Letter to CMD BSNL – Our strong objection on continued stalemate on account of precondition on the matter of SDE to AGM Promotion

Letter to CMD BSNL – Our strong objection on continued stalemate on account of precondition on the matter of SDE to AGM Promotion

Letter to CMD BSNL submitted by AIGETOA on the matter of SDE to AGM Promotion highlighting the stalemate and insufficient vacancies in AGM Promotion and non starter of CAO Promotion.

Our strong objection on the continued stalemate on account of precondition put forward by management and offering lower number of vacancies in the SDE to AGM Promotion and non starter of AO to CAO Promotional Process.

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Strong objection for leaving behind the executives of list-12 & list-13 from the VC calling initiated by BSNL CO and keeping them away from the purview of AGM promotions – Letter to CMD BSNL

AIGETOA made strong objection for leaving behind the executives of list-12 & list-13 from the VC calling letter initiated by BSNL CO and keeping them away from the purview of AGM promotions. AIGETOA demanded inclusion of all SDEs in all preparatory work and actions should be initiated to ensure promotion of all SDEs completed seven years of service till list list-13.

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Highlight of the commitments made to AIGETOA during various meetings which are reiterated as below :

  • Consideration of complete strength of 4500 Posts by diversion of Posts from MT/LDCE quota to that under DPC quota as one time measure and vacancies under internal competitive quota to be extended by adjusting the same through vacancies created on account of future retirements on yearly basis. We have categorically rejected any move for external MT recruitment, and we once again reiterate our firm opposition to any lateral entry of external candidates in the organization. Presently BSNL Board has also put a stop to any external recruitment in BSNL.
  • Consideration of vacancies arising out in AGM cadre due to DGM (Ad-Hoc/LA) by considering them as occupying the vacancies of regular DGMs and using them for DPC in SDE (T) to AGM (T) grade in line with the mechanism followed in JTO to SDE Promotions. This will also enable smooth promotions for AGM to DGM Regular Grade.
  • Review of sanctioned strength and creation of Posts in various cadres including AGM in view of the proposed merger and takeover of BBNL operations by BSNL and roll out of more than one Lakh 4G BTS as per the expansion plan.
  • Introduction of Stagnation Criteria in MS RRs as committed to this association vide management letter no BSNL/31-3/SR/2020 dated 02.03.2022 under minted point number 2(d), which will make these promotions time bound in case regular vacancies falls short. The association has demanded that the stagnation criteria in this case should be eight years.

To avoid another injustice to these executives, department should take all necessary actions to ensure that these meritorious executives are not left behind in the promotion orders. Accordingly, we demand:

  • Calling of vigilance clearance particulars of the eligible SDEs up to list 13.
  • Completing of pending APAR (if any) including offline period of the eligible SDEs up to list 13.
  • Carrying of the SDE to AGM Promotions of all SDEs, who have completed seven year residency period i.e. upto seniority list-13.

AIGETOA Strong Objection to frequent change in the SDE Seniority List 12 comprising of LDCE Qualified Executives – Letter to CMD BSNL

GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding consistently changing stand of the management on various issues and new found tendency to unsettle already settled issues citing DoPT Rules/RRs Provision in a selected manner – Our Strong Objection to frequent change in the SDE Seniority List 12 comprising of LDCE qualified executives

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The insensitive and consistently changing approach of the management on critical issues pertaining to the executives, where they are changing their own decisions taken years before. Few glaring examples are as stated below:

  • The provisional List 9 was published in July/August 2020 for the vacancy Year 2006-7 wherein the Competitive and Seniority Cum Fitness Quota people of same vacancy year were placed in the list as per their respective date of joining in the cadre. Even in this published list provision of Rota was blatantly ignored despite provisions for the same being there in DoP&T guidelines and BSNL being bound to follow DoP&T guidelines in case the provisions in RR doesn’t exist meaning DoP&T guidelines will act as Rule in such cases where RR Doesn’t provide any explicit provisions in the matter. Despite such rules in force, management blatantly ignored the Rota Rule and went ahead with provisioning of Quota in the circulated provisional seniority list.
  • Thereafter, one fine day, a thought comes in the mind of the management that earlier decision taken by the same section was not at all correct and was not in line with Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment, and they start the process of changing their own decision; one year after the earlier decision, which was taken with due approval of the Director HR/CMD BSNL. All these while they just keep their unidirectional approach with completely misinterpreted version of RR as well as Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment. Even submission of Legal Opinion on the Judgment as well as proper interpretation of RR from a Retired Justice of Hon’ble Supreme Court was not enough to deter on their motive of putting competitive quota persons at bay. Such was their inconsistency on the matter that they even went against their own affidavit submitted in Hon’ble PCAT where they have ensured that delay in conduction of exam will not impact the seniority of the competitive quota people and the same shall be protected.
  • Thereafter, they change their earlier decision and circulate a provisional list wherein they kept even the failed candidates of LDCE 2012 above the LDCE 2012 passed candidates. Ignoring all objections and submissions from the association as well as individuals, management finalizes the list stating that DoP&T guidelines are not at all applicable in case of SDE RRs. In the finalized list, neither vacancy year-based quota nor the ROTA was extended to the competitive quota people. Those who were not even eligible to be promoted against vacancies of 2006-7 and 2007-8 LDCEs were placed above the eligible candidates of 2006-7 and 2007-8 vacancy years. Needless to mention is the fact that competitive quota people were again at the receiving end.
  • Now, once again management suddenly realizes that whatever they did in February 2022 was not correct and there is again a need to correct the principle. They decided to do away with backlog vacancies citing DoP&T guidelines of 1986, which they themselves have been ignoring in the SDE Seniority lists 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13. The candidates against these backlog vacancies were selected almost 10 years back and their promotion orders were released in July 2013. After a gap of 9 years, management decides what they did in 2013 was not correct and now there is need to change the principle followed and they do it without any second thought and that also on a very sensitive issue of Back Log Vacancies of Reserved Quota Candidates. Here, all hesitations of the people dealing the matter go for a toss just because this action will create more complexity in already complexified matters by BSNL on the issue of seniority. Intent is very much visible to keep the meritorious competitive quota people engaged in legal entangles and the reason is cited as the provisions of DoP&T guidelines, whose applicability in SDE Seniority, they themselves have denied.
  • Same DOP&T guidelines stipulates provisions of one year relaxation in eligibility criteria in case a Junior is promoted before a Senior, both in SCF as well as Competitive Quota, but it fells to attract the attention of HR group and they don’t hesitate in placing people up in the rank below the people lower down in the rank stating that this relaxation is not applicable for LDCE quota despite provisions in SDE RRs as well as DoP&T guidelines. Not only that, but they also don’t hesitate in reverting SDEs already promoted SDEs, 12 years after they promote them citing a prospective clarification while when the matter was clarified from the section at the time of deciding the eligibility, at that time department made those executives eligible to appear in the exam. It will be pertinent to mention that persons at the receiving end are again the competitive quota people with highest merits.

AIGETOA writes against the appointment of consultant in BSNL

AIGETOA has registered its strong protest against the advertisement of consultant in BSNL and demanded roll back of the notification. We raised that BSNL has a well-defined recruitment system and engagement of consultants at such a senior level and that too for such a long period, is totally unwarranted. We feel, it is important to give more thrust to strengthen the wearing network Elements, Batteries, Power Plants, Long Distance Routes and availability of resources in Field Units for better upkeep of the network with existing officers instead of going for the hiring of consultant. In view of the above, we demand roll back of the proposal to engage consultant for such a long period and instead, the available officers should be utilized for the assigned task and focus should be given to strengthen the network, resource enhancement and motivation of existing manpower.

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Strong Objection on DoT Letter for Disagreement of E2-E2 Scales – GS Writes to CMD BSNL for immediate intervention

AIGETOA takes strong objection on the DoT letter communicating its disagreement on the proposal of Management Committee of BSNL Board on E2 and E3 Scale for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent Grades, which is a residual of 2nd PRC pending w.e.f. 01.01.2007.

GS writes to CMD BSNL with immediate intervention is requested for approval of E2-E3 Scale for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent grades without Cascading in view of the serious resentments prevailing in the Executives and Employees of BSNL.

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AIGETOA Writes to CMD BSNL for Immediate Conduction of DPC for SDE (T) to AGM Promotions

GS AIGETOA writes to CMD BSNL for Immediate conduction of DPC for SDE (T) to AGM promotions to the SDEs stagnating in the cadre despite completing their requisite residency in the SDE grade much earlier and making provisions to extend justice to the LDCE qualified SDEs of List 12 and 13 belonging to Vacancy Years 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 to ensure that they are promoted together at par with the SDEs of the corresponding vacancy years belonging to SCF quota.

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Nomination of Shri Ravi Shil Verma as Chairman AIGETOA in the special GBM held on 15th
April’2022 through online mode

Dear Friends,

New CHQ Team of AIGETOA has been endorsed by the BSNL Corporate Office for all purpose in line with the election held at Bhopal on 14th March 2022. This Team is a mix of previous body OBs and new entrants i.e. a combination of experience and youthfulness under the leadership of our vibrant General Secretary Shri Wasi Ahmad and Young All India President Shri Veerbhadra Rao. In a Special General Body Meeting held though online on 15.04.2022, our most respected and tallest leader Shri Ravi Shil Verma has also been unanimously nominated as Chairman of AIGETOA. The new team has swung into action immediately towards various outstanding issues of the Executives as well as the policies for revival and survival of BSNL. In recent times, the Team has held several meetings at different level of authorities in BSNL, DoT and DoPT. At the same time, CHQ has attended various meetings of the combined platform of AUAB as well as our ally association SEWA also. In between, OBs of New CHQ has also succeeded in meeting various Hon’ble Members of Parliament as well as Member of Parliamentary Committee on Communication and Information Technology, Govt of India to further precipitate and resolve our issues. We have set our agenda very clearly to ensure resolution of long pending issue of Standard Pay Scale E2-E3, Pay loss issue of JTO/JAO, Issuance of long awaited promotion in AGM/CAO/EE, SDE/AO/AE and other grades and settlement of Reversal Issue, full 30 percent Superannuation Benefits (SAB), Creation of mechanism for the Fast Track Promotion Channel through MS RR, Cashless MRS facility and Group Health Insurance Policy by BSNL, Revision of Allowances, Restoration of LTC, 3rd PRC in BSNL etc.

Despite getting the Majority Representative Association tag in the most difficult phase of BSNL as well as mankind, we have been able to clinch long pending issue of promotions from JTO to SDE and other equivalent grades, the transparent and unform transfer Policy, clinching maximum posts in the middle level management despite surrender of almost 14000 post due to VRS, streamling and clearing of Rule 8 cases, incorporation of stagnation criteria through personal upgradation in RRs, incorporation of fast track promotion policy in various RRs, notification for LICE for JE to JTO, deposit of arrears of SAB fund, Up to date deposit of EPF contribution, timely payment of medical bills, maintenance expenditure are to name a few. Today we have created an echo system where no executive is dependent upon anybody for processing of his Requests down to the SSA level. In the most critical period of Covid, we extended a health policy at such rates that many thousand employees of BSNL were able to have a health cover and they got the benefits of almost 20 crores as claim settlement, we have been able to get created BSNL Covid Fund for the families of all our brothers who left us due to Covid. The achievements are many but at the same time there has been certain setbacks also for which we are fighting hard and will ensure that justice prevails for all. We will claim our successes and at the same time we will not hesitate in accepting our failures also and will strive to overcome those failures and convert them to success. Executives voted for change and change is visible.

This changed scenario was not possible without the ardent support of the OBs, Members and Executive Fraternity. Still some association play the game of number and try to deceive management on various occasions though SAP Count. Now, a time has come to give a full support in terms of numbers also to cement the position of the association for a harder and efficient way for resolution of issues. So, we request all of you to please come forward and extend a hand of support for a better future in BSNL. Following is the Team of AIGETOA CHQ for your service at all time.

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