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CHQ News:

Meeting with Shri Vivek Banzal, DIR(CFA) on 18.09.2020:

GS, President and AGSs met Shri Vivek Banzal, DIR(CFA) and held discussions on Restructuring, consolidation of SSAs into BAs and consequent post reduction:

We explained the adverse impact on merging small SSAs and creating BAs, thereby surrendering DGM/AGM level posts and creating GM level posts. This will adversely affect the promotion avenues of the Executives, we explained. More DGM/AGM level posts are to be created in BAs, based on the Revenue in the SSAs under Cat 1, 2 & 3 BAs, we demanded. In fact GM level Officers are not available in BSNL but there are sufficient number of Executives eligible to become AGM and DGM, without incurring any additional expenditure.

DIR(CFA) agreed to consider the matter. However DIR surprised to note that none of the CGM has taken up this serious issue with BSNLCO. So far, the proposal come from the CGMs are related to rearrangement of BAs.

All Circle Secretaries may take up this important matter urgently with respective CGMs by demanding DGM/AGM/CAO level posts based on assets also.  Pl refer CHQ letter to CMD dated 14.09.2020 in this regard. 

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL
Policy on External plant maintenance– the amendment made in favour of the vendor to be modified, allowing incentive evenif MTTR as per SLA is not met – reminder to CMD.
In the amendment, calculation sheet modified as: Monthly Incentive for high FMC working Numbers instead of Monthly Incentive for MTTR adherence for higher FMC customers

Now vendor is eligible for incentive even if the MTTR as per SLA is not met in addition to the normal rate applicable. This amendment is only to favour the vendors and BSNL has to spend lakhs of rupees as incentive without meeting the MTTR.

GS letter to CMD


Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 08.09.2020:

GS and President met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

4G Services: The Expert Committee submitted its report to the Govt. As reported earlier, the Committee recommended for indigenous Core equipments for 4G Technology. So, the chance for 4G services in the near future is getting diminished. We have to see how we can pressurise the Govt not to put discriminative conditions on BSNL regarding 4G services.

We discussed the congestion in 3G network in some Circles like Kerala. Due to congestion, the MNP figures are coming down. We requested CMD to consider augmentation of 3G/4G RAN utilising the additional 5 MHz spectrum (4G spectrum) and by diverting unused software licenses. Thereafter, improvement in customer addition and port-in can be analysed and if it is successful, it can be implemented in other Circles also. CMD promised us positive action to improve the network availability and easing data congestion as demanded.

On 2G licences extension, CMD informed that discussion is going on with DoT in this regard.

Immediate Promotions to different Grades through the Non post based promotion: During the discussion with CMD, indications are that other than promises, BSNL management not taking any initiative to break the deadlock. At the same time they want to complete the Restructuring at the earliest.

I. CMD is of the opinion that the Executives promotion should be such that they should reach maximum upto DGM Grade and retire within 1 or two years (DGM promotion after 57 years age and no further promotion required for them). We have to break this thinking of the present management. We strongly protested this attitude of CMD and BSNL management and demanded that BSNL Executives should get promotional avenues upto GM/CGM level. BSNL should be lead by its own Officers and not by outsiders and management should plan for that. This is possible only when the Executives get promotion as AGM/CAO Grades by the age of 40-45 so that they can move forward as Jt GM, Addl GM/GM and CGM, as per merit. Instead of that, management is trying to block the career from the first promotion itself by delaying the promotions as much possible.

In 20 years, BSNL Management could not create its own top management. There is not a single Regular DGM after 20 years! JTOs with 20 to 28 years of service are still JTOs! But on these queries CMD have no solution other than sympathy for them.

II. CMD apprehension is that Executives will become AGM/CAO in 15 years and thereafter another 15-20 years they have to work which is not good. We explained to CMD that once they become AGM/CAO in 15 years, then only they are having further promotion avenues to DGM (E5) Grade, SG JAG(E6) Grade, Jt GM(E7) Grade, Addl GM/GM(E9) Grade and CGM Grade. Today JTOs are retiring in JTO Grade, without promotion and remaining retiring as SDE/AO or AGM/CAO. Further, new Executives only become AGM/CAO in 15 years, that will happen only after 2031, after 11 years. Till that time, all promotions to AGM/CAO Grades will be with senior Executives having 20 to 30 years of service.

III. Another apprehension of CMD is following Hierarchy in BSNL: In categorical terms, we told CMD that there is no hierarchy followed in BSNL, for many years. Normally is Hierarchy is in Govt Depts, not in PSUs. Management is still holding the Govt mindset, it is to be changed.

i) There is no GM/CGM level officer of BSNL, so no Hierarchy followed.

ii) Only 161 DGM(T) working out of 1331 posts and 14 DGM(Fin) out of 402 posts. So no Hierarchy followed.

iii) Only 1400 AGM/DE working out of 5303 posts (7470 including upgraded posts) and 19 CAO working out of 1347 posts. One and half years back 7000 AGMs were working in BSNL. So no Hierarchy followed.

iv) Above all, the Consultant appointed by BSNL itself recommended for no hierarchy upto AGM Grade which is accepted by BSNL.

In nutshell, no Hierarchy followed in BSNL from JTO/JAO to SDE/AO to AGM/CAO to DGM to GM to CGM. Still BSNL is functioning as some system is in force. So management cannot stop promotion in the name of Hierarchy.

We categorically told CMD that other than promises at different level, last 14 months no promotion took place (other than 230 Adhoc DGM promotion, Adhoc is not a promotion) after his take over.

We strongly demanded that BSNL Management should change its negative attitude towards the employees and their welfare, especially on promotions and should provide promotions w.e.f. 01.07.2018 itself by implementing the new non-post based promotions.

Compensation for Covid 19 deaths and proper treatments: We explained the difficulties faced by the employees due to non availability of cashless treatment and few unfortunate deaths of BSNL employees due to Covid 19. We requested for immediate relief to them, atleast as per Govt norms and arrangement for cashless treatment. CMD was positive and assured early action on this.

Restructuring and drastic reduction in posts: We expressed our apprehension on drastic post reduction that will have adverse impact on our promotions. At the same time the AGM/DGM level posts merged and GM level posts created, when there is no GM available. We demanded that before implementation of BSNL Restructuring, BSNL has to switch over to non-post based promotions.

Amendment in EPP, postponement of EPP for 2 years: We protested the unilateral action of BSNL Management by amending the Time Bound Financial upgradation, linking with post based promotion. Post based promotions are based on DoP&T rules and already one year ban is given for next promotion in the case of declining the promotion. TB promotion is different and double punishment cannot be given for the same. We demanded that it should be withdrawn.


GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL expressing concern on merger of SSAs into BAs and drastic post reduction which will adversely affect the promotional avenues --- Restg order dated 27.08.2020:

Drastic reduction of DGM level posts and creation of GM level posts by merging DGM posts will adversely affect the promotional avenues of the Executives and will create unnecessary financial burden on BSNL. Since the promotion upto AGM equivalent Grade is non-post based, Time Bound as per the new promotion policy and the promotion to DGM and above are post based,  reduction in the number of DGM posts will affect the promotional avenues beyond AGM/CAO/EE Grade.

GM/PGM posts are sanctioned by merging small SSAs, earlier headed by TDM/TDE (DGM/AGM). Justified DGM/AGM level posts, based on the revenue or asset are not sanctioned for the larger SSAs at BA HQs. The deputation of the ITS Officers will end in March, 2023 and the number of ITS officer in BSNL this year (2020-21) is just 293 but the number of GM/PGM posts created by restructuring is much higher.

Posts justified for Transmission Mtce and BSS is not sanctioned.

GS letter to CMD on BA consolidation


Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 01.09.2020:

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:

1) Promotion in various Cadres through CPSU Cadre Hierarchy promotion:

DIR(HR) informed that the information sought by DoT is already sent to DoT for their guidance on implementation of Reservation in the approved Policy. We suggested to implement it, following the Govt policy and as an when the guidance is received, it can be implemented from the due date of 01.07.2018 itself.

2) JTO to SDE seniority issue: We enquired about the further course of action after the Ernakulam HC order dismissing the Review Petition.

DIR(HR) informed that the RP filed for restoring the Training Centre marks as criteria for deciding the JTO inter-se seniority is dismissed by the Hon HC. In the case filed by AIGETOA activists, Hon HC ordered that JTO inter-se seniority is to be fixed as per Date of Joining (DoJ) which is against the BSNL policy followed so far. In the JTO RR 2014 also, the inter-se seniority criteria is defined as Training Centre marks.

The main prayer in the petition by AIGETOA activists for 1:1 seniority between 1995 rect Deptl JTO and 2001 rect DR JTO also dismissed by the HC.

DIR(HR) informed that BSNL is filing SLP in the Hon Supreme Court shortly against the HC judgment directing DoJ criteria for inter-se seniority among the JTOs. BSNL is waiting for the judgment copy.

3) JTO to SDE left out cases of 15.06.2018 DPC:

The SC/ST quota of 15% and 7.5% did not fill up due to the dispute in JTO seniority from 2001 rects onwards. Out of 220 ST vacancies, only 04 vacancies could fill up on 15.06.2018. ST candidates of 2002 rect year was already promoted in the 2011 DPC. Some SC quota vacancy also pending. We requested management to take immediate action for the promotion for the left out vacancies of 2009-10 and 2010-11 vacancy years, notionally from 15.06.2018 itself.

Surprisingly SEWA BSNL did not taken up this issue of left out cases of 15.06.2018 promotion, mostly SC/ST so far with the management. Even the 15% (SC) and 7.5% (ST) quota is not filled up in the last JTO to SDE promotion but they are silent!

4) SDE to DE left out cases in the 29.06.2018 promotion:

The contempt petition at CAT/CDG is disposed clearing the roadblock for promotion for the left out cases. Their juniors are already promoted on 29.06.2018 and all are eligible for promotion w.e.f. 29.06.2018. DIR(HR) informed that there is some difference of opinion between different sections in BSNLCO about the promotion for the left out cases itself. So BSNL sought the legal opinion from the lawyer defended the case at Chandigarh.

Since DIR(HR) had a meeting with the CMD, other issues could not discuss today.

CP,CS,CTr, Com.Saravanan ACS, Com.Buddhadev OS and Com.A.S.Sundara Rajan CWC Member met CGM,CHTD after 2nd MV. During the meet Com.A.S.Suresh CS felicitated CGM. The growth of BSNL was discussed during the meeting. It was emphasized from our side to conduct space audit and staff audit. It was again reiterated to simplify the approval of FTTH channel partner.

Dear comrades,
Due to our SNEA intervention with CGM, one OLT has been installed @ Annanagar Staff Quarters and BSNL started providing FTTH connections inside our staff quarters. The issue has been brought to our notice by Com.Pradhapkumar S, Branch Secretary, K K Nagar. Previously, only ACT fiber net was available in our staff quarters, which affected our BSNL brand name. The same has been apprised to CGM, Chennai Telephones and he immediately arranged for installation of OLT. Our sincere thanks to CGM, CHTD for his prompt action and to our Com.Pradhapkumar S for his initiative. 


Important update on SAB

Today, BSNL has paid an amount of Rs 40 Crore for its 39,000 employees covered by Superannuation fund to LIC. As intimated earlier, this is the result of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of BSNL Employees Superannuation Pension Fund Trust (SAB) held on 13-08-2020 wherein, Shri. Piyush Garg, one of the trustee, representing SNEA attended the meeting. In the said meeting, Non receipt of contribution of members from August 2019 was discussed, and in this regard Honorable Director (HR), BSNL CO and other trustees had assured to take up the matter with finance to clear the pending dues at the earliest.

Congrats! This is the result of constant persuasion made by us regarding the issue. As demanded earlier, we strongly reiterate that the SAB payment should be made current i.e. from December 2019 to the month of last drawn salary. 


It is really surprised to observe that one Association did not stop planting lies through their website and social media even after the Membership Verification.

Latest one in those series of lies is their website updation that SNEA submitted objections to list 9 prepared and notified by the BSNLCO during MV (in violation of the code of conduct) and stopped the publishing of further lists.

SNEA not submitted any response to management on list 9. SNEA will convey its opinion as per its stand to the management only after discussion with all Circle Secretaries.

Their GS declare that list 8 promotion is the 1st priority, another leader at Delhi declare that E1+5 is the 1st priority, another leader says 22820 is the 1st priority and another one declares JTO to SDE promotion is the 1st priority etc shows their immaturity and how much they are confused after the MV.

Any way, they promised that all these demands will be settled within one month time including E2/E3 scale and SAB. Definitely, we will wait for one month for the settlement of all our issues.


CHQ News:

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 24.08.2020

GS, President and AGM met Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

i) 4G tender and launching of 4G services: Tender may be delayed by 1.5 years!

The Committee constituted by the Govt almost finalised the report. As we afraid, the Committee may recommend for indigenous Core equipments. For other equipments, option is kept for other vendors also. The unfortunate part is that no one came forward with a proven technology for Core equipments so far. The equipments are to be tested, go for proof of concept and then instalment. This all indicates that new tender may take place after one to 1. 5 years.

On the other hand, the alternative suggestion given by SNEA to go for Roaming agreement with other operators by becoming a Virtual Network Operator (VNO), spectrum sharing etc is under active consideration of the management. Management already initiated discussions with other operators, CMD informed us. It is a matter of great pride for SNEA, our suggestion for 4G launch got the attention of BSNL management and started acting on it. This proposal also mooted by SNEA/KRL.

In similar manner, the suggestion given by SNEA/KRL on launching of IPTV services on FTTH network also approved by BSNLCO last week and trial launching will be done in 3 SSAs in Kerala.

ii) Issuing Bond for Rs 8500 Crores: CMD informed that matter is moving positively as planned. The relaxation to be received from Finance Ministry before issuing the Bonds also received last Friday. The formalities are getting completed. As we reported earlier, BSNL is planning to float the Bond in the second week of September.

iii) Posting of more Executives in Mtce Regions and Merger of Project Circles and Maintenance regions:

CMD agreed that there is shortage in Mtce regions and merger issue will be decided in another two weeks.

iv) Withholding of VC in the case of private cases: We explained the seriousness of the issue. Just on private cases out of personal issues, VC is withholding at the time of retirement. Lot of cases reported in the VRS and the DoT clarification in this regard is to be reconsidered. We discussed this issue with the CMD and DIR(HR) earlier also and sought their intervention.

CMD informed that BSNL strongly taken up this matter with DoT and requested for reconsidering the guidelines issued by DoT. If required, it is to be referred to DoPT, BSNL suggested.

The Review Petition filed by BSNL at Hon HC, Ernakalam dismissed on 24.08.2020.

The RP was filed by BSNL for reviewing the 05.06.2018 judgment of Hon HC which set aside the AIEL prepared based on Trg Center marks and directed BSNL to prepare the AIEL based on Date of Joining (DoJ). The original prayer of AIGETOA for fixation of seniority in the ratio 1:1 between 1995 rect Dept JTO and 2001 rect DR JTO was rejected by the Hon HC in the original judgment itself. The RP was for restoring trg centre marks. The seniority of all JTOs fixed as per Trg centre marks so far, for many decades. In the JTO RR 2014 also, the seniority fixation is as per Trg Centre marks. BSNL and SNEA was pleading for continuation of Trg centre marks instead of DoJ.

If DoJ is taken as criteria, many JTOs of earlier Rect year will became junior to later rect year JTO. More interestingly, AIGETOA demanding different criteria for seniority fixation in different cadres, DoJ for JTO seniority fixation and Vacancy year(instead of DoJ) for SDE cadre.

The contempt petition against CMD and GM(Pers) was stayed by the Hon HC till the RP is decided. By the dismissal of RP, contempt petition in the CAT became alive.

We are waiting for the response from the management whether they are facing the contempt petition filed by AIGETOA or appealing against this judgment.


Result of 2nd Membership Verification declared:

AIGETOA: 11930 (40.23%) and SNEA: 11158 (37.63%)

SNEA congratulate AIGETOA for winning the 2nd MV with margin of 772 votes. We wish them all the success.

We congratulate all the SNEA comrades worked tirelessly for the last 2 months. Our sincere gratitude to all of them.

SNEA secured number one position in majority of the Circles (16/29) including almost all the major Circles. SNEA become number one Association in A&N, AS, HP, J&K, KRL, KTK, MH, MP, NE I, NTR, PB, TN, UP E, UP W, UKD and WB Circles.

We once again assure all our members as well as BSNL Executives that SNEA will take all possible efforts for the Revival of BSNL, timely salary payment and to resolve the HR issues mentioned in the SNEA Manifesto 2020 like CPSU CH promotions, E2/E3 pay scales, pay loss of 22820, pay loss for LICE JTO/JAOs, E1+5, 30% SAB, 3rd PRC, notional E1A/E2A from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/Arch etc, Intl MT, Medical/Perks, Rule 8 etc.

Result of 2nd MV

Dear comrades

Our wholehearted congratulations to all the SNEA members and BSNL executives for your profound support in the 2nd MV election to SNEA on Revival of BSNL as well as resolving HR issues.

You all are very well aware that the growth / profitability of BSNL is actually, growth of our executive fraternity. Your unconditional support to SNEA had further strengthened it to fight for revival of BSNL thereby securing the career of our young executives in a long run.

Comrades, is the revival of BSNL can be achieved only through our work performance? Of course we have to give our 100% output, but is it possible to increase our revenue without 4G / 5G spectrum? Or without other development activities accomplished by the BSNL management?

We, the executive fraternity should be vigilant on implementation of outsourcing / AMC policies to avoid leakage of BSNL revenue. The restructuring of BSNL units which will result in reduction of POST, there by affecting the executive career growth will also be monitored.  

So, the option left to BSNL is, united and sustained struggle against the negative forces of BSNL, be it a management or government policies. To achieve this objective, SNEA will work to unite all the stake holders in BSNL by saying louder that “UNITED WE STAND, DIVEDED WE FALL”

In this background, SNEA with all your undeterred support, will continue its effort to strengthen BSNL and to resolve the long pending HR issues in all possible ways. 

Dear Comrades, 
Congratulations to all our Executives for exercising your democratic right through solid participation in the 2nd MV. Even during this COVID 19 period, we in Chennai achieved 91% polling with all your solid support. Hats off to our entire circle administration team for conducting the election in a smart and excellent manner with proper arrangements. We extend our heartfelt and sincere thanks to our young and dynamic warriors of CWC Members / Circle / District / Branch Officer bearers, Polling / Relief Agents, Booth In charges & Campaign Committee Members of SNEA, CHTD. Especially to the family members of our young warriors for extending their cooperation even in COVID 19 period. It is a great pleasure to convey our thanks to our senior / retired comrades for their all-round support and guidance in the 2nd MV process. SNEA, CHTD extends our gratefulness to TSOA comrades under the leadership of Com.Adi Govind for their unconditional support in the election process. Once again, SNEA, CHTD extend its sincere thanks to one and all for ensuring the Legacy of SNEA like “Democratic Functioning”, “Team Work” & “Executive Unity” in the 2ND MV process. 
Suresh. A.S.


T S O A      S N E A      B S N L O A

Vote for SNEA, Vote for No 9, Vote for promotion

SNEA is struggling for the Career Growth of all. BSNL recruited more than 18,000 JTO/JAOs from 2007 onwards. JTOs from 1999 rect are waiting for promotion.

Now promotion through DPC is a nightmare due to the contempt case, seniority issue, reservation issue and post reduction due to restg. Intentionally, for MV purpose, one Assn is announcing date of promotion through DPC every month. Management will consider promotion only after completion of Restg (post reduction). They are not telling whether there will be any vacancy after restructuring.

On LDCE promotion, going by the history of BSNL, it may take 3 decades to complete the 9 Vacancy Years(VY) LDCE (2011-12 to 2019-20), year by year. Hon Court directed BSNL to conduct LDCE, VY wise. CMD already approved in the file last year itself that LDCE to be held after the Restg only, if posts available.

In this background, Comrades, for your smooth career progression, for your future, SNEA worked out the Non Post Based promotion, namely BSNL Executives Promotion Policy Amendment & Rect Rules, 2017(CPSU CH). We completed almost 95% work by negotiation for years together and getting the BSNL Board approval. We require to give the final push for its implementation from 01.07.2018 with your strong support to SNEA by crossing 51%.

Your Vote will be for your FAST TRACK PROMOTION.

My Vote for Non-post based Promotion.

My Vote for assured three Promotions, in every 5 years.

My Vote for SDE/AO promotion in 4-5 years.

My Vote for DE/CAO/EE promotion in 8-10 years.

My Vote for PARITY in promotions.

My Vote for change of designation with scale.

My Vote for promotion w.e.f. 01.07.2018. 

My Vote for promotion with 0% dropping. 

My Vote for promotion for all JTO/JAO/AM recruited upto 2015

My Vote for promotion for all list 8 SDEs from 01.07.2018/2019. 

My Vote for promotion of all AOs upto 2009 as CAO. 

My Vote for promotion of all SDE(C/E/TF/Arch) & DM/CSS upto 2009 as EE/AGM. 

My Vote for promotion of list 9 SDEs. 

My Vote for reducing 1st TB promotion from 6 to 4-5 years.

My Vote for One year relaxation for the same rect/vacancy year.

My Vote for past service weightage in promotion. 

My Vote for CPSU CH following the Govt policies of Reservation.

My Vote for promotion based on Vacancy/Rect year.

My Vote for REGULAR promotion to DGM and above posts.

My Vote for the Commitment and Vision of SNEA.

Give 51% vote, SNEA assure Fast Track Promotion


MV Campaign conducted on 08.08.2020 at CGM office, DGM HR/A office, Kellys Exchange building and Anna Nagar Exchange building. Today (10.08.2020) MV campaign conducted at Guindy GM-South office, K.K.Nagar Exchange building and Kodambakkam Exchange building. The response from Executives very much positive.

Telecom Sector Officer`s Association Join hands with SNEA

As a part of unification of Executive Associations, SNEA, CHTD took initiative and requested TSOA to join hands with SNEA. The SG/TSOA Com.Shilo Rao and Dy.GS/TSOA Com.Adi Govind wholeheartedly accepted the proposal of unification. It shows the magnanimity and maturity of TSOA leaders and both of them on one voice said unity can only save BSNL and unity can only resolve the pending issues of Executive fraternity in BSNL.
Today MV campaign started with unification of TSOA and SNEA. A meeting held at Annaroad Exchange complex. The meeting was presided over by Com.S.Boobalan CP. CS in his address emphasized the need of the hour is unity. CS further informed that unity can only save BSNL and the long pending issues can be resolved only by the unity. CS welcomed all the TSOA leaders and their members. SNEA office bearers honored the TSOA leaders and their members with shawl, TSOA reciprocated by honoring SNEA office bearers. Today is a golden day for SNEA. Today MV campaign done at Annaroad, K.K.Road and Haddows Road exchange. Many of the Executives shown interest on voting for SNEA, though they belongs to other associations.