Subscription deduction from salary:

All the district secretaries of SNEA Punjab Circle are requested to submit the remaining subscription forms  immediately. The deduction list has to be verified every month by the Circle/SSA Secretaries to ensure that deduction is happening for all the members. Some discrepancies are observed in January and February by CHQ treasurer in addition to this the list of Executives with SSA/Unit details (Schedule of accounts) are to be mailed to the CHQ as well as Circle by all the Circle offices as per the instructions contained in the letter issued by SR Cell any difficulty faced in this regard must be brought in the knowledge of Circle Secretary .

Important update regarding rule-8 transfers;

During agenda meeting with circle office administration Healthy discussion took place on pending rule-8 transfer cases in Punjab Circle CGMT informed that as on now one Rule-8 transfer orders are being issued per month and one rule-8 transfer by considering couple case in one quarter are issued by Punjab circle Association requested to clear all the pending rule-8 cases when new JTOs either LICE or Direct JTOs join in future as  guidelines has already been issued by CO with the intervention of SNEA and we also told CGMT that some SSA heads are not forwarding the Rule-8 transfer requests of executives which is violation transfer policy in this regard CGMT informed that all the executives who has applied for Rule-8 transfers and their request is not forward by SSA heads should send on advance copy to circle office directly and Circle office will ask the the concerned SSA heads to forward such cases to circle office .

All the comrades who has applied for Rule-8 transfer are requested to directly post one Advance copy to CGMT Punjab and send one copy to CS SNEA .

Agenda Meeting held with CGMT Punjab Circle ;

As per Agenda served by Association on staff grievances the first formal meeting after MVP was held on 14.03.2017 ,from Administration side CGMT Punjab Sh.MS Dhillon, Sh.SK Kaul GM(Admin),DGM(Admin),AGM (Admin) from Association side Com Gurpreet Singh CP,Com Amarjit Singh CS,Com Jagtar Singh ,Com Harinder Singh&Com Vivek Ahjua CWC members ,Com DV Kaushal DS CO,Com Varinder Brar DP Chandigarh, Com Satwinder Singh DP Hoshiarpur attended the meeting .Healthy and fruitful discussion took place on the following issues:
1.Training of LICE passed JTOs ,deputing BSNL staff on election duty,unnecessary transfer of executives, payment of electricity bills,posting of JAOs in CSCs,award of work to blacklisted contractors, manning of unmanned exchanges ,Rule-8 transfers ,request transfers,Immunity from transfer cases,undue delay in financial up gradation DPC,Streamline of IQ’s and their maintenance issues,JAO to AO,AO to CAO look after, empaneled Hospitals ,frequent failure of KYC server ,CAMs project at RTTC Rajpura issue etc.  CGMT resolved almost all the issues and ensure early action input provided by Association .The minutes of the meeting will be issued shortly .we are very thankful to CGMT Punjab for positive gestures

A revolutionary life,The Bhagat Singh you didn’t know

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Almost 108 years ago, a boy was born in Lyallpur district of the Punjab Province of British India (which now lies in Pakistan) who, along with a fellow freedom fighter, went on to blast two non-lethal bombs in the Parliament in 1929 to make the ‘deaf’ Englishmen ‘hear’ the demands of Indian independence and ‘awaken England from her dreams’.

On March 23, 1931, this young man, Bhagat Singh, along with two other revolutionaries—Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar—was hanged to death at the tender age of 23 after being convicted in the murder of John P. Saunders, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, in Lahore in 1928. The three bodies were disposed of in a great hurry and in an unprecedented manner.

In the mainstream historiography of India’s freedom struggle, which concentrates a lot on the Gandhi-Nehru-Congress narrative, not much has been written about the revolutionaries and their lives, apart from a few hagiographic tales of violent acts or suffering in Port Blair’s Cellular jail.

And this absence of detailed and well-structured writings has had its effect on the popular discourse about revolutionaries. In the nationalistic rhetoric of politicians across parties, mainstream cinema, various self-proclaimed patriotic websites and posts on social media, Bhagat Singh is often portrayed as a macho gun-toting freedom fighter who believed that violence is more effective a way of achieving independence from British rule than Gandhi’s non-violent means. That Bhagat Singh picked up the gun to kill a British police officer to avenge Lala Lajpat Rai’s death, and he threw bombs at Englishmen are emphasized a lot more than the thoughts and ideas guiding him. Such recurrent shallow descriptions completely overlook how mature a political thinker Bhagat Singh was.

“The significance of Bhagat Singh in the anti-colonial struggle was not because of his choice of violence as a method of resistance, as many including Gandhiji underlined, or his idealistic heroism for which he is rightly and universally admired. His real contribution lay in trying to formulate a revolutionary philosophy and a course of action, taking into account the travails of colonial subjection, on the one hand and the character of internal exploitation, on the other,” writes noted Marxist historian KN Panikkar in the Frontline.

A closer introspection into the life of Bhagat Singh reveals that there exists a narrative that is completely different from what mainstream historiography tells us about the revolutionist and his acts. A study of Bhagat Singh’s jail notebooks, letters written by him, statements he issued in the court, his essay on atheism, Why I am an atheist, reveal that there is a lot more to Bhagat Singh than his acts of murdering someone or throwing a bomb.

Bipan Chandra, the celebrated historian who passed away recently, notes in his book India’s Struggle for Independence, 1857-1947, “Bhagat Singh and his comrades also made a major advance in broadening the scope and definition of revolution. Revolution was no longer associated with mere militancy or violence…it must go beyond and work for a new socialist order, it must ‘end exploitation of man by man’.”

Bhagat Singh was one of the foremost socialist thinkers of the country—someone who argued that the country’s independence from the British rule would be truly effective if and when the issues of class struggle are taken care of. In the short life that he lived, Bhagat Singh transformed himself from an action-oriented teenage revolutionary to a rational, socialist and democratic thinker with an egalitarian view of society.

In fact, in his last message from jail dated March 3, 1931, he said, “…the struggle in India would continue so long as a handful of exploiters go on exploiting the labour of the common people for their own ends. It matters little whether these exploiters are purely British capitalists, or British and Indians in alliance, or even purely Indians.”

Another striking aspect of Bhagat Singh which sets him wide apart from other revolutionaries is that in retrospection of his acts of violence, he realised the futility of attempts at mere armed struggles without a political ideology propelling the fighters.

In a note written to young political workers of the country, Bhagat Singh wrote, “Let me announce with all the strength at my command, that I am not a terrorist and I never was, expect perhaps in the beginning of my revolutionary career. And I am convinced that we cannot gain anything through those methods.”

On revolution itself, Bhagat Singh wrote during his trial, “Revolution did not necessarily involve sanguinary strife. It was not a cult of bomb and pistol. They may sometimes be mere means for its achievement. No doubt they play a prominent part in some movements, but they do not –for that very reason –become one and the same thing. A rebellion is not a revolution. It may ultimately lead to that end.”

Moreover, renowned intellectual and historian Irfan Habib, who wrote the book To Make the Deaf Hear: Ideology and Programme of Bhagat Singh and His Comrades, writes that Bhagat Singh had written considerably, among other topics, on issues of untouchability and communalism as early as in 1928.

“In speaking of the relationship of past and present we seldom stop to think of how much of our present hangs on what we assume to be the actual past,” writes historian Romila Thapar in her latest book The Past as Present. At a time when a Hindu-right government rules the country, Maoist movements are widespread, and social inequality rules the roost, a detailed study of Bhagat Singh’s egalitarian ideologies, anti-communal stand and his indomitable fight to remove inequality might hold the key for better times.(courtesy times of India)

Calculation of vacancies for promotion to the cadre of JTO – clarification:

BSNL CO has clarified that DoP&T guidelines dated 19.1.2007 are to be followed for calculation of vacancies and has annexed an illustrative example earlier SNEA Punjab Circle raised this issue regarding ambiguity in calculation of vacancies in Punjab Circle and vacancies in the cadre of JTO(T) were revised as per clarification issued by BSNL CO now same clarification has been issued to all circle depicting the example of vacancies calculation  in Punjab circle      View letter

DoT Approval for standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 for JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs as per 2nd PRC Two days Hunger strike on 16th and 17th March, 2017 at BSNL HQs and Circle HQs:

Union cabinet decided to implement standard pay scales in all CPSUs. DPE issued guidelines and clarification strictly directing all the CPSUs and Administrative Ministries on 26.11.2008, 02.04.2009 and 24.12.2012 to implement standard pay scales. DPE further directed BSNL and DoT on 09.07.2014 to implement standard pay scales only.BSNL recommended standard pay scales on 06.06.2016, 9 months back. Again BSNL gave a presentation to DoT on 10.02.2017 to approve E2 and E3 scales only without cascading effect, with the approval of MC as it will address DoT concern.

Some negative forces in DoT are decided to demote the cadres to E1 and E2 scales or to extend on E1A and E2A instead of E2 and E3. DoT will be taking a decision on BSNL proposal based on the suggestion of the few negative officers in DoT shortly.

It is the time for all the BSNL Executives to mount pressure on DoT and BSNL Management to approve standard pay scales of E2 and E3 only. It is a do or die situation for BSNL Executives.

Be United, come out and join the struggle from 16th March onwards for approving the standard pay scales of E2 and E3, for getting E2 scale instead of E1, for addressing the pay loss and for the recognition and status of the JTO/JAO/SDE/AO equivalent cadres.

Comrade Onkar Singh Rana , District Secretary NFTE , Great Trade Union leader,Stalwart of NFTE  passed away He was undergoing dialysis treatment in DMC hospital Ludhiana.
During the entire period of his services he worked for the trade union movements and is known for his simplicity, honesty and fighting spirit against injustice . He has led several trade union struggles even at local,national level,  in resolving the issues of the employees
Com Rana has lead the district Hoshiarpur as District Secretary of NFTE,  and strong follower of Buddhism.He was simple, straight forward, very efficient and hard workring known for his technical expertise of his times and founder of Hoshiarpur cooperative society ,even after retirement he took the most challenging job of running the affairs of cooperative society and  made it vibrant financial organization  which is fulfilling the needs of the BSNL employees/officers
SNEA deeply mourns the sad departure of Com Rana  and prays God to give strength to his bereaved family members and thousands comrades and his followers.The cremation will take place at4:00 PM at Hoshiarpur.

Red Salute to Comrade Rana
May departed soul rest in peace
Long live Trade Union Movement