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Meeting with GM (HR/Admin), O/o CGMT BSNL Kerala

Our CS met GM ( HR/Admin), Circle office and discussed about recent transfer orders and other communications from administration side.

We expressed our gratitude to administration to effect the inter BA transfer orders as assured by CGMT & GM HR to us. We have pointed some missing cases and corrections, on which GM agreed to consider accordingly. It was also informed us that the inter BA long standing transfers will not be there this time further till any restructuring is effected by corporate office.

The recent communication on redeployment of executives in BA level was discussed and we asked about the rationale in distribution of various posts. It was intimated that the letter is only a draft and Field / BAs apprehensions will be taken care of before finalisation. A similar kind of draft will be there in CM Segment too. This is for a stop gap arrangement till corporate office finalise the restructuring. GM suggested that our association may share the views to management so that refinements on redeployment can be done through.

Further our CS informed about the ambiguity in field units with regard to a communication from Circle office stating working of administrative / other offices. It was clarified that the letter was issued to restrict the official working days to 5 day pattern during this pandemic season.The guidelines from BSNL Corporate office and GoI stand as such with regard to lockdown situation with regard to functioning of various offices / field duties. We are supposed to extend support on essential services category and Comply with GoI / BSNL directions.

Update on Covid 19

Dear Friends,

Our Circle team is in constant touch with CGMT Kerala and Management with regard to the situation prevailing in the state. Today also the same is continuing. CGMT assured us that all possible measures will be done to ensure the safety of the employees and contract staff. After our suggestions and interactions, Sir, had shared various guidelines /suggestions to be followed with BA heads. The SoPs will be issued. CGMT clarified that pending temporary advances will be sanctioned and will be in touch with Corporate office to allot more funds. With regard to working with skeletal staff, administration is awaiting BSNL CO directions / State Govt orders of on lock down.

We requested to allot separate funds as temporary advances for purchase of sanitizer / disinfectants and wages for other labour associated with the same for field officers / CSC/ Exchange / office incharges. CGMT assured that the necessary infrastructure support to field staff will be ensured and maximum email / soft copy usage will be promoted till normalcy. Sir, also informed us that necessary directions already given for stoppage of MELAs in public spots. We assured CGMT that whatever measures management is taking for the best interest of safety of employees / workers & BSNL we will support to the fullest. We also do share the concern of CGMT wrt to the essential service running amidst this pandemic and safety of ourselves / society.

Meanwhile our CHQ team also appraised the situation with corporate office and we hope to get the pending salary release soon. We need not panic but at the same time we need to be extra cautious and vigilant. We together will fight and help ourselves / government and Society to win this war against this pandemic.

Team AIGETOA, Kerala

Meeting with EPFO Authorities, Trivandrum on 19-03-2020

Our Circle team met EPFO Authorities, Trivandrum on 19-03-20. We had discussions over implementation of Hon HC judgement dated 25/2/19 in the three WPs where 504 applicants from BSNL are party. The meeting was in continuation of the points we took with EPFO in September -2019. The discussions with regard to the RP & SLP pending at Hon SC too also pointed by EPFO. The meeting ended inconclusive and will be continued next week.

Submission to CGMT, BSNL Kerala in the Epidemic Scenario of Covid 19

AIGETOA Kerala made submission before CGMT BSNL Kerala regarding the actions to be taken in the wake of Covid 19 outbreak. We have appraised our concern of employees working at CSCs / External offices and suggested adequate measures wherever the employees has to make contact with public.

We have also requested to reach out state government for supporting the maintainance of BSNL OFC and Copper Cable networks in this crisis and need of sanitary measures at all BSNL offices.

Click here for the letter submitted.

DRAWN STRUGGLE IS INEVITABLE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTFUL DUES AND RIGHTFUL VOICE - START PREPARING FOR BIG FIGHT AHEAD

Friends,

The Post-VRS scenario is no better than Pre-VRS scenario for BSNL Recruits in BSNL seeing the partisan behaviour of management towards your Rightful Dues and Rightful Voice. It seems that some sections in the BSNL management is hell bent to derail peaceful atmosphere of the company and giving you more reason to revolt than to work for betterment of the company. We restrained ourselves from getting into any organisational activities since last one and half years even in the most unfortunate time and denial in the larger interest. But when your existence will be challenged again and again, even when you account for more than 70% of total executive's strength in post VRS, we are bound to react and react vigorously and decisively. We have fought several struggles in past against discrimination and have enough power to once again show our inherited command to defy injustice and oppression. So, all of you are requested to start preparing for decisive struggle against suppression of your voice, challenge to your existence and hollow assurance for settlement of your long drawn genuine HR Issues.

Yesterday, SR Cell issued an order denying the very basic right of your voice and presence in the company by ignoring AIGETOA out rightly and favouring SNEA and AIBSNLEA by extending illegitimate facility for another three months (till 12th Jun 2020), whose due recognition period of three years has already ended on 12th Dec, 2019 as per BSNL REA Rule-2014. Secondly, Restructuring Cell came out with a letter inviting only SNEA and AIBSNLEA from association side as 1st and 2nd Majority Association for an all important proposed meeting on the "Implementation of BSNL Revival Plan and Restructuring in BSNL post VRS" to be held on 18th March, 2020 under chairmanship of the CMD BSNL.

Click here for the SR Letter

Click here for the Restructuring Letter

It important to note here that in the post VRS scenario, AIGETOA has already reached to 2nd Position in respect of total membership count and AIBSNLEA is standing at 3rd Position. This situation exists; when membership changeover window of Dec-Jan was not opened even after our repeated request else you might have reached to the 1st Position. In this condition, non-extending of at par facility to AIGETOA and giving extension to SNEA/AIBSNLEA clearly shows biased attitude of the SR Cell, New Delhi. It seems that management also doesn't want your voice to be heard while finalizing All Important Restructuring Plan of BSNL, which is going to be a key decision in the HR History of BSNL. Hence, your voice is being flattened and you are being marginalised even after reaching 2nd Position in the count and favour is being extended to those who speak in-tune with management.

The ways and methods adopted by HR group and BSNL management gives us enough reasons to believe that something is cooking up and perhaps AIGETOA does not fit in their scheme of things else there should not be any reason to sideline AIGETOA on important policy matters, who is the highest stake holder in post VRS scene. It has come to our notice that M/s Deloitte has submitted its report with regard to manpower plan and it is learnt that there is direction to reduce the posts drastically even to the extent which many would not have thought even in his worst imaginations. It is understood that other associations are becoming party to this decision as their much cherished dream of issuance of AGM to DGM (Adhoc) promotion has been accomplished. If BSNL Recruits do not wake up now, the day is not very far away, when all the BRs will be forced to retire in the cadre of SDE/AO without pay, pension and further promotions. With AIGETOA in picture, it was not easy to get the nod of Unions/Associations on proposed reorganisation plan of BSNL and that may be the key to all such actions.

The website of the messiah association is also burning proof of our interpretations as they simply got the focus of BSNL Recruits shifted to EPF case in Hon'ble Supreme Court after the promotion of DGM (Adhoc), while talks of HR issues have ceased to exist in their website. We are fully prepared to tackle their malacious designs, come what may.. We will not let BRs be made subject to this injustice and we are ready to fight till our last breathe.....

Wake Up Call Dear BSNL Recruits.....It's a wakeup call for all of us.. Either wake up or be ready to be ruined.

Today, Team AIGETOA has registered our STRONG PROTEST to the GM (SR) and clearly apprised him that the we are not going to be remain silent if our concern on these two letters are not addressed. Director (HR) due to his prior engagements at BSNL CO and DoT could not meet but he has been apprised of the unrest and partisan behaviour of HR group. We have given them clear timeline to take the corrective action with regard to this issue as well as conclusive decision on other HR issues as per commitment given in the meeting with Director (HR). If the corrective as well as conclusive action is not taken, AIGETOA is all prepared to rewrite history once again.

The management has to decide whether they want BSNL Recruits to devote their energy in the work place or on the street to fight for their legitimate voice and dues. In the mean time, Secretary (DoT), CMD and Director (HR) BSNL has been sent a SoS letter regarding our serious concern as mentioned above and demanded its immediate redresser. Click here for the letter to Director (HR)

CGMT , Kerala meeting with Associations /Unions on 07/03/2020

Our respected CGMT BSNL Kerala Sri. C V Vinod called for a combined meeting with all associations and Unions on 07/03/20. From management side CGMT and GM (HR/Admin) Sri. R Satheesh were present .AIGETOA was represented by Sri Saheer, CS and Sri. Ansal Mohammed, ACS & CHQ Advisor. CGMT expressed the need of changing our work profile inline with Top management's future plan for BSNL i.e. to become the total Telecom service provider with wholesale on Telecom solutions with corporate level working culture.

CGMT emphasized about the important role of employees in the outsourcing scenario of external / mobile / Ftth-LCO Contract works and desired to technically own the network of BSNL that catering our customers. He expressed the concern towards younger employees and suggested to ensure the magic of team work in the corporate working culture. The need to concentrate on FTTH segment and customer retention was also pointed by CGMT.

Our association assured our strong support for the endeavours for betterment of BSNL. We mentioned about need of various initiatives to be taken in FTTH segment and aggressive penetration methodology / restarting of maintenance contract in FTTH segment.The need of changing the leased circuits to fiber also pointed.We stressed the importance of further empowering and support requirements of EB and Transmission segments. BA wise taskforce creation also suggested. The need of uniformity in distributions of DELs in external cluster within BAs as per corporate office guidelines also pointed by our association. CGMT was receptive with interactions on our suggestions.

We also mentioned about the immediate requirement on maintenance aspect for DG/ACs at IN, Paravur and HLR, Thripunithura. We have pointed out on the throughput saturation in GGSN and increase of limit to cater the requirement. CGMT assured that on the above cases necessary measures will be taken. The issue of multiplicity of reports and need for centralised follow up by higher-ups on KIFB/KSTP/ NH highway works/ KWA etc also mentioned with. We requested with CGMT to consider the pending payment for CCL workers and sweeping / cleaning workers.

While discussion on transfer matters we have pointed on the transparent implementation of transfer policy / guidelines and consideration of pending transfer inter BA requests along with catering of requirement to various BAs. Our CGMT informed that the clear guidelines and practices will be followed in HR matters and at the same time the flexibility / consideration to employees will be ensured in the matters.

CGMT assured that needful care will be there for early clearance / solutions. The meeting was very much fruitful and cordial and we hope that the zeal and energy with employees unity / support will bring glory to BSNL.

Generation of long stay list of executives for intercircle transfer

Click here for the letter from Corporate office

Our Circle team met GM HR/Admin , O/o CGMT today and requested that measures may be done for correct preparation of long stay list by calculation of non-territorial circle stay in Kerala Circle and with regard to various guidelines in this regard. We have also requested for early circulation the long stay list in each cader, so that transparency / verification can be ensured and correction if any can be done which might have occurred due to ERP non updation.

GM assured us that early circulation of the lists will be done. Meantime all our members are requested to verify their career history and present grade in ESS and inform mistakes if any to DS/DPs or Circle team.

Meeting of Team AIGETOA with Director HR, PGM Pers, GM SR, GM Est & GM Recrt on 6-March, 2020

AIGETOA team comprising of AGS-1 Shri D K Sahoo, AGS-5 Shri Yogendra Kumar, AGS-6 Shri Sunil Gautam and OS CHQ Shri Vivek Singh met DIR HR, PGM Pers GM SR and GM Recruitment, GM Establishment on 06/03/2020 and discussed about progress of all the pending HR issues as per commitment given in meeting of AIGETOA with Director HR held on 24 and 25th February.

JTO to SDE LDCE notification: Discussion held with DIR HR regarding delay in issuance of LCDE notification, which was agreed in the last meeting. DIR HR informed, he has already discussed with GM recruitment, and instruction has already been issued for the issuance of LDCE notification at the earliest. Some groups are trying their level best to derail the process.

SDE Reversion case: Discussion held with DIR HR, and he informed, committee has been constituted for completing the formalities to settle the case as discussed earlier with AIGETOA team.

JTO to SDE DPC: Details discussion held with PGM (Pers). HR unit is already working as per earlier discussion held with AIGETOA Team and trying their best to remove the stalemate for the conduction of JTO to SDE DPC.

Preparation of List 9: Instruction already sent to concerned section as suggested by AIGETOA for doing the formalities to prepare the list. Same will be processed immediately from next week.

Opening of Membership Window: Matter discussed in detail with GM (SR). Case is under consideration, but so far no initiation has been started by His unit. AIGETOA team requested GM SR to process the case immediately as discussed. GM SR also assured for the same.

Rule-8 issue: Rule 8 issue was discussed with the concerned authorities & AIGETOA Team requested to issue a direction immediately to field units to consider the Rule-8 cases as discussed earlier. It was assured that the matter will be discussed with CMD BSNL along with all the details of circle wise staff strength in post VRS scenario and to take necessary action thereafter.

Friends, we are constantly following up all the pending HR issues with concerned authorities for early resolution as we can't wait and pursue endlessly. Now the VRS activities have almost completed and we request the HR Team to do justice with the BSNL Recruits. We have came to know that the so called messiah association has again came into proactive mode to detail the positive initiatives. We request them to let the HR Team to work towards various promotion issue and do not derail it for better unison among all. We hope for better sense to prevail.

EPF Full Pension Case

Friends, AIGETOA is closely working in the direction of EPFO Full Pension Case (FPS) for entire BSNL Recruited Employees, who is willing to opt the scheme. AIGETOA Kerala Team has already won the case of EPF Full Pension Scheme against EPFO in Hon'ble High Court of Kerala on 25th Feb, 2019 in WP(C) No 39855/2017 in line with other cases won by different applicants in the Hon'ble HC of Kerala in 2015. The order of Full Pension Scheme pronounced by the Hon'ble HC of Kerala was challenged by EPFO through Special Leave Petition (Civil) in the Hon'ble SC vide Diary No 9610/2019. This SLP of the EPFO was dismissed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court on 01.04.2019 stating that the Hon'ble Court didn't find any merit in the SLP and hence dismissed. After dismissal of the SLP, the EPFO moved RP in the Hon'ble Supreme Court, which is pending before the Hon'ble Court.

Recently, it was observed that some urgency is being created by some people through web/social media that EPF Full Pension Scheme is on the verge of end and hence started collection on the name of FPS. We request them to understand the seriousness of the cause and work genuinely to get the final relief as AIGETOA/BRs are working dedicatedly since years on the subject.

It has been informed to us that current SLP to be heard at Hon'ble SC pertains mostly to exempted organizations. Please recall that BSNL is an un-exempted organisation in EPFO and BSNL recruits have full right to get Full Pension benefits. As mentioned, the SLP by EPFO against un-exempted organizations, has been dismissed by the Hon'ble Court and review petition is pending in which the Hon'ble HC, Kerala judgement is challenged. Once the review petition is finalised, the channel will be opened for all of us including those party in the case.

Earlier, we couldn't move to the court at Delhi as we were waiting for the refusal of EPFO Delhi in this regard, which has been received now. So the cause of action has been established and we can move to the Hon'ble Court at Delhi. In this regard, we have consulted advocate and we were advised that the ideal way to reach Hon'ble Apex Court is through writ petitions in Hon'ble High Court, Delhi. We have decided to file Full Pension Scheme Case at Hon'ble High Court, Delhi on the name of AIGETOA to extend the benefits to all BSNL Recruits as the jurisdiction of Hon'ble HC Delhi is all over India and hence it will be applicable to all of us. So, our legal team has started working in this direction to file EPF Full Pension case at Hon'ble HC Delhi. AIGETOA assures one and all that we will be doing this in a most appropriate and legitimate way and confident to ensure benefits to all BSNL Recruits.

We understand the reason of sudden anxieties by some group on EPF-FPS, which may be happening due to approaching notification of Membership Verification. But we appeal to all our colleagues not to get disturbed by these gimmicks. AIGETOA is bound to pursue and will protect the interests of BSNL and BSNL recruits and we shall be doing this continuously. It may be noted that AIGETOA is the pioneer to lit the lights on rights and requirements for BSNL recruits like SAB, EPF full pension, GTI, Group MS etc.

Details of meeting with GM HR & Admin by Kerala AIGETOA team

AIGETOA team led by our CS met GM HR/Admin Sri Satheesh sir. We mentioned about the requirement of inter BA transfer requests of executives in the post VRS scenario. We requested that the request transfer cases may be considered at the earliest so that the necessary arrangements can be done by the executives in the forthcoming academic year . Sir, was very much receptive on our apprehensions and informed us that the cases will be examined on merit/ need basis. All members who require inter BA transfers may give the details to respective DS/DPs of AIGETOA at the earliest for further persuasion at Circle level.