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News pertaining to March 2010

  • 31.03.2010: IDA rate revision: According to our calculation IDA is to increase by 3.9% from 30.9% to 34.8% w.e.f.1.4.2010.  For non-executives the rise will be 6.5%.

  • 31.03.2010:Declaration of Holiday on April 14th: Government has declared April 14, 2010 - Birth day of Dr.Ambedkhar as Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act.

  • 31.03.2010:Mobile Number Portability postponed to June 30: The implementation of mobile number portability - which allows customers to retain their cellphone numbers, but change operators - has been postponed by three months to June 30, the government said in a statement. (TT)

  • 30.03.2010: Anomaly in pay fixation in revised IDA scales for JTOs and equivalent cadres:  We have been pursuing the issue right from March 2009.  We have addressed the CMD, the MoC, the DoT and the DPE and pursued the issue continuously.  In our letter dated 6.7.2009 addressed to the Minister [View letter] we had even referred to a Tamilnadu G.O and requested similar settlement.  DPE had also more than once forwarded our letters to DoT for appropriate action.  We had reported on 18.1.2010 that finally a solution is in sight w.r.t. JTO Batch 2005 as a proposal is being put up before BSNL Management Committee.  It is now learnt that the proposal - allowing fixation equally to all JTOs of the Batch by merger of 68.8% IDA and fitment benefit of 30% to the minimum of pre-revised IDA scale - has been cleared by BSNL Board giving relief to JTO Batch 2005.  However resolution of all related issues depends upon acceptance of our proposal of E2 scales for JTOs & equivalent, E3 scales for SDEs & equivalent etc.  We shall continue to sincerely pursue the issue further.

  • 30.03.2010:Your mobile bill may shoot up by 2% on R&D cess: Indiaís 560 million cellphone users will pay an extra 2% of their mobile bills as R&D cess to boost the countryís manufacturing of telecom equipment, in case the government accepts a communications ministry proposal. If implemented, this will add another levy to mobile users who currently pay 10% service tax, 0..2% Educational Cess and 0.1% Higher education cess on their bills.

  • 30.03.2010:All the nine companies eligible for participation in 3G auction: According to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), all the nine telecom companies -- Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Etisalat DB Telecom, Idea Cellular, Reliance Telecom, S Tel, Tata Teleservices, Videocon Telecommunications and Vodafone Essar -- have qualified for participation in the auction for 3G.

  • 29.03.2010: Clarifications in Executive Promotion Policy: BSNL issues more clarifications in Executive Promotion Policy. View clarifications...

  • 28.03.2010: Videocon launches its Mobile services: The Videocon Group finally managed to launch its GSM-based mobile services opting for Tamil Nadu circle as the launch pad with service launch in key cities of Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai to be rolled out in next fortnight. (TT)

  • 23.03.2010: Review of existing tenure areas/stations: BSNL has issued partial modification in existing orders on tenure areas/stations, period and facilities thereof. View orders...

  • 22.03.2010: Meeting with GM (Rectt): We met GM (Rectt) today and requested early release of the list of successful candidates in re-evaluation of answer sheets of LDCE to SDE held on 15-7-2007.  GM (Rectt) said that intimation is being sent to the successful candidates through the CGMs and assured that the process will be completed by this month end. The question of revaluation of answer sheets with reference to reported incorrect answer keys will be dealt with separately after direction from the court is known on this issue.  GM (Rectt) also explained that the LDCE for promotion to SDE to be held on 4.7.2010 will be absolutely transparent, with a system of duplicating the answer sheet (OMR code sheet) and the candidates keeping with them one copy. 

  • 21.03.2010: BSNL CDA Rules 2006 amended upto 4.1.2010: BSNL CDA Rules 2006 incorporating amendments upto 4.1.2010 has been circulated by BSNL CO.  View compilation... [Available in Download section also]

  • 19.03.2010: LDCE for promotion to SDE Telecom: BSNL has notified holding of LDCE for promotion to SDE (T) under 33% quota on 4.7.2010 for the vacancies pertaining to the years 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 & 2009-2010. View circular...

  • 19.03.2010:Holding of CPC for Executives (BSNLMS): BSNL issues amendments for holding of CPC for Executives of Telecom Finance and Telecom Factory under BSNL Management Services Recruitment Rules. View letter...

  • 18.03.2010: All India GSM Subscriber Figures for February 2010: BSNL's GSM market share dips further.  Other than BSNL and MTNL all the Mobile operators have sustained increase in their market share with reference to January 2010. View figures...

  • 18.03.2010:Implementation of Transfer Policy: BSNL has directed the CGMs to carry out transfers in a transparent manner and to a reasonable extent as an economy measure.  View letter...

  • 17.03.2010:Transfer and Postings in EE (Civil): BSNL has issued transfer and posting orders in EE (C) grade. View orders...

  • 16.03.2010:CHQ writes to CMD on Our anxiety over reported recommendations of Committee headed by Shri Sam Pitroda: 'We genuinely feel that there cannot be any instant solution for improving the revenue position of BSNL. No proposal or decision in this regard can be implemented without involving all the employees and officers in the process. We therefore request that the proposals of the committee be made public in the first instance and a dialogue be initiated with all the unions and associations, so that a workable plan is devised for betterment of BSNL.' Read More...

  • 16.03.2010: Transfer and Postings in EE (Electrical): BSNL has issued transfer and posting orders in EE (E) grade. View orders...

  • 15.03.2010: Regulation of journeys by private airlines while availing LTC: DoPT has clarified that the restriction of travel by Air India only, need not apply to non-entitled officers who travel by air and claim LTC reimbursement by entitled class of rail. View clarifications...

  • 15.03.2010: Meeting with GM (Rectt): GM (Rectt) was requested to ensure early finalisation of the process of revaluation of answer sheets of those who got a few marks less than qualifying marks in the LDCE for promotion to SDE held on 15.7.2007.  It was learnt that the process is almost complete in respect of two categories with a few positive outcomes, but in respect of cases of alleged wrong answer keys, a decision for revaluation could be taken only after the result of some court cases is known.  We have requested him to release the outcome as soon as the work is completed in the other two categories viz. unmarked answers and wrong totaling.

  • 15.03.2010: Meeting with PGM (BW): GS and CHQ Vice President Com.R.Duraiswamy met PGM (BW) and discussed regarding early holding of DPC for promotion from SDE (C) to EE (C) in accordance with old Recruitment Rules.  It was learnt that the Management Committee decision in this issue is yet to be approved by Board.

  • 11.03.2010: BSNL Board decides on disinvestment and trimming of workforce: BSNL is believed to have agreed to the recommendations of Sam Pitroda panel, which suggested 30 per cent disinvestment and reduction of the workforce by a lakh. According to a BSNL official, the board members in a meeting have agreed to most of the recommendations by the Pitroda panel report. The PSU did not specify as to how much disinvestment should be done and threw the ball in the government's court to take a final call in this regard. On rationalisation of workforce, the board is understood to have informed the government that over a period of next five years between 50,000 and 60,000 employees will retire on their own. The board have suggested that the government should take a decision on introducing VRS keeping this in mind. Earlier, cautioning that any retrenchment in the telecom would have "wider implication", Telecom Minister A Raja had said that the issue needed to be considered in detail. (PTI)

  • 09.03.2010:BSNL plans fresh tender for 50-m cellular lines:'This time around, BSNL aims to complete the new procurement process within a 60-day period from the date of issuing the tender, and plans to do away with several controversial clauses that plagued its earlier tenders. For instance, BSNL is likely to do away the standard clause in all PSU tenders, which state that the contract must be divided between the two lowest bidders ó L1 and L2 ó and may award the entire deal to a single firm, the company executives added. Additionally, BSNL may also include a clause, where it can place additional orders of up to 100% of the tender size with successful bidders. ' Read More...

  • 09.03.2010:BSNLís losses at Rs 4,963.6 cr from services excluding mobile services: The Minister of State for Communications and IT, Gurudas Kamat informed the Lok Sabha that PSU BSNL had incurred a loss of Rs 4,963.6 crore from business units excluding mobile services. The Minister said that BSNLís expenditure was at Rs 26,656.7 crore as compared to Rs 21,819.9 crore in 2008-09 with an operating loss of Rs 4,836.7 crore. This combined with adjustments from previous years has resulted in total losses from this segment at Rs 4,963.6 crore. (TT)

  • 08.03.2010: Revision of ceiling for pay fixation under FR 35: DoPT has issued orders revising the ceiling for pay fixation under FR 35 consequent to implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.  View orders...

  • 06.03.2010: BSNL scraps $10 billion mobile lines tender: BSNL Board has decided on Friday to cancel the $10 billion mega tender to procure telecom equipment for 93 million GSM lines. The telco will now have to call for a fresh tender to be able to expand its capacity and compete with private players. BSNLís decision is based on a recent report prepared by a panel headed by Sam Pitroda, advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Communications minister A Raja had opposed scrapping of the tender. (DNA)

  • 04.03.2010: BSNL should cut staff count by a third and monetize the real estate treasure, suggests Sam Pitroda panel?: The committee is reported to have suggested monetization of its 2.5 million Sq.metres of property assets, reducing the staff by a third, induction of young talent to manage technology, services, sales and marketing, and finalisation without further delay the absorption of ITS officers, among other recommendations.' Read More...

  • 04.03.2010: Revised rates of Honorarium for Examination related works: BSNL has revised rates of honorarium for various examination related works. View orders...

  • 02.03.2010: Project Allowance discontinued: BSNL has ordered stopping  payment of Project Allowance to all categories of employees with immediate effect. View orders...


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