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A Brief Journey about evolvement of Telecom in India



Postal means of communication was the only mean communication until the year 1850. In 1850 experimental electric telegraph started for first time in India between Calcutta (Kolkata) and Diamond Harbor (southern suburbs of Kolkata, on the banks of the Hooghly River). In 1851, it was opened for the use of the British East India Company. Subsequently, construction of telegraph started throughout India. A separate department was opened to the public in 1854. In early1881, Oriental Telephone Company Limited of England opened telephone exchanges at Calcutta (Kolkata), Bombay (Mumbai), Madras (Chennai) and Ahmedabad. On the 28th January 1882, the first formal telephone service was established with a total of 93 subscribers. From the year 1902, India drastically changes from cable telegraph to wireless telegraph, radio telegraph, radio telephone, trunk dialing. The Trunk dialing used in India more than a decade, where the system allowed subscriber to dial calls with operator assistance which moved to digital microwave, optical fibre, satellite earth station.

Since year 1975, Department of Telecom (DoT) was responsible for telecom services in the entire country after separation of Indian Post and Telecommunication. A decade later Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) was chipped out of DoT to run the telecom services of Delhi and Mumbai. In the 1990s the telecom sector was opened up by the Government for private investment. The Government of India corporatized the operations wing of DoT in 2K and renamed Department of Telecom as Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The BSNL came into operation on 01.10.2000 and so every year we celebrate 1st October as BSNL Foundation Day.

With the advent of BSNL, the telecom sector in India witnessed a sea change. With BSNL being in the helm of the affairs in competitive era, the services which were restricted to the exclusive few went to the common man cutting across the barriers of the caste, creed and class. It was BSNL which brought mobile telephony to the hands of common man. It was BSNL, whose entry in the Telecom Market brought revolution in telecom service prices becoming pocket friendly for general public. It was BSNL whose broadband Services made public aware that Internet can run so fast.

Today, yes, no doubt, the policy makers of the country over the years have brought a situation that complete Telecom Market is in distress and most of the companies have vanished from the market, either through closure or merger. But BSNL has stood the test of the times; BSNL has conquered all the difficulties. BSNL has kept its head high despite itself being in the toughest situation of the century, despite it being in one of most hostile environment.

General public perception is that BSNL like a parasite, is thriving on the taxpayers money but the fact is that ever since BSNL came into existence, it had paid government of India more than two lakh crores Rupees against various dues like license fee, spectrum fee, taxes, dividends etc. Till today, BSNL has not taken a single penny help from government and has been sustaining its operations as well as payment to employees through its own income.

Yes, Today BSNL is bleeding and the situation is really gloomy. But we are hopeful, We are Confident, We are Sure – We will Come out of it. Together We will make it. Together We will Win it. For the Country, For the people, For the Poor, For the Deprived, For the needy Ones. We will Win as we are the one who serve the nation at the time of distress, we are the one who serve the nation at the time of calamity, we are the one who stand with the nation at the time of the need, We are the one who keep on walking when the roads are non-visible, We are the one who keep services up and running when all others run and flee.

We, the BSNL Recruits and young executives of BSNL, hereby take a pledge that We Will Not Let BSNL Die, We will not let BSNL starve. We will fight it out. We will pull it out from misery and We will take it back to its Pristine Glory. We Shall Overcome Definitely!


With Best Wishes on this BSNL day




Together We Can, Together We Have, Together We Will


जागो BR जागो

Some Unions & Associations have served notice for protest program on 1st October 2019 wherein they have put forth their certain demands including opposition to the lowering of retirement age to 58. Since AIGETOA and its membership were against holding any protest program on BSNL Foundation day and further the issues contained opposition to lowering of retirement age is against our line, so AIGETOA has decided not to participate in the program.

However, it is sad to note that most important issue pertaining to BSNL Recruits i.e. extending 30 percent Superannuation Benefit (SAB) to BSNL recruited employees did not find a place in the charter of demands but 3rd PRC included in the demands. Ever since AIGETOA was there in AUAB and its activities, SAB issue always found a main place in charter of demands and during discussions. In fact this was the first issue which came to finality during discussions with AUAB during December 2018.

It will be pertinent to mention that both the so called voices of executives i.e. recognised and support association are signatories of the notice, but still they didn't took up the issue of BSNL Recruits in the agenda points. This should be enough to open the eyes of those BSNL Recruits who are still watering the plants of such associations. Questions should also be raised to the main stream BSNL recruit leaders of these associations that why they failed to impress upon their General Secretary to include the BR agenda points in the demands or discussions of these associations. Hence, it wont be exaggeration to state that only AIGETOA can act against the injustice to BSNL Recruits. Rest all others are for cosmetic follow-ups and write ups claiming credit. जागो BR  जागो

Recent exercise of joining hands of the so called recognised and support association for the matter pertaining to the DGM Promotions, Lowering of Retirement Age, CAO promotions, Pay Fixations etc takes us back to April 2017 when membership and leaders of these associations refused to join hands on the crucial issue of lowering of Pay scales of JTO  and SDE grades stating that their members are not ready to work together while AIGETOA forgot all past and participated aggressively and actively in the agitation action program. In fact GS AIGETOA was charge sheeted for participating in these programs. But the same leaders and members do not hesitate now to join hands for their promotion, for their pay, for their pension but issues of BSNL Recruits does not find a merit for them in joining for a decisive struggle.  जागो BR  जागो

Recent update on the so called proclaimed majority association website where they have again been seen crying on the Ernakullam Court case that due to that court case, DGM promotions are stalled. Laughable...Ridiculous...What happened now, How management is agreeing now when contempt is still in action. This is one more chapter in their never ending series of Jokes and lies. An association who have been boasting the chants of struggles, bravery and fighting to the last drop for all these years, has stooped to such a low now that they are taking shelter of a contempt case in CAT to hide their failures. What happened to the bravery? Why they can't fight...what is the compulsion that they are unable to stand even an inch against the wrongs and blaming everything on court cases by BSNL Recruits. We sincerely hope that this timidness, this submission does not have anything to do with the arbitrary JTO to SDE Promotions and arbitrary Post Upgradations in the cadre of AGMs. जागो BR  जागो




The Annual General body meet of AIGETOA Alleppey held on 28.09.2019. Our CFS Sri. Ansal Mohammed CH , ACS Sri. Vipal Prem , DS/DP/DFS of ALP & core members across SSA attended.

District President Sri.Sunil Kumar presided over the function and DS Sri. Subiksh T Surendran and DFS Sri. Shinoj Kumar presented term & finance reports of the term 2016-19.

Various concerns and clarifications sought from members were explained by Circle team.

Returning officer Sri. Vipal Prem handled the election proceedings and
the AGM unanimously elected the following office bearers for the next term.

DP : Sri.Sunilkumar
DS : Sri. Subhiksh T S
DFS :Sri.Shinoj Kumar

DVP : Smt.Anjali
ADS-1 : Sri. Jayaprakash
ADS-2 :Sri. Denny S
ADS -3 :Sri. Joby ADS

Executive Members

1. Sri.Shivaji Naik
2. Sri. Suneer Yousaf
3. Sri. Shinoj V
4.Sri.Ratheesh Ponnappan.

Further the Members, were detailed on AIGETOA efforts / action plan etc on legal front and present status of BSNL and BSNL recruits.
Detailed discussion about the upcoming membership verification and action plan was also mentioned.


AGM of CALICUT SSA on 28-09-2019

The Annual General body meeting of AIGETOA CALICUT held on 28.09.2019 at Paramount tower Calicut. Our CWC Member Sri VK Ramachandran, CP Sri. Maxmilan, ACS Abdul Basith & DS/DP/DFS of Calicut & members across SSA attended.

DS Sri.Sahir k Presided over the function and DP Sri. Samel prasad and DFS Sri. Binoj presented term reports of the existing body.

Returning officer Sri. Abdul Basith handled the election proceedings and
the AGM unanimously elected that following office bearers for the next term.

DP - Sri Noushad Poylil , SDE NQM
DS - Sri Samel prasad JTO BSS
DFS - Sri Binoj CB, SDE Extl Badagara
DVP - Sri Roopesh N JTO Arur

ADS - (1)Sri Lida SDE Marketing
(2) Sri Chandran Sde kattikkulam
(3)Sri Sajith Sde omcr

Executive Members
1. Sri Vipin jto ofc Wayanad
2. Sri Asker JTO bsd
3. Sri Bijeesh SDE NQM
4. Sri Sahir k SDE Mnc
5. Sri Nishana jto En
6.Sri.Jyothish jto AT
7.Sri.Arif Sde mukkam

There were detailed discussions on issues pertain to BSNL and BSNL recruits. Members were detailed on AIGETOA efforts / action plan etc on field issues and present status.
Detailed discussion about the upcoming membership verification and action plan for by membership addition discussed by CP Maxmilan.

New elected body taken oath and after vote of thanks by sri. Noushad, meeting ended at 4.00 pm


Meeting of with Hon'ble MoC, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji on 23.09.2019 at Patna:

GS-AIGETOA, Shri Wasi Ahmad along with Shri Dinesh Roy OS(E) & Shri Sudhanshu Sekhar DS-Mobile met with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji, Hon'ble Cabinet Minister for Communication on 23.09.2019 at his Patna residence. The team presented flower bouquet and shawl as a respect to the Hon'ble Minister and briefed him the present status and requested to expedite the proposed revival program of the government for BSNL.
The team briefed him about severe liquidity crunch in BSNL which are badly affecting our services to the customers and multiplying our woes with each passing day. The Hon'ble Minister listen us patiently and assured that present government will do the needful as things are already under consideration and we should keep patience. Hon'ble Minister was preoccupied with scheduled program in the state and so told the team to meet him with details at a later time. Team also handed over a memorandum to Hon'ble Minister, highlighting present cash crunch & crisis in the company and requesting him to end the era of uncertainty at the earliest, which he briefly gone through and later handed it to the PS for necessary direction.

Glimpses of Meeting. Click here

Memorandum to Hon'ble MoC. Click here


AGM Cum Election Pathanamthitta SSA on 25-09-2019


The Annual General body meeting of AIGETOA Pathanamthitta held on 25.09.2019 at Telephone Bhavan, PTA. Our CS Sri Saheer S , ACS Sri Prasadraj RV & DS/DP/DFS of Pathanamthitta & core members across SSA attended.

DP Sri. Venu Presided over the function and DS Sri. Manoj and DFS Sri. Sreejith, presented term reports of the existing body.

Returning officer Sri. Prasadraj handled the election proceedings and the AGM unanimously elected the following office bearers for the next term.

District President: Sri.Venu A. V, SDE
District Secretary: Sri.Manoj. T, JTO
District Treasurer: Sri.Jenu John, JTO
District Vice President: Smt.Sindhu S, SDE
ADS-1: Sri.Subrahmanyan Pillai K, SDE
ADS-2: Sri.Jain G Joshua, SDE
ADS-3: Smt.Priya Sadanandan, SDE

Executive Members
Sri.Sreejith C . V, SDE
Sri.Geevarghese Koshy, SDE
Sri.Manoj Mathew, SDE
Sri.Koti Veerabhadram B, JTO

Discussions on issues pertaining to BSNL and BSNL recruits and present scenario in Kerala were there. The Members were detailed on AIGETOA efforts / action plan on legal front and present status.


Notification for AGM Cum Election : AIGETOA Pathanamthitta

As per the provisions in AIGETOA Constitution, the AGM cum Election of AIGETOA Pathanamthitta body will be held on 25th September 2019 02:30PM at Telephone Bhavan Pathanamthitta.


Message from Returning Officer

Final list of nominations for Election : AIGETOA Kerala CEC Term 2019-22

Dear Members AIGETOA Kerala ,
After withdrawal / Scrutiny of submitted nominations for AIGETOA Circle Executive body for the term 2019-2022, the final list of nominations considered for election process in the scheduled Circle conference is given here with.
Click Here for the final set of nominations accepted by Returning officer.

Vikas V
Returning Officer

The list of nominations received after cutoff date ( 31-8-19 ) is shown here.


Alleppey SSA AGM postponed to 28/9/19

Due to unavoidable reasons Alleppey SSA AGM scheduled on 21/9/19 postponed to 28/9/19


Revised Notification for AGM Cum Election : AIGETOA Kozhikkode

As per the provisions in AIGETOA Constitution, the AGM cum Election of AIGETOA Kozhikkode body will be held on 28th September 2019. The Members of AIGETOA Kozhikkode will constitute the election collegium.
Click here for the revised notification.


Notification for AGM Cum Election : AIGETOA Alleppey

As per the provisions in AIGETOA Constitution, the AGM cum Election of AIGETOA Alleppey body will be held on 21st September 2019. The Members of AIGETOA Alleppey will constitute the election collegium.


AGM Kerala: Message from Returning Officer

Nominations Received for  AIGETOA Kerala CEC 2019-2022
Dear Members  AIGETOA Kerala ,
                  The nominations for AIGETOA Circle Executive body was called, from 15-8-2019 to 31-8-2019 as per notification dated 15-7-2019. The list of nominations after verification and duplication removal are given below.
List -1  : Accepted  Nominations 
List2  : Provisional Nominations ( Received after 31-8-2019 / cutoff date )
The Withdrawal of Nominations can be done from 8th September 2019 to 15th September 2019 by written request by email @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vikas V
Returning Officer 


CEC Notification

Dear All ,

The Notice for Circle Executive Committee Meeting, AIGETOA Kerala , scheduled to be conducted at Ernakulam on 29/09/2019 is attached for kind information.

All CEC Members / DS / DP / DFS are requested to attend and make it convenient to attend and plan wrt Agenda points

Saheer S

Kerala Circle

Office Bearers

Circle President
Sri. Muhammadali M C
SDE, Kannur
Circle Secretary
Sri. Saheer S
SDE, Trivandrum
Circle Finance Secretary
Sri. Maxmilan K
SDE, Ernakulam
Circle Vice President
Sri. Anil Kani
Sri. Vipal Prem
Assistant Circle Secretary
Sri. Ansal Mohammed C H
Sri. Prasadraj R V
Sri. Abdul Basith
Sri. Nikesh V K
Sri. Binoj C B
Sri. Cijo P Joseph
Nominated Members
Sri. Ramachandran V K
Sri. Madhu R V
Sri. Sudeep C
Sri. Mohammed Nafeel
Sri. Melvin Thomas
Sri. Suneer Yousuf
Trivandrum SSA


Sri. Rajesh B
Mob: 9447000092
Sri. Sreejith S.V
SDE Malayinkeezhu
Mob: 9449014055
Finance Secretary
Sri. Aravind
Mob: 9447963221
Kollam SSA


Sri. Anoop Balachandran
Mob: 9449823152
Mob: 9447036555
Finance Secretary
Sri.Sunil Castroe
Mob: 9447572800
Pathanamthitta SSA


Mob: 9447701525
Sri. Manoj.T
Mob: 9446410257
Finance Secretary
Sri. Jenu John
Mob: 9446508555
Kottayam SSA


Smt. Lovely Joseph
SDE Kanjirappally
Mob: 9446578515
Sri. George Johns P
Mob: 94467755440
Finance Secretary
Sri. Ashley P Thomas
SDE Instl & Intl / IPT
Mob: 9400100264
Alappuzha SSA


Sri.Sunil Kumar S
Mob: 9447655755
Sri.Subiksh T Surendran
Mob: 9446311311
Finance Secretary
Sri Jayaprakash
SDE Mavelikkara
Mob: 9446555455
Ernakulam SSA


Sri.Bijoy R
Mob: 9446549133
Sri. Arun KG

Mob: 9447767780
Finance Secretary
Sri. Mohammed Shaiju
Mob: 9446473706
Thrissur SSA


SDE MS Installation
Mob: 9447055322
Sri. Anand Ramakrishnan
Finance Secretary
Sri. Chandra Kumar
JTO FTTH Thrissur
Palakkad SSA


SDE Wadakkenchery
Mob: 9446161040
Mob: 9446303077
Finance Secretary
Sri. Unmesh.A
Mob: 9446554737
Malappuram SSA


Sri. Faisal Elattuparambil
SDE(External), Wandoor
Mob: 9446055520
Sri. Subair
JTO Mangalam
Mob: 9448053070
Finance Secretary
Sri.Vipindas V.K
Mob: 9448091600
Kozhikode SSA


Sri. Noushad Poylil
Mob: 9497700786
Sri. Samel Prasad
JTO Meppayur
Mob: 9446537537
Finance Secretary
Sri. Anurag
Mob: 9446400440
Kannur SSA


Sri. Sandeep P
SDE(G) Valakai
Mob: 9447755455
Sri. Roopesh Ramakrishnan
JTO Thoovakunnu
Mob: 9400850024
Finance Secretary
Sri. Pramodh K J
SDE CM-Instn
Mob: 9447055422
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