3G spectrum auction put off to next fiscal:
'In a surprise move, the government has postponed to the
next fiscal auction of spectrum for 3G telephony which was expected to bring in
Rs 35,000 crore to the exchequer.'
to SDE (Telecom) of left out JTOs:
BSNL has again circulated the list of 128 JTOs who have
been left out in 67% quota promotion to SDE (Telecom) for the years 2006-07 and
2007-08, due to want of ACRs.
22.01.2010:Eligibility for full pension -
preponement of date of effect of revised rules:
DoT and BSNL endorse DoP&PW decision that
linkage of 33 years of qualifying service with full pension shall be dispensed
with from 1.1.2006 instead of from 2.9.2008.
CHQ writes to Secretary, DoT on Early finalisation of the issue of
absorption of ITS Group A officers in BSNL:
Having exhausted the normal period of deputation of
five years a statutory limit w.e.f. 1.10.2000 as granted by the Cabinet, the
left out ITS Group A officers were allowed further extensions by DOT of its own,
finally upto the year 2008. Afterwards, they have been allowed to continue on
deputation even without any formal order extending their deputation.
CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Severe injustice being meted out to the
Officers of Official Language Cadres :
'We therefore request that the Govt. of India
policy to ensure compliance of the constitutional and legal provisions regarding
official language and promote the use of Hindi for the official purposes of the
Union, be put into practice with true spirit, by ordering withdrawal of the SLP,
revival of all abolished posts and filling up of all available posts in AD (OL)
without further delay.'
CHQ writes to Director (HR) on Avoiding expenditure on TA while ordering
officiating promotion in SDE/ DE/DGM:
'But, in some Circles, there exists a practice of
posting all officers outside their head quarters on officiating promotion,
involving huge expenditure in payment of TA and also Transfer grant'.
BSNL endorses DPE orders revising IDA rates w.e.f.1.1.2010:
BSNL has endorsed DPE orders dated 15.1.2010
revising IDA rates from 25.3% to 30.9% w.e.f. 1.1.2010.
Revised IDA rates w.e.f. 1.1.2010:
DPE has issued orders revising the IDA rates from
25.3% to 30.9% w.e.f. 1.1.2010.
Solution in sight for settlement of anomaly in pay fixation of JTO and
equivalent cadres in revised IDA scales?:
We have been continuously pursuing this issue with
BSNL as well as DoT and have sought the intervention of DPE and MoC too
[View our recent letter to DoT].
It is learnt that the case w.r.t. JTO 2005 Batch
has been examined and a proposal to resolve this issue is being put up to
Management Committee of BSNL. We shall continue to pursue the issue to
ensure that anomaly within the batch in respect of all equivalent cadres are
also resolved in similar manner.
BSNL, bureaucratic nonsense scores over business sense:
'Going strictly by the book may cost BSNL losses of
$1 billion while purchasing equipment for expanding its mobile networks'.
Revaluation of answer papers of candidates who got a few marks less than
the qualifying marks in LDCE for promotion to SDE (T) held in 2007:
In a meeting we had with GM (Rectt) on Thursday, we
have been informed that the delay in finalisation of the issue was due to
preoccupation of the section with holding of JAO Part II Examination during the
first week of January. Now the process has resumed and is expected to be
completed in a short time.
Kuldeep Singh appointed new Chairman of MTNL:
Kuldip Singh, Director (Technical) of telecom PSU
MTNL, has been appointed the new Chairman and Managing Director with immediate
effect. Mr.Singh would continue to hold the portfolio of Director (Technical).
Mr.Singh has been given the charge for a period of three months.(ET)
All India GSM subcriber figures for December 2009:
CHQ writes to Secretary, DoT on Removal of disparity in pay scales of the BSNL
Executives: 'In the absence
of any decision on this issue, the JTO/equivalents and SDE/equivalent cadres in
BSNL have got their pay fixed in scales lower than (E1 in place of E1A and E2 in
place of E2A) what they were actually having prior to second pay revision. This
is a very unfortunate and anomalous situation prevailing only in BSNL. '
MTNL Chairman Sinha quits:
'The resignation comes amid a debate over the falling revenues and financial
performance of the corporation which is also engaged in a legal battle for
buying equipments from Motorola 10 years ago.'
writes to Prime Minister on BSNL’s falling revenues and absence of any sincere
effort to change course of the way BSNL is being managed:
'We rightly believe that disinvestment cannot be
the solution for the illness afflicting BSNL. Had disinvestment been a solution
for improving the financial status of any company, MTNL which already stands
divested of its shares would not have been in the bad situation it finds itself
writes to CMD on Pay fixation under FR 22 (I) (a) (1) instead of FR 35 for TTAs
officiating as JTOs: 'We feel
it would be cruel on the part of the management to spend huge money for paying
the advocates, just to deny justified payment to its own employees.'
forms committee to arrest BSNL's falling revenues:
Concerned over deteriorating financial health and
competitiveness of state-run telecom firm BSNL, the government has constituted a
high-level committee, headed by Sam Pitroda and Deepak Parekh as member, Telecom
Secretary P J Thomas as other member, to look into the issues and give
recommendations within a month. (ET)
08.01.2010:Promotion to CAO Regular:
BSNL has issued orders promoting another 14 STS (Adhoc)
officers to CAO.
of modification/expunction of adverse remarks in the ACRs and upgradation/down-gradation
of the overall grading in the ACRs prior to the period 2008-09:
DoP has issued instructions that in cases where the
reckonable ACRs prior to the reporting period 2008-09 are to be considered in a
future DPC on which the adverse remarks or Reporting/Reviewing/Accepting
Authorities have been expunged or modified by the Competent Authority, the
overall grading in the ACR be kept blank for appropriate re-grading by the DPCs.
concedes to a suggestion for 10% disinvestment in BSNL?: 'The PMO also conceded
a suggestion for immediate sale of 10% government equity in the telecom giant.'
SDE LDCE syllabus revised:
BSNL has revised the syllabus of Paper II (Advance Technical Paper [special]) of
LDCE for promotion to SDE under 33% quota for the years 2007-08 and 2008-09.
There is no revision of syllabus for Paper I.
View revised syllabus...
DoT to issue notice inviting applications for 3G on Jan 10:
The auction will take place around Feb 12 and go on till
March 10 with the successful bidders paying the bid amount by that time. The new
schedule means almost a month long delay when compared to the earlier released
itinerary. As per the earlier schedule, auction was supposed to start by January
benefit out of tariff drop, PMO considering to replace current service provider,
Airtel: Perhaps taking a cue
from the austerity wave initiated by various government agencies and more so to
benefit out of the tariff drop in telecom services, the Prime Minister’s Office
(PMO) is now looking for options and may replace the present service provider,
Airtel. The requirements of PMO include 50 GSM connections with ISD
facility, 25 Blackberry connections, the numbers to be in special series,
roaming including international on some of the numbers and internal building
Maternity leave enhanced from 135 days to 180 days:
BSNL Management Committee has approved enhancement of
Maternity leave from 135 days to 180 days and payment of special allowance for
child care by women employees with disabilities @ Rs.1000 per month for two
children till they attain the age of 2 years. View
of encashment of leave on revised pay:
BSNL has issued orders for payment of encashment of leave
on revised IDA pay w.e.f. 1.1.2007.
04.01.2010:Promotion to CAO Regular:
BSNL has issued orders promoting another 41 STS (Adhoc)
officers to CAO.
PMO steps in after BSNL puts bid on hold:
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is all set to intervene
in BSNL’s tender fiasco as the state-owned telco has now decided to put its 93
million lines GSM contract, the world’s largest equipment deal, ‘on hold,’ an
executive with direct knowledge of the development told ET.The PMO has called
for a meeting on January 6 to discuss BSNL’s performance as the telco has been
losing revenues and market share — the delay in awarding contracts in the 93
million lines tender will be a primary issue on the agenda, this executive
explained.According to government officials aware of the development, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh will meet communications minister A Raja, finance
minister Pranab Mukherjee, department of telecom secretary PJ Thomas, top
executives from BSNL including its CMD Kuldeep Goyal, executives from the
Planning Commission and Knowledge Commission chairman Sam Pitroda (who is also a
special advisor to the DoT) during the January 6 meeting to discuss the plight