Site updated on 11.03.2014
Improper implementation of BSNL Transfer Policy in Tamilnadu Electrical Zone, which includes Chennai Telephone Electrical Circle:
AIBSNLOA had drawn the attention of PGM (Electrical) BSNL CO about Improper implementation of BSNL Transfer Policy in Tamilnadu Electrical Zone and had requested
issue of instructions to strictly implement the order dated 29/10/2013.
View AIBSNLOA letter
PGM (E) has now addressed CGMs Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones for implementation of guidelines issued on 26.10.2010 and 29.10.2013
Now, Vodafone comes under Intelligence Agencies’ radar for leaking information to Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters:
'“It is a serious charge. If the MHA had this information, I do not know how 100% FDI for the company was approved. In fact, its earlier equity structure was also debatable and under scrutiny,” said a former Intelligence official.'
Regular promotion to EE Civil grade - VC and ACR called for:
BSNL CO has called for VC and ACR for 119 Executives for promotion to EE Civil grade on regular basis.
Verification of Engineering Degree qualification of Executives in SDE Civil grade:
BSNL CO has called for verification of Engineering Degree qualification in respect of 71 SDEs (Civil).
Joining date on Adhoc and Regular basis of Regular STS (Telecom)
Executive of BSNL - inviting objections/discrepancies:
BSNL CO has circulated a list of 364 Regular STS (Telecom) with their date of joining on adhoc and regular basis, inviting objections
/discrepancies if any.
Tenure transfers in SDE (T) grade:
BSNL CO has issued two sets of transfer orders for SDEs (T) who have completed their tenure and for their substitutes.
Revised Scheme and Syllabus for Limited Internal competitive Examination (LICE) for filling up posts in the cadre of Junior
Accounts officer under both 40% and 10% quota - corrigendum:
'In Para 1.1 of Annexure to the letter ‘The examination will consist of 2 papers having two parts
each’ may be read as under: “The examination will be of objective type with negative marking and it
will consist of 2 papers having two parts each.”'
Meeting with GM (SR):
GS met GM (SR) and had discussions on various issues presently agitating the minds of the Executives.
1.Approval of pay scales at par with MTNL employees: We explained that BSNL employees were offered lower pay scales than their counterparts
in MTNL in view of the Government Pension assured to them under Rule 37A of Pension rules. Now that MTNL employees have been granted Government pension under the same rule, it would be just and fair that BSNL employees are granted the higher scales at par with MTNL employees. GM (SR) was in agreement with our request but said that
a decision however has to be taken during the next pay revision.
2. E2 and E3 sacles for JTOs and SDEs and equivalents: We conveyed our strong opinion that Management should have sorted out genuine grievances of its Executives without allowing the issues to precipitate. GM (SR) hoped that a solution would be arrived at once the committee finalises its recommendeation.
3. Pension for BSNL recruited employees: We requested that the Management should have a more human approach so as to implement the DPE guidelines. GM (SR) again said that the committee constituted for the purpose will seriously deliberate on this matter.
4.Resolution of seniority issues on the basis of recent DoP&T guidelines: We said that unless the DPC for promotion and the Examination for Direct Recruitment are held every year, there will be no end to the seniority issues and consequent court cases. We requested that a calendar has to be drawn every year for holding of various examinations and holding of DPCs and scrupulously adhered to. GM (SR) agreed to convey our suggestion to all the concerned authorities.
Meeting with DGM (SR):
GS met DGM (SR) today and enquired about the commencement of process of membership verification of BSNL Executives' Associations.
DGM (SR) informed us that the notification for conducting the verification is likely to be delayed, in view of various points raised further
by the Associations, which are being examined.
Meeting with DGM (Pers):
GS met DGM (Pers) today and discussed regarding permanent retention of those DEs who have been retained upto 31.3.2014 in their parent circles.
DGM (Pers) said that a decision on the policy to be followed is yet to be taken. On holding of DPCs for DGM (T) on adhoc basis, DE on regular basis and
SDE (T), he said that these DPCs have been stalled due to different court cases. We requested him to consider obtaining legal opinion for holding the said DPCs early since the VCs already collected in respect of DE Regular and DGM Adhoc promotions will expire on 18.3.2014. DGM (Pers) has agreed to consider our request.
Special discount scheme for serving/retired employees of BSNL under EVDO and NIC postpaid data plan:
BSNL has introduced Special discount scheme for serving/retired employees of BSNL under EVDO and NIC postpaid data plan
effective from 15.3.2014.
Gazette notification for revision of interest for GPF:
Dept. of Economic Affairs has issue Gazette Notification that during the year 2014-2015, accumulations
at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall
carry interest at the rate of 8.7% (Eight point seven per cent) per annum. This rate will be in
force during the financial year beginning on 1.4.2014.
Promotion and posting as DE/AGM on regular basis:
BSNL CO has issued orders promoting two Executives as DE/AGM on regular basis.
Posting on promotion as DE on adhoc basis - retention orders:
BSNL CO has issued orders retaining one Executive in CHTD upto 30.9.2014.
Inter-se-seniority of Direct Recruits and Promotees:
In pursuance of Hon'ble Supreme Court judgment 0n 27.11.2012, DoP&T has issued instructions that conferment of seniority would be
against the Recruitment Year in which the recruitment process is initiated for filling up of the vacancies.
View DoP&T O.M.
Central Civil Services (Pension) Second Amendment Rules 2014:
Government has published Gazette Notification amending CCS (Pension) Rules to the effect that provisions under Rule 37A will be applicable
to MTNL in addition to BSNL, w.e.f. 1.10.2000.
View Gazette Notification
Inclusion of SC/ST category and minority community members in the Selection Board/Committees:
Refering to a DoP&T O.M. dated 4.6.2010, BSNL has requested all circles/units to observe the guidelines in the composition of
Selection Boards/Committees to include a representative belonging to minority community.
Introduction of new Standalone Broadband Plan in all Telecom Circles:
BSNL has introduced new Standalone Broadband plan ‘BBG ULD 795’ in all telecom circles.
View plan details
Looking Beyond - The gas price conundrum:
'Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) had claimed it would produce 80 million metric standard cubic meter per day (mmscmd) of gas and even went ahead and built a cross-country pipeline from the KG D-6 well to transport this quantity. Gas output from KG D-6 never reached anywhere near 80 mmscmd in all the four years since the well commenced production. Currently, production is only around 13 mmscmd. The government, instead of enforcing the contract and ensuring that the operator delivers the promised volumes, not to mention penalising the operator for causing extensive losses to stranded gas consumers, has chosen to double KG D-6 gas prices hoping to cajole RIL to ramp up gas production from KG D-6 to its promised levels. The decision, which according to the AAP will deliver a further Rs.53,000 crore into RIL’s coffers, is not just ill-advised, but unconscionable.'
Revised Scheme and Syllabus for JAO LICE:
BSNL CO has circulated Revised Scheme and Syllabus for Limited Internal
competitive Examination (LICE) for filling up posts in the cadre of Junior
Accounts officer under both 40% and 10% quota.
Promotion and posting in SDE (Civil) grade:
BSNL CO has issued promotion and posting orders in SDE (Civil) grade on regular basis.
7th Central Pay Commission:
'The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution. It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised. The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.'
Furnishing of information regarding disclosure of APARs, in connection with
promotion to the grade of DGM on ad-hoc basis in Telecom Finance:
BSNL CO has requested circles to furnish a report regarding disclosure of
ACR/APAR gradings in respect of executives (mentioned in enclosed list) in compliance with the
existing guidelines on the subject.
Operation timings of CSC under Project Smile:
Reviewing its earlier decision on timings of CSCs, BSNL CO has decided that operation timing of various CSCs may be decided by respective CGMs
as per the requirement and availability of staff for smooth working of CSCs.
Revaluation of answer sheets in LICE:
BSNL CO has circulated the judgment of Hon'ble CAT Madras Bench on the subject.
Cabinet may discuss Rs 7,500 cr notional loan waiver of BSNL:
'Since the time of corporatisation of BSNL in October 2000, a 15-year notional loan has been showing in the financial books of loss making state-run telecom firm. The loan is being discharged at the rate of 14.5 per cent and penal interest of 2.75 per cent over and above normal rate interest rate.'
BSNL opposes TRAI’s recommendation of surrendering its CDMA spectrum:
'BSNL has claimed that TRAI’s proposal if accepted by DoT, will lead the loss-making operator to make additional investments worth Rs 3 billion by migrating the majority of its 10 million-plus CDMA customers to lower frequencies, thereby compromising on quality of the service.'
Payment of penslon contribution in respect of BSNL employees on actual pay drawn in IDA pay scales:
AIBSNLOA CHQ had addressed Secretary DoT on the above subject, submitting a copy to Shri P.Chidambaram, Minister of Finance. We had
specifically mentioned that "Since, the Hon'ble Minister of Finance happens to be the Chairman of
the Group of Ministers and has been also a party to the cabinet decision, there
should not be any difficulty in getting the concurrence of Ministry of Finance in
DoT's long pending proposal for allowing BSNL to pay pension contribution in
respect of its employees on the basis of actual pay drawn w.e.f. 1.1.2006."
View CHQ letter
Ministry of Finance - Dept. of Expenditure has forwarded our letter to DoT for appropriate action with a request to inform us suitably.
View letter from DoE
Compiling of ACR/APAR grading of Junior Accounts Officers/AAOs:
BSNL CO has requested all circles/units to take necessary action for compiling of ACR/APAR grading for a period of five years (i.e from 2008-09 to 2012-13), obtaining
disclosure certificate, completing appeal formalities, etc., if any, required in connection with holding of the CPC/DPC of all eligible Junior Accounts Officers/AAOs
so that the administration will be in a better position to hold CPC/DPC even at a short span of time.
REVISION OF PENSION FORMS:
DoP&PW has issued amendment to CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, substituting Form 3, Form 5, Form 7, Form 8, Form 10, Form 11, Form 12,
Form 13, Form 14, Form 18, Form 19, Form 20, Form 21, Form 22 and Form 24 with new forms.
PROMOTION AND POSTING IN DGM (T) GRADE ON ADHOC BASIS:
BSNL CO has issued orders of promotion and posting in DGM (T) grade on adhoc basis for one Executive.
7th CPC Terms of Reference to include DA Merger and Interim Relief:
In a bid to woo central government employees ahead of General Elections, the UPA government is expected to ask the seventh pay commission to consider merging 50% dearness allowance with basic pay of the employees. This will form part of the 7th CPC terms of reference (ToR), to be considered by the Cabinet this week. The Commission may suggest interim relief as well. Officials said the ToR of the Pay Commission categorically states that a proposal in this regard should be actively considered. The hikes will be all the more appealing as the Centre is expected to increase the dearness allowance by 10% to 100% by the end of February.
LOOKING BEYOND - FEMALE FOETICIDE IN INDIA:
'As said, female foeticide is an ever-growing menace in Indian societies, and there is ample evidence. Censuses and surveys bring about seriously threatening statistics and figures. According to the latest Census 2011, the overall sex ratio in India is 940 females per 1000 males. This may seem insignificant – why’s 60 less girls such a big issue? However, consider the massive population of India of over 1.22 billion, and do your math right and you’ll see the gravity of the situation. A deficit of 60 females per 1000 males, translates into a deficit of about 37 million (3.7 crore) females in India – and that is a huge figure.'
Constitution of High Level Committee on superannuation benefits of DR employees and pay parity/loss of pay of DR JTO/JAO:
BSNL Management has constituted a High Level Committee to relook and reassess the issues related to superannuation benefits of
DR employees and pay parity/loss of pay of DR JTO/JAO
Transfer and posting in DE/AGM grade:
BSNL CO has issued inter-circle transfer orders in DE/AGM grade.
Promotion and posting to DGM (T) grade on adhoc basis:
BSNL CO has issued orders promoting four Executives to DGM (T) grade on adhoc basis.
CHQ writes to GM (SR) on MTNL merger:
'What is the necessity and objective for merger and how it is proposed to be done?
Whether MTNL will remain a subsidiary company of BSNL or will it be merged in
consonance with the M&A Rules of Govt. of India?'
Tenure transfers in DE/AGM grade:
BSNL CO has issued orders of tenure transfers in DE/AGM grade.
JTO (Telecom) Induction Training Structure & Syllabus:
In partial modification of its letter dated 13.11.2013, BSNL CO has conveyed that The qualification, MSc (Electronics) has
been inadvertently included in the said letter, which is not an eligible qualification for JTO LICE as per RR of JTO.
Electronic Indian Postal Order - extension of service to Indian Citizens residing in India:
'Department of Posts has extended the "elPO" (electronic Indian Postal Order) service to Indian citizens residing in India also
w.e.f. 13.02.2014, for purchasing Indian Postal Order electronically by paying a fee online through e-Post Office Portal.
This facility has been provided for Indian citizens to facilitate them to seek information from the Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs)
under the RTI Act, 2005.'
Financial assistance for revival of ITI Limited:
'The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the revival plan of ITI Limited based on the recommendations of the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprise (BRPSE). The revival plan will be supported through financial restructuring by fund infusion of Rs. 4156.79 crore.'
Preparatory exercise for all india eligibility list of jto(t):
BSNL CO has circulated the names of 660 JTOs (T) in respect of whom the assessment details have not yet been received from circles.
Mandatory training under EPP - relaxation of drawal of second increment:
Based on the representation of Shri R.Duraisamy EE (Civil) being affected by provisions of Personnel section letter dated 4.4.2011 and
possibility of more such cases existing, BSNL CO has called for details from ALTTC Ghaziabad.
Closure of exchanges having less than 10 DELs:
BSNL CO has reiterated, that the instruction for authorization of SSA heads for closure of
exchanges having less than 10 DELS still stands.
BSNL CO has circulated comprehensive list of countries/codes with ISD tariff for various plans.
Ante-dating the date of effect of regular promotion in the grade of DE/AGM:
BSNL CO has approved ante-dating of date of effect of regular promotion in the grade of DE/AGM for three Executives.
Imparting all phases of induction training for JAOs at ALTTC Ghaziabad:
AIBSNLOA had taken up the issue vide its letter dated 27.12.2013 pointing out that "there is sufficient infra-structure and
required faculty strength for conducting JAO training at ALTTC Ghaziabad."
We had reported the same day that GM (Trg) had taken immediate action and had forwarded our letter on the subject by FAX
to CGM, ALTTC for necessary action and report. On 11.1.2014 we were informed that ALTTC will conduct JAO induction training
and the first batch will commence on 3rd February 2014. Now BSNL CO has addressed CGM NATFM, Hyderabad to include ALTTC
Ghaziabad for imparting induction training to JAOs henceforth.
The letter says, "On demand from the Staff Associations, ALTTC Ghaziabad has expressed their willingness for
imparting JAO induction training at their training centre." It may be noted that AIBSNLOA alone had raised this demand.
Paid media and analysts are misleading public and the government by calling the current auction “winner’s curse":
'Let us check the facts first. In 2001, when the customer base was only 25 lakh and tariff was Rs 6 a minute, the spectrum contributed only 80 paise per minute to the tariff at the best. The same spectrum is being used even now when the customer base is anything between 50 and 60 crores. This is nearly 200 times of the then customer base in 2001. '
Looking Beyond - Criminal records of the current Lok Sabha members:
'The rules laid out in the Representation of the People Act of 1951 state that persons convicted of a criminal offence for 2 years or more shall lose their seat, and be disqualified from contesting elections till 6 years after release. As one might expect, this has led to a very low conviction rate for members of Parliament. In several instances, charges related to serious crimes such as assault, murder, rioting, kidnapping, etc, have been pending in the courts.'
TRANSFER AND POSTING IN SDE (CIVIL) GRADE:
BSNL CO has issued transfer and posting orders in SDE (Civil) grade.
CHQ WRITES TO GM (SR) REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER OF BSNL AND MTNL:
'Most importantly, BSNL Management and its employees should ‘Stand as One’ to resist any plan by the DoT/the Government, which is detrimental to the growth and development of BSNL.'
CHQ WRITES TO GM (SR) ON CONDUCT OF MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION OF BSNL EXECUTIVES' ASSOCIATIONS:
'In our letter we had requested that, “All participating associations should be extended equal facilities with the two associations already enjoying the facilities at least for one year prior to the date of verification through secret ballot. This is for the sake of equality and justice and also to allow level playing field to all. Otherwise, it will be an uneven competition.”'
BSNL's outstanding dues runs in hundreds of crores:
'Arrears for basic services far exceed the amount due on account of wireless services in the case of both the telcos. For BSNL's basic services, the maximum amount pending is against subscribers in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.'
Centre to probe alleged hacking of BSNL network by Huawei:
'In a major incident of national security breach, India’s top intelligence agencies and Department of Telecom is all set to jointly launch an investigation into the alleged role of Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei in hacking into Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)’s network and sabotaging its expansion plans in Rajahmundry in coastal Andhra Pradesh.'
CHQ writes to GM (FP) on relieving of Accounts & Finance Executives on transfer back to their parent circles:
'Many of these Executives have not been relieved from the present circles even six
months after issue of transfer orders. This is one of the reasons that deter the Accounts
& Finance Executives from accepting long stay transfers to other circles.'[GS handed over the letter to GM (FP) in person and requested
his intervention in early relieving of these Executives. GM (FP) has agreed to do the needful.]
TRANSFER AND POSTING IN EE (CIVIL) GRADE:
BSNL CO has issued transfer and posting orders in EE (Civil) grade.
CHQ submits its views for modifications in proposed Revision of JTO RR:
CHQ has submitted its views on modifications required in the proposed Revision of JTO Recruitment Rules.
MERGER OF BSNL AND MTNL:
BSNL has called for the views of all unions and associations on different aspects of merger of BSNL and MTNL. Please go through
the document and submit your views to email@example.com
CANCELLATION OF DE (ADHOC) PROMOTION:
BSNL CO has cancelled the promotion orders in respect of those Executives who have foregone the promotion.
Tenure transfers in SDE (T) grade:
BSNL CO has issued transfer orders to 17 SDEs (T) as substitutes to 17 Executives who have completed their tenure and
already stand transferred/posted as DE (Adhoc) on promotion.
Composition of 7th Central Pay Commission:
The Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram has issued the following statement: “The Prime Minister has approved the composition of the 7th Central Pay Commission as follows: 1. Shri Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur (Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal) - Chairman; 2. Shri Vivek Rae (Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas) - Member (Full Time); 3. Dr. Rathin Roy (Director, NIPFP) - Member (Part Time); 4. Smt. Meena Agarwal (OSD, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance) - Secretary." (PIB)
Action taken report (ATR) on the minutes of the 23rd Meeting of SCOVA (Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies):
In respect of merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners, DoT has mentioned in the ATR, thus:
"A proposal was sent by D/o Telecom on 20.12.2013. D/o P&PW has communicated its 'No Objection' to the proposal subject to the approval of
Dept. of Expenditure. D/o Telecom has referred the proposal to D/o Expenditure on 8.1.2014. Approval of D/o Expenditure is awaited by
Medical facilities to ITS officers deployed in BSNL:
Modifying its earlier orders BSNL CO has issued orders extending BSNL MRS facility as available to all
BSNL employees to the deployed ITS officers till a final decision is taken by DoT regarding CGHS facility.
The February 2014 Auction of Spectrum in 1800 MHz and 900 MHz Band Begins - 4 Rounds of Bidding Already Completed:
The Auction of spectrum in the 1800 MHz and 900 MHz band began here today morning at 9 A.M. Till now, four rounds of bidding have been completed. Bids have been received in all 22 Service Areas in 1800 MHz band and in all 3 Service Areas in 900 MHz band. Thus, bidding has taken place in all the Service Areas in both bands. (PIB)