amounts due from their branches. 
GS briefed the CEC about the formation of the committee to recommend the case of JAO 2010 and the decision to extend E2 and E3 IDA pay scales in place of  E1A and E2A w.e.f. 01.01.2007 strongly demanded arrears payment. He also briefed the CEC about burning issue of Degree and Diploma holders in the Civil / ElectricalHindi Officers pay upgradation issue, JTO RR issues, anti-dating issue and various other issues. Many other issues concerned to viability of BSNL, organizational set up etc were also discussed .There was very good discussion about the status of various issues such as DPCs, standardized E2-E3 pay scales, CPSU cadre hierarchy, issues related to PA/PS, Civil electrical/Arch executives issues, issue of regularization of JTOs, the efforts taken by AIBSNLEA in getting postings to the satisfaction of TTAs who are promoted as JTOs, issues of departmental outsider JTOs etc were discussed in detail.
 10.07.2015 :   BRIEF OF OPEN SESSION  11 Hours:
CHIEF GUEST  : Shri M S Dhillon, Pr.General Manager, ATD, Ahmedabad
Guest of Honour :  Smt Anima Rai,G.M.( HR/Admn),Circle office, Ahmedabad. 

AIBSNLEA National leaders Shri Prahlad Rai, GS, Shri P. Venugopal, President, AIBSNLEA,  Shri R P Shahu, GS, AIGETOA , Shri C M Saste, OS (West) and Shri M M Kanani, Advisor, CHQ attended the Conference.

The function started by lighting the lamp.  Com. Members coming from the different branches of SSAs from all over Gujarat,  welcomed all the dignitaries to the dias by presenting bouquets. After opening remarks by the Circle President Com. Shri M K Ramachandran, Com. CS, Shri R M Belani,  presented his key note address. 

In the Key Note Address of CS, he has elaborated in details regarding various organisational activities and meetings with the circle administration. He also expressed his  thanks to  all the member for successfully execution of all Calls given by CHQ including 2 days strike call given by JAC. He has also given suggestion to the management for betterment of BSNL and pointed out the pending HR issues of the executives. He has appreciated the CGMT, Gujarat Circle, GM ( HR/Admn) and the entire team for the settlement of majority genuine HR issues of Executives taken by this association.  

Shri M M Kanani, Advisor, CHQ ( W)
He has highlighted various operational and maintenance issues and pointed out the shortage of the materials and requested all executives to work  more  actively   to turn the SSAs/ Circles in profit making unit.

Shri C M Saste, OS ( West )
Com Saste OS (W) informed the house all the activities at CHQ level. He mentioned that there is Huge quantity of Dropwire lying in the Telecom Factory, Mumbai  due to not permitting QA by QA circle.  Due to the internal problem, such materials are not able to make use of it and he assured that the matter will be taken up with BSNL management to make use of the stores available at Telecom Factory, Mumbai. He has discussed various HR/ Organisational issues in details.

Shri R P Shahu, GS, AIGETOA :  
He mentioned that the employees are not responsible for the state of BSNL as on today.  It is the Govt and definitely it is possible to revive the BSNL.   Every employees should start feeling that you are important for the BSNL and when such feeling gets in to the minds of the employees, they will feel responsible for their actions and then they will start improving their action.
He mentioned that even after having the required qualification, having years of service experience, Direct  Recruited JTOs are not entitled to become DGM/MT, whereas the person having the same qualifications working in other companies can become the DGM/MT.
He mentioned that there are exams in every level which is giving a feeling that the appointment is to perform the duty for the better growth of BSNL or to study and appear the exams.   The policies of the BSNL are reason for the loss of BSNL.  He mentioned that DGM level officers are only supervising the works and not executing anything.  The actual execution of work is carried out by JTO/SDEs/DEs etc.  In order to even write a proper note also field / basic level working experience is mandatory. Hence, appointing any DGM / MT level will not help or improve the working of BSNL. 
He mentioned that due to the existence of various unions / associations in the executive level, the BSNL management is taking the advantage of making them fight each other.  This is not going to be a healthy situation for any association and the day of unity of all the associations and selecting a single representative / leader should not be far ahead for the better benefit of the executive fraternity in the BSNL.  He appealed all the executives to make the ongoing agitation programme of AIBSNLEA & AIGETOA  a grand success to protest against the arbitrary notification of MTs  and non settlement of the long pending issues.

Guest of Honour,Smt Anima Roy; in her speech, she express her deep concern over  the HR and Admn.   issues and how difficult it is for the Administration to tackle and settle the issues to the best  possible satisfaction of staff. She promised to extend here determined efforts to deal with the issues.

Com. P Venugopal, All India President in his speech expressed gratitude for inviting him and giving an opportunity to address the gathering.  He has remembered the Mahatma Gandhi  and his contributions to the Nation. The need of adoption of new technology is required to survive.  Many payments are due from Govt. to BSNL which is assured many times.  The figures are suppressed by the top level management of BSNL.    He mentioned that the young generation joined the organization with expecting a better future is denied their first promotion even after a service of 12-14 years of service.  Many restrictions are made by the BSNL  management / Govt.    Many things can be delegated to the Circle / District heads by the BSNL management. He also stated that it will be difficult for the CHQ to support and resolve the issues of the members, if the quota as per the membership is not remitted from time to time, which will adversely affect the functioning of the CHQ

Com. Prahlad Rai GS expressed his gratitude to the CS, CP and OS (W) for inviting him to attend the Circle Conference of Gujarat  which is having special consideration in the organization of the AIBSNLEA due to hectic competition with sister Association. 
He mentioned that during the interaction with the members it is noticed that there are huge demands from the customer, but not able to meeting due to the shortage of materials.   
He mentioned that Gujarat circle members and representatives are playing a vital role in the AIBSNLEA by taking up all the points required for the growth of the BSNL. He mentioned that BSNL which was making a huge profit once has started reducing the profit and subsequently making it  loss gradually and reached it to around 8000 crores for the last financial year. 

The CMD BSNL and the entire BSNL as a whole is now in search of finding the ways and means to make the BSNL into a profit making PSU.  The wrong policies of the Govt. and the failure of the BSNL management are responsible for the present loss of BSNL.  He mentioned that we employees are confident that we can make the BSNL into a profit making PSUs.   He has briefed the history of the conversion of BSNL from the DoT/DTS/DTO and the various reasons for the loss making of BSNL by various anti BSNL policies and decisions like denying the commencement of GSM services for many years, compelling rural services, stoppage of ADC charges from 2008 onwards and Rs.2000 crores payment from USO in lieu of ADC withdrawal was also stopped from July 2011. There are a total of  29000 telephone exchanges in the country out of which 28000 are in rural areas which a compulsion for the BSNL to maintain it without any profit / with loss. 
BSNL was not given a fair deal for spectrum allocation and arbitrarily enforced the 3G/BWA spectrum charges of Rs.18500 crores  on BSNL.  The reserve fund of more than 18500 crores taken away by the Govt. by way of spectrum charges, and other charges, notional loan of Rs.7500 crores recovery, interest for the paper loan @ 14.5% rate of interest for the period of 13 continuous years which is amount around 12000 crores.

Pension contribution is being taken by the DoT on the highest of the pay scale instead of the actual pay scale.  License fee of 1200 crores and USO charges Rs.1800 crores are being charged by DoT from BSNL against the NTP 1999 provisions.  Though BSNL is 100% company of the Govt. of India, there is no support from the Govt. to the BSNL instead all the amounts are taken away from the BSNL by the Govt. Rs. 1250  crores as rule deficit is yet to be paid by the DoT to the BSNL.  About Rs.5000 crores of BWA spectrum is also yet to be refunded to BSNL.
He mentioned that we have been continuously pursuing and taken up the matters with the BSNL management and Govt to procure the materials and the BSNL board which is to be responsible is working under the pressure of the Govt.  which are totally against the interest of the BSNL.  There are trade union actions proposed, conducted and implemented at many times to attract the attention of the Govt. which has certain action from the BSNL management.
There was no GSM tender in BSNL since last 7 years and last year only 15.5 million 7th phase GSM tender was finalized which gave some relief, but to improve the quality of service more GSM lines/ Radio equipments are immediately required.  In many circles, even 3G cards are lying faulty in absence of AMC/ Repair and poor back up of power plant in BTS is adversely affecting quality of service. Though BSNL is having resources, manpower, infrastructure, we are not allowed to work and make the BSNL profitable organization.
Many perks have been stopped by the BSNL due to the shortage of funds and if such situation continuous there may be problem for the salary in the future.  GS mentioned that disinvestment will not help BSNL which is proven from the history of MTNL.  It is due to the struggle of the trade unions, we could stop disinvestment, VRS, merger of ITI, unbundling of copper conductor, creation of tower subsidiary, etc.

He mentioned that Association is very well aware of the concern of the executives and non-executives for going on trade union action, but it is compulsory on the part of the Association to struggle continuously to achieve the required result.  
He mentioned that certain materials that is telephone instruments, cables, ADSL modems, MLLN modems are being procured and have started supplying to the field.  The core network equipment to strengthen the long distance media is also being procured along with the NGN equipment by BSNL.  The customer delight month and customer delight year was conducted by the Association which has a very good result.  He appealed all the members to give wide publicity for the recent order of night call free throughout the country to any network from 9 pm to 7 am and the roam free services introducing w.e.f. 15.6.2015 and take benefit out of it to strengthen the customer base.

He requested all the comrades to ensure the quality service to the customers, increase the customer base, change the attitude towards the customers and the HR issues related to the executives and viability issues will be taken up and pursued with the management by the CHQ.  Implementation of E2-E3 pay scale, CPSU cadre hierarchy, notional promotion from 1.10.2000, CPCs of various cadres, filling up the vacant posts, seniority cases, pay anomaly cases, AD (OL), pay scale up gradation, option cases of JAOs 2010 batch in field units, PPS post creation, filling up the posts of Group B, STS, JAG, SAG, HAG, Board of Director, various issues related to the pensions etc.  He mentioned that within 2 - 3 months period he expects to settle the issues of 78.2% fitment benefit to BSNL pensioners, which is under active consideration of the DoT.

He mentioned that whatever efforts are required to be made at the level of BSNL management and DoT will be taken care by the Association, but making the Gujarat Circle as a profit making circle, when other circles viz. Kerala, Orissa, etc. can make profit.  It is your action and efforts only will result in making the circle a profitable circle for which he appealed everyone to enter into action.
CHIEF GUEST  : Shri M S Dhillon, Pr. General Manager, ATD, Ahmedabad :   In his speech, he elaborately touched shortage of stores and maintenance material due to which how the BSNL losing business and its market share. He requested all the executives present in the conference hall to actively participate in growth of BSNL and  to publicize the  'Free Night-calling  scheme on LL' and 'Free Roaming for Mobile Customers'.

Com. M K Ramachandran, Circle President expressed vote of thanks and followed by National Anthem. 
In the afternoon session,  DS of various branches submitted the report of their branch with details of membership of their branch, HR issues they are facing in their SSAs, shortage of store material for maintenance work etc.  With thorough interactive discussions, the session concluded with the unanimous formation  of NEW Circle Body as following :
Shri C R Ranga, CAO (Fin) ATD    :  Circle President, AIBSNLEA, Gujrat Circle
Shri J K Patel, AGM ( TP ) , Circle Office :  Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, Gujarat Circle
Shri V P Sharma, CAO (West) ATD:  Finance Secretary

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