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Saturday, September 24, 2016

BSNL HQ directions to implement Transfer Police in True Spirit

23-09-2016:  BSNL Head Quarters issued guidelines to circles to ensure proper implementation of BSNL Transfer policy in SSAs. This issue was in our demand list for the proposed Lunch hour demonstration to be held on 27th September which was deferred on the request of Management after reaching a written agreement. 

This is an achievement to our union and our forum.

For copy of the letter, click here

Friday, September 23, 2016

BSNL Management discusses issues - Agitation deferred

22-09-2016:  As per the directions of CMD & Director (HR), fruitful discussions were held with GM (SR) today at Corporate Office regarding the issues raised in the notice for the Lunch Hour Demonstration proposed to he held on 27/09/2016 throughout the country. An agreement was reached between the administration and the “Organisation of BSNL Unions & Associations”. Based on the request of the Management, we have decided to defer the proposed agitation on 27/9/16.

For Minutes of the meeting, click here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bonus Rs.3000 for BSNL Workers

19-09-2016: Today, leaders of our forum “Organisation of BSNL Unions and Associations” Convener K.Jayaprakash, GS, NUBSNLW(FNTO), Chairman Sri S.P.Sharma, GS, BSNLWRU, Sri Zile Singh, GS, BSNLSU and Sri Satya Dev Sharma, GS, BSNLATM met the CMD, BSNL and discussed about Payment of Bonus , formation of Wages Negotiation Committee and Scrapping of BSNL Transfer policy and also delay in payment of GPF Advance to the staff. 

CMD responded positively and assured to pay Rs. 3000 as bonus and the GPF Advance before Pooja, remaining points will be discussed in a few days by the Directer (HR).  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Commuted Pension – A Money Minting Business of the Government

Startled? Bitter but true. It is a harsh reality that the Government has made a profitable business out of the apparently innocuous ‘welfare measure’ called “Commutation of Pension”. Calculations show that the Government recovers much more than the amount it extends ostensibly as a welfare measure to the retiring personnel. The main reason projected by the Government for excess recovery is the ‘mortality risk factor’ as the balance recovery is waived in case of death. The hard fact remains that commuted pension is like any other advance/ loan on which the Government charges interest (currently 8%) at market rate! The Government keeps on chewing on the pension for 15 years though it recovers the full amount with interest in 10 years and 10 months (in case of post-1.9.08 retirees). In the case of earlier retirees, it fully recovers in less than 13 years. 
As per extant rules [Central Civil Services (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981], commuted pension is restored 15 years after the date of drawal of the commuted amount. This period of 15 years is arbitrarily fixed, without any legal or mathematical basis. This amounts to an unjust and immoral enrichment of the Government at the cost of the pensioners/ senior citizens. This affects all the services, irrespective of the rank/ level of the pensioner. What right/ justification has the Government got to overcharge the pensioners and recover even a penny more than what it has paid? The Government is behaving like a typical rural money lender and is knowingly milking the pensioners.
For further details, click here.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Reliance Jio entry a challenge, will match competition in tariff: BSNL

NEW DELHI: State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd today termed Reliance Jio's entry into the market as a "challenge" for all operators, but said it expects to match the intense competition "tariff-by-tariff".

BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told PTI that the telecom PSU will adopt an aggressive stance on tariffs going forward.

BSNL, which unveiled a promotional unlimited wireline broadband plan that effectively translates into less than Re 1 per GB download cost for very high usage subscribers, a day after Reliance Jio made public its 4G plans - believes it is in a position to match Reliance Jio's tariffs successfully.

"It is a question of survival in the market... there is no other way but to match Jio, tariff by tariff. If tariff of Jio is aggressive, the tariff of BSNL and of all other operators is also going to be aggressive," Shrivastava said.

Terming Rjio's entry as a "challenge for all operators", Shrivastava said competition is good for consumers as it ushers better offerings.

"As far as challenge is concerned, we cannot wish it away... I believe, BSNL is in a position to match Reliance Jio's tariffs most successfully, because we are incumbent operator. We are landline and optical fibre operator so our broadband tariff rides on our own network... We don't have to start procuring, investing and then come out with offerings," he said.

On whether Reliance Jio's entry would also prompt BSNL into announcing more aggressive tariffs, Shrivastava replied in affirmative saying "absolutely, there is no doubt".

BSNL offers unlimited night calling on any network in the country between 9 pm to 7 am as complimentary service for all its landline customers. Last month, it announced that its landline subscribers will be able to make free unlimited calls on any mobile or landline number in the country on Sundays.

BSNL has also announced a national unlimited 3G mobile data plan for Rs 1,099 and doubled the data usage limit in some existing plans, to counter competition in the market.

Asked if BSNL too would consider giving free voice calls for its mobile subscribers, Shrivastava said, "We will think about it... in the next 2-3 months, we will see the impact of what is happening in the market. We could consider giving voice free, from our network but after charging some fixed monthly rate... Fixed-mobile convergence may be the basis of free voice calls."