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EPF informative session conducted at Kannur

AIGETOA Kannur arranged an EPF AWARENESS PROGRAMME at Conference Hall, BSNL Telephone bhavan Kannur on 09/11/2017 Thursday 2 pm.


The class was handled by Mr.ANIL VENGATH, Sr.SSA, EPF KANNUR and Mr.MAHESH, DEO, EPF KANNUR.


Almost all the BRs who are the members of the EPF Scheme attended the class. The session was very useful. The lapse from management side wrt delay in collecting the full pension option etc were clearly discussed along with various benefits of EPF scheme and pension.

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AIGETOA Stand on proposed CPSU Cadre Hierarchy & the Comparative analysis with regard to loss & benefit associated with it

It is learnt that management committee of BSNL board has approved the draft for the Proposed CPSU hierarchy implementation in BSNL. With the inception of this policy, functional promotions in executive cadre will be time bound up to the level of AGM/DE/CAO.

The concept of the cluster based CPSU hierarchy was mooted by AIGETOA since beginning and now after a time gap of 17 years since formation of BSNL, management as well as other stake holders realized the importance and significance of a time bound functional promotion policy. AIGETOA wanted a contemporary CPSU hierarchy policy based on performance, qualification weightage and service weightage. The current policy is lagging in all these importance parameters and hence it fulfils only some part of our aspiration and there is a lot to achieveHowever, this is one step in right direction similar to management step of making SAB contribution from 3 percent to 5 percent. We have to go a long way and that can be achieved through unity, faith and patience.     

The intent of the new policy is apparently to introduce a rugged and strong mechanism for promotions, but still we feel that still there is a lot to include. The aspirations of the Direct Recruits have not been taken care of fully. Incorporation of clauses like 12 years residency period from SDE/AO to AGM/DE and doing away with qualification requirement for promotion to DE/AGM posts, not giving enough weightage to performance is not in line with the considerate stand of AIGETOA.

Further, AIGETOA has time and again categorically stated that pending promotions should be executed first and then BSNL should move on to the CPSU hierarchy proposal. Now with approval of the proposal in Management Committee and the same is now to be discussed and approved by full Board of BSNLWe demand that this intervening period should be used for executing the pending promotions and to be more specific for declaring the posting orders of LDCE passed executives and DPC orders of JTO to SDE failing which we will be constrained to take the matters in court of law as we don't want any policy which remains marred with litigations and cases. Decision to take the proposal to board instead of management committee is also a right step as moving on to time bound functional promotion is big change from the current scenario and implementation of any such big policy without the concurrence of board is not going to stand in the court of law and the sanctity of such policy will always remain in question.

Through various stages of deliberations, we have ensured that the interest of Direct Recruits remains protected in the new proposal. Conditions like extending deemed SDE to LDCE 2015 passed candidates and their DPC counter partskeeping the seniority of the LDCE 2015 passed candidates intactproviding similar weightage to them as would have been given to them if posted as SDE,getting one year service weightage for themconsidering their transfer applications while posting them as SDEsgetting service weightage for JTOsensuring vacancy year quota for LDCE vis-a'-vis DPC candidates and vice versa for promotion to AGMs and maintaining the seniority list for promotion to next scale based on vacancy year of SDEsremoving minimum service clause of 10 years as SDE/AO – now the promotions to AGM post shall be extended to DRs in 7 to 10 years for SDE to DE ( except LDCE passed SDEs of 2007 who will get in 11 years), and 7.5 years for AO to AGMremoving the capping of number of posts at AGM level and making AGM posts independent of number of posts,  continuance of Time Bound Financial upgradation along with this CPSU Hierarchy etc.  Had these protection clauses not been there, the promotions to AGMs would have been delayed further and interests of DRs (both Telecom as well as Finance) would have been badly compromised. With the existing policy, our first DR would have been promoted as AGM (LDCE passed SDEs of 2008) somewhere in 2027. This is big gain but not big enough to fulfil our aspirations and long pending dues of BSNL recruited executives.

Our efforts, deliberations, inputs since inception of AIGETOA had at last succeeded and made others including management to realise that CPSU hierarchy is the only solution for overcoming the complexities involved with the current HR scenario of BSNL. We have discussed the things and scenarios with our Joint Forum counterparts in a healthy and conducive atmosphere and with a right perspective of securing the interest of DRs. It is further to highlight that still the policy is not fully according to the expectations of AIGETOA/BSNL Recruited executives but is definitely better than what we are getting now. Click here for a comparative analysis

From the analysis, no doubt, executives, who joined earlier, are at loss vis-a'-vis if the CPSU would have been implemented from day one but still it is far better than the current scenario and anything which can make present better cannot be blindly opposed. The time which has gone cannot be reverted but at least present and future can be made better.  For youngsters and late entrants, this policy is almost at par if the CPSU would have been implemented from the day one.

Saying above does not mean that we have agreed whatever has been offered by management as of now. We feel and demand that ongoing promotions should be extended first before implementation of CPSU hierarchy and during the intervening period, we will leave no stone unturned to achieve that.We feel that residency period of 12 years is too high as even in normal channel of the proposed policy, the residency period is 5+5 i.e. 10 years, so anything above that cannot be accepted at all as already one more level of Sr SDE has been incorporated in between. We feel that qualification clause has been compromised in the CPSU policy and we will make all efforts to get weightage for Professional degree and diplomas in the policy. Any CPSU policy without discussion on fast track methodology in place of MT will not be complete and it will be our effort to ensure that when the policy is discussed in board, new proposal for fast track policy should also be in the proposal. We cannot allow any going back from the stand that there should not be any MT cadre in BSNL above the level of JTO/JAO and hence we cannot postpone discussion on fast track methodology. BSNL management has to implement the CPSU policy taking into account the fast track promotion methodology and AIGETOA will ensure its implementation along with proposed CPSU policy. 

Some apprehensions are being raised with regard to the scenario with respect to the pending approval of replacement scales of E1A and E2A by E2 and E3. The functional designations will be extrapolated over the new scales once approval from DoT is received. The scales have nothing to do with the name of the posts. The new scales will be adopted in the proposed policy. The same has already been conveyed by management side. Executives need not be confused over this. E2 in place of E1A and E3 in place of E2A is our considerate stand and we cannot and will not allow any compromise on that.

Comparative analysis with regard to loss & benefit associated with itClick here


EPF Full Pension Option Form from Kerala Circle

Due to Aigetoa's vigorous Persuation, Kerala Circle office issued letter for collection of EPF full pension option from EPF members ( BSNL recruited employees ).

Click here for the letter issued.

Click here for the option form.

We are thankful to administration to take the note of BSNL recruits concern.Mean time it is to remind all that, the efforts are just started now,as EPFO still not agreed with the matter and the same which is taken by Aigetoa CHQ for the benefit of entire BSNL recruits. All BRs are requested to go in depth the EPF pension scheme Vs other options also like NPS and may choose the options which suits individual.

We are hopeful that we will get a favourable direction from CPFC soon.


Representation to remove the blackout days during Deepavali

Our association represented the matter for removal of two continous blackout days during Deepavali. During this cut throat completion era, continuous two days black out may really irritate customers.

In BSNL most of the customers are using STVs for making voice calls. Blackout will severely affect these customers. We may earn some more revenues during blackout days as customers are forced to top up for making calls.

But in long run not a good business concept mainly during other operators aggressive Marketing strategies

Click here for the letter submitted



Update on EPF Full Pension


Our CS & team had a meeting with circle finance wing  yesterday with regard to followup on EPF full pension. Earlier, based on our inputs and persuasion, Circle administration wrote letter to EPFO Trivandrum with respect to the justified ground of BRs for EPF full pension. But EPFO, Trivandrum negates to our claim  and gave a reply to BSNL recently wrt our request. We now took up the  matter with our beloved GS & CHQ team, where they will meet CPFC, Newdelhi soon. 


Based on the outcome of the meeting, the further course of plan to be taken. It is imperative to say that Aigetoa is the association who persuades the Pay-Pension- Promotion of BSNL recruits from begining


Pending TBP process due from 1/1/2017

Our Circle team once again took matter of Pending TBP process for E2-E3 & E3-E4, with Circle administration. There was clear guidelines from Corporate office and direction from Circle office for early expedition,  but unfortunately many SSAs shows some lethargy  and surprisingly  this year main beneficiary are BSNL recruits .


We had taken the matter with Admin on May --- subsequently they issued letter on 23/6/17. After this also no improvement seen,  we again informed cgmt on 18/7/17.Consequently Circle office issued the letter on 31/8/17 for circle staff only. 


We are hopeful that at least by October -17 all pending cases will be dealt and cleared. Mean time all Aigetoa BA units are requested to contact & inform concerned section to complete the process accordingly

Click here for the letter submitted 


Overview on Superannuation Benefits

Retirement Policies/ Pension are there to support retired social life of employees. Retired Govt employees were given with Statutory Govt Penisions, whereas in PSU’s the same objective achieved by its own Pension policies. In BSNL, Erstwhile Govt- Turned CPSU the employees absorbed into BSNL in 2003-04 were very well protected by rule 37-A, extending Govt Pension, whereas the same rule was to ensure BSNL’s directly recruited employees with its own pension policies. In 2003-2010 eras BSNL was reaping huge profits; still Pension Policies weren’t extended for DR Employees keeping their future in dark violating the pension rule.


In 2nd PRC, which was due on 01-01-2007, the ceiling of Super Annuation Benefits- SAB – for BR’s was fixed not less than 30% of Basic+ DA giving certain parity with those holding Govt Statutory Pensions. In the initial stage the BR’s were extended BSNL’s EPF contribution of only 12% of Basic-6500%, which after our struggles were enhanced to 12% of Basic +DA. 


In effect BSNL employees were given with 12% contribution on Basic +DA, Gratuity-4%, Post-Retirement Medical Benefits-PRMB-2%: towards the costs of medical expenses that may be incurred by an employee if he’s to live after retirement; should BSNL exists and still holds the same medical policies. The same is claimed by retired employees who absorbed from DoT to BSNL. 


Later the gross the injustice to BR’s came into light, when AIGETOA, and members across India mulled over the contribution by different PSUs towards SAB Contribution, found that, BSNL’s contribution fall short of 30% of Basic + DA by 12%. Various campaigns across India were conducted by the association to create awareness about the same among the stake holders.


AIGETOA strongly questioned this injustice and requested for SAB contribution in totality, sister association too raised voice for the same. Later management tried to recalculate the entire contribution and adjudged there was PRMB-3.2% , gratuity-4.8% contribution apart from 12% for EPF, but still it’s an hypothetical figure as there are no separate fund maintained for PRMB or its not contributed separately.


Now after our repeated struggles, 3% of SAB contribution is agreed by management. It’s only effective from 05th May 2016, not from the joining date of BSNL recttd employees, which leads to a loss of 7 to 15years of contribution. It stands such a way that many executives seems lost their legitimate due for so many years. 


With various efforts by AIGETOA on forefront we are going to realize 3% due within 1-2 months and additional 2% within a span of 6months; by this even though on paper the contribution will come to 25% still in short of 5%.


AIGETOA is totally committed to fight till entire justified dues are given for BSNL recttd employees.


With Present set of data available, the scheme works the following ways.


•Fund Management is given with LIC.

•Contribution Flow: Contribution -> Trust (5 meber-Management+2 member Employees ) ->LIC Fund Manager->LIC

•Eligibility-15 years of Service is mandatory (Which is likely to be revised)

•2/3rd of Amount could be commuted; the rest is kept for Pension Portion.

•Employees may have optional contribution.



LHD in Protest to Tower subsidiary company

All members are requested to hold Lunch Hour demonstrations at BSNL CO, Circle and SSA Headquarters on 15.09.2017, in protest against the Government's decision to form Tower Subsidiary company by hiving off tower assets from BSNL. 


Future course of action shall be intimated in due course of time after deliberation with all stake holders.


Creation of Postpaid CUG Plan

AIGETOA circle team met with Sr.GM EB Dr. Sri. Jyothi Sankar ITS to take up the creation of SBI249 postpaid CUG plan. SBI had issued letter calling for proposals from TSPs for providing CUG connectivity to all it's 16500 staff including those of erstwhile SBT on 25/8/17. Vodafone and Idea have already created the plan and started marketing it. BSNL has till date not even created the plan. When the matter came to our notice, we immediately met the Sr.GM and Sir called an urgent meeting of the Circle office EB Team and also contacted IN Trichy. They assured us that the plan will be created today itself...


However we urge the SSA EB Teams  to approach each SBI branch immediately and aggressively push the plan . The teams may initiate action to convert the other operator numbers through the MNP route to BSNL... 


All our members and BSNL recruits are requested to be vigilant to grab / information collection towards various business opportunities which will help our beloved company  to greater heights.



JAC Convention at Trivandum

A  meeting of JAC was held at Trivandrum,  Kerala on 12/9/17. Aigetoa CS Sri. Saheer, Bsnleu GS Sri. Abhimanyu, CS Sri. Mohanan, Snea CS Sri. Santhosh addressed the constituent members.

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EPF Full pension option Call from BSNL Recruits


Our Circle team once again represented the pending request for EPF full pension option submission for BSNL recruits. Click here for the letter submitted today. 


The matter was taken with management by submissions on 28/3/17, 3/4/17 and subsequent discussions with CGMT,  GM HR & PGM F, DGM F and clarifications  ,detailing the matter with Regional EPFO office,  Trivandrum etc . The entire matter was taken with Circle management on 18/7/17, where as many circles already collected the options as directed by corporate office. 


The Full pension option under EPFO may give a small relief to BSNL recruits ( lesser only )  wrt the Govt statutory pension entitled for absorbed executives, through pension contribution by BSNL

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Promotions to SDE Cadre

Some rumours have been floated by certain gossip mongers that AIGETOA has changed its stand with respect to LDCE and DPC Promotions. It is once again reiterated that AIGETOA is firm on its stand that no CPSU policy can supersede LDCE 2015 posting orders. We have been pursuing this issue and can not leave it in middle. It was our efforts that ensured the declaration of LDCE 2015 results and due to wholehearted and consistent persuasion of AIGETOA only, the proposal to extend promotions was approved at the level of CMD BSNL and was placed before Management Committee despite the current and complex scenario.
AIGETOA has always stood for LDCE & DPC promotions from JTO to SDE and equivalent Cadre , from early stage itself.
We once again reiterate our stand that, we will not allow any encroachment into the promotional aspects and we won't take a backfoot on our declared stand.
The matter has been made clear to our partner in Joint Forum and any deviation from the agreed stand will not be entertained i.e. the due promotions should be executed before introduction of any new policy.
We are committed and striving hard to get the desired results and hopefully it will be materialised soon. We are in consistent discussion with management and submitted various way outs and approaches based on which actions are being taken. Legal option is also being explored in consultation with stake holders.
In the CPSU draft also , vacancy year wise seniority shall be protected..and all the LDCE 2015 qualified candidates shall be placed enblock senior to all JTOs and shall be promoted as Sr SDE after 2 years giving relaxation of 3 years.
We are firm on our stand that promotions should be extended first before implementation of any new policy like CPSU Hierarchy and we are committed to take all actions to protect the interests of our members.
Kerala Circle

Office Bearers

Circle President
Sri. Gireesh T
SDE, Calicut
Circle Secretary
Sri. Saheer S
SDE, Trivandrum
Circle Finance Secretary
Sri. Ansal Mohammed C H
SDE, Kottayam
Assistant Circle Secretary
Sri. Abdul Basith
Sri. Denny S
Sri. Vipal Prem
Sri. Prasad Raj RV
Circle Vice President
Sri. Hari S
Sri. Maxmilan K
Sri. Ratheesh Ponnappan
Sri. Nikesh
CWC Member
Sri. Ramachandran V K
Exec Member
Sri. Dipu Chandran
Sri. Madhu R V
Sri. Joseph K O
Trivandrum SSA


Mob: 9446553830
Sri.Shekhar S Nair
Mob: 9446311300
Finance Secretary
Sri.Sooraj B S
Mob: 9446444450
Kollam SSA


Sri. Sunil Castroe
Mob: 9447572800
Sri.Firaz M
Mob: 9446473344
Finance Secretary
Sri.Hari R Chandran
Mob: 9446379515
Pathanamthitta SSA


Mob: 9447701525
Sri. Manoj.T
Mob: 9446410257
Finance Secretary
Sri. Sreejith.C.V
SDE BSS Pathanamthitta
Mob: 9446415767
Kottayam SSA


Smt. Lovely, SDE Kottayam
Sri. George Johns
Finance Secretary
Sri. Krishnakumar P R

Alappuzha SSA


Sri.Sunil Kumar S
Mob: 9447655755
Sri.Subiksh T Surendran
Mob: 9446311311
Finance Secretary
Sri. Shinojkumar K.T
Mob: 9446448480
Ernakulam SSA


Sri.Bijoy R
Mob: 9446549133
Sri. Suneer

Finance Secretary
Sri. Cijo P Joseph
Mob: 9400054345
Thrissur SSA


Sri. Anand Ramakrishnan
Finance Secretary
Sri. Chandra Kumar
JTO BB Thrissur
Palakkad SSA


Mob: 9446378789
Finance Secretary
Sri. Unmesh
Mob: 9446554737
Malappuram SSA


Sri. Abbas P.M
SDE(NQM)MS, Manjeri
Mob: 9446089199
Sri.Rejith Sebastin
Mob: 9447111390
Finance Secretary
Mob: 9447181900
Kozhikode SSA


Sri. Samel Prasad
JTO, Meppayur
Mob: 9446537537
Sri.Sahir K
SDE OCB Mananchira
Mob: 9447055401
Finance Secretary
Sri. Binoj C B
JTO Badagara
Mob: 9495667666
Kannur SSA


Sri. Anil Kani
Mob: 9446039911
Sri. Muhammedali M C
SDE, Marketing Kannur
Mob: 9446549066
Finance Secretary
Sri. Sudeep C
Mob: 9446509447