31.10.2010:Random testing of telecom tower
radiations to start next month:
Worried about reports of a clear link between serious ailments and strong
radiation emanating from mobile towers, the government has taken a tough stance
and will start random testing of towers next month, with a huge penalty proposed
in case of non-compliance with norms. (ET)
29.10.2010:CABINET MEMO FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF
PRE-2007 BSNL PENSIONERS:
Finally, the Cabinet Memo proposing revision of
pension of the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners has been sent for approval of
the cabinet. (AIBSNLREA)
28.10.2010:BSNL plans $3.5 billion tender:
'This contract will provide the company with sufficient capacity till 2013.“To
take care of the long-term expansion requirements, BSNL has planned to expand
its mobile network by a capacity of 20 million lines each in 2011-12 and
2012-13,” the telco said in its status report that was sent to the telecom
department earlier this month.'
27.10.2010:Maximum amount of leave encashable at
the time of retirement:
BSNL has issued orders that the leave encashed at the time
of LTC will not be deducted from the overall accumulation limit of 300 days
encashable at the time of retirement. Encashment will be allowed upto ten days
earned leave at the time of availing LTC to the extent of 60 days during the
26.10.2010:Notes to Accounts (Schedule U of BSNL
Financial Statement for the period ending 31-3-2010):
Read the Notes...
24.10.2010:TRAI to examine DoT proposal to merge
Circles into one Zone: 'Trai
will examine a recent Department of Telecom (DoT) proposal to merge all 22
telecom circles in the country into a single service area, a move that could
lead to the end of costly roaming charges for Indian mobile phone users, an
official said on Sunday.'
22.10.2010:Increase in IDA w.e.f. 1.10.2010:
BSNL has endorsed DPE orders revising IDA w.e.f. 1.10.2010 by 4.7% from 35.1% to
View BSNL endorsement...
21.10.2010:Increase in IDA w.e.f. 1.10.2010:
DPE has issued orders for increase in IDA w.e.f. from 1.10.2010, by 4.7% from
35.1% to 39.8%.
21.10.2010:CABINET MEMO FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF
PRE-2007 BSNL PENSIONERS:
The Cabinet Memo proposing revision of pension of the
pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners is likely to be sent for approval of the
cabinet within the next few days.
20.10.2010:Inter-circle transfers in STS (Telecom):
BSNL has issued inter-circle transfer orders in STS (Telecom) grade.
adds highest number of new mobile subscribers in September:
BSNL managed to add the highest number of new mobile subscribers in September
with 2.34 million additions. This is the first time since many years that BSNL
has managed to achieve this feat.
Uninor followed BSNL in adding the highest number of new subscribers with 2.17
million additions. Market leader Bharti Airtel added 2 million while Vodafone
Essar managed 1.7 million. Let us keep it up.
18.10.2010:CHQ writes to CMD on Predicament of SDE
grade of Civil/Electrical/Architecture wing in BSNL on denial of promotion to EE
grade in respect of non-graduates:
'Recently, BSNL on 12.10.2010 has extended the relaxation in
qualifications specified for all other streams in BSNL by inserting clauses as
Note 4, 5 and 6 below Note 3 of Schedule ID of the said BSNL MS RR. Thus
Executives in all the streams in BSNL viz. Telecom Operations, Telecom Finance,
Telecom Factory, the CSS/CSSS cadres and others will be eligible for promotion
to STS grade irrespective of qualification on the date of notification BSNL MS
RR, i.e. 14.7.2009, whereas the Executives of Civil/Electrical/Architect stream
will continue to be denied their due promotion to STS grade.'
15.10.2010:Guidelines for issue of two separate
medical cards: BSNL has
decided two separate medical cards one for the employee and the other for the
family members residing in some other city.
15.10.2010:Revised cut-off date for joining on
promotion to STS Adhoc: BSNL
has issued orders extending the cut-off date upto 15th November 2010 for joining
on promotion to STS (Telcom) on adhoc basis.
12.10.2010:CHQ writes to the Secretary DPE on
Non-grant of benefit of merger of 50% IDA with basic pay for fitment purpose in
BSNL: 'The DPE, which is the
authority in deciding issues related to pay revision of all CPSE employees
cannot absolve itself of its responsibility and remain a silent spectator.'
fixation of JTO (Civil) and equivalent cadres of Civil Engineering Stream on
grant of financial upgradation of 1st ACP:
BSNL has issued orders bringing JE (C) with 1st ACP to the upgraded IDA pay
scale of Rs.11875-17275. View
to BSNL Management Services Recruitment Rules:
BSNL has issued amendment to BSNL MS RR by inserting
additional clauses 4, 5 and 6 in Schedule ID.
Time limit for framing rules and regulations on conversion of Govt.
Department into PSUs/autonomous/statutory body:
DoP&T has issued instructions that, "where there is a
conversion of a Government Department into PSUs/autonomous/statutory body, there
must be a time frame within which a new body shall frame its rules and
regulations. At the end of this period, all employees on deemed deputation
should have opted either to be permanently absorbed in the new organisation or
revert to the Government."
10.10.2010:R.K.Upadhyay to head BSNL as CMD:
R K Upadhyay ITS 1975 who is presently serving as CMD, Telecommunications
Consultants India Limited (TCIL) will reportedly take over as CMD of BSNL this
07.10.2010:Supply of 3G Data Cards:
AIBSNLOA (alone) had sought the attention of CMD through its letter dated
letter] that "the field units are facing
acute problems due to short supply of 3 G Data Cards when there is a
considerable demand for it in the market." and had requested to "ensure smooth
supply of 3-G data cards so that we can take the advantage of being the lone
service provider of 3-G Services and capture the market before entry of other
service providers in this field." BSNL has today issued a circular to all
Circles stating that, "complaints were received from various circle, unions and
associations regarding poor availability of Data cards. .....now sufficient data
cards are available." "...we need to capture market and make full use of our
first mover advantage."
View Circular... view
06.10.2010:BSNL threatens to stop WiMax roll out
across rural India:
'The state-owned telecom company has written to the
telecom department it is against rolling out services on the WiMAX technological
platform without adequate financial support.'
04.10.2010:CHQ writes to CMD on Wrong
interpretation of clarification in Executive Promotion Policy:
'The condition of “completion of 6 years (maximum period) in the same IDA scale”
has been misinterpreted by some Circles like West Bengal/Kolkatta Telephones
District and time bound upgradation is being implemented only after completion
of 6 years irrespective of the fact that the pay in the current IDA scale has
crossed / touched the lowest of the higher IDA scale in four / five years.'
Transfers in STS (T) grade:
BSNL has issued transfer orders to the STS (T) who have
completed their tenure.
01.10.2010: DoT amends NLD, ILD licence policies:
Department of telecommunications (DoT) has amended
national long distance (NLD) and international long distance (ILD) licences
incorporating a clause that puts onus on the operators for security of the
networks. The operators will be imposed a penalty of Rs 50 crore in case a
security breach is detected in case of purchase of equipment.The DoT also said
that the companies (operators) shall work towards a phased plan to take over the
maintenance of the equipment -- the operation and maintenance of licencees'
networks shall be entirely by Indian engineers, and dependence on foreign
engineers shall be minimal and/or almost nil within a period of 2-3 years from
the date of this amendment. (TT)