Two days Historical Strike throughout Punjab by All unions and Association (AUAB)

Why BSNL Employees are on strike from 18.2.2019 to 20.9.2019

BSNL was formed on 1.10.2000 by transferring the telecom and telegraph services maintained by Telecom Department. It is a 100% Government Company. The motto behind its formation is to provide world class telecom services at affordable rates. It is the only telecom company fulfilling the social obligations of the Government for providing telecom services to commercially unviable rural, backward, hilly, forest areas and areas affected by extremists. It is also entrusted with the job of providing optic cable network to military for diverting the spectrum allotted earlier to it for localisation for civilian purposes and several other works by the Government.

At the time of its formation the Group of Ministers “has decided that for discharging obligations in regard to rural telephony or any other uneconomic services, in accordance with any Government directive for the implementation of NTP 1999, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited would be duly compensated. Realizing that it would be a potent instrument in the hands of Government for achieving its social objectives, in regard to spread of telecommunication network in the country,GoM has further decided that under no circumstances it would allow Bharat Sanchar Nigam to become non-viable as it has to be kept always in strong and healthy condition”.

But the compensation for providing the loss making rural land line services was gradually reduced and finally abolished, thus imposing losses on BSNL.

The Government, by raising various unwarranted objections has prevented BSNL from procuring the equipment required for the expansion of its mobile network, for a long time, from 2007 to 2012.

In 2010 the Government has allocated 3G spectrum and BWA spectrum to BSNL including for the circles where it will not be commercially viable, and collected a huge amount of Rs 18500 crore thus finishing most of its cash reserves.

These are the factors intentionally created by the Government for imposing losses on BSNL.

At the same time the Government has been encouraging the private telecom operators in various ways by bending or mending rules and also violating the rules.

The license fee to be paid by the private operators as per the tender was reduced in 1999 by the care taker Government of Vajpayee violating all fairness. It resulted in a loss of Rs 43000 crore to the exchequer as per the reply given by the Government in the Parliament and it was known as “Telecom Scam”.

As per the Justice Shivraj Patil Commission, several irregularities have taken place in allocating spectrum to the private operators. The irregularities in allocating 2G spectrum to the private companies was known to all as 2G scam.

Due to all these anti-BSNL policies, BSNL has started posting losses from 2009-10 onwards.

But the struggles waged unitedly by the employees finally compelled the Government to allow BSNL for procuring the equipment. Since 2012 the procurement of equipment has started and the management and employees have worked together for the upliftment of BSNL. As a result, BSNL recorded operational profit of Rs 672 crores for the year 2014-15 and Rs 3854 crores for the year 2015-16. Its loss of Rs 8234 crore in 2014-15 was reduced to Rs 4859 crore in 2015-16 and to Rs 4793 crores in 2016-17.

But due to the entry of Reliance Jio with predatory pricing, all other telecom companies including Vodaphone Idea, Airtel have started posting losses. As a part of this phenomenon, the losses of BSNL have increased to Rs 7992 crores in 2017-18. Revenue has fallen down drastically since in the competition with Reliance Jio the tariffs were drastically reduced.

The acquiring of 4G spectrum by Reliance Jio was done in an unethical manner. Infotel Company with a net worth of RS 2 crore has participated in the 4G auction and acquired it for all Circles in the country costing around Rs 12000 crore. Neither the DoT nor the Minister has questioned how a Company with a net worth of mere 2 crores could acquire the spectrum with such a high cost. The Infotel Company was acquired by Reliance Jio immediately.

Further the original license to Reliance Jio was only for internet services. But it was allowed license for voice calls also. Further the Reliance Jio was allowed by TRAI to utilise predatory pricing until it acquires 30% of the customers. This is highly irregular and recently the TDSAT (Telecom Disputes Settlement Authority) has struck off this order of the TRAI. By this time the Reliance Jio has already acquired 23% of the market, and all the remaining telecom companies Vodaphone Idea, Airtel and BSNL have bled due to this predatory pricing. The TRAI has appealed against this order of TDSAT in the Supreme Court.

The Private Operators were given concessions by the present Government to help them for repaying their debt to the banks by extending the spectrum charge payment instalments from 10 years to 16 years and the Government is examining the issue of extending further concessions to them.

But it has not given any such concession to BSNL. It has been delaying the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. It has denied providing Letter of Confidence to BSNL for taking loans from national banks to tide over the present crisis. The land and assets of DoT have to be transferred to BSNL as per the orders issued by the Government at the time of formation of BSNL. But this process remains to be done.

The Government is not agreeing to the “Land Management Policy” proposed by BSNL for monetising the land to get revenue of Rs 7000to 10000 crores per year. The Government is thinking of closing/privatising the BSNL and reducing the employees number in large scale. The management is unable to pay full salary to the employees and as a result it is providing funds only to the extent of take home pay. Though in the salary bill the recovery of bank loans, GPF , Insurance etc are shown, the management is unable to pay these recoveries to the concerned institutes due to lack of sufficient cash flow. The management has even requested the Unions to agree for deferring the February 2019 salary. But the Unions did not agree.

It is further submitted that if BSNL is finished as per these policies, the country and people will face difficulties in telecom sector. In the absence of a Public Sector Telecom Operator, the private telecom operators will collaborate for increasing telecom tariffs imposing burdens on the people.

The goal of self reliance in telecom equipment manufacture will suffer due to the fact that the Government cannot compel the private operators to procure domestically manufactured equipment. At present 80% of the equipment utilised for expanding telecom networks is imported at a cost of around Rs 50000 crores every year.

Importing telecom equipment to the extent of 80% is a cause for anxiety regarding the security of our communications since the foreign manufacture can embed software codes in the equipment and identifying it will be like searching for a needle in a hay stock.

Due to these privatisation policies, India is now placed at 134th place among 176 countries in the Information and communications Development Index published for the year 2017 by the International Telecom Union, an organization affiliated to UNO.

In the name of these intentionally created losses, the Government has been denying wage revision, pension revision etc to BSNL employees, which was due from 1.1.2017.

Under these circumstances, the BSNL employees including non-executives and executives are going on strike for three days from 18.2.2019 onwards, on the following demands:

Ensure financial viability of BSNL as per the decisions taken by the Group of Ministers at the time of formation of BSNL. Issue Letter of Comfort for BSNL for acquiring required loans from Banks. Expeditiously fill up all vacant posts of BSNL Board of Directors.
Approve the land management policy proposed by BSNL. Expeditiously complete the mutation and the process of transferring of all assets to BSNL, as per the Cabinet decision taken on the eve of the formation of BSNL.
Allot 4G spectrum to BSNL as proposed by BSNL management.
Scrap BSNL’s outsourcing for the operation and maintenance of its mobile towers.
Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment.
Implement assurance of the Hon’ble Minister for communications for delinking pension revision from pay revision. Revise pension of BSNL retirees w.e.f 1.1.2017
Payment of pension contribution by BSNL as per the government rule.
Settlement of the left out issues of 2nd Pay Revision Committee.

AUAB Jindabad BSNL Jindabad

With untold grief we mourn the sad, sudden and untimely demise of Com Jagjit Singh JTO and our youngest district Secrtary of Patiala SSA .Due to suddend cardiac arreast  Com Jagjit Singh was admitted in PGI Chandigarh and was struggling life-death  battle  from last two  days.He was very good worker and  dedicated comrade of SNEA  .
The cremation will held on 19-1-2019 at his Native Village Near Ropar .SNEA Punjab Circle  prays to the Almighty to provide his family with sufficient strength and courage to tide over the crisis and for bearing this irreparable loss. We also pray so that the eternal soul rest in peace.

Comrades of Ropar SSA on Agitation Path:


DS   writes to GMTD Ropar  serving Notice for Organisational Actions 

<<<<<View Copy of Organizational Action>>>>>

Kindly recall the  discussion held at your Chamber on dated 15.01.2019 After the unsuccessful talks and walk over by the Executives of SNEA Ropar during formal association meeting with GMT Ropar as per the agenda submitted vide letter no SNEA/Ropar/2018-19/02 dated 14/01/2019, because of the autocratic attitude of the  GMT Ropar (even after the repeated attempts made by DS/DP to make the meeting peaceful and harmonious ) the members had unanimously decided to launch the following organizational  agitation programs against the negative attitude of the Circle Administration to the genuine issues of Executives of Ropar SSA despite   of inadequate  infrastructure facilities our Comrades of Ropar SSA are running the telecom services efficiently and making concerted efforts to attain the assigned targets as Ropar SSA is one of the leading SSA of Punjab Circle in all parameters.It is worth mentioning   that Comrades of Ropar SSA are very peace loving and working with minimum staff as comared to other SSAs of Punjab Circle

Agitation Program:

  • Lunch hour demonstration on 16/01/2019 at GMTD office.
  • Work According to rules w.e.f from 17/01/2019.

It is further retreated that If issues are not settled on or before 23/01/2019 ,we will be  compelled  to intensify our agitation including non-cooperation movement with GMTD Ropar which can seriously affect the Industrial Harmony 

Monthly Subscription Enhanced:

As per the decision of AIC at Ludhiana, Membership Subscription (Monthly deduction of Quota from Salary)  enhanced from Rs.70/- to Rs.100/-  with effect from January 2019 as detailed below.CHQ: Rs.50/-
(CHQ Quota: Rs. 15/- + Welfare Scheme Rs 21/- + AIC Fund – Rs.14/-)                          Circle: Rs.25/-(Circle Quota – Rs 15/- + Circle conference Fund – Rs.10/-)     Division / District Quota: Rs.15/-.    Branch: Rs 10/-View  Corporate office  letter.

Meeting between CMD BSNL and the AUAB on 3rd Pay Revision issue.


In the meeting held on 10.01.2019, the Additional Secretary, Telecom, directed the AUAB to hold a discussion with the BSNL Management on the 3rd Pay Revision issue, and to come back to him for a meeting in the following week. Accordingly, a meeting took place between the AUAB and the CMD BSNL today. The Director (HR) was also present in the meeting. From the AUAB, Com P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, Com Chandeshwar Singh, GS/NFTE & Chairman, Com K.Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSNLEA, Com Ravi Shil Verma, GS/AIGETOA, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS/BSNL MS, Com. Rewati Prasad, AGS/ATM and Com H. P. Singh, Dy.GS/BSNL OA were present. Discussion took place on the issue of 3rd Pay Revision. The AUAB representatives categorically demanded that 3rd Pay Revision should be settled with 15% fitment. The CMD BSNL also stated that the BSNL Management sticks on to its earlier position that 3rd Pay Revision should be settled with 15% fitment. The AUAB pointed out that the notification for Parliament election would be issued any time in the month of March, and that the available time for the settlement of 3rd Pay Revision was very less. The representatives also pointed out that the AUAB would be constrained to restart the agitation, if no favourable settlement comes on time.

AUAB reminded about the issuing the minutes of the meeting with CMD in which 3% hike in Superannuation benefits assured, which DIR(HR) agreed to issue immediately.

CHQ News:

AUAB meeting with the Secretary, Telecom.

Representatives of the AUAB met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom, on 09.01.2019. Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary, Telecom, was also present. From AUAB, Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU & Convenor/AUAB, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS/NFTE and Chairman/AUAB, Com. K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSNLEA took part. AUAB expressed their concern to the Secretary, Telecom, over the slow implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoS(C). In reply, the Secretary, Telecom, told that a status report on all the issues would be given to the AUAB, by the DoT, in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism) meeting to be held on 10.01.2019. The Secretary, Telecom, suggested that the AUAB could meet her thereafter, and apprise her of the actions needed to be taken. In the discussion, AUAB demanded the inclusion of four representatives from AUAB in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism). This was accepted by the Secretary, Telecom.<<<AUAB Circular>>>

The revision of nomenclature for tariff plans of landline and broadband:
The Nomenclature for tariff plans of Landline and Broad band currently being followed is is not effectively communicating the Key benefits of the plan to the customer. Hence Corporate office has decided to revise the Nomenclature for recently restructured tariff plan….View  tariff plan.

Implementation of Group Term Insurance:

GS, CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan, AGS Com Dilip Saha, AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma, AGS Com Pandurang Nayak, Jt.Sec (South) Com Chandrasekhar, Jt.Sec (East) Com I H Mandol and AGS Com Jagdish Rout met Sr GM(Estt), GM(Trg) and GM(CA) on 08.01.2019 and held discussions on implementation of GTI w.e.f 01.02.2019.

The Estt section is nominated as the nodal section for the implementation of GTI. Estt section issued direction to ERP cell to take action to deduct the amount from the salary of January, 2019 onwards. CA section will implement the premium deduction and accounting.

SNEA requested for some mechanism for the Executives on deputation to other Depts like TERM Cell for exercising the option for GTI. In principle it is agreed and modalities will be worked out. Further monthly or quarterly premium payment for the Executives above 50 years as the premium amount is higher. This also will be discussed with LIC. Next meeting with LIC will be held on 11.01.2019 for finalizing the MoU and the policy document.

We requested for a mechanism to monitor the contribution towards the Pension fund (5%). For this necessary modifications are under process in ERP to monitor the contribution from BSNL. The fund status in LIC also can be monitored for that LIC will extend a link for the BSNL employees. This is already under testing for individual cases and will be implemented at the earliest. pension fund, GM

Increasing the Gratuity from 10 lakh to 20 lakhs for BSNL direct rects: We requested to issue a separate order in this regard. GM(CA) informed that BSNL Board approved the gratuity at par with Central Govt employees for the future also and any change for Central Govt employees will be automatically implemented for BSNL Direct rects. For notifying the enhancement of Gratuity from 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs, the intimation is already given to Income Tax Dept and on their clearance, separate orders will be issued to all the field units, it is assured. 

                                  Beware of the mal-propaganda by the so called saviours of DRs and BRs, just for the sake of luring membership.

It has come to the notice of CHQ that lot of mal-propaganda unleashed by the sections about JTO to SDE promotions, who are directly responsible for the mess in JTO to SDE promotions, creating innumerable obstacles from 2007 onwards in the form of court cases. When they miserably failed in other fronts, they resorted to court cases which ultimately hit the career of thousands of seniors, juniors, young and old JTOs. Thousands lost their lifetime dream of a promotion as SDE before their retirement and thousands lost their precious service as SDE which will delay all their future promotions.

They attribute each and everything which is not settled so far like E2/E3 scales, pay parity, 3rd PRC, promotion for the remaining Executives, —- etc as failure of SNEA, without doing anything.

Conveniently, they will not even mention about the issues settled by SNEA like a) contribution towards growth related issues of BSNL, b) E1A and E2A pay scales for all in 2002 without discrimination, c) EPF full pension without the ceiling of Rs 6500, d) EPP 2007, d) BSNLMS RR 2009, e) SCF and LDCE promotions in various cadres, f) LDCE Exam for JTO to SDE promotion made objective type and very transparent, g) settlement of pay anomaly of 2005 batch, h) no MT, i) amendment in BSNLMS RR for changing the quota from 50% to 75%, j) JTO RR amendment, k) E2/E3 scales approval by BSNL, l) 5% contribution on SAB, m) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approval, n) more than 13,500 promotions this year, o) GTI, etc. Rather, they will try to take credit for everything settled.

Their ideology is very simple: “DO NOTHING, TAKE CREDIT FOR EVERYTHING”.

This is compelling SNEA to explain the Executives about the negative role played by the so called well wishers of DRs and BRs for the last few years, especially in JTO to SDE promotion. The present mal-propaganda is simply to confuse the JTOs for the sake of membership.

How they intentionally stopped the promotions through court cases?

Let us see what the so called saviors of DRs done for the JTO cadre? (changed DRs to BRs sometime back and now again changed to all Executives. After 17 years, they realized that all the Executives in BSNL are BRs and they are not untouchables)

I. In 2007, LDCE from JTO to SDE notified for the vacancies upto 2004-05. Due to the efforts of SNEA, 2005-06 vacancy year also got included for which 2001 rect JTOs are eligible.The same section filed court cases in different CATs for stalling the LDCE but could not succeed fully due to the efforts of SNEA.After some delay, SNEA ensured conduction of LDCE and promotion orders issued in November, 2008 and about 900 JTOs of 2001 rect itself passed the LDCE.

II. In 2010, two court cases filed at CAT, Chennai with the following prayers:

a) 1:1 interpolation between Dept promote JTOs of 1995 batch and DR JTOs of 2001 batch and so on.

b) Instead of training centre marks, date of joining should be the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority.

c) Reservation roster is not followed.

Both the cases dismissed by the Hon CAT after 3 years, a big ACHIEVEMENT!

During the interim period, promotion orders issued on 30.03.2011 for the vacancies upto 2008-09 and part of 1995 rect JTOs got promotion. After few weeks, the promotion orders stayed which continued till July, 2013.

III. Immediately after that, cases filed at CAT, Ernakulam with the same prayers (first two prayers) which are dismissed by the Chennai CAT. Meantime, EKM CAT stayed operation of the AIEL for the promotion.

Subsequent AIEL could not prepare due to court cases. However by 2014, the AIEL for the JTOs upto 2001 recruitment year prepared and published for the vacancies of 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

If the stay orders are not issued by Ernakulam CAT, all the vacancies upto 2013-14 would have filled and promotions orders would have issued in 2014 itself for the JTOs upto 2001 year.

The LDCE also could have conducted parallally for all the vacancy years.

Hon CAT dismissed the petitions on both grounds!

IV. Another court case filed challenging the excess promotion of the JTOs working in supernumerary posts. All the three court cases at CAT and High Court continued till the judgment on 05.06.2018.

All the three prayers rejected by Hon HC, inter-se seniority quashed for DRs and excess promotes and directed to fix the inter-se seniority of Direct rect and excess promotes by date of appointment/promotion. Hon HC did not disturb the inter-se seniority of the promotees recruited within their quota.

In the meantime more than 3,000 JTOs in the AIEL retired without getting a single promotion, another achievement for them!

The promotion order for the remaining JTOs upto 1999 rect year (part) issued on 15.06.2018 for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 vacancy year. The promotion for the JTOs of remaining rect years from 2001 onwards held up due to quashing of seniority on the Direct Rect JTOs by the High Court.

If there was no court cases, all JTOs including 2008 and part of 2012 rect year would have become SDEs from the years 2014 onwards through SCF or LDCE, in the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

They did not played the same game of court cases in the case of JAO to AO promotion. So, all the JAOs upto 2012 rect also got the promotion as AO. See the difference!

Now also they are trying to delay the JTO to SDE promotions by fighting with the management in the court, in the name of contempt petition. All these are done mainly by some SDEs through remote control who are not going to lose anything as they got the promotion and seniority.Beware of the mal-propaganda and read How they intentionally stopped the promotions through court cases?

XXX All India Conference of SNEA:

  • XXX All India Conference of SNEA is scheduled to be held at Dr. Manmohan Singh Auditorium ,Punjab Agriculture university Ludhiana from 28.11.2018 to 30.11.2018 and the pre AIC-CWC Meeting will be held at the same venue on 27.11.2018..<<<<View Notice for XXX All India Confrence at Ludhiana >>>>

  • View the  sanction letter of special casual leave for attending the AIC at Ludhiana issued by SR Section of BSNLCO .

  • View the  sanction letter of special casual leave for attending the AIC at Ludhiana  Endorsed by Punjab Circle .

  • The number of delegates should be elected as per the provisions of the constitution. [One(01) delegate for every 30 members or part thereof being not less than 20, subject to a minimum of one per Branch/Division/District/SSA

  • Dr.Manmohan Singh
    Auditorium Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana
  • CHQ Office Bearers, CSs and CWC members shall be ex-officio delegates, in addition to the eligible delegates.

  • Observers are not allowed as accommodation arrangements  has been made only to the eligible delegates the observers if any reaching the AIC venue should make their own arrangements for the Accommodation.  

  • The Accommodation for the CWC Members /Circle Secretaries /CHQ office bearers will be available from 26.11.2018 evening to 01.12.2018 Morning.

  • The Accommodation for Delegates will be available from 27.11.2018 evening 01.12.2018 Morning .


  • we had received the journey detail from all the circles and we are very thankful to all the circle Secretaries for providing the required information the details will be shared with all the circle shortly further Contact details of Accommodation and Transportation Committee will be provided on the website.