News pertaining to July 2010
and Posting for SDE (T) to DE Adhoc:
BSNL has issued promotion and posting orders for 1031 SDEs
(T) to DE Ahoc.
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Pranab rejects 3G refund plea:
'Mukherjee, sources said, cited legal complications which
might arise if this special dispensation was given to BSNL and MTNL and their
fees were returned. He has said that private operators who forked out a
staggering Rs 76,664 crore for the spectrum in 3G (four slots) and BWA (two
slots) could petition the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal
against such a decision, which would clearly discriminate against them. It would
also be interpreted as violating the competitive environment in the sector.'
of eligibility criteria for BSNL - Pool residential accommodation:
BSNL has revised the eligibility criteria for BSNL-Pool
residential accommodation as per revised IDA pay scales.
of merger of 50% IDA with basic pay w.e.f.1.1.2007 amounting to 78.2% for
fitment in revised pay scales:
BSNL Board is to meet tomorrow to discuss various issues,
including approval of 78.2% for fitment in revised pay scales. While
considering the recommendations of the committee headed by Executive Director
(F), it is likely that the Board may decide for 78.2% fitment benefit w.e.f.
1.1.2007, but without any arrears.
writes to CMD BSNL on Settlement of anomaly in pay fixation for JTO Batch 2005 –
extension of benefit of the BSNL orders No.1-14/2009-PAT9BSNL) dated 16.4.2010
to the subsequent JTO batches:
'Yet another anomaly has been brought to our notice, in
respect of Departmental candidates who had completed their Phase I of JTO
training during the years, 2004, 2005, 2006 and were officiating as JTOs after
completion of Phase I training during these years for want of departmental quota
of vacancies to order their regular promotion. These officers got their regular
promotion after 1.1.2007 as JTO and their pay has been fixed at Rs.16400/- i.e.
at the minimum of E1 scale. But the Outsider JTO Batch 2005 candidates who
completed Phase I training after 1.1.2007 and got posted as JTO afterwards have
got their pay fixed at Rs.21600/- as per the relaxation given by BSNL for JTO
Batch 2005 alone.'
27.07.2010: Of late there have been high pitched pronouncements about the financial status
of BSNL and its very existence - virtually writing it off. One
Association has even tried to create panic stating that the absorbed BSNL
employees and their families would shortly start bleeding and that the Company
will have no finances and means to pay for the monthly wages in the days to
come. If it is true, they are largely responsible for allowing things to
deteriorate to such a bad state, by collaborating with the ITS Management, not
withstanding their rhetoric against ITS now and then. But any
one who has watched their modus operandi in the past could have guessed that it is an effort to
de-sensitise and prepare the employees to accept Govt's impending decision for
disinvestment of BSNL. They are preparing the ground for the same and
trying to weaken the opposition against disinvestment. Now the cat is out of the bag. CMD BSNL is reported
to have told PTI that ' A strategic partner with 26% stake is ideal for BSNL'
and feels that 'the agitating unions can also be brought
on board for this.'
27.07.2010: DoT Notification for the posts of CMDs of BSNL and MTNL:
DoT has issued
notification for filling up the vacancies of CMDs of BSNL and MTNL.
Govt. invites applications for the posts of BSNL, MTNL Chiefs:
The government today invited applications from candidates
in the public and private sector for the posts of Chairman and Managing Director
of two telecom PSUs -- BSNL and MTNL. As per the terms and conditions of the
job, the government has offered a maximum package of up to Rs 30 lakh for the
posts. "Experience in turning around companies facing difficult circumstances
would be given weightage," it added. In the case of candidates from the private
sector, only people working with listed entities will be allowed to apply for
the post. Interested candidates have been asked to apply to the Telecom
Secretary by August 16, 2010. (PTI)
CHQ writes to Prime Minister on Search Committee for selecting Chairman, BSNL:
'Efforts to derail or at least delay the process have
already started by way of representations from some Associations in BSNL. One
Association has even demanded selection of CMD from ITS grade, forgetting and
hiding the facts and the bitter experience of the past, wherein the
unprofessional handling of affairs of BSNL by this group is mainly responsible
for the present gradual and steady downfall of BSNL in all respects. Another
Association, we find, has raised some issues about the constitution of the
committee, which we feel is just a ploy to help the ITS officers in getting this
all important issue of selection of capable and best professional Chairman to
head BSNL delayed.'
Convening of CPC for Executives (BSNLMS) of various streams:
BSNL has notified the composition of CPC for different
streams of BSNL Management Services.
DE Adhoc promotion orders for Lady Officers:
BSNL issues another order modifying circle of posting for lady officers
recently promoted as DE Adhoc.
of cost of newspaper - time limit: BSNL circulates time
limit for entertaining claims for reimbursement of cost of newspaper supplied at
the residence of Group B and above level officers.
Retaining of old HRMS numbers of TTAs promoted as JTOs:
It may be recalled that AIBSNLOA alone took up the
issue when orders for deletion of HRMS numbers and consequent denial of
benefits of past service, were issued by BSNL in respect of TTAs promoted
as JTOs under outside quota.
AIBSNLOA letter]. BSNL had issued
orders on 23.6.2010 extending various benefits including the benefits of past
service to internal candidates selected against Direct Recruitment JTO Quota and have applied through proper channel in the competitive
examinations held in the year 2001 onwards. However restoration of the old
HRMS number was not explicitly ordered. This issue was further pursued by
us. Now orders have been issued to retain the old HRMS number for these JTOs.
India GSM Subscriber Figures for June 2010:
PMO sets up committee for selection of CMDs for BSNL and MTNL:
The PMO on Wednesday showed its concern over the health of
its public sector units BSNL and MTNL by setting up a special search selection
committee to identify and appoint appropriate CMDs for both these firms. (PTI)
Tenure Transfers in DE grade: BSNL has issued inter-circle
tenure transfer orders in DE grade.
and Postings from SDE to DE Adhoc:
BSNL issues orders promoting some more SDEs as DE Adhoc.
DE Adhoc promotion orders for Lady Officers:
BSNL issues modifications in postings for lady officers
recently promoted as DE Adhoc.
Transfer and Posting in the grade of DGM/CAO/Sr AO/AO/JAO:
BSNL has issued transfer and posting orders in the grade
of DGM/CAO/Sr AO/AO/JAO.
cancellation and reallotment in the cadre of AO/Sr.AO:
BSNL has issued modified orders canceling and reallotting
transfer orders issued in the cadre of AO/Sr.AO.
CHQ writes to Prime Minister for refund of 3G and BWA spectrum charges paid by
BSNL: 'It is needless to
emphasize that BSNL does a lot of work in the rural and remote corners of the
country that no other private telecom operator does and also BSNL is always
implementing the Government’s Social obligations without looking into commercial
gains. Thus, BSNL need not be equated with other Private Operators which are
always after profits and having no concern for social commitments.'
writes to Director (HR) BSNL on revision of Family Planning Allowance:
'Already, orders have been issued vide MoF No.
F.No.7(20)/2008-E.III(A) dated 24.9.2008 for revision of quantum of allowance in
lieu of Family Planning for Central Government Employees in their revised pay
(copy enclosed). We therefore request that similar orders may kindly be issued
revising the quantum of allowance in lieu of Family Planning for BSNL employees
also at the earliest.'
BSNL seeks Rs.15,8873 crore aid for loss-making rural operations:
'Stating that the company incurs a loss of about Rs 15,873
crore per annum for operating basic services as well as telegraph facilities in
rural areas, BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal said in a letter to Telecom Secretary P J
Thomas that this is making operations unsustainable and financially unviable.'
Tariff war eats into revenue. Telecom Industry grew by 2.5%:
Tariff wars ate into the revenues of telecom operators in
2009-10, with the industry logging only a modest 2.5 percent growth, having
grown even in the year of the financial crisis at 20 per cent, according to a
survey. Intense tariff war caused the steep fall and overall slowdown in the
performance in all segments, including cellular services that over the past
several years have been leading the growth in earnings for the telecom services
sector," said a report by industry journal Voice & Data.
launches first mobile service at Holy Amarnath cave:
BSNL has become the first telecom firm to launch mobile
services at the Holy Amarnath cave, as well as on the two routes of the yatra.
The services were launched by Minister of State for Telecom Sachin Pilot, who
made the first call from the Holy cave to N N Vohra, the Governor of Jammu and
Kashmir. Eleven towers have been put up at Baltal-I, Baltal-II, Baltal Base
Camp, Noonwan, Lakipora, Betab Valley, Domail, Sangam/Holi Cave, Panchtarni,
Chandanwari and Chandanwari Base Camp, of which some are on motorable roads and
others are on pony tracks. The yatra route, thus far not served by any telecom
operator, will enjoy telecom services for the first time, BSNL said in a
BSNL, MTNL CMDs may come from private sector:
Top managers from the private sector may soon be invited
to apply for running state-owned telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd
(BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL). The Department of
Telecommunications (DoT) has agreed to set up a search committee to look for new
chairmen and managing directors for both, as suggested by the Sam Pitroda-led
committee on the organsiation’s revamp
to Promotion and Posting orders in STS (Telecom) Adhoc:
BSNL has issued modifications to its orders dated 30.6.10
on promotion and postings in STS (Telecom) on adhoc basis. View
Reallotment in the cadre of STS (Telecom Finance):
BSNL has issued modifications in its orders dated 28.5.10
on posting of STS (Telecom Finance).
Ministry Panel to review plans for BSNL:
An internal panel of the telecoms ministry will submit its
report within a month on proposals including a share sale and other
restructuring plans for the state-run phone firm, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, a
government statement said on Wednesday. The
decision was taken after a meeting of the Telecom Commission, the highest
decision-making body at the telecoms ministry, according to the statement.
BSNL's board had approved selling a 10 per cent stake in the company through an
IPO, but the sale was headed off by political and labour opposition. An earlier
panel had recommended selling a 30 per cent stake in phases along with some
other proposals to improve performance which has been under strain from private
sector competitors. The new telecoms ministry panel will take inputs from BSNL
employees association before submitting its report, the statement said.
Revision of revised tariff plan for service Broadband connections to JAG and
above officers: BSNL has
issued orders for revised tariff plans for service Broadband connections to JAG
and above officers w.e.f.1.7.2010.
Appointment of JAOs under 40% quota:
BSNL has issued orders conveying approval for appointment
of JAOs undergoing 4 weeks training w.e.f.14.6.2010 in various Training Centres.
Formal appointment orders will be issued by concerned Circles.
of Family Pension to the dependant family members of Govt. Servants/Pensioners
reported missing: Dept. of
Pension and Pensioners' Welfare has modified its earlier orders and has decided
that Family Pension to eligible family members of a Govt. Servant reported
missing or whose whereabouts are not known, may be sanctioned after a period of
six months from the date of registration of FIR with Police. View
Refund spectrum fees, says Raja:
Communications and Information Technology Minister A. Raja
has urged Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to refund spectrum fee paid by two
state-owned telecom firms — BSNL and MTNL – keeping in mind their social
commitments of providing connectivity to villages and far-flung areas. They have
both paid over Rs.29,000 crore for 3G and hi-speed broadband spectrum. “BSNL is
the only service provider giving connectivity to the far-flung rural areas. The
service rendered by BSNL in the rural areas of the country cannot be
replicated,” Mr. Raja said in letter to the Finance Minister. Notably, BSNL and
MTNL have also sought refund of the spectrum chargers from the government.
Quoting the New Telecom Policy, 1999, Mr. Raja said erstwhile DoT (now BSNL) was
not required to pay an entry fee for cellular mobile licences, which were
bundled with initial spectrum of 4.4 Mhz. (The Hindu)
CHQ writes to CMD BSNL to withdraw the orders calling for ACRs of 7 years in
connection with DPC for regularisation of STS (Adhoc):
'But DoP&T has already clarified vide its O.M.
No.2201/7/98 - Estt(D) dated 6.10.2000, that, “The DPC should assess the
suitability of the employees on the basis of their service records with
particular reference to ACRs of 5 preceding years irrespective of the qualifying
service prescribed in the Service/Recruitment Rules.”
CHQ writes to Minister of Communications on Efforts to secure contract for
providing National Data Network backbone to UIDAI:
'But BSNL is in a better and advanced position than the
RailTel and could provide a stable and efficient network for UIDAI. Awarding
such a major project to BSNL will also help BSNL to come out of the difficult
of HPL against shortfall in EL for encashment of leave for employees absorbed in
/ recruited by BSNL: BSNL has
issued orders extending this benefit to BSNL absorbed and BSNL recruited
Executives and Non-Executives.
Grant of Transport Allowance to employees having official accommodation within 1
KM of office: BSNL has issued
orders removing the restriction for payment of Transport Allowance to employees
having official accommodation within 1 KM of office or within a campus housing
the work place or residence.
Payment of composite Transfer Grant in revised pay:
BSNL has issued orders for payment of Composite Transfer
Grant in revised pay for different categories of employees. View
Grant of Training Allowance in revised rates:
BSNL has revised Training Allowance from 7.5% to 11% of
of Personal Pay for passing the examination of Hindi Teaching Scheme:
BSNL has issued orders orders on Hindi Personal Pay in
chargesheets Reliance Infocomm officials: 'The
case relates to manipulation and tampering of calling lines identification of
ISD calls by Reliance Infocomm, passing off international calls as local ones
and causing loss to the government and its PSUs, BSNL and MTNL, worth several
crores of rupees.'
Management Services Recruitment Rules amended:
Amendment has been issued by BSNL to BSNL MS RR as per our
request, extending the provision made in Telecom Operations and Telecom Finance
wings to Civil, Electrical, Architectural wings also. Now SDE equivalents in
these wings will be eligible for promotion to STS equivalent posts as per the RR
[This issue was also first raised by AIBSNLOA only immediately after notification
of BSNL MS RR on 14-7-2009 and regularly followed up.
View AIBSNLOA letters dated
to STS (Telecom) on adhoc basis:
BSNL has issued orders of promotion and posting of SDE
(Telecom) to STS (Telecom) on adhoc basis.