NEWS - DECEMBER 2014
Increase in IDA w.e.f. 1.1.2015:
According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers for September, October and November 2014, IDA is to increase by 2.2% w.e.f. 1.1.2015 from 98.1% to 100.3%
Draft HR Plan for BSNL:
BSNL CO has circulated the draft HR Plan for BSNL and has requested unions and associations to give their comments before 2.1.2015. Members and visitors to this site are requested to submit their comments and proposals for modification to email@example.com
Reconciliation of inter-se-seniority of some SDE (T) belonging to ST category promoted in the vacancy year 2001-02:
BSNL CO has circulated the updated list containing the gradation particulars of the SDEs (T) belonging to ST category promoted against vacancy year 2001-02 and has requested the circles to verify the gradation details from the official records. Final inter-se-seniority will be determined on receipt of particulars from all circles.
LICE for promotin to Deputy Manager grade in BSNL CO:
BSNL CO notified LICE for promotion to DM grade in BSNL CO to be held on 29.3.2015.
Preparatory exercise for promotion to SDE (T) grade under 67% quota - schedule for submitting screening committee report and ACR/APAR:
BSNL CO has put up the schedule for furnishing screening committee report and ACR/APAR by the circles.
Tenure transfers in DGM (T) grade:
BSNL CO has issued transfer orders to DGMs (T) who have competed their tenure and to their susbstitutes.
Promotion to DE/AGM grade on regular basis - pending VC and APAR of left out executives:
BSNL CO has circulated the names of executives under zone of consideration but could not be promoted due to want of APAR/VC and has asked the circles/units to furnish the same urgently.
Tenure transfers in DE/AGM grade:
BSNL CO has issued transfer orders to DEs/AGMs who have completed their tenure and to their substitutes.
LDCE for promotion to SDE (T) - clarification on eligibility:
BSNL CO, citing DoP&T letter dated 8.3.1983, has clarified that training immediately before appointment would count as qualifying service for the purpose of eligibility for appearing in departmental examiniation.
Modified policy for leasing/renting out vacant quarters of BSNL:
BSNL has announced modified policy for leasing/renting out vacant quarters of BSNL to Central Government Departments, CPSUs, State PSUs and their employees and Outside Reputed Private Agency (ORPA).
Tenure transfer in SDE (T) grade:
BSNL CO has issued transfer order to SDE (T) who has completed his tenure and to his substitute.
DPE reply regarding 3rd Pay Revision Committee:
AIBSNLOA had written to the Prime Minister on 8.9.2014 requesting constitution of 3rd Pay Revision Committee for executives of CPSEs. View CHQ letter
With reference to PMO ID note dated 14.10.2014, DPE has informed us that the process of constituting 3rd Pay Revision Committee has been initiated.
View DPE letter
Promotion from JAO to AO grade:
SEA section of BSNL CO had requested the circles/units to furnish compilation of ACR/APAR grading of executives under consideration for promotion to AO grade. The details are reported to have been received from only seven circles. Circle Secretaries are requested to check with their circle administration and ensure early submission of the required details.
Government decides to pay 8.75% interest on PF for 2014-15:
Over five crore subscribers of the EPFO will get 8.75 per cent interest this fiscal on their provident fund deposits - the same rate as the previous year. "Finance Ministry has ratified the decision of the EPFO's Central Board of Trustees (CBT) to retain 8.75 per cent rate of interest for the current fiscal," said a source. The rate was same in the previous year, 2013-14, when it was raised from 8.5 per cent in the 2012-13 fiscal.(PTI)
Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant — reiteration of the
'Rule 56 of Fundamental Rules states that except as otherwise provided in the rule, every Government servant will retire from service on the afternoon of the last
day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years. Provided that a Government servant whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of sixty years.'
AIBSNLOA CHENNAI TELEPHONES CIRCLE ADHOC BODY FORMED:
Consequent to some of the circle office-bearers including circle secretary leaving the organisation, General Secretary, AIBSNLOA CHQ has appointed an adhoc body of AIBSNLOA Chennai Telephones Circle, with Com.P.RAMACHANDRAN, AO as Circle President, Com.M.VIJAYAKUMAR, SDE as Circle Secretary and Com.V.ANBARASAN, SDE as Circle Finance Secretary. CGM Chennai Telephones has been duly intimated regarding formation of adhoc body. The new circle body has earnestly started working and has launched the new website http://www.aibsnloachennai.in. The site can be accessed in the 'Circle Sites' link above also.
View letter to CGM
Meeting with General Manager (Admin):
GS, CHQ FS and OS of BSNL CO Circle met GM (A) and discussed the following:
1. Purchase of Executive Diary for supply to Executives of BSNL CO:We enquired about delay in taking a decision for supply of Diary 2015. GM (A) informed us that a committee has been formed and the committee will decide in respect of purchase of Diary, since this year all the associations have given quotations for supply of Diary.
2.Revision in rate of Mobile Phone: We requested GM (A) to take up the matter for revision of rates of mobile phones for executives below JAG level, as the present rates were decided in 2007 and since then no revision has taken place, while rates for JAG and above have already been revised last year. We told GM (A) that even a low-priced smart phone cannot be purchased with the present rates. GM (A) agreed with our proposal and assured us that he will take up the matter with BSNL Management and requested us to submit our proposal.
3. Payment of Bills to MTNL in respect of RSTC provided by it: We requested to take an early decision in respect of payment of bills to MTNL for RSTCs and to finalise the modalities because MTNL disconnects RSTCs, under DNP, of BSNL employees without issuing any notice. GM (A) informed that a memo in this respect is pending with Management Committee of BSNL Board for approval. As and when it is approved necessary direction will be issued by the BSNL CO. We requested an early decision in this regard.
Meeting with General Manager (Rectt):
GS and CHQ FS met GM (Rect) and discussed about the reported efforts by BSNL for recruitment of Management Trainees. We requested GM(Rect) to fill up the entire MT vacancies from among the internal candidates only and drop the proposal for recruitment from outside, as it will have the advantages of boosting the morale of the talented executives and thereby increase productivity, the set of skills that an executive acquires on the job through training and experience increases the executive’s value for the company, retention rate of qualified executives will improve as they will see a career opportunity within the organization, going for internal selection is cost effective compared to external recruitment, the process of outside recruitment comprising conduct of examination, declaring the results, verifying the credentials of successful candidates, imparting training and actual appointment is very lengthy, defeating the purpose of immediate expertise requirement and time to contribution is also faster for existing executives taking new responsibilities, since familiarity with policies, system and work enable them to become productive more quickly, compared to outsiders. But GM (Rect) did not agree with us and told us that recruitment will be done both for internal and external categories and he hoped that under external category also large number of executives of BSNL may qualify. GM (Rect) also requested that there should not be any efforts to stop the examination because BSNL is in urgent need of sales and marketing skills. However we have requested him to re-examine the issue.
Meeting with Executive director (CN):
Subsequently GS along with CHQ FS, Com.D P S Chawla CWC member of BSNL CO Circle and Com.Kamal Batra Executive Memebr of BSNL CO Circle met ED(CN) and discussed:
1.Proposed Recruitment of MT by BSNL: We reiterated our stand on this issue with all the above arguments and requested ED(CN) to fill up the entire MT vacancies from among the internal candidates only and stop the proposal to recruit from outside. ED(CN) informed us that the proposal of recruitment of Management Trainee has already been approved by the Management Committee of BSNL Board and soon examine will be held and it will not be appropriate to comment on this now. He was expressed hope that under large number of executives may qualify under external category. However, we once again requested him to fill up the entire MT vacancies from among the internal candidates only.
2. Approval of E2 and E3 scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO respectively: ED(CN) said that in view of recent cabinet approval for pension to MTNL employees at par with BSNL employees, MTNL pay scales will be brought at par with those of BSNL employees in the next pay revision due from 2017 and hence fresh discussions will be held with DoT.
3.Policy on Cadre Hierarchy : ED (CN) informed us that proposal of BSNL has already been circulated and associations can submit their views on it or cansubmit their own proposals.
Special offers during the festival season under mobile services:
BSNL has announced special offers on the occasion of Christmas Day and New year, under mobile services.
Regular promotion to the grade of DE/AGM:
BSNL CO has issued three separate orders promoting executives to DE/AGM grade on regular basis.
Modification in posting orders of regular promotion to DE/AGM grade:
BSNL CO has issued orders modifying the circle of posting for one executive.
Payment of honorarium to the part-time serving Inquiry Officers and Presenting Officers appointed by BSNL/DoT:
BSNL CO has circulated the quantum of honorarium to the part-time serving Inquiry Officers and Presenting Officers appointed by BSNL/DoT.
Implementation of ‘Speed Restoration Plans’ under unlimited BB plans on FTTH:
BSNL has circulated the decision of the competent authority “to launch speed restoration add-on plans for unlimited
FUP Broadband plans on FTTH also, in line with ADSL BB plans.”
Introduction of 50 MB free data scheme under prepaid mobile services:
BSNL CO has clarified that the free 50 MB data should be consumed within 7 days (instead of within 30 days as previously notified).
Compassionate ground appointments - clarifications on change of procedure:
BSNL CO has clarified the doubts regarding change of procedure in compassionate ground appointment.
Modification in posting orders in DE/AGM grade:
BSNL CO has issued orders retaining one executive in his parent circle upto 31.5.2015.
Meeting with Sr.GM (Pers):
GS and FS met Sr.GM today and discussed the following:
1.Revision of posting orders and issue of transfer orders: We again requested Sr.GM (Pers) to consider a pending request for revision in posting orders in SDE (T) grade. We also requested him to consider request transfer of Executives of DGM, AGM and DM grades in BSNL CO. BSNL has agreed to examine the requests.
2. Recruitment of MT: We have explained our stand reiterated in our letter requesting to utilise the skills and expertise within BSNL instead of going for outside recruitment. When we enquired about the BSNL HR Plan DoT is reported to be insisting, he said that he did not have any knowledge about it but opined that in any organisation HR policy has to change in accordance with the time and situation.
3. Promotion to DGM (T) grade: We requested him to issue promotion orders subject to the final outcome of the court case. Sr.GM (Pers) agreed that orders can be issued after receipt of fresh VC.
Provisional Seniority/Gradation List in the Grade of Assistant Accounts Officers/Junior
Accounts Officers in BSNL as on 02.12.2014:
BSNL CO has circulated the provisional Seniority/Gradation List in the Grade of Assistant Accounts Officers/Junior
Accounts Officers in BSNL as on 02.12.2014.
LDCE for promotion to SDE (T) to be held on 15.2.2015 - syllabus, scheme and minimum pass marks:
BSNL CO has circulated the syllabus, scheme and minimum pass marks in respect of LDCE for promotion to SDE (T) to be held on 15.2.2015.
LDCE for promotion to SDE (T) to be held on 15.2.2015 - schedule of actitivies:
BSNL CO has circulated the schedule of activities of LDCE for promotion to SDE (T) to be held on 15.2.2015.
Cancellation of duplicate staff numbers of officers in SDE (T) seniority list:
BSNL CO has circulated names of officers in SDE (T) seniority list who have duplicate staff numbers, initiating action for cancellation of duplicate staff numbers.
CHQ writes to CMD requesting diversion of MT quota posts to seniority quota in Accounts &
'We therefore request you to kindly convince the other Board members, including
the DoT representative, about the urgent need for diversion of the MT quota posts to
seniority quota in Accounts & Finance stream as has been done in Telecom Operations
stream, so that the Board approval is accorded, when the Board is scheduled to meet
tomorrow to deliberate on this issue.'
Modification in posting orders in DE/AGM grade:
BSNL CO has issued orders retaining one executive in his parent circle upto 31.5.2015.
Meeting with GM (Establishment):
GS along with FS CHQ and Com.DPS Chawla CWC Member met GM (Establishment) yesterday and discussed the following issues:
(1) Recruitment of MT (External): We requested GM (Estt) to drop the plan for recruitment of MT(External) as we believe that BSNL is already having a good number of skilled and qualified executives who can take care of sales and marketing effectively. We said that BSNL can give an opportunity to its own executives. GM (Estt) did not agree with our view and said that BSNL will be recruiting MT(External) as well as MT(Internal) in 50:50 ratio. He hoped that atleast half of the total posts of MT (External) will be taken by the BSNL executives, who are eligible to appear for MT(External) also. On our proposal to have time bound functional promotions upto SG JAG level as was assured at the time of absorption, he said that in that case executives in JTO and SDE grade will be less and those in DE and DGM grade will be more resulting in reverse pyramid in organisational hierarchy which will not be a desired proposition. We told him that had recruitment of JTOs/JAOs been done regulary every year the situation would have been different. We also said that holding LICE/LDCE also on regular basis will result in the executives getting their promotion much early, avoiding suffocation without promotion. GM (Estt) agreed with us and said that the Management also favoured the same but holding examinations is mostly delayed by court cases. However he assured us that in future the Management will make all efforts that both internal and external recruitment are done on regular basis, every year.
(2) Amendments to JTO RR: We expressed concern that amendments proposed in JTO RR have not yet been implemented even after eleven months. GM (Estt) informed us that in the next meeting he will try to get the approval of BSNL Board because this is also part of BSNL HR Plan.
(3) Approval of E2 and E3 scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO respectively: GM (Estt) said that in view of recent cabinet approval for pension to MTNL employees at par with BSNL employees, MTNL pay scales will be brought at par with those of BSNL employees in the next pay revision due from 2017 and hence fresh discussions will be held with DoT. But he did not reveal what BSNL intends to discuss.
Inter-se-seniority of direct recruits and promotees - clarification:
BSNL CO has reiterated guidelines issued by DoP&T on 4.3.2014 in purusance of Hon'ble Supreme Court judgment on 27.11.2012.
Amendment to CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964:
DoP&T has notified CCS (Conduct) (Third Amendment) Rules, 2014, adding clauses iv to xxi after clause iii under Rule 3 Sub Rule (1).
BSNL Transfer policy corrected upto 24.11.2014:
BSNL CO has circulated the BSNL Transfer policy corrected upto 24.11.2014.
Pending court cases pertaining to Recruitment Branch, BSNL CO:
BSNL CO has circulated the list of Pending court cases pertaining to its Recruitment Branch.
Payment of Death Gratuity to a minor:
DoP&PW has modified its earlier orders and has decided that the payment of death gratuity in respect of a minor to the extent of 20% or Rs.1.S0
lakh, whichever is less may be paid to his/her guardian, in the absence of natural guardian, without the production of a formal guardianship certificate but subject to the production of an indemnity bond with suitable sureties.
CHQ writes to CMD regarding BSNL'S reported plan of recruiting Management Trainees:
'If the aim of going for outside recruitment is the need for sales and marketing skills, we unequivocally proclaim that the necessary expertise and skills are readily available within our strength of working executives. The Management does not have any data at present on the number of executives who have the specialization in marketing and sales skills and those who have natural talent in effective marketing and sales management irrespective of qualification, but it is not difficult to collect this data in a short span of time.'
Declaring all areas falling under Bihar and Jharkhan Circles as soft tenure areas:
BSNL CO has declared all areas falling under Bihar and Jharkhan Circles as soft tenure areas.
Transfer and Posting / Retention in AO / Sr.AO grade:
BSNL CO has issued transfer and posting and retention orders in AO/Sr.AO grade.
Transfer and Posting in DGM (F) grade:
BSNL CO has issued transfer and posting orders in DGM (F) grade.
Looking Beyond - Why the Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy may happen again:
'In January this year, Dr R K Gupta was honoured by the Government of Chhattisgarh for performing 50,000 laparoscopic tubectomies. 10 months later, he was arrested under charges of causing death by negligence in the same procedure he was once lauded for. On 10 November, Gupta defied government medical protocol and conducted 83 laparoscopic tubectomies in just five hours in a mass sterilisation camp organised by the Government of Chhattisgarh. This fateful stint left 13 women dead and many others battling for their lives. Two weeks since the tragedy, during which the people saw the usual blame game playing out between the Government of Chattisgarh, the practitioner and the pharmaceutical company supplying the medicines, a drug sample report has confirmed that the medicines given to the victims did indeed contain poisonous substances, zinc phosphide or rat poison being one among them. Clearly, there is a much larger issue concerning the health industry in India, that has been brought to the fore one more time and which remains largely unaddressed despite various concerns raised earlier.
Introduction of 50 MB free data scheme under prepaid mobile services:
50 MB free Data (to be consumed within 30 days) will be given with all Plan vouchers. Free data will be given for all types of usage of plan vouchers i.e., for new Connection, validity extension and migration. Free 50 MB data (to be consumed within 30 days) will be given as gift to all the customers
recharging Rs.100, Rs.200 Top-Up. Above free data will be given for every recharge of Rs.100/200 top-Up. The above tariff will be implemented with effect from 06.12.2014.
Transfer and Posting in EE (Civil) grade:
BSNL has issued orders of transfer and postings in EE (Civil) grade.
Method of pay fixation in IDA pay scale in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL who were promoted after 1.10.2000 and opted for IDA pay scales from the date of their promotion:
DoT has further sought the following information: “How was the pension of the absorbed employees, who opted for CDA pay scale and who retired from BSNL without any further promotion regulated on retirement? Was he allowed pension based on CDA pay scale or IDA pay scale? How his Dearness Relief who have never retired was regulated – whether under CDA rates or IDA rate?”