Meeting with GM (Rectt): We
met GM (Rectt) to know the progress made in revaluation of answer sheets of
candidates who had scored a few marks less than the qualifying marks in LDCE for promotion to SDE held in
2007. GM (Rectt) informed us that he hoped to convey the results within a
week or two.
revision of bond amount for newly recruited/appointed JTOs:
BSNL vide its letter No.5-6/2009-Pers IV dated 30th
November 2009 has modified Para 6 of Bond Agreement for newly
recruited/appointed JTOs thereby revising the bond amount from the present
Rs.85,000/- to Rs.2 lakhs.
Mobile phones without IMEI number will go useless from December 1:
Millions of mobile phones without unique identification
numbers will stop ringing tomorrow, as the deadline by the government to
operatros to block calls to such devices on security concerns is expiring on
November 30. The 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number
helps security agencies trace calls made from and received on handsets. The
number, which represents the manufacturer's name, and type of the phone is
automatically registered with the mobile service provider as soon as the phone
is activated. In the wake of increased threat perception from terrorists, the
Department of Telecom had asked operators not to allow calls to be completed on
handsets without the IMEI number after November 30. (ET)
Eligibility for STS in Electrical wing:
BSNL issues a clarification that JE (Electricals) who were
appointed in DoT on the basis of Dip. in Mechanical/Electronics, later promoted
as SDE (E) and became Graduate Engineers in Mechanical/Electronics will also be
eligible for STS promotion in Electrical wing as per BSNL MS RR.
writes to Secretary DPE on non-adherence of DPE guidelines on austerity by BSNL:
'The PGM or GM will be the user of the vehicle and will be entitled for a
reimbursement (per month) of an amount of Rs.5000 and Rs.4000 respectively for
driving charges and cost of 120 litres and 100 litres of fuel respectively. The
officers will carry the vehicle with them on transfer and shall become owners of
the vehicle on retirement by paying the pre-closure charges.'
1.DPE letter on austerity
2.DPE letter on Perks
3.BSNL circular on
4.BSNL circular on empanelled hotels.]
Clarifications on Encashment of Earned Leave while availing LTC:
DoP&T has issued clarifications making the employees
eligible for encashment of leave while availing LTC facility of the spouse.
DGM Direct Recruitment Examination dates announced:
Consequent to reported vacation of stay in Allahabad CAT,
BSNL has announced revised date for conduct of DGM Direct Recruitment
Examination. The examination will now be held on 3rd January 2010.
Meeting with GM (Pers):
GS met GM (Pers) today and discussed the following issues:
1. Modification/Cancellation of a few Inter-circle
transfers in STS cadre already brought to the notice of GM (Pers):
GM (Pers) informed that the file is now pending with CMD.
2. Approval of E2 & E3 scales for JTOs & SDEs and
GM (Pers) said that the issue was being considered by DoT.
Similarly the issue of anomaly in pay fixation in revised scales for JTOs and
equivalent cadres appointed/promoted after 1.1.2007, was said to be pending with
DoT. 3. Regularisation of remaining STS Adhoc and
further promotion to STS regular:
GM (Pers) expressed helplessness in view of the pending
court cases. 4. Deficiencies in BSNL MS RR, MT RR:
Again GM (Pers) sought to take shelter behind the plea
that the issue is sub-judice and no decision can be taken by the management on
any of the issue raised by us, including the discriminatory provisions regarding
Civil/Electrical wing. 5.
Filling up SC/ST vacancies in SDE on promotion from JTO
cadre: GS reiterated that this issue needs to be
resolved early. GM (Pers) while agreeing to do the needful, requested our
help in locating SDEs whose present circle is not known, for promotion to STS.
The list of such SDEs has been released by BSNL. Circle Secretaries and members
/ supporters are requested to provide the necessary information regarding these
View the list...
DOT’S PROPOSAL FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS ON CDA
DOT is yet to seek the official views of the concerned
Ministries for their incorporation in the proposed Cabinet Memo to seek its
approval for revision of pension of the absorbed DOT employees retired from
BSNL/MTNL on CDA pattern. We had earlier reported that DOT may move further on
the proposal only after some discussions are held at the highest level. As we
have learned that there was a discussion between CMD of BSNL and MTNL with
Member (F) in the first week of this month. This was followed by a meeting taken
by Secretary (T) with ITS Association on 5th November 2009.
As all know that revision of pension on CDA pattern is an
ITS demand and some Executives’ Associations, two from BSNL and one from MTNL,
including some non-Executives’ Unions had lent their support to this demand of
ITS Officers terming it as their “genuine concern” [View letter].
It is gathered that during this meeting Secretary (T) wanted to be sure whether
the ITS Officers would take absorption or not in case the Government agrees for
revision of pension on CDA pattern. It is said that during the meeting ITSA
placed many demands like continuation of CDA pay scales, revision of pension on
CDA pattern, absorption from prospective date, removal of DPE norm on ceiling
for perks/allowances, special pays and many other demands which were earlier
rejected even at the cabinet level. The Official side is understood to have
expressed difficulties to move to the cabinet again on all the proposals which
were rejected earlier and asked the Association to identify only two/three
specific issues which could be again taken up with cabinet. The Association
thereafter asked three weeks time to respond to this. Accordingly, they are
supposed to clear their position by this month end. In case the ITS Association
creates the condition to continue the present stalemate to remain on deputation,
DOT might not move further to seek cabinet approval for revision of pension on
CDA pattern and may even move to DPE/DOP&PW regarding revision of pension on IDA
pattern. Thus, we hopefully expect that the position in the matter of revision
of pension will be clear by December 2009. [Courtesy:
MoD to vacate 25 MHz of 3G spectrum as stalemate ends:
'The auctions for 3G spectrum may finally happen as
scheduled with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Department of Telecom (DoT)
reaching to conclusive talks and agreements.'
Commercial launch of 3G in Chennai:
Even as private telecom operators are slugging it out in
the ongoing ‘pricing strategy’ , state-run telecom operator BSNL seems to have
pushed the limits of the ‘first mover’ advantage of rolling out 3G services. The
company launched an extremely aggressive pricing of 30 paise per minute for
local and 50 paise for STD video calls, making it as cheap as the current
pricing existing in the market. (TNN)
Rs.19 to retain mobile number:
Telecom regulator TRAI has fixed Rs.19 as portability fee
to be charged from users for changing operator while retaining the number.
By December 31, operators should ready their network for porting of numbers in
Tariff war, new players put state telcos in a spot:'A
section of BSNL’s top executives are also of the view that ‘vested parties’ were
behind the move by certain vendors who had dragged the PSU to court delaying its
expansion plans. They also add that in 2006 and 2007, the company matched
India’s biggest and most valuable phone firm Bharti Airtel in subscriber
additions, but meddling since then had resulted in growth stagnating.'
[The above quoted portion reflects
our view conveyed in our letter dated 16.11.2009 to Prime Minister - Editor]
Read our letter again...
All India GSM Subscriber figures for October 2009:
BSNL has achieved the lowest growth rate among all the
operators during October 2009.
Holding of pre-Recruitment training for JAO Examination for SC/ST candidates:
BSNL has now decided that, instead of holding
pre-recruitment training centrally, the Circles will make arrangement to prepare
necessary study materials based on the JAO Part II syllabus and to arrange
pre-recruitment training for SC/ST candidates. It is learnt that a total
of around 30000 candidates (all categories) will be appearing for the JAO Part
II Examination. The unusually large number of candidates is said to be the
reason for rescheduling the examination to January 2010.
Transfer orders in STS (Telecom):
Consequent on transfer of Level 1 TAX from STR to Chennai
Telephones, transfer orders have been issued by BSNL in STS cadre.
with GM (Rectt):
CHQ President Com.J.K.Mishra and GS Com.V.P.Arya met GM (Rectt)
regarding the revaluation of mark sheet of candidates who had scored just one or
two marks less than the qualifying marks in the LDCE for promotion to SDE held
in the year 2007. GM (Rectt) has assured that the process will be
completed before notifying the next LDCE for promotion to SDE.
CHQ has written to Prime Minister of India yesterday on BSNL’s falling revenues
and absence of any sincere effort to change course of the way BSNL is being
managed – Concern thereof: "The decline in revenue is
being wrongly attributed to increase in wages of the employees and large scale
surrender of landline telephones. It is unfortunate that the powers-that-be do
not focus the real reasons behind the present position of BSNL. We would like to
bring to your kind notice the following few issues, though there are many, which
are to be addressed with all seriousness to have a turn-around for the company".
BSNL issues SDE promotion orders to 5 more JTOs under 2/3rd quota of vacancies.
may meet BSNL top brass to check plummeting revenue:
Concerned over BSNL's falling revenues, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to meet the top brass of the telecom PSU and
Communication and IT Minister A Raja to look into causes and find ways to
improve performance. A senior BSNL official said that the Department of Telecom
has asked BSNL to be prepared for such a meeting with the Prime Minister. (PTI)
Provision of STD facility to all Executives in Residential Service Telephone:
BSNL has issued orders for providing STD facility to all
Executives who do not have this facility in their Residential Service Telephone,
3G service mobile for DGM and above Executives:
BSNL has issued orders for providing 3G service mobile
connections to Executives of DGM and above levels.
of all cases on MT RR to Principal CAT, Delhi:
BSNL has instructed all Circles not to file counter reply
before various CATs as 'it has been decided by the competent authority to
transfer all cases on the subject matter to Principal CAT New Delhi to have a
common judgment in this matter.' A total of 15 cases are reported to have
been filed in various CATs.
DoT, Defence scrap over 3G Spectrum:
“DoT and defence ministry have both been claiming some
spectrum as their own…we have already accounted for that spectrum because it is
being used by BSNL and MTNL and cannot therefore be added in the IM,” a senior
DoT official told Business Standard on condition of anonymity.
CAT New Delhi directs BSNL to fix the pay under FR 22 (I) (a)(1) instead of under
FR 35 for TTAs officiating as JTOs: We had
taken up the issue with CMD BSNL vide out letter
No.AIBSNLOA/CHQ/2009/38 dt. 30.7.2009
(view letter...) requesting him to
cause issue of necessary orders allowing
pay fixation under FR 22 (I) (a)(1) for the TTAs officiating as JTOs, in accordance
with the directions of Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench, Kerala. Mean while
some TTA comrades had approached Principal CAT, New Delhi for direction on this
Principal CAT New Delhi has today
reportedly directed BSNL to fix their pay under FR 22 (I)(a)(1) from the year 2005.
Open Competitive Examination 2009:
BSNL has notified recruitment of 1000 JAOs through Open
Competitive Examination on All India basis.
HC pulls up Government over license issue: 'The Delhi High
Court on Monday pulled up the government for its decision to advance the cut-off
date for allotment of telecom licences to new operators in January 2008 on a
first-come, first-serve basis.'
Airtel way ahead in NLD, ILD market:
'Bharti Airtel’s revenues from NLD services at the end of
September 30, 2009 are at Rs 1500.96 crore while the nearest competitor, BSNL
has revenues of Rs 828.56 crore.'
Secretary, AIBSNLOA MP Circle seeks legal remedy against BSNL MS RR, MTRR and
Com.G.P.Patel, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLOA MP Circle, along
with some other officers, has filed an application in CAT Jabalpur, seeking
annulling of BSNL MS RR, MTRR, DGM RR and also BSNL Executive Promotion Policy
which are against the terms and conditions offered at the time of calling for
options for absorption in BSNL. An interim relief seeking stay of the operation
of these RRs has also been filed last month.
notice to Trai, RCom, Tata Teleservises, Vodafone others:'The
Supreme Court has issued notice to 11 parties, including TRAI, Reliance
Communications, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar, on a petition by state-run
BSNL challenging removal of Access Deficit Charge (ADC), a levy paid by private
telecom operators for funding the PSU's operations in rural and remote areas.'
BSNL introduces per-second billing plan:
BSNL has announced the launch of per-second billing plan,
joining a host of mobile phone operators who have already introduced such tariff
scheme. Under the new billing plan, the users can make local and STD calls
within BSNL network at the rate of one paisa per second, BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal
said. Another plan that has also been introduced allows local and STD calls to
any network at 49 paise per minute, he added. The 49 paise/minute call is
expected to help BSNL grab more users and take on the competition, as it takes
the tariff to new low as far as STD calls are concerned. (PTI)
writes to Secretary, DoT requesting his intervention in settling anomaly in pay
fixation in revised IDA scales for JTOs/JAOs/Assistants and equivalent cadres
consequent to Revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL Executives:'We
therefore request you to kindly intervene and advise CMD BSNL to bring relief to
the affected Executives by getting orders issued similar to the G.O.258 of Govt.
of Tamilnadu, in respect of the BSNL Executives.'
06.11.2009 (1315 Hrs):Postponement
of JAO Part II Examination:
06.11.2009 (1100 Hrs): Postponement
of JAO Part II Examination:
The JAO Part II Examination scheduled to be held on 30th
November, 1st and 2nd December 2009, is reportedly being postponed to January
4th, 5th and 6th of 2010. Orders are likely to be issued today.
CHQ writes to Secretary, DoT on Removal of disparity in pay scales of the BSNL
Executives: 'We had submitted
a proposal to BSNL which completely fits in the guidelines issued by Department
of Public Enterprises vide its No. 2(70)/08-DPE(WC)-GLVII/09 dated 02.04.2009
that there should not be any aberrations in the approved standard IDA pay scales
by proposing intermediary pay scales and existing aberrations are to be
eliminated. BSNL is yet to consider the proposal.'
writes to Secretary, DoT on Merger of 50% Dearness Relief with Basic Pension and
Revision of Pension consequent to Revision of IDA pay scales w.e.f. 1.1.2007 for
the absorbed BSNL Executives retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.12.2006:
'After your taking over as Secretary, DoT, we appeal to
you with renewed hopes to bestow your kind attention to the above two issues,
considering the predicament faced by BSNL absorbed pensioners and to cause issue
of orders at the earliest.'
asks BSNL to re-tender mega GSM contract amidst lack of competition:'While
in the past, DoT is seen to be hampering the day-to-day decision-making process
of BSNL, in the present case, the DoT’s concerns have some valid reasoning.'
surpass 500 mn user base target a year in advance:'The
Indian telecom industry surpassed the target of 500 million mobile and landline
subscribers in September, a year in advance, even as both the segments recorded
a drop in monthly additions in September compared with the previous month, as
per figures released by telecom regulator Trai.'
charges to be reduced further:
Amid the ongoing price wars in the telecom sector that has
resulted in a drop in call rates to record lows of 1 paise/second,
communications minister A Raja today proposed further reductions in mobile
tariffs by lowering the termination rates. (Reuters)
Amendment to JTO Recruitment Rules 2001:
BSNL has amended the JTO Recruitment Rules 2001, reducing
the prescribed regular service for appearing in Limited Internal competitive
Examination from 10 years to 7 years.
may lose 'lowest bidder' status for BSNL's Rs 900-cr IT deal:
'In what could affect HCL Infosystems’ ‘lowest bidder’
status for BSNL’s Rs 900-crore IT outsourcing contract for the northern region,
rival bidders and other officials familiar with the decision making are crying
foul over the shortlisting process for awarding the contract.'
Shyam, BSNL enter into tower-sharing agreement:
'Sistema-Shyam was amongst the nine new companies who were
given licences early last year to launch mobile services. So far, the company
has launched CDMA-based services in seven circles and operates under the MTS