NEWS PERTAINING TO MAY 2009
BSNL in a soup again:
'That the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd
has a penchant for getting into controversies when it comes to awarding
equipment contracts is well-known.'
BSNL's monthly GSM growth rate declines:
GSM subscriber figures for April 2009 shows a
decline in BSNL's monthly growth rate as well as in its market share.
operators cross connections over 11-digit number plan:'Differences
are growing among mobile operator lobbies over a government proposal to
introduce an 11-digit access code in place of the existing 10-digit code from
January 2010 for mobile services to accommodate a rapidly growing subscriber
BSNL issues transfer orders in SDE (Civil) grade.
CHQ writes to Director (HRD) on cancellation of SDE tenure
transfers:'We shall be thankful, if orders
on the same line as that of F.No.1-12/2008-Pers II dated 15.5.2009 are issued,
treating the tenure transfer orders No.1-1/2007-Pers II dated 10.9.08 as
cancelled in respect of such SDEs who have not yet been relieved or who have
been relieved but not joined in the transferred Circle till date.'
PROMOTION FROM SDEs TELECOM TO DEs TELECOM ON ADHOC BASIS:
Promotion order of around 1300 SDEs Telecom to
DEs Telecom on adhoc basis, which was earlier expected to be issued by this
month end, may be ready only in June 2009.
MODIFICATION OF ORDERS ON PAY FIXATION BENEFIT IN THE REVISED IDA
BSNL Management Committee is yet to consider the
memo revising the pay fixation benefit in revised IDA scale to the extent of
taking into consideration 78.2% of IDA merged with basic pay with effect from
1.1.2007 instead of 68.8% of the IDA as was ordered earlier. This modification
is necessitated following issue of Order by DPE modifying the fitment formula
taken up by our Association. It is believed that BSNL is delaying the decision
on the plea that pay negotiation for the non-executives is not yet finalized.
This is unacceptable and we are asking BSNL management to settle the matter of
pay fixation at the earliest.
CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Non-filling up of SC/ST quota as per
post based roaster system in promotion order from JTOs (Telecom) to SDEs
(Telecom):'Also, it is a fact that roughly
around 42 officers whose names find a place in this list have already been
promoted through LDCE on their own merit.'
writes to GM (Pers), BSNL CO on cancellation of transfer of one Executive of
Orissa Circle to hard tenure Circle even after serving one term earlier.
BSNL endorses DoT letter making DOP&PW OM dated 02.09.2008
notifying amended provisions to CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, applicable to BSNL
BSNL has circulated DoT Letter dated 04.05.2009
on the above subject.
20.05.2009: BSNL issues inter-circle
request transfer orders in SDE
set to spread wings:
BSNL will shortly appoint a panel of consultants
to guide it on its overseas business plans, including mergers and acquisitions
and bidding for licences.The company was seeking consultants for mergers and
acquisitions, strategic partnerships, acquiring telecom licences outside India,
a senior BSNL official said. BSNL, with a view to establishing itself as a
global player in the telecom sector and to achieve inorganic growth, was aiming
at expanding its area of operations, the official said. The state-run firm,
which so far concentrated only on the Indian market (except Delhi and Mumbai),
has decided to expand overseas. Sources said BSNL had a cash surplus of over $10
billion and would use part of these resources for its overseas foray. So far,
MTNL is the only state-owned telecom firm that has been bidding for licences
abroad. Moving aggressively on its overseas expansion plans, BSNL has already
set up a separate international business division to explore telecom
opportunities abroad ~ be it acquisition of companies or bidding for licences.
BSNL chairman, Mr Kuldeep Goyal, had earlier said the company would look at
valuable buyouts based on due diligence of the target company. The PSU, he said
had already received in-principle board approval to enter the global market and
bidding for Tunisia is one such step. The North African country is set to issue
new licences for fixed line and basic mobile telephone services. The licences,
initially for 15 years, include national and international long-distance
services - PTI
BSNL issues inter-circle transfer orders in SDE
BSNL issues transfer orders to BSNL CO, in SDE
BSNL issues modifications in the orders of
JTO to SDE promotion and postings issued by it on 15.05.2009.
BSNL gets nod to award deal to Huawei:
'BSNL has overcome opposition from the
Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the defence ministry, winning a permission to award
a lucrative contract for telecom equipment to Chinese company Huawei. A
government panel, which included representatives from IB and the defence
ministry, has endorsed BSNLís position and allowed the company to place orders
with Huawei for only southern states as they have no international land
Former Secretary, DoT, Shri.J.S.Sarma has been
chosen for appointment as next Chairman, TRAI. Shri.Sarma was the last entrant
to the race for the top post. (Please re-visit our report dated 05.04.2009)
15.05.2009 2030 Hrs:
BSNL issues promotion orders from JTO (Telecom) to SDE (Telecom):
View Office order...
15.05.2009 1215 Hrs:
Following our report yesterday on DoT issuing orders
making DOP&PW OM dated 02.09.2008 notifying amended provisions to CCS (Pension)
Rules, 1972 , applicable to BSNL Pensioners, we are reproducing the copy of DoT
orders here. It is obvious that the orders have been ready on 4.5.09, but has
been released after clearance by Secretary DoT after his return from abroad.
DoT issues orders making DOP&PW OM dated 02.09.2008 notifying
amended provisions to CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, applicable to BSNL pensioners:
We had reported on 01.04.2009 that
'our General Secretary has been called today over phone by
a senior officer of DoP&PW and has been informed that, in response to our letter
No.AIBSNLOA/CHQ/2009/09 dated 13.03.2009,
(view our letter dated 13.3.09
addressed to DoT, with a copy to Dept. of P & PW) clarification has
since been issued to DoT to implement all the amended provisions of CCS
(Pension) Rules 1972 including enhanced limit of gratuity effective from
1.1.2006 for the BSNL Pensioners.' The long awaited DoT order has been
issued today, after Secretary DoT came back yesterday after his foreign tour for
about a week.
JTO (Telecom) to SDE (Telecom) promotion orders are expected to be issued
BSNL issues orders rationalising and revising Telegraph tariffs:
BSNL has issued amendments to BSNL CDA Rules 2006:
View forwarding letter... Annexure
Annexure Page 2...
Annexure Page 3...
CHQ writes to CMD BSNL protesting against DoT's proposal to
revise pension of BSNL pensioners in CDA Pay Scale:
'We are very much troubled to learn that DoT has
moved a proposal wrongly relying on DoP&PWís OM No 4/14/2001-P&PW(D) dated
19.09.2003 to revise the pension of the BSNL pensioners in CDA pay scale in
spite of the fact that the Department of Pension & Pensionersí Welfare has
categorically advised DoT, while examining this proposal, that this Order is NOT
applicable for BSNL pensioners.'
CHQ writes to CMD BSNL again on
disparity in pay scales of BSNL Executives Removal of disparity in pay scales of
BSNL Executives:'We therefore request you to utilize this
opportunity to remove the disparity in pay scales of BSNL Executives vis-ŗ-vis
the Executives of other comparable PSUs by granting E2 to E6 grades as mentioned
above, without incurring any additional expenditure.'
CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on
Benefit of merger
of 50% IDA with basic pay for fitment purpose: 'The
DPE OM does not provide for any option to the individual PSU to decide whether
to allow or not allow this benefit to its employees and hence has to be
implemented as such. We shall therefore request you to kindly expedite a
decision in the Management Committee and subsequently in the BSNL Board so that
approval of DoT could be obtained without further delay.'
BSNL issues modifications in zone of consideration of OC, SC and
ST seniority list for DPC for promotion to STS Adhoc.
PERIODICITY OF PAY REVISION - AN ANALYSIS:
A stalemate appears to exist in pay revision for
non-Executive employees of BSNL, with differing views on the reduction in
periodicity of pay revision to 5 years. We publish here an analysis on the
'periodicity' issue, which would
definitely help any one who reads it, to have a deep insight into it.
Read the analysis...
View Excel sheet...
BSNL SEA section issues modifications in postings
and transfer orders in CAO Adhoc.
issues amendment to JTO Recruitment Rules 2001, adding BE Information Technology
in the qualifications list.
PMO rejects Telecom Fee cut:
'The prime ministerís office (PMO) has shot down
the decision of the communications ministry to slash the licence fee for telecom
operators with large networks by up to a third, saying the ministry did not
obtain the Cabinetís clearance before announcing the cut.'
T&D Circle renamed as Inspection Circle with changes in some
View BSNL order...
BSNL issues transfer and postings in STS
(Telecom) including some modifications in place of posting.
BSNL issues transfer orders for SDEs who have
completed tenure and replacements for them.
BSNL issues transfer orders in SDE (Elec) grade.
BSNL issues transfer orders in EE (Elec) grade.
MNP charges likely to be around Rs 200-Rs 300:
Subscribers willing to make use of the soon to be introduced mobile number
portability (MNP) may have to shell out a one time fee of around Rs 200-Rs
300.The final rates are yet to be announced by the countryís regulator, Trai.
Syniverse and MNP Interconnect have bagged licences to oversee MNP in India. (TT)