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United Forum of AIBSNLEA & AIGETOA Meeting with Director (HR):

Director (HR) held a meeting with the representatives of United Forum of AIBSNLEA & AIGETOA in response to the agitation call and to discuss the demands. GS, FS and President, OS, AIGETOA with some other office bearers attended the meeting. From management side GM (Pers), GM (SR), Addl. GM (SR), Jt. GM(Pers), DGM (Estt) and OSD to Director (HR) were present. Director (HR) welcomed all the representatives and explained that BSNL has done well in this financial year with the support and involvement of all the employees and now any agitation may hamper the growth of BSNL. Management is trying to resolve the demands raised by the United Forum but it needs time to understand and decide the issues. We extended thanks to Director (HR) for arranging a meeting to discuss our demands and mentioned that we are also equally concern for the viability of BSNL but our long pending genuine HR issues needs resolution. Hereafter the discussion on demands took place as follows:

Immediate implementation of the recommendation of the committee headed by Sh. M. A. Khan, ED (NB) on standard E2 & E3 scales for JTO & SDE Equivalent executives.

Director (HR) after detail discussions mentioned that Management has decided to communicate the administrative decision to implement the recommendation of the Committee headed by Sh. M.A. Khan, ED(NB) on Standard E-2 and E-3 Pay Scales for JTO & SDE equivalent executives. She further informed that anomalies if any shall be dealt separately but as of now management is moving ahead with replacement of scales as demanded by United Forum of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA. We told that we expect a positive outcome on the issue when all the stake holders have agreed in unison for replacing the scales.

Implementation of Khan Committee recommendations on CPSU Hierarchy:

Director (HR) informed that Personnel cell is seeking two months’ time to implement the same which was out rightly rejected by us. We told that already several timelines have been given in past and even in the CMD BSNL meeting held on 14.12.2015. It was assured by CMD BSNL to implement Khan Committee report on both the above issues i.e. standard E2 & E3 scales for JTO & SDE Equivalent executives & CPSU Hierarchy before 26th Jan-2016 but none has been honoured even after lapse of five months period. So we require now orders and not mere assurances as our people are not willing to wait anymore. We told them nothing is impossible and if personnel section makes some extra effort, final resolution requires just one/two weeks’ time. Director (HR) told that she will arrange to convey administrative approval in principle for the implementation of Khan Committee Recommendations in regard to CPSU Hierarchy. We informed Director (HR) that till orders are issued, we will continue with our organizational action program. Director (HR) assured to come up with concrete action plan after discussing it further with HR team.


Scrapping of MT RRs:

Though GM (Pers) emphasized that there is need for Management Trainee in BSNL for specialized works like sales, marketing, EB, Legal as fresh talent is required there. We once again emphasized that any recruitment of the Fresher above JTO/JAO level is not acceptable to us. We said if BSNL is in such dire need, why don’t they recruit the specialized cadres (like sales, marketing etc) at the same level at which JTOs/JAOs are recruited. Director (HR) said that she has been given an impression that we won’t allow such recruitment even at the level of JTO/JAO. We said that our demand is that there should not be entry of fresher’s at level higher to JTO/JAO and our entry is what in other PSUs are called Executive/Management Trainees. Director (HR) told that when head of the organization has committed for scrapping current MT RRs, there is no issue as such in doing that. She told that she shall be conveying the same to CMD and in all probabilities, current MT RRs will be scrapped and instead the process for recruiting specialized trainees (Sales, Marketing, Legal, EB etc.) at the level of JTO/JAO shall be processed. She agreed to come up on the same after discussions with HR team.


Scrapping of DGM RRs:

It was agreed by management but they said that we should allow at least current process. We categorically stated that this is not acceptable to us. Director (HR) told us to submit a letter in this regard so that the same can be examined to take a conclusive decision.


Extending 30% Superannuation to Direct Recruits:

Director (HR) told us that 3 percent contribution has been agreed by the BSNL Board. She told that putting the system in place was first need and that has been done. In the decision, scope is there for revisiting the quantum after actuarial analysis and annually also and revision of date of implementation as demanded by AIGETOA and AIBSNLEA. She said that it took a Herculean effort from her side to get even 3 percent approved. We thanked Director (HR) for the efforts but conveyed categorically to her that 30 percent is our rightful due and we will keep on our fight till it is enhanced further as committed at different platforms or till BSNL informs us about the fund in which 13.8 percent is going towards post retrial medical benefits.


LDCE Results:

We requested for appointing a senior lawyer for pursuing the case at Chandigarh CAT which was agreed to by Management. We further requested Personnel wing that for the want of reply from BSNL side, the cases should not be held up and accordingly timely replies should be submitted. We further told that now the results can be declared as courts has granted permission for the same. Personnel cell asked us to give the copy of judgment. We have given them the copy of judgment which shall be examined by the concerned wing.


Pay loss to JTOs/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 and fixation of pay in respect of departmental outsider (TTAs) appointed after 01.01.2007:

As regard to outsider (TTAs) case is concerned, it was informed that same cannot be agreed upon. We told that there are compulsive grounds which has been overlooked by Establishment cell like a TTA of the same batch or may be junior promoted after these JTOs through LICE is getting more pay than the JTO recruited through Direct Quota. Director (HR) expressed her surprise that why these factors does not come up in front of officers dealing with it. She told us to represent afresh with all the relevant facts. Regarding Pay loss, time line will be intimated to us after consulting with HR team.


Rule-8 Cases:

Time line of the resolution will be intimated to us in one week.


Resolution of various other long pending HR issues like taking urgent necessary action for:

-Immediate conduction of various CPCs in all the disciplines to fill up the vacant group-A and Group B equivalent posts in a time bound manner: We expressed our serious concern against non-conduction of CPCs from JTO to SDE (T), SDE (T) to DE, DE to DGM, JAO to AO, AO to CAO, CAO to DGM(F), JTO (C/E) to SDE(C/E) , SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E), EE(C/E) to SE(C/E) JTO (TF) to SDE(TF), SDE (TF) to AGM(TF), AGM(TF) to DGM(TF) on the pretext of some pending Court cases etc. GM (Pers.) informed that in JTO (T) to SDE (T) promotion court case in the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala, a senior Advocate Sh. R.D. Aggrawala has been appointed to plead the case in the next hearing in May- 2016 to get the stay order vacated.

-SDE to DE and AO to CAO Court case in the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh the reply has been filed and case will be heard on 18-5-2016. Thereafter only writ petition may be filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Chandigarh.

-Notional pay fixation of all upgraded pay-scales w.e.f. 01.10.2000: We expressed our serious resentment and non-resolution of this long pending issue due to the indifferent approach of Estt Cell. Director (HR) directed DGM (Estt) to put up the case immediately. She assured to further discuss the matter with the Association.

-One time relaxation to Steno Grade-III for their promotion to PA cadre: Matter will be further discussed with HR team separately.

-Settlement of Pay anomaly cases where junior executives are drawing more pay than senior executives: Jt. GM (Pers) informed that required information have been received from the circles an shortly will be discussed in the committee of GMs. We resented against the abnormal delay. Director (HR) directed GM (Pers) to take an early action in this regard.

-Diversion of 50% MT quota CAO posts to seniority quota: Director (HR) informed that the matter has to be discussed in the BSNL Board. We demanded it to withdraw from the agenda of BSNL Board meetings and to settle the issue as per the approval BSNL Management Committee at par with Telecom Operations.

-Special recruitment drive for hard tenure/shortfall circles: Director (HR) informed that already decision has been taken to have recruitment of 2000 JTOs DR Quota and 2500 TTA DR Quota.

-FR 22(I)a(i) pay fixation to officiating JTOs: She assured to discuss the matter with HR team further.

-Restructuring of AD (OL) cadres: GM (Pers) informed that based on the financial advice given by EF Cell of BSNL CO with respect to matching saving concept the issue is being examined in Pers Cell. We expressed our serious concern against the delay tactic in dealing the matter. Director (HR) directed GM (Pers) to immediately process the case for necessary decision in this regard.

-Finalization of new SDE RR 2014 in line with Association suggestions: It was informed this has been approved by BSNL Board and shortly notifications will be issued.

-Extension of E1+ 5 advance increment benefit to JTO (SRD)/JAO 2013 batch and PA Cadre: GM (Pers) informed that in the last board meeting held on 05.05.2016 the issue has been approved. Now, it is being sent to DoT for approval.


Dear Friends,

Though one major issue of implementation of standard E2/E3 pay scales to JTO and SDE equivalent appear to be settled due to our struggle. But still, we will continue with our agitation till all the issues are resolved in totality and final approvals are intimated to us by management. Till that time we request all our members to keep on the preparation for the final war ahead and we once again reassure that we are not stopping till our issues are resolved in totality and in finality and to our utmost satisfaction. The Program of 13th May should be implemented in true spirit.