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Meeting between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL.
A meeting is held at the Sanchar Bhawan today the 24.02.2018, between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL. Together with the Minister, Secretary, DoT, Special Secretary, DoT, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, OSD to the Hon’ble Minister, CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL were present. From the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, Com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com. Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS and Com. S.D. Sharma, GS, BSNL ATM, participated in the discussions. The representatives of the AUAB heartily thanked the Hon’ble Minister for taking out time to meet them. Detailed discussions took place on the memorandum submitted to the Hon’ble Minister, the details of which are as follows:-
(1) 3rd Pay Revision.
So far, the DoT has been maintaining that BSNL employees are not eligible for 3rd Pay Revision. In today’s meeting the Hon’ble Minister agreed that the issue of 3rd Pay Revision of BSNL employees would be processed and would be taken for the approval of the DPE and the Cabinet. This is a great achievement. We have broken the stalemate that prevailed in the Pay Revision issue. At the same time we have to be vigilant, till the final approval is given by the Cabinet.
(2) Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.
The AUAB representatives expressed their apprehension that in the name of formation of the Tower Company, the 66,000 mobile towers of BSNL are being snatched away from BSNL. They also pointed out that the decision of the Cabinet that, the Subsidiary Tower Company would remain under the control of BSNL Management, has been violated, through the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of Subsidiary Tower Company. They further pointed out that even BSNL Management was not taken in to confidence in the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, which clearly shows that the Subsidiary Tower Company would not be under the control of BSNL Management. The reply given by the Hon’ble Minister in this regard is not satisfactory. The AUAB has to find ways and means to ensure the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company.
(3) Pension Revision.
The representatives of AUAB strongly argued that pension revision should be done to the BSNL pensioners. It was pointed out that the BSNL pensioners and the Central Government pensioners are covered by the same rules. They argued that when pension revision is settled for the Central Government pensioners, the same should not be denied to the BSNL pensioners. The Hon’ble Minister assured that needful action would be taken to settle this issue.
(4) Calculation of Pension Contribution.
It was strongly argued that pension contribution in respect of BSNL employees cannot be calculated on the basis of maximum of the pay scale, when the same is calculated on the basis of actual basic pay, in the case of Central Government employees. It was pointed out that as per the DoP&T order issued in 2006, pension contribution of the Central Government employees is being deducted on the basis of actual pay only. The Hon’ble Minister directed the Secretary, DoT, that this issue should be settled as per Government orders.
(5) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL.
The AUAB representatives pointed out that it will be extremely difficult for BSNL to compete with the private operators, without providing 4G service. They strongly argued that the proposal of the BSNL Management, for the allotment of 4G spectrum by the Government, should be accepted. The Hon’ble Minister replied in the positive and assured that needful action would be taken.
(6) Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58.
The AUAB representatives strongly argued that the retirement age of the BSNL employees should not be reduced from 60 to 58, as a measure for the revival of BSNL. The Hon’ble Minister told that the government is not having any proposal to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.
(7) Left out issues of the 2nd PRC.
The AUAB representatives pointed out that this issue is lingering on very long time and needs to be settled. The Hon’ble Minister stated that this issue would be looked into by the Secretary, DoT.
At the end of the meeting, the Hon’ble Minister stated that the representatives of AUAB could meet him again, as well as the Secretary, DoT, in continuation of today’s meeting. The representatives of AUAB heartily thanked the Minister for his positive response to most of the issues.
After the meeting with the Hon’ble Minister, a meeting of the AUAB was held in the FNTO’s office. All the General Secretaries expressed their satisfaction with regards to the progress in the issues. They also expressed the view that all these have happened only because of the united struggles and massive mobilisations by the entire Non-Executives and Executives, for which they deserve appreciation.


During the meeting all the General Secretaries of the Unions and Associations of BSNL were escorted by Police to Sanchar Bhawan to arrange a meeting with Secretary (Telecom). Initially Secretary Telecom directed Police to take all the leaders to meet Special secretary (T), DoT but all the leaders categorically told that they will meet only Secretary (Telecom) otherwise all the employees will be called in DoT to demonstrate immediately. After some time Secretary (Telecom) agreed to meet the leaders in committee room.
Secretary (T) along with SS (T), JS (A) and Director (PSU) attended the meeting in the presence of Police and started discussions. All the leaders expressed their serious anguish against the negligent attitude of DoT administration towards the issues of BSNL employees. Even the Secretary (Telecom) is not granting meetings. They apprised in detail the justification of the demands i.e. implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefits, regarding the issue of appointing bilateral wage revision committee by BSNL, BSNL addressed a letter to DoT which is still not replied requires redressal, regarding no settlement of let out issues related to 2nd PRC, pension revision of BSNL pensioners, Rollback of Tower Subsidiary, No reduction in retirement age from 60 to 58 years and no VRS etc. Secretary (Telecom) mentioned that she have been meeting with BSNL leaders on different occasions and she is not denying meetings. However, she explained that the issues are already in her knowledge but she is not the final authority to decide. Matter is being discussed tomorrow with Hon’ble MOSC (I/C), head of the organization for consideration. Regarding 3rd PRC Secretary (T) mentioned that matter has already been referred to DPE for comments. She further mentioned that she is supporting BSNL being a state owned company.
After the meeting with Secretary (Telecom) all the General Secretaries met CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL Board and apprised about the discussions took place with Secretary (Telecom). CMD informed that in tomorrow’s meeting he will also remain present along Secretary (Telecom) in the meeting with MOSC (I/C).
All the General Secretaries of all Unions and Associations will meet tomorrow morning at 1100 hrs to discuss the strategies for the meeting with Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) and thereafter will meet with MOSC (I/C) at 12.30 hrs.
The future course of actions will be decided per the outcome of the meeting with MOSC (I/C) and request the BSNL employees to implement ongoing agitation program of Work According to Rules successfully.


March to Sanchar Bhavan:- On the call of all unions/associations, March to Sanchar Bhavan started from Eastern Court at 1130 hrs today. Com. Tapan Sen General Secretary CITU, Com. Vidyasagar Giri, Secretary AITUC and Com. Jile Singh President INTUC Delhi addressed the gathering at Eastern Court and extended their whole hearted co-operation to our struggle. The emotional speeches of these leaders inspired all. After words, the march started to Sanchar Bhavan, but the police stopped the March at Parliament street police station. A serious situation developed at that juncture. Then the leaders of all unions/associations addressed the mass gathering. Thousands of Comrades from all circles participated is the Sanchar Bhavan March. It is a big success for agitational programme organized by all unions/associations for settlement of 3rd PRC, Role back of tower sharing company, lowering the age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs etc. NFTE CHQ conveys sincere thanks to one and all. Red Salute Comrades. Click Here,


DOT letter No.-24-1/2018/&/SR, dt-21-02-2018 is withdrawn. It is a moral victory of all unions/associations. File No.-24-1/2018-SR, dt-22-02-2018. Click Here,


  • In continuation of letter received from DPE on Wage Revision to Non Executives in BSNL, NFTE addresses Secretary, DOT and CMD., BSNL for relaxation of affordability clause. To Secy, DOT… To CMD., BSNL.
  • DPE replies to NFTE’s letter addressed to Hon’ble PM on Wage Revision to Non Executives in BSNL. Contains advice to approach DOT for getting exemption to affordability clause from the Union Cabinet : Click here.


  • Corporate office issued guidelines for provision of telephone connection with STD & Broadband facility to recognized employees’ unions – shall be rent free service connection. Letter No.-21-01/17-PHA, dt-15-02-2018. Click Here,
  • Corporate office order on grant of transport allowance to Orthopaedically handicapped central Government employees – applicability in BSNL. Letter No.-15-1/2014-PAT(BSNL), dt-15-02-2018. Click Here,
  • Meeting with Director (HR):- G.S, Com. K.S. Shesadri Secretary, Com. A. Rajamouli CHQ Treasurer met to Smt. Sujata T. Ray Director (HR) and extended an invitation to grace the AIC at Amritsar at the same time we discussed the following issues:- (1) Holding of JTO examination for the vacancies of year 2016-17 and 2017-18. (2) To implement Term-Plan insurance in all circles of BSNL preferably with LIC and other Govt enterprises in the field of insurance. The Director (HR) gladly accepted our invitation and given assurance to address the conference. And on other issues, Director (HR) response was very positive.
  • BSNL Shows Positive Growth in December 2017 Subscriber Numbers, Added Over 4 Lakh New Subscribers and Retained 100 Mn Base : Click here.


Meeting of PLI Committee:- The PLI Committee meeting held today under the Chairmanship of Shri Saurab Tyagi Sr. GM(Est). Shri A.M. Gupta GM(SR), Shri Ashutosh Gupta GM (Restg), Shri Keshaw Rao GM(Personal) and Smt Smita Chaudhary GM(EF) were present from Management side, Com. Chandeshwar Singh G.S. and Com. K.S. Kulkarni Secretary CHQ attended on behalf of NFTE (BSNL). The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere and discussion took place for payment of PLI for the year 2015-16. It was decided to collect the inputs, like total revenue earned in the year 13-14, 14-15 and 15-16 alongwith the increase in customer base in the related years. The issue of payment of PLI for the staff working in TERM CELL of Chhattisgarh was also discussed and staff side submitted that since the salaries of staff are paid by the BSNL. The PLI should also be paid from BSNL. Management side reciprocated that after going through the letter issued by the DOT it will be finalized in the next meeting. The next meeting of PLI committee is to be held on 9th March 2018 at 11.30 hrs.