Friday, 28 February 2014



JAO Revised syllabus for 40% and 10% LICE is issued


BSNL - MTNL MERGER - FORUM CALL - DEMONSTRATION



BSNL, MTNL  ஊழியர்களின் ஊதிய விகிதத்தில் வேறுபாடு உள்ளது.
BSNL, MTNL  ஊழியர்களின் பென்சன் திட்டத்தில் வேறுபாடு உள்ளது.
BSNL, MTNL  ஊழியர்களின் பதவி உயர்வுத் திட்டத்தில் வேறுபாடு உள்ளது.
BSNL, MTNL  நிறுவனங்களின் கட்டமைப்பில் வேறுபாடு உள்ளது.
MTNL  நிறுவனத்தில் ஏற்கனவே 46% பங்கு விற்பனை செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது.
MTNL  நிறுவனத்தின் கடன் சுமை ஏற்கனவே 12000 கோடி.
MTNL நிறுவனத்தின் வருமானத்திற்கும் ஊழியர்களின் ஊதியத்திற்குமான விகிதாச்சாரம் 102%.


இப்படி, நிறுவனக் கட்டமைப்பிலும்
ஊழியர்களின் நலத்திட்டங்களிலும்
முற்றிலும் முரண்பாடு இருக்கக் கூடிய
இரண்டு நிறுவனங்களை இணைப்பதற்கு முன்
இந்த முரண்பாடுகளுக்குத் தீர்வு காணப்பட வேண்டும்.
அதற்கு முன், அவசர கதியில் இணைப்பு கூடாது
என்ற முடிவினை FORUM OF BSNL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS எடுத்துள்ளது.

அதன் அடிப்படையில்,
’முரண்பாடுகளுக்குத் தீர்வு காணும் முன் இணைப்பு கூடாது’
என்பதை வலியுறுத்தி
28.02.2014 அன்று மதிய உணவு இடைவேளையில்
விருதுநகர் பொது மேலாளர் அலுவலகம் முன்பு
ஃபோரத்தின் சார்பில் ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் நடைபெறும்.
அனைவரும் கலந்து கொள்ள தோழமையுடன் வேண்டுகிறோம்!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

JAO TO AO DPC - CIRCLE NEWS


Dear Comrades! As we already reported
and after our meeting with the GM(FP)
in which our CS also participated,
the SEA section has issued order
for compiling the APAR/ACRs for the JAOs/AAOs
to the promotion of AOs at the Circle Level
to reduce the time to be taken.
The copy of the order is published below.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

AIBSNLEA MEETING WITH BSNL MANAGEMENT



GS, FS, AGS (HQ) and OS (North) attended meeting with BSNL Management in response to our letter dated 19.02.2014 on long pending HR issues. GM (SR), GM (Pers.), GM (Estt), GM (Restructuring), GM (EF), DGM (Pers.), DGM (SR) and AGM (Pension-Estt. Cell) were present in the meeting. GM (SR) welcomed the Association representatives in the meeting and mentioned that management is inclined to settle the issues and proposed to hold the regular meetings to reduce the number of pending issues.

GS thanked for arranging the meeting and initiated discussions on the HR issues as under:

1. Implementation of Assured Executives Promotion Policy in BSNL
a. Implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy-
Change of designations on each Time Bound upgradation on functional basis. First time bound promotion on 1-10-2004 after completion of four years w.e.f. 1-10-2000 in all the cases.
We have already given the detailed letter on this issue on 20.12.2013. On each time bound upgradation to the next higher grade, the designation and the duties/ responsibilities associated with the grade should also be changed as assured at the time of absorption to the Gr.'B'officers in BSNL i.e. "Non post based time bound promotions upto SG JAG level grade and post based promotions after SAG level post ". Also first time bound promotion on 1-10-2004 after completion of four years w.e.f. 1-10-2000 in all the cases.
Reply: GM (Restructuring) mentioned that a draft proposal in this regard has been prepared and in the next week the same will be circulated to Executives Associations for discussion in the meeting. We mentioned that United Forum has already submitted common proposal on this issue but it has not been discussed in detail and management has started discussion on the CPSU Cadre hierarchy of other PSUs, BHEL, NTPC, ONGC etc. We pleaded that BSNL is a PSU converted from a Govt. Department; it has executives absorbed from DoT and BSNL recruited. Hence, after detail discussions the United Forum has submitted the proposal for consideration. GM (Rstrg) assured that shortly matter will be discussed.   

b.Date of effect of Implementation of revised IDA Pay Scales for the Executives of Civil /Elect./Architect Engg. Wings and PA/PS cadre w.e.f. 1.10.2000 on notional basis.
BSNL Management has granted benefit of residency period w.e.f. 1.10.2000 to the Executives i.e. JTO/SDE (Civil/Electrical/Arch./TF) Engineering wings, CSSs, PAs/PSs, JAOs etc. for whom the RRs were notified after 1.10.2000 and accordingly the pay scales were upgraded. After implementation of this order no Executive has been benefited. Whereas, as per Dr. Vinay Shahi's Committee recommendations the upgraded scales for the above executives'should have been implemented w.e.f 1.10.2000 on actual basis or notional basis. Recently, notional pay fixation from 01.10.2000 in the upgraded pay scales has been allowed to JAOs. Similar treatment is required to be given to JTO/SDE (Civil/Electrical/Arch.) engineering wings and PAs/PSs cadres.
Reply: We further pleaded that notional pay fixation of pay w.e.f. 01.10.2000 should be implemented to JTO/SDE (C/E/Arch) Engineering wings and PAs/PSs cadre as already implemented for JAO cadres. GM (Pers.) assured to examine the case at the earliest.

c.Settlement of Pay anomaly cases wherein senior Executives are drawing less pay than their juniors:
Committee headed by PGM(FP) submitted its report and denied stepping up of the pay of seniors w.r.t. their juniors as per the provision of EPP and also did not consider the advice of Hon'ble CAT Ernakulam, bench O.A. NO. 109 of 2011 with O.A. No. 110/2011 and 236/2011 judgment dated 07.12.2011 in the Seniors (SDEs promoted as adhoc DEs before getting the second TBP ) getting less pay than Juniors ( SDEs promoted as adhoc DEs after getting the second Time Bound Promotion ) case :  "The respondents are directed to step up the pay of the applicants to the level of pay of their juniors with effect from the date of arising of the anomaly of seniors drawing less pay than their juniors in respect of each of the applicants within a period of 3 months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. However, this order will not stand in the way of the Committee set up to deal with the issue under consideration in these O.As, giving a more beneficial recommendation for the applicants."
BSNL CO, Pers. Cell appeal against above judgment has been dismissed by Hon'ble High Court Kerala at Ernakulum i.e. "Hon'ble High Court of Kerala has dismissed the petitions OP CAT 1576,1560 & 1592 of 2012 filed by BSNL against the order of Hon'ble CAT Ernakulum in OAs 109, 110, 236 & 241 of 2011(filed by Sethumadhavan & others) which directed BSNL to fix the pay of the seniors at par with the juniors drawing more pay. The Hon'ble Court also observed the unconstitutional part of the condition incorporated in the pay fixation criteria which prohibits complaining against anomalies. Court also commented that such condition is very primitive and against the fundamental rights. As the applicants in the OAs have already filed petition for contempt of court against BSNL, the Hon'ble Kerala High Court allowed three months' time for BSNL to implement the orders passed by CAT" but BSNL first filed SLP in the Hon'ble Supreme Court in this regard denying its implementation but later on Hon'ble Kerala High Court judgment is implemented for the applicants. We request to extend the same treatment to similar executives.
Reply: We pleaded for the implementation of Hon'ble Kerala High Court Judgment to all affected executives by allowing stepping –up of pay under EPP. GM (Pers.) mentioned that BSNL has implemented Hon'ble Kerala High Court judgment for the applicants and has filed SLP in the Hon'ble Supreme Court. However, he assured to make efforts for early hearing in the case. AIBSNLEA has already filed application for impleadment in the case. We further, pleaded to generalize the Hon'ble Kerala High Court judgment.

d.Amendment in BSNL MSRRs allowing Diploma holders to the promotion of Executive Engr. (Civil/Electrical) wings at par with other discipline of executives.
As per the BSNLMSRRs, the existing JTOs/SDEs (C/E/Arch) Engineering wings having diploma qualification were not eligible to be promoted to the grade of Assistant General Manager/EE/Arch. and against the DoP&T guidelines & CPWD RRs wherein Diploma holders are also allowed to be promoted to the grade of EE (C/E/Arch). AIBSNLEA strongly protested against this discrimination and demanded to remove discrimination on the pretext of degree/diploma qualification to the promotion of EE from SDE (C/E/Arch) and parity with the JTO (T) / SDE (T) as per BSNL Board decision.
In addition to this, in the Architecture discipline, having valid registration as Architect with the council of the Architects is made compulsory, which is gross injustice to the absorbed Executives of Arch Engineering wings in BSNL.
Reply: We pleaded for giving parity to JTO/SDE (C/E/Arch) with JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres in the promotional avenues as assured at the time of absorption by amending the BSNLMSRRs. GM (Pers.) mentioned that a draft proposal has been prepared by PGM (BW/EW) and is now being sent to the competent authority to put up in the BSNL Management Committee and BSNL Board for approval. We requested for an early decision so that about 50 EEs (E) and 100 EEs (C) vacant posts may be filled up. They further assured an early action in this regard. Regarding validity of degree from Distance Education, Committee meeting is being held tomorrow morning at 11.00 AM.

2.Implementation of E-2, E-3 IDA pay scales for JTO/JAO & SDE/AO equivalent executives in BSNL.  AIBSNLEA has taken the issue many times and recently provided the letter on 20.12.2013 on the issue. As per Recommendation of 2nd PRC, DPE has issued order to all CPSEs vide Letter No. 2(70)/08-DPE(WC)-GL-VII/09 dated 02/04/2009 wherein it is clarified that "There will be no change in the ten pay scales of below board level posts as indicated in OM dated 26/11/2008 and there is no justification for introducing intermediary pay scales. In BSNL the Executives of JTO/SDE level are placed in the lower pay scales against their standard IDA pay scales E2 to E3. Almost all the Oil sector, Steel Sector and Power Sector PSUs including MTNL are already adopted the entry level Executives'pay scale starting from E2 scale. The demand to place JTOs and SDEs in standard pay scales of E2 and E3 is very legitimate.
No intermediary scales have been permitted under DPE O.Ms. dated 26.11.2008 and 02.04.2009. Generally, promotion has to be from one ‘Grade'to next higher ‘Grade'with its corresponding scale as per the promotion policy of respective CPSEs. A CPSE cannot have more than one pay scale in a grade (say DGM & GM in E8 pay scale) to promote its executives within the same grade". Ignoring the DPE O.Ms. on implementation of 2nd PRC recommendation for standard pay scales E-2 & E-3 for JTO/SDE equivalent executives, BSNL Management is continuing efforts to implement E1A & E2A intermediate IDA pay scales in BSNL for JTO/SDE equivalent executives, which is not at all justified. In view of this, standard IDA pay scales E-2 & E-3 as recommended by 2nd PRC are to be implemented in BSNL for JTO and SDE equivalent executives to provide justice.
BSNL Management is not at all serious to introduce CPSU cadre hierarchy and implementation of E-2, E-3 IDA pay scales for JTO & SDE equivalent executives. The Joint Committee of BSNL officers headed by PGM (SR), BSNL CO, New Delhi and the representatives of BSNL Executives Associations was constituted in Feb-2012 to discuss and submit its report on both the issues within a period of six months but even after a laps of two years, no serious discussions has taken place in the Committee Meetings. Executive Associations has already submitted their unanimous opinion/ suggestion on CPSU Cadre hierarchy but the Management side has not started discussion on this. Similarly, E-2, E-3 standard IDA pay scales implementation case has so far not even discussed in any meeting. It clearly shows the ignoring attitude of the BSNL Management.
Reply: GM (Estt) mentioned that a proposal for E-1A & E-2A IDA pay scales for JTOs/SDEs equivalent cadres  has been sent to DoT to get approval from DPE and shortly, the decision is expected. We mentioned that intermediate IDA pay scales E-1A and E-2A had been rejected twice from DoT and now again DoT will reject the proposal since DPE has not allowed creation of intermediatory pay scales. GM (Estt) mentioned that E-1A and E-2A IDA pay scales earlier were approved by DPE only and now DPE should only suggest the replacement scales of these E-1A and E-2A scale in 2nd PRC recommended scales. He further mentioned that now DoT has assured to take up the matter with DPE to get settled. However, we strongly demanded implementation of standard IDA pay scales E-2 and E-3 for JTO/SDE equivalent executives.

3.Pay anomaly in the pay of JTOs of 2007 and 2008 batches (recruited after 01.01.2007)
AIBSNLEA has submitted its view on this issue in its letter dated 20.01.2014. Around 5000 talented Direct Recruit JTOs have joined BSNL after 1.1.2007 in JTO 2007 and 2008 batch. They are demoralized and frustrated due to a large difference of around Rs 3500/- in basic pay as compared to the JTOs recruited prior to 01.01.2007. At the time of their recruitment, it was advertised that their pay will be fixed in E1A pay scale, but it is unfortunate that their pay was later fixed in revised E1 scale.
It is worthwhile to mention here that a committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri K C G K Pillai, the then PGM (FP) to find out the possibilities to overcome the situation of the pay loss to 2007 and 2008 batch JTOs/JAOs. The committee was in favour to recommend standard pay scales i.e. E2 for JTO/JAO and E3 for SDE/AO, but the committee recommend provisional pay of E1+5 increments only due to possible enhancement in pension contributions in that situation. Management has extended the E1+5 increments of JTO 2007 and 2008 batches but it is definitely not a permanent solution. The pay differences between the JTOs recruited after 01.01.2007 and their counterparts who joined before 01.01.2007 will boost up largely in 3rd PRC in 2017
DoT has rejected the proposal of BSNL Management for Intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A for the JTO/JAO, SDE/AO equivalent cadres. It is pertinent to mention here that as per the recommendations of 2nd PRC, DPE has issued orders to all CPSEs vide Letter No. 2(70)/08-DPE(WC)-GL-VII/09 dated 02/04/2009 wherein it is clarified that "There will be no change in the ten pay scales of below board level posts as indicated in OM dated 26/11/2008 and there is no justification for introducing intermediary pay scales. DPE has provided the guidelines that all CPSUs should switch over to standard pay scales recommended by 2nd PRC. It is pertinent to mention here that many PSUs in Oil, Power and Electrical sectors including the MTNL have already switchover to the new standard IDA pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007 as per the guidelines of DPE.

4.30% Superannuation benefits to directly recruited employees as per DPE guidelines.
This Association has already submitted its crystal clear views about the issues related to provisions of Superannuation Benefits to directly recruited employees in its letter dated 20.12.2013.We requested BSNL Management to resolve superannuation benefits to directly recruited employees as per DPE guidelines. BSNL should contribute 12% as Superannuation Benefits in respect of Direct Recruits, to fulfill the limit of 30% contribution and the effective date of implementation of Superannuation benefits of BSNL Recruited Employees must be 01.01.2007.
As per DPE OM 26.11.2008, CPSEs would be allowed 30% of Basic Pay as Superannuation benefits. So, BSNL should contribute at the rate of 12% Basic plus DA on monthly basis and 8.33% Contribution of BSNL and 1.16% of Government to EPS Fund should be continued. Further, as per DEP OM dated 24-1-2013, it has also been clarified that DEP OMs do not provide for mandatory contribution on the part of employees and suggested that employees contribution to their post retirement benefit would enhance their social security and therefore CPSEs can frame scheme as per their requirement. We suggest that the employee contribution in this respect should not be taken mandatory.
Recently BSNL Management has organized a meeting on 15.01.2014 with all the Unions/Association on this issue and insisted for providing only 2% additional contribution as superannuation fund. But all the Unions/Association including AIBSNLEA has submitted their crystal clear stand for providing the remaining 12% contribution as superannuation fund only.
Reply: GM (SR) mentioned to re-examine both the issues at Sl. No. 3 and 4, a high level (HLC) committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of ED (Finance). The committee will shortly take feed back from the Executives Associations and submit the report at the earliest. We further demanded 12% BSNL's contribution Basic + DA as per DPE guidelines towards superannuation benefits of BSNL recruited employees.

5. Early Resolution of EPF anomalies with serious discrepancies
    in respect of Direct Recruited Employees of BSNL.
This Association has already submitted its crystal clear views about the Early Resolution of EPF anomalies with serious discrepancies in respect of Direct Recruited Employees of BSNL in its letter dated 30.01.2014.
Yearly EPF statement is being supplied to BSNL recruited Executives in response to our detailed letter and we are continuously monitoring the same. We requested Director (HR/EB) to resolve EPF issue for BSNL recruited JTOs at the earliest. GM (Estt.) & GM (CA) met EPF Authorities to centralize the EPF accounts online. EPF authorities clarified that EPF account of employees has been centralized at Regional Level and efforts are being made to centralize it on All India level shortly.   But even after a lapse of one year the EPF is not centralized. Hence, BSNL should centralize the EPF. Para-32 of EPF Act clearly stipulates that "no past contribution can be recovered from current salary of the employees, past arrear if any shall be paid by employer in respect of both the contribution". But in many field units in BSNL the past contribution has been recovered from current salary of the employees. A clarification may be issued to field units regarding the same including the refund of the already recovered amount.
BSNL has neither contributed for the diet allowance, nor for the stipend for the period of training, inspite of the mandatory provision of EPF Act. An order in this regard may be issued from BSNL CO for making both the contributions. BSNL Field units (except BSNL CO) are not providing the display of monthly EPF statement to the employees; Due to this the employees are unaware with their actual contribution and relevant shortcomings. Strict instructions may be issued to field units for providing regular EPF statement. The EPF slips are issued with a great delay by EPF authorities. Instructions may be issued to the all concerned IFAs to persue the same with EPF authorities to avoid the said delay.
Reply: GM (SR) assured that all the circles will be asked to maintain proper EPF account of BSNL recruited employees. Already an EPF cell has been operated in BSNL CO under GM(CA).

6.CPCs to fill up the vacant PGM/GM/DGM (Engg.)/DGM(Fin), DE/CAO,SDE(T)/ AO equivalent posts in BSNL on Adhoc/ Regular basis.
A good number of PGMs/GMs/DGMs/DEs/SDEs equivalent posts are lying vacant since long. It is adversely affecting the viability of BSNL and causing stagnation in the career prospects of executives. Hence, immediate CPCs to be conducted to fill up all vacant Group -‘A'and Group-‘B'level posts.
Reply: CPCs from JAO to AO., AO to CAO, CAO to DGM (Adhoc) and DGM (Adhoc) to DGM (Regular), GM (SR) mentioned that as per the status report given by GM (FP) the CPCs from AO to CAO, CAO to DGM (Adhoc) and DGM (Adhoc) to DGM (Regular) are in progress. VCRs are being collected to expedite the CPCs. Regarding the CPC to fill up 1800 AOs posts, Director HR) has given the approval to initiate CPC from JAO to AO. The clarification on SC/ST roster implementation as per Hon'ble CAT Chandigarh judgment is being asked from DoP&T through DoT. The discussions on CPCs from JTO to SDE (T), SDE to DE (T) and DE to DGM (T), SDE (C/E) to EE (C/E) will be held in the next meeting.

11.Antedating of pay - anomaly due to accrual of increment of Junior earlier than the senior after fixation of pay in revised pay scale implementation of 2nd PRC.
We requested to BSNL Management to restore the original order dated 23.09.2009 wherein provision for ante-dating the increment of the senior to that of the junior was envisaged. Alternatively, management can think of any other solution that will address the issue of anomaly wherein the junior does not draw more pay than the senior and also the senior does not face any drop in his basic pay which he/she will be drawing by virtue of the 3% annual increment provided in the rule.
Reply: We pleaded that BSNL CO's initial order on antedating of DNI was correct but later on it has been withdrawn and a wrong clarification has been issued herein senior executives are put in loss. GM (Estt.) and GM (EF) assured to have separate discussions on this issue with certain examples wherein seniors are at loss on revised order. Shortly a separate meeting will be held on this issue with GM (Estt) and GM (EF).  



The meeting ended at 18.30 Hrs with an assurance by GM (SR) to discuss further pending items of ourletter dated 19.02.2014 at the earliest. After, the completion of discussions on all the items and observing the concern of BSNL management, we will decide further course of action.

  
Following points are still to be discussed-
7.            Inordinate Delay in holding the 33% LDCE for the promotion of SDE(T)
8.            Restructuring, Revision of pay scale of AD (OL) and Hindi Translators.
9.            Regularization of officiating JTOs and removal of FR-35 pay fixation.
10.          Grievances of PA/ Stenographers'cadre.
(a)           Post based promotions for PA/PS to PPS/Sr.PPS.
(b)          Common Recruitment Rules & Nomenclature in BSNL.
(c)           Introduction of Promotion Policy for Stenos (Dying cadre).
12.          Allowing exercising options to Departmental JAOs on their promotion who got    
               promoted on or after 07.05.2010.
13.          Two weeks of training to executives whose pay is upgraded and on every  
                promotion under EPP.
14.          Inordinate delay in settlement of disciplinary cases.
15.          Modifications in Executives Transfer Policy for soft tenure stations.
16.          Recruitment of JTO (E)/ JTO (TF) from TTAs cadre through LDCE.
17.          Improvement in the revised policy for service GSM, RSTC & Broadband to   
               Executives.