Representatives of ALL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS of BSNL the office bearers of unions and associations Comprising of Sh. Raj Kumar Circle President SNEA , Sh.Gurmeet Singh ACS SNEA,Sh. D.V. Kaushal ACS SNEA ,, Sh. Balbir Singh All India President BSNLEU, Sh. V.S. Brar president CHD SSA SNEA ,Com Dhillon DS BSNLEU Chandigarh and large no of comrades participated in the march to Raj Bhavan Chandigarh and submitted a Memorandum to Hon’able Governor of Punjab H. E. Sh. V. P. Singh Badnore protesting against the formation of BSNL’s Tower Subsidiary ompany by hiving off of BSNL’s 66,800 mobile towers. About 1.25 lakh mobile BTSs are installed on these Towers. The decision of the Union Cabinet that the Subsidiary Tower Company would function under the control of BSNL Management, has been violated, with the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, even without the knowledge of the BSNL Board. The formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company is nothing but depriving BSNL of it’s tower assets. The existing mobile services and the future expansion plans of BSNL will be seriously affected by this decision. It is the considered opinion of the Unions and Associations of BSNL that, the formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company will be detrimental to BSNL. The Unions and Associations of BSNL are of the firm view that, formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company will ultimately culminate into it’s privatisation, through the route of strategic sale, and thereby ruining the future of BSNL. The entire employees and their Unions and Associations of BSNL vehemently oppose the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company and request the Government to roll back the same. The employees and the Management are taking all out efforts for the revival of BSNL. Whereas the Government is determined to ruin and destroyed the Govt Owened company which is providing seamless services upto the remotest areas of the country.
The BSNL unions and associations have also conducted various agitational programme, such as demonstration Dharna, two days strike on 12th & 13th December, 2017, and March to Sanchar Bhawan on 23rd February, 2018. Rolling back the decision of the government to form the Subsidiary Tower Company is an important demand of all these struggles.
Before submitting the memorandum to the Hon’able Governer the office bearers of unions and associations participated in the march addressed the large gathering of employees in front of Punjab CGMT Office, Sec 34, Chandigarh.<<<<View Copy of Memorandum>>>>
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BSNL CO has modifed/changed APARs to be considered in the DPC/CPC, calculation of vacancies on calendar year basis and dates of various processes/stages involved in DPC/CPC based on the model calendar for DPCs issued by DoP&T vide its letter dated 8.5.2017. <<< View Guidelines >>>
As per decision taken by all the Unions & Associations of BSNL(AUAB) one Day Mass Dharna will be organized on 12.04.2018 and conduct Massive March to Governor’s residence on 19/4/2018 for demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company.
All the district secretaries ,office bearers and all the members of SNEA Punjab Circle are requested to make the agitation programme a grand success in coordination with other unions and Associations .
<<<<<Notification issued by AUAB to CMD for conducting massive DHARNA throughout the country on 12-04-18>>>>>
R Jio was allowed to destabilize and jeopardize Telecom market by the Govt. and the TRAI through never so far ever witnessed predatory pricing, pushing the Indian economy in to tailspin. With active and brazen faced support from the Govt. and the TRAI, R Jio was permitted to commit worst market manipulation to kill telecom sector. However, while incumbent operators Airtel, Vodafone, Idea etc have been already bailed out by the govt. by extending them concessions to the tune of nearly 3 lakh crores by the govt., BSNL has been left high and dry by the Govt.
Even though BSNL could weather the storm, yet naked and blatant market manipulations of R Jio were of such a massive magnitude that revenues of BSNL too nosedived by nearly 6000 crores. Intense and prolonged struggle to expose and defeat market violations by R Jio and ensure a level playing and a very committed, unwavering and focussed approach by workers of BSNL to accelerate growth momentum is the need of the hour to bring the company back on the growth trajectory and thus save it from collapsing completely.
Never ever has Telecom sector in the Country witnessed the kind of turmoil and instability that it is experiencing now merely because R Jio, Telecom Company, patronized by the PM of the Country, was wilfully allowed to capture fertile telecom market in the country through unprecedented predatory pricing and worst market manipulations which the CEOs of both Airtel and Vodafone undoubtedly and unquestionably called as something that would never be allowed either in Europe or in US. CEOs of both these giant sized telecom companies have had no hesitation in publicly denouncing both the govt. as well as the market regulator (TRAI) in creating conditions of severe turbulence and havoc in the telecom market in India.
It is not that R Jio was allowed to jeopardize only telecom sector in the Country but the market manipulations that R Jio was blatantly permitted to indulge in through predatory pricing were so grave and of such magnitude that they had a cascading impact in crippling Indian Economy too in terms of adversely impacting the debt repaying capacity of Airtel, Vodafone, idea towards PSBs. It is estimated that these Companies owe staggering amount of about Rs 3 Lakh crores towards PSBs and they loudly, publicly and clearly conveyed to the govt., in no uncertain terms, that they would be totally unable to service these huge loans that they have taken from PSBs. This means clearly that public money of nearly 3 lakh crores in PSBs is likely to get converted into NPAs. This is the cost that the govt. has paid just to make it sure that R Jio captures growing telecom market in India under any situation and under any circumstances. Not only this, the ex-chequer has also been robbed of thousands and thousands of crores that it was to get from existing telecom service providers as licence fees, spectrum charges, dividends etc. because of incredible dip in the revenues, to the extent of nearly 40%, that these operators claim was inflicted on their revenues.
This is precisely and exactly what was forewarned by ex Secy/DOT, J .S, Deppak, in series of letters to presently handpicked Chairman/TRAI, R S Sharma, imploring upon him to immediately intervene and stop R Jio from indulging in predatory pricing of a very grave nature. Chairman/TRAI remained unmoved for very obvious reasons and when Ex Secy/DOT persisted with urging upon Chairman/TRAI to intervene and get blatant policy violations and stipulated guidelines of TRAI by R Jio immediately stopped, govt., in most brazen faced manner, unceremoniously removed when he was attending an international conference. Govt. was so keen to replace him that it did not even wait for him to return to Country and then shift him. In fact, he was asked to join somewhere in Geneva and assigned an insignificant position. And every bit of what he had predicted and warned about regarding complete destabilization of telecom sector and its inevitable and irreversible adverse impact on Indian Economy is coming just true.
However, private service operators, after publicly and unequivocally denouncing both the govt. as well as Chairman/TRAI for allowing R Jio to destabilize entire telecom market through unprecedented predatory pricing, and thereby incapacitating them from servicing their loans to the tune of nearly 3 lakh crores towards PSBs, got immediate response from the Govt. to bail them out. Govt. constituted an Inter ministerial Group (IMG) to address their so called concerns of rapidly dwindling revenues (whether true or not) and their inability to service loans of PSBs to the tune of nearly 3 lakh crores. Within no time, IMG came out with series of recommendations that cost the exchequer another nearly 2.5 lakh crores. They enhanced the time frame for payment of spectrum charges (nearly 2 .5 lakh crores that service providers have to pay) from existing 10 years to 16 years, reduced licence fees and other levies from existing 7.5 % of AGR to 4.5%, reduced penal interest from existing 14% top 10%, besides extending other innumerable concessions at the cost of the ex chequer. These recommendations of IMG were approved in totality by Telecom Commission (because J S Deepak was not there), highest decision making body of Govt. in Telecom, and were finally approved by the Union Cabinet. It is estimated that the exchequer lost nearly 2.5 lakh crores (though the Union Cabinet has not intentionally quantified the loss that the exchequer would have to incur because of these concessions) by offering such massive concessions to the existing service providers to ensure that they stop denouncing the govt. and TRAI publicly and R Jio continues its journey by playing havoc with telecom sector.
Against the backdrop of all these potentially threatening market developments, orphaned BSNL, having no godfather like other service providers, was also adversely impacted, and, despite making best efforts to counter the impact it had on its revenues, its revenues in mobile segment were badly dented. BSNL, which was staging an incredibly remarkable comeback in the telecom sector and was closing in its losses like anything during the last two years by registering exponential growth, was badly hit by predatory and illegitimate predatory pricing. During the last two years, the company has reduced its losses by nearly eight thousand crores and was expected to be out of the red zone completely but for the predatory pricing of R jio.
During the last two to three years, concerted, splendid and sustained efforts of the employees and some very bold business decisions of the management, clubbed with right strategies, saw the Company registering rapid growth and overcoming losses in an incredible manner. When the Company was all set and marching towards overcoming the losses completely, its spectacular march was strangulated by R Jio through unfair and highly illegitimate market practices. And while the govt. gave immediate and huge relief to other service providers, it started publicly and shamelessly declaring that BSNL is one of the greatest loss making CPSEs, deliberately sidelining and concealing the fact that BSNL, unlike other service providers which have a market liability of about 3 lakh crores from PSBs and have been provided with financial succour to the tune of 2.5 lakh crores by the govt., has virtually no market liability and which continues to be its greatest strength. Govt. and the policy makers are deliberately concealing this huge strength of BSNL and projecting BSNL publicly in a very poor light. This is what the govt. is up to as far as BSNL is concerned.
And the claim of the govt. that BSNL has been awarded projects by the govt. to the tune of about Rs 25000 crores is yet another hoax and misleading the public since these projects are yet again a big liability on BSNL and no service provider is even remotely ready to execute these highly unviable projects. Through execution of these projects in remote and inaccessible areas, BSNL is yet again meeting social obligations of telecom policy of the govt. which private sector has never been interested in. But, despite complete non participation of private sector in meeting social obligations, successive govt.’s have been patronizing these vested interests at the cost of BSNL.
Thus Comrades, we are undoubtedly passing through the most challenging and difficult time ever since formation of BSNL. The revenues of the Company are already reduced by over Rs 6000 crores due to the adverse impact of oredatory pricing by R Jio. This is the time when we have to go all out in exposing the diabolical designs of the Govt. to finish BSNL in order to ensure that R Jio captures Telecom market under any circumstances and at any cost to the Country by elaborately explaining in detail the ground realities to the MPs, regardless of political affiliations political leaders, social activists and public at large. Time is high and ripe enough for each one of us to go in for massive country wide public campaigns and reach out to the public to expose ulterior designs of the govt. This is going to be extremely crucial part of our strategy and will surely yield positive results. Campaign has to be relentless and fearless.
At the same time, we have to yet again pull over our socks to rededicate and apply ourselves in an exemplary manner to single-mindedly focus on the growth of the Company, despite all the hurdles, and yet again demonstrate our capacity and strength to turn around the company despite all the odds and road blocks being put in our way by the Govt. it is time for us to rise to the occasion and yet again accelerate the growth momentum of the Company. Curtailing wasteful expenditure on Turnkey projects, AMC, foreign jaunts, electricity and fuel charges, etc etc. Have to be pondered over. And last but not the least is our strong and unwavering focus on considerably improving quality of services which is also going to be quite decisive in turning the tables around. And we have no other alternative but an intense and relentless struggle where we really do not look back and get ready tp pay any sacrifice.
Formation of Tower Company – this sinister move of the govt. heralds the beginning of the end of our Beloved Company unless it is repulsed and reversed. Let us get fully ready to shed each drop of our blood in real terms to save the Company from total privatization through carefully calibrated and gradual disintegration.
“ That’s the standard technique of privatization; defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital- Noam Chomsky- leading American philosopher, linguist, political activist, cognitive scientist and social critic.
This is what precisely the govt is doing. Robbing BSNL of its huge potential assets ( towers) by not allowing their monetization, making sure things don’t work so that people get angry and finally fulfilling its ulterior objective of handing over this potential segment on a platter to the private sector through joint venture.
Comrades, this is not going to stop here. In fact, it is surely the beginning of gradual disintegration of the Company and its eventual privatization. After selling towers to vested interests, next in line would be optical fibre, then land assets and so on and so forth till the entire Company is decimated. The writing on the wall is crystal clear, it is for us to understand what it really signifies and will lead to.
Comrades, things have reached a stage where we all have to be just ready to pay any price to force the govt. to reverse its diabolical design of disintegrating this Company and finally selling it to well known and identified vested interests. If we mean to preserve composite structure of the Company, then nothing, and nothing means just nothing, less than shedding each drop of our blood would be needed to defeat this devilish motive of the Govt and thus succeed accomplish this greatest challenge.
BSNL CO has made it compulsory for all executives except unabsorbed ITS Group A officers to fill their APAR online w.e.f. 1.4.2018 for financial year 2017-18 on wards.
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After reviewing the existing guidelines, DoP&T has laid down fresh guidelines for grant of vigilance clearance to the Government Servant for obtaining Indian Passport.
“Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld due to an FIR filed on the basis of a private complaint unless a charge-sheet has been filed by the investigating agency provided that there are no directions to the contrary by a competent court of law. However, the information regarding FIR may be provided to the Passport Office. The final decision will be taken by the concerned Passport Issuing Authority. 6. There may be situations wherein wards and relatives of the civil servants residing abroad (for education and other purposes) could be having medical emergencies or family events. The officer himself/ herself may require to visit abroad for medical reasons. Therefore, as a policy, ordinarily, a passport will not be granted if a disciplinary proceeding is pending against the officer. However, the competent authority can take a view wherein a foreign travel is necessitated due to extreme urgent situation like medical emergencies etc. on case to case basis.”
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District conference of SNEA Circle office body Chandigarh was held at Circle office on the Eve of 24th Mar 2018, it was attended by Com. Raj Kumar CP, Com. Gurpreet Singh CS, Com. Govil Bharti Circle Treasure, Com. DV Kaushal ACS/CWC member, Com. Harinder Singh DS/CWC member, Com. Sukhwinder Singh CWC member, Com. Gurmit Singh ACS, Com. VS Brar DP Chandigarh SSA, Com. Dhillon DS BSNLEU, Com. JM Jaidka DS BSNLEU and guest of honor is Sh. VK Garg GM Admin. Large number of comrades of circle office including lady members took part in open session; dais was well managed by Com. GS Sood, Com. DV Kaushal welcomed the guests and members of circle office and expresses his sincere thanks for supporting him as Distt. Secretary from last eight years. In depth deliberations took place on HR issues and viability of BSNL, Com. Raj Kumar opposes the departmental action on “no work no pay” for two days strike and emphasized on “extra work extra pay” on holidays, com. President also elaborate the main issues like 3rd PRC, CPSU hierarchy. Com. Brar put highlights on future struggles of association and raises his voice regarding tough period of BSNL.
Com. Gurpreet Singh CS in his address impressed upon unity among BSNL employees as it is most important to fight for our legitimate rights and appealed to all for presence of full strength on lunch hour demonstration on 27th Mar and more calls of struggle guided by CHQ, Com. CS also highlights the priority of FTTH and high speed data on mobile to give competition to private players, he also told the house that the shortage of fiber cables in the circle for FTTH connections, the shortage of fiber was also made in the notice to the CGMT Punjab by CS during informal meeting in the morning of 24th Mar along with Com. Harinder Singh CWC member.
Sh. VK Garg GM Admin also apprised the house about the future struggle for BSNL and assumed that there will be very few players left in telecom sector till the end of 2019 as ongoing price war in the sector, BSNL should make strategy to overcome this tough period and it is possible only with the true workman ship of each and every member of BSNL.
The SNEA circle office body cleared all the pending CHQ quota amounting to Rs.28800/- there by setting good example for others to follow this trend and clear the pending CHQ quota as detail already communicated to the District secretariesof concerned SSAs. The detailed budget was presented by Ex. Distt. Secretary Com. DV Kaushal of Circle office and the same was approved by the house. The process of elections was done unanimously.
In the District conference Com. Jawala Singh , Com. Munish Vohra, Com. Harish Kumar were unanimously elected as Distt. President, is the Distt. Secretary a District Treasurer respective and all the new members were administered oath by Com Raj Kumar CP SNEA Punjab Circle .