AIGETOA obtains Injunction of Hon’ble PCAT against appointment of MT by BSNL :

AIGETOA obtains Injunction of Hon’ble PCAT against appointment of MT by BSNL :

Dear Friends,

In an MA filed by AIGETOA and it’s members at PCAT on 14th March 2023, Hon’ble Court has directed BSNL not to fill up the vacancies of Management Trainees without obtaining prior permission of the court.

We have firm expectations from the court case filed on MT process and it seems Hon’ble court is also aware of the merit in the process and accordingly provided relief to AIGETOA and it’s member applicants.

Friends, we apologize for the delayed information in this regard but keeping in view the criticality of the matter and the complexities of the court proceedings, we decided to wait for final written orders from Hon’ble Court.

Opposite side tried it’s best till last hour but couldn’t succeed.

Kerala High Court issues notice to Centre, PF Commissioner on plea against proof for higher contribution :

The Kerala High Court has issued a notice to the Union government and the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (Pension) on a writ petition challenging the requirement to furnish proof of having paid higher provident fund contribution under para 26 (6) of the Employees Provident Fund Scheme by the employees for getting higher pension.

In a writ petition, Sh Saheer S and other 19 employees of the BSNL in Kerala contended that the High Court had held in the Sasikumar case that employees were entitled to exercise option stipulated by para 26 (6) of the EPF Scheme without being restricted by a date.

The EPFO could not exceed what has been directed by the Supreme Court and therefore the link released with regard to the option under para 26 (6) should be disabled or corrected as otherwise none of the employees/employers would be able to exercise the option under para 11 (4) of the pension scheme.

Team AIGETOA Meeting with various authorities at Corporate Office on 16th Mar 2023 :

The team AIGETOA met PGM SR, GM Pers and GM Recruitment on 16th Mar 2023 and discussed the following points:

Meeting with PGM(SR):

We met PGM(SR) and asked about the release of MoM of the agenda meeting held with Dir(HR), Allotment of quarter to Association and Initiation of MV process. PGM SR Informed that MoM Draft is under circulation for comments from participating sections before final approval. It will be shared with us once the draft is ready. It is expected to be issued next week as assured by PGM(SR). On allotment of quarter to association we apprised about the development from the time we received vacant quarter list from Building Section. She said She will discuss with Dir(HR) about all the developments regarding it. AIP showed his apprehension about the intent behind premature initiation of MV and raised doubt about the process started by the SR branch, she said that MV shall be conducted in Sep 2023 and they are only making the preparations to hold it in time. We pointed out that SR cell has deviated from the defined process and they must keep things in order to enable smooth completion of process.

Meeting with GM(Pers):

Later team has met the GM pers to discuss the burning issues like SDE reversal issue and left out JTOs promotions issue and other HR issues.

GM pers told us that Left out promotions couldn’t be done as the new SDE RRs have yet not been finalized. Team AIGETOA expressed its strong displeasure on consistent missing of timelines and sought immediate necessary conclusive actions.

On SDE reversal issue GM Pers said that the committee has not yet finalized the step to issue the promotion orders from SDE to AGM and he shall be discussing with Director HR in coming week on this. We requested to take this issue in mission mode and resolve the long pending issue without any delay now.

Meeting with GM(Recruitment):

Team has met GM Recruitment Smt Samita Luthra and discussed the release of Special JTO LICE results and other points. On result declaration she informed it may take tentatively one week more as the PWD reservation issue is not yet finalized by the BSNL management.

We have later met officers from establishment section to pursue the Rule-9 JTOs extension cases. The requests have been considered positively and orders have been issued.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) of AIGETOA Chennai :

The Annual General Meeting of AIGETOA Chennai was successfully conducted on 10.03.2023. All India President Shri Veerabhadra Rao, Joint Secretary (South) Shri S Suresh Kumar, CHQ Advisor Shri K Senthil Kumar and CHQ OS Shri Nithya Jarald attended and graced the occasion. CGM Chennai and PGM HR were unable to attend the AGM due to last moment meeting. They have conveyed their wishes to our CS Shri Uma Chandran. AIP Shri Veerabhadra Rao and JS (South) Shri S. Suresh Kumar addressed the gathering and briefed the house about the current status of various issue taken by CHQ with the management.

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In the AGM the house unanimously elected the following members for the vacant post in the Governing body :

Finance Secretary – Shri P Karthikeyan

Vice President II – Shri T Ranjith Kumar

Asst. Circle Secretary_V – Shri M Saravanan

After the election of the above office bearers, the CEC decided to create nominated post for strengthening our beloved association. According the following posts were created and members were nominated –

Chairman – Shri A Kannan

Convener I – Shri K Senthil Kumar

Convener II – Shri V Selvarathinam

Women’s Welfare Committee

Chairperson – Smt K Priya

Convener – Smt Vasantha Mary

Member I – Smt Padma Suba

Member II – Smt A Bharathi

Member III – Smt R Meenakshi

Circle Advisory Committee

Member I – Shri Selva Kumar

Member II -Smt. D Sujatha

Member III -Shri Hazarulla

Circle Organising Committee

Organising Secretary I – Shri Babu

Organising Secretary II – Shri Hemlal

Organising Secretary III – Shri Patcha Muthu

CWC Members

CWC I – Shri K Balaji

CWC II – Shri G. Srinivasan

Finally, the house passed the Circle Finance report and the AGM concluded with Vote of Thanks and National Anthem. AIGETOA CHENNAI office bearers thank each and every member for making this AGM a grand success.

Together We Can!! Together We Will.

EPF Full pension option Legal update :

The writ petition filed by Shri S Saheer & Others Vs GOI & EPFO came for hearing at Hon’ble HC, Kerala on 15/3/2023. As informed earlier, the Writ petition sought the clearance for the BSNL employees on the approval pertain to 26(6) and further processing on 11(3)/11(4) as needed for EPF enhanced pension.

The detailed arguments happened for about 30 mins and our advocate argued so as to enable the employees to file online application for higher pension. The Sr. Council from EPFO argued for disposal of our writ petition, but on detailed arguments Hon’ble Bench posted the case to 23/03/2023 with direction to respondents to submit their pleadings. We are hopeful for a positive outcome which will help the eligible employees to submit the options soon.

Update on EPF Pension Option in Higher Wages:

AIGETOA CHQ Representatives along with BSNL representative visited EPFO HQ and met higher level officers in respect of problems faced by BSNL officials due to mandatory uploading of Joint option under para 26(6) of EPF scheme while filing higher option on EPFO portal.

We requested them to settle this problem by way of clarification so that we can opt higher pension within due date. We also handed over BSNL letter dated 10th March 2023 and request them to do the needful on urgent manner.

They told that matter is under active consideration and it will be resolved shortly.

Notice for 3rd Membership Verification of Executive Associations in BSNL :

BSNL CO issued notice 3rd Membership Verification for the Majority Representative Association of Serving Employees in BSNL.

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The Time Schedule for processing of applications is as follows :

1] Release of List of eligible Associations : 17.04.2023 (Monday).

2] Last date of withdrawal of application : 28.04.2023 (Friday).

3] Release of List of final eligible Associations : 02.05.2023 (Tuesday).