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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Some snaps of our BDPA Leaders

Here are some photos taken during a BDPA meeting. (sent by Sri D.D. Mistry)

"The Photos were taken during BSNL Workers Alliance Meeting, BWA Meeting, where S/Shri Chandeswar Singh, SG NFTE, Islam Ahmad NFTE President, S.P. Sharma, WRU President, K. Vallinayagam GS FNTO and D.D. Mistry attended on 25.05.2010 at FNTO Office.)





Pappadam and curd is enough!

Standing commitee meeting


The Standing Committee of National Council met at New Delhi on 25.5.2010. General Secretary TEPU Sri.V.Subburaman participated.

Decisions arrived in the meeting is briefed below:

Compassionate Ground Appointment
Management informed that compassionate appointment for cases related up to the year 2008 has been processed and disposed by the High Power Committee. In all 400 cases considered and approval accorded by the committee for which orders will be sent within 10 days. Other claims of 2009 and subsequent period is under process.

ACP in Telecom Accounts
After brief discussion it was agreed to resolve conflicts by a sitting of small group with SEA and to further discuss in the next Standing Committee meeting and reach settlement.

Pay Scale up gradation of Senior TOA / TM etc
The issue pending in the Promotion Committee was further discussed. It was decided to informally discuss with GM (Est.) and to have formal discussion in the next meeting of the Standing Committee.

Pay Anomaly
The file forwarded to Executive Director (Finance) had bounced back seeking some more clarifications. The establishment section is processing and will resubmit the file to ED (F)

Designation Change of Non Executives
The committee formed for the purpose will deliberate and decide the issue shortly

TSM Regularisation
Based on the judgements, the possibilities for regularisation will be explored and decided within a fortnight.

Approval of 9200, 9850 Pay Scale
The issue is under process with DOT. All efforts to get the pay scales implemented under NEPP will be expedited and corresponding New Scales after approval will be announced  

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pensioners medical allowance

Pensioners fixed monthly medical allowance has been increased from Rs.100 to Rs.300/= from 1.9.2008.
For orders click here


3G -- the position today

3G Auction Some After Talks

This is the map of  areas that our future competitors in 3G to serve. No body was able to have an all India licence. It seems Aircell is at highest advantage as it covers almost entire south. Please go through a detailed analysis of the situation today . Click here

Friday, May 28, 2010

4Gக்கு பிள்ளையார் சுழி

4G Set To Overtake 3G in India   இன்னும் 3ஜி சேவைகளே முழுவதுமாகச் செயல்படாத நிலையில், தனியார்கள் இப்போதுதான் ஏலம் கேட்ட கோடிக்கணக்கான பணத்துக்காக வங்கிகளை அணுகிக் கடன் பெற்று 3ஜி சேவைகளை ஆரம்பிக்க முயன்று கொண்டிருக்கிற சூழ்நிலையில், 4ஜி சேவைகளை விரைவில் இந்தியாவில் துவங்க அடுத்த கட்ட வேலைகளுக்காக கருத்தரங்குகள் நடத்தப் படுகின்றன. 4G என்றாலும் அது LTE என்றே பரவலாக அழைக்கப் படுகிறது. நமது டெலிகாம் உதவிச் செயலர் பங்கு கொண்ட அந்தக் கருத்தரங்கின் முழு விவரங்கள் அறிய இங்கே க்ளிக் செய்யவும்.
4G Set to overtake 3G
For full details click here

3G ஏலத்தில் சிண்டிகேட்டா?

3G ஏலத்தில் தில்லுமுல்லு செய்ய வழி இல்லை எனப் பொதுவாக நம்பப் பட்டது. ஆனால் அதிலும் கடைசி நாட்களில் பெரிய கம்பெனிகள் தங்களுக்குள் கூட்டணி அமைத்து ஏலத் தொகை ஏறாமல் பார்த்துக் கொண்டதாக ஒரு பத்திரிக்கை சந்தேகம் தெரிவித்துள்ளது. முழு விவரங்கள் இங்கே.
Did Telecom biggies form cartel for 3G bidding?

Conspiracy theories are associated with all big historic developments. No wonder, India’s most successful spectrum auction has its own share of conspiracy theories. There were rumours towards the last few days of the 3G spectrum auction that some kind of understanding (or cartelisation) has reached among a group of bidders so that the spectrum prices do not go up further.
We do not believe this, but there is an interesting trend on the footprint of 3G spectrum these operators have got. It is here for the readers to make their own conclusions.
An analysis of the six biggies of the circles won by 6 biggies namely Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, TTSL, Reliance Communications and Aircel shows some interesting trend.
The circles won by Tata Teleservices and Aircel are almost altogether different and if combined lead to a pan-India presence. Recent Income-Tax reports which were leaked out, speculated ownership links between TTSL and Aircel.
Another visible trend which may spark off cartelization allegations, is an analysis of the circles won by Bharti Airtel and Vodafone. This again points out hardly any circles which overlap between the two firms.
Indian telecom industry has been charged with cartelization allegations in the past as well when incumbents were accused of resorting to such tactics while formulating tariff plans. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Now this is for Broadband wireless

 Let us all be happy that our Telecom department is bridging the deficit of Nation's budget to a very great extent.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Additional sanction for welfare fund

An additional amount of Rupees 60.50 lakhs has been sanctioned to various circle welfare boards. Tamilnadu will receive Rupees  20 Lakhs and Chennai Telephone will get Rupees   10 Lakhs. STR Chennai is allotted Rupees 3 Lakhs.

The break up is here

News from General Secretary

Meeting with Shri Gurudas Kamat, Hon’ble MOSC & IT.
Shri K. Vallinayagam, GS FNTO & D.D. Mistry (AGS FNTO) GS BDPA met Hon’ble MOSC at Sanchar Bhavan, and discussed the following.
1.       New code of discipline for BSNL and to give Minimum Trade Union facilities to Registered Unions.
2.       Relaxation in qualifying marks for JAO Part-II Examination.
3.       Harassment meted out to FNTO District Office Bearers in certain SSAs.
Shri D.D. Mistry GS. BDPA  INVITED Hon’ble MOSC for attending the Pensioners Association Conference at Ahmedabad. Minister assured to participate subject to availability of dates.
BWA Meeting:
BWA Meeting held to-day at FNTO Office under the chairmanship of Shri K. Vallinayagam, Chairman BWA. Meeting decided:-
1.       To address to HMOSC to advise BSNL to chalk  out a fresh code of discipline and also to grant Minimum Trade Union facilities to Registered Unions.
2.       To address the CMD BSNL to merge 78.2% IDA for fixation benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 without further delay.
3.       To pursue and get proper clarifications from BSNL HQ on non-executive Promotion Policy.
S/Shri C. Singh, GS NFTE, Islam President NFTE, S.P. Sharma, President WRUand D.D. Mistry, AGS FNTO attended the meeting.

Monday, May 24, 2010

India’s Auction for Broadband Wireless Spectrum Begins

India’s Auction for Broadband Wireless Spectrum Begins:

India’s Auction for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) started today with 11 telecom players, just days after the auctioning of 3G airwave for third-generation mobile services in the country.

Leading telecom players Bharti Airtel, Reliance Wimax Ltd, Idea Cellular, Aircel, Augere Mauritius, Qualcomm, Infotel Broadband Services, Spice Internet Service Provider, Tata Communications, Tikona Digital Networks and Vodafone Essar are expected to participate in the BWA auction to acquire the two slots on offer.

The reserve or base price is Rs.1750 crore for a pan-India BWA spectrum licence.Two blocks of 20MHz unpaired spectrum in the 2.3GHz band in each of the 22 telecom circles in the country will be up for bidding.

State operators BSNL and MTNL, which have already been been given spectrum, ahead of the private players, will have to pay the equivalent of the winning bid in each service area."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sri D.Chandrasekar speaks

Recently on 20-5-2010, the joint branch conference of Karaikkudi GM (o) Branch and Karaikkudi Phones branch was held at Karaikkudi. Our Circle secretary, Sri D. Chandrasekaran, who was a special guest, made an analysis of the recent pay revision for BSNL Non-Executives and the New Non-executive Promotion policy. Please listen to him by clicking the play button of the audio player below.

Please keep your speakers switched on. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BSNL's new services inagurated

"தினத்தந்தி" சென்னை பதிப்பு

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

100 மில்லியன்

பிஎஸ்என்எல்லின் சந்தாதாரர் எண்ணிக்கை 100 மில்லியனைத் தொட்டிருக்கிறது அனைத்து விதமான தொலைதொடர்பு சேவைகளையும் அளிக்கும் ஒரே நிறுவனம் நமது பிஎஸ்என்எல் மட்டுமே! 

BSNL is the only service provider, making focused efforts and planned initiatives to bridge the Rural-Urban Digital Divide ICT sector. In fact there is no telecom operator in the country to beat its reach with its wide network giving services in every nook & corner of country and operates across India except Delhi & Mumbai. Whether it is inaccessible areas of Siachen glacier and North-eastern region of the country. BSNL serves its customers with its wide bouquet of telecom services.

To read more please click here

Friday, May 14, 2010

Events next week

Sri K. Vallinayagam, G.S., FNTO  and Sri D. Chandrasekaran, C.S., Tamilnadu, Sri Andiappan, ACS, Tamilnadu, Sri Lingamoorthi, CS, Chennai will address special meeting at Vellore on 17-5-2010.

Coimbatore District Conference to be held on 15-5-2010 

Pondichery District conference to be held on 18-5-2010

Karaikkudi: Circle Secretary D. Chandrasekaran will be addressing at the Joint conference of  NUBSNLW branches of GM office and Karaikkudi Phones Branch on 20-5-2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

ப்ரீபெய்ட் வச்சிருக்கீங்களா? காசு தீர்ந்து போச்சா? அவசரமா பேசணுமா? கவலையை விடுங்க! 10 ரூபாய் கடனா தராங்க! பேசிட்டு அடுத்த ரீசார்ஜிலே அட்ஜஸ்ட் பண்ணிக்கலாம்! உங்களிடம் நிறைய டாக்டைம் இருக்கு! உங்களுக்கு வேண்டியவங்களுக்கு அன்பளிப்பா அதிலே கொஞ்சம் தரலாங்க! இல்லேன்னா அவங்களோட நீங்க ஷேர் பண்ணிக்கலாங்க! ப்ளான் மாத்தறதுக்கு ஆபீஸுக்குப் போய் எல்லாம் கஷ்டப்பட வேண்டாங்க! இருந்த இடத்திலேயே ஒரு SMS! அவ்வளவுதாங்க! ஜோலி முடிஞ்சதுங்க!   இதெல்லாம் விட நீங்க மொபைல்லேயே இண்டர்னெட் பார்க்கறவராயிருந்தா ஒரு நாளைக்கு எட்டு ரூபாய் மட்டும் கட்டுங்க! நாள் பூரா பாருங்க! படம் பாட்டு எத வேணுமானாலும்  டவுன்லோடு செய்யுங்க! அன்லிமிட்டுங்க! இதெல்லாம் எந்த தனியார் கம்பெனி தருதுன்னு கேட்கறீங்களா! தனியார் இல்லங்க! நம்ம பிஎஸ்என்எல்தான் தருதுங்க! இப்போதைக்கு கல்கத்தா, மே.வங்காளம், அஸ்ஸாம் மாநில பிஎஸ்என்எல் லில் ஆரம்பிச்சிருக்காங்க! நாடு பூரா சீக்கிரமே வந்துடுங்கோ! நம்ம பிஎஸ்என்எல்லோட நல்ல திட்டங்களை நாட்டு மக்களுக்கு எடுத்துச் சொல்லுங்கோ!  நம்பாதவங்க இங்கே க்ளிக் பண்ணுங்க!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

From the Desk of GS/BDPA


Infosys scholarships

Dear All,

Infosys Scholarship for Poor Students who completed 10th std.-Pls. Read & Forward to benefit the needy
Dear Friends,

If you have come across any bright students coming from poor financial background who have finished their 10th standard this year (April 2009-2010) and scored more than 80%, please ask them to contact the NGO-Prerana (supported by Infosys foundation).  The NGO is conducting a written test and those who clear the test will be eligible for financial help for their further studies.

Please ask the students to contact the people mentioned below to get the form 
Mrs. Saraswati (9900906338)
#580, Shubhakar ,
44th cross,1st ‘A’ main road,jayanagar 7th block Bangalore

Mr. Shivkumar ( 9986630301) - Hanumanthnagar office

Ms. Bindu (9964534667 )-Yeshwantpur office
Even if you don’t know anyone, please pass on this info, someone might be in need of this help desperately

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

உழைப்புக்கேற்ற ஊதியம் ! Performance based pay !

நம்மில் பலருக்கு நினைவிருக்கலாம். சுமார் 30 வருடங்களுக்கு முன், நமது கோரிக்கைகள், தேவைக்கேற்ற ஊதியம், உழைப்புக்கேற்ற ஊதியம் என்றெல்லாம் இருந்தன. கோரிக்கைகள் கோரிக்கைகளாகவே இருந்தன அவற்றை அடையவே முடியவில்லை என்பதும் வரலாறு. ஆனால் இப்போது நாம் அவற்றைக் கைவிட்ட நிலையில், அரசு தானாக முன் வந்து , உழைப்புக்கேற்ற ஊதியம் அளிக்க முன்வந்துள்ளது. ஆனால் வித்தியாசமாக. முழு அர்ப்பணிப்போடு உழைக்கும் ஊழியருக்கு கூடுதல் போனஸ் என்ற வடிவில் இதைப் பரீட்சார்த்தமாக செயல்படுத்திப் பார்த்து அதில் நல்ல பலன்களைக் கண்டபிறகு, மத்திய அரசின் அனைத்துத் துறைகளுக்கும் அதை விஸ்தரிக்க தொடங்கியுள்ளது . . 

Centre to dole out payouts to performing employees ! To know about this most attractive --- even enviable to private sectors--- scheme ,  read this report. 
Courtesy : Sri D D Mistry, (www.fnto.org), GS, BDPA

Posted: 09 May 2010 07:28 PM PDT

Bonus Points: Centre to dole out payouts to performing employees

The Indian government is finally going the corporate way. The stage has been set for introducing performance-linked payouts which may force over five million central government employees to deliver their best.

What may make even corporate executives envious of the new bonanza for central government employees, particularly of the brass, is the proposal of a 20% hike for the best performers over and above the raise that they had received after the sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations two years ago.

Yet for the babus, it won’t be a cakewalk either, as the formula of assessing the government employees as proposed by performance management division under the cabinet secretariat, has ruled out paying even a penny to an official if his ministry scores 70 or below in a scale of 100.

But a secretary of a high performing ministry which meets 100% target will be eligible to receive Rs 2.4 lakh extra per year if the cabinet secretariat’s proposal of a 20% performance-linked payout is endorsed by the government, according to an official in cabinet secretariat.

The first round of assessment, initially for three months from January to March 2010, is over and three out of 59 central government departments have got a 100% score. There is a strong possibility that a large number of government employees would receive an extra pay once the new formula is adopted.

“We are extending the performance monitoring and evaluation system to 62 departments from the current fiscal. According to our system, a department sets a target, fixes the weightages of each target, and if it succeeds meeting all its targets, it gets a score of 100. Now, we are proposing that if a department meets all its targets, the head of the department would be given a performance bonus of 20% or more of his basic salary. And other employees too will get such bonuses,” said an official in performance management division.

He further says how the government has failed to implement performance-linked incentives for its employees for the last 20 years though such recommendations were mooted by successive pay commissions including the more recent Sixth Pay Commission.

Several countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, UK, US and Finland have moved away from the traditional government administrative model to a management model under which officers act like corporate managers as they get greater operational freedom, but are held accountable for results. In fact, New Zealand is considered to be the leader of the pack where performance of government agencies are weighed in by setting targets and adopting regular evaluations.

Though there were several attempts in India too to bring in performance management in an institutionalised way, the process got kickstarted only after World Bank’s senior economist Prajapati Trivedi was appointed as secretary to the government of India with the responsibility for performance management early last year. Dr Trivedi, along with cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar, introduced a tool called Results Framework Document (RFD) which will set targets for each ministry and will finally be the basis for yearly evaluation.

Dr SP Parashar, a former director of IIM Indore, says that the government had in the past too dealt with the subject by introducing themes such as Programming, Planning, Budgeting (PPB), Zero Base Budgeting (ZBB), and Outcome Budgeting (OB), to name a few. “You might be wondering what happened to them? They went with their champions. Lets hope that Results Framework Document (RFD) stays. The real challenge and test of any change program in our kind of democracies is its continuity...” he says.

He agrees that at concept level, Results Framework Document captures international best practices in respect of government performance management, but it misses the heart of good performance being implemented in the corporate world. “It is fixing individual responsibility in addition to departmental responsibility. The Results Framework Document as currently devised and adopted uses departmental responsibility and score as proxy for individual responsibility and score,” he says.

Yet, with 62 government ministries and departments on board with a few exceptions like PMO, home and defence, the performance of central ministries is under close watch. Though SundayET has learnt that only three ministries met 100% targets and some could not even meet 50%, it remains to be seen when and how the government makes those report cards public.

Source: Economic Times 

Monday, May 10, 2010

USO Fund Pakistan leads the way

Please go through this report on the commendable utilization of USO funds (a fund allotted to develop rural telephony) in Pakistan. What about India? A directly opposite , poorly maintained system by DOT is wrapped by CAG. That report also follows the Pakistan story.

Pak ahead of India in use of Universal Service Funds (from BusinessLine)
M. Somasekhar
Recently in Islamabad
While India and Brazil with over $4 billion and $5 billion, respectively, collected under the US Funds (Universal Services), grapple with how to use them to improve telecom services in rural areas, Pakistan with a much smaller fund seems to have made good progress.
Pakistan has been able to spread and roll out services from its roughly around annual $200 million fund under its focussed rural telecom and eServices programme, said Mr Parvez Ifthikar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Universal Service Fund (USF), based in Islamabad.
The USF has targeted 12,000 un-served Mauzas (of the total 60,000) in the country this year. A Mauza is the smallest, administered unit in Pakistan. Having divided under 26 lots for promoting rural telecom, the bidding process has been completed for 10 lots and sold, he told an Expert Forum Meeting on Mobile 2.0, organised by LIRNEasia, a Sri Lanka-based telecom think-tank recently.
Interestingly, while in India, a telecom operator has to contribute 5 per cent of its annual revenue to the USO Funds, Pakistan charges much less at 1.5 per cent. In India, the funds go to the national budget and the Department of Telecommunications has to make projects to source them, in Pakistan a separate company has been created to utilise the funds.
Renewable energy mandatory
In a bold move, the Pakistan Telecom Authority, the telecom Regulator has made it mandatory that all bases stations being set up with support from the USF should be ‘Green Sites' or renewable energy powered, especially solar and wind as the case may be. The reason being that there is currently, a huge shortage of electricity in rural Pakistan.
In India, renewable energy players, especially the solar energy industry has been making a strong plea that solar power should be encouraged to power the telecom towers in rural areas and the USO (universal services obligation) Funds could be utilised for it.
The USF has also taken up a project to lay OFC cable network in 31 Tehsils. About 8,000 km of cable route was needed, Mr Parvez told Business Line.
USF structure
One of the reasons for the early take off of the utilisation of USF in Pakistan could be attributed to the creation of a separate entity registered as a company with 50 per cent private sector participation on the 10-member board. It has a Chief Executive Officer, in Mr Parvez Ifthikar, who was earlier country head of Siemens Telecom.

And this is the story of DOT dealing the funds
NEW DELHI: The government auditor CAG has pulled up the department of telecommunications (DoT) for not utilising funds of over Rs 18,000 crore collected for promoting rural telephony and giving false picture about the unused sums.

"A total universal levy of Rs 26,163.96 crore was collected during 2002-03 to 2008-09 by the DoT, but a disbursement of only Rs 7,971.44 crore was made from the fund during the period," the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in its report on the Union government's performance.

The closing balance of the USO fund as on March 31, 2009, the report said, should be Rs 18,192.52 crore and not 'nil' as shown in the DoT accounts.

The corpus of the universal service obligation (USO) fund, which was set up by the government in 2002 to promote rural telephony, is collected through a levy of 5 percent of adjusted gross revenue from telecom operators.

The fund is administered by the DoT. The levy received towards USO fund is first credited to the Consolidated Fund of India and subsequently the Centre credits such proceeds to the USO fund in the Public Account of India from time to time, for being utilised exclusively for meeting the USO.

The fund was created with the objective of utilising the proceeds exclusively for meeting the universal service obligation by providing access to telegraph services to people in the rural and remote areas at affordable prices.

The CAG recommended that the DoT formulate schemes for utilising the USO fund in the same year it is collected. "DoT may also ensure that viable schemes for implementation of USO for rural and remote areas are executed in timely fashion so that USO objectives are met and fund balances are utilised for the purpose it is created," the CAG said, regretting that currently the unspent balances are used for bridging budget deficit.

D G M recruitment

Recruitment of DGM(TMS/TAFS)

The result of written examination for the post of DGM(TMS/TAFS) held on 03.01.2010 has been declared.

Please click here to see the List of Candidates who have qualified in the written Exam. of DGM(TMS/TAFS) held on 03.01.2010. Date & Venue of Interview shall be intimated shortly".

Please find out any body related to or known to you is in the list.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Be ready

The management committee meeting for finalisation of Non-Executive wage agreement is now being conducted (from 1600 Hours today) . The orders may be released immediately after the meeting. Till such time, please go through the orders for wages for contract labourers . Click Here.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

2nd meeting of National anamoly committee

The minutes of the Second meeting of National anamoly committee (for Central Government Employees) is available here
Our thanks to Sri DD Mistry for sharing this with us.

Please click on comments below this post for a subsequent correction Sri DD Mistry sent after this message was posted.

Attractive "Youth Plan" from MTNL

இளைஞர்களுக்காகவே ஒரு புதிய ஜிஎஸ்எம் திட்டத்தை மும்பை எம்டிஎன்எல் அறிவித்துள்ளது. முதல் மாதத்தில் 100 நிமிடங்களுக்கு இலவசமாகப் பேச, 100 நிமிடங்களுக்கு இலவசமாக வீடியோ கால்கள் செய்ய, 100 இலவச எஸ்எம்எஸ் என பல இலவசங்களைக் காட்டிலும், வாழ்நாள் முழுவதும் 9 மும்பை (ட்ரம்ப்) / டெல்லி(டால்ஃபின்) எண்களுக்கு நிமிடத்துக்கு 5 பைசாவில் பேசும் வசதி என அமர்க்களமான, வெகு கவர்ச்சியான திட்டத்தை அறிவித்துள்ளது. பிஎஸ்என்எல்லும் இதே போன்ற திட்டங்களை அறிவிக்க வேண்டும் என பலர் கருத்து தெரிவித்துள்ளனர். முழு விவரங்கள் ஆங்கிலத்தில் படிக்க க்ளிக் 
MTNL has announced a new plan for youths. This is a very attractive plan. For details Click here

40% TTA recruitment

Orders for holding Limited Departmental Comprtitive Examination  for promotion as   TTAs under 40% quota has been released. For orders click here

BDPA writes to Hon'ble Minister for MOC & IT

Following is the copy of the letter written by BDPA to the Hon'ble Minister for MOC & IT.

Web:  www.bdpa.in
No: BDPA/GUJ/Pen                                                                                                  Dated: May 6th, 2010.

Shri Thiru: A. Raja,
Minister Communication & IT,
Govt. of India, Electronics Niketan,
6, C.G.O. Complex,
NEW DELHI 110 003

Sub:- Revision/ consolidation of Pension in IDA scale  for the erstwhile DOT Employees  retiring as BSNL Pensioners during the period from 01/10/2000 to 31/12/2006

Respected Sir,

1.      We are glad to know and note that as per promise given to JAC on 20.04.2010, you have taken personal interest and paying special attention caused clearance of 2nd Wage Revision for BSNL Non-Executive Employees. We convey our sincere thanks to you for your noble act.

2.      We remember that in the said meeting, JAC was promised that an issue of revising pension of pre 01.01.2007 BSNL Pensioners will be taken care and cleared within three months.

3.      We enclose herewith a copy of our letter No: BDPA/Guj/Pen dated 15.03.2010 addressed to Shri P.J. Thomas, Secretary DoT, on the captioned subject.

4.      We were happy to have your assurance and had sigh of satisfaction that at last our genuine grievance has been reached before you and being convinced of injustice to the BSNL Pensioners, you were kind enough to assure the positive settlement within three months.

5.      We are agonized and deeply hurt to have inkling that notwithstanding your solemn assurance and positive approach, the Cabinet Note is reportedly prepared on wrong footing as it proposes approval for 30% weightage on basic pension alone to the BSNL Pensioners retiring before 01/01/2007. This proposal violates the principles of natural justice and it is highly discriminatory and unjust because the serving employees in BSNL were accorded 50% IDA Merger with effect from 1.1.2007, which was denied to BSNL Pensioners on the plea that this problem shall be sorted out along with Pension Revision. Further the Serving employees in BSNL were accorded 30% weightage on Basic Pay plus Industrial DA as on 1.1.2007 to work out their revised pay package. Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners should follow the same pattern and be consistent with DPE guidelines on Pay Revision based on which IDA scales in BSNL have been revised.

6.      We firmly desire and hope that in order to administer justice to pensioners,  your honour will ensure that Pension Revision in BSNL is carried out in a manner similar to that of working employees in BSNL with identical weightage given to pensioners as given to the serving Employees as per the practice followed by the two Ministries i.e. Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Food in respect of IDA Pensioners under their control i.e. Port and Dock Pensioners  and Pensioners retiring from Food Corporation of India.

7.      We wish and propose for BSNL Pensioners Pension Revision on IDA pattern and submit before you to kindly take note of following issues while framing Cabinet Note.

(a)      Current Status of IDA Pension Revision for CPSUs/ CABs under the control of Ministries of Communication, Ministry of Food and Ministry of transport.

(b) Fifty percent IDA Merger for all BSNL Employees w.e.f. 01/01/2007 was implemented by DOT and BSNL in May 2008 vide order dated 29/5/2008 issued by BSNL. Revision of IDA scales for BSNL Executives was carried out by BSNL in May 2009 after due approval by Ministry of Communications. Agreement for revision of IDA scales for non-Executives has recently been approved by BSNL under similar pattern/ fixation formula as given to Executives in May 2009 and the same is awaiting concurrence of DOT for implementation.

 (c) The Department of Telecom last year in 2009, shelved the proposal of 50% IDA Merger for BSNL Pensioners retiring before 01.01.2007 on the plea that DOP and DPE did not accord approval to 50% IDA Merger for BSNL Pensioners and further decided that the issue of 50% IDA Merger shall get  resolved automatically along with  Pension Revision in IDA scale in the near future.

(d) DOT is reportedly further  unable to carry out  Pension Revision in IDA Scale  for all the Ex-DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL and retired as BSNL Pensioners between 01.10.2000 to 31.12.2006 because  no Rules/ Instructions are available/ or have been framed so far for revision of Pension under IDA Scale. In fact, this is the first case of revision of pension after formation of BSNL w.e.f. 01.10.2000.  Under these circumstances either DOT has to follow the precedent set by Ministries of Transport and Ministries of Food for IDA Merger/ IDA Pension Revision in CPSUs/ CABs under their control or else Rules/ Instructions need to be framed afresh for BSNL Pensioners and be approved by Union Cabinet through a Cabinet Memo to enable the Pension Revision in IDA Scale.

(e) The authorities in DOT were apprised of the fact that approval for 50% IDA Merger for Pensioners retiring before 01.01.007 has already been granted by Ministry of Transport for the Pensioners of Port Trust and Dock Workers w.e.f. 1.1.2007 vide Memo no.A-29018/4/2008-P.E.I dated 5/11/2008. It has also been pointed out to DOT that simultaneous Pension Revision with five year Wage Agreement under identical fixation formula has been approved by Ministry of Transport for Port and Dock Workers vide memo no.IPA/BWNC/2009 dated 27.01.2010. But these approvals by Ministry of Transport for 50% IDA Merger and IDA Pension Revision have so far not evoked any positive response from DOT to emulate the same in case of BSNL.

(f) For your perusal and kind knowledge we would like to state that Ministry of Food has revised the Pension of the Employees of Food Corporation of India on IDA scale three times in the year 1987. 1992 and 1997 under the same formula as provided for working Employees. Pension Revision ordered by Ministry of food for IDA Pensioners’ in Food Corporation of India w.e.f. 1.1.1997 was subject to Supreme Court judgment in CA Civil No.238-244 of 2004. Judgment in CA Civil No.238-244 of 2004 was delivered by Hon’ble Supreme Court on 10/2/2010 but it does not nullify or alter the IDA Pension Revision carried out by Ministry of Food for FCI Pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

(g) To prove and strengthen our say we would like to write that Orders for Fourth revision of pay on IDA scales for Executives in FCI with effect from 01/01/2007 have been issued vide Memo.No.WRC/1/1//007/ Vol.III dated 18.9.2009 based on the formula given by DPE i.e. Old Basic Pay on IDA scale on 1/1/2007 * 178.2 plus 30% weightage on the same. Agreement for Fourth revision of pay on IDA scales for Non-Executives in FCI with effect from 01/01/2007 has been signed and approved by Ministry of Food vide Circular no.WR-09-2010-06 vide Memo No.WRC/1/2/2009 dated 09/04/2010 based on the formula given by DPE i.e. Old Basic Pay on IDA scale on 1/1/2007 * 178.2 plus 30% weightage on the same.

We are informed by the FCI Pensioners Association that Pension Revision on IDA scale w.e.f. 1/1/2007  for past FCI Pensioners as per the  formula given by DPE for working employees  is already under  process and shall be carried out  by the Ministry of Food within a period of one month or so.

(h) DOT’s earlier Proposal for granting CDA Pension based on DOP Memo No.4/14/2001-P&PW (D) dated 19/09/2003 was abandoned by DOT because of strong opposition of DOP, change in stand of ITSA towards CDA Pension and opposition from BSNL Unions / Associations who realized the loss to be incurred by the Employees in case of CDA Pension.


That the DOT’s Current Proposal for granting IDA Pension revision w.e.f. 01.01.2007 based on hypothetical and arbitrary interpretation of sixth pay commission recommendations may be done away with immediately.

We propose that the formula which is applied for working Executive/Non Executive Employees for their Pension should be made equally applicable to all pre 01.01.2007 Pensioners without any discrimination.

And accordingly, as we propose that the revised proposal for IDA Pension revision, to be incorporated in the Cabinet Memo  should be as follows:

Revised IDA Pension on 1/1/2007 = Existing IDA Basic Pension + 78.2% IDA on Existing Basic Pension + 30% weightage on Existing  Basic Pension

Thus Revised IDA Pension as per latest reported  proposal  to be moved through Cabinet Memo = Existing IDA Basic  Pension on  1/1/2007 * 1.988

All BSNL Employees retiring after 1/1/2007 were given 50% IDA Merger  and 18.8% IDA on their (Basic Pension + Dearness Pension). Their revised Pension w.e.f. 1/1/2007 amounted to Existing IDA Basic Pension + 78.2% IDA on Basic Pension + 30% of (Existing IDA Basic Pension + 78.2% IDA on Existing Basic Pension.)

Thus for BSNL retirees after 1/1/2007 their revised Pension as per existing BSNL formula = Existing Basic IDA Pension * 1.68 *1.3 = Existing Basic IDA Pension *  2.184

As per formula given by DPE,  the BSNL retirees after 1/1/2007 their revised Pension  should be  = Existing Basic IDA Pension * 1.78 *1.3 = Existing Basic IDA Pension * 2.314

In view of above submissions, we request you to kindly look into the matter and adopt the fitment formula given by DPE for revision of IDA pay of CPSU Employees and make it applicable for revision of IDA Pension for BSNL Pensioners retiring between 1/10/2000 to 31/12/2006 as has been done in the case of serving BSNL employees as detailed below:-

Revised Pension as per existing approved BSNL fitment formula = Existing Basic IDA Pension * 1.68 *1.3 = Existing Basic IDA Pension *  2.184

Though as per formula given by DPE,  the BSNL retirees revised Pension  should be  = Existing Basic IDA Pension * 1.78 *1.3 = Existing Basic IDA Pension * 2.314

The issue of 50% IDA Merger w.e.f. 1/1/2007 also needs to be resolved along with IDA Pension Revision  as promised earlier by the Ministry of Communications.

Thanking you.

General  Secretary                                                                                                                                                                                  Encl: As stated.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

SMS alerts for BSNL Customers

Consequent to introduction of CDR billing system, BSNL has decided to send SMS alerts to its and line and Broad band subscribers. To start with, subscribers in  19 Telecom districts named Bhubneshwar (Orissa), Bhopal (MP), Balasore, Dehradun (Uttranchal), Hyderabad, Hassan, Kodagu, Jammu, Kamrup (Assam), Kalyan (Maharashtra), Lucknow, Meeruth (UP) Jaipur (Rajasthan), Raipur (CG),Tejpur (Assam), Tuticorin, Tirunelvelli and Vellore (Tamilnadu)  will be offered these services. For telephone bills as and when they are generated, birth days, last date for bill payment reminders, 80% of broad band usage are some of the items on which SMS will be sent. For more detailed news click here

BSNL's Wi-Fi plan objected

ப்ராட்பாண்ட் சேவையை நாட்டின் மூலை முடுக்குக்கெல்லாம் தடையின்றி விரைவில் கொண்டு சேர்ப்பதற்காக பிஎஸ்என்எல் அறிமுகப் படுத்திய வைஃபி (Wi-Fi) சேவைக்கு பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சகம் எதிர்ப்பு தெரிவித்துள்ளது. பிஎஸ்என்எல்லுக்கு ஒதுக்கப்பட்டுள்ள பாண்ட்வித் பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சகத்தின் மொபைல் சாடிலைட் சேவைகளுக்கு இடைஞ்சலாக இருக்கும் என கருத்து தெரிவித்துள்ளது. மாற்றுவழிகள் ஆலோசிக்கப் படுகின்றன. தற்போதைக்கு BSNL Wi-Fi சேவைகள் எதிர்பார்த்த வேகத்தில் செயல்பட முடியாத சூழ்நிலை உருவாகியுள்ளது. விவரங்கள் இங்கு

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Wage revision approved

GS/ FNTO informs that Hon'ble MOC & IT has approved the Wage revision for Non-Executives
Our comments:-- So we can expect the file with BSNL within a couple of days and as agreed on strike negotiations, BSNL Board will immediately act on it and orders may be released soon, perhaps before the end of next week. But, even after the instructions of the Hon'ble Minister, no discussions to merge 78.2% of IDA was initiated by the recognised union is regrettable. 

Conversion of LDCs to TOA (G)

The period for maintaining separate identity in respect of LDCs (TA) converted to TOA (G) and  Sr. TOA(G) has been extended for TWO more years w.e.f. 1/7/2009 . For corporate orders click here

எப்படியெல்லாம் வலை விரிக்கிறார்கள்!

தொலைதொடர்புத் துறையில் புதிய வரவான யுனிநார் கம்பெனி தனது சந்தாதாரர்கள் எண்ணிக்கையை அதிகரிப்பதற்காக புதிய யுக்திகளைக் கையாள்கிறது. இதனால்  வினாடிக்கு ஒரு பைசா என்று கட்டண குறைப்புப் போட்டிகள் நிகழ்ந்ததுபோல் மறுபடியும் எல்லா நிறுவனங்களும் கட்டண குறைப்பு செய்யப் படும் நிலை உருவாகலாம். யுனிநார் என்ன செய்தது? நேரடியாக எந்த வித கட்டண குறைப்பு அறிவிப்பையும் செய்யவில்லை. ஆனால், மொபைல் டவர்களில் நடக்கும் ட்ராபிக்கைப் பொறுத்து டிஸ்கவுண்ட் தருவதாக அறிவித்துள்ளது. இதன்படி ட்ராபிக் அதிகமாக உள்ள டவர்கள் உள்ள இடங்களிலிருந்து செய்யப்படும் அழைப்புகளுக்கு 5% என ஆரம்பித்து குறைவான ட்ராபிக் உள்ள இடங்களிலிருந்து செய்யும் அழைப்புகளுக்கு 60% வரை டிஸ்கவுண்ட் அளிக்கப் படும் என அறிவித்துள்ளது. எவ்வளவு தள்ளுபடி என்பது கைப்பேசியிலேயே காட்டப் படும் எனவும்  கூறியுள்ளது. விரிவான செய்திகள் ஆங்கிலத்தில் இங்கே காணலாம்.