Monthly Archives: March 2016

GS writes to CMD, BSNL on 30% superannuation benefits to BSNL Direct recruits:

Request to immediately put on hold the proposal to get approval of BSNL/Board to pay 3% as superannuation benefit to BSNL Direct recruits. Management will be squarely responsible for huge unrest such retrograde decision is bound to create. Nothing short of assured 6% which takes the total contribution to 24% is acceptable.
                                  <<<GS letter to CMD on 30% superannuation benefit>>>

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

newGS, CHQ President and Chairman/SNEA met CMD, BSNL on 30.03.2016 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Progress in SWAS programme in various Circles: The initiatives taken in various Circles during SWAS programme discussed. It percolated down very well and lot of initiatives is taken by different SSAs and Circles. Business increased and a new enthusiasm and confidence among the employees and management visible everywhere. CMD appealed to continue the same spirit during next year also which is very crucial for all of us. BSNL can come out of the losses very soon if the same spirit is continued, CMD opined. Assn assured its fullest cooperation and informed CMD that all our members are very actively involved in the field units on a day today basis along with other employees.
Further Assn informed CMD that management should inspire and support the employees by resolving their genuine HR issues without delay. As far as HR section is concerned, the employees are their customers and they have to be taken care.
b) On implementation of Joint Committee recommendations, CMD assured that management stands by the recommendations of the Joint Committee and the recommendations will be implemented in true spirit without any dilution. The standard pay scale E2, E3 proposal is already reached CMD. Since the proposal was vougue, it is understood that the proposal is returned for resubmission. It is understood that it was mentioned in the proposal that some Assns are changing their stands frequently, (changing the goal posts itself) after making the Joint Committee recommendations which made the management difficult to decide the issue. We expressed our serious concern to CMD on the delay tactics by some sections and management has to take immediate decision on this matter. 3rd PRC will be constituted and without finalization of pay scales, we cannot approach PRC. All promotions in all the cadres upto AGM level are blocked, CPSU Hierarchy is the only ray of hope. The delay tactics of some sections who are not concerned/interested about the pay scales and CPSU cadre Hierarchy is creating hurdles by fresh demands which was rejected in the Committee and management. Then all are signed the Jt Committee recommendations and submitted. Such people should not be allowed to spoil the future of thousands of Executives. CMD categorically told that once Jt Committee recommendations are signed, deviation or changing the stand by any side will not be accepted.
On CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Assn requested CMD to consider the case of Executives working in higher scale to absorb on functional basis upto AGM level without fresh DPC as a onetime measure to give relief to the thousands of Executives waiting for promotion for years together. This issue was not deliberated by the Jt Committee. CMD assured to consider the case and directed us to discuss the issue further with the concerned officers.
c) DE to DGM promotions: We expressed our sincere thanks for the initiatives taken by CMD and management to fill up all the DGM posts. CMD enquired about the total numbers, Assn informed that 213 DGMs promotion order issued on 03.03.16 and another 449 will be promoted now taking the total promotion orders this month to 662. About 35 cases are pending for VC and more than 75 cases unassessed. CMD told that all the promoted officers should exercise their power and to take speedy decisions. Assn pointed out that the earlier powers of TDMs to be restored so that they can take independent decisions. Now all the TDMs are reporting to GMs of far off places which made the decision making tough and time consuming.

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

new        Nation pay tribute to great freedom fighter and martyers  of India


On this day, 107 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)

APAR Linked with Individual performance parameters:


BSNL CO issued orders for Individual Performance Management System (IPMS) for executives and most important is henceforth APRs without IPMS score card will be treated as incomplete. Letter <<<>>>
· All APRs of year 2015-16 are to be linked with IPMS Score cards.
· Henceforth IPMS score card of individual will reflect in APR grading.
· The attachment of IPMS to APRs of 2015-16 is to be done in Time Bound Manner by 15/04/2016.
· Evaluation of APRs of 2015-16 on basis of IPMS score cards is to be done by 07/05/2016
· The score cards for year 2016-17 in respect of each executives is to be prepared by 15/07/2016.
· IPMS Score cards of year 2016-17 are to be approved by 30/07/2016.

Excerpts of Meeting with GM(Admin) Chandigarh on 23/03/2016:

newCircle Secretary SNEA Punjab Met Sh. S.K Bhardwaj   GM(Admin)Punjab Circle and discussed the following Issues :

1.Implementation of Honorable High Court Chandigarh recent Judgement  in true  spirit regarding revision of result   in respect  of TTA to JTO LICE-2013 as Honorable  High Court has rejected the appeal of the BSNL and withhold the   Chandigarh CAT order VIew copy of judgement  Sh. Gurbinder Singh Vs Others  in which court directed “to review the result of LICE 2013 with a view to ensure parameter for finalizing the answer key and provision of grace marks in the same way  adopted by in other circles of BSNL with in two months from the date of judgement “CS along with affected candidates  Sh.Gurbinder Singh,Sh.Surjit Rai and others  in detail explained the facts about the case  and requested to settle the issue at Circle level  as the candidates has already suffered a lot .The GM(Admin) assured to look into the matter  and settle the issue at the earliest with positive attitude.

2.Circle Secretary requested to issue all the pending  intra circle and inter circle  Pending requests  transfers in the cadre of Executives under Couple cases  and Mutual transfers category  ,  GM(Admin) Assured to issue all the pending orders in the month of April.

3.Circle Secretary also requested to clear all the pending medical claims  ,GM(admin) assured to look into the matter.

4.CS  extended thanks to GM(Admin) and CGMT Punjab Circle for  Promotion and posting of  all the  DGM(Adhoc)  in the same station by considering the request of SNEA in this regard .


Implementation of all the three Joint Committee recommendations

All the three Joint Committee recommendations are inter-related, it cannot be implemented in isolation. It can be implemented in the same order of recommendation. CPSU recommendation is based on standard pay scales of E2, E3 and the demand of first TBP is based on the pay scale and CPSU hierarchy since anomaly happened after 2nd PRC. If pay scale from 2007 is not finalized, the residency period from JTO to SDE promotion cannot be decided and demand for first TBP also will be delayed. In short all the three recommendations are related and to be implemented in totality without any change.

Our demand on pay scale was replacement of E1A, E2A, E3, — E6 scales by E2, E3, —- E7 scales, ie with cascading effect. BSNL is not ready to touch E3, E4 — E6 pay scales as: a) they are standard pay scales already approved by DoT and b) having huge financial implications of more than 300 Cr in terms of pension contribution to Govt. BSNL moved further to demote the JTO, SDE equivalent cadres from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 by even amending the RRs. Then Assn decided to first protect the cadres from demotion. All other Assns also had the same view and Joint Committee constituted in 2012 with the limited terms of reference of E1A to E2 and E2A to E3. So for the time being, the demand restricted to replacement of non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2, E3. This has been discussed and decided in the CWCs and last Jaipur AIC also.

The Jaipur AIC further resolved to get E2, E3 pay scales by protecting the 5 promotions already we have by continuous struggle in 2002 and 2005. Why the Executives has to lose one promotion in their service? How an Assn can think about a promotion policy where executives are losing one promotion without any benefit?

Some real examples:

a)   1993/94 rect JTO joined in 1997: Ist TBP(E2A) in 2005 instead of 2006, E3(SDE grade) on 01.01.2007, IInd TBP(E3, Sr SDE grade) in 2010 instead of 2011, IIIrd TBP(E4) in 2015 instead of 2016, IVth TBP(E5) in 2020 instead of 2021 and Vth TBP(E6) in 2025 instead of 2026. If Sr SDE grade is abolished, the Executive will reach E6 scale in 2020 itself and Vth TBP and fixation in 2025 will lose. Result in cascading effect and mgt and DoT will delay implementation.

b)  2001 rect JTO joined in 2002: Ist TBP(E3, SDE grade) in 2007, IInd TBP(E3, Sr SDE grade) in 2012, IIIrd TBP(E4) in 2017, IVth TBP(E5) in 2022 and Vth TBP(E6) in 2027. If Sr SDE grade is abolished, the Executive will reach E6 scale in 2022 itself and Vth TBP and fixation in 2027 will lose. Result in cascading effect and mgt and DoT will delay implementation.

c)   2007 rect JTO joined in 2008: Ist TBP(E3, SDE grade) in 2013, IInd TBP(E3, Sr SDE grade) in 2018, IIIrd TBP(E4) in 2023, IVth TBP(E5) in 2028 and Vth TBP(E6) in 2033. If Sr SDE grade is abolished, the Executive will reach E6 scale in 2028 itself and Vth TBP and fixation in 2033 will lose. Result in cascading effect and mgt and DoT will delay implementation.

On CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Joint Committee comprising of all the 3 Assns (SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA) recommended promotions after every 5 years from JTO to SDE, SDE to Sr SDE, Sr SDE to DE and De to DGM. All are of the unanimous opinion about this new hierarchy. If Sr SDE grade is abolished now, then recommendation will become invalid and CPSU cadre Hierarchy cannot be implemented as recommended by the Committee. If Sr SDE grade is abolished, seniors, juniors, fresh recruits, all will lose one promotion. If the real intention is to stop the implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and come out of the seniority tussle, then one can go ahead with fresh fresh demands for decades together.

On pay fixation in the same E3 scale on promotion from SDE to Sr SDE grade, we very well know that nothing will come without struggle. When management decided to demote E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, we never accepted it and struggled to get E2 and E3. Similarly if fixation is not given, we have to struggle for that with BSNL, DoT, DPE etc. Those struggled, like BHEL, NTPC etc they got it. We had already discussed this issue with senior officers in DPE and they assured that if administrative ministry refer the matter, they will allow it as in the case of other PSUs. So don’t surrender without any struggle.


If Sr SDE grade is abolished from 01.01.2007, the likely anomalies to be created, one simple example:

Situation I:

On 01.10.2000: E1A scale (JTO/JAO), 01.10.2004: E2A Scale (SDE/AO, functional), on 01.01.2007: E3 scale and on 01.10.2008: E4 Scale.

On 01.10.2000: E2A scale (SDE/AO), 01.10.2004: E3 Scale (Sr SDE/Sr AO) and on 01.10.2009: E4 Scale.

Result: A JTO in 2000 reaches E4 scale in 2008 where as an SDE in 2000 reaches E4 scale in 2009.

Situation II.

On 01.10.2000: E1A scale (JTO/JAO), 01.10.2004: E2A Scale (SDE/AO, functional), on 01.01.2007: E3 scale and on 01.10.2008: E4 Scale.

On 01.10.2000: E2A scale (SDE/AO), 01.10.2004: E3 Scale(Sr SDE/Sr AO), 01.01.2007: E4 scale as Sr SDE grade abolished, 01.10.2009: E5 Scale (DGM), 01.10.2014: E6 Scale (SG JAG) and no promotion or fixation in 2019 which is available now.    


On 01.10.2000: E2A scale (SDE/AO), 01.10.2004 E3 Scale(Sr SDE/Sr AO), 01.01.2007 E4 scale as Sr SDE grade abolished — 01.01.2012: E5 Scale (DGM) if residency period in E4 scale only counted on 01.01.2017: E6 scale(SG JAG) and no promotion or fixation in 2019 which is available now. 


1.  Change over to E4 scale on 01.01.2007 will not give any fixation benefit. One promotion and fixation benefit will lose in entire service.

2.  This results in cascading effect which management opposes. The implementation of standard pay scale, CPSU and first TBP implementation will delay. In the similar manner, all Executives in E4 scale to be shifted to E5 and E5 to E6 as on 01.01.2007.

3.  Recovery and reduction of one increment drawn between 2009 to 2014 on CAO/DE promotion.

Similar anomalies will occur for various batches.

One increment given on promotion to SDE/AO/DE/EE/CAO/DGM will be withdrawn which will create anomaly as Executives will be at loss.

To address this issue, Joint Committee recommended to retain Sr SDE/Sr AO grades in the same scale of E3 and recommended to make necessary changes in the EPP to give fixation benefit on promotion from SDE to Sr SDE in the same pay scale of E3.

In the name of who become CMD, Director, CGM, GM, the future of more than 90% of the Executives (about 43,000) whose journey ends at E6 scale in SG DGM grade(very few posts available at GM/CGM level, about 800, 2% of the total Executives) should not be spoiled, that is the firm stand of SNEA. 


BSNL CO issued orders rescheduling LICE for JAOs which was earlier scheduled with JTO LICE on 22/05/2016 and now it will be hled on 17/07/2016. The concerned eligible candidates can now appear both JTO as well as JAO examinations. <<<Letter>>>

LICE for promotion to the grade of JTO(T) under 50% Internal Quota to be held on 22/05/2016

newPunjab  Circle today issued notification to hold a Limited Internal Competitive Examination (LICE) for promotion to the grade of JTO(Telecom) under 50% Internal Quota as per the provision in the JTO RR 2014 for the vacancy year 2013-14. Click here to view Notification

The Vacancy position in Punjab  Circle is as follows:-

 Vacancy Year  Total  UR  SC  ST
 418  268  63  87

Starting date of On-line Registration : 10/03/2016
Closing date of On-line Registration : 31/03/2016
Date of LICE for promotion to JTO(T) : 22/05/2016

The examination will be be computer based on-line examination ,SNEA Punjab wishes  good luck to all the candidates appearing in the examination