Salient features of recommendations
of 2nd Pay Revision Committee of PSU Executives.
BSNL moots IPO Plan
BSNL might be back on track with its plans for
its intial public offer (IPO). The public sector enterprise has put forward a
proposal for approval of its IPO to its trade union which is expected to
respond in positive by the 3rd of next month.
The 2nd Pay Review Committee
for PSU Executives has
submitted its report today. Salient Features will be published later.
Read the Recommendations...
Read the paradigm changes proposed...
(Full Report available in download
View BSNL orders on:
Revised SDE Seniority
Revised SDE seniority 2
CAO adhoc promotion for left out
Transfer of SDEs who have
completed tenure /
Combined Seniority list of Sr.AOs and AOs as on
BSNL issues orders for payment of arrears on merger
View the order...
29.05.2008 (1400 Hrs):
of Non-Executive Unions (not Joint Forum of Executives and Non-executives) has
met Minister Shri.A.Raja, wherein Minister is reported to have advised CMD to
release IDA merger orders immediately. On this basis, the Joint Forum
which had organised Dharna has decided to call off the struggle. It is
not known why the Joint Forum leaders did not insist on meeting the Minister
and only the United Forum leaders met him. As reported by us earlier,
IDA merger is already a settled issue, since Board has already cleared it and DoT
has approved it. The main issues still remain and need to be addressed
29.05.2008 (1100 Hrs): What we had predicted
as the reason for BSNL management delaying issue of orders on IDA orders has
finally come true. CMD BSNL in a meeting with Joint Forum leaders is
said to have asked the leaders to accept VRS, 10% IPO, shelving of Wage review
etc., in return for issue of payment orders on IDA merger. It is said
that he left the meeting half-way. This is a bad indication of how
things are moving at the higher level and it is shocking as to how he was let
off with such an insult. The unions/Associations must realise that lack
of transparency in reporting the happenings to the members has resulted in
this mess. The focus now need not be on IDA merger, which we feel, is
already a settled issue, since Board has already cleared it and DoT has
approved it. No one can hold up release of the orders indefinitely. The focus should be on the attitude of the BSNL
Management, that it is because of their wrong handling of every thing in the
business, starting from planning, executing, marketing and HRD management the
present financial situation has arisen.
They were not able to provide equipment in time for GSM expansion. They
are not able to ensure supply of necessary infrastructure for Broadband
expansion. They are not able to take quick decisions on marketing
strategies in the competitive environment. They did not take any serious
effort to recover the Rs.5000 crores dues payable to BSNL. They had all
along ignored the priorities for BSNL development and were rather pursuing
their own interest. It is because of them that BSNL financial status is
in doldrums. But they are seeking to put the entire blame on the employees
and asking us to compensate for whatever blunders they have consciously done.
They are not prepared to reduce expenditure by curtailing meetings, foreign
trips and use of vehicles. They are careful in getting all the benefits
which they are not entitled for as deputationists. It is time to see through
their game plan. It is hightime that sensible and strategic decisions are taken by the
unions/associations. AIBSNLOA will support and be a part of whatever
efforts that are taken on these lines.
While a lot of frightening is being
attempted over the financial condition of BSNL, statistics say that BSNL
continues to be the top earning telecom firm in the country. For the Quarter
ending March 2008 (Q4)
its topline touched Rs
10,747.79 crore followed by Sunil Mittal's Bharti at Rs 8,381 crore.
24.05.2008: Gifts Galore:
More rewards have been offered by DoT to ITS Group
A officers by promoting 35 un-absorbed JAG officers to
SAG posts in BSNL. This abysmal trend has to be arrested at any cost.
View the order...
BSNL MOVES FOR
RECRUITMENT OF MANAGEMENT TRAINEES:
Immediately after submission of Report by the Joint Committee of the Senior
Officers of BSNL and the representatives of the Associations of the BSNL
Executives regarding the Recruitment Rules of Management Trainees, BSNL has
moved a proposal for distribution of 300 posts of Management Trainees,
sanctioned earlier by BSNL Board, to different disciplines like Operation,
Finance, Marketing, Human Resource (HR) and IT & Computer. These trainees are
to be placed in the IDA pay scale of Rs 13000-350-18250 (i.e. JTS equivalent)
and designated as “Deputy Managers”. They are to be on probation-cum-training
for a period of one year followed by two years regular service in the grade.
Thereafter, they will be promoted as “Managers” (STS equivalent) in the IDA
pay scale of Rs 14500-350-18700.
It is now said that the proposal for IDA merger has
been cleared and orders are expected in the next week. This news at around 5
PM today comes as a surprise, since all along it was being told that the
Management committee had not cleared the proposal in its meeting on
21.05.2008. No meeting of the Management Committee could have been possible
afterwards, since the Board members were engaged in Heads of Circle Conference
on 22nd and 23rd May 2008. When two associations met CMD BSNL on
21.05.2008, he is reported to have blamed the employees for not increasing the
productivity and profit as assured by the unions and associations before issue
of PLI orders last year. When unions/associations met Secretary, DoT, on
22.05.2008, he is reported to have said that he would talk to CMD BSNL on the
issue. Meanwhile the unions/association had arranged for an appointment with
CMD BSNL on 27.05.2008 to press the matter. And then the Joint Forum gave a
call for Dharna on 28.05.2008 to press the issue. After all these, how all on
a sudden the proposal was cleared, remains a mystery. And who is to
resolve this mystery? As per information available to us the minutes of the
management committee meeting is yet to be received and orders are likely only
by next week end ie.
30th May 2008.
is learnt that Cabinet has returned the note on absorption of ITS Group A,
with some queries, to DoT. It may be recalled that AIBSNLOA had brought to the
notice of Prime Minister about the unusual concessions mooted in the note for
ITS Group A by way of offering absorption from a prospective date after
implementation of VI CPC recommendations. We had appealed to the Prime
Minister that in case this concession is allowed for ITS Group A,
all Employees including the Group A
Officers who took absorption earlier should get seniority over the later
optees and they should also be given the benefit to take absorption with
It had been reported by us on
13.05.2008 about the proceedings of Delhi High Court on seniority of 1966 SDEs.
In its interim Order the Court has clarified that the respondent BSNL is
entitled to publish and circulate a tentative seniority list in terms of the
Order passed by the Kerala High Court on 1-2-2008.
Read the Order...
22.05.2008: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING:
The much hyped Joint Committee (of
management and representatives of Executives' Associations) Report on
Management Trainee Recruitment Rule and other issues has been released and a
first look at the report reveals nothing to celebrate. A detailed analysis of
the report by us will follow.
Read the Report...
The Management Committee meeting held on 21.05.2008
has not taken any decision on merger of IDA. The meeting of some Unions
and Associations with Secretary DoT has reportedly not been able to break the
ice. Another meeting, with CMD BSNL, is scheduled to be held on
Promotion orders for DE Adhoc may
not be issued by month end as expected earlier. A contempt petition on
SDE seniority filed in Himachal Pradesh High Court may delay things further.
Motorola Inc has won
a $90 million contract from Indian state-run telecoms firm Bharat Sanchar
Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to supply GSM network equipment, the US-based firm said in a
statement. The deal will help BSNL, the fourth largest wireless telecoms firm
in India, add 2.3 million subscribers in southern India, Motorola said (Times
explanation from DoT on condonation of delay in filing suit:
The telecom tribunal TDSAT today asked DoT to explain
the grounds on which it was asking for condonation of delay in filing petition
seeking claims of Rs 2,015 crore from private telecom operator Tata
Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited. The tribunal observed that the government
has filed petition to reclaim Rs 2,015 crore from TTML almost ten months after
the Supreme Court's direction to approach TDSAT again.
BSNL has decided to introduce a
system of 'Exit Interviews' from any BSNL staff member seeking resignation/VRS.
BSNL Management agrees that 'the expertise and talent which has evolved over a
period of time, with significant nurturing from the organisation, is our
critical strength'. A questionnaire has been framed with a view to
getting an insight on the effectiveness of HR system and processes.
We feel that instead of collecting this information
from the staff seeking to go out, all the existing employees may be asked to
give their responses to the questionnaire, so that the BSNL Management can gauge
the 'organisational climate' as perceived by its employees and take steps to
improve and achieve higher employee satisfaction.
The DoT on Thursday has filed a petition before the Telecom Dispute Settlement
and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) seeking to recover Rs. 2,015 crore from Tata
Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd. for defaulting in payment of licence fee for the
issues orders for refund of savings fund amount of CGEIS 1977 scheme (Rupees
Five per month).
15.05.2008:LDCE for promotion to
JTO (Civil/Electrical) has
been rescheduled to be held on 21.9.2008.
writes to Hon'ble Prime Minister on ITS Group A absorption issue.
move to allow a section of the Group A Officers, absorption from a
prospective date, to get added benefits on their absorption in BSNL is
discriminatory towards the other Employees who have already got absorbed w.e.f
1.10.2000, and in violation of the provisions in Article 14 and 16 of the
Constitution of India.
In a remarkable and historic judgment, Supreme
Court has held that 'all entries 'good' or 'bad' made by a
superior in the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) of a government employee should
be communicated to him or her.'
The seniority case of 1966 SDEs
came up for hearing in Delhi High Court today. The judge wanted the
respondent's (DoT) advocate to spell out whether they propose to appeal against
the Ernakulam High Court judgment. In case DoT accepts the verdict, this court
(Delhi High Court) could pass an order today, he said. Since the advocate
expressed inability to reply to this in the absence of any advice from DoT, the
judge has posted the case for 11th August 2008.
Departmental Qualifying Examination for SDE/AEE
(Civil/Electrical) has been rescheduled to be held on 21st to 24th July 2008.
LDCE for promotion to SDE (Civil/Electrical) has
been rescheduled to be held on 10.8.2008.
Departmental Examination in simple accounts for JTO
(Civil/Electrical) has been rescheduled to be held on 31.8.2008.
CHQ writes to Hon'ble MOC on delay in issue of
orders of IDA merger:
are further to submit that BSNL is not going to incur much expenditure in real
term as being made out, since the amount which most of the Employees will
receive now due to merger of 50% of IDA will get adjusted against the
arrears that would be due to them when the recommendation of Second Pay
Revision Committee of CPSUs Employees is implemented w.e.f. the same day
BSNL has reportedly directed the
CGM, Kerala Circle to file Miscellaneous Application before Ernakulam High Court
for extension of time to adjourn sine die the implementation of its judgment in
seniority case of 1966 SDEs, till similar petitions pending in different High
Courts are disposed off.
Read the judgment...
AIBSNLOA CHQ had written to CMD BSNL requesting one time diversion of JTO posts
from outside quota for promoting qualified TTAs.
letter...). BSNL has now requested the Circles to furnish information
on status of TTAs waiting for JTO training (35% quota) as on date.
In a positive turn of event, Secretary, DoT
is reported to have
agreed to revise the earlier DoT order dated 15th June 2006 restricting DoT's
pension contribution to 60% of whatever spectrum charges, taxes and other fees
payable by BSNL to Govt. of India. A cabinet note in this regard is
Issue of orders on IDA merger is being delayed due
to raising of some financial issues by the finance wing of BSNL. The
issue is stated to be discussed again in BSNL Management Committee. But orders
are not expected for a while since both CMD and Director (F) will be abroad next
week. AIBSNLOA CHQ has registered strong protest against
dilly-dallying of the issue by BSNL.
The DPC for promotion to DE
Telecom is in progress. Receipt of Vigilance clearance in respect of most of the eligible
officers are expected to be completed by next week. If the DPC work
progresses in the same pace, promotion orders are likely to be issued by month
end for around 1150 SDEs Telecom.
BSNL has floated a new tender for 93 million GSM lines.
Second Pay Revision Committee for PSUs is expected to submit its report by this
BSNL issues revised Transfer policy.
View the Policy...
Electrification Corporation Ltd has joined the elite club of Navratna public
sector undertakings that enjoy financial and administrative autonomy. The
coveted status will provide independence to take decisions for investment of up
to Rs 1,000 crore or equivalent to 15 per cent of its net worth. “REC is working
throughout the country with a big network. It is a pioneer in the area of rural
electrification,” DPE secretary Mr R Bandopadhyay said. REC, a listed PSU, is
the 16th state-run entity to have received Navratna status.
It is a million dollar question as to when BSNL will
attain this status.
the plea of BSNL over removal of the Access Deficit Charge (ADC), the rural
remuneration levy, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on
Monday issued notice to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.(The Hindu)
Where BSNL stands...
AIBSNLOA Orissa Circle body has been formed amidst
overwhelming response from the Executives.
View Circle Office-bearers list...
There are some good news for BSNL. One, the Supreme
Court of India has dismissed the petitions of TATA and Reliance Comm. while
upholding the TDSAT decision directing these companies to pay ADC to BSNL, which
had been challenged by these two companies. These companies together will now
have to pay around Rs.700 crores to BSNL.
the other, BSNL has decided to approach TDSAT against TRAI's decision to do away
with ADC w.e.f. 1.4.08.
PowerGrid gets ‘Navratna’
government on Thursday granted the coveted ‘Navratna’ status to the PowerGrid
Corporation of India Ltd, giving the transmission major financial autonomy to
take independent decision on investments up to Rs. 1,000 crore. — PTI
CHQ writes to Secretary, DoT requesting corrective
action on disputes in the
seniority lists of TES Group B officers.
CHQ writes to CMD BSNL requesting preventing action
for avoiding disputes in the
seniority lists of TES Group B officers.
DoT has conveyed its approval to BSNL for
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