NEWS - JUNE 2015


Meeting of the committee headed by GM (Pers):

Meeting of the committee to discuss the issue of recruitment of Management Trainees was held today at 1000 hrs. GS attended the meeting along with other associations - SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA. As per our earlier discussions with CMD, BSNL, and ED(CN), we reiterated our view that there should be no external recruitment for Management Trainees, since we should first utilise the expertise within our strength of Executives. This will definitely boost the morale of executives working in different positions who have a good expertise/working knowledge in BSNL. But simultaneously we urged GM (Pers) that recruitment of Management Trainees should not be done without addressing the issues raised by us in our letter dated 19.6.2015 and without amending the present MT RR 2013. Otherwise it will lead to more number of litigations. GM(Pers) assured us that the issues will be examined and addressed before conducting the examination. We also drew attention of GM (Pers) to another letter written by us, where we categorically mentioned that MT recruitment should be deferred till therecommendations of the committee on CPSU cadre hierarchy is known. We also proposed that posts allotted for MT (External) should be transferred to seniority cum fitness quota so that more number of executives may get STS promotion in time. GM (Pers) said that the views of all the associations will be conveyed to the Management Committee of BSNL which will take a final call on the matter.


Increase in IDA w.e.f. 1.7.2015:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers for March 2015 (254), April 2015 (256) and May 2015 (258), IDA is to increase by 2.1% w.e.f. 1.7.2015 from 100.5% to 102.6%



The 3rd Circle Conference of AIBSNLOA Chennai Telephones held on 26.6.2015 in Jeevana Jyothi Hall at Chennai has been a grand success with large attendance and overwhelming participation by delegates, disproving the claim by the former CS that AIBSNLOA Chennai Telephones had been merged with AIBSNLEA. CHQ President Com.K.Rajasekaran hoisted the National Flag and GS Com.Rakesh Sethi hoisted the AIBSNLOA Flag. A colourful Open Session was held with Com.P.Ramachandran, delivering the Presidential address and Com.M.Vijayakumar, CS presenting the Keynote Address. Com.Rakesh Sethi, General Secretary spoke elaborately on issues related to viability of BSNL, our stand on MT recruitment etc., and appealed to Honourable Member of Parliament Smt. Maragatham Kumaravel, who was the Chief Guest, to take up with the Government, DoT's failure to keep up its commitment in the memoranda of understanding signed with BSNL for immediate reimubrsement of charges for surrendered spectrum, compensation for unviable services, directing state, central governments and PSUs to take only BSNL services etc. Guest of Honour, the Chief General Manager Ms. S. M. Kalavathi was present in the meeting for more than three hours and listened to all the speakers. In her address, she said the first task for all executives was to achieve higer revenue and quality service to the customer and all the associations have to play their role in this. Smt.Maragatham Kumaravel, MP and Chief Guest of the Open Session responded to General Secretary's appeal by categorically announcing in her speech that she will raise all the issues in the next session of Parliament. Senior General Manager (HR & Admin) Shri R. Ganesan delivered an inspiring special address. General Manager (Marketing CM & CFA) Shri B. Ramachandran and Addl GM (HR&Admn) Shri V.S.Ilanthirai were present in the Open Session and expressed their greetings. The Open session had the elegant presence of all the Fraternal Organisations. Com A.Shunmuga Sundara Rajan CS SNEA(I), Com K. Govindaraj CS BSNLEU, Com C.K.Mathivanan CS NFTE, Com. S. Lingamoorthy CS FNTO, Com.NJP Shilohu Rao GS TSOA, Com R.Adi Govind CS TSOA, Com R Ravindran GS SEWA BSNL, Com A.Sugumar CS SEWA BSNL were present and felicitated the Conference. AGS Com P.Manoharan and CHQ OS (South) Com.R.Stanislaus Mary, AIBSNLOA Patron Com. R.R.Balasubramanian, AIBSNLOA Tamil Nadu Circle President Com.T.Gunasekaran, Circle Secretary Com. M.S.Radhakrishnan and former CHQ President Com. K.Balasubramanian graced the meeting with their presence. Election of new office bearers was unanimous. Com.P.Ramachandran, AO, Com.M.Vijayakumar, SDE and Com.R.Anbarasi, AO have been elected as President, Secretary and Finance Secretary respectively. CHQ congratulates the office bearers and members of AIBSNLOA Chennai Telephones.  View list of new office bearers
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The Third Circle Conference of AIBSNLOA Tamilnadu circle was held at Hotel Tamilnadu, Madurai on 24.06.2015 under the Presidentship of Com R.Damodaran. The Grand event started with the hoisting of national Flag by Com.S.Ratnasubramanian, Patron AIBSNLOA. General Secretary Com Rakesh Sethi hoisted the AIBSNLOA flag. A large number of delegates from all the SSAs attended the conference with full enthusiasm and made the deliberations lively. General Secretary Com. Rakesh Sethi, Veteran Leader Com.Ratnasubramanian, Comrade RRB, Com.P.Manoharan AGS, Com.S.Jeyachandran All India Vice president, Com.R.Stanislaus Mary, CHQ OS (South) and other leaders attended and addressed the conference. All the district secretaries, Circle office bearers shared their views on all important issues providing valuable suggestions. All the delegates remained attentive throughout the day listening to and participating in the deliberations with interest. On behalf of the Administration Shri.V.Raju ITS, Principal General Manager Trichy, in charge of Madurai participated in the conference and presented his views. He highlighted the need of the hour - caring for the customers – and appreciated the initiatives taken by the association. The mood of the participants was upbeat and the conference elected the new office bearers unanimously, with Com.T.Gunasekaran, DE, Trichy SSA as President, Com.M.S.Radhakrishnan, AGM, Kumbakonam SSA as Circle Secretary and Com.K.Ganapathi Subramanian, JTO Circle Ofice, Chennai as Finance Secretary. The arrangements made by the host branches were excellent and appreciated by one and all. CHQ congratulates the office bearers and members of AIBSNLOA Tamilnadu circle.  View list of new office bearers
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Grant of age concession to the Persons with Disabilities suffering from (a) blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government:

DoP&T has prescribed uniform age relaxation of 10 years (15 years for SC/ST and 13 years for OBC candidates) in upper age limit shall be allowed to persons suffering from (a) blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in case of direct recruitment to all civil posts/services under the Central Government identified suitable to be held by persons with such disabilities, subject to the condition that maximum age of the applicant on the crucial date shall not exceed 56 years.  View orders


Delegation of powers for lssuing transfer orders:

BSNL CO has delegated the power of transfering GMs from Circle Office to SSAs to Heads of Circles while retaining the power of transfering GMs from SSAs to circle office and from one SSA to other SSA. Heads of Circles have also been given the powers to entrust the charge of GMs at circle office and SSAs to Addl.GM/DGM level officers.  View orders


Transfer and Posting in AO grade:

BSNL CO has issued orders of transfers and retentions in AO grade.  View orders


Mobile tower set up at 16,000 feet in Ladakh:

'State-run BSNL, with the Army's assistance, today operationalised a mobile tower at an altitude of 16,000 feet in Eastern Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.'  Read More


Tenure transfers in SDE (T) grade:

BSNL CO has issued tenure transfer orders in SDE (T) grade  View orders


Special concession and facilities to employees of Central Government and PSU under CG, working in Kashmir Valley.:

BSNL CO has endorsed the DoP&T orders extending Special concession and facilities to employees of Central Government and PSUs under CG, working in Kashmir Valley in attached and subordinate offices.  View orders


Furnishing of stay particulars of SDEs (Telecom.)/DETs:

BSNL has called for long stay particulars of SDEs (T) and DEs (T) from all circles.  View letter


Extension of last date for online registration for MT recruitment:

BSNL has extended the last date upto 7.7.2015 for online registration for both internal and external candidates.  View orders


Meeting with Sr. GM (Pers):

As a consequence of our protest against Management Trainee recruitment without resolving the issues/discrepancies and protests by other associations, a committee has been formed with Sr. GM (Pers) as Chairman and DGM (Rect) and DGM (Pers) as members. The committee called four associations for discussions today. As GS is away from headquarters, AGS (HQ) Com.V.K.Sharma attended the meeting and explained the rationale behind our request for defering the MT recruitment, as detailed in our three earlier letters. He stressed that we are totally against recruitment of MT from outside. And any MT recruitment from internal candidates should also take place only after satisfactorily resolving the discrepancies listed in our letter dated 19.6.2015 and after the recommendations of the committee considering the issues like CPSU cadre hierarchy are known. All the associations present opposed the move for recruitment of MT. Sr. GM (Pers) said that the committee will meet next week to consider all the points raised in today's meeting.


Inter-circle transfer orders in SDE (T) grade:

BSNL has issued inter-circle transfer orders in SDE (T) grade.  View orders


Meeting with Sr. GM (Pers):

GS and OS (North) met Sr.GM (Pers) on 18.6.2015 and discussed the following:

1. Deferment of MT recruitment:

We requested Sr.GM (Pers) to issue necessary amendments in MT RR before conducting / notification of examination for Management Trainee, on the issues like change in ration from 50:50 to 75:25 in respect of seniority cum fitness quota and MT recruitment quota, inter-se-seniority after the ratio became 75:12.5:12.5 for Departmental promotee, MT Internal and MT external candidates, vacancy year pertaining to which the MT recuitment has been notified, seniority of MT in comparison to regular STS and whether the examination is proposed to be held for single year vacancies or multiple years? Sr. GM wanted us to submit our queries in writing, so that discussions can be had in detail.

2.Discrepancies in the tentative revised seniority lists I to XVII:

We informed him that the statement in the letter circulating the tentative list that ‘the said lists have been generally accepted and held to be correct' is not acceptable. The seniority assigned to the successful candidates of LDCE 2000 and LDCE 2003 is not correct and not as per rules. In this case also, Sr.GM (Pers) wanted us to submit our contention in writing. We have submitted letters on both these issues on 19.6.2015 and discussions are likely to take place next week with Sr.GM (Pers).


CHQ writes to Director (HR) requesting necessary amendments in MT RR of 2O13 before conducting examination for Management Trainee:

'You wil appreciate the fact that needless litigations between employees or employees & management badly affects the growth of company and morale of its employees. We therefore request you to kindly cause the above mentioned issues clarified before actual recruitment of Management Trainees.'  Read More


CHQ writes to General Manager (Pers) regarding Discrepancy in the tentative seniority lists I to XII proposed to be submitted to Expert committee constituted by Hon'ble Supreme Court of India:

'In Para 1, it has been stated that 'the said lists have been generally accepted and held to be correct.' We seek to differ with the said statement atleast on one issue.'  Read More


Introduction of Promotional Combo Voucher 786 during Ramzan festival season under prepaid mobile services:

BSNL has introduced Promotional Combo Voucher 786 during Ramzan festival season for 90 days effective from 19.6.2015.  View letter


PM Narendra Modi meets Ravi Shankar Prasad on BSNL revival:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a meeting with Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to deliberate on the revival strategy of state-run BSNL a couple of days back. According to sources, the meeting, which took place on Monday, went on for about 45 minutes and a presentation was given to the Prime Minister about the initiatives being taken by BSNL for its revival strategy. Apart from Prasad, senior officials of DoT and BSNL were also present in the meeting. The PM wanted a complete presentation of the entire working of BSNL and the legacy issues faced by the company were outlined to him, a source said. Mr Modi was also briefed about the steps being taken to improve the profitability of the company, the source added. Prasad had earlier said that the government was committed to reviving BSNL and a number of initiatives are in the pipeline to bring the PSU back as a market leader.(ET)


Timely completion and proper maintenance of Annual Performance Appraisal Report(APAR) and communication of all entries to executives for fairness and transparency in public administration:

BSNL SEA section has circulated lists of Telecom finance executives in respect of whom the acknowledgements by the executives of having seen APAR upto 31.3.2014 have not been received and APARs for 2014-15 have not been received. View lists


Tenure transfers in DE/AGM grade:

BSNL CO has issued tenure transfer orders in DE/AGM grade. View orders


BSNL Wi-Fi zone goes Live at Taj Mahal:

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Honble MOC & IT, Govt of India inaugurated wi-fi hotspot zone created by BSNL at Historical monument Taj Mahal at Agra on 16th June 2015. Shri Ram Shankar Katheria, Hon. MOC (MHRD) graced the occasion as special guest. Shri Anupam Shrivastava CMD BSNL, Shri N.K. Gupta Director BSNL, Shri Pradeep Kumar CGM (UP-W) and other senior officers of BSNL were also present to grace the occasion. The facility has been created by BSNL with the optical fibre backbone using GPON technology which can provide backhaul broadband bandwidth upto 100 Mbps through BSNLs state of art MPLS network. BSNL would be providing free Wi-Fi services, for 30 minutes per 24 hrs (three time in a month) which visitors can utilize in multiple sessions. After free usage limit of 30 minutes is exhausted, a customer can continue using the service on paid basis for which subscription plans are available in the denomination of Rs. 20/-, Rs. 30/-, Rs. 50/- and Rs. 70/- for validity of 30 min, 60 min, 120 min and one day respectively.(PIB)


Management Trainee recruitment - Extension of last date for online registration:

BSNL CO has extended the last date for online registration upto 22.6.2015, both for internal and external MT recrutiment. View letter


CHQ writes to Director (HR) requesting deferment of MT Recruitment :

'Now that the issue of CPSU cadre hierarchy is under active consideration by the said reconstituted committee, going ahead with the MT recruitment at this stage will be against the very purpose of the reconstitution of the committee at the instance of the CMD and will hamper the efforts for arriving at a solution agreeable to all stake holders.' Read More


Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2016:

DoP&T has circulated the list of holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2016. View letter


Incorporation of corrections in Name/DoB/Staff Number in final seniority lists 6 & 7:

BSNL CO has called for information/documents from concerned circles in respect of 18 executives for incorporation of corrections in Name/DoB/Staff Number in final seniority lists 6 & 7. View letter


Transfer and Postings in DE/AGM grade:

BSNL CO has issued three separate orders of transfer and postings in DE/AGM grade View orders


Meeting with Sr.GM (Pers):

GS met Sr.GM (Pers) and discussed the following:

1. Deferring the MT Recruitment (external):

We explained the discrepancies in the notification like not-mentioning of year of vacancies pertaining to which the notification has been issued, whether the notification pertains to single vacancy year or multiple vacancy years, how the inter-se-seniority between departmental promotees, MT internal candidates and MT external candidates will be fixed after revision of ratio as 50:25:25 etc. Sr.GM (Pers) said that all these will be taken care of but the recruitment process will go on as notified.

2.Extending benefit of court judgment to all the similarly placed executives:

We raised the issue of extending the benefit of the judgments of Hon'ble High Court of Kerala, consequent to the dismissal of SLP filed by BSNL in Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, in respect of an anomaly wherein a large number of senior Executives are getting lower pay than their juniors due to getting adhoc promotion before the date of their IDA pay scale upgradation under Executive Promotion Policy. Sr.GM (Pers) informed us that the issue has been examined but it has been decided to implement the judgment only in respect of the applicants. Affected executives will have to obtain similar orders from the court.

3. Consideration of requests for cancellation/modification of promotion/transfer orders:

We requested that the remaining requests may be considered favourably and early. Sr.GM (Pers) said that it may take some time for considering the remaining requests.


Representations from SDE(T) received through proper channel and directly Challenging the provisional seniority lists 6 & 7 dated 1.4.2015 and 17.4.2015 - Disposal thereof:

'The issues raised in the representations have been agitated before the Tribunal and High Courts ano the provisional seniority lists 6 & 7 dated 1.4.2015 and 77 .04.2Of5 were issued in compliance of the order of Tribunai/Courts. There is no merit in the representations challenging the provisional seniority lists. The representations received through officers hereby stand disposed of.' Read More


Final seniority lists 6 and 7 of SDE (T) as per judgment dated 25.8.2009 of Hon'ble CAT Chandigarh Bench:

BSNL CO has circulated the final seniority lists 6 and 7 of SDE (T) as per judgment dated 25.8.2009 of Hon'ble CAT Chandigarh Bench. View list


Tentative seniority lists I to XVll of SDEs(T) including those of DPC 1998 and 2000

BSNL CO has circulated the Tentative seniority lists I to XVII of SDEs(T) including those of DPC 1998 and 2000 qualifying examination for submission to Expert Committee on 29.06.2015, requesting supply of particulars from circles/units for filling up blank columns relating to Staff Number, Date of Birth, Recruitment year in JTO, Month and Year of qualifying the examination. View list


Rationalization of tariff under prepaid mobile services:

Based on current market scenario and increase in service tax, BSNL has decided to rationalize voice STVs. View letter


Guidelines for forwarding transfer requests on completion of tenure posting or otherwise:

BSNL CO has issued guidelines for streamlining the process of request transfers in tune with BSNL transfer policy. View letter


Free incoming voice calls to BSNL mobile subscribers while in national roaming:

'BSNL Mobile Subscribers will be provided free incoming voice call facility while in national roaming initially for one year on Pan India basis. Free incoming voice calls while in national roaming will be implemented by creating STV/add-on of Rs. 101 (+/-3) under prepaid and postpaid mobile services. STVs/Add-on plans will be given notionally to all the BSNL mobile subscribers free of cost initially for a period of one year as a goodwill gesture.' Read More


Furnishing of ACR/APAR of JTO (T) for promotion to SDE (T) grade under 67% seniority quota:

BSNL CO has circulated a list of 28 JTOs in respect of whom ACRs/APARs are not yet received in BSNL CO. View letter


Promotion and posting in DE/AGM grade:

BSNL CO has issued orders retaining one executive upto 31.3.2016 and modifying the posting order in respect of another executive. View orders


Transfer and Postings in SDE (T) grade - Modification/Cancellation/Retention:

BSNL CO has issued six separate orders modifying/cancelling its earlier orders and retaining some executives in parent circles upto 31.3.2016. View orders


BSNL Executive Promotion Policy - clarifications:

BSNL CO has issued clarifications on specific issues raised by circles/units in respect of pay scale upgradation under EPP 2007, pointing to earlier instructions of BSNL, DoP&T and DP&AR. View letter


Requirement of APARs / shown certificate of all SDE(T) for considering them for promotion to next grade:

'Initially, the ACR / APARS of all worklng SDEs, whose name is appearhg in senlorlty list 5, 6 & 7, are required for the period frord 2OO8-O9 to 2O13-14 along with disclosure certificate latest by 31-07-2015 for ensuing CPC for promotion to DE(T), as per their eligibility. Hence, the APARs of above period may be made available at CS to DIR (HR) office immediately.' Read More


BSNL to Launch Free Roaming From 15 June, 2015:

'BSNL revenue grew by 2.1% in 2014-15reversing the trend of negative growth in previous years. BSNL added 47 lakh active subscribers and MTNL added 2.11 lakh subscribers in 2014-15 reversing the trend of negative growth in previous years.' Read More


Inter-circle transfer orders in SDE (T) grade:

BSNL CO has issued own cost inter-circle transfer orders in SDE (T) grade. View orders


Tenure transfer orders in SDE (T) grade:

BSNL CO has issued tenure transfer orders in SDE (T) grade. View orders